The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 12, 2001 · Page 10
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B2 THURSDAY, APRIL 12, 2001 GREAT PLAINS THE SAUNA JOURNAL A Look Ahead 12 TlmrsJay • CONVOCATION: Earth Day Convocation \Nith David Van Tassell of Tlie Land Institute. 11 a.m., Miller Chapel, Kansas Wesleyan University. Free. 8275541, Ext. 1280. • EVENT: Golden Years Spring Festival, featuring food, games, dancing and entertainment. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.. Bicentennial Center. • PROGRAM: Salina Coin Club presents "Collecting Kansas Tokens." 7:30 p.m., Veterans of Foreign Wars, 1108 W. Crawford. • PROGRAM: Roundtable Discussion: "Why Performance Art?" with curator Maria Velasco. Noon, Salina Art Center, 242 S. Santa Fe. Free. 8271431. • PROGRAM: Brown-bag lunch and IGNITE discussions with Harley Elliott, education coordinator for Saline Art Center, and Brad Anderson, chairman of the Kansas Wesleyan University art department. 12:15 p.m.. The Gallery, Sams Hall of Fine Arts, Kansas Wesleyan University. 827-5541, Ext. 1127. • PUBLIC MEETING: Business Improvement District 1 Design Review Board. 4 p.m., 114A S. Seventh. 8250535. • LINDSBORG: Honors recital for music students. 3:15 p.m., Presser Hall, Bethany College. (785) 227-3311. 13 Friday • EVENT: Salina Senior Center's Annual.Easter Egg Hunt. 11 a.m.. Senior Center, 245 N. Ninth. 827-9818. • MUSIC:High-energy rock with Tite Grip. 9:30 p.m., King of Clubs, 1056 E. Pacific. $4. • MUSIC: Easter Cantata: "On A Hill Too Far Away." 7 p.m., First Church of the Nazarene, 1425 S. Ohio. 823-6331. • THEATER: Salina Community Theatre presents "Inherit the Wind" — evolution in education and the legal clash. 8 p.m., 303 E. Iron. 827-3033. • LINDSBORG: Performance of "St. Matthew's Passion." 7:30 p.m., Presser Hall, Bethany College. (785) 227-3311. Listing Events Items for the Calendar of Events should be sent at least two weeks in advance to: Calendar of Events, The Salina Journal, P.O. Box 740, Salina 67402. Be sure to include name, address and telephone number. T GEOGRAPHY BEE Landlocked Fourth-grader secures state geography bee By AMY SULLIVAN The Salina Journal Ben Detrixhe rarely goes a couple of days without opening one of his atlases. Since before he started school, the 10-year-old has had an affection for books and maps. His interest was dinosaurs, until one day Ben started spinning his father's globe, said Mari Detrixhe, his mother. His parents found themselves buying an updated globe and atlases instead of children's books. Ben, a fourth-grader at Clyde Elementary School, won the state Geography Bee last week at Fort Hays State University. "We thought (the state bee) would be a good experience, and he goes out and wins it," Ben's father, Ed Detrixhe, said. Melissae Stiles, Ben's gifted-education teacher who accompanied him to the Hays contest, said Ben was the only one of the 20 fourth- "We thought (the state bee) would he a good experience, and he goes out and wins it." Ed Detrixhe father of geography bee winner through-eighth-grade students in his preliminary group to answer correctly all eight questions. In the finals, he missed just one question. Stiles will accompany Ben to the national competition May 22 and 24 in Washington, D.C. Their expenses will be paid by the National Geographic Society, which sponsors the contest. Ben's parents said they plan to go, too. Ben likely will be one of the youngest competitors. He said competing against older students isn't intimidating, but the weight of national competition is a factor. "I'll still be nervous, espe­ cially since it's nationals," Ben said. Country locations won't be all he needs to know to win. He also needs to know about cultures, religions and economies of the world, along with current events. "Most of the current events I know because my parents talk about them and I listen," Ben said. Teacher Stiles said Ben tends to be a listener around adults. He's outgoing with other kids and is a stickler for details, especially grammar. "Ben seems to have a mind that can absorb the information, and he doesn't ever forget it," Stiles said. His mother said he seems to be having fun. Once she asked him if he wanted any geography games. "I have a lot of games I've made up," he told her. When Ben takes his nose out of a book, he can be found shooting hoops or playing baseball. "I would say basketball is my favorite," he said. BRIEFLY T SALINA BUSINESS Ovation breaks ground Cabinet makers to build new $1.3 million plant, triple production By AMY SULLIVAN TIK Salina Journal A groundbreaking Wednesday ceremoniously launched construction of a new plant that will allow Ovation Cabinetry to triple its production and add 50 employees over the next five years. The company, which now employs 33, makes upper-end kitchen cabinets that are mar­ keted throughout the Midwest. Sales last year were $4 million, up 30 percent from the previous year. The