The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 24, 1996 · Page 7
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 7

Salina, Kansas
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Thursday, October 24, 1996
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Eft THURSDAY OCTOBER 24, 1996 THE SALINA JOURNAL Great Plains VIEWPOINTS / B2 ALMANAC / B3 FUN / B4 B V LIBRARY REMODELING Patrons take noise in stride in library work Customers, staff face plenty of obstacles as library undergoes major renovation By CHRIS KOGER TlieSalina Journal As the Salina Public Library enters a new chapter in its life, books aren't the only things to check out at the 28-year-old building. Patrons can also check out plenty of building changes under way, all heralded with a heavy dose of noise. To accommodate the $1.84 million renovation, the front drive area has been intermittently blocked, the circulation desk has moved and some exits have been closed for a while. Library Executive Director Joe McKenzie said people are .willing to put up with the noise, dust and moving around. "The public has been very understanding and interested in what's going on," he said, "but there's no doubt there have been some inconveniences." Construction has displaced some areas, including the circulation desk. When everything is completed "They're asking 'What all is going to change?' They also ask how we handle the noise all day" Glenda Strahan Salina Public Library clerk in about a year, the children's area will be in the basement, accessible by a new staircase where the circulation desk used to be. The spacious work room behind the former circulation desk is empty, waiting for workers to cut through the concrete floor to make room for the staircase. "We just moved down, that's all we did," said Glenda Strahan, a library clerk who was sorting books at the circulation desk. "We're willows, we can bend." Strahan said people coming into the library have been understanding, despite the constant loud grinding as work continues in the basement. "They're asking, 'What all is going to change,'" Strahan said. "They also ask how we handle the noise all day. You just do, because it's there all day." McKenzie said the new library layout will cut down on noise. More seating and study areas will be available, and copiers, microfilm and some computers will be located in one room on the ground floor. When the library opened, it didn't offer video cassettes, books on tape, copy machines, personal computers or many paperback books, McKenzie said. "This project came from realizing that we've been adding things to the building for the last 28 years, but not adding to the building itself," he said. "We've been taking some books that aren't checked out much off the shelf, and space is not a reason to take a book off the shelf. Being outdated or worn out are reasons, but not space." The basement is a hive of activity as new ductwork, pipe and electrical lines are laid. Formerly an unfinished basement used for storage, outdated periodicals and Friends of the Library book sales, the basement will house the children's area and a large community meeting room. Workers smoothed fresh concrete around the new elevator pit in the basement Wednesday. The elevator will open into the new north entrance, which is now just north of the current north entrance. Chalk lines cross the basement floor in geometric designs, showing where walls and checkout desks will be in the future. "As the days go by, more and more gets done," McKenzie said. Construction workers used heavy equipment this week to fill in a 23- foot hole on the building's north side, where an emergency exit from the basement was built. Digging will begin on the south side, exposing 12 feet of the building's basement wall where windows will be installed. The general contractor, Harbin Construction, 2200 Centennial, and the subcontractors have tried to work with library officials, working at odd hours to disrupt fewer patrons, McKenzie said. "The contractor has been amazingly sensitive to that. The contractor really has that in mind, to keep the library open, to keep things as accessible as possible," he said. The Library is paying for the project through allocations of $500,000 this year and next year, plus about $400,000 from a fund established by the Prescott family. The city is raising $750,000, to be repaid by the library. BRIEFLY Football game moves Halloween back a day HALSTEAD — Residents of this south-central Kansas town will be celebrating Halloween in November. The city council decided last week to urge ghosts, goblins and other trick-or-treaters to wait until Nov. 1 to celebrate the spooky holiday. Halstead High School will be playing its