Freeport Journal-Standard from Freeport, Illinois on July 18, 1975 · Page 4
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Friday, July 18, 1975
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Page 4 Freeport (III.) Journal-Standard, Friday, July 18, 1975 Births At Memorial Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Woodley, 715 S. West Ave., are parents of a son born Thursday in Freeport Memorial Hospital. Parents of a son born Thursday are Mr. and Mrs. Thomas King of Mount Morris. A son was born Thursday to Mr. and Mrs._Kurt Strong of Davis. Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Peterson of Winslow are parents of a son born Thursday. Patients At Memorial Surgical patients at Freeport Memorial are Mrs. Richard Reed, 1027 S. Chicago Ave.; Nancy Lobdell, 1257 W. Pleasant St.; Ellen Greene, 923 S. State Ave.; Mrs. Samuel Eisenhower, 711 S. Carroll Ave.; and Thomas Hopkins, Lena. Medical patients include Mrs. Ruth Erdmier, 601 N. Walnut Ave.; Betty Ezell, 708 S. Chippewa Ave.; Daniel Lewis, 326 E. Pershing St.; Mrs. Myrtle Reed, 601 N. Walnut Ave.; Earl Weber, 927 Monroe Drive; Fred Klopf, Stockton; and Irving Ackerman, Harvey. July 26 Opening For Farmers' Market The second year of the farmers' market at the downtown validated parking lot will begin Saturday, July 26, according to Dick Nygaard of the sponsoring Downtown Businessmen's Association. Plans call for conducting the market every Saturday morning between 7 and 9 a.m. through the months of August and September. Original plans this year called for a start the first Saturday in August, but the r crop year is early and there have been calls to begin in July, Nygaard said. Marriage Licenses AT FREEPORT James A. Moore Freeport Julia A. Katzenberger Lena Meier Returns To 'Where I Belong' »_. nvrkrsiA&T •»•*****«•••** _i «... .. .._ . . ^*^^ By DUNCAN BIRDSELL Journal-Standard City Editor "I'm really getting where I belong again-and I belong with the kids. Maybe it took me eight years to sort it out." A relaxed Truman Meier talked Thursday afternoon about a move which surprised many, people in Freeport after the Freeport School Board Wednesday night honored his request for a switch from Harlem School principal to art instructor at Freeport Junior High School. Moving from administrator to full- time classroom teacher is not unique in educational circles, but the 38-year- old Meier had built up a 1 solid respect among Harlem School faculty and parents during three years. Earlier the same atmosphere prevailed when Meier ran the former First Ward School for five years. Meier put aside his task of paneling a future family room in a.home on South School Avenue, into which the Meiers expect to move later this summer, to reflect on his change. I "The point of it, I'd come to the conclusion that I wanted to get back in the classroom," Meier said. "Out of the whole principal's job, the thing I enjoyed most was working with the students and that's not necessarily the principal's job. I didn't quite fit the mold." Meier's extracurricular efforts carried him into two programs which made Harlem distinctive among Freeport grade schools. All boys in second grade and above had coaching in wrestling from Meier and girls in the same upper grades got gymnastics instruction from him. Winter tournaments which attracted widespread parental interest climaxed the two programs. Meier never quite forgot his art heritage either. His first year in the Freeport schools was'spent as a junior high art teacher and he organized a junior high art department while teaching eight years in the Riverdale district in Rock Island County. "Sometimes I'd go into a classroom at Harlem and draw a child's portrait. That's my specialty. The kids would get to know me, and I got to know them better. "It was suggested sometimes that I spent too much time with the kids, and maybe I was from the job description." _ _ .JL His final year as principal was the most frustrating in his administrative years, Meier acknowledges. His bent toward teaching kept growing, discipline problems involving a core of upper grade boys presented headaches, and most important to him were the worsening relations between administration and faculty, fostered by soured negotiations between the school board and Freeport Education Association. "You consider what all principals are faced with at the first of the year," Meier said. "There is pepping up the teachers and building morale^and you know what happened last fall (the"first" teacher strike in the school district's history).' "The labor-management role is new. Now when the administration and teachers work closely together to develop education programs you're on .opposite sides. It's a sad thing. "Job descriptions of principals