Home Edition — 25 Cents Salina, Kansas WEDNESDAY January 1,1986 115thyear-No. 1- 44 Pages Revelers cling to tradition in greeting the new year By The Associated Press New Year's Eve revelers in Nashville were taking to the water for a paddlewheeler party, Chicagoans chartered an "El" train for a murder mystery and two New York couples prepared to wed in a packed Times Square. But in Seattle a booze-free celebration was canceled for lack of interest. After mailing 35,000 invitations to donors and volunteers, the Union Gospel Mission had only 36 takers for the non-alcoholic party. "If we had received 200 reservations, we would have gone ahead with it," mission director Steven Burger said. Still, parades and fireworks shootoffs were set elsewhere, and there was enough spirit for two parties in Las Vegas' downtown Glitter Gulch—one bash starting at 9 p.m. in order to accommodate a network television broadcast set when midnight struck in the East. More than 20,000 people were expected for that street fete and another one when 1986 actually arrived in the gambling capital. Spirit flowed at an Albany, Ga., radio station, where disc jockeys got "silly and giggly" after drinking on the air in a year-end reminder not to drink and drive. "You can actually hear the change in their voices and how they made mistakes," said WALG-WKAK spokeswoman Rachel White. About 450 people had reservations aboard the General Jackson showboat for the padd- lewheeler's New Year's Eve cruise on the Cumberland River near Nashville, Term. The cost of the dinner cruise and music was $86.20 a person. Compared to the cost of partying elsewhere, that was a bargain. For $2,500 a couple, Los Angeles' Sheraton Premiere Hotel offered its presidential suite, a personal butler and chauffered limosine, Patti Labelle concert tickets and champagne brunch. Perhaps the most expensive party in New York was the $2,000-a-person bash at the Essex House hotel, where Julio Igleaias and Perhaps the most expensive party in New York was the $2,000-a-person bash at the Essex House hotel. Regis Philbin were performing in the Casino on the Park Ballroom. Tickets entitled 300 big spenders to a caviar-and-champagne party, a five-course dinner, a late night snack, overnight accommodations and brunch on New Year's Day. Between 100,000 and 300,000 people were expected to jam Times Square for the annual festivities, highlighted by the descent of a giant apple down a flagpole at 1 Times Square at midnight. This year, the celebration had special significance for Victoria Sanderson and Wayne Chew, who planned to be married before live ABC-TV cameras in a club with a pan- oramic view of Times Square. Another couple also chose the square for their wedding. The Times Square celebration, which began in 1908, "speaks to something that's ancient and pagan in all of us," said Tama Starr, timekeeper for the apple drop. The nation's capital prepared for 100,000 at a bash featuring fireworks, rock 'n' roll and bells on Pennsylvania Avenue near the Mall. "Times Square has more of a history, tradition. But we're gaining on them," said Mayor Marion Barry Jr. President Reagan and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev were to exchange New Year's greetings in five-minute speeches to be broadcast today. Mickey Mouse was chosen as grand marshal for Tuesday night's Orange Bowl Parade. "A Dream is a Wish" was the theme of the parade featuring 32 floats and 21 bands. Philadelphia's Mummers strut, billing itself as the world's longest parade at 13 hours, geared up for New Year's Day. "There's nothing like our parade anywhere else, and it's going to be a great parade again," said Fred Calandra, president of the New Year Shooters and Mummers Association. The group represents six comic clubs, four fancy divisions, 27 string bands and 20 fancy brigades that will spend more than $1.5 million decking themselves out in everything new. Boston and other New England cities planned to ring in 1986 with "First Night" celebrations, which offer an alternative to traditional holiday bacchanalia by presenting concerts and performances of dance, vaudeville, mime, poetry readings, storytelling and drama. U.S.: Abu Nidal group 'dangerous' By The New York Times WASHINGTON - The State Department issued a report Tuesday asserting that the Abu Nidal group, which is suspected of organizing the attacks last week at airports in Vienna and Rome, was "among the most dangerous of the Middle Eastern terrorist organizations." The report stressed what it said were the Palestinian group's links to Libya. Apparently in an effort to encourage European support for international moves against the sponsors of terrorist acts, it emphasized that the group had increasingly concentrated its attacks in Western Europe. Libya Tuesday denied involvement in the