The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on September 29, 1996 · Page 3
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Salina, Kansas
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THE SALINA JOURNAL BRIEFLY Burglars strike again at Sacred Heart school Sacred Heart Junior-Senior High School, 230 E. Cloud, was hit by burglars for the second time in two weeks. " According to a police report, burglars broke into the school between 8:30 p.m. Thursday and 6:50 a.m. Friday, removing glass from a frame, breaking two doors and tearing down ceiling tile and insulation. The burglars made off with $220 in cash and $96 worth of postage Stamps. Damage was listed at $170 and loss at $316. Classes were canceled at the school Sept. 17, after burglars broke a window at the southwest side of the building and damaged some interior doors. : Nine $1 bills were taken from the vice principal's office during the earlier burglary. Ionia man killed in one-car crash ; ..IONIA — A 71-year-old Ionia man was killed in a one-car crash 2 l / a miles south and 1.3 miles east of Ionia. : Clyde Wilson, 71, Ionia, was killed when his eastbound car struck a bridge guardrail, overturned and landed in a creek, the Kansas Highway Patrol said. ,-The patrol was unable to determine the time of the crash. Wilson's body was discovered in the car late Friday night. He was wearing his seat belt. Wichitan named top elementary principal >.WICHITA — A Wichita man his been named the top elemen- tar,y school administrator in Kansas. •'"•Howard Pitler, principal of lijbuverture Computer Technolo- ^Magnet Elementary, Wichita, was named Kansas Elementary Principal of the Year this week by , the Kansas Association of Elementary School Principals. ., "It's hard to be a leader if you don't have people who are willing to go with you," said Pitler in spreading credit for his award to parents and school staff. Meanwhile, his school collected the Outstanding Focus School award from the association during its annual conference in Emporia. About 380 students are enrolled at the school, which emphasized technology and the Internet. Pitler has been principal at the school since 1990. Lansing inmates protest quality of food LANSING — Inmates in a maximum-security unit of the Lansing Correctional Facility banged on their bars and threw items from their cells in a protest of the quality of their food, authorities said. The disturbance occurred about 4 a.m. Friday in the 153-inmate unit, said BUI Miskell, spokesman for the Kansas Department of Corrections. The unit was not locked down, but inmates were not permitted to go to jobs or programs Friday, Miskell said. "Inmates have expressed concern about the food service — the quantity and quality, a range of complaints," Miskell said. "We are talking to executives of the food contractor." Compass Group USA Division/Canteen Correctional Services has had a contract to provide food service at Kansas correctional facilities since April. Scouts' camping spot a field of marijuana Colby Cub Scout Pack 140, needing a nearby location to camp and hold other activities, jumped at the offer to use a two- acre, heavily wooded area six miles north of Salina. An inspection by Cub Master Michael Shea turned up one problem: The prime camping spot, a secluded area in the timber, was a field of marijuana plants. "It was a thick jungle," Shea said. "The plants (ranged from) two feet to over 10 feet." Under supervision of the Thomas County Sheriffs Department, the scouts started cleaning up the area Saturday. The illegal weed will be hauled to the dump. "We thought this was a good pack project," Shea said. From Staff and Wire Reports Tomorrow's Headlines 825-6OOO Category 6006 (Call alter 7:30 p.m.) Great Plains SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 1996 A3 DAVIS TURNER / The Salina Journal Five-year-olds Justin Taddiken (left) and Janie Blcknell, Shawnee, spar In the Tiny Tiger Division during Saturday's ATA Regional Taekwondo Tournament at the Bicentennial Center arena. 'It's a Family Thing' Participants say tae kwon do helps build self-esteem, confidence By SHARON MONTAGUE The Salina Journal G arbed in his white cotton robe tied with a camouflage-colored belt, 5- year-old Justin Taddiken patiently waited his turn. When the time came, he walked confidently to the center of the ring, demonstrating the kicks, the stiff punches, the turns that seemed to come so naturally to him. At one edge of the ring in the Bicentennial Center arena Saturday, Justin's 3- year-old brother Dillon romped, not yet a part of the tae kwon do family his brother and father had joined about a year ago. On the other side of the ring, John Taddiken, 741 Commanche, watched his son and explained how his family became a part of the martial arts program. "He started first," John Taddiken said, nodding toward Justin. "He was self-confident anyway, but we wanted him to show a little more discipline, and we wanted him to meet people." After watching his son practice the moves at home, John Taddiken wanted to rejoin the sport he had practiced briefly as a child. In another year, Dillon will join classes, and John