The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 31, 1996 · Page 7
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 7

Salina, Kansas
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Thursday, October 31, 1996
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WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 31, 1996 THE SALINA JOURNAL Great Plains VIEWPOINTS / B2 ALMANAC / B3 FUN / B4 B T HALLOWEEN Workers join children in costume festivities From penguins to punkers, Salina businesses give visitors a kick on Halloween By ALF ABUHAJLEH The Salina Journal Traditionally a day celebrated by kids dressed up in fantastic costumes, Halloween also is a time for Salina workers to kick back and enjoy the festivities. Local business owners and managers are encouraging their employees to show up at work today in Halloween costumes. Although most employees choose not to dress up, many spend time and effort on putting together elaborate ensembles. "This year, we are all dressing up as punk rockers," said Karen Malin, assistant manager of Snip N' Clip, a hair salon at 2336 Planet Avenue. "We are going to have really wild hair. It will look really cool." Last year, Snip N' Clip's staff dressed up as The Cone Heads, the space alien family formerly featured in the television program "Saturday Night Live." Mary Kary, a stylist at the salon, said customers enjoy the comedy. "We had a blast last year," she said. "People love it." At Mister Penguin Tuxedo Rental & Sales, 2118 Planet, all 25 employees are dressing up as ... yes, that's right, penguins. Other merchants at Planet Avenue also are putting on Halloween costumes as the street is host of the first annual Safe Trick-or-Treat Street for toddlers, preschoolers and their parents from 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. "We are trying to make this safe and fun for the kids and their parents when they come here," said Stacey Grandy, a sales clerk at Mister Penguin. "Many of the merchants in our area are getting into the spirit." Scary monster outfits that might be less suitable for small children will be worn by the staff at Gadzooks, a clothing store in Central Mall. Todd Funk, the store manager, said he is coming to work dressed as Freddy Kruger, the infamous villain from the motion picture "The Nightmare on Elm Street." "We are a brand new store and have to be careful with building our customer base," said Funk, adding the store opened three weeks ago. "But next year, you will see all kind of funky stuff in the store during Halloween." Target Stores, 2939 Market, and Sears Roebuck in Central Mall are encouraging their employees to put on spectacular concoctions. The retailers reward the employees wearing the best Halloween costumes with gift certificates and movie passes. "About half of the 35 employees who are here on Halloween wear some kind of special outfit," said Marsha Anderson, personnel manager of Target Stores. "It makes it a little bit more festive for customers and our team." In the Salina School District, wearing Halloween costumes will be a privilege limited to elementary students and their teachers, said Melanie Terrill, a spokeswoman for the school district. "It is mainly something the younger kids enjoy doing," she said. "It is not that big of a deal for the older children, and it becomes kind of disruptive." Dressing up for Halloween is something most people take for granted. But local banks said it is impossible for their staff to come in wearing monster outfits, clown costumes or ski masks. "It's a safety issue. We can't let someone in who is wearing a mask or something that covers his or her identity," said Jim Berglund, president of Sunflower Bank at 2090 S. Ohio. "We could end up with the wrong person behind the counter, dipping into the cashier drawers." BRIEFLY Advance voting to close soon With Tuesday's general election quickly approaching, the ISaline County Clerk's Office is ;winding up mail voting and ad- •yance voting. '• : The last day to request that a .ballot be mailed to you is Friday, ;said Shirley Jacques, county •clerk and election officer. ; Advance voting in the clerk's •office will cease at noon Monday, Jacques said. , *i State can't collect fuel tax from tribes ! ; TOPEKA — Federal Judge Dale iSaffels issued a preliminary injunction Wednesday, keeping in. •place a prohibition against the •state collecting its motor fuel taxies on tribal reservations. ; 1' Saffels had granted three tribes with lands in Kansas a temporary restraining order Oct. 5,1995, barring the state Department of Revenue from collecting state taxes imposed on the sale of motor fuels sold by Indians on tribal land. He extended the order Wednesday until the issue is resolved in federal court. "The court finds that there exist substantial questions as to whether the state of Kansas has jurisdiction to impose its motor fuels tax on Indian Land," Saffels wrote in a 