Freeport Journal-Standard from Freeport, Illinois on July 7, 1975 · Page 4
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Freeport, Illinois
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Monday, July 7, 1975
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Page 4 Freeport (III.) Journal-Standard, Monday, July 7, 1975 ^^^ Hi, 1 i • ' • , . Disputed Appointment ^fP]l a I News Farm Land Disposal • • , ' Hfw MM.J **•» AI«. U rt_iAi «•» « . . Before Council Tonight Mayor Mark McLeRoy's most controversial appointment of an alderman will be presented to the City Council at its 7 p.m. meeting tonight in City Hall. The mayor will submit the name of Charles Green, 459 S. Float Ave., for .fhe council's approval. Green, 44, a ;Kelly-Springfield Tire Co. worker, •would replace former Aid. Frank -JJtcGee, who resigned under pressure of fellow aldermen and McLeRoy after -his second felony conviction. i'Two prominent 3rd Ward residents Involved in a 299-signature petition to have former Aid. Bennie Brown .appointed to fill the aldermanic vacancy .accuse McLeRoy of snubbing citizen rinte'rest in his selection of Green. .'^The mayor has been accused of attempting to split the black community by appointing Green. The mayor said one of the reasons he appointed Green is that he works at Kelly and he would tike to get aldermen who work for a va- riety of employers. Five aldermen are employed by Micro Switch, as is Brown. The mayor and Brown clashed on a number of occassions while Brown was an alderman. Brown was narrowly defeated in two aldermanic elections in 1971 and 1975, both times by Aid. John Hill. - The appointment is the ninth by McLeRoy. None of the first eight were contested, he said. All aldermen were sent a letter by East Side community leaders asking that they "vote'no" on the appointment,, not against Green, but against the mayor's ignoring the petition and the "wishes of the people." The appointment is scheduled to be laid over to the next regular meeting, which is the standard procedure for appointments. One black community leader said there probably would be no dpmonstration at tonight's meeting, al- though le'tters endorsing Brown are scheduled to be read from the local chapter of the NAACP and Freedom of Residence. Before the meeting, the police and fire committee will meet to discuss hiring an architect for the proposed west side fire station. The council is expected to act on a recommendation from the committee during the council meeting. The council will be asked to refer a request from the Stephenson County treasurer to the city legal department. The request is for a $7,291.22 fee the treasurer wishes to collect from the city for the collection of taxes during 1973. ' . Treasurer Ardis MacAdam wrote a letter to the council stating that a 1974 state law authorizes her office to collect fees for collecting taxes for the city. . Births At Memorial . and Mrs. Alan Balthazor, Boulder Hill, are parents of a daughter born Sunday in Freeport Memorial Hospital. Patients At Memorial Surgical patients at Freeport Memorial are Denny Holland, 815 E. Illinois St.; Mrs. Norman Campbell, 905 S. McKinley Ave.; Mrs. David Gray, 704 E. Garden St.- Mrs. Kenneth Sigafus, Freeport RoPute 2; Mrs. Lucille Schlichting, Stockton; Steven Kent, Gratiot, Wis.; and Mrs. Milburn Miller, Browntown, Wis. Medical patients include Mrs. Louise Giles, 639 N. Waddell Ave.; Mrs. Beverly Sorn, 2590 Stephenson Circle; Mrs. Lillie Hettinger, 10 N. Greenfield Circle; Charles Hill, Freeport Route 4; Arthur Guentner and Ralph Rife, both of Lanark; Mrs. Charles Buckwalter, Savanna; Mrs. Henry Christen, Pecatonica; Rachel Moll, Shannon; Mrs. Mabel Thoren, Rock City; Robert Trei and Mrs. Frank Binkley Sr., both of Forreston; and Wendy Smith, Friendship, Wis. Sherry Staton of Lena is a tonsillectomy patient. Craig Bicker of Baileyville was admitted after an accident. Faces County Board Revenue Grants Await Contracts r lNo check distributions of federal revenue sharing moneys by Freeport •Tpwnship to three local social service agencies approved for grants will be made at tonight's City Council meet- Ing, Township Supervisor Ethel Zeigler said today; •: Contracts have not been signed with Amity Society, Sojourn House or the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, she said. : The proposed contracts were mailed to the agencies shortly after a June 13 meeting in which Mrs. Zeigler agreed, after prodding by the City Council and the town auditors committee, to give the revenue sharing programs top priority. The council, acting as the town board, had approved the agencies as revenue sharing qualifiers in February and April, but the press of increased requests for township aid had forestalled