The Times from Munster, Indiana on October 25, 1986 · 3
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Munster, Indiana
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Saturday, October 25, 1986
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PAG iiriuiPf5 Saturday, October 25. 1986 A.3 Region briefly Indiana HAMMOND The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will conduct a meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at St. John AME Zion Church, at 1227 Field St. A nominating committee will be appointed for the biannual elections. CROWN POINT The Kiwanis Club will present the second program of the Travel and Adventure film series at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at the high school auditorium. Tickets are available at Metcalf Drugs, Crown Travel and the Crown Point Chamber of Commerce. HIGHLAND St. Michael's Police Guild of the Gary Diocese will celebrate its 29th Anniversary and 86th corporate communion and brunch on Nov 2. Guild member will attend the 9 a.m. Mass at St. James Church, 45th and Kennedy Ave. It will be celebrated by the chaplain, Rev. Francis Lazar. The guest speaker at the brunch will be Irv Lewin from radio station WJOB. Brunch will consists of eggs, potatoes, sausage, juice, raisin bread, coffee, milk and rolls. All police personnel and their families in the Gary Diocese are welcome to attend. Illinois SOUTH HOLLAND. A pumpkin craft class will be offered at 3 p.m. Oct. 29 at the South Holland Public Library, 16250 Wausau Ave. Those participating may decorate a small pumpkin for Halloween. Advanced registration is required. Additional information can be obtained by contacting the library. DOLTON -'A Vatican art exhibit slide show will be offered at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Dolton Public Library, 14037 Lincoln Ave. Renaissance music will accompany the slide program. Paula and Stanley Sims will narrate the show. Additional information can be obtained by contacting the library. MATTESON The South Suburban Chapter of Women in Management will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at the Matteson Holiday Inn Complex. The program "Let's Talk About It" will be presented by guest speaker Joanne Zerkel. Tickets are $12 for members and $15 for non-members. Region HIGHLAND The Hamadan Grotto, which raises dentistry funds for the handicapped, will host its annual fish and pork fry from 4:30 to 9 p.m., Nov. 1, at the Wicker Park Pavillion. A $6 donation is requested. MUNSTER Northwest Indiana Habitat for Humanity will conduct a rally and information session at 8 p.m. Monday at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 8955 Columbia Ave. The public is invited. Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit coalition of church and community groups working to provide housing for low-income families. The nationally-affiliated project counts former President Jimmy Carter among its leaders. BLOOMI NGTON Five Calumet Region students are members of Indiana University's March 100 band this fall. Local members of the band include Lisa Govert of 1112 E. Elm St., Griffith; Garry Graban of 6716 Kentucky, Hammond; Brian Kaye of 7202 Chestnut, Hammond; Julia Dian of 9004 Cottage Grove PI., Highland; and Mark Stribiak of 1706 Indianapolis Blvd., Whiting. TV channels rolan By DEBRA GRUSZECKI Times Staff Writer CHICAGO - WPWR-Channel 60, an independent Chicago television station, has signed a $25 million contract to sell its facilities and transmitters to the Home Shopping Network. The cash deal is contingent on license transfer approval by the Federal Communications Commission. Silver King Broadcasting of Illinois Inc., a subsidiary of the 24-hour consumer goods shopping network, and WPWR expect the deal to be completed by January. It will not halt WPWR programming. In fact, a program manager said, the station will expand. The station, owned by Metrowest and Great Lakes Broadcasting of Gary, will switch to Channel 50 to continue transmissions from the Sears Tower. The station acquired the Channel 50 license this summer from Northwest Indiana Public Broadcasting Inc. for $684,000. LaRouche supporters arrested ALTON, ILL. (AP) - Two Lyndon LaRouche supporters distributing political literature outside a post office in Alton were arrested on charges of blocking a sidewalk, police said. "This is just outrageous," Janice Hart, a LaRouche backer and Democratic nominee for secretary of state, commented on the arrests. "This is Soviet justice in full swing," she said by telephone from Chicago. "This is not just a witcti hunt against LaRouche, per se, but against 200 years of democracy in this nation." Peter Bowen, 36, who ran for governor in the Democratic primary last March, and Donald Clark, 31, who sought the Democratic nomination for state comptroller, were arrested Thursday and later released, officers said. The