Rapid City Journal from Rapid City, South Dakota on February 2, 1978 · 3
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Thursday, February 2, 1978
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I I Thursday. February 2. 1 978 the Rapid City Journal 3 n 'H ci ft- 1 ' "S. ' " ':- " -xxt, ,. 1 urn ii iiin'ii"'" ..... m:ms ; " i Punxsutawney Phil makes his annual appearance at Gobbler's Knob as Groundhog Club president Charles Seer of seers' predicts six more weeks of winter PUNXSUTAWNEY. Pa. (AP) - Punx-. sutawney Phil, the weather-watching groundhog, followed both tradition and the odds Thursday by reportedly seeing his shadow. A To believers In the groundhog tradl-' tlon, this means six more weeks of winter. The whiskery rodent crawled from . his heated burrow shortly after sunrise and glimpsed his shadow, as' groundhogs are said to have done almost every one of the past 90 years. Charles M. Erhard, president of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, announced the forecast after talking to Phil in "groundhogese" outside the animal's ceremonial home on Gobblers Knob. "His royal highness, the King of Punxsutawney, emerged from his burrow to cast a noticeably long shadow," said Erhard, who along with a dozen other club members was dressed in top hat and tails. "The forecast is for six more weeks of winter." Gobblers Knob is a wooded hill overlooking this western Pennsylvania community. In past years, the special Mardi Gras queen to be chosen Four Rapid City women are competing for the title of Mardi Gras queen at the Saturday night event sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. The 22nd annual Mardi Gras will be at the K. of C community center, Fifth and Columbus streets, with the reception beginning at 7:30 p.m. Candidates are Sharon Wagner, Ilene E. Johnson, Phyllis Schneider and Judy Williams. One will be selected Saturday, as will the Mardi Gras king. Miss Wagner, 18, was homecoming queen at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. She graduated magna cum laude from Central High School, was Junior class vice president and a member of the Cobbler Coeds. She has partlclpted in Catholic Youth Organization and 4-H, was a member of the Honor Society, a candy striper at Rapid City Regional Hospital East for two years and received two scholarships to Tech, from the Arthur Mellnger Foundation and from the Business and Professional Women. Mrs. Johnson, 36, is a graduate of Hettinger (N.D.) High School and National College of Business. She has held several positions In business and is now treasurer of the American Institute of Banking. She is a member of. Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, St. Maria's Circle of the Cathedral Altar Society, a volunteer Cancer Fund and Heart Fund ' solicitor, assistant Brownie mother for Girl Scouts, did volunteer work 'for Judges namod for Mardi Gras Judges have been named for the 22nd annual Knights of Columbus- Mardi Gras Saturday in Rapid City. Louis Frieberg,' judging committee chairman; announced the judges will be Mr. and Mrs. Dale Lewis, Wall, Lucille Frieberg, Rapid City, and Mr. and Mrs. Ray Vitall. A trophy will be awarded to the person who best typifies the Mardi Gras spirit, which has the theme "Hearts and Flowers." Other awards will be for the best ' group skit and runner-up, the best costumed group and the best costumed couple. Costumes are not required but are encouraged to add to the spirit of the evening, Frieberg said. Erhard. left- reveals that the sage seer saw his shadow and six more weeks of winter are expected. (AP Laserphoto) burrow has been high on the hill, but this year it was moved to a small wooded ravine to accommodate Phil's fans. Phil was taken from his comfortable museum cage before the ceremony and tucked In to his snug outdoor burrow. "The new spot will make It easier for everyone to see Phil when he pops bis head out," Erhard sal. Club members insist the new digs will not affect their "Seer of Seers' " accuracy. Phil Is known to have been wrong only one time, Erhard noted. "It's still the same groundhog, and he's still as accurate as ever," he proclaimed. Across the state in Lancaster County, the stovepipe-batted members of the Quarryville Slumbering Lodge of Groundhogs gathered before dawn and waited for their furry oracle, Orphy of Octoraro, to poke his nose out and give a forecast of his own. Robert W. Heri. 81-year-old governor of the lodge, said Orphy saw his shadow too. Orphy, named after the Greek God Orpheus, is one of several of his species who live along the banks of Octoraro Creek. Johnson Williams Harney Little League baseball and soft-ball programs, represented South Dakota as one of the Outstanding Young Women, and was chosen an Outstanding Young Woman of America ip 1971.. ' She is a charter member of the Knights Ladies and Its ways and means committee and social chairwoman; has been secretary, treasurer, esteemed lady and grand lady of Knights Ladles and a member of School of Mines & Technology Campus Wives four years. She and her husband Francis have three children. Mrs. Schneider. 