Freeport Journal-Standard from Freeport, Illinois on July 10, 1975 · Page 4
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Freeport, Illinois
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Thursday, July 10, 1975
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Page 4 Freeport (III.) Journal-Standard, Thursday, July 1<J, 1975 Teachers' Courses In Field Biology Offered By HCC Library Fines, Fees Increased Two courses in field biology for elementary teachers will be offered at Highland Community College this summer. Field Biology I will be held July 2125. Field Biology II will be held July 28- Aug. 1. Classes will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Field Biology I is designed to aid the elementary teacher in plant and animal identification. The course will include laboratory and field work with insects, animals, wildflowers and trees. Field Biology II is a continuation of Field Biology I. Registration may be completed by calling the HCC director of admissions and records, 233-6121. The Freeport Library JBoard approved Wednesday night a raise in overdue book fines and card fees for nonreside'nts. The charges are effective Friday. the fine schedule, last changed in 1963, will be raised from 3 cents a day per item for adults to 5 cents a day. The fines for children's books will be raised from 2 cents to 3 cents a day per item. Nonresidents of the city who wish to use the library must pay $7.50 per family annually, $2.50 a year more than the former $5 fee. Reciprocal privileges of card holders from nearby library districts honored. The library abolished the $2 nonresident fee. That fee allowed persons to use the library facilities and pay 10 cents for each item checked out. The change in nonresident fees is in line Three-Year-Old Boy Hit By Car Wednesday Three-year-old Mark Choumont, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Choumont, 517 W. Douglas St., was hit by a car which was being backed from a driveway near his home Wednesday morning. Mark was taken to Freeport Memorial Hospital by his mother. He was treated for multiple abrasions and was released. Driver of the car was Lyle E. Smith, 521 W. Douglas St., who was backing the auto from his driveway. Smith said he did not see the child there. with estimated taxes' paid by each family in the city. Library card, rates for nonresidents of Freeport were last revised in 1959. There are 664 nonresident card holders. In the current $164,000 budget adopted .in March, revenue from fees and fines was estimated at $11,500. The board re-elected Robert Plager president and Mrs. W. R. Hostetter vice president for the new year: It was reported that the circulation was up over last year's by 655 items, and librarian John Locascio reported on the American Library Association Conference which he attended' last week. The board approved establishing a second full-time position of page. The page works in the stacks area. 'Black Hawk' Trainmen Rated First In Rail Magazine Survey Dir V*isls\** **ntiH*v«4t___. • i • By rider ratings, the crew which mans the daily Amtrak passenger train through Freeport is tops in the nation. So say the readers in a survey conducted recently by Rail Travel News, a small semimonthly magazine which serves the passenger train fraternity in the nation. Competing against trains from the metroliners to the well known long distance trains, the "Black Hawk" onboard personnel were rated at 8.5 in performance on a scale with 10 as perfect. No other train crew was rated higher than 8.2 and the majority were between 6 and 7. The survey was taken in April and May among the magazine's readers, covering any rides taken in the previous six months. Results were announced in the second issue of June. Forty-five trains were rated. The survey results do not indicate how many individual ratings each train got, but when too few ballots were received the train was not included in the results. . The "Black Hawk" also scored highly in overall impression, gaining" a 7.8 rating, second only to the 7.9 ratings given the metroliners and the "Merchants Limited," a conventional train between New York City and Boston, Mass. • •• - ...; Two other trains also' received 7.8 ratings for overall impression. They were the "Puget Sound/Mount Ranier" and the "Southern Crescent" operated by the Southern Railroad. Initiated in February 1974, the "Black Hawk" runs daily between Chicago and Dubuque over the Illinois Central Gulf tracks. The crew is almost exclusively Free- porters. Regular conductors are Robert Calkins, Joe Dame, Robert Sieveking, Earl Woods, Howard Shepard, Freemont Short and John Wescott. Howard Kissel, Clint Miller and George Smith are engineers and Paul Rose and Robert Kutchback, firemen. All live in Freeport, except Sieveking, a Baileyville resident, and Kissel, who lives in Waterloo, Iowa. News of the exemplary rating has not filtered down to the crew. The congenial Dame was pleased when told of the honor. "We've had a lot of good compliments all around," Dame said. "We try to take care of everyone. Bob (Calkins) says I'm the director on the train." Dame carries a storehouse of information in his head on how to get around in Chicago and dispenses it gladly to passengers. "That's real nice," said Calkins about the top rating. "I've always maintained that the people