10 Gatesbura Reoister-Mqi I, Golesburo, 111. Wednesday, Aug, 8, 1973 Business Buses Elderly to Market ' -Am Transatlantic Balloon Voyage Begins DETROIT (UPI) - To in,for elderly inner-tity resident with a fixed income and no transportation, patrolling the comer market can be expensive, frustrating, and even dangerous. But for more than two years, a. supermarket chain in southern Michigan, Great Scott, has been providing Detroit's inner' city elderly with a way to escape the high prices—and the perils-of shopping at the neighborhood store. The idea was the brainchild of Lewis L. Redmond, pastor of the near-downtown Cass Community Methodist Church. He persuaded Great Scott President Nathan Fink to finance bus trips for senior citizens to the firm's newer, more expansive stores in better sections of the city. They're Literally Starving "We know the money these people have just doesn't stretch —they're literally starving in the inner city," Redmond said. "And shopping around here is neither cheap nor safe," he added. "Somebody can steal their money or their groceries, and big chains won't locate here because the land values price anybody out of business." The program started in May, 1971, with Great Scott chipping the bus driver and maintenance. Redmond estimates so far more than 10,600 irmer-city shoppers have taken advantage of the service. The church-owned bus takes a load to one of the firm's suburban stores four times weekly, and then returns the passengers to their doorsteps. The Feed's Much Better "I won't say everything is cheaper, but I know the food's much better," said Bill Kramer, a regular patron for the past year. "The meat you get in the neighborhood is brought in after it's been sitting in a suburban store for a few days and it's black on the bottom. All inner-city stores are like that." He said on a typical trip, "I'll pay |35 for food that would cost $50 where I live." Another regular, an elderly woman, said she likes the program because the service and selection at local markets leaves her "disgusted" The bus is driven by Bob Grosuch, a retired truck driver whose son and daughter-in-law often accompany him to help the elderly passengers load and unload their purchases. "They break their backs to help you along," Kramer said of those involved in the in $60 a month to buy gas for program. "Those checkout girls one weekly bus trip. Since then act like they've known you all it has expanded to a $350-a- your life. They treat you like a month venture which also pays human being. Women Cross Death Valley FURNACE CREEK, Calif. (UPI) - "In a way, the hike was a kind of women's lib thing," said Jo Ann Claudio-Williams. Mrs. Williams, 21, Anita Perrot, 23, both of San Francisco, dug into steak and champagne at rangers' headquarters Tuesday. They had just become the first women to hike across the burning sands of Death Valley in midsummer, a 10-day, 150 mile march in temperatures up to 125 degrees. The ground temperature rises to nearly 200 degrees at this time of year. "At first my husband and I considered doing the trip together, and then Anita and I decided it would be better if two women did it," Mrs. Williams said. "It was better this way, and I'm really proud that we were the first two women to cross Death Valley in summer," They finished the hike with their feet blistered, swatch- ed in tape and guaze, because of the searing ground. Let's help each other. the . WW. neignDor. Adwtitiaf contributed for the public food in cooptr*tioa with """siiifeniiil!! mini ;, 11 \: Balloonist Takes Off Pennsylvania balloonist Robert Sparks and his assistant Colleen Swartley, Ttomiment, Pa., examine a fishing rod while checking out equipment he will carry on his solo transatlantic balloon flight from Maine to France. Sparks, a Pocono Mountain resort entertainment director will use the fishing rod to catch fish if he should run low on food. He left Trenton, Maine at 6:25 a. m. this morning. He hopes to be the first balloon from America Ut Europe. Three other attempts have failed. UNIFAX BAR HARBOR, Maine (UPI) - Hoping to become the first person to make a successful transatlantic balloon voyage, Bob Sparks cut the lines on his "Yankee Zephyr" at 0:25 a.m. EDT today and drifted slowly eastward, disappearing in a light fog. Almost on cue, as the Yankee .Zephyr lifted off, the sun began peeking through the fog, finally becoming a huge orange glow In the east. Sparks, 37, filed a mock flight plan shortly before liftoff which has him scheduled to arrive at Lebourget Airport, Paris, at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 13. However, Sparks, the entertainment director for a Pennsylvania resort, admitted he is at the mercy of the winds. ' "I'll see you in Paris Monday," said one of his ground crewmep as the nine' story red, white and blue balloon hovered a few feet off the ground during ballast adjustments. Chilled Crowd A light breeze and a 38- degree temperature chilled the crowd of about 500 who arrived during the early morning hours to watch the liftoff. As soon as sparks disappeared into the fog, the viewers drifted silently away. Sparks and his crew arrived at the 1 airport about 2:30 a.m. to begin filling the balloon with 73,000 cubic feet of helium. The empty balloon was laid Out on a grassy area and the light breeze bounced it around as the helium began filling it. Sparks, who has been here since early last month awaiting ttuPproper weather conditions, said he was "just a guy doing] his pleasure. I just like flying balloons. I'm not looking for any other answer." The balloonist added, "I'm not doing this to get my name in the record book; but if I do it, I sure want it there." Jump Salt Sparks was decked Out In a red, white and blue jump suit to match the decor of his balloon. On one collar he wore his balloonist pin and on the ether he displayed World War f military wings given him by a World War I balloonist. Just before takeoff Sparks unfurled • 12 *feot American Flag from the gondola. In case of trouble, the gondola may be converted to a boat, complete with sail. Sparks has more than 500 balloon trips to his credit and holds the record for staying aloft in a hot air balloon—11 hours and 14 minutes. Even with that experience, however, the trip is a danger ous one. No balloon has ever crossed the Atlantic before. In 1901, two Canadians tried It. They ended up becalmed over Nova Scotia, however, and finally floated down Into the Atlantic. They were later rescued. Another attempt was made in 1070. Rod and Pam Anderson and British balloonist Malcolm Brighton left Long Island bound for Europe on Sept. 20. 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