46, graduated from high school in Eagle Butte and attended NCB. She Is a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish, the Altar Society, St. Maria's Circle and was on the church's stewardship drive. She was an assistant Girl Scout leader two yearsvBoy Scout leader two years and solicitor for cancer and muscular dystrophy drives. butt .. , rf Course in emergency care, transportation begins Feb. 27 A 22-hour course In emergency care and transportation of the sick and injured will begin Feb. 27 in Rapid City. It Is sponsored by the South Dakota Department of Health and Rapid City Regional Hospital. It Is based on the American College of Surgeons-. Department of Transportation standard course. The program Is open to all interested area residents free of charge. Textbooks are furnished on a loan basis by the health department. Persons successfully completing the course will be certified by the department. The course is a requirement for those wishing to take more advanced emergency care courses. It Is not a course In first aid or medical self-help, but is designed to teach basic techniques in emergency medical care. It will be conducted by area physicians, nurses and health care personnel. The course Is oriented toward per- 1. Legend says it should be Badger Day , HUNTINGTON. W.Va. (AP) Thurs-day Is the day, according to legend, that sleepy-eyed groundhogs are supposed to stumble from their dens. And If they see their shadows, so the story goes, we're in for six morf weeks of snow and Ice. But the people who best know groundhogs or woodchucks. If you will say that the old story won't bold water. ' For one thing, says Gene Frum, a mammalogist at Marshall University, - no sensible groundhog would be up and about this time of year, the hibernating season. Anyway, Frum says badgers, not groundhogs, really belong In the legend. "From the best I can tell from my research," be says, "the legend comes from German folklore and the creature that did the weather prognosticating was a badger. But when the Germans migrated to the eastern part of this country they didn't find many badgers so they substituted the groundhog." Perhaps unfamiliar with Frum's theories, a groundhog named Phil followed tradition Thursday In Punx-sutwaney, Pa., by reportedly emerging from his burrow shortly after sunrise and glimpsing his shadow. His followers said that guaranteed the additional six weeks of winter. Groundhogs belong to the marmot family of fat, burrowing rodents. Marmot, of French origin, means "mountain mouse." Groundhogs also are known as "whistle pigs" in some sections of Appalachia. In Washington, Dr. Richard Thorlngton, a Smithsonian Institution curator, pointed out what he said are some fallacies In the furry forecaster theory. First, said Thorlngton, Marmota Monax, also known as groundhog or woodchuck, doesn't get scared of his own shadow he's made of sterner stuff. "I once saw a groundhog hold off a bunting dog," said Thorlngton. "He's got a sharp set of teeth and knows how to use them." Also, any groundhog that leaves his burrow now Is far too muddled to trust, said Thorlngton, because hibernation ends in late February or March. On Feb. 2, woodchucks are so soundly asleep body temperatures may drop to below 40 degrees. Signs of life can be detected only with sensitive Instruments. The West Virginia folk who know more than any others about the groundhog's late winter sleeping habits are the ones who eat groundhogs. Schneider Wagner She has held all offices except grand lady In the Knights Ladles, was a room mother at Annie Tallent School, recording secretary for the Home School Association at St. Martin's Academy for two terms and headed fund raising groups at St. Martin's May festival. "She and her husband Herman have four children. Mrs. Williams, 36, Is a graduate of the University of South Dakota, taught chemistry and French three years, was In the Honor Society in high school and is a past member of the South Dakota Education Association. She Is a past president of the Altar Society, member of the Catholic Altar Society, a CCD teacher six years and member of the Home and School Association. She is a past grand lady of the Knights Ladies and Its telephone communicator. She and her husband Terry have 10 children. sons who would serve as ambulance attendants, but is not limited to those persons. Anyone interested should contact the Inservlce Education Department of Rapid City Regional Hospital, 394-3102. State Legionnaires set annual meeting in city June 10-13 American Legionnaires from across South Dakota will converge on Rapid City, June 10 through 13, for their annual state convention. General Chairman Vlncon Coates, Rapid City, said between 1,500 and 2,000 Legionnaires are expected for the sessions which open Saturday, June 10, . with pre-c (invention meetings and a Joint Legion-Auxiliary banquet. Vocal and marching competitions and com- . mltt.ee meetings are scheduled Sunday and business sessions will be conducted Monday and Tuesday. The Imperial 400 Motel will be con- ; ventlon headquarters. Black Hiotory Wook a combination of awareness, Lauren Davis - Staff Writer Why black history week? It's a time for activities designed to heighten awareness of both blacks and non-blacks about the Integral part blacks have played In the history of this country, to recognize their achievements and contributions and to have some fun. .A WW SWfMfvMitaatii Jaifcr-flii Col. Stone, That what's going to be happening Monday through Feb. 12 during the observance of Black History Week at Ellsworth Air Force Base, according to Col. Joseph L. Stone, chairman. Black History Week has been observed for 52 years, explained Stone, assls-tant deputy commander for maintenance for the 44th Strategic Missile Wing. Although It could be observed any week In February, these dates were chosen because of the proximity to the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. All activities during the week are open to the public, since awareness is Important for everyone, emphasized Stone. Programs have been designed to take a look at many of the little-known achievements of blacks. "Hopefully we will be able to put the black contribution to our society Into a more appropriate perspective," said Stone. "We are proud