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A2 THURSDAY, MAY 1, 1997 NEWS & EVENTS THE SALINA JOURNAL A Look Ahead 1 Thursday • CONVOCATION: Best of Student Works. 11 a.m., Miller Chapel, Kansas Wesleyan University. 827-5541. • DISCUSSION: "What's Geography/History in 1997?" with Nancy Presnal, Salina Central High School. 7 p.m., Salina Art Center, 242 S. Santa Fe. 827-1431. • DISCUSSION: Viewing and discussion of the film "Umbrellas of Cherbourg," facilitated by Dennis Denning. 7 p.m., Art Center Cinema, 150 S. Santa Fe. 827-1431. • PROGRAM: "Who Gets Grandma's Yellow Pie Plate?," discussion of the transfer of non-titled property, with K-State Research and Extension Agent Mary Lou Odle. 7 p.m., City-County Building, 300 W. Ash. 826-6645. • PUBLIC MEETING: Smoky Hill/Central Kansas Education Service Center Board of Directors. 7:30 p.m., 1648 W. Magnolia. 825-9185. • THEATER: 'The Cocktail Hour," by A.R. Gumey. 8 p.m., Salina Community Theatre, 303 E. Iron. $10, $5. 827-3033. • TOWN MEETING: "Creating the Future," a discussion to consider the future of Salina schools. 7 p.m., Grace Stewart Elementary School, 2123 Roach. 826-4727. • LINDSBORG: Performance, Smoky Valley High School Forensics students. 7 p.m., Coffeehouse of Lindsborg, 124 S. Main. 227-2842. • SMOLAN: "Cruisin 1 Summer Fashions," SES Fashion Show. 8 p.m., Hickory Tree Restaurant, Old Smolan School. $2, $1. T CAREERS 2000/JOB EXPO 2 Friday • CONCERT: Salina South High Jazz Band, Art a la Carte Concert Series, sponsored by the Salina Arts and Humanities Commission. 12:20 p.m., Campbell Plaza. Free. 826-7410. • DANCE: Salina Twirlers Square Dance. 7:30 p.m., American Legion, 142 5. Seventh. $4. 823-9547. • EVENT: Mayor's Prayer Breakfast, with guest speaker Jim Slattery, former Kansas Congressman. 7 a.m., Heritage Hall, Bicentennial Center. $9. 827-3988. • MUSIC: Brett Maltbie, light rock. 7:30 p.m., The Coffee Gallery, 104 S. Fifth. 823-5093. , • THEATER: The Cocktail Hour," by A.R. Gumey. 8 p.m., Salina Community Theatre, 303 E. Iron. $10, $5. 827-3033. • TOWN MEETING: "Creating the Future," a discussion to consider the future of Salina schools. 7 p.m., Grace Stewart Elementary School, 2123 Roach. 826-4727. • ABILENE: Book Fair, children and adult books for sale. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., lobby, Abilene Memorial Hospital. • BELLEVILLE: Attorney General Carla Stovall speaks to the Belleville Lions Club. Noon, Bellevilla Restaurant. 296-2215. ...'. • LINDSBORG: "It's a Grand Night for Singing," concert by Rebecca Copley's Opera Worshop Class. 7:30 p.m., Presser Hall, Bethany College. Free. 227-3311. : • LINDSBORG: Music from Steve Un- fuh. 9 p.m., Coffeehouse of Lindsborg, 124 6. Main. 227-2842. .' • MCPHERSON: Theater, "Molly Sweeney," by Brian Friel. 8 p.m., Brown Auditorium, McPherson College. 316-241- P742, ext. 1211. - • MINNEAPOLIS: Music from Alba Rae. 7 p.m., John Henry Center basement, Blue Store Emporium, 307 W. Second. 392-3491. ' Items for the Calendar of Events should t>e sent at least two weeks in advance to: Calendar of Events, The Salina Journal, t>.0. Box 740, Salfna 67402. Be sure to Include name, address and phone number. Information pall COMMUNITY HnePPEfiflT!!!! For these items, use the following category codes: i Salina and regional arts / 2787 » Public schools / 8050 • Local churches / 7729 t Kansas Wesleyan Info Line / 5984 Opening Salina library to unveil children's department i The Salina Public Library will celebrate the opening of a brand hew children's department from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 31 at the library. The new department, still under construction, will be downstairs and is a part of a $1 million renovation project. It features large glass windows that allow sunlight into the building, a computer section and a large staircase with a brass bannister. The celebration will feature performances from members of the Salina Storyteller's Guild, music, magicians and costume characters including Clifford The Big Red Dog, Wild Thing and a Berenstain Bear. Recent layoffs make job expo popular 220 jobs have been lost by closure of three companies, including REMA Bakeware By ALF ABUHAJLEH The Snlina fnurnnl Betty Fields has until the end of May to find a new job. That's when REMA Bake- ware in Salina closes its manufacturing plant, costing 92 people their jobs. "I'd like to start my own health-care clinic. I'm taking classes in health care administration at Kansas Wesleyan University," Fields said. "But it looks like I have to find me another manufacturing job." Fields was one of dozens of REMA employees who visited a job expo Wednesday in Heritage Hall at the Bicentennial Center. The expo was sponsored by the Occupational Center of Central Kansas, 1710 W. Schilling, and the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce, 120 W. Ash. About 20 local businesses and colleges took job applications, conducted interviews and talked about job openings. The event was held in conjunction with Careers 2000, a competition of applied academic activities involving high school students from across the state. It was held in the Bicentennial Center Arena, giving students the opportunity to visit with employers set up in Heritage Hall. Melany Pearce, director of Salina Area Regional Work Force Center, a division of the chamber of commerce, said