12-page memorandum and order. }'The three tribes — Kickapoo, Iowa and Sac and Fox — filed suit after the state implemented on Sept. 6,1995, a law passed by the • 1995 Legislature. It removed a tax exemption on the sale or delivery of fuel to retail dealers located on Indian reservations when the fuel i is resold to non-tribal members. Lottery winner remains a mystery WICHITA — A new millionaire in Sedgwick County wants to keep the fortune a secret. Someone is $1.6 million richer after winning the Kansas Cash Lottery prize. But the winner wants to remain anonymous. "This is the first big winner that has requested to remain anonymous," said Pam Evans, Kansas Lottery spokeswoman. Since its inception in late 1987, 18 winners have received $1 million or more. The winner didn't give Evans a reason why he or she wanted to remain anonymous, Evans said. Some winners of less than a $1 million have requested no publicity, she said. State law requires lottery officials to protect the identity of winners unless they give written permission to the contrary. Kansas City man sentenced in drug case TOPEKA — A Kansas City, Kan., man convicted of distributing crack cocaine was sentenced Wednesday to 30 years in prison without parole. Ike McCloud Jr., 22, was convicted in June after a four-day jury trial in U.S. District Court. He was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dale Saffels, U.S. Attorney Jackie Williams said. A search of McCloud's residence and several other houses in Kansas City produced drug paraphernalia, cash and financial records. McCloud was convicted of distributing three ounces of crack cocaine on March 9 and nine ounces on March 14. From Staff and Wire Reports Tomorrow's Headlines 825-6OOO Category 6006 (Call after 7:30 p.m.) Photos by The Associated Press Maleta Forsberg's art has found a home in the 111-year-old Olive Spring School, which has been converted into a gallery. Art School Artist converts 111-year-old school into bright, cheery gallery By MIKE BERRY The Wichita Eagle ROXBURY — The little white one-room schoolhouse nestles on the side of a hill and offers a breathtaking view of Gypsum Creek Valley, awash in the fall browns and tans of grain fields ready for harvest. The Olive Springs School is a perfect place for an artist to set up shop, and so one has. Maleta Forsberg and her husband, Wayne, who recently sold their Courtyard Art Gallery in Lindsborg, have transformed the old schoolhouse into a peaceful, soothing setting for Maleta's paintings of country churches, grazing cattle and wildflowers bending in the prairie winds. In 1972, when the Forsbergs bought the scenic parcel of 120 acres of pastureland containing the Olive Springs School, it was a homecoming for Wayne, who grew up only three miles away. "I loved to come up here to paint and sketch what's in the area," Maleta said. "I think Kansas is beautiful, and McPherson County is especially dear to my heart." The Forsbergs were looking for a slower pace and a place in the country after 13 years in Wichita. Quail come to call at the family bird feeders every morning. Deer often cross the Forsbergs' yard, and Maleta sometimes has to contend with bobcats intent on making dinner out of her chick- Antique furniture adds to the decor of the Olive Spring School. ens. Gone are the crumbling hog shed in one corner of the yard and the rusted hulks of abandoned tractors. And it's hard to be- lieve the schoolhouse had once served as an implement shed and cow barn. "Most people thought we were a little bit optimistic," Maleta said, describing the reaction to their.plans to save the old schoolhouse after they finished building a beautiful new home just up the hill, near a constant-flowing spring. The Olive Springs School, built in 1885, is the oldest surviving country schoolhouse in the county. It was the second structure built on the site after the original structure disappeared one night. There had been controversy about how far children in the southern part of the school district had to travel to classes. "So one night, some people brought a team of horses, loaded it up and hauled it off," Maleta Forsberg said. "The building ended up stuck in a creek. ... When the teacher came to school the next morning, there was no school here." Maleta had a studio set up on the upper floor of their new home, so there was no pressure to finish the schoolhouse project quickly. "We didn't try to restore it as a schoolhouse since there was nothing left of the original furniture," she said. And the schoolhouses of the period weren't the most inviting structures to begin with. "We wanted to make it a little brighter and cheerier," she said. T KANOPOLIS SLAYING Murder suspect rejects plea deal Kanopolis Lake murder wasn't included in deal for six of 13 slayings From Staff and Wire Reports SALEM, Ore. — A man suspected in at least 13 slayings nationwide, including one in Kansas, in the so-called