have changed. Now you're more managerial, handling records and money. Some accept the managerial role easier. I don't. I've always felt as, a teacher and tended to be sympathetic to teachers." The "turned-off" generation of students which Meier has observed during his eight years as a principal should represent a real challenge in his return to the classroom, he believes. "Kids are very blase, now, not easily impressed. There's the cynicism you ^expect from older people. I've seen this turn off, and am anxious to see how this will be.'When I was teaching I was very successful ,in turning them on. I don't want to believe they're that totally turned off." In retrospect, Meier smiles at the consternation among earlier Freeport school superintendents when he approached them to return to teaching. "They said it's not done. Dr. Monahan (ex-superintendent William Monahan) woiildn't believe it. The prestige thing was never a strong motivating •factor for me." Under present salary arrangements, Meier will take a pay cut of approximately $1,000, but a new contract will probably redude the difference. Meier's departure from Harlem-will be felt. "Teachers had a high regard for him," said veteran first grade instructor Miss Lydia Young. Third grade teacher Mrs. Elizabeth Corrigan said Meier was "a very supportive person to teachers." "I almost cried when I read it in the paper," said Mrs. Robert Larson of 1214 W. Staver St., who has had three children attend Harlem. "I suppose they can find someone to do the job, but they can't replace him." One School Board member, asked about Meier, said he "did,a bang-up job" in applying sensitivity and a "down to earth" approach. Thursday evening a blond-haired boy was leaving the Harlem School playground after a post-supper pick-up ball game. Headed for 6th grade this fall, he'd spent his last three years at Harlem under Meier. v "He was nice," said the boy,' in learning that his principal was leaving. ' "He had wrestling for the boys and gymnastics for the girls. Who will take his place?" Appe< Basement Brass To Appear At Band Concert Sunday Night A trumpet trio, audience sing-along and an appearance by the Basement Brass will highlight the Freeport Concert Band's "Music Under the Stars" concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in the Krape Park band shell. The program, conducted by Edmond Hargrove, will feature selections requested by the audience this summer. Christ Korf, Jeff Lehman and Dan Valkema will be featured in "The Three Trumpeters" by Agostini. The Basement Brass will present two selections. Members of the group are Valkema, Steven Dorsey, Peter Kniskern, Mark Rudy and Roy Underhill. Robert Baker will direct the sing- along portion. PROGRAM Say It With Music ,. Berlin The National Anthem Bullets and Bayonets sousa The Three Trumpeters Agostini Featuring Korf, Lehman and Valkema Allerseelen Strauss Selection by the Basement Brass Shoutin' Liza Trombone FUlmore Featuring the trombone section Let Me Be There RostUl Men of Ohio FUlmore INTERMISSION America The Beautiful Ward Audience Sing-Along ' . Lassus Trombone Fillmore Featuring the trombone section Selection by the Basement Brass Selections from Jesus Christ Superstar The Lost Chord .V."V.V.Vr.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.Sullivan The Birth of a Nation Ascher The Song is Ended Berlin \ Two Weeks Adrift At Sea WHICH WAY TO GO may be a problem for this earthworm, with its three ends. Jay Batten of Forreston found the worm, which was about an inch long at its longest, among some worms that a Chicago friend bought for a fishing ex- pedition. Jay said he imagines the overly endowed worm will catch something good, "maybe a two-mouthed fish."Journal-Standard Photo. End In Rescue Skywatchers vritHTTrnirM \r n /IITIT\ TO * . A MISPLACED KERNEL of corn took root in a gutter along South Locust Avenue this year and sprouted, along with a few maple trees in the elevated and unmolested growing area.-Journal-Standard Photo. YORKTOWN, Va. (UPI) - For more than two weeks their home was a capsized sailboat drifting aimlessly in the Atlantic. With their skipper dead, their supplies dwindled along with their hope for survival. Clinton Spooner and the three young Stewart brothers - Rpger, 17, Keith, 14, and Gordon, 12 - were tired, hungry and worn, perhaps only days from death. Several ships had passed by the wrecked craft, but none saw their makeshift red distress flags. Then, on July 14, the 15th day at sea, with limited food and water supplies nearly exhausted, help arrived in the ' form of a passing Greek ship attracted bv . Sgoonerjs. flag waving. "We had almost given up hope," admitted Spooner, 30, a recent law school graduate. "Other ships had passed and •I didn't think