Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on May 9, 1993 · Page 20
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Ukiah, California
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Sunday, May 9, 1993
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20 — SUNDAY, MAY 9, 1993 -THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL- ON THE STREETS OF UKIAH QUESTION: What is your opinion of the play 'The Thing Called Love?" Rachel Land Uklah senior I liked it but it kind of bothered me that abortion wasn't presented as an option in it They didn't make that an option at all in the play. The presented just condoms and not having sex, they didn't give anything else. Angle Stafford Redwood Valley freshman I liked it. I liked the dancing. I think the message was good for teen-agers. It was really good, they just didn't tell you not to get pregnant, they show you the consequences. It's especially good for kids because they don't listen to adults. Usually kids will do the opposite of what you tell them because they're curious. Susan Blackwekter Uklah parent of two students I liked it and think it was worth the funds that were spent on it. I think it was an effective message. I think that there were issues that weren't addressed. I don't think there was emphasis on the AIDS problem, but I think that wasn't its purpose. Pedro Ruiz Uklah senior It was good, it was different. It was great, not boring like some of the other things they do, like distributing pamphlets. It was an effective way to get the information out Al Snarskl Uklah athletic director I thought it was wonderful. Jenny Chapman Uklah freshman I thought it was really good and a lot of my friends have been saying that they liked it. Asked at Ukiah High School. Daily Digest May 9,1993 OBITUARIES Carlo Smythe Carlo Smythe, 59, of UKiah, died Saturday May 8,1993 at Ukiah Valley Medical Center of natural causes. A memorial service is scheduled at the Ukiah Bible Baptist Church Tuesday at 2 p.m. Pastor Jim Bailey will preside. Mr. Smythe's cremated remains will be interred at the Ukiah Cemetery on Low Gap Road. Mr. Smyth was bom in Westwood April 14,1934. He lived in the Ukiah area for 43 years. Mr. Smythe worked as a supervisor for the U.S. Postal service for 38 years. He was in the U.S. Navy from 1956 to 1958. Mr. Smythe is survived by his wife, Sandie Smythe, of Ukiah; his mother, Hazel Smythe, of Weott; six children, Kim Parker, of Santa Rosa, Kim Loomis, of Ukiah, Kelly Aggi, of Ukiah, Gary Smythe, of Sacramento, Tammy Sams, of Ukiah, and Todd Phillips, of Willits; two siblings, Richard Smythe, of Little Rock, Ark. and Merrie Rury, of Benecia as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Contributions may be made to the Ukiah Bible Baptist Church. Christine A. Potter Christine A. Potter, 42, of Ukiah, died Friday, May 7,1993 of natural causes. There will be a cremation with no services. Ms. Potter was born in Fort Bragg May 14,1950. She was a clerk for Pacific Bell for 24 years. Ms. Potter is survived by her parents, Donald and Barbara Fee, of Fort Bragg; her sister, Donna Haulala, of Fort Bragg; and a niece, Holly Hautala, of Fort Bragg. Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Association. Death and funeral notices am provided by mortuaries and/or families. There Is a fee for publication. The Dally Journal edlta submissions to conform to Associated Press writing style and remove personal endearmenta, such aa "devoted daughter* or "beloved mother." All factual Information provided will be printed. Families who want obituary Information to run exactly aa submitted—Including personal sndsarmenta — should contact the Journal Advertising Department for apace and rate Information, 468-3500. UKIAH POLICE LOG The following was compiled from reports prepared by the Ukiah Police Department ASSAULT ARREST — Joseph Mondragon, 49, of San Bruno, was arrested Friday at 5:30 p.m. on suspicion of assault after a fight with another man in the 600 block of South State Street. One man wielded a knife, the other a pipe wrench. The police report did not say which weapon Mondragon used. The other man was taken to Ukiah Valley Medical Center. SHERIFF'S LOG The following was compiled from reports prepared by the Mendocino County Sheriff's Department, DOG BURGLARY — A dog was reported stolen from the Ukiah animal shelter Saturday at 8:25 a.m. MISSING LAMB — A lamb was reported lost or stolen from the 12000 block of Oat Gap Raod in Potter Valley Friday at 3:08 pjn. CHP LOG The following was compiled from reports prepared by the California Highway Patrol. INJURY ACCIDENT/ARREST — Randy L'Hoel, 21, of Redwood Valley, sustained moderate injuries Friday at afternoon when he allowed his motorcycle to run off the road on Road I. The motorcycle hit a steel culvert and struck two mailboxes before L'Hoel was ejected. He was taken to Ukiah Valley Medical Center for treatment. He was also arrested for driving under the influence of an intoxicant INJURY ACCIDENT — A motorcyclist suffered minor injuries Friday morning when his motorcycle collided with a 1971 Ford sedan on Highway 101, near Laytonville. Vincent Jackson, 45, of Willits, suffered moderate injuries and was taken to Howard Memorial Hospital in Willits after the 8:40 a.m. According to CHP officers, Harold Stewart, 70, of Laytonville pulled his car into Jackson's path at Ramsey Road and Jackson was unable to avoid a collision. FIRE LOG UKIAH FIRE DEPARTMENT MEDICAL AID — Firefighters transported a pregnant woman who had suffered an electrical shock in the 500 block of Redwood Avenue to Ukiah Valley Medical Center Friday at 5 pjn. MEDICAL AID —• Firefighters responded to a person having difficulty breathing in the 1100 block of North Bush Street Saturday at 1 p.m. Phila County- Continued from Page 1 San Francisco where the incidence of AIDS is the highest in the nation and death from the virus commonplace. Kane said he was hesitant to move to Mendocino County because he questioned the type of medical care he could get here. But, he