Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on July 10, 1974 · Page 15
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Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California · Page 15

Ukiah, California
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Wednesday, July 10, 1974
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Wednesday, July 10, 1974 Ukiah Daily Journal, Uklah, Calif.—15 Folk fans parade to dramatize of Woodlands Camp Assoc. An Impromptu parade was held in Mendocino recently as singers, dancers and musicians, from the Mendocino folklore camp came to town to dramatize the plight of the Mendocino Woodlands Camp Association. Hie association is in danger of losing it's state lease on 288 acres of forest land and camp facilities 11 miles east of Mendocino. The group assembled at the west end of Main Street' Soon the strange rhythms of the Bulgarian "Pravo" and "Paidushko" were drawing the attention - of passers-by. With banners and signs proclaiming the urgent need for funds, the colorfully costumed assembly of 80 moved on to the music and dances of Norway. Onlookers joined in with tambourines and Merry-go-round Handling Heuvelmans By JACK ANDERSON WASHINGTON The Army Corps of Engineers have never learned that it's not nice to fool Mother Nature. But they're fast finding out that they shouldn't mess around with Martin Heuvelmans. For more than a decade, this 71-year-old retired businessman has been investigating the engineer corps' 150-year, $28 billion effort to facelift the American continent. His findings have so rattled the brass hats that they have issued official orders On how to handle him. This remarkable tale began in 1959, when Heuvelmans, a Belgian immigrant, bought a small plot of land in southern Florida and settled down to fish away his sunset years. By day, Heuvelmans and his grandson angled the beautiful St. Lucie River for trout. In the evening, they dined on the day's catch. On occasion, he noticed, the river turned muddy and the trout stopped running. He queried his neighbors. ."Oh, that's the Army engineers running mud through the dam," they told him. -Heuvelmans thought about it. The more he pondered, the angrier he got. He conducted his own private investigation and concluded that the tons of sludge pouring down the river resulted, he said, from "the incompetent construction" of the St. Lucie Canal by the Army Corps of Engineers. The corps, however, was too busy damming rivers, filling swamps and digging canals to bother with the protests of a testy old man who couldn't catch enough trout. So Heuvelmans complained to some congressmen. Their form letters thanked him for writing and assured him of the corps' concern for the public welfare. Incensed, Heuvelmans launched a full-scale probe of corps projects across the nation. After a decade of ' digging, his findings have now been published in a book, "The River Killers." It is bylined simply "Martin Heuvelmans, Citizen." The book describes how the corps "defiled Florida's waterways" with silt, sludge and slime. It attacks "the corps' wanton killing of America's rivers" from the Potomac to the Sacramento Delta. The corps survives, Heuvelmans charges, by spending $1.6 billion annually on pork barrel projects dear to the hearts of powerful congressmen. The civil works branch of the corps, Heuvelmans concludes, should be abolished. Heuvelmans' publisher, Stackpole Books of Harrisburg, Pa., arranged a publicity tour for the septuagenarian author. To everyone's surprise, however, Army Corps of Engineers spokesmen refused to appear on radio or television to reply to Heuvelmans. A general who had been scheduled to appear with Heuvelmans on Metromedia's - Panorama television talk show in Washington, for example, backed out at the last minute. We have now found put why. By JACK ANDERSON An internal corps' memo, entitled "Policy Guidance on Responding to Inquiries on Book 'The River Killers,'" explains it all. Falsely charging that Heuvelmans had paid to get his own book published, the memo instructs corps , employes: "Caution should be exercised to avoid helping the sale of the book. Debate with the author either in person, on radio, or on television should not be sought and avoided insofar as possible." The brass hats ordered "a conscious effort'' be made "to emphasize the positive aspects... of Corps activities... A large number of Congressional inquiries regarding the book are an' ticipated. We are preparing a generalized response to the earliest of these, and will provide a copy to the field for reference and consistency." We asked the engineers why they had turned their bulldozers against an old man whose only sin was to criticize them. An Army spokesman answered with a rhetorical question: "The guy | is so biased, what could we gain by contradicting what he says, besides helping him sell the book? "The corps does respond to "responsible" criticism, the spokesman added. Two years ago, Martin Heuvelmans gave up his waterfront house on the turgid St. Lucie and moved into a mobile home. He is catching no trout these days, but he is continuing his lonely battle against the muckers who dared pollute his river. Footnote: We have awarded the stubborn old crusader a brass ring, good for one free ride on the Washington Merry- Go-Round. AGNEW ACRES: Former Vice President Spiro Agnew, disbarred from practicing law and casting around for ways to . turn a dollar, may become the front man for a condominium project at a Kentucky lake named for another former vice president, Alben Berkley. The deposed Agnew, despite profits from the sale of his Washington suburban home and his novel about a fictitious vice president, is worried about his financial prospects. This has led him to use his political contacts and celebrity status to seek business deals. As we reported in an earlier column, he recently flew to the Middle East in quest of deals. Now Agnew is linked with a group of speculators, including Louisville financier John McGiffen and Global Baseball League founder Walter Dilbeck. They appear to have gotten an option on the 550-acre Mason family estate at Lake Barkley. Agnew recently inspected the estate, then met with McGiffen and Dilbeck at a house not far away. McGiffen acknowledged the meeting, explaining it was just a "preliminary discussion." The condominium project, he said, would have houses along the lake, a golf course and riding stables. "Agnew is the glamor factor, the front man," a source close to the transaction told us. RONALD F. UNZELMAN, AA.D. AND DOUGLAS P. FISK,M.D. Announce the Association of RICHARD AA. HUTCHINSON, AA.D. FOR THI PRACTICE OF OBSTETRICS AND OYNKCOLOOY AT SPRING CREEK MEDICAL