are paying our salary. Without theni we'd be out of luck." About a .year ago an Amtrak regional manager told the "Black Hawk" crews they were doing the best job, Calkins said, but he figured the same word was passed to every train crew. Woods just went on the Amtrak crew June 1 after 39 years on freight service and has been surprised by the spirit of the riders. "I was sort of worried about going on passenger service, but the nicest bunch of people ride the train and that accounts' for a lot," Woods said. On the other rating categories carried in the magazine survey the "Black Hawk" was near the average. Equipment was rated at 7, routing at 7.8, station services at 4.5, track and roadbed at 6.2, scheduling at 5.7, food, quality at 4.7 and dining and lounge personnel at 5.5. ; 1 Highest in crew ratings, the (" Black Hawk" scored next to the lowest of all the trains listed for its advertising and promotion efforts to encourage patronage with a 2.2. The "Black Hawk's" eastbound run in the morning to Chicago leaves Freeport daily except Sunday at'7:40 a.m. while the westbound run out of Chicago at 6:05 p.m. arrives in Freeport at-8;27 p.m. The eastbound Sunday and holiday departure out of Freeport ,is 9:14 a.m. \ BICENTENNIAL PARADE, neighborhood style, brightened Wednesday for some of the youngsters in the 1400 block of Winter Drive. The contingent, led by Colleen Harris, Tony Mills and Sherry Harris, included Eric Musser, Kelly Schwartz, Debbie Musser, Carly Mills, Wendy Mills and Simon, the dog.-Journal-Standard Photo. ; Frisbee; Hula-Hoop f Champions CKc&eh In Gity Finals Brother and sister Peter and Debbie Scott took two of the four first places in the all-city finals Wednesday afternoon in the Freeport Park District Hula-Hoop and Frisbee competition. Pete won the boys' Hula-Hoop title and Debbie the girls Frisbee championship. They are children of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Scott, 825 S. Burchard Ave. . ;>. Bridget Coomber, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Codmber, 714 S. Burchard Ave., repeated as girls Hula- Hoop champion. . Mark Hagerty, son of Mrs. Donald Hagerty, 1538 W. American St., captured the boys championship in Frisbee throwing. • The runriers-up were Barb Scott and Brian Cook in Hula-Hoop competition and Barb Scott and Mark Hooper in Frisbee throwing. Twelve finalists competed in each event. The Hula-Hoopers were required to do five stunts and a 60-second routine, and the Frisbee entries worked up their own stunts. First and second place winners will represent Freeport at the state Frisbee finals at Arlington Heights on July 26 and the state Hula-Hoop finals at Oak Park on July 27. Hospital News Births At Memorial Mr. and Mrs. Roy Ennenga, 112 E. Frank St., are parents of a daughter born this morning in Freeport Memorial Hospital. . A daughter was born Wednesday to Mr. and Mrs. Kerry Kozlowski, 904 W Douglas St." Parents of a daughter born Wednesday are Mr. and Mrs, Wiljiam Kussner; 425 W. Chestnut St. Mr. and Mrs. Barry Raders of Pearl City are parents of a daughter born Wednesday. '• Patients At Memorial Surgical patients at Freeport Memo- ^rial are Mrs. Steven Heidenreich, 414 W. Broadway; Joseph Munda, 425 N. Apple Ave.; Susan Welch, 438. N. West Ave.; Mrs. John Wifsing, 919 S. Arcade Ave.; John Coppernoll and Joseph Millerschone, both of Stockton; Mrs. Elenor Paisley, Thomson; and Mrs. Clyde Pohl, Kent. Medical patients include Dale Baal Jr., 620 W. Cottonwood St.; Mrs. Dorothy Burton, 926 S. Adams Ave • \ Dwayne Clark, 626 N. Waddell Ave.; Glenn Schnitzler, .1217 S. Miami Ave.; Mrs. Joseph Wiikens, 101 N. West Ave.; Mrs. Richard Tosi, Freeport Route 3; Rebecca tackey, West Town Trailer Court; William Dorsey, Mount Morris; Peggy Hooper, Tama, Iowa; Clarence Miller, Pearl City; and. Mrs. LeRoy Siedenburg Jr., Shannon. Susan Ford Quits Job As Columnist WASHINGTON (UPI) - Susan Ford, who just began a summer internship as a photographer for the Topeka, Kan., Capital-Journal, is quitting her job as columnist for Seventeen Magazine. First Lady Betty Ford's press secretary, Sheila Rabb Weidenfeld, said Susan, now 18, has already written her sixth and last column, and it will appear in the September issue. Amtrak Equipment (Continued from page 1) cut some time because a regular diesel engine would provide faster acceleration from stops and greater pulling power on upgrades. Patronage on the "Black Hawk" has declined in 1975 from a comparable period in 1974, according to Barwis. So far this year the train has carried approximately 12,000 passengers. The recession and scarcity of money has been one contributing factor, he believes. Reunions GASSMANN The Gassmann reunion will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at Dodd Park in northwestern Lena. There will be a share-a-dish dinner,. NICKEL The reunion of the descendants of Fredrick and Fredricka Nickel will be held at noon Sunday, July 20, at Lena Community Park. Persons attending are to bring two dishes to share and their own table service and beverage. KLOEPPING The Kloepping reunion will be held Sunday, July 20, at Pearl City Park, A picnic dinner will be served at 12:30 p.m. BEST The Jacob N. Best reunion will be held at 12:30 p<m. Sunday in the loop area of Krape Park. Persons attending are to bring a main dish, a salad