The Hays Daily News from Hays, Kansas on December 23, 1976 · Page 1
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Our 48th Year— No. 36 The Hays Daily News * \ HAYS, KANSAS (67601), THURSDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 23,1976 14 PAGES 15 CENTS Yule Spirit Dove Schramm, left, and Ken Got- tichalk male* a luminaria from a paper tack, candle and sand. The decorations, which according to Mexican custom light a path to each home on Christmas Eve, will brighten six homes on Main this year. Candles To Light Up 2400 Block Of Main By CHRIS BELDEN Of The News Staff A beautiful Mexican Christmas custom will brighten the 2400 block of Main Street Christmas Eve, thanks to young buisnessmen Ken Gottschalk and Dave Schramm. The Kennedy seventh graders are selling luminarias, which are small paper sacks with three inches of sand and lighted candles inside. The sacks are placed about three feet apart, usually outlinging the driveway and sidewalk leading to the front, door. Dave, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Schramm, 2402 Main, lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico, for several years. Many streets in that city are decorated with luminarias, and when the Schramms moved to Hays, they lined their driveway and sidewalk with the lights. Dave said ' the neighbors liked the decorations, so he and Ken decided to go into the luminaria business full scale this year. Their first customer was a friend of one of their parents, and she gave them more names to call. They've "done" four parties Carter Completes Cabinet PLAINS, GA. (UPI) Jimmy Carter today picked Washington lawyer Joseph Califano to become HEW secretary, James Schlesinger to help guide national energy policy and Theodore Sorensen to head the Central Intelligence Agency. At his sixth news conference SORENSEN this season, and they have 440 luminarias to set out in their nighborhood for Christmas Eve. Ken, son of Elmer Gottschalk, 2400 Main, said the business may expand to include another partner next year. "We weren't expecting to sell this many," he said. The young businessmen, who plan to use their profits to buy Christmas presents, sell the decorations for 20 cents each. For parties, the price includes setting up the luminarias and lighting them. On Christmas Eve, the boys will set up the bags, and the neighbors will light them at approximately 7 p.m. The votive-type candles used in the luminarias burn for about 15 hours. Dave said they haven't had any trouble with accidental fires, and he doesn't expect any. The candles sink into the sand in the bottom of the sacks and level themselves as they burn. According to Mexican custom, luminarias are lighted on Christmas Eve so Christ can find his way to the house. Through the efforts of Ken and Dave, luminarias may become a tradition for some in Hays, too. in nine days, the President- elect completed his 11- member Cabinet with the selection of Califano to head the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. Califano, 45, was a Great Society program adviser to Lyndon Johnson. Former Defense Secretary Schlesinger, 47, will serve as "assistant to the President" in the White House to deal with a national energy problems, Carter said. Schlesinger will help develop a "viable national energy policy," ' said the President-elect. Energy Termed Critical Problem PLAINS, Ga. (UPI) James Schlesinger, President- elect Jimmy Carter's new energy czar, said Thursday energy is "one of the nation's most critical and deep-seeded problems." The United States, he said, must develop a national energy policy keyed to conservation and reduction of its dependence on foreign fuel supplies. Schlesinger, 45, former head of the old Atomic Energy Agency as well as past secretary of defense and director of the Central Intelligence Agency, will serve as Carter's White House assistant responsible for coordinating all the government's energy efforts. Carter said their goal will be to develop "a viable, under. standable and comprehensive national energy policy.". "We must, as a nation, face up to a responsibility which we had hoped would go away, and that is to develop a comprehensive national energy policy," Schlesinger said after he was introduced by Carter at a news conference. "I appreciate deeply the opportunity to serve you and the American people in dealing with what is one of the nations most critical and deep-seeded problems," said Schlesinger after he was introduced by Carter. . Sorensen, 48, a close adviser and speechwriter for Johh F. Kennedy, would replace George Bush in the controversial CIA post and will also head the nation's intelligence community as director of Central Intelligence. Like the others, he must be approved by the Senate before taking office. Califano's appointment left Carter with two women — one of them black — in his Cabinet. There are no other blacks among the 11, although U.N. Ambassador-designate Andrew Young, a black, will hold Cabinet-level rank. Carter promised during his campaign to appoint members of minority groups to high • government posts. He said recently there were many assistant secretary and undersecretary posts in government agencies which could be filled by minorities. "Joe Califano will do an outstanding job of correcting defects in the Department of Health, Education and Welfare," said Carter. "I think HEW is the people's department," said Califano. He added that "the noblest work in our civilized society" is to house Americans, help educate the young, provide for the needy and treat the old "with dignity and respect." When introduced by Carter, Sorensen said he recognized the "heavy responsibility" of his new post. "I did not seek those