The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 30, 2001 · Page 3
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THE SAUNA JOURNAL GREAT PLAINS MONDAY, APRIL 30, 2001 A3 • HOISINGTON TORNADO Tornado victims inspire volunteers ' Hoisington gets help from people arriving from all over the U.S. By The Associated Press HOISINGTON — One week after a tornado ripped through Hoisington, volunteers from all over the country are helping in "^the recovery. ^" "We might be helping them, but they're inspiring us," said '•^Kathy Mears, Greensburg, Pa., a 'caseworker with the American ' Red Cross. "They won't let any' thing get them down." Mears has been in Hoisington since Tuesday, set up in the ; Knights of Columbus hall on ; Main Street, just four blocks > south of where a tornado del stroyed 141 homes and damaged ! hundreds on April 21. The Red Cross was prepared to coordinate as many as 10,000 volunteers Saturday Groups that have offered help include Mennonites, Southern Baptists, Seventh-Day Adventists. United Methodists, church youth groups and schools of children from all over Kansas. Joan Gove-Leavitt, a Red Cross volunteer from Arkansas City, drove one of many emergency response vans through the damaged neighborhoods. Vicki Churchman of Nickerson handed out bottled water, fruit punch, cheese and crackers, work gloves and sunscreen through the window of the van, along with five-gallon jugs and donated storage bins. Parents were able to leave their children in a play area managed by the Mennonite Brethren. Cathy Hale, food-services director with the Kansas-Nebraska Southern Baptist Convention, said she marveled at all the donations of time and items. McDonalds and Ohse Meats each left a refrigerated semi trailer full of food, which Hale said had been refilled with donated perishable items. Volunteer labor is enough to generate 20,000 meals a day out of the temporary kitchen set up behind the Veterans of Foreign Wars post, she said. Just making sure aU the help is used properly and nothing is duplicated is a huge task, said Mike Wemmer, a Wichita-based Red Cross officer and job director for the Hoisington relief project. "It's like setting up a business, then closing down in three weeks," Wemmer said. The relief effort's nerve center is the VFW post. It's set up with rows of tables, with the directors of each department, most behind computer terminals, at the controls of the aid machine. It has departments like "Mass Care," for food, water and shelter, and "Logistics" to make sure raw materials are available. "Recordkeeping" makes sure everything gets written down. Betty Lisle managed the "Family Service" department, helping families connect with renters, and finding them furniture. Lisle, 67, lives in Jackson Center, Ohio, but travels as a Red Cross reservist. "This is contagious stuff," Lisle said. "Once you get this in you, you want to get going with it whenever you can." Staff members from Saint Francis to help with cleanup today By The Salina Journal Saint Francis Academy employees will do clean-up work today in Hoisington to help victims of the April 21 tornado. The academy, known for helping juveniles in trouble with the law, also helps place foster children with families. Seven of the academy's families live in Hoisington, and one of those homes was destroyed, said Trish Bryant, assistant vice president of residential and community services. "One of our foster parents has been with us quite a while. Her home was leveled, and she was given another place to go in the meantime. We want to help get them back on their feet again," Bryant said. Bryant said she called clean-up organizers last week and was told not to send supplies, but to send volunteers. Nine volunteers, Bryant included, will work all day today "We will pick up trash and help clean up the homes that were destroyed," Bryant said. The nine employees work on both the Salina and Ellsworth campuses in all levels of the academy. The Rev. Henry Sabbetti, Salina chaplain, will talk with the tornado survivors and offer spiritual help, Bryant said. J • SALINA COMMUNITY THEATRE 'Wit' off to nationals after region£ds win ; Cast members win = awards in first SCT play to reach nationals By AMY SULLIVAN \ The Salina Journal ] SIOUX CITY, IOWA — A I' Pulitzer Prize-winning script got * the Salina Community Theatre ; noticed at the American Associa- ; tion of Community Theaters J Festival regional competition i over the weekend. The "Wit" cast found out Sun; day they won first place out of ! the nine plays entered, said Mar­ sha Stewart, director. This is the first regional competition win for the theater The last Salina play to go to regionals was "The Medium" in 1983. It placed second at regionals. The cast will perform the play about one woman's battle with ovarian cancer, at nationals June 25 to July 1 in Harrisburg, Pa. "I always thought the theater should receive national recognition. We're one of top theaters in the country It's only right that we should be going to nationals," Stewart said. None of the other plays quite matched the emotion and humor of first-time playwright Margaret Edson's script, Stewart said. The theater was the first community theater to secure the rights to the play That happened last year when theater director Michael Spicer showed Stewart the script. "Michael passed me the script casually and I hounded him to get the rights for it. He did it. Without Michael, this would not have been possible," Stewart said. Well-written dialogue needs good acting. The nine-person cast built on that foundation. "AU of the judges said they were impressed by the total quality of the actors. We didn't have a weak person on the stage," Stewart said. Judges rewarded three "Wit" women with "Outstanding Actor" awards Sunday: Kim Grimaldi, lead character; Vivian Bearing; Patti Wood, Bearing's professor E. M. Ashford; and Vickee Spicer, Bearing's nurse Susie. At the performance Friday evening, the audience, including actors from the other plays, responded enthusiastically, Vickee Spicer said. "They laughed when it was time to laugh. It made it go a little longer than anticipated. There was tension to get the show done in under 60 minutes," Vickee Spicer said. Running over would disqualify the Salina cast. Requirements were to set up the stage, perform the play