of our contributions to jazz and athletics, but we are also proud of blacks who were authors and scientists," he added. Many of the activities have been planned to provide Plaza Corporation may save $3 million by refinancing bonds Bob Fell Staff Writer k The Rapid City Civic Center Plaza Corp., builders of the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, will meet Monday to discuss refinancing Its bond issue. In 1975, the corporation authorized Issuing $8.5 million in revenue bonds to help finance construction of the civic center. At that time, the civic center was Just something on paper and Rapid City was one of the first to enter a year-to-year lease for the building with the rent being used to retire the bonds. This situation did not make the bonds very attractive to prospective buyers and resulted in fairly high Interest . costs to the corporation. Now, with the facility built and In full operation, City Attorney Ray Wood-send told the council's Legal and Finance Committee Wednesday the city's fiscal agent, the Allison Williams Co. of Minneapolis, feels the bonds could be refinanced at a better Interest rate. He estimated lower Interest and an easier redemption schedule would save the corporation $3.1 million to $3.3 million. Woodsend said the corporation would buy high yield government paper to back the original bond Issue. With a good market for municipal bonds, the spread between the interest paid and the return on government Investments could save $3 million or more. He recommended the Legal and Finance Committee meet in a special session before the council meeting Monday to discuss the corporation's action resulting from a noon meeting. The committee then could make its recommendation to the council which must approve or deny the corporation's action. In other business, the committee will forward without recommendation the application for transfer of a beer license by 18-year-old Marty Jacob and his partner Jack Kelfert. , , The committee continued action on a proposed noise control ordinance when a second ordinance ' was , offered by Alderman Dick Goschke. Following the committee meeting. Chairman .Bob Fllttie scheduled a session with Jim Libberton, Environmental Protection Agency official, to work out -a compromise between the two ordinances.-. Sierra Club' meeting shifted to Omaha OMAHA. Neb. (AP) Sierra Club officials have shifted a five-state meeting from Rapid City, S.D., to Omaha so they can attend a public symposium on Nebraska's Norden Dam project Feb, ' 11. . The club's Northern Plains Regional Conservation Committee will hold the session. Ted Hoffman of Omaha, vice chairman, said committee members will attend the symposium and meet later Feb. 11 and 12. Hoffman said the committee includes delegates from the Dakotas, Wyoming, Montana and Nebraska In addition to some at large. recognition, fun Insight for students and for Interaction between students and adults. Any proceeds from the week will be used to establish a college scholarship fund for a deserving student. Although Black History Week officially begins Monday, an orientation night and concert is planned for Friday. Guest speaker, Jessie Thomas of Rapid City, will emphasize the week's theme, "African Roots, American Harvest" Y A special menu of barbecue chicken, hop-In John and cornbread will be served at the dinner which will begin at the NCO Club at 7 p.m. Following the orientation there will be a concert In the base theater featuring the bands, "Spectrum" and "Unfinished Business." Tickets are available for $5 for the evening. On Monday, there will be a symbolic ribbon cutting at 11 a.m. at the Recreation Center by Col. Ralph Spraker, 44th SMW Commander; Col. Clinton Wlnne, 28th BMW Commander; and Col. Charles Bensorf, 44th CSG Commander. On display will also be an art exhibit by area artists. On Tuesday, a Career Day Is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. In the Vandenberg School gym. The general public and students from other schools are also Invited. Adults representing a wide range of trades and professions will meet with students to explain opportunities which are open to them. 'The purpose of this day Is to hit the myth that a black has to become a super athlete to make it," said Stone. "We want to emphasize to our young people that these aren't the only areas open to them." v ' On Wednesday, black awareness State emergency services coordinator outlines role Bob Fell Staff Writer Members of the Pennington County Emergency Medical Services Council were briefed on the purpose of the state coordinator for this region during the regular meeting Thursday. Bob Verdon said his primary function Is to serve as liaison officer for health services between the local communities and the state EMS office In Pierre. His office in Pierre is working on a federal grant application to establish an advanced life support training program in the West River but doesn't expect funds will become available until after July 1. He is working on coordination of the cardiopulmonary resuscitation classes being conducted in this area, but emphasized, he is not "in charge" of the coordination. The poison control program, which has been funded and is in operation at Rapid City Regional Hospital, Is another area in which be serves as liaison officer. The state office is working to establish a statewide, toll-free The record Police blotter items worth $1,528 were taken In the burglary of a residence at National Mobile Home Estates, according to a Wednesday report to Rapid City police. Items taken Included two TV sets, a stereo, shotgun, metal detector and stamps. The only other burglary reported Wednesday consisted of $265 