the contracts being drawn up, Mrs. Zeigler said. Officials of Amity Society and Sojourn House have criticized the delays. Vacation interruptions and questions about the contract proposals have delayed the contract signings. Mrs. Robert McNeive, Amity president, said late June and early July vacations by her and the Amity Society bookkeeper held up quick consideration of the contract. "We have a couple of questions I want to see Mrs. Zeigler on," Mrs. McNeive said today. "It's no big problem and it should be resolved." The contract proposal was received June lOt ' ' Mrs. Zeigler said Sojourn House, after receiving the proposed contract wrote back asking for clarifications "They wanted changes in the contract and we referred the letter to our attorney and accounting firm," Mrs Zeigler said. One of the matters questioned by Amity and Sojourn House is the contract stipulation that original invoices be submitted on bills for which revenue shearing fund compensation is granted. The plan approved by the township officials and agencies calls for voucher Director Details Sojourn House Contract Problems Mrs. Sally Sharelis, acting director of Sojourn House, said she received a copy of the contract for revenue sharing money from the township June 28. She has not signed the contract yet because three areas need clarification: -The disposition of a petition asking the township to withhold revenue sharing funds. -The categorical breakdown of the $10,000 grant. -The voucher system required by the township. A letter was sent by Mrs. Sharelis to the township supervisor, Mrs. Ethel Zeigler,. June 30 outlining the three areas. Accompanying the contract was a letter from Mrs. Zeigler stating the township could not guarantee payment because of a petition containing 15 signatures which questions the alcoholism facility's ability to provide adequate treatment. The petition was referred to the City Council town auditors committee. The committee has not discussed the petition since the referral. Since no investigation or other action was devised by the committee, Mrs. Sharelis questions withholding the funds. When applied for, the $10,000 outlay was broken into categories including $800 for a fire door and fire extinguishers. Because of the elapsed time between the application and the receipt of the contract, Sojourn House already installed fire doors to meet safety standards. Sojourn House would like to expend the $800 on food or on a dishwasher, Mrs. Sharelis explained. The voucher system in the contract is unclear, she said. The township requires the "original" copy of invoices marked "paid." Those two words are causing another hang-up. The vendor usually keeps the original copy of all vouchers. The first .carbon usually goes into the agency's files, Mrs., Sharelis explained., "To send the 'original' voucher would'be a physical impossibility," she said. '"". Also; marking the word '"paid" on unpaid bills is a bone of contention between the township and the rehabilitation facility. payments after bills are submitted. Vouchers will be approved by the City Council, acting as the town board, at regular Monday evening, meetings. Both the vouchers and checks will be made up in the township office. Amity Society was allotted $6,000 to be used for operating expenses. Bills from February on would qualify. , The Sojourn House, a local treatment, center for alcoholics, was granted $10,000, to be applied to operating expenses. King Center was granted $4,500. Improvements for the center would be covered by the funding. The contracts cover allocations in the township's 1974-75 fiscal year. Resolutions will be presented tonight on allocations in the 1975-76 fiscal year, Mrs. Zeigler said. ! Sunday Thunderstorm Causes Power Break In Part Of City A thunderstorm which flashed through Freeport early Sunday morning dropped .41 inch of rain on the city and caused one significant power outage. The southwest part of, the city and nearby rural areas were without electricity for two hours after lightning burned, out a wire along'Pearl City Road. A Commonwealth Edison spokesman said the affected area in the city was south of West Empire Street and "west of South Demeter Drive. Daytime highs in the city were 82 degrees on Saturday and 83 degrees on Sunday. * An Announcer At Age 92, Carrie Liddle, Brightens Every Day At Nursing Center By DUNCAN BIRDSELL Journal-Standard City Editor "Good morning everyone and a nice, .bright, cheerful Fourth of July to everyone." "You know what my husband used to do, He'd go to the merchants and get a_ big box of everything (fireworks). Every kid around would come to the house and watch him shoot them off. Why can't those days come once more, just once more?" : Carrie Liddle paused wistfully at the microphone, set up in the nurses station of the Stephenson Nursing Center intermediate care facility. The resident "cracker barrel" philosopher and announcer of the center was off and running. Every morning at 8 o'clock the public address system carries the lively words of Mrs. Liddle to her 50 fellow occupants of the county-operated home for the elderly. ^ News about doings at thetoome are laced with homespun humor on the events of the day. 