Taddiken said his wife might join as well. "It's so nice to go through the stages with them," John Taddiken said. "It's a family thing." In fact, it's a family thing for many who participated Saturday in the ATA Regional Taekwondo Tournament. The event was hosted by Salina Family ATA Taekwondo, 800 N. Ninth. Mike Hemann, Omaha, Neb., the regional vice president of the American Tae- kwondo Association and a master instructor, said the organization now has more than 200,000 members who range in age from 4 to over 70. Grand Master H.U. Lee brought tae kwon do, which literally means "art of the hand and foot," to the United States in the early 1960s from Korea, Hemann said. Lee, who was at Saturday's regionals, founded the American Taekwondo Association, the World Traditional Taekwondo Union and the Songahm Taekwondo Foundation — South American and European. The American association is headquartered in Little Rock, Ark. Tae kwon do encompasses both physical and mental aspects, Hemann said. "It helps kids grow in self-confidence and self-esteem, and helps build strong character," Hemann said. Tae kwon do isn't about competing against one another, Hemann said, but about setting individual goals and working to attain them. "You challenge yourself," said Heather Brummer, 709 S. Santa Fe, a member of the Salina Family ATA Taekwondo. "You don't have to look like any other blue belt. You don't compete against anyone else." Brummer has studied tae kwon do for about a year. "I get a lot out of it," she said. "It's taught me things I didn't realize I didn't need to know, like sticking with something." The sport also helps students gain leadership ability, as they begin instructing classes and assisting their classmates. "We have a 7-year-old black belt who helps lead the class and teach," Brummer said. Salina Family ATA Taekwondo offers four weeks of lessons to first-time students for $49. The fee includes a uniform. Brummer said she has continued her studies under the $49 a month fee. Yearly memberships also are offered. At lower levels, Hemann said, students don't touch one another when they spar. As skills and control improve, students begin contact sparring and must buy protective hand, foot, head and mouth guards. Those cost less than $200 a set, Taddiken said. When more than one family member is involved, cost breaks are given, Taddiken said. "It's a lot cheaper than some other sports I've seen," Taddiken said. And in this sport, Hemann said, no one sits on the bench. Task force gets proposal to bar parolees from college By The Associated Press MANHATTAN — Paroled rapists and murderers should be barred from attending state colleges and universities for up to a year after their release, according to a recommendation to a campus safety task force. T THE JOURNALIST The task force was set up by Kansas Attorney General Carla Stovall and has 42 members, including higher education officials, law enforcement agents, parents and students. Representatives of Kansas Board of Regents institutions submitted the recommendation Fri- day during a task force meeting at Kansas State University. "While we firmly believe that education is an important part of rehabilitation, it may be reasonable to expect that certain parolees prove themselves before being allowed to enroll in college," the recommendation said. The issue flared up in March after 20-year-old Pittsburg State student Carrie Williams was murdered. Nursing student Gary Kleypas is charged with rape and first- degree murder in her death. Kleypas was on parole from a 1977 second-degree murder conviction when Williams died. V NATHAN BUTCHER: 1915-1996 Salina engineer dies at 80 Butcher associated with Wilson & Company for more than 50 years By DAN ENGLAND The Salina Journal Nathan Butcher, the engineer-, turned-cowboy who owned two ranches in the Salina area and headed the local engineering firm Wilson & Company, died Saturday. He was 80. Butcher was associated with Wilson & Company Engineers & Architects, 1700 E. Iron, since 1942, when he applied for a job to the founder, Murray A. Wilson, and got a job as a draftsman. Butcher quickly rose through the ranks, and in BUTCHER 1952 he became the firm's general manager. Seven years later, he became co-owner of the firm along with Bruce Roberts. He retired in 1981 and served as a consultant with the company. "He took the company with Bruce and turned into one heck of a company," said Ron Drake, who has been with the company for 30 years and is a partner. Drake said Butcher was "intimidating" to him when Drake first joined the company. . "It took me a long time to figure out that he was just like the rest of us because he was such a gentleman, very scholarly," he said. "He was very fair. I remember you could talk to him about wanting a raise, and when you would go out of his office, you may not have gotten the raise but you felt good." Lew Crawford, 2226 Edgehill, was with the firm for 40 years before retiring in 1987. He remembers Butcher as a "solid" engineer and tells a story about the Elmore Center, where Wilson & Company was located for several years. "I'd go around and look for cracks in the building