Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois on July 6, 1973 · Page 2
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Friday, July 6, 1973
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friddy, July 6, 1973 Ag Department Out To Counter Critics of By BERNARD BRENNER UPI Farm Editor WASHINGTON (UPI) - Agriculture Department officials JjjMMjjjfanke^^ On the Farm Front publicity campaign to counter criticism by some farm groups of the administration's export controls on soybeans and other livestock feeds. The export slowdown had been attacked in public state­ ments by groups including the American Soybean Association, although it had the warm support of most livestock producers who are cal,ling for relief from high feed prices. Administration officials have been saying in public statements that the controls are needed to assure adequate supplies for American consumers until 1973 feed crops are harvested. To make sure that word is hammered home to farmers as well as consumers, the Agriculture Department's Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service this week sent a "fill-in release" to 48 of its SO state offices spelling out the administration's justification for its action. Only Alaska and Hawaii were omitted. A "fill-in release" is a packaged - in - advance press statement written by ASCS publicists at agency headquarters here, but containing blanks to be filled in by state offices with the names of state ASC committee chairmen. When released in each state, the handout then appears to be a locally prepared statement quoting a home state official. State officials, in a tele* graphed memo accompanying the canned statement, were told to go down to the grass - roots with efforts to get widespread use of the export control statement. The memo instructed them to "supply the fill-in news story to .all county offices with instructions to release it through their normal channels." The release which ASCS publicists termed a "news story" contains a lull explanation of the administration position, but M makes no mention at all of the arguments against the administration move by U.S. tamers and spokesmen for foreign governments. The handout begins with a "lead" paragraph noting that exports of soybeans and related products in the year ending in September will be up from a year earlier despite the new export control system. It adds, however, that "these shipments will not be as large as they might otherwise have been, in order to protect feed supplies needed by American livestock producers and their consumer- customers." The" release adds: "'We simply couldn't meet this year's sudden jump in foreign demand with old-crop soybeans and meal," says —— Agricultural Stabilisation and Conservation Committee." The release continues with other material culled from past statement* by top administration officials. But by using frequent inserUona ol state chairmen'^ names, all the ttatements are designed to appear as coming from the itate officials. Government Orders Limit on PCS Use As Food Safegard WASHINGTON (UPI) - The government today ordered limits placed on a widely used group of industrial chemicals to help keep them out of the nation's food supply. The chemicals are called Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCB's) and have been used in everything from food packages to paint since they we/e first developed in 1929. They came under criticism during the last few years because they were showing up in increasing concentrations in food and animal feed. Some of the chemicals were involved in an industrial accident in Japan in 1968 which resulted in some birth defects, SHch as skin discoloration and reduced growth rate. The final order by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) bans the industrial use of PCB's in plants where food, animal feed and food packaging materials are made, handled or stored. It also establishes a "safe" limit for the chemicals in animal feeds and in certain foods. The FDA said it was impossible to set a zero level for PCB's in the food supply because the chemicals have become so pervasive in the environment that contamination is unavoidable. Sherwin Gardner, acting FDA commissioner, said, "Although it is impossible for FDA to remove PCB's from the environment, these regulations will assure that consumer exposure from food is kept to a minimum." New Student Grants Seen A new federal program signed into law earlier this year will provide grant assistance to college and vocationaUechnical