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. , w .! V 1 V ' V V,V, i,.i,-, ',t-sWl Our Mountains THE ASHEVILLE CITIZEN Wednesday, Nov. 13. 1985 Section Two, Page 13 Local News Movies Weather I 4 V V W WV"' Precautions Promised At Lake Lure Owner Making Plans To Add Buoys, Railings By KATHV SCRUGGS Tri-County Bureau LAKE LURE - Buoys and better railings will be placed around Lake Lure's "Bottomless Pools" to protect bikers who may slip and fall into the waters, Lee L. Powers, owner of the pools, said Tuesday. The precaution is a reaction to a Monday accident that claimed the life of a 9-year-old Hendersonville boy who drowned in the lower pool after slipping on some moss while wading in an upper stream. Bryan Ross Stilber, 9, of 322 8th Ave. Kast slid on his stomach down a rocky ledge about 2 p.m. Monday and died despite rescuers' attempts to save him, according to Lake Lure police chief Bill Ingram. A hiker ran to the nearby Lake Lure Police Department to report the accident, but "time got away from them," Powers said. Police and rescuers were on the scene immediately, but it wasn't until 40 minutes later that Stilber's lifeless body was located and pulled from the pool, Ingram said. "I'm really sorry that boy drowned," Powers said. "If we'd had a buoy out there, somebody could have thrown it and he wouldn't have drowned. We are going to do something about it right away. You can count on that" Powers bought the Lake Lure property in 1937 and people, on the honor system, loss 50 cents into a well before hiking the trail. "I've had over a million people up there since I've owned it," he said. "I can't just close an attraction like that. If you read the signs, you know you're trespassing every time you step in the water. There's no way around it, that creek is dangerous." Powers said be knows of only five drownings at the pool two Western North Carolina men died in 1983 and Monday's accident was the first that claimed a child. "That really hurts," he said. The pools will be closed to tourists this month and reopened in April because "I cant have people up there when it's icy," Powers said. Powers used to allow picnicking on the rocks, "but I had trouble with young people drinking and I cut out the picnicking," he said. "If I'm out Xhere I tell people to w atch their children." Powers said he always staffs the gale on big holidays because of ;heavy crowds and the 50-cent charge. See LAKE, Page 14 o o 54 . PKOM ty SOI SCOTT Installing Lights Workmen turn the lights on in the westbound tnnnel of I -41 in Haywood County near the Tennessee state line. Ijhe tunnel part of the major east-west route across North Carolina, reopened to traffic Tuesday after having been closed by a March S rocksHde. Incinerator Due For An- Inspection By ELIZABETH HUNTER '. Gtizen Correspondent SPRUCE PINE - An inspector will visit Mitchell : Systems In the next day or so" to determine whether the ; incinerator is still accepting waste shipments, a state of- ficial said Tuesday. ; '. Although unconfirmed reports have been relayed to ; the branch that waste shipments continue to be received at the facility, owner Charles Foushee has not communi-; cated that information to the state, said Chuck McLen-J don, a spokesman for the Solid and Hazardous Waste' Branch of the state Department of H uman Resources, J Foushee issued a statement through his public rela-J tions firm Nov. 1 saying the facility would continue to ac- cept waste at the Mitchell plant pending the outcome of a Nov. 18 hearing. J McLendon said the inspector's findings "will be used at the hearing," which Foushee requested when he ap-i pealed a SepL 25 state action fining the facility and its; sister incinerator, Caldwell Systems in Lenoir, for lack of ; environmental liability insurance. The stale action alsO'J set a calendar for compliance. 'i That calendar required Mitchell Systems to be in- sured by Oct 31, or cease receiving waste shipments. Hearing officer Chris Hoke will listen to Foushee's" appeal at the 1 p.m. hearing set for the Caldwell County-Health Department in Lenoir. Company statements havet indicated that the notice to stop receiving waste was delayed until the appeal hearing. McLendon said Mitchell Systems still has not purchased the insurance "to our knowledge." The firm's' previous insurance policy lapsed June IS. Most insurance companies have stopped offering the- coverage Mitchell Systems needs, but Foushee has said! " he is close to agreement with at Inst one firm. , t ' Although McLendon said last week the state could; take additional