Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois on May 10, 1973 · Page 10
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Galesburg, Illinois
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Thursday, May 10, 1973
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10 (fcrttsburfl fttflistif-Moii, pQlesbufg, IH. Thursdqy, Moy v 10,. 1973 Business And Industry Gas Hike a Threat to Small Dealer Monmouth Dealer Elected Ray Green of Monmouth, owner of Ray Green Motors Inc., was elected president of the Illinois Automotive Trade Assn., at the group's annual convention May 6-8 at Pheasant Run Lodge, St. Charles. In addition to being elected president of IATC, Green was also honored as 1973 Illinois Quality Dealer of the Year. Those attending the 53rd annual convention from Galesburg were Mr. and Mrs. Don Lersch, Mr. and Mrs. Dick Yemm, Mr. and Mrs. Mike Fessler, Mr. and Mrs. Gary Fessler, Mr. and Mrs. Tony Puckett and Mr. and Mrs. Harold Inman. The convention consisted of business sessions and lectures given by guest speakers. Secretary of State Michael J. Howlett addressed the convention Tuesday. Galesburg Native Promoted John B. Stevens, a native of Galesburg, has been named vice president in charge of project management for Hoad Engineers, Inc., according to an annoucement by John G. Hoad, president, at Ypsilanti, Mich. Stevens resides in Farmington, Mich. He has been with the firm since 1965 and holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois. He is a registered engineer in both mechanical and electrical engineering. Alexis Dealer To Be Honored Richard Johnson, service manager at Alexis Motor Company, Alexis, will receive a silver medallion plaque presented by the Ford Parts and Ford Customer Service divisions of Ford Motor Company. The award is presented annually to those managers who are judged outstanding in customer service, sales and management ability. O. T.'s Opens Pantry Shelf O. T. Johnson Co. has added a new food department to its downtown facility. The department is called The Pantry Shelf. It stocks>canned and packaged goods, dairy products and bakery goods. The store may expand the small grocery store, the only one in the downtown area, to fill the needs of its customers. By KENNETH JOHNSON (Staff Writer) With gas wars apparently a thing of the past and the price of gas going up, the chances of independent service stations surviving are going down, oil industry experts have predicted in the wake of the crude oil shortage in Illinois. "There is every indication the situation is going to become more severe later this spring and especially by late summer during the peak driving season," said American Oil Regional Vice President Harry Rinkema in New York. The shortage, coupled with a 10 per cent increase in tlie demand over the past year already has affected other parts of the nation with results similar to those predicted for Illinois by oil experts. Herbert Hugo, senior editor for Piatt's Oilgram in Chicago, the industry's daily newspaper, predicted gas prices wouM increase by one or two cents at a jump, probably going up by A nickel to 45.9 cents a gallon by Labor Day. The normal cost of regular gasoline in Galesburg right now is 40.9 cents per gallon. THE MARKETING Vice president of Signal Co., a large eastern-based oil firm, predicts the price of regular will hit 50 cents or more within the next year or two. That is an increase of about 33 per cent from the current nationwide average of 38 cents. "I'd be the most surprised guy around if I weren't paying $1.25 a gallon — and soon," says Forrest Shumwaym, prcs- iden of Signal. "I think there will be terrific shortages this summer and that rationing will be ordered." Hugo predicts that some smaller, independent stations will be forced to close because of inability to obtain gasoline from their suppliers. Major oil companies have promised dealers they can have as much as five per cent more gasoline than they received last year. However, even the increased supply will not be sufficient to meet increased demand, Hugo said. HE SAID many stations may begin closing Sundays and nights, and some may open only three days a week. "Inconvenience will come before any real cut-offs in gasoline," he said. Standard Oil Co. has already begun to ration gasoline to some of its stations in Illinois, including the Peoria area. "In the long haul, the short" age will affect the consumer's pocketbook and his ability to get as much gas as he wants at any given time," Hugo said. "He 's already being hurt in a sense because the price wars that used to be are about at an end." Three major oil companies — Clark Oil & Refining Corp., Gulf Oil Co. and Triangle Refineries — have disclosed plans to cut off gasoline sales to wholesale customers in Illinois. Clark and Triangle have discontinued sales to independents so they will have enough gas to supply their own stations. Gulf, on the other hand, is selling all of its stations in the Midwest because of heavy financial losses. Hundreds of independent gas stations throughout' the state are closing or shortening hours in the wake of the current shortages. Among the hardest hit by the latest cutbacks will be Martin Oil Service Inc., with SO stations in the Chicago area. Martin was a key buyer supplied by Triangle and Clark. SHORT GAS supplies have already caused Martin to reduce hours of operation of same of its service stations and may force others to close. President Hugh Watson said last week that 14 stations in Illinois and Missouri which have been operating around the dock will be open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. starting