students. Illinois' allotment will probably be about $6 million in basic grant funding during the 1973-74 academic term, according to Roy L. Franson, assistant superintendent of the Knox County Educational Service Region. Franson pointed out that initially the program will provide up to $600 to each individual student. Only students who can shew need and who plan to enroll on a first-time, full-time basis at any approved college, university or vocationaUechni­ cal school in the United States are eligible, he said. In years to come, with appropriate national funding, individual grants may iotal as much as $1,400, he remarked. Galesburg area students who want to participate may obtain applica- tuin, $orms , from the office of Robert Peck, superintendent of the Knox County Educational Service Region. Peck's office is located at the courthouse in Galesburg. Students must complete the forms and mail them to Basic Educational Opportunity Grant Program, P.O. Box B, Iowa City, Iowa. Deadline is Feb. 1, 1974. PCB's are used in such material as plastics, resins, inks, waxes, adhesives, rubber, asphalt and various building materials. The regulation also established a temporary level at which PCB's may be found in paper packages used as food containers. Packages which contain some sort of a liner which acts as a barrier to keep the chemicals from bleeding into the food would be exempt from that limit. Schedule Movies WOODHULL - Children's movies will be shown at Clover Township Library, Woodhull, Saturday at 2:30 p.m. Films will include "Animals in Summer," "Mrs. Pennypacker's Package," "Colonial Children," "Forest Babies" and "Hoppy the Bunny." Annual Meeting Annual meeting of the Knox County Chapter of American Red Cross will be held at the Red Cross headquarters, 1640 N. Henderson St., July 16 at 7:30 p.m. Weather and River Stages ILLINOIS: Fair artd wanner to^ night. Saturday partly aunriy, hot and humid. Low tonight upper 80s to low 70s, High Saturday 90s. WESTERN ILLINOIS: Fair and a little warmer tonight. Saturday clear to partly cloudy and continued warm. Low tonight low 70s. High Saturday low Ms. IOWA: Slight chance of a few thuntiershowera extreme north to* night. Hot and humid Saturday with chance of afternoon thunder- ahowers northwest. Low tonight 70s. High Saturday 90s. LOCAL WEATHER _ Noon temperature, 82; mornlng'a low. 66. Sky mostly clear, wind out of the S.E. at 8 m.p.h. (Thursday's maximum, 83; minimum, M.) Sun Mae West' rose today Jit »:37«.m., lets at 8:31 p,m. Humidity 60%. EXTSttDED^rORKCAIT , IILLINOI8: Partly cloudy Sunday through Tuesday. Widely wittered showers and Uiundefstorma Monday. Low 70a. High MM. .., RIVBR~iTA6tt Dubuque—8.6 fall .0 .3 navenport—7.s riM-o.4 - Burlington-lo.rriM 0,3 KeokUk-8.7 fall 0 .3, Qulncy—12.3 rlM 0,1 Graf ton—16.0 . rlat 0.1 . Alton—13.8 rial 1.4 A _ St. Louis—18.0 rise 1,7 Cape Girardeau—33.8 fall n.S LaSalle—15.9 fall 0.4 Peorla-lB.l fall 0 .1. Havana—13.3 fall 0.3 Beardatown—17.0 fall 0.3 St. Charles—15.2 rise 0.0 Tries Governor's Chair Susan Haas, 5, Rockford, the state muscular dystrophy poster child, tries out Gov. bah Walker's chair during a visit to Springfield Thursday. A statewide appeal for.funds is. being made to. fight muscular dystrophy, culminating with a nationwide telethon in September. UNIFAX Fremont Crossing Repairs Scheduled To Begin Monday The Burlington Northern Railroad's Rock Island spur crossing on Fremont Street will be repaired Monday and Tuesday, railroad officials have announced. "It's about time," Aid. Donald Johnson, First Ward, said today. Johnson for the past two months has castigated the railroad for the condition of the crossing. At the last formal City Council session Johnson referred to the ^railroad as "rinky-dink." This week James Morrow, director of public works, was informed work will begin Monday at 7 a.m. Harold Shipman, BN terminal superintendent, was contacted by City Manager Thomas Herring after Johnson's last attack against the Burlington Northern. Shipman Thursday met with his company's regional manager in Chicago, D. F. Merrill, who assured him that repairs would be made. "WE WILL HAVE a crew in there," Shipman said today. "When we come out of there it should be in good shape." Shipman said approaches to the crossing will be smoothed out and a hot mix asphalt will be poured between the tracks to ensure safe crossing for automobiles. He said he had been aware of the problem for some time and had asked that something be done. "I know the crossing