company's new $1.3 million, 25,000-square-foot plant will be built on an 8-acre tract at the northeast corner of Scanlan and Wall streets in the Airport Industrial Area. The move-in date will be sometime in September. Joe Lorenz, majority owner of the company, said demand for Ovation cabinets is so high that production needs can't be met at the company's plant at 2804 Arnold. Sunflower / Ongoing conflict FROM PAGE B1 The House has approved a bill to take away the attorney general's power to appoint the directors. The governor, House speaker and Senate president would appoint three directors each, with one of the governor's appointees coming from a list of Blue Cross nominees. Supporters say the change would make the Sunflower Foundation more accountable to the public. "It's an honest attempt to integrate what the Sunflower Foundation could be doing with other state initiatives," House Speaker Kent Glasscock, R-Manhattan, said Wednesday However, the House's action also is part of ongoing conflict between Stovall, a moderate Republican, and some legislators, particularly conservative Republicans. Bashing the attorney general "Some of it is just the standard Attorney General Stovall- bashing," said Sen. David Adkins, R-Leawood, a Stovall ally. Stovall's office would not "By taking unilateral action, the attorney general bruised some of the egos in the Legislature." Sen. David Adkins R-Leawood jump into the public debate, and spokeswoman Mary Tritsch would not speculate on how enacting the changes could affect the settlement. Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Kansas filed suit in 1997 in Shawnee County District Court, seeking clarification of whether it was a charity under Kansas law. The state contended the company was a charitable organization and that the people of Kansas had a claim on some of its assets. The House added its proposal to a Senate bill requiring the attorney general to review agreements involving the*Children's Cabinet, which makes recommendations on how to spend the state's share of a national settlement of tobacco lawsuits. Vote: 121-2 House members approved the bill Friday, 121-2, returning the bill to the Senate. Legislative leaders expect to appoint a joint conference committee to write the final version. The House also approved and sent to Gov. Bill Graves a Senate measure making the foundation subject to the state's open meetings and records act. Rep. Tony Powell of Wichita, a conservative Republican and one of Stovall's strongest critics, said the attorney general could have avoided conflict by consulting the Legislature on the settlement. "It became a power play, and she's going to lose," Powell said. But Adkins called the controversy "more of a PR issue than a policy issue." "By taking unilateral action, the attorney general bruised some of the egos in the Legislature," he said. Lorenz, Hastings, Minn., three years ago joined the three Salina partners in Ovation and since has become the majority owner. His, partners are Dan Gooden, Bill Gray and Brad Bassett. Gooden said Lorenz has 20 years of retail cabinet experience, and the business contacts he hgs developed have played a key role in the growth of the custom-made cabinet firm. Lorenz agrees contacts are. essential. "The cabinet industry is a big industry, but it's pretty small in terms of the amount of companies in It," he said. "What's important is that everyone knows who you are." Gray said the new manufacturing plant, besides allowing for increased production, wiU enable the com^pany to offer more options such as cabinet finishes. • Reporter Amy Sullivan can be reached at 823-6464, Ext. 125, or by e-mail at sjasullivan ©saljournal.com. Salinan sentenced in theft, threat to kill A Salinan accused of threatening to shoot and kill a grocery clerk who confronted him as he attempted to steal two cases of beer was sentenced Wednesday to spend 10 months in prison. Joseph Lawrence Hartman, 22, 651 Highland, was arrested after trying, unsuccessfully, to take two cases of beer from Dillons supermarket at 2350 Planet on Sept. 28. The clerk who confronted him got the license tag number of the getaway car and reported it to police. Hartman was convicted of making a criminal threat and was sentenced to prison by Saline County District Judge George Robertson. Hartman also was convicted of misdemeanor theft in connection with stealing beer at the same store two days earlier. For that crime, Hartman was sentenced to a concurrent prison term of six months. The judge denied probation. Truancy program gets grant for staff Saint Francis Academy has received a $12,690 state Family Preservation Grant to fund two part-time staff members to deal with truant students in Saline and Ottawa counties. Two part-time workers have been hired. Saint Francis' truancy program has been running since October. Jim DuBpis, the Outreach program director at Saint Francis Academy, 5097 W. Cloud, said the goal is to keep