The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 17, 1997 · Page 6
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 6

Salina, Kansas
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Saturday, May 17, 1997
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SATURDAY MAY 17, 1997 THE SALINA JOURNAL Fire breaks out at firefighter's house When Salina firefighters arrived at a house fire Friday evening at 129 W. Minneapolis, they probably figured their performance would be scrutinized more closely by this homeowner. The house belongs to the department's training chief, Marvin VanBlaricon. The fire broke out in the attic around an electric vent fan, which is the suspected cause. VanBlaricon was home with his wife, three children and one of their neighborhood friends. "The kids were outside playing when my daughter (10-year-old Rachel) runs in and yells, 'Daddy, Daddy, the house is on fire!' " VanBlaricon said. VanBlaricon thought she was kidding. Then he walked outside. "I had flames shooting out of the roof." It's the same roof, incidentally, an insurance adjuster had eyeballed Thursday looking for hail damage. VanBlaricon ran a half-block to the firehouse on the corner of Minneapolis and Santa Fe streets. The flames were quickly contained, leaving a hole near the peak. Assault victim won't say who hit his head A 21-year-old man who was hit in ttie head with a board Thursday night refused to give police information about suspects in the case. Deputy Salina Police Chief Barry Plunkett said police were called when the man went to Salina Regional Health Center for treatment of a 2-inch bump above the eye and a 2-inch cut on the back of his head. He would tell police only that he was hit in the head with a board between 1 and 2 p.m. Thursday while he was in an alley between the 300 and 400 blocks of North 12th Street. Convenience-store shooting still probed Salina police continued Friday to investigate a BB or pellet gun shooting Thursday night at Green Lantern convenience store, Iron Avenue and Ohio Street. Deputy Chief Barry Plunkett said police had no suspects. The shots were fired about 8:15 p.m. Thursday. One shot shattered the right rear passenger window of a Ford Explorer owned by Bob Tylicki, who was driving west on Iron Avenue. Another shot broke the outer glass of a double-paned window at Green Lantern. Plunkett said officials weren't sure whether the shots were fired from a moving vehicle or if the shooter was walking or standing. River festival buttons go on sale Monday 'Smoky Hill River Festival buttons go on sale Monday. The buttons admit one person to the festival and most of its activities for all four days and can be purchased for $4 at a variety of Salina businesses. Buttons will be sold at the gate for $5. A one-day pass at the gate costs $4. Admission to the Saturday evening production, "Grasslands" by the Paul Winter Consort, is a festival button plus a $5 ticket. Tickets and buttons are available at the Bicentennial Center, all Salina Dillons stores, the Central Mall service center and the Salina Arts and Humanities Commission, 211 W. Iron. The festival is a project of the commission. 28 to graduate from Ell-Saline tonight ;BROOKVILLE — Twenty-eight seniors are to graduate today from Ell-Saline High School. The ceremony starts at 7:30 p.m. "The graduates are: Marcella Ruth Atkinson, Craig Michael Augustine, Amanda Lee Clark, Sam El- cWr, Holly Michelle George, Melinda Ann Qriffin, Amber Darlene Hardesty, Cynthia Lynn Hutchcraft, Kristine Marie Isaacson, Erjca Anne Jensen, Matt J. Jester, Corey Bryan Lagroon, Brandon Lee Lantz, Cortney Jo Lehmann, Kevin Elliott Man- M\, Nathan Andrew Martin, James A. Melton, John Mark Melton, Audrey E. Muchow, Jack Robert O'Neal, Chad Ray Peterson, Shane Eugene Schneider, Kari Ann Sherrer, Lynne E. Smith, Nicholas Robert Taylor, Lorenza Triana, Marie Kfithryn Wekjel, Ellaina Marie White. , -' From Staff Reports Tomorrow's Headlines 825-6000 Cai»goiy6006 (Call after 7:30 p.m.) Great Plains VIEWPOINTS / B2 MONEY/ B4 RELIGION / B6 B KELLY PRESNELL / The Salina Journal Smoky Valley High School In Lindsborg has a United Nations feel this year with Russian Ivan Shmanln (from left); Nadln Junghanel, Germany; Leila Zakhlrova, Turkmenistan; and Jonas Andersson, Sweden, attending classes. School, international style Students from around the world teach and learn new cultures By ALF ABUHAJLEH The Salina Journal LINDSBORG — Leila Zakhirova, 18, an exchange student from the Republic of Turkmenistan, harbors one lasting memory of her two years in Lindsborg. "The trash cans," she said. "I'll never forget the American trash cans. They are huge." Zakhirova is one of four foreign students who Sunday will receive their diplomas