after it was built," Crawford said. "There weren't any. He was darn good at whatever he did." Butcher grew up on a ranch and never seemed to leave his roots. He owned two ranches when he died, one in New Cambria and one in Brookville. He raised horses and cattle. "I never saw him lose his cool," said Billy Cans, who has lived on the ranch and been a partner with Butcher since 1978. "He was very easy going." Butcher also was a father to Michael Rodenbeek, a grandson whom he raised since Rodenbeek was in the third grade. "He would walk into his office with his boots and his buckle," Ro- denbeek said. "He was his own man. He stood out and didn't mind it. He seized the day when he was in it." Rodenbeek said it was a little strange being raised by someone who was in a removed generation. But, then again, he never seemed to notice when he was around Butcher. "We would go out and throw footballs and ride horses," he said. "He wasn't like an old grandparent. He was always moving." Crickets like to chirp away in master bedroom When you need to know. - Homeowners have 2 choices: sleep through the noise or resort to chemical warfare Ah, fall, the best of all seasons. Crisp mornings. Cool breezes. Mugs of steaming cider. Warm sun in your face. Loud crickets in your * bedroom. Hey, I said fall was best. I didn't say it was perfect. Once again the qualities that elevate fall to the pinnacle of seasons are being overshadowed, or drowned out, I should say, by the annual invasion of crickets. My present battles with the bugs seem consistent with previous years, although a few colleagues down here report record infestations. For those under cricket assault, it might be helpful to know that there are only two general species of crickets: those that try to get into houses and those already in houses. GORDON D. FIEDLER JR. 'ike Saliiui lounuil This year, apparently, has produced a bumper crop of the latter, including a subspecies that, once inside a house, thrives only in the master bedroom. The male members of each species make their irritating racket by scraping their wings together. An Encyclopedia Britannica writer who obviously has never heard a cricket charmingly describes the sound as "musical chirping." According to cricket authorities, the hard-to-find-in-the-dark-when-you're-half- asleep male insects chirp for three basic reasons: To attract females, to make them "perform," and to repel other males who desperately want their own shot at doing the first two. Homeowners have few methods of keeping these noisy lovers out of earshot where they belong, along with howling cats and rap music. If crickets want in, they'll work 24 hours a day — less the time spent womanizing — finding a way in. The best any of us can do, really, is avoid any form of blatant encouragement. By this I mean don't invite geckos into the house. Geckos are lizards. A certain family member received one as a gift some years ago. He named it Art. At first we were told that geckos eat crickets. Splendid. An animal that provides an all-natural method of cricket extermination as well as being a low-maintenance pet. Unfortunately, ordinary house crickets were not good enough. Art needed a softer shelled variety, which we were forced to BUY and bring INSIDE the house ON PURPOSE. These we dumped in Art's screened cage that was fitted with a tight lid, or so we thought. By morning the crickets were gone and Art looked hungry. We knew he wasn't bulimic. There was only one explanation: The crickets sensed their fate and "went over the wall" by squeezing under the lid's wooden seal. They established their hideout in — where else — the master bedroom. Once crickets settle in, the frazzled homeowner can do two things: • Develop sound sleeping habits. When you're 14, ignite a coffee-can full of Black Cat firecrackers near your right ear so that 32 years later you lose the ability to hear high-frequency tones, thus allowing you to cram a pillow in your left ear and still get a good night's sleep. • Or, you can resort to chemical weapons. Any name brand spray containing environmentally friendly substances should work simply by following the easy-to-read label directions that seem appropriate during the day when the crickets are sleeping off their night of fighting and debauchery. But at 3 a.m., with the musical chirping in full chorus, most homeowners have no qualms about using stronger methods, such as filling the entire house up to the eaves with chlordane. [ Some people I know swear by a folk remedy involving hedge apples, the dense, green softball-sized fruit of Osage orange trees that are supposed to be deadly to crickets. I'd try it, but I fear in my sleep-deprived, homicidal state my aim would be off and I'd bury the heavy fruit in the bedroom wall. A more drastic solution is to move'to some place where there are no crickets. If this has appeal, I'd avoid Great Britain. The bugs must be a huge menace in England, where cricket "control involves the use of special, wooden bats. SUGGESTIONS? CALL BEN WEARING, DEPUTY EDITOR, AT (913) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363

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