The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 19, 1997 · Page 12
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 12

Salina, Kansas
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Monday, May 19, 1997
Page 12
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AI2_JVIONDAY^MAY 19, 1997 GREAT PLAINS THE SALINA JOURNAL Lawn weary DAVIS TURNER/The Salina Journal Weary from a morning of mowing lawns, Nick Sheahon, 14, snoozes Saturday afternoon in the back of a station wagon along Ash Street. Sheahon, son of Mike and Judi Sheahon, was helping John and Chris Neihous cut relatives' lawns around Salina. V KANSAS COSMOSPHERE World's heaviest flag to be unfurled Kansas Cosmosphere's 7-ton flag coming out for Memorial Day weekend By Harris News Service HUTCHINSON — The "Great American Flag" will be unfurled for the first time in Kansas for Memorial Day ceremonies at a Wichita cemetery. The 7-ton flag, given to the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in July 1995 as government surplus, will be draped across unconsecrated grounds in 78-acre Lakeview Cemetery at 13th and K- 96, east of Wichita. "We're doing it as a tribute to all veterans during Memorial Day," said Phil Hobbs, Lakeview general manager. The flag will be on public display from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday. "It's going to be beautiful. We're super excited about being able to have it, and to get it out." The cemetery and funeral home sought the flag last year, but made their request too late to work it out, said Wendy Johnson, vice president of marketing for the Cosmosphere. Greg Buckingham, exhibits craftsman with Kansas Space- Works, will help coordinate the project. The flag is not folded conventionally, but was rolled up from each side toward the center. To unroll it, the center will be staked down, and then crews made up from about 100 volunteers will unroll from both ends, Buckingham said. It will require a crane to remove the flag from its trailer, and to put it back once the display is over. The unfurling, scheduled to start Friday morning, is expected to take at least half a day. An area fire department will provide equipment and manpower to get the flag out of its trailer and unrolled on the ground, Johnson said. The 86,310-square-foot banner, beat out in 1992 as the world's largest with the creation of a nylon flag 89 feet longer in 1992, remains the world's heaviest. It has been sitting in a trailer at Kansas SpaceWorks since the Cosmos- phere received it. The cemetery is not paying for use of the flag, but has offered to make an unspecified donation to the Cosmosphere, Johnson said. The facility is covering all costs for displaying the flag. the Salina Journal T LEAVENWORTH PRISON Leavenworth's 'Big Top' celebrates 100 years Penitentiary built to reflect 'the grandeur of federal government' By The Associated Press LEAVENWORTH — When construction began on the federal penitentiary 100 years ago, the plan was to build a prison that would make people feel in awe of the law. "They planned to construct it to resemble the U.S. Capitol," prison spokesman Bob Bennett said. "They wanted to make a solid impression on anyone breaking the law, and to reflect the grandeur of the federal government." The final touch was a shiny silver dome on the center of the front building, which gave the prison its nickname — the Big Top. About 1,800 prisoners are housed at the high-security facility, with a majority of the inmates serving life without parole. "This is the flagship of the Federal Bureau of prisons," Bennett said. "Many of the inmates that come here are some of the hardened criminals who have worked their way up through the criminal system." The prison's walls held Robert Stroud — the infamous Birdman of Alcatraz — before he was transferred to San Francisco in 1942. His name was entered next to the date Sept. 5, 1912 in a prison logbook. The book is displayed at the penitentiary's mini-museum set up to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the prison's groundbreaking. Before the federal government built prisons, it contracted with states to house its prisoners. Some states used the prisoners as slave labor. In 1891, the Justice Department received money for the construction of three federal prisons: a facility in Leavenworth to serve the western portion of the country, one in Seattle for the northern region and one in Atlanta to serve the southern region. Although the prison began housing some inmates at the construction site in 1903, the entire facility wasn't completed until 1926. ONLINE Put ca to (faun " Good things arc happening at Security Savings Bank... .AlEichelbefger, a 17 year Salina taking veteran has joined the team at Security Savings Bank as Senior Vice President, ¥ith responsibilities in commercial lending, real estate lending, and consumer lending Al will help you meet your goals. See him the next time you need a loan, You will appreciate Al's friendliness, knowledge, and expertise, Quite Simply, Security. .«**••*»«, * Securil Savings Bank 317 S. Santa Fe • 1830 S. Ohio, Salina, KS 825-8241 With offices in Salina, Garden City, •*«.^r»^ Olathe, and Wichita LENDER SALE ENDS SAT., MAY 24

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