'Three months ago 92-year-old Mrs. Liddle was recruited for the airwaves by Mrs. Nancy Smith, social services coordinator, of the Stephenson Nursing Center. "I knew she had the right personality," explained Mrs. Smith. Most observers would probably agree. Working from notes, white-haired Mrs. Liddle informed everyone Friday morning that: - "The temperature today is 71." - "Reverend Shaw is coming at one ' thirty. Try to come down. It's kind of discouraging when not many are here." - "Dawn (Henke) showed some very pretty slides last night of New England." - "They're telling us that Mrs. Mabel Crowe is not very good. Father asks that we pray for her. Remember her in your prayers. Remember us all in your prayers." But it is more as an alert observer of the passing scene that Mrs. Liddle outshines her contemporaries. "I think that the Lord was celebrating his Fourth of July a little ahead of' us," she told her listeners in reflecting on Thursday night's electrical storm. "I bet the trees are pretty after that rain," she surmised. "Never, never have I seen as many trees as here in Freeport. I've said it before and I'll say it again, Freeport will always be the city of trees to me." "I wonder what 'we're having for dinner. I had a brother-in-law wh6 always wanted to know, but most men don't care. The menu for today is a picnic dinner: hot dogs, potato salad, baked beans and slaw. Now isn't that a picnic dinner?" "Someone's got her laundry on the line, but I only see three stockings." Three stockings hanging in an adja- cent washroom were visible to Mrs. Liddle. '"I've got to see who's got one leg around here." "If you know of anything I can talk about, leave a little note on this desk and see how often I can slaughter it." The intermediate care home herald refuses to take herself seriously. "I have a few jealous friends and they think I'm uppity," she said with a twinkle in her eye after she closed off for the morning, after wishing God's blessing on all. "I've been taught that I'm as good as anyone, but better than no one." ' Mrs. Liddle has lived at the Walnut Road residence a little over two years, moving from her longtime home of East Dubuque after she fell and broke her hip. The widow remembers her late husband, Ed, fondly. He was a master plumber who also was a perceptive mate. "I was always afraid of wind and storms. One day he was home when a bad one came along. I said, 'Ed, stay here.' He said 'Come on out and see the sky. It's beautiful when it storms.' He took me by the hand and we walked up and down the yard. I found it was no worse outside than inside, although I still don't like high winds." When Mrs. Liddle first made her debut as in-house announcer she worked from a script, but she began to ad lib as her confidence grew. "You see I talk along like an old threshing machine," she exclained, rotating her arms. , Understandably, the shelter . care residents give varying degrees of attention to Mrs.' Liddle's dajly mo- nolgue. "Oh, I enjoy her," says one of the outnumbered male residents, John Lohmeier. "Sometimes she's got some pretty good things and sometimes they don't amount to nothin." John Burkhart, one of the youngest residents, volunteered, "Mrs. Liddle's okay. She does pretty well for a woman of her age." Mrs. Liddle confides that in one respect she is drawing closer to realizing a wish she expressed as a young woman. "When I was 24 years old, I can remember so well I said, 'If I can only live to be 94 and can have my senses! Now I don't know if I want to." The afterthought seemed out of character. The lady speaks more sense than some a generation removed. Who Will Be "LITTLE MISS PEANUT"? Maybe You . Enter The Freeport Kiwanis "LITTLE MISS PEANUT" CONTEST-SATURDAY, JULY 19 4 Open To Girls Age 6 to 8 Contestants will be judged on personality, poise and pertness. ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BY JULY 12, *™""""Fill Out and Mail This Coupon Today«M«M To: LITTLE MISS PEANUT CONTEST % Dr. James Van Ness 1120 S. Park Blvd., Freeport, III. 61032 Please send me rules and regulations for your contest. Name ,. Address Zip Gives You Unlimited Free Checking And A $500 to $5,000 Personal Line Of Credit Plus 7 Of The Most Wanted Bank Services All Free State Bank of Freeoort Recommendations for disposing the County Fahm will head the agenda at Tuesday's County Board meeting aflO a.m. in the Federal Building (post office), - The board's special committee to sell the farm will recommend three actions: -Granting Indian Gardens to the Jane Addamslartd Park Foundation. -Allowing the Freeport Industrial Development Corp. to act as sales agent for 50 acres of county land. -Holding a land auctioneer remaining county property north of Lamm Road and east of South Walnut Road. The recommendations were made in late June: The Addamsland foundation has offered $2 for the 35-odd acre Indian Garden site and $2,000 for a 50- foot access strip to run parallel to the Milwaukee Road railroad tracks north from Lamm Road. • FIDC/ would try to sell 50 acres of land northeast of the. corner of Lamm Road artd Illinois 26 to ah industrial buyer. The property is considered good farm land and'some rural board mem? bers in the past have said the land should stay in agriculture. . The county would receive all revenue from sale of the tract if the FIDO proposal is approved. The sum would be no less than $1,500 per acre. Bids would start at $500 per aqre for the proposed auction of the 35-odd acres of tillable soil east of Walnut Road, if the board approves. . Although there may be some dissent, it is expected all three recommendations will be passed. 2 Area Senior Girl Scouts To Attend National Events Green Hills Council of Girl Scouts has announced the selection of two Senior Scouts to attend national scouting events this summer. Janet Koester, Freeport Senior Troop 135, will attend the second session of "Dig Mankind" in Wyoming, and Deborah Green, Galena Senior Troop 164, will participate in ','Lure Of The Lakeshores" in eastern Wisconsin. Janet leaves Wednesday an'd will be gone until July 22. The Wyoming venture focuses on archeological study at the Scout National Center West in Ten Sleep, Wyo. The girls will live in a primitive camping situation and learn how to catalogue artifacts, prepare' maps and field trail legends and become familiar with museum practices. Deborah will be in Wisconsin from Aug. 2 to 18. The Wisconsin event will feature learning and recreational experiences in environmental studies. The participants will spend four days with resident families and will tour the Door County peninsula, state parks, a lighthouse, Ridges Sanctuary and small villages of the area. Janet, 15, has been a Scout for nine years. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Koester of 1730 S. West Ave. Deborah, 15, has also been a Scout for nine years. Her parents are Mr-, and Mrs. Donald Green of Galena. July 4th Falls Short Of Goal "It looks like we're quite a bit short," Hugh' Grow, manager of the Freeport Chamber of Commerce, said this morning. Grow was referring to the financial loss incurred by the local Independence Day celebrations. The fireworks cost $3,000, fairground rental was $200, and the public address system and other expenses could boost the cost of the patriotic event to $3,600. But income of the event may not be more than $2,000. When called this morning, Grow was still tabulating receipts. He said $1,375 was received at the gate which paid for an estimated 6,000 persons. Tickets and money are still expected*from the Kiwanis and Rotary clubs, he explained. The two men's clubs, the City of Freeport and the chamber have agreed to split the loss with the chamber taking the lion's share, Grow said. Steven Riser, director of parks, said, "I thought it was definitely worth the money. There were several crowd pleasers especially the Niagara Falls ground display and the American flag finale. Grow said he heard many favorable comments on the display. "What happens next year is up to the Bicentennial Commission," Riser said. Wednesday Films Part Of Summer Program 'For Youth At Library The Young People's Department of the Freeport Public Library continues its summer program for boys and girls Wednesday afternoon with movies, starting at 2 o'clock. A Walt Disney nature film and a W. ' C. Fields comedy will be shown. This week's prize for reading is a ce- . ramie pencil holder: Amy Kraus was the winner of the record given July 2. THE HOMESPUN ANNOUNCER of the Stephenson Nursing Center's Intermediate care facility, Mrs. Carrie Llddje, relays the dally event! and some of her own thoughts on life to fellow residents. Nlnety-two-yeL-oVd Mrs UddUe takes sZda'rd Photo"" 1 fr ° m !IVC t0 l ° mtaUteS 8t 8 ° >Cl ° Ck * SOCIAL ACTIVITIES St. Joseph School Hall EVERY TUES. NIGHT Open To The Public 57 Calls ST. JOSEPH SCHOOL HALL JOSEPH SCHOOL HALL Corner S. Galena and W. Pleasant 7:30 P.M. ST. JOSEPH SCHOOL HALL

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