worth of Items taken from a van at Rapid Chevrolet, according to a report to the Pennington County Sheriff's Department. Petty thefts Included two pairs of skis taken from a trailer In the 1500 block of 38th Street, $100 In cash taken from a vehicle in the 3900 block o Canyon Lake Drive and $55 taken from a ransacked home in the Ashland Heights addition. There were a number of -minor accidents in the city Including a 1974 car which hit a fence and then a tree In the JOOO bldck of Lemmon Avenue, where he driver abandoned it. The car later .was reported stolen from a residence In the 1000 block of Willste Avenue. Births At Rapid City Regional Hospital West:. Feb. 1 a girl to Mr. and Mrs. Robert (Marvel) Guzman, Rapid City; a boy to Mr. and Mrs. Donald (Debra) Hauer,; Rapid City; a boy to Mr. and Mrs. Michael (Faye) Larsen, New Underwood; a boy to Mr. and Mrs. Frank (Vicky) Wleland, Box Elder; a girl to Mr. and Mrs. Jamie (Nina) Combs, Rapid City. Feb. 2 a boy to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas R. (Debra) Hlslop Jr., Rapid City; a girl to Mr. and Mrs. Devon (Rita) Fullmer, Rapid City. Fire log Monday 1 p.m., house fire at 822 Van Buren. Slight smoke was found inside. Fire had been extinguished. seminars have been planned starting at 9 a.m. at Vandenberg School. The format will be an open forum between students and adults. "I'm sure there will be many things the kids know that we don't and vice versa," said Stone. The day Is planned for an Interchange of Ideas. '.. Thursday at 7 p.m., In the base Recreation Center, there will be a fashion show. Furs and loungewear will be featured. Friday at 9 a.m. black awareness seminars will be conducted at Douglas High School. That evening at 7 p.m., two basketball games have been scheduled at Bellamy Field House. The base girls team, Flyerettes, will host Nolan Enterprises of Rapid City. Following that Is the Blue-Gold All star game. A youth disco dance Is planned from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the base Youth Center, Refreshments will be served and donations of 50 cents per person will be asked. The week will conclude with a special gospel service at Chapel 2, Sunday at 12:30 p.m. The church service will be followed by a potluck dinner featuring a variety of soul food. At 8 p.m. In the NCO Club, there will be a Sweetheart Ball featuring the soul band of Marcus Kelley and the Free Love Band. Donations are $4 per person. v Although Col. Stone was looking forward to the week's activities, he said he also would be happy when a week to recognize black history no longer is necessary. That day will come when contributions of blacks are no longer ignored in history books, he said. telephone number to be used In a poison emergency. The state also is working on setting up an air transportation program exploring all the possibilities including the use of National Guard helicopters. Dr. Gertl Janss, council member, explained Verdon was assigned the job of coordinating emergency medical services In the West River because of the federal grant application for the advanced life support program. The grant application required Input from hospitals in all communities la the West River, not just Rapid City, she said. The Pierre office felt that to do this is would require an "on site" per-son to set up meetings In other communities and Verdon was given that job. The council also discussed possibility of using the media to inform the driving public the proper procedures when an emergency vehicle Is making a run with siren and red lights on. Verdon said be would provide all media with information concerning the law covering giving right-of-way to emergency vehicles. Ellsworth AFB to send specialists to SAC competition Ellsworth Air Force Base will be sending 20 handplcked specialists to the 1978 Strategic Air Command missile combat competition April 28 to May 4 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, JCalif. Ellsworth will compete with eight other SAC missile bases jor individual and team awards and for the Blanchard" trophy, the "best In SAfc" missile wing award. . The specialists have been drawn from missile operations, missile maintenance communications, munitions maintenance, civil engineering and security police to represent the 44th Strategic Missile Wing at this year' Olympic Arena. Lt. Cok Lloyd L. TUley, 44th Opera-.tlons Directorate, Is the local project officer for Olympic Arena 78. He feels the 44th Strategic Missile Wing and the competitors, the "Black Hills Bandits," have the potential to bring the Blanchard trophy back to Ellsworth this year. ' "We are fortunate to have some of the finest maintenance technicians, security police and operations crews in the Strategic Air Command here at Ellsworth," he says. Olympic Arena teams represent both Titan and Minuteman ICBM missile units. . Titati II units are from Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark.; McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., and Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. . Minuteman bases are Ellsworth; Whtteman Air Force Base, Mo. ; F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo.; Minot Air Force Base, N.D. ; Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D. and Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. Olympic Arena competition Is designed to recognize the proficiency and readiness of the United States Intercontinental ballistic missile force, to promote an exchange of professional Information between SAC personnel and to refine procedures and techniques. Olympic Arena 78 also enhances esprit de corps throughout the ICBM force. S

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