is bad because I've looked at it many times. "We're really sorry we've inconvenienced the people," Shipman said. City's 'Bubbler 9 Keeps A ir A Vert The City of Galesburg has a new "bubbler." The device, installed atop the Galesburg Public Library, is part of an Illinois Environmental Protection Agency program to measure air pollution throughout the state. Gailesburg's "bubbler" is called a Mae West because of its design; which features a glass collector vial near the top in the shape of a large bulge. The new air quality tester will measure sulfur dioxide and other gaseous pollutants in the area. A high content of these gaseous substances may cause health and vegetation problems, Jack Coblenz, of the EPA Division of Air Pollution Control, said today. SUCH DEVICES are being installed all over the state to satisfy Federal Clean Air Act requirements that air quality be monitored throughout the state. "The odds of Galesburg exceeding the level of sulfur dioxide safe for animal and vegetation are small," Coblenz said. , The device has been installed in every city in Illinois with a reasonable amount of population and industry, he said. Sulfur dioxide is found in greater quantity in areas where coal in burnt. The "bubbler" joined another pollution device which measures soot and dust. It has'been On the library roof about one year. Soot and dust and sulfur dioxide are the two things the EPA tries to check for first, Coblenz commented "The top of the library will look like a Christmas tree after a bit, I expect," George Shannon, city sanitarian quipped. Residential Building Declines While Total Construction Up Watery Study Summer students at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville have more options than winter students when it comes to finding places to "hit the books." Reading in the water at Tower Lake Beach on the campus are Bobbi Pierce and Debbie Palcheff, both of Madison. UNIFAX County Seeks Wataga Suit Dismissal Knox County States Atty. Donald C. Woolsey Thursday filed a motion for dismissal of a lawsuit filed late last month against the county by the Village of Wataga. Residents of Wataga are seeking a restraining order that would keep the Knox County Board from purchasing a tract of land three miles east of the town for a landfill. The county has an option to buy the land located in Sparta Township. The option expires later this year. Wataga residents have expressed a fear that the landfill will become a health hazard and will be a nuisance. In the motion for dismissal, Woolsey claimed the suit "concerns itself with future possibilities," pointing out that the county had not definitely decid­ ed to locate the landfill there. Woolsey said the circumstances do not warrant the "extraordinary writ injunction" sought by the village. Woolsey also claimed there were no allegations of damages and no chance for "irremediable damages" included in the original suit. A hearing originally scheduled for today was continued at the request of attorneys for the village. Wholesale Prices Up, Unemployment Down in June * WASHINGTON (UPI) - With »farm prices increasing at a record pace, wholesale prices shot up 2.4 per cent in June, the biggest monthly increase in more than 22 years, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said today. Unemployment fell below 5 per cent for the first time in , three years. * The jobless figures for June •dropped to 4.8 per cent, the BLS said. Freeze Not Reflected The Labor Department's statistics bureau said the June wholesale price report did not reflect President Nixon's June! 11 price freeze since the prices were checked before the ceiling was clamped on. The July Wholesale Price Index (WPI) to be released next month should reflect the freeze. The 2.4 per cent wholesale price increase last month was the biggest jump since a 2.5 per cent increase in January, 1951 and continued the sharp climb in wholesale prices since President Nixon's Phase III [controls began in January. Aft-Time Record Wholesale prices now have risen 47 per cent over the past year, an all-time record for a 12^nonth period. Biggest reason for the sharp' jump in the WPI was a huge increase in the prices of farm products and processed foods and feeds. Prices of farm products went up 7.0 per cent, an alltime record since the present series of statistics were started in 1947. The previous high was a 6.8 per cent increase in March of 1947 and again last December. The BLS said the higher farm prices were led by a 23.4 per cent increase