Battle Creek Enquirer from Battle Creek, Michigan on May 6, 1983 · Page 7
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Battle Creek Enquirer from Battle Creek, Michigan · Page 7

Battle Creek, Michigan
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Friday, May 6, 1983
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Battle Creek Emiqiuinireir Fri.,May 6, 1983 P Obituaries B-2 Features B-5 Comics B-6 Section Professor retires Longtime Albion College English professor Keith J. Fen-nimore has retired after 37 years at the college. During a reception held in his honor, it was announced that a Keith J. Fennimore Seminar in American Studies has been established at the college to bring major figures in the field of American studies to the campus for two days of lectures and discussions with students. The seminar series is being funded by the college and an anonymous donor. Fennimore also has been offered the position of college archivist. A 1939 graduate of Albion College, Fennimore received his master's degree in English in 1940 from the University of Michigan and his Ph.D. in English in 1956 from Michigan State University. He revived the college's "Books and Coffee" series and also served as the last dean of Bay View Summer College, which was an academic affiliate of Albion College. Fennimore is the author of "The Heritage of Bay View" and "Booth Tarking-ton: Man and Novelist" and is writing a history of the college for its sesquicentennial observance in 1985. All about Ozzy "Why does this guy scare people?" asks the headline on a seven-page article in the May 1 Calendar section of the Los Angeles Times that focuses on rock star Ozzy Osbourne and his Battle Creek appearance. In the article, reporter Robert Hilburn seeks to answer that question. "Ozzy Osbourne is the latest exponent of the rock-as-shock tradition that brought fame and infamy to the likes of Alice Cooper and Kiss," reads Hil-burn's introduction to the article. "Osbourne has been accused of worshipping the devil and throwing puppies into the audience. News of his visits "sends ministers, city councils, police and parents into a tizzy. Calendar went on the road with Osbourne to separate the hype from the paranoia and to find out what he's really like." Hilburn interviewed Battle Creek-area ministers and Kellogg Center and Downtown Development Association officials for the in-depth article. How to honor Mom Flowers and candy are traditional Mother's Days gifts, but "personal service" efforts are the most appreciated, according to psychologist Joyce Brothers. "If we think of the gifts in life that we've received, the ones most appreciated are probably those that required personal time and effort," she said. She offered these 10 special ways to honor Mom. 1. Take your mother to a place that holds special memories for her. 2. Offer a month's service of lunchmaking or valet attendance. 3. Give Mom a certificate that entitles her to have mending or sewing chores done by you for a day. 4. Send Mom a bus or plane ticket and have her come and visit you. 5. Re-create the spendor of ancient Rome for her in a homemade spa in the bathtub, followed by a massage. 6. Give Mom a month of breakfasts in bed on weekend. 7. If you can't be with your mother, a personal phone call full of love and laughter may do a lot more than candy or flowers. 8. Cook Mom's favorite dinner and offer to do the dishes. 9. Plan a weekend getaway, taking care of every detail. 10. Give her a coupon that reads, "Good for one full day of total service." Today's Chuckle Remember when the only thing we had to fear was fear itself? Well, now fear is running seventh. Compiled by Jim Dean THE STATE OF & This Week's V Winning Numbers: 3-8 8-9-6 Daily Numbers 4-3-2 0-9-1-2 " Rflanny Swartz ireek iresodleinifts iretnora home The Associated Press FLINT Residents evacuated from the area around Michigan's worst toxic waste site expressed mixed feelings about a Genesee County judge's decision allowing more than half of them to return home today. "I'm scared to go back," said Barbara Weever, whose family is among the 32 permitted to go back to homes near the former Berlin & Farro Liquid Incineration site. "I'm glad to go back to my home, but this mess still has to be cleaned up. We'll get the dust and odors." But Rita Houghton welcomed the idea of returning today. "We want to go back, real bad," she said. "The fumes were worse when they were burning (waste) F? i ft - . 