responsibilities but I am gratified by his (Carter's) confidence in me," Sorem.»n added. "Because this assignment is central to the mainte- CALIFANO nance of peace in the world, I did not feel I could turn it down," said Sorensen. Carter. said that Schlesinger, a brilliant graduate of Harvard who has served in a number of high government positions, is a "man who will play a new role in government... Assistant to the President, working within the White House, to coordinate all energy efforts in government..." Schlesinger said he considered energy' "one of the nation's most critical and deepseeded problems." Carter was to meet later Thursday with his brother Billy, a partner in the family's peanut business, and his lawyers to work out an agreement on divesting his holdings during his presidency. He also summoned Treasury Secretary Michael Blumenthal for preliminary talks before gathering his entire Cabinet at St. Simons Island off the Georgia coast next week to discuss the state of the economy and other problems facing the administration. Bell, who resigned from the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals last March and now practices law in Atlanta, has been under fire from Civil Rights leaders for some of his rulings in school segregation cases. • His membership in the Piedmont Driving Club in Atlanta, which excludes blacks and Jews, also evoked an outcry from his critics. As a result, Bell said he will resign his membership "in all private clubs to which I now belong" because "I believe that the attorney general is a symbol of equality before the law...' Bert Lance, chosen to head the Office of Management and Budget, said he, too, "at the proper time" will resign as a member of the Piedmont Club, along with the Capital City Club and the Atlanta Athletic Club. None of the three admits black members. Talking to reporters on the homeward flight after at- SC1ILESIN- GEK tending the funeral of Chicago Mayor Richard Daley Wednesday, Carter said he had expected close scrutiny of Bell's court decisions. "But I think it'll be short- lived," he said of the criticism, and predicted Bell will be the "favorite" member of his Cabinet. As for criticism of his choice, Carter said it "has been an enjoyable experience — Charlie Kirbo and I have had a lot of fun out of it." Klrbo, an Atlanta lawyer, is Carter's closest adviser and Bell's law partner. Emergency Medical Pilot Projects Are Considered By FREDJOHNSON Of The News Staff Ambulance three to hospital, ambulance three to hospital, am in route with a traffic accident victim suffering from cuts on legs and lower body. Patient's blood pressure is 120 over 60, pulse is 65. Sounds like the script of a popular television drama, right? It may, however, be the future of ambulance to hospital communications in Northwest Kansas. 'According to the director of the state Bureau of Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Governor Bennett is considering a request for $400,000 to start two or more Emergency Medical Services Communication Pilot Projects in the state. Implementation of an EMS communications system is expected to result in reduced response, times and better treatment at the scene and enroute to the hospital. Although direct hospital to ambulance communication may be too expensive, communication between hospitals and ambulances through a dispatcher could become a. reality if the necessary funds are made available. Randall Baxter, EMS Region l Coordinator, said a White Christmas Guaranteed Some By United Press International Northeasterners had a White Christmas guaranteed but residents of the Northwest were dancing in the streets in hopes of scaring up a little drought-relieving Christmas snow. A lack of snow is crippling the ski industry at Klamath Falls, Ore., and the lack of moisture threatened crops throughout the area. Six disc jockeys from radio station KAGO, four belly dancers and a ski shop operator gathered in a parking lot in Klamath Falls for a snow dance Wednesday. A pair of cross-country skis, donated by the ski shop operator, was burned as part of the ceremony. "They weren't doing me any good without snow," said the shop owner. The dance may have done some good. The National Weather Service said there was a chance of a few snow 12th Paralysis Case Suspected TOPEKA, Kan. (UPI) — The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has located 12 suspected cases of the rare paralysis which federal health officials believe may be linked to swine flu, shots. Dr. Donald Wilcox, the state epidemiologist, Thursday said the 12th case was discovered in Brown County in northeast Kansas. He said the patient, whom he would not identify, •has been moved to a hospital in another area. W jlcox said of the 12 cases in Kansas, seven had been in- noculated. He said nationally 172 cases have been reported in 24 states, with 99 cases confirmed recipients of the swine flu vaccine. Other Kansas counties reporting cases of the Guillain-Barre syndrome are: two each in Johnson, Saline, Leavenworth and Sedgwick counties, and one each in Scott, Sumner and McPerson counties. DON'T FORGET/ ONLY 2 SHOPPING DAYS 'TIL , CHRISTMAS / Bergland OK: Sebelius Love In Bloom At Carter Quarters PLAINS, GA. (UPI) - It's love in bloom at Jimmy Carter's headquarters. Two of his top aides plan to wed, before Inauguration Day. Carter's campaign adviser and future appointments secretary Gregory Stephen Schneiders, 29, and Marie Hartnett, 28, Carter campaign aide, will be married on New Year's Eve at the Unitarian Church in Washington, D.C. And Press Director Rex Granum and Susan Ratchford, both 26, will wed at the First Presbyterian Church in her native Concord, N.C. on Jan. 8. By JIM COOK Of The