Rome and Vienna attacks and asserted that remarks by the United States and Israeli officials reflected plans for "joint aggression against Libya by the American military machine and Israel." The State Department report blamtd the Abu Nidal group for more than 60 terrorist attacks in the last eight years, half of them in the last two years. The attacks have killed hundreds of people and have increasingly been aimed at innocent bystanders, the report said. The administration continued to refuse comment on the possibility of American or Israeli military reprisals for the attacks on Friday at the airport counters of El Al Israel Airlines. A senior official said: "There's no vacillation, and it's not over. We're not sitting on our hands and we haven't made a decision to do nothing." A Defense Department spokesman, Robert B. Sims, while refusing to comment on options under consideration, said: "The policy is clear at the State Department, the White House and here. We reserve the right to respond (See Group, Page 11) Arab factions backing terrorism, Arafat says Cordon FI«M*r Tr. With backpacks weighing up to 40 pounds, the boys shove off for a day of hiking through the spines of Sotol plants. TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — PLO chairman Yasser Arafat accused unnamed Arab intelligence services on Tuesday of backing terrorist operations against innocent civilians and said he condemned such terrorism. Arafat did not mention last Friday's airport at-1 tacks in Rome and,' Vienna that killed ', 18 people and injured about 120. In a "message to' the Arab nation" made public by the Arafat Palestine Liberation Organization headquarters in Tunis, Arafat also urged dissident factions to "return to the Palestinian family." "We regret to say that some Arab intelligence services have sheltered desperate Palestinian elements; they have trained them, armed them, financed them and pushed them to carry out terrorist acts, which we condemn," he said. The PLO chairman said terrorist attacks were aimed "not at fighting the Zionist enemy (Israel), but to hurt innocent civilians in the world and to harm the reputation of our Arab nation and the Palestinian struggle." Arafat vowed to keep up the "armed struggle against Israeli occupation." His comments, also distributed in a 27-page transcript from PLO offices in Amman, Jordan, marked the 21st anniversary of Palestinian military operations against Israel. The Cairo daily newspaper Al- Ahram on Tuesday quoted the PLO representative in the Egyptian capital, El-Tayeb Abdel-Rehim, as saying Syrian and Libyan intelligence services were responsible for the attacks. He was quoted as saying they were carried out by the anti- Arafat group led by Sabry al-Banna, also known as Abu Nidal. Youths, parents strengthen family ties By GORDON D. FIEDLER Jr. Staff Writer By the time they completed their three outdoor sessions, 12 Passport For Adventure boys had climbed rocks, rappelled and hiked 116 miles. Their travels took them from the Arkansas Ozarks to Canyonlands National Park in Utah and, finally, to Big Bend National Park in Texas. Their par- Last in a series. ents, meanwhile, were on a journey of their own, exploring ways of strengthening the relationships between parent and preteen. While the boys were out of school for 45 days, the parents took to the classroom to participate in eight, two-hour group counseling sessions. From Passport's point of view, involvement of the parents is vital to correcting what could lead to serious During the late 1960s, staff members at St. Francis Boys Homes examined the histories of the boys who were under their care and found that the first signs of trouble surfaced around the ages of 10 and 11. They tried to build a corrective program aimed at that age group for boys and girls who seemed likely to develop behavior problems later in life. From their labor was born Passport For Adventure, an early intervention program conducted mostly in rugged outdoor settings for fourth through sixth grade boys and girls. behavioral problems later on for their children. "If you work with parents, no matter what the program, it is twice as successful," said the Rev. Ken Yates, executive director of The St. Francis Homes, which operates the Passport program from its Salina headquarters at 509 E. Elm. A parents' program, in fact, is one of four cornerstones supporting the Passport framework. Other elements of the foundation involve placing the youngsters in a setting that offers the potential for accomplishment, providing opportunities for group interaction and creating a "natural consequences" environment. "Let the kids make a number of choices," Yates explained. "Let them make bad decisions and learn from them and let them make good decisions and be proud." Yates said he and others on the