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Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois · Page 20

Galesburg, Illinois
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Thursday, May 10, 1973
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20 dklTfsbuffl Reflister-Mgil, fotesbwg, 111. Thursday, May 10, 1973 "Tonight, talk only to peoplt who agree with you .••no idiots, boobs or fatheads!" Federal Government Wants Lead Taken Out of Paint By BOB LISTON NEW YORK (UPI) - In the wake of public outrage over lead poisoning, the Federal government has declared war on lead by requiring the paint industry to purge the metal from its products. A recent federal ruling all but abolished lead from non- industrial paint by lowering its acceptable level to .5 per cent. The statute, which became effective Jan. 1, 1973, also reduced the content of other dangerous metals used in paint. The paint industry, target of the so-called paint crusade launched two years ago after New York City hospitals linked the high incidence of lead poisoning in slum children to their habit of eating chips from windowsi\ls and walls, was quick to join the ranks of the anti-lead cause. By the time the new statute was enacted, most paint manufacturers had substituted other non-toxic base metals for lead. Application Restricted The immediate impact of the government action on the paint industry already is being felt by the consumer. The removal of lead has resulted in higher paint prices, loss of durability, and a somewhat limited range of deep colors, a spokesman for the New York City Housing Authority said. Industrial coatings still contain lead and zinc oxides, but their application is restricted to non • congested areas. The implication of the new statute for the paint industry suggests coating manufacturers may soon spend as much time in the laboratory as they do on the production line. Metal detection has become the prime concern of the industry. With metal trace levels at an all- time low, a dirty tank can contaminate a 3,000 gallon batch of paint and result in its being scrapped at a loss of thousands of dollars to the manufacturer. Richard Scott, a research director at Sherwin-Williams, the nation's largest paint manufacturer, said "in the past we used to barter with suppliers on price and quality." Now, according to Scott, the raw materials in paint are the major bargaining point. Analyse Metal Content To police itself and avoid further federal surveillance, Sherwin-Williams and other paint manufacturers use an atomic absorption spectrophotometer to analyze the metal content of raw materials and finished products. Fifteen municipal hospitals managed by the New York Health and Hospitals Corp. hope to screen between 100,000 and 300,006 children in the one- to-five age bracket this year alone by using the instrument. It enables the hospitals to bypass the slow and painful method of drawing blood from a child's arm and to obtain significant results from less than a drop of blood. Despite the paint industry's willingness to compromise the quality of its products by removing lead, early detection and medical treatment is the only immediate answer to lead poisoning. Although clay, pencils and even asphalt highways have contributed 'to the lead poisoning problem, the vast majority of victims have eaten paint applied at least 30 years ago when lead additives Were dangerously high. Until the inner cities have new and better housing, lead poisoning will continue to be the paint man's burden, Mark Anniversary RIO — Mr. and Mrs. Walter Epperson were honored on their 25th wedding anniversary with an open house at the Rio Masonic Hall. More than 150 persons attended. A family sup- p'er afterwards was attended by 25 relatives. More Street Lights Win Board Okay VICTORIA — The Victoria Village Board of Trustees Monday night voted to install two additional street lights and took under study a plan to upgrade the community's lighting system. Ray Funk, manager of the Illinois Power Co. office at Kewanee, conferred with the board about the lighting situation. In other action, trustees approved a plan to double the village treasurer's salary from $125 to $250 a year. The board designated the period of May 21-26 as spring cleanup week. Trucks will be available on May 26 to haul away trash. Carl Swanson, a new member, and Maurice Sherman and Herbert Naslund were sworn in as trustees after last month's election. Also sworn in was Mrs. Barbara Lane, who was re-elected village clerk. READ THE WANT ADS! Bishop HilVs Heritage Unit Gets Citation WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Bishop Hill Heritage Assn. received a citation from Mrs. Richard M. Nixon at an awards luncheon here May 8. RONALD E. NELSON, association president, accepted the National Trust for Historic Preservation citation on behalf of his group. Nelson is a direct descendant of Swedish colonists who helped found the settlement in 1846. The Bishop Hill Heritage Assn., which was organized in the early 1960s, received the award for successfully preserving historic buildings, folk art and customs of the early colony. The group was formed when it appeared the Bishop Hill Bakery and Brewery building would be razed. SINCE THAT time, the organization has worked to preserve the Steeple Building, the Colony Store and the Post Office. Early-day festivals celebrated by the colonists have also been planned, and the early colonists' crafts have been placed on display at Now You Know . . . Programs throughout the year. By United Press International The coldest day ever recorded The Great Barrier Reef off in Atlanta was Feb. 13, 1899, northeastern Australia, which is when the .temperature dipped to about 1,250 miles long, is 8 degrees below zero. composed mainly of the skeje- tal remains of coral polyps, a Almost hatf of Pennsylvania primitive form of marine life, is farmland. Full-Time Doctor Staffs Hospital's Emergency Room Cottage Hospital now has a full-time physician on duty in its emergency room weekends and holidays, according to Marshal Maggard, hospital administrator. Maggard said that a physician is now in residence each Friday from 7 p.m. until Monday at 7 a.m. A physician is also on duty 14 hours during holidays. Maggard said a physician will be in residence at the hospital on an around-the- clock basis when the new 5,000 - square - foot emergency-trauma complex in the hospital's new wing is put into service in August. Retirement The end of work, or the beginning of worry? Most people* look toward retirement as a time of relaxation and ienjoyment. And it can be if you prepare for it. But if you don't, it can be a time of worry. and discontentment. A time when you can look back and think of • a million ways that you could have saved, but didn't. Well, there's no better time to thinkabout retirement than now, while you're working. One easy way ta save on a regular basis is by purchasing U.S. Savings Bonds through the Payroll Savings Plan where you work, •Now there's a bonus interest rate on all U.S. Savings Bonds— for E Bonds; 5H % when held to maturity of 5 years, 10 months (4% thcfifst year). That extra %> payable as a bonus at maturity, applies to all Bonds issued since June 1,1970... with a comparable improvement for all older Bonds. Buy U.S. Savings Bonds. They'll help make your retirement just what you want it to be. Bond* are safe. If lost, stolen, or destroyed,. we replace them. When needed, they can be. S ^to cashed at your bank. Tax may be deferred until redemption. And alway» remember. Bonds axe a proud way to cave. Take stock in America. NowBondspayabonus at maturity. It i» jrnihij M ajwhlfc SMTORIU cooper, tioe with Th« DiBirtiirf •• fl« Tr^mnr IIMI T\m A —r M m ;i T^T^^PI'W '•^P ^^^^^^—w ^••^•7 "^WW^sw^BPSj^s^ ^s*HMM^S> k W Wickes A TiME. PAYMENT PLAN FOR AU HOME NEEDS f ' Wickes Lumber Monday - Friday Saturday 8:00-5:00 8:00-4:00 4 mi. South of Galesburg on R. 41 Ph. 342-6106 1/

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