last regular football game of the season on the original Halloween — Oct. 31. Because most of the town of 2,000 people is expected to be at the game — including most of the city's police—.town officials were afraid trick-or-treaters might be left wandering streets with heavy game traffic, knocking at the doors of houses with no one at home to hand out candy. Early snowstorm left many without power An early-season snowstorm dumped up to 8 inches on parts of v Kansas, contributing to at least one fatal traffic accident, and Wichita recorded the earliest measurable snowfall in its history when a fraction of an inch fell at Mid-Continent Airport. Before Tuesday morning's snowfall, Wichita's previous earliest measurable snowfall was on Oct. 24,1898, when a half-inch of snow was recorded, the National Weather Service said. Tuesday's snowfall was measured at 0.2-inch. The Kansas City area received a record 6 inches of snow, breaking a record of 3.3 inches set on Oct. 17,1898. The record is for the most snow to fall in a single day in October. Thousands of people across northeast Kansas were without leaves captured the wet, heavy snow, pulling limbs and 'trees into power lines. •^ The KPL division of Western ; .'.Resources, said about 65,000 cus- * tamers in its northeast Kansas .•^service area were without power >';-a|t some point Tuesday — includ- ;> ",ing 25,000 in Topeka alone. School closure leaves students suspended ;. ' WICHITA — A Wichita compa- •'* ny has closed its vocational class> es, leaving more than 100 stu- ; dents in Wichita and Tulsa, Ok•:.- Jia., wondering whether they will •",.' -receive credit for their classwork. "This is real tough on the students, and no one's talking to us," said Sterling Bradley, a computer-programming student scheduled to graduate Dec. 13. The Bryan Institute ran vocational schools in Wichita, Tulsa and Dallas. It was forced to close classes last week in Tulsa and Wichita after losing its eligibility for federally guaranteed student loans, said Mark Dickerson, a company spokesman and son of its late founder. The Dallas school was shut down earlier this month by the school's landlord. Vocational schools with student loan default rates of more than 25 percent for three years in a row are suspended from the Federal Family Education Loans Program. From Staff and Wire Reports Tomorrow's Headlines 825-6OOO Category 6006 (Call alter 7:30 p.m.) On Thin Ice It takes a day of labor to turn floor into stage for Ice Capades DAVIS TURNER / The Salina Journal Preparing for Friday's opening of the Ice Capades show at the Bicentennial Center, Jim Lebo (right), Scottsdale, Ariz., and Brian Jurena, Hays, mist the chilled floor panels with water to form the first layer of Ice Wednesday. It takes around-the-clock work for 18 to 24 hours to produce a layer of Ice up to 2 inches thick for the skaters. By SHARON MONTAGUE The Salina Journal When the Pink Panther and the MGM Lion take to the ice this weekend in The Magic of MGM Ice Capades production, few spectators will be concentrating on the ice. But making the lVi-tc-2-inch layer of ice the skaters will glide upon takes about two days of preparation. Wednesday morning, engineers were busy at the Bicentennial Center setting up a framework of panels upon which the ice is made. Jim Lebo, engineer with Ice Ca- pades, said the ice is frozen using a process akin to freezing food in a freezer — but on a grander scale. Panels inside the wooden framework of the rink are made up of hollow cores. Those cores are filled with ethylene glycol, an antifreeze, mixed with water. • Three 100-ton compressors in a semi-trailer outside the Bicentennial Center work the antifreeze through the cores, removing the heat. It's about a 10-minute process. "It's like refrigeration, on a grand scale," Lebo said. "The difference between these compressors and a refrigerator compressor is like the difference between kindergarten and graduate school." After the heat is removed, workers walk around the rink with garden hoses, spraying a fine mist of water over the cores. "The mist falls like snow, and crystallizes about an inch above the surface," Lebo said, then falls. That seals the cracks between the panels, to provide a smooth surface for the ice. Workers spray the mist for a couple of hours, until there's a thin layer of ice over the rink. They, they begin filling the rink, about a sixteenth of an inch at a time, with the water freezing before it can run off the surface. About the shows The Magic of MGM, an Ice Capades production, will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Bicentennial Center. Tickets are available in Salina at the Bicentennial Center; House of Sight and Sound and Del's Electronics Center. "They