St. Francis staff in the late 1960s used similar programs around the country to build the Passport program here. "We borrowed from everybody," Yates said. The goal was to forge a short-term, early-intervention program aimed at potentially troubled fourth- through sixth-grade boys and girls. Yates said they targeted the 10-, 11- and 12-year-olds after a study of 15- year-old St. Francis Boys Home residents revealed that most of the troubles in their lives started in fourth through sixth grades. Since its first trip in the summer of 1971 not much has changed in the way Passport is structured or in goals set (See Youths, Page 11) Today Inside THE CAUSE OF a fire that destroyed a feed mill at Moundridge has not been determined. See Page 3. Classified 19,20 Entertainment 22 Fun 21 Living Today 13-15 Local/Kansas 3 Markets 10 Nation/World 5 On the Record 11 Opinion 4 Sports 16-18 Weather 11 Weather KANSAS - Partly cloudy today, with highs in the upper 40s northeast to the mid-50s southwest. Partly cloudy tonight and Thursday, with lows tonight 25 to 30 west and in the low to mid-30s east. Farmers fearful of FmHA's plan to collect delinquent farm loans By The New York Times WASHINGTON — The Farmers Home Administration Tuesday began preparing to notify thousands of farmers, who owe the government nearly $6 billion, that they must bring their loan payments up to date or face foreclosure. In effect, the action ends a 25- month moratorium on farm foreclosures by the agency, which is a division of the Agriculture Department. The action comes at a time when growers face the worst farm.econ- omy in half a century, with little prospect of improvement in the near future, according to agricultural experts. The 1985 farm bill, signed last week by President Reagan, will lower the price the government pays to farmers for their crops. Critics of the new law contend it will cause farmers' income, which has been dropping sharply since 1981, to continue to decline. Moreover, an accompanying bill to bolster the farm credit system, a major source of farm loans, would establish a new unit to absorb billions of dollars in delinquent loans and foreclose on tens of thousands of farms, according to farm economists. "We are going to see a massive new wave of foreclosures and farm liquidations in 1986," said Mark Ritchie, farm policy analyst for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. "The Farmers Home Administration and other lenders, including the farm credit system, are faced with an impossible situation. "They have to make a decision next year about which farmers they want to keep in business and which ones they can't help. We lost 5,000 farms here in 1985. We expect to lose double that number next year. Our studies show it's the same situation and worse in every other farm state." Ritchie said the implications for rural economies were ominous. "For every 10 farmers that go out of business, we lose a business in a small town," he said. "For every farm that goes out, we lose three jobs. It's just a mess." But the agency's administrator, Vance C. Clark, said the government did not intend to begin a wave of foreclosures. "Our intent is not to add to the hysteria out there," Clark said. "We are not the enemy." According to federal officials, roughly a third of the 275,000 farmers who have borrowed money from the agency are behind in their payments. Firefighter's 'save' the cat's meow for Clyde EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Cat sets Christmas tree on fire, heat of fire cracks nearby fishbowl, water from fishbowl douses part of fire, firefighters arrive and rescue fish. It was no ordinary Monday for the firefighters at Eugene station 5. The alarm sounded at 9:24 a.m. and firefighters arrived two minutes later at the house owned by Ralph and Bev McDonald. They doused the fire that had spread from a Christmas tree to a sewing machine and carpet. Eagle-eyed firefighter Tom Lesiak observed a prone figure — a goldfish — lying in a cracked fishbowl near the Christmas tree, said fire Capt. Clyde Kelley. The fish's name also is Clyde, no relation. Lesiak went to the kitchen and retrieved a plastic bowl, filled it with water and placed the goldfish in the bowl. It revived. "The fish was lying there kind of limp. I didn't know if he was going to live but he took off swimming right away," Lesiak said. "It was a definite save," Kelley said. The family cat, Zina, fled after starting the fire, said Bev McDonald. She said the 6-month-old cat had batted at a bulb on the Christmas tree, pulling a branch too close to a lighted candle on the nearby sewing machine. "The fishbowl was right at the corner of the Christmas tree," Lesiak said. "The water went out from that and put out part of the fire in the carpet.
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