misdemeanor charge carries a maximum penalty of a $50 fine. The two Chicago men were taken into custody after they set up a card table to distribute literature outside the post office, police said. Second Ward Alderman Philip S. Hanrahan said he signed a complaint against them after he went into the building and both postal workers and customers complained that they were bothering people. The complaint was not motivated by opposition to their politics, Hanrahan said. R ep. Vander Jagt By GREGORY LEWANDOWSKI Times Staff Writer MATTESON - Rep. Guy Vander Jagt stumped for 4th Congressional District candidate Jack Davis Friday and used the opportunity to cut Democratic challenger Shawn Collins down to size. Vander Jagt, R-Michigan, chairman of the GOP congressional campaign committee, called Collins a "pygmy" at a breakfast honoring Davis. Vander Jagt said the label was in reference to Collins' support by "liberal" groups. "He is so liberal that every liberal organization is backing him," Vander Jagt told the crowd of about 100 at the Matteson Holiday Inn. "And if he (Collins) is elected, he'll dance to that liberal tune." Vander Jagt flew off in a helicopter before reporters could ask him to elaborate on what he meant by "pygmy." Davis later said that it "may have been an unfortunate term." Collins called the remark "desperate hit-and-run politics." "Vander Jagt levels the charges and then leaves town," Collins Said. "And it is important for people to know that Vander Jagt Collins rips at opponent's voting record By GREGORY LEWANDOWSKI Times Staff Writer CHICAGO HEIGHTS - Democratic con-gressional candidate Shawn Collins has ripped his opponent's voting record on utility and toxic waste issues. Collins said that Rep. Jack Davis, R-New Lenox, a 10-year veteran of the Illinois General Assembly, voted against three "consumer-oriented utility control measures." Collins also called Davis support of the $9.5 billion federal Superfund bill "grandstanding." He said Davis had voted against environmental protection bills while accepting $8,000 in campaign contributions "from polluters and waste disposal companies" during his tenure in Springfield. One of the three utility bills cited by Collins "would have limited the amount of money (Commonwealth) Edison could charge its customers for Edison's excess capacity. "It's particularly good news for Northwest Indiana," said Neal Sabin, program manager of WPWR. "For all of Chicagoland, it will be a bright new television station everything WPWR has been, and a whole lot more." The station plans to build a new facility, Sabin said. The site has not been chosen yet, he said. A number of national programs will be added to the schedule, he said, such as "Sanford and Son," "A-Team" and "Growing Pains." "Programming of significant interest to Northwest Indiana is being developed right now," Sabin said. "We have several ideas" for programs that will be "regional in nature." Viewers in Aurora, where WPWR is now headquartered, get a daily dose of local public service announcements and a five-minute news or human interest spot, for example. HSN, which will use the call letters WHSI when it acquires the Channel 60 license, But who'll stop the Neither snow, nor sleet, nor rain of course school children on their way home get across can halt the interpid crossing guard from Fayette Street at Calumet Avenue in Ham-performing his duties. This one helped soaked mond Friday afternoon. is doing this all over the country and Jack Davis is a stooge for standing there and listening to that type of thing." Collins called on Davis to "either repudiate or affirm" Vander Jagt's comment. "I was a little surprised myself, and sometimes we all get carried away," Davis said. "The (pygmy) comment wasn't in a physical sense, but in a philosophical sense, and it may have been an unfortunate term." Asked if he would repudiate Vander Jagt's comment, Davis said, "let him (Collins) ask Vander Jagt, he's the one who said it." During his speech, Davis charged that Collins had "attempted to move to the center" of the political spectrum after starting his campaign as a liberal. "We see that young people tend to move through political development in their colleges and universities," Davis said, referring to his 28-year-old Democratic challenger. "And they come out of college with an urgency of having to feed the hungry and clothe the poor, and those are very good sentiments. "But when you get out of college, you Elections T1986 "The second would have provided energy assistance for the poor," Collins said. "The third would have prevented Edison from imposing penalities for some categories of late payment of bills." Collins charged Davis, his opponent in the 4th Congressional District race, with displaying "an anti-consumer record." "A lot of consumer-related issues come before the 'Congress," Collins said. "And this