from Smoky Valley High School. The students come from different cultures: a Russian, a Swede, a German and a Turkmen. Margaret Dorsch, a foreign language teacher at Smoky Valley High School, said that since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, exchange students from the East Block have begun visiting Lindsborg. "They used to be Swedish, Danish or German," she said. "We still get many students from those countries, but it is so exciting that we also see people from the former Soviet Union. There's a whole world of cultures and languages out there that we don't know much about." Except for Zakhirova, who has been here longer, the students have for the past 10 months lived with American host families and attended classes taught in a foreign language. Though their impressions of U.S. culture are similar in regard to television and fast-food (great quality and a lot of it), their experiences of life in the Heart- land differ when it comes to issues such as religion and dating. Zakhirova comes from the city of Charjew in eastern Turkmenistan, a region in the south-central corner of the former Soviet Union. Until the breakup of the Soviet Union six years ago, the 3.7 million Turkmens, predominantly Muslims, were not allowed to practice their religion. Since the country's independence, however, the Islamic culture has flourished. "My family is religious, but we don't go to the mosque or pray five times a day," Zakhirova said. "We pay attention to Islamic holidays like Ramadan (a monthlong fast held from sunrise to sunset), but we don't stop eating." Zakhirova said she enjoys going to a Christian church on Sundays and finds many similarities between the Bible and the Koran, the sacred text of Islam. "I have learned a lot from attending the Lutheran Church," she said. "I think you have a better understanding of the way people live here in Lindsborg when you go to church." Ivan Shmanin, 17, grew up in Usinsk in northeast Russia. His family also was prohibited by the Communist government from practicing its Russian Orthodox faith. But since Russia's independence, Shmanin's family attends church about, once a month, he said. "My dad doesn't believe in God, but he doesn't say that it is bad to believe in God," Shmanin said. "I don't care much for religion at all." Nadin Junghanel, 16, is a native of Insel Reichenau, an island off the coast of Germany. Junghanel said most Germans only occasionally attend church. "I'm really scared by the way people are into God and religion here," she said. "There are these Jesus freaks that take it way too serious." Jonas Andersson, 17, said one difference between Lindsborg and his native Stockholm, Sweden, is that young Americans are more active in their faith. "You won't see people in Sweden talk about God and Jesus like they do here," he said. "Most teen-agers in Sweden don't care at all about God." Another befuddling aspect of American culture was dating, the quartet said. They said the process of a guy picking up a girl at her home, escorting her to a restaurant, footing the bill and driving her back home, is ... well, foreign. "In Russia we never go out and eat with a girl. It costs too much," said Shmanin, whose girlfriend, Viktoria, is waiting for him back in Usinsk. "We go out dancing or something, and we split the bill if we buy something," he said. "Dating is strange. It's a bit old- fashioned." Andersson said in Sweden a guy would ask around to see what party or bar the girl of his dreams would spend her Saturday night at and then show up. Girls court guys in the same fashion, he said. "We don't even have a word in Swedish for dating," he said. "Meeting someone is more natural in Sweden." Junghanel agreed. "Here it's very stiff and old-fashioned the way guys and girls meet," she said. "There is much more freedom in Germany. It's more natural." Zakhirova considers American dating to be bordering on the obscene. "In my country a woman would never go out on a date with a man, especially not if they were young," she said. "It could result in something unwanted like pregnancy. My family would never tolerate that I dated a man who I wasn't about to marry." After Sunday's commencement, the students will choose separate paths. Andersson will finish his last two years of high school in Sweden and then do about a year of military service, which all able- bodied Swedish men have to serve. Shmanin said he plans to study political science or business management at a Russian state university. Junghanel has three years of high school left in Germany. In college, she wants to major in medicine or German history. Zakhirova will attend Bethany College this fall. "I want to get a degree in law and go back home and apply what I have learned," she