and strike the set in that hour. The cast apparently worked well together and with the host theater's staff. The staff gave the SCT cast the award for technical contribution for being the most pleasant to work with. This success was anything but easy even if they did won five awards. Michael Spicer said at least three of the plays performed were as good as plays performed at nationals last time. The nationals trip will cost an estimated $11,000, Michael Spicer said. A regionals win wasn't something the theater board could predict and put in the budget. "The begging starts on Monday" Michael Spicer said. Businesses and individuals will be asked to contribute. Tentative plans are to charter a bus for the cast and crew and sell remaining seats to people in the community who want to go with them. [ • FOOT-AND-MOUTH DISEASE Lawmakers craft defense I Bill would regulate i the feeding of waeste i foods to animals By SARAH KESSINGER . Harris News Service TOPEKA — Worries about foot and m'outh disease have led Kansas lawmakers to craft a w last-minute bill aimed at facili- I;, tating quick state response to ' any local outbreaks. I So far the United States has I. ' not had to face the current j;; spread of the disease, consid- ^ ered one of the most contagious ailments to infect cloven-hoofed t animals such as cattle, hogs and L,. sheep. I;; But Kansas and other states « are fixing laws and emergency its management efforts just in case. S "I think we need to make sure ^' that the government can act * quickly I think that's part of the » thrust of this proposed bill," % said Kansas Livestock Commis^ sioner George Teagarden. * The other part is to make sure » animal feed is safe. 1^ Currently, Kansas hog farms "can feed the animals with swiU, or leftover food and other consumable garbage. If that feed is from the farmer's table scraps, it is not considered a potential problem, said Teagarden. But if it comes from another source, it coidd be, he added. Hog farmers must gain state ^f^permission to feed swill from ^outside the farm. I* Currently just one hog farm, Ea Riley County producer, is li- l^censed. The farm feeds hogs 'with cooked leftovers from Fort • Riley's cafeteria. "I think we need to consider ; whether we should continue to l permit it," Teagarden said. FATAL FIRE "Garbage can be an excellent carrier of disease if not properly cooked." Senate Agriculture Chairman Derek Schmidt, R-Independence, is introducing a bill that could further regulate feeding hogs waste foods. "This is not an issue to ignore," he said. The bill also would let the governor authorize a state of emergency in the case of a contagious livestock disease. Also, it would give lawmakers authority to extend an emergency declaration as long as needed to maintain quarantines. The measure would provide for compensation of livestock producers if the state had to kill any herds. Currently the law is outdated and doesn't address how to draw on federal funds. "The main thing right now is to make sure we have the necessary tools to act quickly," Teagarden said. On May 9, the state will stage a simulated outbreak of a foreign disease in livestock. The Kansas Office of Emergency Management will join with other state agencies, including the National Guard, Highway Patrol, local sheriff's departments and veterinary medicine experts for the drill to see how to handle the illness if it surfaced in Kansas. "This will kind of put to work what we've already figured out," Teagarden said. Foot and mouth, which is not a danger to humans, has infected livestock throughout Great Britain this year. More than 1,400 farms have destroyed herds of cattle and flocks of sheep to stem the viral spread. "Virtually every state is going through the same processes as Mil Two die in Junction City fire tJ ^ByThe Associated Press \% JUNCTION CITY — An ear- 'i'ly-morning fire claimed the Olives of a Junction City cou- pie during the weekend. The victims were Richard ;"Bush, 77, an Army veteran '«.who was with the 101st Air^^borne Division in the D-Day ;;-;invasion of Normandy, and »his wife, Paula, 82, whom he *i '<met in France during the war. K- Their son, Jimmie Bush, lived in the basement of ^^their home and discovered "i- the fire when he awoke about tt 5:30 a.m. Saturday. He said he S tried to caU 911 but the line 2 was dead, so he went to a w neighbor's home to seek help. S Bush said he and the neigh' bor, Dan Nielson, found his ^parents on the floor next to j;, their bed. They had caiTied « his father out and had gone "back in after his mother when police arrived. The Bushes were taken by ambulance to Geary Community Hospital, which declined to say when they died, citing a police investigation. Officials were investigating the cause of the fire. Bush said he thought it resulted from an electrical problem behind a couch in the basement. The fire was limited to the living area of the basement, but heat and smoke damage extended through the upstairs area. Nielson said the door to the couple's bedroom apparently had been open. The victims' grandson, Jimmie Bush Jr., 22, also lived in the home but he was away overnight. After the fire, the younger Bush found his grandfather's flag and hoisted it on the flagpole in the front yard, and his father then lowered it to half-staff. we are," Teagarden said. The practice of prevention in Kansas should help keep other diseases at bay as weU, he said. The state has 27 diseases listed that have not infected Kansas livestock. "There are just a number of diseases that exist in the world that we don't have and don't want," he said. CORRECTIOIMS ••••• The Journal wants to set the record straight. Advise us of errors by calling the Journal at (785) 823-6363, or toll free at 1-800827-6363. Corrections will run in this space as soon as possible. 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Elm. llicsc pi€>fp-.uns iu'c iimck- jjossihlo in pmt by tJic Sstliim Art Center, the Salina Hitman Relations Department, St Francis Academy, and Live @ Your Library, an initiative of the American Library Association with major support from the National Endovmient of the .\rts, Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Fund, and John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. @ 3roup llbi»ary

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