for hay, hay seeds and oilseeds, a 19.1 per cent increase for grains, and a 16.3 per cent jump for eggs. Livestock prices went up only 2.7 per cent while live poultry prices increased 2.3 per cent. The BLS said grain prices now have risen 89 per cent over the past year. Wholesale prices for consumer foods went up 2.2 per cent in June while wholesale prices for other consumer goods went up 1.7 per cent, the highest in nearly 23 years. Industrial commodity prices increased 0.9 per cent last month, the lowest rate of advance in five months. The BLS said that the 4.8 per cent unemployment rate in June, down from the 5.0 per cent rate of the previous three months, was the first time since June, 1970 that joblessness had fallen below 5 per cent. Unemployment stood at 3.3 per cent when Nixon took office in January, 1969, but began rising in 1970 and held at about the 6 per cent level for 19 consecutive months before dropping in June of 1972 to 5.5 per cent for 5 months, and then falling to about the 5 per cent level through May. While unemployment was declining from 4.38 million to 4.26 million workers, the number of workers with jobs increased by 650,000 to 84.67 million, the BLS said. Less Than Normal Officials said the number of unemployed workers usually rises sharply in June as students get out of school. However, the unemployment increase last month was less than normal, with teenagers accounting for most of the decline in unemployment. The teen-age unemployment rate dropped from 15.4 to 13.3 per cent while the adult men unemployment rate dropped from 3:4 to 3.2 per cent. However, the rate for adult women increased from 4.6 to 4.9 per cent. The BLS said average hourly earnings of rank, and file production workers rose 2 cents in June to $3.87, and average weekly earnings went up $2.68 to $145.13. Fewer residential permits for construction were issued this June than in June of last year, reports Irvin Spencer, city building inspector. Not only were two less permits issued but the value of residential construction this June was $137,500 less. Six permits for residences valued at $105,500 were issued last month compared to eight permits for residences valued at, $243,000 for June of 1972. A total of 34 construction permits were issued this June. This includes 11 house additions, 13 garages and carports and four miscellaneous items. The value of total construction is $815,692. A total of 45 permits were is sued in June, 1972 valued at $685,790. In May of this year a total of 30 permits were issued, valued at $361,510. Seven structures were demolished last month. One was the old city waterworks building at 122 S. Henderson St. The others were garages. GED Test Set General Educational Development tests for persons who want to earn the equivalent of a high school diploma will be given July 13 and 14. Robert Peck, superintendent of the Knox County Educational Service Region, said applications for the tests may be obtained from his office at the courthouse in Galesburg. Permits issued for house additions last month were valued at $25,200; garages and carports, $28,592; miscellaneous, $656,400. Among miscellaneous permits issued was one for construction of a new nursing home on Carl Sandburg Drive by,the Carlson Construction Co. Other miscellaneous items include a shop at 460 E. Brooks St., valued at $15,600; a utility shed at 17P9 Brown Ave., $300, and a $500 pigeon shelter at 78 Garfield Ave. Elks Sponsoring Crippled Children Clinic Monday A crippled children's clinic, sponsored by the Galesburg Elks Club, will be held Monday at St. Mary's Hospital. Examinations will be given from 10 a.m. until noon and from 12:30 p.m. until appointments are filled. All patients must have a written referral from their family physician. All appointments at this time are filled, Mrs. Walter. Nelson, secretary of the crippled children's committee, has said. Appointments for the next clinic, scheduled for October, must be made by the nurse of the referral doctor. Patients who have appointments for the July clinic who will be unable to appear at the designated time should call Albert F. Bradbury, local project chairman. THANK YOU Our sincere Thanks & Appreciation to neighbors and friends, who sent flowers, cards, gifts and food, at the time of sickness and death of our mother and loved one. This act of kindness will always be remembered. Harley Mundwiler & Family ' Russell Mundwiler & Family James A. Tolle & Family t 1

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