The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 25, 2001 · Page 10
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- B2 WEDNESDAY. APRIL 25. 2001 GREAT PLAINS THE SALINA JOURNAL A Look Ahead 25 MteJnesJay • DANCE: Jolly Mixers, Classic Heart playing. 8-11 p.m., Moose Lodge. No smoking or drinking. 8277870. • EVENT: Senior Center and R.S.V.P. Recognition Social. 1:30 p.m. Senior Center, 245 N. Ninth. 827-9818. • MUSIC: Open Jam Night. King of " Clubs, 1056 E. Pacific. No cover. • PUBLIC MEETING: Salina Heritage Commission. 4 p.m.. Room 107, City-County Building. • THEATER: Salina Community ' Theatre presents "inherit the Wind." 7:30 p.m., 303 E. Iron. 827-3033. • HUNTER: Annual Methodist Church supper and auction. 5:30 p.m., • roast beef and barbecue pork supper; 7 p.m., baked items and craft auction, Hunter Grade School. (785) 529-4137. 26 Thursday • CONVOCATION: "Alpha Chi presents Promising Student Works." 11 a.m.. Miller Chapel, Kansas Wesleyan University. 827-5541, Ext. 1280. • EVENT: 'The Sky's the Limif Spring Celebration. 2-3:30 p.m., Presbyterian Manor, 2601 E. Crawford. 8251366. • MUSIC: Cora Williams sings. 11:15 a.m., Senior Center, 245 N. Ninth. 827-9818 • MUSIC: Kansas Wesleyan University Chorale presents "An Evening of Folksongs and Partsongs." 7:30 p.m.. University United Methodist Church. 827-5541, Ext. 5214. Free. • PROGRAM: Browfn-bag lunch and IGNITE discussions with Marcia MacLennan, Kansas Wesleyan University professor of religious studies. 12:15 p.m.. The Gallery, Sams Hall of Fine Arts. 827-5541, Ext 1127. • PUBLIC MEETING: Business Improvement District 1 Design Review Board. 4 p.m., 114A S. Seventh. 8250535. • PUBLIC MEETING: Salina Public Library board. 4 p.m., 301 W. Elm. 8254624. • THEATER: Salina High School South drama department presents the musical "Godspell." 7:30 p.m.. South High School. $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and students and $3 for ' students with activity tickets. 826-4766. • CONCORDIA: Opening reception for 'The Experience of Farmers, From Ideas to Artwork" by Lora Jost. 6-8 p.m., Frank Carlson Library. (785) 5682350. 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. Job Gounsciing Former Morning Star employees to get help About 30 people who lost their jobs with the closing of Morning Star Ministries can learn about unemployment benefits and job searches at a meeting at 2 p.m. Friday at the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce Development Center, 120 W. Ash. The meeting is being coordinated by the Kansas Department of Human Resources and the chamber. At the meeting, former employees will be given information about unemployment insurance; job placement services, including resume preparation; electronic job searches and career counseling; training services, and tips for managing money after the paychecks stop. Morning Star, Salina's largest operator of short-term and emergency foster care youth homes, closed earlier this month because of financial difficulties. For more information, former employees can call the Salina Workforce Development Center, 827-0385. From Staff Reports : Sue exhibit in final week at Sternberg By The Associated Press HAYS — Really, how much interest could there be in seeing a model of some old bones? Plenty — if they're the right bones. Officials at Fort Hays State University's Sternberg Museum of Natural History said they're close to their goal of attracting 100,000 visitors to the {traveling exhibit, "A T. rex Named Sue." The exhibit includes a cast of ithe largest and most complete : Tyrannosaurus rex fossil ever found. The original is on permanent display at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. • The exhibit, which concludes its two-month run at the Sternberg Sunday, had drawn 85,000 .Visitors as of last Friday T ROOFING Do homework on roofing contractors City officials hope registration law will stop fly-by-nighters By NATE JENKINS T}ic Salina Journal Recent stormy weather, including a hail storm that pum­ melled parts of south Salina Friday night, is keeping phones in the offices of roofing contractors ringing. "It's been busy ever since we had the wind storms last week," said Channing Summers, a receptionist at Serrault Roofing, 526 S. Fourth. "It's been every day; it's just crazy" Though city officials say they haven't received many T KANSAS UNEMPLOYMENT phone calls regarding damaged roofs, they hope to — but not from people complaining they have been ripped off by fly-by- night contractors looking to make a quick buck with incompetent work. After a hail storm in the mid- 1990s, many in Salina ran into problems with shoddy work, and they had no way to contact the contractors that did it. Mike Morgan, director of the city's building services department and deputy city manager, said experience helped prompt new registration requirements that recently went into effect. "The