this week. Some other stations in the firm's chain of 85 have been shut down on Sundays. "Unless there is a miracle in the next six weeks, some of the stations will he closed, but I don't want to speculate now on how many." Watson said. He said the price of imparted gasoline had went up about 14 cents a gallon in the past six months. For the motorist the shortage of gasoline means higher prices. The Oil Daily's weekly survey of 100 cities last week showed the average price for major brand regular gasoline was 26 cents a gallon before taxes ~ the year before it was 22.5 cents per gallon. EPA Mall Restriction Not Likely Here CONTACT LENSES For Complete Information on Contact Lenses Phone 343-7410 Dispensed on Prescription of DR. E. W. BEATH, O.D. DAILY 8:00 - 5:00 - MONDAY & FRIDAY 8:00 • 8:00 60 S. Kellogg Galesburg, III. UNION OPTICAL CO. Dr. John Roberts, Springfield, director of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency's air pollution control section, took exception, today to charges by a lawyer for shopping center builders and owners that new federal environmental regu 1 ations may outlaw the building of shopping centers in many parts of the United States. John Reilly, legal representative for the International Council of Shopping Centers, gave the warning in a speech to the councils annual meeting Tuesday at Anaheim, Calif. "Put in the bluntest terms, the Environmental Protection Agency has put out some regulations which, if they become permanent, could make it impossible to build more shopping centers in many parts of the country," Reilly said. The regulations would hold shopping center operators responsible for the air pollution by cars driven by people using the center, he said, and ban the construction or use of centers which attract enough cars to raise emissions above the 1975 limits of the Clean Air Act. "I'm afraid that's only looking at one side of the story," Dr. Roberts said in rebuttal. "It's up to the federal, state and local governments to ensure economic growth in the nation while at the same time protecting health." Roberts went on to explain Grain Crisis Meet Scheduled the EPA's stand on air pollution caused by shopping centers. "The federal government has published guidelines which say state and local governments must develop programs to prevent 'unacceptable' development of complex sources. A complex source is a facility which x is not in itself a~ pollution source — such as a smokestack — but has the potential to cause pollution by the people it attracts to it." Roberts said the EPA's biggest problem at the moment is determining what is "unacceptable." "This is a difficult decision to make," he added, "but a decision that will have to bs made more and more in the future. The EPA is an agency designed to protect our future." " Railroad, labor, farm, port and governmental authorities will meet May ,16-19 in Chicago to discuss the current rail car grain crisis. The purpose of the state- sponsored session will be to draw up recommendations to solve the crisis. The problem will be placed on ths agendas of the national and midwest governor's conference in June and July. "Livestock producers throughout the nation are paying higher prices for feed- Wrwrt compatible companiontl A superb antique pine dry sink together with a high quality color television receiver—a full 25-inch (315 sq. in.) color picture with automatic fins tuning, one-touch color and tint lock for sharp projection. In th« Ethan Alton tradition of fin* quality, this striking cabinet-an authentic reproduction in Old Tavern Finish—with built-in color television, The "Yorktown" Cabinet: 44 Vz" wide. CARRIAGE HOUSE Ethan Allen Traditional Home Furnishings 248 E. SIMMONS ST. Across from Largo City Parking lot grains due to a shortage of foodstuffs necessary for raising cattle for market and this is reflected in meat prices consumers are paying,'" said Robert J. Williams, Illinois agriculture director. Williams said 300 million bushels of grain are landlocked in most of the state's 1,200 elevators. This tie-up is costing the state's farmers more than $63 million this crop year and elevators more than $30,000 a day because they cannot move the grain to processors and ports of debarkation. Severed Cables Last year almost 4,000 telephone cables were cut by homeowners and contractors in Illinois who failed to heed phone company warnings of the presence of underground hnes. The First Horelco Tripleheader For Women! At last, the super-close "Norelco" shave is here for women! This revolutionary ladies' shaver has ths features of our famous men's Tripleheader—redesigned especially for you! Now you can get close and comfortable and fast shaves—for both legs and underarmsl The Lady Norelco Tripleheader has: • Super Microgroovo™ floating heads to get around knees and ankles t Self-sharpening rotary blades for long life • Convenient on/off switch • Coiled cord • Attractive travel watlet • Elegant royal purple and white case with lavander shaver ROSS SHAVER and TYPEWRITER 112 E. Main - 343-7917 Roberts doesn't believe federal guidelines will have much effect on Galesburg "provided there is sound and sensible growth." The state. EPA director said the proposed Sandburg Mall to be built on North Henderson Street shouldn't cause Galesburg's air quality readings to change significantly. While the new federal guidelines won't effect construction of shopping centers in most smaller communities, Roberts said metropolitan areas such as Chicago, Peoria and the Quad-Cities may have to modify large complexes to prevent air pollution. 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