PLAZA OfftotHturs 1144 Sonoma Avo., No. 1M SMta Una, Calif. fMM TtfcphoiM shouts of encouragement and coins clinked into the pitchers , carried by costumed dancers. The party turned Croatian in front of Kellieowen hall, dancing to accordions and a large variety of instruments played by talented folk musicians from around the country. The dancing was followed by a Croatian ritual harvest song ringing out under the Angelus Tower. Banjo pickin' and clogging took the group to the Mendocino Hotel where they presented an impromptu concert. After more singing and Irish and Romanian dances the group returned to the Woodlands Camp. Each June for the past 10 years a folklore camp has been held in the Mendocino Woodlands Camp. Specialists on many cultures have taught, not only dances and songs, but thorough programs of total participation in the food, Costumes and entertainments of , different countries. The site of these activities, as well as many other cultural and educational encampments, is the Woodlands Camp. It is administered by a non-profit association of the Folklore Camp, Pacific Central district of the Unitarian Church, Camp Fire Girls, 4-H Clubs and Jack and Jill.. Historically the. association has been pressed for funds, but is now facing the serious threat of closure by the state and reversion of the land to forestry management. The association has a "main- tainance" . lease and • certain requirements of the state- prescribed : maintainance, program, such as re-roofing cabins, have npt been met for financial reasons. Although a large part of the work is done on a volunteer basis, this year materials exceed the available funds. In spite of the; association's concerted efforts to increase rentals, the gas crisis this spring caused a serious shortage of tenants/The combination of expensive main­ tainance requirements and a decrease in rentals made the association almost $8,000 short in their budget. This amount must be raised or pledged by early fall of this year to ensure the preservation of the beautiful woodland, setting and the continuation of programs at the camp. In the face of this $8,000 deficit the Folklorists are Beeking to rally interested parties, asking for donations of funds and materials for the maintainance work. Organizing committees in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Seattle areas were established to accomplish these ends. The Woodlands Camp is available for groups of 30 to 450 to rent, and varying kinds of facilities are available at three different camp sites - cabins, dining and recreation halls, pool, etc.. For information or an appointment to see the camps contact the caretaker, Neil McLean, P.O. Box 267, Mendocino, (707) 937-5755. Bookings are made through Lee Pinto, P.O. Box 102, Ukiah. Contributions to keep the camp open may be directed to the president of the Mendocino Woodlands Association, Judy McLean, P.O. Box 271, Fort Bragg. Problems of low blood sugar By LAWRENCE LAMB, M.D. DEAR DR. LAMB —My mother had a blood sugar test that showed low blood sugar about five years ago. She said the doctor told her to keep some food near all the time. She has gained at least 100 pounds. She won't have another test, because she said she knew she still had it. Does it ever correct itself? She gets mad because we are concerned about her weight. She falls a lot, has to push herself up out of a chair, can't buy clothes to fit and has shortness of breath "and choking. If she were to break a leg or hip one person could not take care of her, because she must weigh close to 300 pounds. I'm an only daughter. She said she has to eat to live. I say she has to drop 500 calories a week to condition her body so it won't go through a state of shock, then diet with plenty of protein to live. Please tell us who is wrong. I worry about her all the time. She said that she didn't want to be fat, that she couldn't help it, she had to eat to live. DEAR READER — It sounds to me like your mother really doesn't Want to go on a diet and change her eating habits. When people are grossly overweight there is often some underlying reason* for it. Psychological factors may be important, and then a basic endocrine problem can be a factor. When low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) is really present it can stimulate obesity. A tumor of the pancreas that causes an overproduction of insulin and hypoglycemia often results in gross obesity, from overeating in'response to the 7 excess insulin. Of course, your mother should have another medical evaluation. If she really has hypoglycemia (a symptom), the cause needs to be determined and steps taken to correct it or control it. If she has hypoglycemia on a basis of diet habits alone, then she needs to change her eating habits. These people need to be on a diet that is essentially free of starch (bread, potatoes, desserts) and sweets of all kinds. They should avoid "all sweet liquids, such as sweet coffee. The foods thev eat should be lean meats, poultry, fish and leafy and bulky vegetables. On such a diet it is often necessary to take vitamins and minerals to be sure they are sufficient to protect the body. Now, should your mother have a tumor of the pancreas that is producing too much insulin —and I doubt it— the only sensible treatment is surgical removal. After successful surgery, the obesity is easily managed and soon disappears. That shortness of breath and choking your mother is experiencing can be a result of her obesity, or it can be from associated heart or vascular disease that has developed because of her obesity. It is a sign that she must get on with doing something about her problem now. Incidentally, if she smokes or drinks alcohol she must stop both. They are no-nos for people with low blood sugar problems. DEEP VALLEY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL GROUND BREAKING SAT. JULY 13th -NEW- KINDERGARTEN IN UKIAH We welcome anyone interested in Christ-Centered Quality education. Our tuition Is below average for Christian Schools in Calif. All our staff members are dedicated Christian Educators. CALL 485-8700 OR 485-7728 Or come out to the Redwood Valley Community Church- Across from Ply-Fab in Downtown Redwood Valley. 971 School Way. ARABIAN WINNER — Mary Ann Reece of Sebastopol was first place winner ' in the Arabian mounted division for the Frontier Days parade in Willits Thursday. Mary Ann was the only entry in her division. There were approximately 50 mounted entries. Since prices are rising higher and higher on everything, Induing fabrics, The Semng Cornet f ?resents an Inflation Fighter. Now for your stretched budgets we offer our Ihrlft Corrfei. 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