8ja - ' ' - , ..I,,. .. -w""MMiiMiMMaMMMML-. r-TftwiiwiwwwwaiiiiwMiwii'r " : 1 - 3 : The sky's the limit Planes line up on the airfield, above, as the 35th annual National Intercollegiate Flying Association airshow gets under way Thursday at the Air National Guard base at Kellogg Regional Airport. About 300 competitors from 30 colleges and universities are competing in five in-flight and four ground events during the three-day show, hosted by the Sky Broncos Flying Club of Western Michigan University. At right, Mauro Hernandez, pilot for one of the teams from Parks College in Cahokia, III., tops off his fuel tanks as part of the navigation event. Hernandez gauged his fuel correctly as he pulled a "perfect" amount of 6.5 gallons without being allowed to see the fuel being measured as he filled the tanks. Seminars and displays are open to the public at the ANG base. There is no admission charge to the exhibition areas, which will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Saturday. The public also is invited to an $8 buffet dinner tonight at Willard Park and a $14 awards banquet Saturday at Stouffer's Battle Creek Hotel. Tickets will be sold at a booth at the ANG base. Photos by Michelle Jones liahmaizm Freedom Po The Associated Press KALAMAZOO A group of Kalamazoo residents are hoping their celebration of rights to freedom of speech, religion and assembly will distract people from an anti-homosexual rally scheduled for May 14. "The whole purpose of the fair is to provide an alternative for the city on that day," said Stephen Sprague, a 33-year-old photographic consultant who originated the idea. IDamxDllDairdl may bM vespmsMMy to Docal govern mroennfts By PATRICK FITZGERALD Gannett News Service LANSING The Blanchard administration may be about to come up with a version of its own of the new-federalism program proposed by President Reagan. To smooth over yet another glitch in this year's budget, the Blanchard administration is considering shifting the responsibility for state programs to local governments. That way it can technically comply with a provision of the so-called Headlee amendment mandating that the state direct 41.6 per than they are now." Verna Courtemanche, who probably will stay away for a week because her house is very close to the site, said: "I had many misgivings about going back under the circumstances. I would have preferred that they all stay out. I have fears." On Thursday, Genesee Circuit Judge Judith Fullerton approved a state plan to let 32 of the 54 evacuated families return to their homes beginning at noon today. Meanwhile, state officials said tests of 14 private wells near the site showed no contamination, contradicting earlier tests that tentatively showed eight of 20 wells were polluted. And state and federal officials announced general agreement on a TITBjBffr-TrTirrrTrTMTITrTWrTn , iirwriiJ i i irMH"T'T'fflitfliiii m ii'irtiV imi'iiii ii ii i iTTmTTralWTrITTMfr-lT m "We hope to minimize the impact of what happens at Bron-son Park." City Commissioner Edward LaForge is acting as treasurer for the Freedom Fair, Sprague . said. Edward Varner, a minister from Three Rivers, and a group of neo-Nazi supporters have received permission to rally in Bronson Park May 14. Varner, a self-avowed former homosexual, held a similar rally April 9 cent of its revenues to cities, counties, townships and schools. The state is about $100 million short of meeting that requirement, and there are only five months left in the current budget year. Among likely solutions to the problem is a plan that sounds a lot like Reagan's scheme to shift responsibility for federally funded programs to the states. It wouldn't amount to much more than a name game. Programs would remain essentially the same. But local units of government, instead of the state, would be given credit for funding them. cleanup plan for a landfill at the site. Under the plan, the state will be eligible for $5 million from the federal Superfund. Attorneys for local officials and a state lawmaker who intervened in the case still must approve the plan. Ms. Fullerton ordered residents evacuated two weeks ago to protect them from possible toxic fumes and reported cyanide and acid wastes. "There is no longer any danger to anyone's health due to the cyanide and acid mixture," said James Truchan, of the state Department of Natural Resources' Environmental Enforcement Division. He said no liquid cyanide has been found. Only residents along about a mile of road outside the site's en i. at Kalamazoo Public Library. The rally drew counter-demonstrators, but no injuries or arrests were reported. The Freedom Fair will be at Milham Park, about three miles away. "I realize (Varner's rally) is going to receive coverage and there will be certain members of the community unable, because of emotional involvement, to do anything but attend," Sprague said. qod Last year, local units of government forfeited $40 million that would have come their way if the Legislature hadn't decided to charge them 41 percent interest on $500 million in short-term state borrowings. This year, they may have to sacrifice $100 million more so the state can comply with the letter, if not the spirit, of the law. Thomas Clay, director of the Office of the Budget, declined Tuesday to describe how the Blanchard administration will manuever its way around the spending requirement this year. trance will have to stay away from home, for about a week, until a pile of contaminated soil dug from a lagoon is trucked to a disposal site near Cincinnati. The original evacuation area was just over a half mile around the site, along three