or dessert, table service, beverage and card table. This is the 120th anniversary of the family coming to Illinois from Pennsylvania and members are asked to bring pictures and mementos from the 100th anniversary, A fare structure not competitive with costs of alternate modes of transportation and to a lesser degree a "somewhat slow schedule" have deterred widespread acceptance of the "Black Hawk," says Dennis Henry, a Freeporter with an abiding .interest in passenger train service. Henry plugged hard for round trip discounts and family plans in a recent letter to Paul H. Reistrup, Amtrak president. The current one-way adult ticket from Freeport to Chicago is $7 and there is no round-trip discount, "I meet a great deal'of resistance in my attempts to promote the service, especially to families and' potential new customers," Henry/wrote. "With no round-trip discount and no family plan, the cost is prohibitive for many." Reistrup replied that increased costs make fare incentives difficult, but that some regional efforts have been made to try excursion fares. "We will be continually reviewing our fares in order to determine ways in which we can provide a more economical service to our passengers," Reisst- rup wrote. One change which goes into effect Aug. 1 on the "Black Hawk" and-other Amtrak trains gives group rate discounts for smaller groups. Freeport to Chicago riders in groups of 15 OF more can take advantage of the group fares. Groups of 30 or more can ride roundtrip for 150 per cent of the one-way coach fare and groups of between 15 and 29 will ride round trip for 175 per cent of the one-way fare. Marriage Licenses AT FREEPORT DanjelR. Niesman .....Monroe, Wis Karon A. Knoll ., same Teacher Contract Talks Postponed For One Week The negotiation session scheduled for Friday between the Freeport Education Association (FEA) and Freeport Board of Education has been postponed until July 18. The board requested the postponement because its attorney, Jerome Robbins of Chicago, has other commitments. Robbins is the chief negotiator for the board. On the agenda was a discussion of salary and fringe benefits. The FEA has requested a S9.600 base salary. A counterproposal of no increase over the 1974-75 contract salary was offered, by the board during an eight-hour negotiations session June 26. The present base' salary is $8,675. One of the ground rules agreed upon by the board and FEA was .that no longer than 10 days lapse from one negotiation session to another. The last session was June 26. Parking Lot Plans Approved At New Gjty Police Station 'The City Council police and fire committee Tuesday . approved rough plans for the parking lot with 34 spaces at the new police station. It was decided that the committee would ask the station's architect, Harlan Pratt, to draft designs for the lot, which will have two'sections, one for police vehicles and one for other city vehicles and public parking. • The job will be added on to the contract with Cheeseman Construction Co., general contractor for the police station. ; , Included in the additional work will be the lot,* landscaping the-area, sidewalk repairs and a ramp for the handicapped. ' If the committee is not satisfied with the prices quoted by Cheeseman's subcontractors, the city can seek bids on its own for each phase of the work: The committee discussed the com- plaint against James Gale, a Freeport fireman. Gale has been accused of a conflict of interest for conducting a fire extinguisher business and being a fireman. The complaint, from Byron Reeser, who operates the same type of business and works for the city sewer department, said that Gale has an unfair advantage over other fire extinguisher dealers because he can use his influence as a fireman to solicit business. Assistant Fire Chief Al Washburn said there is no connection between Gale's. business and the fire department. He said that'if the department receives a call asking which business can service or sell fire extinguishers, the department refers .the caller to the , telephone hook.' The committee referred the matter to the legal department. GYRATING GIRLS stirred up the air Wednesday afternoon around the Read Park Pavilion in the city finals of the Freeport Park District playground Hula Hoop contest. Bridget Coomber (top) repeated as girls' city champion. Some of her competition came from Diane Hughes (center) and Bridget's sister, Stacy (bottom).-Journal-Standard Photos. Chief 'nets' His Man For Auto Accident CARLSBAD, Calif. (UPI) - The police chief said there was no doubt about it. The auto accident was the fault of Roy Kundtz, and he had better pay fo? it. Even if Kundtz is the police chief. -'Kundtz lost control of a city-owned car on a curve and wrecked it. "I was going too fast," he admitted. "I have only myself to blame." On the police chief's recommendation, City Manager Paul Bussey will • dock Kundtz's pay $471 over the next, three months to compensate the city for the ruined auto. LAFAYETTE COUNTY FAIR July 16-20 WED., JULY 16 Harness Racing 8 p.m. THURS., JULY 17 Tug of War & County Tractor Poll 7:30 p.m. FM., JULY 18 Stars of Lawrence Welk 7 and 9 p.m. Fairgrounds DARLINGTON, Wis. SAT., JULY 19 Horsemen's Frolic — 11 a.m. 1 Teen Dance — 8 p.m. Nagger Bros. — 7 and 9 pirn. 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