action against the facility if it continued-. to receive waste in violation of the compliance order, he 5 said Tuesday the branch will probably wait until after J the hearing to do so "since it is only a week away." Foushee expressed surprise last month that the state was enforcing the liability insurance requirement J - at a time when the Environmental Protection Agency was considering relaxing Us rules regarding the insur- juice. - McLendon said' Tuesday EPA has now abandoned ' those plans.' " - , "... In August, EPA asked for comments on a proposal to suspend liability insurance coverage requirements for hazardous waste operations, and received 80 responses nationwide, all of them opposed the proposed change, he Among those responding negatively to the proposed change was the state of North Carolina, McLendon said ... Mitchell County manager Keith Whitson and Vir-J ginia Hunt, a member of the county hazardous waste ad- C visory committee, also wrote a Joint letter opposing re-.; tlaxaUon of the rule.. Mitchell County commissioners J passed a resolution supporting the Hunl-Wtutson tetter. I "Since EPA found it did not have any support, sus-'j pending the requirement is no longer an option," McLen- don said. I "I'm pleased that EPA has seen fit to keep the insur- ance requirement," Hunt said Tuesday. "I think the.; safety of the community is better served by keeping the', strict standards they currently have." -I Red Cross Chairman Praises Efforts Of Local Volunteers ! The Asheville Area Chapter of the American Red ',Cross presented awards and certificates to volunteers, board members and personnel Tuesday. Page 15 By CATHY McJUNKIN Jstaff Writer i Volunteering can be a significant part of one's experiences as well as a means of helping others, a national (American Red Cross official said Tuesday in Asheville. Charlotte J. Lunsford of Asheville, newly appointed inalional Red Cross chairman of volunteers, praised the imore than ISO people gathered at First Baptist Church for the annual meeting of the local Red Cross chapter for ,their "tireless efforts" in assisting the organization, i "Volunteerism is not just a means of getting things done," she said. "It's time to show the other side that it is and can be a significant part of life's experiences." Lunsford said that as the profiles of American Red .Cross volunteers change, so must the methods of recruitment and training. "There Is no longer the leisure volunteer or the person who had time to give," she said. "It's exciting to think where we are going to recruit these volunteers. We need !to think about the competition for volunteers and the many ways we can search out people, and how the ex-perience can be meaningful to them. You, as a volunteer, are really indeed getting something by what you are doing." DABNEY AMMF.N STEFANEC " JfceVC" """""" Hendon Delegation Assures Europeans Their Best Interests Will Be Served ? STARNES HIBBERTS WOODY Volunteers benefit from the experience by the contact that It provides with other people, she said, and by the opportunity to exercise skills and talents and to be involved in continuing education. "When you volunteer, you begin to claim control over your life," Lunsford said. "Volunteerism Is Indeed an See RED CROSS, Page 14 By BARBARA BLAKE Staff Writer U.S. Rep. Bill Hendon of Asheville returned Tuesday from a tour of four European capitals where Western allies were assured that the United States will not accept a nuclear weapons treaty with the Soviet Union unless it is verifiable and "serves the interest of the free world." Hendon and six other Republican congressmen left Thursday for London, Brussels, Bonn and Paris where they met with high-ranking of-. flcials and with ambassadors and U.S. State Department employees as a preliminary to the upcoming Soviet-U.S. summit conference in Geneva. The primary discussion at those meetings was Soviet violations of the Anti-ballistic Missile Treaty and assurance that the American people are "firmly behind the president and are not going to sit still for a treaty that can't be verified and is not in our best interest," Hendon said. "As we approach the summit and hopefully another arms control ' treaty, we pointed out to Europeans in a four capitals that the continued violations we see jeopardize the chances of Senate ratification of any treaty that might come up," Hendon said Tuesday. "And it's very Important that the Europeans convey that in their discussions with the Soviet Union as we continually do in ours." Hendon said Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, who