this one saw us. First it passed, but then it apparently spotted us and turned back." Stewart, 44, the boys' father, died July 4 after lapsing into a diabetic coma. His life-saving insulin was swallowed by the sea as Tropical Storm Amy buffeted and overturned the boat June 29. He was buried at sea. The survivors of the sailboat, which had been scheduled to arrive in Norfolk June 28 on a return trip to Bermuda, were found by the Greek ship Ellinora 450 miles off the coast of Cape May, N.J. After the storm capsized their vessel, they chopped holes in the hull for a living shelter and checked out what supplies remained. Spooner said they had only a can of tomatoes, a can of corn, a can of Spam, a few raw onions, a bottle of ketchup and peanut butter. Community Chest Sheets Some Garbage Pickup Delayed By One Day A number of Freeport garbagemen attended a funeral Thursday which General Inspector Edward Brooks said accounts for the missed pickups then. He said the schedule should be back to normal by late today. Brooks said if persons still haven't had their garbage picked up, they should call the landfill at 233-3214, not the mayor's or inspector's office. About 30 complaints were received at the mayor's office, Brooks said. Angry Elephant Tramples Handler At Amusement Park VALENCIA, Calif. (UPI) - An angry bull elephant trampled a woman animal handler Thursday and drove , both his tusks into her neck, exposing her jugular vein. "That she is still alive is a miracle," said the surgeon who operated on the wounds. Beverly Lamping, 33, who manages the animal farm at the Magic Mountain amusement park with her husband Frank, was leading a 5-year-old ele- . phant named Bamboo from a barn to an exhibit area when he suddenly at; tacked her for unknown reasons, park officials said. "The elephant just decided to kill me," she later told her husband. "He went after me three or four times. He knocked me down several times. I couldn't fight him off." Park District Makes 'Nature Week'Plans Next week will be "nature week" at the Freeport Park District's playgrounds. Kas Dumroese will be presenting nature walks, nature plaques and nature games at the playgrounds. Read Park playground participants are scheduled to go to Oakdale Nature Preserve for an overnight campout Friday from 7 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Children should provide sleeping bags, tents, and their own transportation to and from Oakdale.. They are also invited to bring snacks for the campfire. Breakfast will be provided. A talent show will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Read Park Pavilion. All children between the ages of 6-12 are invited to enter. Registration for the Chicago Cubs game has begun. Playground participants are scheduled to go to Wrigley Field on July 30 to see the Cubs play Montreal.' All children between the ages of 8-13 are eligible to go. Registration costs may be paid at the Read Park office. Freeport's city hula-hoop and Frisbee champions will be advancing to state finals this week. Deb Scott, Barb Scott, Mark Hagerty and Mark Hooper will go to Arlington Heights July 26 for the Frisbee finals. Bridget Coomber, Barb Scott, Peter Scott and Brian Cook will be advancing to Oak Park July 27 for the hula-hoop finals. Distributed Census sheets from the Freeport Community Chest were received today by local businesses and industries in preparation for the fall campaign, it was announced this morning by Mrs. G. B. Vogelei, campaign chairman. This is an important step in preparation for the drive since basic information for the campaign is secured through this cooperative effort, she said. The census sheet asks for the total number of employes, and the number temporarily employed; also the listing of the employe names. Chest pledge cards are prepared from these census sheets. An early return of the census sheets is requested by Mrs. Vogelei, as compliance will help the Chest save time and money. Aug. 1 is the deadline for their return. One campaign saves energy and money for the community, and the Chest will be watching for every way to save a dollar that can go directly into the community's agency programs, the chairman said. Campaign headquarters is in the Chest offices at 11 E. Exchange St. Will Be Gazing For New Comet PASADENA, Calif. (UPI) - A newly discovered comet is streaking into view, Caltech announced Thursday. The comet is bright enough to be seen by the unaided eye and will get brighter as it makes its closest approach to earth - 242 million miles next Monday, astronomers said. It is passing through the constellation Cygnus and can be seen high in the eastern sky about 8 p.m. and overhead about midnight. Douglas Firebaugh of JETS Observatory in Freeport said he'll "keep an eye