city dealt with concerns from consumers," Morgan said. "It was one of the primary reasons for the registration requirements." "The real struggle locally is how long it will take to get a roofer you can trust." Mike Peterson Salina's chief building official and zoning administrator The requirements mandate that roofing and other contractors register with the city. Those that are registered, Morgan said, are insured, must meet workers' compensation requirements and are bonded to ensure their work complies with the uniform building code. Information attained through registration also provides people a way to contact roofing contractors. "It protects the consumer," Morgan said. Citizens are encouraged to call the city's building services department at 309-5715 to ask about who is and isn't registered. Mike Peterson, the city's chief building official and zoning administrator, estimated roofs on between 1,000 and 2,000 structures in Salina will require work. Peterson offers the following advice for people looking to hire contractors for roof work: • Check more than three of the contractor's references to determine reliability "You can't have too many references," Peterson says. • Be wary of contractors who ask for payment in advance. • Be patient. Peterson said following previous hail storms, people have been too impatient and hired roofers simply because they wanted the work done fast. That, Peterson said, can cause people to bypass proper checks of whom they are hiring. "The real struggle locaUy is how long it will take to get a roofer you can trust," Peterson said. • Reporter Nate Jenkins can be reached at 823-6464, Ext. 139, or by e-mail at sjnjenkins@sal journal.com. State's March jobless rate drops Seasonal factors push down state's unemployment rate By The Associated Press TOPEKA — Spring brings warmer weather — and usually a drop in the state's unemployment rate. That was the case again this year. The jobless rate dipped to 3.7 percent in March, down from 4.1 percent in February the state Department of Human Resources reported Tuesday The figure for March 2000 also was 3.7 percent. The department expected the decline in unemployment. Bill Layes, its chief of labor market information, said warmer weather brings with it the resump­ tion of construction, lawn care and recreation jobs. Also, the department said March saw a surge in government employment, which it attributed largely to the hiring of workers for municipal and school board elections. The unemployment rate for Salina and Saline County was 3.4 percent in March. The county had 30,032 people employed and 1,045 unemployed in March. Layes said the unemployment rate has dropped from February to March in 17 of the past 20 years. And in April, he said, "It's likely to stay the same or drop a little." The department said 1,388,303 Kansans held jobs, while 53,870 were actively seeking work. 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The following are unemployment rates for March in area counties: , Cloud, 3.2 percent; Dickinson, 4.5 percent; Ellis, 2.5 percent; Ellsworth, 2.7 percent; Lincoln, 2.6 percent; McPherson, 2.9 percent; Ottawa, 3.2 percent; and Republic, 2.9 percent. LA-Z-DOY* Showroom 141 S. ^nta Fe • 785-827-0002 • Downtown Salina Weekdays 9:00 - 5:30 • Sundays 1:00 - 4 :00 You Are Invited To Our 2nd Annual Mother's Day OPEN HOUSE! Saturday, April 28th- lla.m.-3p.m. Bring your questions and meet your State Representatives for • Fenton Glassware • Guiseppi Aimani Figurines • Seraphim Angels See all the new pieces offered for 2001 and have the opportunity to purchase special pieces offered. »Armani Mother's Day Figurine • Fenton 6 1/2" violet awl-signed by Lynn 5 1/2" red carnival vase-signed fcyMifce 6" Topaz Cat-signed by Tom • Seraphim 3 pc. angels Rose, Lily, Daisy, & Pansy Buy your memberships at this time and be entered into special drawings. Refreshments will be served. THE SOCIETY HOURS: Mon.-Sat. 10:00-7:30 • Sun. 12:00-5:00 2332 Planet Avenue • Salina, KS 67401 • 785-452-9631 Across from Central Mall State Farm is here to help you with your claim. If you're a State Farm Policyholder and your home or car was damaged by the recent hail storm, it's best to report that damage right away. Contact your State Farm agent now for instructions on filing your claim. If your roof must be replaced, this is a good time to talk to your contractor about installing an impact-resistant roof. These roofing materials are designed to better withstand impact such as hail storms. You ma^y save time and money in the long run. And, you may also qualify for insurance premium discounts. Contact your agent for more details. STATE FARM INSURANCE ® For more information, contact your agent. like a good neighbor, State Farm is theref STATE FARM INSURANCE COMPANIES • HOME OFFICES: BLOOMINGTON, ILLINOIS statefarm.com™

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