said. "We are just a poor, young country, and there is a lot that I can do to help." T GREAT PLAINS Bunker Hill hopes to save history in church 'Going-to-pieces' church needs new roof before it can work as the town's museum BUNKER HILL — Dorothia Anderson remembers when this Russell County town of fewer than 100 claimed several groceries, a pharmacy, furniture and jewelry stores and its own physician. Those businesses are gone, lost to the consolidation of retail shops and services in county seat towns and regional centers such as Salina and Hays. All that remains of Bunker Hill is a public television station, a cafe that serves the best catfish in north-central Kansas, a truck stop near Interstate 70 and a few other scattered businesses. The one thing the town has never lost is its history, which is housed in a museum in the former Mount Zion Lutheran Church. In recent months, however, members of the Bunker Hill Historical Society have learned a hard lesson: Preserving the past can be expensive. One recent overcast day, Gladys Baird walked out to the dusty street in front of LINDA MOWERY- DENNING Tlw Salina Journal 4 the old church and pointed to the roof. "You can see the problem from here," she told a visitor. The roof, with its inverted "V" shape, sags. Society members think it will take more than $75,000 to fix the cracked beams that support it. "The whole roof structure is going to have to come off this building," Baird said. To raise the money, society president and Bunker Hill postmistress Gloria Way- master has spent hours filling out the paperwork to put the old church on the National Register of Historic Places. If successful, the designation would make the building eligible for federal matching grants. Remaining funds would come from donations and $10 lifetime membership to the historic society. "We're looking at a pretty big project, but we think we have a pretty important building here, so it's worth it," Waymaster said. The sturdy limestone church was built in 1880, seven years after the organization of the Mount Zion congregation. Pastors included J.B. Corbett, who with Valentine Harbaugh, led the first colony of settlers to the Bunker Hill townsite in 1871. Corbett is buried with his wife's family in Abilene. The church continued as a place of prayer and worship until 1954, when it was closed and sold to a local resident who used it for storage. It was in the 1960s that Baird's late Offering to preserve the past mother, Alma Lange, Dorothia Anderson, Dorothy Ruby and others started talking about saving the church — and in the process having a place to preserve the town's historical treasures, which for several years were warehoused in private homes. "This building was going to pieces real fast," said Anderson, who served as first president of the historical society. "The windows were out. The door was out and laying on top of some hay." The newly-organized society took ownership of the old church in 1968. The museum opened two years later, after volunteers dedicated countless hours to its restoration and repair. "It was such an inspiration, no one griped," Anderson said. The museum, which is open from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Sundays and by appointment, is filled with memories. There is a beautiful piano, with carved legs, that was owned by Mary "Mother" Bickerdyke, a Civil War nurse who lived in Bunker Hill and other towns of central Kansas, including Salina. Bickerdyke, who died in 1901, has been the subject of several books, including one that called her "America's Florence Nightingale and patron saint of Kansas." Another museum attraction is the altar and other pieces from the Immanuel Lutheran Church, which was built in 1886 and served for 80 years before being closed in 1966. The church stood in the Dubuque community, south of Bunker Hill. There also are the family histories compiled by Baird's mother. Whenever new residents moved to town, Alma Lange was there to record the event. "While the rest of us went to dances, she stayed at home and wrote histories," Anderson said. Waymaster thinks it will take a year to raise the money for the roof. There already have been contributions. One woman from Texas donated $100 after she found new information about their ancestors in Lange's files. "We're hoping that anybody who is interested in the history here and its preservation will help out," Baird said. .^".A'sassiSiftSM^a 1 ; .,.:, .,. .. ,-. .,;..]••.•,•.,..;.•:-• ...- ftfeia; ' . J'- S*rfMi'''i*--"-" ;: '' '• '"•'•• •••'' '"••'• •.."•• •••-••.••• ! •.• SUGGESTIONS? CALL BEN WEARING, DEPUTY EDITOR, AT (913) 823-6363 OR 1-80Q-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT

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