open" for the comet and if visible, will extend observatory hours. The JETS Observatory is open each Wednesday evening when the weather is clear. If the comet comes into sight, however, "we'll be open most of next week," he said. The observatory is just east of Park Hills Golf Course on West Stephenson Road and is open to the public'at no charge. The comet was discovered last Sat-" urday night by three astronomers working independently in scattered locations, the announcement said Douglas Berger at the Palomar Observatory in California, Dennis Milton in Wyoming and Toru Kobayashi in Tokyo. The comet had only a small tail, but it will become larger and glow more brightly. CHOP Sends Food To Drought-Ridden Haiti The Christian Rural Overseas Program sent 50 tons of split beans and 25 tons of yellow corn to Haiti in June to alleviate the drought emergency. A prolonged drought has adversely affected Haitian crop production andt U.S. Ambassador Heyward Isham declared a disaster condition exists. An estimated 350,000 persons have been affected by the drought. Reunions NIEMANN The Niemann reunion was held Sunday at Apple River Canyon State Park with 30 in attendance. Officers elected were Dennis Niemann, president; Day- Ion Niemann, vice president; Doris E. Niemann, secretary-treasurer; and Brenda Posey, social chairman. Mr. and Mrs. Elvin Boehm came the greatest distance. iencer s Luggoge Handbags. Unusual Gifts Decorative Items Personal Leather Goads Freedom Train Back On Road After Kankakee Derailment KANKAKEE, 111. (UPI) - Railroad tracks threw a curve at the nation's bicentennial Thursday. The big black steam engine pulling the Freedom Train bicentennial history show derailed in this eastern Illinois city, temporarily delaying the traveling show. The 425-ton, old-style steam engine lay canted to one side, its six-foot-tall wheels between twisted tracks. There were no injuries and none of the 25 bright silver cars carrying historical documents and artifacts left the tracks. But engineer Bill Bensen was fit to be tied. "I told them the curve was just too damn sharp but they didn't listen to me," he huffed. "I asked, and they said there was no other way to get through (the town)." The engine en route from South Little Miss Peanut Contest Saturday The annual Little Miss Peanut contest of the Freeport Kiwanis Club will be held Saturday at the YWCA, starting at .2 p.m. Twenty-two girls are entered in the contest. The winner, who will succeed Audrey Rotblat, will promote the local Kiwanis Club's peanut day sale this fall and compete for a state Miss Peanut title. Orthopedic Clinic Set For Monday The annual orthopedic clinic sponsored by the Freeport Elks Club will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday at the Freeport Clinic, 1036 W. Stephenson St. Further information can be obtained at the Stephenson County Health Department. Bend, Ind., to Peoria, 111., for a scheduled display stop, skipped the tracks on Kankakee's north side about noon during a switching maneuver. "We were just creeping along," said Bensen, "because just where she fell off, there's a hell of a kink in the rail." The train had previously derailed in Cleveland. It took 2% hours, but crews jammed metal platforms under the locomotive wheels and got the $1 million locomotive back onto the tracks with no apparent damage. The train pulled out of Kankakee by about 4 p.m. for Peoria, where it was to be displayed through Monday. Other display stops in Illinois include Springfield, July 23-26; Chicago (Navy Pier) July 28-Aug. 3; 3; Crystal Lake, Aug. 5-6; Rockford, Aug. 8-10, and Aurora, Aug. 12-13. Special Events Set For Pre-Schoolers The Freeport Park District's play program for pre-school age children will have a series of special events next week. Some openings for additional registrations are still available. The special events will include a puppet show, "Little Red Riding Hood," presented by Lisa Ertmer and Jan Peterson, junior leaders for the program. There will be balloon relays and merry-go- round rides as well. Special art projects are to include plaster pins, nature plaques, and wall paper pictures. The play program meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the'Krape Park Community House, and is open to children 3 to 5 years old. Additional information may be obtained by calling the park district office at 233-6114. SAVE For Tickets To: MISS ILLINOIS PAGEANT FINALS SAT., JULY 26-8 P.M. at Aurora, Illinois call: Mrs. Mary Bohnsack 232-8737 — All Seats Reserved — Shopping Is Always A Pleasure At Spencers Free Gift Wrapping & Engraving! On DIAMOND SETS During Our Semi-Annual Diamond Sale 28 Wmt MIMM 232-8713 19 E. Stephenson St. Phone 233-31 69

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