The Dispatch from Moline, Illinois on November 21, 1987 · 24
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The Dispatch from Moline, Illinois · 24

Moline, Illinois
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Saturday, November 21, 1987
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C6 THE DAILY DISPATCH, Moline, Illinois Saturday, November 21, 1987 Local Mercer bridge By Miri Ascarelli Staff writer ALEDO If George Carpenter has his way, the historic Bob Watts Bridge will be straddling a ravine on his 60-acre resort just outside of Illinois City by next spring. The bridge, which now crosses Pope's Creek in Keithsburg Township, is being given away by the Mercer County Highway Department so a new bridge can be built in its place. Mr. Carpenter, who owns Thunder-head Resort, thinks the old bridge, built before 1900, will fit in perfectly with the hiking trails and general atmosphere at his getaway spot. "I don't have a bridge," he said when asked why he got interested in the project. "Everybody should have a bridge. Bridges are neat." After reading the bridge was to be given away, Mr. Carpenter contacted Martin Herman, superintendent of the Mercer County Highway Department, to fill out the proper forms. Mr. Herman sent the completed paperwork to the Illinois Department of Transportation district office in Peoria, and is awaiting its approval, according to his secretary, Marie Feldman. - Right now, things are on hold as everybody awaits more forms and answers from the state, she said Wednesday. "I checked the mail today, and there was nothing there," She said. Ultimately, all of the paperwork Should lead to final approval, she said. The district office also will take responsibility for obtaining the necessary go-ahead from state historical preservation officials, she said. . Mr. Carpenter, a self-proclaimed preservationist, said he is anxious to Waste class not waste of student time i By Cheryl Baltzer Staff writer ; - Rock Island fifth- and sixth-graders soon will learn from videotapes and hands-on lessons that the tossed brown paper bag previously holding-their lunches may land on top of a growing heap of waste in the country. To pass on the education, Rock Island Clean and Beautiful officials an- nounced Thursday that the group has contributed $3,000 in videotapes, reading materials and teachers' .guides. The materials will be incorporated into daily lesson plans at 12 Rock Island schools. Some of the material is already in place at the schools' libraries and resource centers, said Don Nelson, the ; Rock Island Elementary School Sci- ence Coordinator. Teachers will be further instructed in February, and more materials will be available in ' January. Americans produce 400 billion pounds of waste annually a pretty overwhelming thought for grade-schoolers, Mr. Nelson said. So it's brought home by hands-on experiences like visiting a landfill or a recycling center that show students that some trash is not wrapped neatly in bags that disappear when the garbage man appears, he said. "It's very difficult to attack that from where we are, so we deal with the clientele we have," he said. But household trash, which accounts for only seven percent of waste, is the tip of the problem, Mr. Nelson said. Communicating the problem to youngsters will help to create an attitude that may grow and expand to include parents, siblings and other relatives, he said. "You have to educate people about the problem," Mr. Nelson said. "That's going to take some convincing because we're very good at looking the other way. So you start someplace and hope it builds." The key to the not-so-glamorous problem is convincing students that it is their problem and giving them strategies to correct the it, Mr. Nelson said. The program currently is directed only at fifth- and sixth-graders, but hopefully can be expanded to all grammar school grades and preschool within five years, said Gloria Fisher, director of RICAB. The program is one of the most encompassing in the state, she said. In January, 10 other Illinois Clean and Beautiful programs will study Rock Island's program, based on an Asheville, N.C. model. City to pay country club for sewer right-of-way ALEDO The city council has approved an agreement with Oak View Country Club which will allow a city sewer line to go through club property. Under terms of the easement, the city will pay the country club $4,000 in order to lay sewer pipes through 30 feet of country-club property, Aledo Mayor Tom Reay said. The $4,000 will pay half the cost of replacing a maintenance building that will have to razed to may way for the sewer line. may get the OK so he can start work while the weather is still good. "Otherwise we're dead in the water until it thaws out in the spring," he said. When the work is done, the bridge will have a fresh coat of red paint and stretch across a ravine at Mr. Carpenter's resort, which features 100 campsites and a swimming pool he said. The span will be perfect for campers and guests to "walk across and reminisce," he said. "We want it to be as near the original as possible." How will he move the bridge 25 miles? "I have the proper equipment and ingenuity," said Mr. Carpenter, who has 30 years experience as an engineer for Deere & Co. He said he plans to turn the bridge upside down and put it on the back of find new home at Thunderhead Resort an old hayrack, which he has re-engineered expressly for this purpose. Come moving day, he said, he will drive the 8-by-65-foot load down the highway. He estimates refurbishing the bridge will cost about $2,100, with most of the money spent on concrete and reinforced steel for the found ation, and replacement of all the bridge's planks and some its beams. The Mercer County Highway Department still has one more bridge to give away the Lutz Mill Bridge, two miles east of Mannon on the Edwards River. 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