start at one end, and by the time they get to the other end, the first part is frozen," Lebo said. "Then, they start over again." The process takes 18 to 24 hours. The work isn't over once the show starts. The Ice Capades cast will perform four shows in Salina. After each performance, a zamboni machine smooths the ice with a 48-inch razor blade with a beveled edge. After the ice is smooth, the zam- boni goes out again, this time pouring about 100 gallons of hot water over the ice, melting the surface to fill any cracks. So what's the worst thing that can happen to a crew preparing ice for a skating event? A power failure, Lebo said, which would shut down the compressors that keep the ice frozen. Crews scramble when the curtain falls on the group's final production in a given town, as well. To get rid of the ice they spent two days preparing, workers drive dump trucks onto it, breaking it into pieces. Then they spend about a day hauling the ice out to wheelbarrows or dump trucks. "We hire a lot of temporaries when we're in town," Lebo said. HALLOWEEN ACTIVITIES Horrorful weekend on tap Fall test grew from Spooktacular, will fill 3 days this weekend By GARY DEMUTH The Salina Journal Bravehearted medieval knights will wield sabers and broadswords across campus grounds. Kids will indulge in the Monster Mash Toss or the Batty Dart Throw. Sports fans will be cheering their favorite team in the sand volleyball tournament. Brave souls will be haunted by the ghostly thrills of Howl-o-rama or the tragic horror of Medea. It will all be happening at Salina Fall Fest, Friday through Sunday at Kansas Wesleyan University. The fest was previously known as the Howl-o-rama Spooktacular, a Halloween event sponsored by the Salina Parks and Recreation Department and held the past six years at Kansas Wesleyan. But so many activities have been added, and public interest has grown so much, that it was decided to make it into a three-day festival, said Tim Chapman, associate director for Institutional Advancement at Kansas Wesleyan University. "It used to be primarily a Kansas Wesleyan event, but we wanted to turn it into more of a community event that the whole family could enjoy," Chapman said. "Now it's gone from a four- hour event to a three day one." The fall fest is co-sponsored by Kansas Wesleyan, Salina Parks and Recreation Department and the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce. Events include: • Demonstrations of medieval combat and customs by the Society of Creative Anachronisms, a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to researching and recreating the Middle Ages. They will be featured throughout the day Saturday and Sunday, and will hold a torchlight ceremony at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. • More than 35 games and activities for children, with colorful names like the Spook Shoot, Eye- ball Toss and Graveyard Grab. Candy and prizes will be given away, and kids may also have their faces painted in ghoulish colors. • For the artistically inclined, the Kansas Wesleyan Theatre Department will present the classic Greek tragedy "Medea" Friday, Saturday and Sunday. • There will also be a haunted house in Peters Science Hall; a sand volleyball tournament, sponsored by the Salina Chamber of Commerce; a Civil War encampment recreated by the Eighth Kansas Civil War Group; and a costume contest. • Live music and entertainment, arts and crafts booths and food vendors will be set up throughout the festival. • Of course, there will still be the traditional Howl-o-rama Spooktacular. In case of rain, events will be moved into the gym, Sams Chapel or Pioneer Hall. But Chapman hopes that won't happen. "I know it's going to be a beautiful, sunny weekend," he said. Salina Fall Fest at Kansas Wesleyan University FRIDAY: 8 p.m., Haunted House, Peters Science Hall.$1. "Medea," Kansas Wesleyan Theatre Department, Fitzpatrick Auditorium. $4. SATU RDAYj 9a.m., Sand Volleyball Tournament. 10 a.m., Society of Creative Anachronisms demonstrations, live entertainment, arts and crafts booths and food vendors throughout day. 1:9Qp,m, KWU Vs. Ottawa, football. 4 p,( 7:30 p.m., Torchlight Ceremony. 6 p.m., Haunted House, Peters Science Hall.$1. "Medea," Kansas Wesleyan Theatre Department, Fitzpatrlck Auditorium. $4. SUNDAY: 10 a.m., Society of Creative Anachronisms demonstrations, live entertainment, arts and crafts booths and food vendors until 3 p.m. 8p.m., "Medea," Kansas Wesleyan Theatre Department, Fitzpatrlck Auditorium. $4. For further Information, call 887-5841, wrt, SUGGESTIONS? CALL BEN WEARING, DEPUTY EDITOR, AT (913) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363

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