The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 23, 2001 · Page 2
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A2 MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2001 THE SALINA JOURNAL A Look Ahead 23 Monilay • EVENT: Monthly meeting of Chapter 11 Disabled American Veterans. 7:30 p.m., Veterans of Foreign Wars : Hall, 1108 W. Crawford. All eligible veterans are invited to attend. 827-4620. • PARENTING CLASS: "Positive '. Discipline." 6-8 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 308 S. Eighth. Free. 825-4493. • PROGRAM: Tal chl Instruction : with Linda Zarata. 4:30-5:30 p.m., University United Methodist Church. Donation suggested. 825-7664. • PROGRAM: Computer Interest group meeting. 1:30 p.m.. Senior Center, 245 N. Ninth. 827-9818. • PROGRAM: Disabled American Veterans Loren T. Manning Chapter 11 veterans information seminar. 6 p.m.. Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall, 1108 W. Crawford. 827-4620. • PROGRAM: Salina-Saline County Health Department presents "Safe Food Handling" worl<shops. 9-11 a.m., 2-4 p.m. or 7-9 p.m., health department Conference Room A, 125 W. Elm. 8266600. • PROGRAM: "Celebrate Shakespeare," a look at England presented by Carson Soelberg. 7 p.m., Salina Public Library children's department. 825-4624. • PUBLIC MEETING: Salina City Commission. 4 p.m., Room 107, City- County Building. (785) 309-5700. • BROOKVILLE: Smoky Hill Museum presents "The History of Brookville." 7:30 p.m., Brookville Community Center. 309-5776, Ext. 2326. • GYPSUM: Southeast of Saline School Board. 7:30 p.m.. Room 101, 5056 E. Kansas Highway 4. (785) 5364291. 24 Tuesday • 'OPEN HOUSE: Salina Central High School art department. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Rooms 158 and 159. Enter through east door near football stadium. Free. • POETRY: Salina Arts and Humanities Commission 2001 Spring Poetry Reading Series featuring Carol Mickett. 7:30 p.m.. Capers Cafe and Bakery, 109 N. Santa Fe. $2.50 at the door. 309-5770. • PROGRAM: Lecture by Edwin Meese III, former U.S. attorney general — "Would the Founding Fathers Recognize Today's Supreme Court?" 7 p.m., Sams Chapel, Kansas Wesleyan University. Free. 827-554, Ext. 1121. • PROGRAM: Performance by the Continentals, a Christian singing and dance group, 7 p.m., Emmanuel Foursquare Gospel Church, 1325 E.Cloud. Free. • PROGRAM: Stroke Conference 2001.1-4 p.m., Senior Center, 245 N. Ninth. Free. To register, call 452-7610. • PUBLIC MEETING: Saline County Commission. 11 a.m., Room 107, City- County Building. 309-5825. • PUBLIC MEETING: Salina School Board. 5 p.m., district office, 1511 Gypsum. 826-4700. • PUBLIC MEETING: Salina-Saline County Board of Health. 4 p.m., 125 W. Elm. 826-6600. • • HOXIE: Western Plains Arts Association presents SwingDance America. 7:30,p.m., Hoxie High School. $14 for adults and $7 for students. (785) 4626448. • McPHERSON: Handbell concert with artists Kevin McChesney, Michael Kastner and Beth Klein. 7 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 119 N. Elm. Free. (620) 241-0424. 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. • HOiSINGTON TORNADO Red Cross working to help Hoisington Volunteer workers were on their way to town within 2 hours By AMY SULLIVAN The Salina Journal HOISINGTON — Finding volunteers to help tornado victims was an easy task for the American Red Cross. They're already hard at work. The Red Cross monitored Saturday night's storms from its Salina office in case help was needed, said Vicktoria Degand, North Central Kansas chapter director Hoisington is in the chapter's 20-county zone for disasters, and 12 volunteers left Salina for the stricken town about 10:30 p.m. Saturday "These are our neighbors, so (the volunteers) were more than ready to jump up and go," Vicktoria Degand said. By Sunday, 66 volunteers from Salina, McPherson, Junction City, Clay Center, Goodland, Colby and Wichita were in Hoisington. Some will stay a few days and others can be here for weeks. The Associated Press The path of Saturday's tornado through Hoinsington can be seen in this aerial photograph talten Sunday. The relief work will take at least two weeks, said John Degand, Red Cross volunteer disaster coordinator, Sunday evening from Hoisington. He estimated the damage to include 200 destroyed buildings, 85 houses with major damage, 200 houses with minor damage, two damaged schools, three damaged churches and 12 damaged businesses, including one of two pharmacies and the town's only grocery store. Because there's no other grocery store available, rescue workers have had