The Hays Daily News from Hays, Kansas on December 19, 1976 · Page 2
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The Hays Daily News from Hays, Kansas · Page 2

Hays, Kansas
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Sunday, December 19, 1976
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December 19, 1976 PAGE: 2 HAYS DAILY NEWS Solar Industry Comes To Kansas By J.Martin Dolan Of The News Staff STOCKTON — Kansas took a big step to enhance its reputation as an energy- conscious state last Wednesday with the official opening of Solar Farm Industries Inc.; the first solar manufacturing company in Kansas. Attending the ribbon-cutting ceremonies were Gov. Robert F. Bennett, Rep. Keith Sebelius and State Sen. Neil Arasmith. The governor praised the efforts the Northwest Kansas Planning and Development Commission and Stockton city officials in persuading Solar Farm to locate in the state. He also thanked the management of the Denver-based firm for their cooperation and "excellent judgement." Solar Farm made the decision to expand its production facilities to Stockton last September. A major factor In that decision was the availability of Industrial development Incentives, but there were others Involved as well. ''The community cooperation, and in particular the assistance from the industrial development people has just been great," said George Lane, the operations manager at the Stockton plant. "(The Stockton site) was literally tailor-made for us. We also are very pleased with the manpower available to us," Lane said. Lane gave special praise to the Northwest Kansas Planning and Development Commission for assisting Solar Farm's expansion. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC New Year's Eve Dance with J Chambers & Company Featuring Kathy Dreiling Tickets Available At The Brass Ear - Crispin's Honda Prehop Cleaners - Hays Music Co. The Appliance Mart - Midwest Music B.Y.O.B. - FREE SETUPS SNACKS 9:30- 1:30 single $8.00 - couple $15.00 Ramada Inn Calvert Room Copyright <c MCMLXXVI by Dim De Laurentns Corporation. All Rights Reserved Dino De Laurentiis presents a John Guillermin Film "King Kong' starring Jeff Bridges Charles Grodin introducing Jessica Lange Screenplay by Lorenzo Semple, Jr Produced by Dino De Laurentiis Directed by John Guillermin Music Composed and Conducted by John Barry Fanavision' in Color A Paramount Release Read "The Crtalionol Dino De UurtniiB KING KONG" Irani fbcket Books Original bound track album and tapes on Rep use Records Adults • $2.50 Child-$1.25 Senior Citizens • $1.50 MATINEES DAILY During Xma» Vacation MANN THEATRES TODAY AT 2:00-4:30 7:00-9:20 -No Passe* Please— EXCLUSIVE 1ST RUN ENGAGEMENT! "They really are a powerhouse professional group," he said. "They provided us everything we needed and bent over backward to do it some times." Solar Farm looked to Kansas after several unsuccessful attempts to build additional facilities in Colorado. "Colorado isn't all that cooperative with small business," Lane said. "We were looking for an area were we could receive industrial incentives. "There are tax breaks, such as investment tax credits for new businesses, available in Kansas." Lane cited the Kansas Development Credit Corporation as one such institution that made the move to Kansas easy. "There's a lot less red tape (in the KDCC) than in the Small Business Administration." Solar Farm manufactures solar heat collecting units that are used to heat air. The units can be used to heat water through the use of a heat exchanger, but Lane expects most will be used strictly to warm air. "Most will be used in structural heating, both residential and business," he said. "They also have agricultural uses, such as grain-drying, in brooder houses and in confinement operations." The principle behind the units is simple, Lane said. "It's Just a matter of utilizing the heat absorbed by a dark-colored .sheet of metal." The company spent'the first year and eight months researching and developing the collectors. Aiding in that research was Dan S. Ward of the Colorado State Solar Applications Research Laboratory, who also Is vice- president of Solar Farm. The finished units on display in Stockton last week did indeed look simple. Basically, they are boxes painted flat- black on the' inside and covered with a sheet of fiberglass. A fan blows the heated air trapped in the box through a duct. It is warmer than a homeowner would ever want to heat his home, even in a bleak afternoon sun. The company hopes to begin actual production in the new plant this week. So far, they have had three . pilot production runs to "get the bugs out." By the time it reaches Its full capacity in two years, Solar Farm hopes to employ 60 people in Stockton, all of whom would be local people with the exception of Lane and an engineer. Even with limited production, Solar Farm is behind in filling orders. "It's a good sign and it's a bad sign," Lane said. "We know there is a demand, but we don't like to fall behind on delivery. "As a result, we've been 'soft-pedaling' sales." Dennis The Menace " HE DIWTA1EAMTD CALL^OJ A OIM6--DON6... HE JU?T tJQNY KNOW VERY/VWIY WORDS VET.' A campus experiment three coeds didn't take Sun. Mat. 1:30 cQUEEIl HOFFIfflNI in.iFHANKllNJSCHAfFNFRIiK. PflPILLOn 1>|; Sun. Mat. 1:30 • Exhibiting a flair with the icissors he's picked up at numerous other openings, Gov. Robert F. Bennett severs the ribbon in front of Solar Farm Industries of Stockton. Looking on are Stockton mayor Cleo Baughman (left) and George Lane, operations manager for Solar Farm (center). Companies Admit Bribes NEW YORK (UPI) — U.S. , companies have voluntarily admitted making more than $300 