students "out of the judicial system as much as possible. "It is one of those things that if we don't put some emphasis on it will lead to more problems," he said. "This prevents the kids from getting into further problems with the courts." Post office honoring Stiles Saturday CLAFLIN — The U.S. Postal Service is joining the celebration to honor Southwest Missouri State star Jackie Stiles. A pictorial cancellation bearing Stiles' name will be available in her hometown of Claflin Saturday — the day the community will hold a parade to honor the NCAA women's career scoring leader. Those mailing a letter that day, or those who stop by a temporary post office station there, will receive the pictorial cancellation: "Jackie Stiles Hometown Station April 14, 2001." Those who cannot attend the event in Claflin can still obtain a cancellation by submitting a mall-order request. Customers should affix stamps to any postcards or envelopes, place them into a larger envelope and mail It to: Pictorial Cancellations, Jackie Stiles Hometown Station, Postmaster Alvita Gates, 218 Main St. Claflin, KS 67525-9998. Yard waste dates set at recreation area Dates for free disposal of yard waste at the East Crawford Recreation Area have been set, with one change In the program this year — there won't be free wood chips to give away Rodger Schneider, owner of Kanza Organlcs, 600 S. LlghtvlUe, told Salina city commissioners that the city giving away free wood chips hurt his business. That prompted commissioners to make the change. People may bring limbs, branches, brush, leaves, clippings and other yard waste at the park drop-off site, located on the east side of the old airport runway. No commercial waste will be accepted, and the dates wUl stand rain or shine. Gates will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each of three days: Saturday, May 5 and May 12. From Staff and Wire Reports FREE Roth IRA Information WADDELL &rREED Financial Services' waddelt.com Member SIPC Investing. With a plan.^" Toni Renfro 1.31 N. Santa Fe, Suite lA Salina, KS 67401 785-827-.3606 POOL SERVICE SPA SERVICE WATER CHEMISTRY Poors Plos of Salina 823-POOL • 2501 Market Place CHRIST CATHEDRAL EPISCOPAL Maundy Thursday- 7:00 p.m. Good Friday- 12:10 p.m. Holy Saturday - 7:00 p.m. Easter Sunday- 10:00 a.m. 138 S. Eighth St., Salina • 827-4440 |K Teachers / No longer rookies FROM PAGE B1 They write papers reflecting on their experiences. At the end, they're no longer roolties. "This program prepares teachei-s very effectively for what they'll experience in a classroom setting," Lane said. He credits North High teachers for developing a program that offers potential for long- term retention. Lane likes the focus: theory to practice to relevancy Since the program was started four years ago, he said, "I don't know of a single graduate who's not teaching." Career changers Lane thinks that filling the teacher shortage will require a variety of approaches, including alternative certification. People trained as teachers can easily take a job in another field; other professionals can't just step into the classroom. "Just knowing your subject isn't sufficient," said Gage, in Topeka. A person can be well-versed in a field, yet be unable to work with children with a wide range of abilities and attitudes. Gage said. She doesn't want to take any chances. "We're talking about children here," she said. Alternative certification She speaks highly of alternative teacher certification programs such as the one run by Lane at Wichita State. The program is for people who want to teach at the high school level and who already have one or more degrees in biology, chemistry, physics, physical science, math, English, social studies, Spanish, French, art, music or physical education. The program allows prospective teachers to join a two-year graduate program, taking courses in the summer and working during the school year as a provisionally certified teacher. Applicants must secure a job by an accredited school district before entering. The program, which began in 1992 for returning Peace Corps volunteers, has been expanded to include professionals from many walks of life. Wichita State has 57 students participating in 29 Kansas school districts in 42 schools. A dose of realism Tom Buttery, dean of education at Fort Hays State University, thinks Kansas should approach its teacher shortage with a dose of realism. Location and salaries make a difference, he said. "In some cases, jobs aren't where the people are. "Many 22- and 23-year-olds want to live where there's a little more nightlife," he said. School climate makes a difference, too. "Some get out and find they can't handle the discipline problems," Buttery said. He notes that colleges work to recruit potential teachers and offer programs to address needs. Fort Hays, for example, has developed an undergraduate program for special education. 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