the job expo T MIDWEST ENERGY "There is not much here. I figured there would be more to choose fivm." Waylan Denison Minneapolis job hunter was prompted by recent layoffs in Salina's service and manufacturing sector. Some 220 jobs were lost by the closure of REMA Bakeware, SP Plastics and Food Services of America. "I have had a lot of REMA workers here today looking for jobs," said Pearce, who critiqued resumes and gave tips about interview skills at the job expo. "Some of them are really uneasy about the change." Pearce said one man who has worked at REMA for four years was so sure no one would want to hire him that Pearce had to walk him over and introduce him to various company representatives. Most companies at the job expo said they were looking for skilled workers, including nurses, engineers and managers. But many potential employees said they were looking for jobs requiring few skills. Waylan Denison, Minneapolis, said he was tired of jumping from job to job, and was seeking an interesting and steady employer. But none of the companies at the job expo seemed to fit his description, he said. "Do I think that we are going to hire someone here today? It's doubtful, very doubtful." Nanci White PKM Steel Services official "There is not much here," Denison said. "I figured there would be more to choose from." Misty Link, a Kansas Wesleyan University accounting major, said she wants a secretary job when she graduates next year. "I have talked to Amoco, the Red Cross and Manpower (Temporary Services)," she said. "I have nothing yet, but there are a lot of possibilities out there, I hope." Nanci White, director of organizational development at PKM Steel Services, 228 E. Avenue A, said it's almost impossible to find skilled labor in Salina. The firm is seeking to hire seven detailers and project managers, she said. "Do I think that we are going to hire someone here today?" she said. "It's doubtful, very doubtful." Applying knowledge The Careers 2000 event attracted 260 students from 17 school districts who competed in categories of Job Search, Problem Solving and Product Development. Olathe South was the sweepstakes winner for placing high in each of the categories and having 10 entries. Southeast of Saline High School received the distinction of sweeping the top three places in the Job Search category, which required students to prepare and sit for a job interview. Erin Smith, Marci Keeler and Jonathan Rostine finished first, second and third, respectively. Russell High School senior Dustin Poche tied with two other students for first place in the Product Development category. He shared the honor with Katie Harris froni Olathe and Linsey Gordon from Rock Creek High School near Westmoreland. Poche's entry was a line of clothes for the theater. "I love designing clothes. It gives me a chance to be creative," Poche said. He won first place last year in the same category and helped Russell High win the sweepstakes award in 1996. "I always liked working with fabrics, colors and designs." Mary Lou Odle, Saline County Extension agent and a judge for the contest, was suitably impressed with Poche's collection. ' ' "I was looking for creativity and he is making clothes especially for the stage. H.is color schemes and fabric combination were excellent," Odle said. Problem Solving category winners were students from Rock Creek High School {first place), Herington High School students Dean Urban and Nick Wolff (second place) and students from Olathe South High School. . Midwest Energy says program provides cost-saving options Hays company also details 'alliance' with North Carolina firm By MARY CLARKIN Harris News Service HAYS — By early 1998, customers of Midwest Energy Inc. could have options in determining the source of their electric and gas supply delivered to them by Midwest Energy. The program, called Open Access, was announced Wednesday at the corporate headquarters in Hays. "Is this news?" asked Steven Collier, outside consultant to Midwest Energy, when he took his turn addressing the audience. Collier supplied his own answer: "It's historic." Customers of Midwest Energy, likely will see their energy costs drop because of the competition that will ensue, in the opinion of Midwest Energy officials. The number of choices of energy T POLITICS packages presented to the Midwest Energy Inc. customer might range from three to six. There could be, for example, an ecologically appealing energy retailer selling energy produced from a wind farm. Or energy customers could buy from an entity offering a fixed rate for a specified period, or from a seller offering to index the cost to the price of crude oil. Major changes in regulation of the electric industry are developing across the nation. Midwest Energy's jump now into Open Access makes it a pioneer, as Collier cited the reluctance of electric cooperatives to take action. Als i announced Wednesday was an "alliance" between Midwest Energy and ABB, an industry giant based in Raleigh, N.C. ABB's engineers and experts on regulatory processes will help Midwest Energy as it moves toward implementing the Open Access program, said Midwest spokesman Bob Helm. Lee Willis, manager of ABB's Advanced Planning and Engineering Applications Group, was present for the announcement. Competition in the energy sector will build an environment where company