boxcar killings case, has rejected a plea bargain offer that could have settled charges in other states. "I'm innocent of the charges," Robert Silveria told Marion County Circuit Judge James Rhoades on Tuesday. Under the proposed agreement, Silveria, 37, would have pleaded guilty to six homicides nationwide, including one in Salem. In exchange, he was -to get assurances that no jurisdiction would seek the death penalty. The Kanopolis Lake slaying of Charles Boyd, whose body was found July 28, 1995, in a collapsed tent, was not involved in the plea agreement. Ellsworth County Attorney Joe Shepack said he hadn't been contacted for any plea. He also said he would push for a life sentence, instead of the death penalty, once the case is tried. Marion County, Ore., prosecutors were the first to file murder charges against Silveria. He is accused of the Dec. 1, 1995, death of William Pettit Jr. Police believe Pettit was killed in Salem. His body was found in a boxcar in Millersburg on Dec. 3. Silveria's trial is set for April. Florida and Kansas also have brought murder charges against Silveria, and authorities say he has confessed to killings in Montana, Utah, Washington and Arizona. Deputy District Attorney Diane Moffatt said the offer would have meant maximum sentences would be imposed in all six homicides to which Silveria would have pleaded guilty. The aim was to ensure he would not be released from prispn, she said. Silveria told the judge he wanted more information from other jurisdictions. Police have said Silveria told them he used birth certificates, Social Security cards and the names of his victims to obtain food stamps and other public assistance. T SAUNA HERITAGE COMMISSION Marymount building gets landmark designation Architect will be limited in exterior changes but have code freedoms on interior By CHRIS KOGER The Salina Journal Members of Salina's Heritage Commission praised Donnie Marrs for his work in renovating parts of the former Marymount College AdmttustratiQn Building, and took little time Jo award the building a local landmark designation. Marrs, a Salina architect, moved his family into the huge building at 2035 E. Iron, which has been a distinct feature of Salina since it was built on the hill in 1922. Marrs moved his business, ADM Arqhitect, into the building and rents space to seven other professionals. Future plans call for several rooms to be available as a bed-and-breakfast, and Marrs said he will eventually rent apartment space in the Gothic Tudor building. By obtaining the landmark designation, Marrs will be barred from changing the building's exterior without a special permit, but will have more leniency from building codes when renovating the interior. Current codes would call for the removal of certain architectural features, such as transoms above doors hi a fire wall, but features in a landmark building are decided on a case-by-case basis. If an inspector decides the transoms don't pose a life, fire or sanitation threat, they will be allowed to stay. Roy Dudark, director of planning and community development, said the uniform code of building conservation, which is cov- ered by the designation, would be a new tool for Marrs in his renovation efforts. "They would still be sound, architectural principles, but would not have to replace some of the plaster walls, for example, that the current uniform building code would require," Dudark said. "There are certain flexibilities or more preservation ideas would come into play." Marrs said he became intrigued by the building's history after buying it in 1993. He wants to preserve many of its features, including the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception. The chapel, which is the middle of the three wings of the building, has not changed substantially since it was built. "I had no idea when I participated in taking on this endeavor that I would become a historian," Marrs said. "To my great satisfaction, that is what I've become." Heritage commission member Melissa Hodges made the motion to bestow the designation on the building, which has been renamed Mariamante at Marymount by Marrs. "I'd like to commend Mr. Marrs for undertaking this project. It's incredibly ambitious and I think we should give him any support we could," Hodges said. "My first concern when Marymount closed was what would happen to the campus." The board members also scheduled a hearing for Jan. 29 for an ordinance establishing a conservation district. According to the proposed plan, the ordinance would relate to 275 houses and buildings named in a 1985 Historic Resources Survey. The ordinance would prevent the destruction or relocation of the 275 structures and encourage the renovation of the buildings which are in disrepair. SUGGESTIONS? CALL BEN WEARING, DEPUTY EDITOR, AT (913) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363

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