to go to area towns to shop for food and supplies. "Right now, we're concentrating on food and water," Vicktoria Degand said. "There's no sense in bringing in bedding and all those things because people have no houses to put them in." Once people heard of the shortages, they started donating bottled water and food, John Degand said. After the storm, 225 people needed shelter and were put up at City Hall and the Veterans of Foreign Wars building. The Red Cross estimates it helped 900 people in some way. Because so many people are in need, the Red Cross's feeding operation was set up at the American Legion. The Red Cross headquarters is at the Knights of Columbus building. Hoisington may not have enough homes standing to take care of everyone in need, and city officials are looking at what's available, she said. In past disasters, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has provided trailers for temporary shelter Local churches, the Salva- How to help The American Red Cross is accepting monetary donations to help the Hoisington tornado victims. Donations can be made at the Salina office, 145 S.Santa Fe, or by mail at The American Red Cross, RO. Box 1633, Salina 67402. tion Army and counselors also are helping. "Spirits are high," Vicktoria Degand said. "Of course everyone is in shock, but people are pulling together and helping one another." Tornado / Many lose their homes FROM PAGE A1 In the distance, they could see search teams and their dogs combing through the rubble for other bodies or survivors. They found neither. "It is amazing I survived that," Joyce Tauscher said. Prom night ruined For Hoisington's high school students, it was an unforgettable prom night. Students were sent to a basement tornado shelter, and the building they were in was undamaged. "It was calm for a while, and then everybody's cell phones started going off," said Eric Steiner, 17. That set off a panic as tearful students tried to find their families. When the tornado hit, Steiner's parents were at the local Dairy Queen, which was destroyed. Steiner's father, Leon, manages the store, and was on the phone at the time. Five of the nine people in the Dairy Queen made it to the walk-in freezer for shelter as the building collapsed around them. Leon Steiner suffered a minor cut on his arm. A woman at the store was taken to a hospital, but she did not have critical injuries. Melvin Kaiser, who lived next door to the Tauschers, fought back tears Sunday as he waited to get back to his home. All that was left was a floor and two walls. His wife was taken to a hospital, but was doing well. The couple never would have gone to the basement during the storm. Kaiser said, if his 24-year-old son Tyler had not insisted they go down with him. "I don't know why we went down there. We laughed about it — almost didn't go," Kaiser said. As for Joyce Tauscher, she went down to the basement after a door to her house blew open. As she closed it, the house vibrated and she hollered to her husband to get down to the basement. She made it down just as the staircase was ripped out and hit the >• (785 On April 8, 2001 unknown persons entered.a White 1998 Oldsmobile Achieva wMle it was parked on 1-70 near Solomon rest area. Entrance was gained to the vehicle by breaking out the passenger side v/indow. Taken from the vehicle was a Sony AM/FM Compact Disc player with a detachable face plate. Estimated los; If you have any information concerning who committed this crime, call Crimestoppers at 825-TiPS. 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"Right away, I knew my husband was gone." She stood there just holding a flashlight in the dark, hoping^ someone would see her. "I didn't know what to do," she said. On Sunday morning, as she waited for police to let her re- tiurn to what was left of her tiZg DICKINSON ^ THEATRES ^ 2 Convenient Ways To Get Showtimes! • Call The Theatre Direct .(listed below) OR • Visit us online at www.dtmovies.com home, she spoke about needing to buy clothes for her husband's burial. Then, she began sobbing. "You just can't comprehend; 42 years of your life is gone," she said. "I have nothing." Pool & Spa SERVICE 823-7512 2001 Spring Poetry Reading Series ksday Evenings Carol Mickett April 24 7 :30 p.m. Capers Caf^ and Bakery 109 N. Santa Fe $2 .50 Admission sponsored by the Salina Arts & Humanities Commission and the Salina Public Library. Central Mall 8 2259 S. 9th St. ^785; 825-9*05 SALINA, KB Midstates 2 2450 S. 9th St. ^785; 825-9Y05 SALINA, KS Guess who is 16 today! 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