innovation and attention to customer services will be rewarded, Willis said. ABB spends $13 billion annually on the development of technology, noted Willis, who referred to Midwest Energy as "our ally" and praised it for its "pro-active planning." "We see nothing but positives for our customers," asserted a prepared statement by Midwest Energy's president and general manager Gene Argo. Argo emphasized that Midwest Energy is owned by its customers and providing those customers with choice was advantageous. Making those customers "very smart shoppers" will be one of the objectives Midwest Energy will try to achieve in the coming months, said Pat Parke, manager of marketing and rates for Midwest Energy. T DILLONS CONTRACT Complaint filed against Dillons Grocer is accused by union of failing to bargain in good faith By The Associated Press WICHITA — A food employees union filed a formal complaint of unfair labor practices against Dillons Stores in the midst of contract negotiations. The complaint was filed this month, with the National Labor Relations Board in Kansas City. It accuses the Wichita area's dominant grocer of interrogating some employees and failing to bargain in good faith. The United Food and Commercial Workers, District Union Local 2, represents 250 members who work in the delicatessen, seafood and meat departments at Dillons stores in Wichita, Salina and El Dorado. The union and Dillons con- tinued negotiations for a new contract Tuesday, union officials said. The old contract expired at midnight Saturday. , Both parties have agreed to operate under an extended con : tract. Dillons spokesman Dennis Gaschler refused to comment on the unfair labor complaint. Dillons and the union have- agreed to a media blackout'^1 while contract negotiations are.; taking place. "I'm going to include (the complaint) under the blackout / because of the sensitivity of it," Gaschler said. Dillons Stores and Dillons ' Cos., based in Hutchinson, are ,. owned by Kroger Co. of Cincin-, nati. Kroger operates 1,356 su- - permarkets, of which 251 are Dillons markets. At issue in the talks are wages, benefits, bonuses and working condi- , tions. Teen confident he can handle council duties Clay Center student about to begin duties on Oak Hill council By The Associated Press OAK HILL — Mark Virden came of age just in time. His 18th birthday on Jan. 20 allowed him to become a city council member in this north-central Kansas town. And a good thing, because the town might have had difficulty filling the fifth seat during its election this month. The town, 40 miles northeast of Salina, has a population of about 35. "I've been going to the city council meetings pretty regularly for the last few years," said Vird- Man suspected of murder arrested By The Associated Press SEWARD, Neb. — A North Dakota man whose two roommates were found dead in a house fire was arrested on suspicion of murder Wednesday at Seward. Dale Burke, 38, allegedly ignited Sunday's blaze in Fargo, N.D. to cover up the murders, police said. en, a junior at Clay Center Community High School. "And I thought it would be interesting to get on the council when I was old enough." Most of the council members are at least twice Virden's age. Two are in their 80s. "It doesn't really bother me," he said. "I'm pretty well-liked, and I don't have any trouble getting along with anybody." Virden, who lived in Wichita until he was 14, did not serve on the student council at his school. He decided to leap straight into city politics. All council members in Oak Hill are elected by write-in votes. So, before the election, Virden told a few people that he was interested in serving on the City Council. Six write-in votes later, Virden held office. The top vote-getter received eight votes. Virden said he's confident that he can handle the job. And he can get plenty of guidance at home — from his grandfather, who is the mayor of Oak Hill, and from his grandmother, the town's city clerk. "I'm not too worried because there's not really anything too serious that comes up in Oak Hill," Virden said. Pressing issues for the city council include enforcing leash laws and deciding which roads get gravel. The town's only business is a garage, and the school closed more than 30 years ago. "We've had as many as 41 people here," said Harold Hundley, Vird- en's grandfather. "But that was when a family with 10 children moved to town." Hundley said the unpaid positions of mayor and city councilman aren't highly contested in Oak Hill, but they're important jobs nonetheless. "Other people try to convince you to take the job so they don't have to," he said. "But the council meetings are pretty social, so that's enjoyable." Virden will begin his two-year term at the council's May 7 meeting. He says he's ready to take office, but he doesn't think this is the beginning of a political career. "I want to go to technical school," Virden said. "And I hope to have a small farm of my own someday — maybe in Oak Hill." Goodservke. Good price. Good neighbor agent. Three good reasons to insure your car with State Farm. Raymond Howey 1101 S.Ohio - Salina, KS 827-9991 SBC Fann Mutual Automobile liuuunx Company Hone Office: Bloomiiigtoii. Illinois . ALL KANSAS HOMEOWNERS UP TO $25,000 CAN BE YOURS!! $ SPECIAL HOME IMPROVEMENT LOAN PROGRAM. 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