district cannot afford an anti-consumer representative." Davis spokesman Paul Lis argued that Davis backed legislation that gave the Illinois Commerce Commission the right to stop Com Ed from including charges for will continue to beam signals from the Sears Tower. NIPB sold WPWR the Channel 50 license after two years of negotiations and FCC hearings. The sale of the Channel 50 license, formerly held by Lake Central School's public broadcasting station, WCAE-TV, was significant to NIPB, WPWR and Great Lakes Broadcasting. Metrowest and Great Lakes wanted the Channel 50 frequency to put up a second Sears Tower antenna and transmitter, a feat made possible only with the license. NIPB, a non-profit group intent on bringing public television to Northwest Indiana and portions of Illinois, negotiated the sale to increase the chance of getting a federal grant it needed to go on the air. Under terms of the sale, NIPB got Great Lake Broadcasting's license for Channel 56 and staggered payments totalling $684,000. The money will be used to draw on a $1.2 million federal grant it received in November 1985 to put up a tower near rain flies in to learn you have to do it sensibly. And I think at the start of this campaign my opponent hadn't learned that lesson," Davis said. "At the start of the campaign, he was not for the Strategic Defense Initiative, he opposed a balanced budget and a line-item veto for the president and now he is for all three," Davis said. Collins denied that he had flip-flopped on the issues, saying he has "long been on record for favoring the line-item veto and the balanced budget amendment." Collins says he supports starting the development of the Strategic Defense Initiative, but opposes its deployment. "He is just jealous," Collins said of Davis. "He has never had any original ideas in his life." Vander Jagt, meanwhile, said at the Davis fund-raiser that the 4th District is one of 20 across the United States that could "make or break" President Ronald Reagan's final two years in office. "The results of this election will be used as a poll on Ronald Reagan's performance in office," Vander Jagt said. "And if the Republicans lose a lot of seats in the House and control, President Reagan won't be a lame duck, he'll be a dead duck." excess power capacity in rate increase requests. "The legislation calls for review for rate increases that include capacity from 100 to 125 percent, Lis said, and it prohibits rate increases to pay for generating power beyond 125 percent. "This reform bill, supported by Jack Davis, was ultimately hailed by the Citizens Utility Board and businesses," Lis said. Collins also said Davis accepted campaign contributions from Illinois Waste Inc., which Collins said was one of the companies that dumped waste in a Joliet landfill designated for Superfund cleanup money. Collins said Davis voted against "right-to-know" legislation that would have required companies to disclose to nearby communities what chemicals they are storing on company premises. Other bills Collins said Davis opposed swap Cedar Lake and equip a station in Mer-rillville. NIPB Attorney J.B. Smith withheld comment, saying he did not have specific information about the deal. Last August, Smith said NIPB knew WPWR's acquisition of Channel 50 would be valuable down the road. What it did, he said, was give NIPB better odds of going on the air., HSN began as a cable channel, and has now acquired or is in the process of acquiring 10 stations nationwide to augment its cable channel. On HSN, hosts display all kinds of consumer items, then post a discount price. Because viewers get a time limit to call and order the product, the sale process is likened to impulse buying. It is up to individual cable companies to determine if they will carry HSN. Mark McGraw, general manager of U.S. Cable, withheld comment Friday on whether or not it would carry HSN. Times photo by Michael Zaakowski aid Davis JACK DAVIS dealt with setting up minimun standards for operating radioactive waste facilities and "tougher" requirements for groundwater monitoring systems. Collins called Davis' environmental record "a slap in the face to people who every day have to contend with toxic waste sites." Lis said Davis voted against the right-to-know bill because he favored national legislation instead. That provision was in cluded in the Superfund legislation, he said. "Davis contends it is a nationwide issue and it could have caused more problems than it solved by addressing it on the statewide level," Lis said. "And Shawn Collins was silent on the whole Superfund issue until Jack Davis brought it up." Lis also argued that Illinois Waste Inc., the only company mentioned by Collins as a contributor to the Davis campaign, "is not a dumper or a landfill operator," but is in the trash removal business. v - - ' - .

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