News Staff NORTON — Rep. Keith Sebelius said Wednesday he , will give "a long honeymoon" to President-elect Jimmy Carter's choice as secretary of agriculture, Rep. Bob Bergland. Sebelius and Bergland, a four-term Democrat from Minnesota, served together on the House Agriculture Committee. Carter's choice of Bergland, Sebelius said, "is the one I supported. I joined other Republicans on the ag committee in signing a letter to President-elect Carter recommending him." Why is Bergland a good choice? / "The farmers have been wanting a farmer rather than someone from academia, and they should have one. I think that's desirable at this time if for no other reason than the psychology of it," Sebelius said. SEBELIUS With his son-in-law as manager, Bergland operates a 600-acre farm near the Canadian border. He raises spring wheat and lawn seed. "He may be a little more favorable to government in farm business than I am, but I think he'll do a good job. From his termperament and background, I think he'll be judicious and not promise what -he can't deliver," Sebelius predicted. Recent statements by Bergland show he opposes high target prices for grains. "He has argued there should be some raise, but he hasn't said how much. Of course, he must get approval from the Office of Management and Budget, to get a bill through the agriculture committee and appropriations committee — he can't just say 'I'm going to do this, I'm going to do that." 1 "I'm looking forward to the new administration, to see what they want." Sebelius was in Norton for the holidays, but he said he is busy formulating plans for the opening of the legislative .session in January. "I have been working with Rep. Robert Poage, a Texas Democrat, on new initiatives to cut back on surplus grains through something other than the farm bill," Sebelius said. Poage Is former chairman of the agriculture committee, of which Sebelius is the ranking Republican. Poage heads the livestock and grain subcommittee. "I hope we can sell the new secretary, and eventually the President, on a voluntary BERGLAND showers Thursday. The dearth of snow and sunny weather helped Crater Lake National Park attract a record number of visitors for the year. The park has only six inches of snow on the ground — a far cry from the five-foot snow cover normal for this time of year. But citrus growers and sun- seekers flocking to Florida to escape a cold and white Christmas at home suffered a shivering shock Wednesday. The mercury dropped below the freezing point in many parts of the Sunshine State. The cold snap raised fears of damage to the citrus crop. "We always get some damage when it gets this cold," said Mike Gotti, spokesman for the Florida Citrus Mutual. In the North, Yule snows fell from Minnesota to New York and frigid temperatures were expected to keep the snow around for Christmas. Oklahoma suffered a sudden winter storm that powdered parts of the state with snow. get land out of program to production. "A voluntary sign-up for federal payments to go to a cover crop instead of what for a year or two would serve the purpose," Sebelius said. "With that type of soil conservation, the fields wouldn't wash, wouldn't blow and wouldn't produce wheat." Sebelius said no schedule has been announced for handling bills from the agriculture committee, but he expects to complete work on the proposal during the session. Reading at 2 p.m.: 46 Low this morning: 11 Record high: 71 in 1933 Record low: -3 in 1963 Year ago tpday 25 and 23 Wednesday's high 50 Mostly clear and warmer tonight. Lows in the mid 20s. Increasing cloudiness Friday. Highs in the 40s.. Southwest winds 15-25 m.p.h. tonight. decision on pilot project funds would be made at the state level sometime after January. According to Baxter, Bennett said he was seriously considering the emergency communications system but would have to go with pilot projects because a state system would be too expensive. If the funds are approved, Baxter said, EMS regions will probably submit project plans and apply for funding about July or August. EMS Region 1, according to Baxter, could submit an application for the entire region or develop sub-districts and make two applications. The 18 counties north and west of Russell County constitute EMS Region 1. Russell, Ellis and Trego Counties, and the six counties north of those counties constitute the eastern sub-district of Region 1. A multi-county commitment to an actual contract would probably be a prerequisite to obtaining a pilot project grant, Baxter said. A preliminary draft of a possible communications system management structure by one EMS Region, indicates that each participating county would be expected to provide annual financial support, ensure cooperation of appropriate ambulance services and participate in planning the communications program. The pilot project funds would nto include staff cost or future maintenance cost. The pilot funds would be used primarily to purchase the necessary radio equipment and possibly erect booster towers, Baxter said. The goal of the system, he said, would be to nave 24 hour contact between ambulances and hospitals. A central dispatcher would be used to relay messages between the vehicles and hospitals. Emergency Medical Technicians would' then perform the necessary treatment suggested by the doctor. Ellis County Ambulance Service attendants are certified Emergency Medical Technicians but do not have the communications equipment to maintain contact with a doctor or hospital. Construction of the Emergency Medical Services Communications System could be between $200,000$500,000, depending on the sophistication of equipment.

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