will meet with President Reagan in Geneva, "has been getting a lot of good press in Western Europe. He came through, and he and his wife who some ap-parenty think is very attractive and : chic kind of swept Europe off its feet "It was good for us to be there, I think, to let everybody know the president has strong support from the American people as he comes to Geneva for what will be a very historic visit," Hendon said. "The European defense needs were discussed, and their participation in NATO, and some of their wants and needs. But the primary purpose was to support the president in his position that he will be discuss- ing with Gorbachev next week," Hen-don said. J Europeans, he said, indicated "a.! great respect for our president, and a tremendous interest along with some 4 genuine skepticism about the Star, Wars program." "j "We just wanted them to know j that many of us believe if there is not ; verification assured we're going to; be very careful about pushing for a treaty," he said. "We're all for a good j treaty that serves the interest of the free world, and if we can get one that's verifiable we're all for it." j Hendon said the American dele-J gation did not have time for sight-J seeing, but took a 20-mile detour in West Germany to visit the Remagen bridge where U.S. troops first crossed the Rhine River in March'' 1945 to begin the final offensive oni Nazi Germany. "It was quite a moving thing to V look across the Rhine in the cold ram See HENDON, Page 14 ' j Anybody Born As Ugly As I Was Is Lucky To Have Made It This Far Lewis Grizzard MORELAND, Ga. It was my mother's birthday, so a few members of the family gathered to help ber celebrate. We gave up on my mother having too many more birthdays some time ago, but she's currently making another in a long series of comebacks. ' My Aunt Jessie, who lives just past the clothesline from my mother, was there and brought some of her wonderful creamed corn. I ate myself under the table. Anyway, since it was a birthday we were celebrating, the question of age came up. My Aunt Jessie said proudly she was 75 and she hoped and prayed to live to be a hundred, which she'll probably make. She stays too busy not to. "Didn't you just have a birthday?" somebody asked me. I admitted I did. "How old were you?" asked my Aunt Jessie. "Thirty-nine," I said. I hadn't really thought a lot about birthdays until the subject was brought up at home. I hadn't thought much about reaching 39, either. Thirty-nine. It certainly doesn't seem as old to me as it once did, but 39 Is sort of the year you have to admit you're losing the battle against time. You fight time when you're younger. It passes much too slowly, but all of a sudden the years have sneaked away and there you stand on the threshold of 40. which is the year, if you're single man. It's time you quit messing around with women who don't know how World , War II came out "It doesn't seem like it's been 39 years since you were born," said my Aunt Jessie, who is very outspoken. "I remember going to see you in the hospital I believe you were the ugliest baby I've ever seen." My mother was eating birthday cake and not paying attention, so there was nobody in the room to defend me. "You were just a tiny thing and you had the reddest face," my aunt continued. "I thought at first there was something wrong with you." "There was," said one of my cousins. I chose to ignore that remark. My Aunt Jessie was just warming up concerning the secrets of my infancy. "I baby-sat you all the time," she said, "and you were the worst one to get galded I've everseen." I didn't know what "galded" meant, so I asked my cousin. "Getting a raw butt," she explained. My aunt went on. "I was trying to change you one day and I had a jar of Vaseline sitting on the table. I dont think you were a year old yet, but you picked up the jar of Vaseline and threw it across the room. "It shattered into a thousand pieces and I popped you a good one right on your behind. I left my handprint on you, and I was scared to death your mama or daddy would see it, but they didn't But I dont think you ever threw a jar of Vaseline again, either." I haven't. As a matter of fact, every time I see a jar of Vaseline I get a severe pain in my ... well, where my aunt popped me one. Before the day was over, I decided not to be concerned with the fact I'm turning 39 and soon will be 40. Anybody born as ugly as I was and who was subjected to such cruelty as an infant is darn lucky to have made it this far. ' J

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