roads. Meanwhile, a U.S. House subcommittee voted to restore to the federal Environmental Protection Agency budget some $2.5 million for a Grosse Isle research laboratory and $4 million for a study of dioxin contamination in Michigan and Missouri. The bill still must be approved by the full Appropriations Committee and the House and Senate, according to reports today in the Detroit Free Press. The EPA does not support the sDaedl "But we want to keep as many innocent bystanders off the line of fire as possible." The Freedom Fair will be "a celebration of our constitutional rights to freedom of speech, religion and peaceful assembly," Sprague said. "But the emphasis on peaceful." The event will feature local musicians, clowns, food sales and speeches by community leaders. paper The state is required by law to make up shortfalls in money it is supposed to direct to local units, but doesn't, in the following budget year. Blanchard's proposed 1983-84 budget makes no mention of plans to reimburse local units the $100 million they may lose this year. "The governor has a legal obligation to propose a solution and he intends to do so," Clay said, "probably within the next week or two." The attorney general's office is understood to be studying the legal implications of reclassifying state programs to local programs. dioxin study or Grosse He facility, the newspaper said . U.S. Rep. Bob Traxler, D-Bay City, said Thursday that he would pressure the agency to keep the lab open and conduct the dioxin probe. Traxler said that while there is no assurance the EPA will spend the $4 million for dioxin research, "it is not very nice for agencies to go around circumventing the intention of Congress. William Ruckelshaus, who was appointed by President Reagan to head the EPA and currently is undergoing Senate confirmation hearings, has told workers at the Chicago EPA office that he intends to support a research and monitoring project for dioxin, the Free Press said. Changes in moped law eyed The Associated Press LANSING Legislation to let 15-year-olds ride faster, more powerful motorbikes is being steered to the state Senate. A bill to broaden the definition of mopeds small motorcycles which 15-year-olds are allowed to drive cleared the House on Thursday. Under current law, mopeds are cycles with engines producing 1.5 horsepower or less and able to travel no faster than 25 mph on a level surface. The proposal, sent to the Senate on a 66-31 vote, would increase those limits to 2 horsepower and 30 mph, and remove a requirement that mopeds have pedals. Moped drivers need only be 15 years old and don't have to pass a road test. To ride more powerful vehicles, classed as motorcycles, cyclists must be at least 16 and take a special test to have their driver's licenses endorsed for motorcycle use. Supporters of the bill, sponsored by Rep. Richard Fitz-patrick, D-Battle Creek, say the changes are needed because newer moped models are more powerful and often have footrests instead of pedals. Meeting called on lake issue DOWLING - A biologist, the owner of an aquatic weed harvesting business and a handler of herbicides will be featured speakers at a meeting Saturday night called by two women opposed to chemical weedkilling in Bristol Lake. The 7 p.m. meeting in the Country Chapel, behind the Dowling Store, was arranged by Diane Wilson and Nancy Dyer. They recently distributed information to other Bristol Lake residents dealing with harmful effects of chemicals used as aquatic weedkillers. The women are trying to stop the application of chemical weedkillers planned for June and are investigating alternative weed removal methods. Contributions already have been collected from many lake residents to pay a company to apply the chemicals this summer, one lake resident said last month. A state biologist said the weedkillers are not hazardous to health when properly used. Chemical weedkillers were used for the first time last summer in Bristol Lake, and the women said there were adverse effects. They said they were afraid to water their lawns or gardens or allow their children to swim, and a dog became sick apparently after drinking lake water. At the meeting, biologist H. Lewis Batts Jr., executive director of the Kalamazoo Nature Center, will discuss chemical weed treatments and their impact on the lake, Mrs. Wilson said. Batts is professor emeritus of biology at Kalamazoo College and has degrees in biology, ecology and zoology. Also scheduled to speak is Aaron Maney of Evart, who owns K.A.M. Aquatics, an aquatic weed harvesting firm. He will provide Information on the benefits of mechanical weed removal vs. chemical methods. Bruce Skaggs of Battle Creek, a tree-trimmer for Consumers Power Co., will talk about his experiences handling the chemical 2,4-D. The chemical, a component of Agent Orange, is used as an aquatic weedkiller. Mrs. Wilson said she and Mrs. Dyer have distributed pamphlets announcing the meeting to most of the 72 households around the lake.

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