The Hays Daily News from Hays, Kansas on December 22, 1976 · Page 15
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The Hays Daily News from Hays, Kansas · Page 15

Hays, Kansas
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Wednesday, December 22, 1976
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December 22, 1976 PACK 14 HAYS DAILY NEWS Yes, There Is A Santa Claus By MEL LAYTNER United Press International Yes, children, there is a Santa Claus. It's in southern Indiana, about 100 miles from Bethlehem. There also is a North Pole — three of them to be exact. From Oregon's Christmas Valley to Florida's Christmas, from North Pole, Alaska, to North Pole, N.Y. — neighbors help postmasters make the holiday season a bit more special by imprinting their local postmarks on lens of thousands of cards and letters from around the world. In all, the U.S. postal directory lists nine Bethlehems, four Nazareths, three North Poles, three variations of Christmas, as well as a Mistletoe, Santa Claus and Noel. At least three of the post offices — Christmas Valley, Ore.; Nazareth, Tex., and Bethlehem, Ind. — are run out of family grocery stores. Others, such as North Pole, Colo.; North Pole, N.Y., and Santa Claus, Ind., are year- round tourist attractions where mail is handled on an assembly-line basis. Connecticut's Bethlehem calls itself, "The Christmas Town" — but it has competition from Bethlehem, Pa., which refers to itself as "The Christmas City." And then there's "Noel, Mo., the Christmas City in the Ozarks." Mrs. R.B. Couch, who, with her husband, is postmaster in Mistletoe, Ky., said she gets about 1,000 letters a day during the holiday season. "The majority of people want it marked Christmas Day, and we oblige them. But it means working all day and night before the holidays." In Bethlehem, Ind., (population 75) Postmaster Freda Stutesman, who operates the office out of the family grocery store, uses her husband and six children to help cancel each of 10,000 to 12,000 letters three times by hand: Each gets a postmark, a stamp of the three wise men and a stamp of the star of Bethlehem. In the tiny southwest Missouri town of Noel, Walter Ritter, 87, spends most of December sitting in a blanket- draped chair in the post office lobby, stamping his community's special imprint — an outline of a Christmas tree in green with a star on top — on 10,000 pieces, of mail. The post-marking operation in Noel (pronounced "Noll" by it 800 residents) began as a volunteer project by local World War I veterans. Now Ritter is the only one left. "I sit by a window and often children stand outside and watch — sometimes grownups too," he said. "They tell me I'm doing Santa Claus' work." If many towns strive for a personal touch, the crush of mail to America's three North Poles has caused Santa's helpers to adapt accordingly. Alaska's North Pole is 15 miles southeast of Fairbanks and Con Miller, head of a concern called Santa Claus House, supervises cancellation of about 80,000 pieces of mail. "My mail has been getting heavier and heavier," Miller said, adding 1 he is thankful many of the "Dear Santa" letters are diverted by local postal authorities. Many reach North Pole, Colo., where employes at "Santa's Workshop" — a. toystore and souvenir shop at the base of Pike's Peak in Colorado Springs — have been answering children's letters for 20 years. Like Colorado's version, New York's North Pole, near Lake Placid, is also a tourist attraction called "Santa's Workshop." It, too, gets thousands of letters annually, but the main business is a summer resort complete with workshop, toy maker, candy maker and 38 head of reindeer. A committee of 100 persons in Santa Claus, Ind., write responses, to 75,000 children's letters. This is in addition to thousands of letters requesting the town's postmark. Joy Chittum, who runs the office in Christmas, Fla., said her daily load of 500 pieces of mail swells to 5,000 to 8,000 a day during this time of the year. "There's sort of a magic about Christmas," sbe said summing up the feelings of many postal workers inte\j- viewed around the country, ."Though we've been very busy, we enjoy seeing all these people." Major Cities Show Decrease In Murders WASHINGTON (UPI) — Crime figures for the" first nine months of the -year, showed murder decreased in the three largest cities in Kansas but rapes increased dramatically in both Kansas City and Wichita. ' • Nationally, the incidents of violent crime decreased overall while there was a leveling off of rape cases. Larcenies, many involving thefts of citizens' band radios from cars, increased nationwide and also in Kansas. The murder statistics showed a decrease of 29.6 per cent in Kansas City, Kan., from 27 to 19; a drop from nine to four in Topeka, and a drop of 57.5 per cent in Wichita, from 33 to 14r ' Wichita had an 89.4 per cent increase in the number of rapes reported and Kansas City had a 62.3 per cent in- 3 SHELF METAL 6 INCH POf RUBBER PLANT PLANT STAND SEA SHELL PLAN? FRESH, LIVE POINSETTIA HANGER LARGE SHOW PLANTS PLANT STAND SLAT WOOD SINGLE POT HANGING ASST. FERNS PLANT STAND 4 INCH START PLANTS METAL MESH STAND PLANTER 15" LONG (ORAL PLANTER VUK MA All ™ WRII1RBI THE MALI HAYS, KANSAS 61601 PRICES EFFECTIVE; THURSDAY I FRIDAY crease in rapes. Rapes were down 34.1 per cent in Topeka. Aggravated assaults were up in Topeka and Wichita. In other categories of crime, city by city: Kansas • City: aggravated assault up 0.8 per cent, burglary up 6.7 per cent, motor vehicle theft up 0,1 per cent, robbery down 7.9 per cent, larceny up 6.6 per cent. Topeka: robbery up 21.7 per cent, aggravated assault up 25.6 per cent, larceny up 19,4 per cent, burglary up 2.4 per cent, car theft unchanged. Wichita: aggravated assault up 17.8 per cent, robbery down 22.9 per cent, larceny up 8.2 per cent, car theft up 6.2 per cent, burglary down 4.5 per cent. Convicted Rubin Hurricane Carter (right) and codefendant John Artls face newsmen. outtlde the Passaic County courthouse In Peterson, N.J., Tuesday after their 'murder trial went to the jury. Carter and Artls were convicted. (UP) Photo). Pair Convicted Again PATERSON, N.J. (UPI) — Rubin "Hurricane" Carter and John Artis Tuesday night were convicted for the second time on charges of killing three whites in a Paterson bar 10 years ago.' The Passaic County Court jury deliberated for a little over nine hours before finding the two guilty of three counts of first-degrea murder. Carter and Artis sat shunned at the defense table as the jury foreman read the verdict. Family members and spectators broke into loud sobs. Judge Bruno Leopizzi immediately revoked the defendants' bail and ordered them held at the Passaic County Jail pending a bail report Friday. He set sentencing for Feb. 2, 1977. Both men could get up to life in jail. In reviewing the trial, Artis' lawyer, Lewis steel, asserted, "The jury couldn't see through thd obvious racism in this case. He said the defendants could not get a fair trial because the prosecution introduced evidence that the killings were racially motivated. Myron Beldock, Barter's lawyer, said after the verdict, "He (Carter) reacted in pain. He is in the same pain as we are." Both lawyers said they would appeal the verdict. During the trial, the prosecution said Carter and Artis, both black, killed three whites, a bartender and two patrons, at the Lafayette Bar and Grill on June 17, 1966. "' Carter and Artis, who claimed they were not at the scene, said they were framed by law enforcement officials. 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