million in bribes and questionable qverseas payments since 1970, but it is difficult to trace the money trail, a public interest group reported Saturday. The non-profit Council, on Economic priorities said bribery and other improper payments have become "routine" business practices. It said the lack of specific guidelines under the Securities and Exchange Commission's voluntary disclosure program on corporate bribery makes it "virtually impossible to determine exactly where, to whom and for what purpose these payments were made." The council's document was based on reports that 175 major corporations filed through October with the Securities and Exchange Commission, but later reports indicate the volume of improper payments is probably much higher. SEC Chairman Roderick Hills said recently there are now more .than 250 corporations connected with improper payments. The Internal Revenue Service is investigating more than 300 companies for potential tax fraud resulting from illegal payments. Most of the companies so far making public reports of illegal campaign contributions, bribes- to foreign government officials and other improper payments, blame the business climate. They frequently cited adherence to "local customs." "Disclosures to the SEC tell only part of the story," ac^ cording to Dr. Gordon Adams, author of the CEP study, "The Invisible Hand." "While several companies reported having no questionable payments and some have denied that their payments were of material importance, nobody knows how many companies have failed to conduct an internal investigation," he said. The council report, billed as the first independent review of corporate disclosures to the SEC, found that 117 of the 175 companies making questionable payments rank in the prestigious Fortune 500 group. Ann Landers Has An Answer On Alcohol Dear Ann Landers: I am writing this letter in the hope that one potential teenage alcoholic will see the . light before it is too late. Two years ago I was a carefree, intelligent high- school student. As a matter of fact, I was near the top of my class. Then one day a close friend introduced me to beer. I thought it was great. After three beers I was high as a kite. A few months later, three beers wasn't enough. I turned to bigger and better things. First it was Harvey Wallbangers and Navy Grog. Then I turned to straight vodka and rum. Before long I was sneaking liquor from my parents cabinet. Now I'm 19 old and Don't Forget after the Johnny Chambers Group New Years Eve Party Breakfast Will Be Served In the Ramada Inn Calvert Room sitting in my college dorm room with a bottle of gin. I just found out I am being expelled because of a little hell-raising I did last weekend when I was bombed. (Ruined some school property and totaled a friends' car.) • •-' I hope a few teenagers who read this will realize that drinking is dumb. Quit NOW. — Messed Up Dear Friend: So you blew it. But. you're only 19 and thprp'c a lifetime ahead of you if you really want to straighten up and fly right. Look in the phone book under Alcoholics Anonymous. Give them a call and they'll send someone your age to talk to you about your problem. The person they send was probably in your shoes a few months ago. It could be the most important phone call you will ever make in your entire life. Do it today. HOLIDAY SKATE SCHEDULE HOLIDAY SKATE SCHEDULE STARDUST SKATE CENTER 3010 Broadway Phone 625-3214 Sun. Man. Tues. Wed. Thurs. Fri. Dear Ann: You can see by the stationery that this letter is for real. Maybe the problem should be .brought to the attention of the president of the bank,' but as a lowly employee I haven't got the guts. Will you speak for us? I'm sitting here with a miserable headache. Why? Because of the piped-in music that plays eight hours a day. I love my job but this continuous racket gets on my nerves. I've discussed this with several employees. Everyone hates it. But the man in charge of our department likes the music and that's that. I'm not old or sick' or nervous — but I will be before long. Any ideas? — Head Busting Dear Head: How many signatures can you get from fellow employees who want the music stopped? If you can gather a large number, present them to the vice president in charge of personnel. I'll bet you'll get peace and quiet before long. Dear Ann: My husband and I have saved for six years to take this cruise. We don't want to look like yokels. Can you give us some suggestions on how to tip — and whom? Is it polite to talk to strangers? Is it OK to wear a sport shirt (no tie) to dinner? We don't want to look like we've never been on a cruise before. Help! — A And B Dear A and B: The travel bureau or ticket office that sold you the transportation has loads of leaflets with answers to all your questions. If you should encounter a situation not covered in the leaflets, remember common sense and consideration for others are always in good taste. And don't worry about this being your first cruise. It will probably be the first one for 90 per cent of the people aboard the ship. Bon voyage! Hays Sat. 19 Dec. 1:00-3:00 3:00-5:00 5:00-9:00 26 Dec. 1:00-3:00 3:00-5:00 5:00-7:00 20 Dec. PRIVATE PARTY 27 Dec. CLOSED 21 Dec PRIVATE PARTY 28 Dec. PRIVATE PARTY 22 ' Dec. 7:00-11:00 29 Dec. 1:00-3:00 7:00-1 1:00 23 Dec. ALL DAY SKATE 11:00-5:00 EVENING 7:00-10:00 30 Dec. PRIVATE PARTY 24 Dec. 1:00-3:00 CLOSED CHRISTMAS EVE 31 Dec. NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY 7:00-1:00 ALL AGES 25 Dec. 3:00-5:00 7:00-10:00 CHRISTMAS DAY 1 Jan. 3:00-5:00 7:00-10:00 NEW YEAR'S DAY BACK TO REGULAR SCHEDULE ran wm M «p* UIT SHQWNM FM mum SEASON. mm CNIIKTMAS

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