said, he has been pleasantly surprised. Both he and Bauer have used the fflV clinic and Ukiah Valley Medical Center where Bauer was recently hospitalized. "The biggest thing is the rally and support we get from the different people, from the ones who clean the rooms to the doctors," said Bauer, who must use oxygen some of the time to help him breath. He added that UVMC hospital staff were so supportive they let Kane spend the night in the same room and even encouraged it. Before his diagnosis, Bauer said he was going to school to become a nurse, riding motorcycles and gardening. "Now because of the lymphoma and treatments, our lives have changed quite a bit," he said. Despite his recent setback, Bauer is optimistic. He said his prognosis is good. "I felt I was prepared to die from AIDS (before receiving the diagnosis)," Bauer said. "But when I got this diagnosis of cancer, that put the brakes on. I wasn't ready to hear it." He said he used to never really take time for himself. "I might want to stop and learn how to do that (now)," he said "People have been after me to take time and smell the roses — especially Mike." Before Kane got the news he was HIV positive he said he had "all kinds of fun." He said he lived in Greenwich Village in the middle of the gay liberation movement often frequenting the bars, clubs and discos where everything was "sex, drugs and rock and roll." "People didn't think anything (about AIDS) because all the diseases you could catch through sex were always treatable," he said. "My life was fun, not that it isn't now. I was more wild (then)," he said. When Bauer is better, both he and Kane plan on going sky diving, taking a motorcycle trip to Alaska and trying hang gliding. Bauer said he came out in 1983 after he had his first homosexual experience. He "played around" for seven years before he met his first long-term partner. They were together for 6Vt years in Phoenix, Ariz. That lover died of AIDS, he said. Kane said, for the most part, both he and Bauer feel they are lucky both have medical insurance to pay for their treatment. Kane was employed until 1989, working at the Air Canada check-in counter at San Francisco International Airport. Air Canada still pays his medical, dental and life insurance. In addition, he receives disability and social security. "With medical insurance, we're able to get the best treatment we can," he said. He said he takdddght pills a day. "I have one pill l<tSke that's $10 a pill," Kane said. He said MediCal might not pay for all the medications some people need to control their immune system. Kane said he has made friends through his disease, and attitudes about people with AIDS have changed for the better. He recalled in the mid-1980s making a dentist appointment and notifying the dentist he was HIV positive, so the dentist could take precautions in treating him. Kane showed up at the appointment and found the dentist let all his employees go home for the day before Kane arrived and then refused to treat him. He said when he was getting treatment for alcoholism at St. Helena Hospital this past February, he was afraid to mention he had ADDS. "I didn't know how people would react. Usually people are OK with it, but you never know when one person is going to freak out," he said. After several support group meetings in which he was afraid to speak, he finally told everyone he had AIDS. The experience was wonderful, he said "I got 30 hugs." Quilt- Continued from Page 1 County, according to Terry Lane of Ukiah, who lost two uncles to AIDS and feels strongly that AIDS awareness needs to be increased. The quilt will be displayed at Ukiah High School. Lane has several high school students involved in the project. Lane said a group of adults and students are trying to raise the funds needed to pay for the quilt's trip to Ukiah — about $5,000. The quilt comes with one NAMES foundation staffer and must be trucked from the San Francsico area. The quilt displays are intended as fund-raising projects for AIDS service organizations. According to Lane, any funds collected over and above the cost of bringing the quilt to Ukiah will be donated to Mendocino and Lake County AIDS services. Lane had an overflowing loose- leaf notebook filled with instructions about the handling and display of the quilt. "There's about 125 pages of instructions," she said. They include opening and closing ceremonies, how to handle the quilt, and unfolding and folding it correctly. Lane said she felt having the quilt will illustrate graphically to young people that AIDS kills. "I've heard that with kids it really provides visualization, they say 'Wow, this is real," " she said, adding that for many the quilt has the emotional effect of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. which provides a stark listing of the names of the thousands of war dead. When the quilt is in Ukiah, volunteers will be needed and there is training available for them on how to deal with people's emotional reactions to the quilt Health care volunteers will also be on band to answer questions. During the display, names of people who have died of AIDS are read aloud, also by volunters. Anyone wishing to be a part of the Ukiah NAMES Project display should contact: The NAMES Project, 541 S. School St., Suite 20, Ukiah. Donations should be sent to: The NAMES Project, c/o Wells Fargo Bank, 717 S. State St., Ukiah. Continued from Page 1 "Everything that happens in our nation, happens here to a lesser degree," Anchordoguy said. She also said Mendocino County probably has the highest incidence of AIDS because of its location on the Highway 101 corridor and its proximity to San Francisco — one of the nation's epicenters of the disease. She also attributed the high incidence to peoples' attitudes here about substance use and abuse. "There's not a real strong consciousness against substance use here," she said. "A lot of people in the United States shoot drugs. People here shoot drugs, too." Mendocino County has had 89 reported cases of AIDS and 215 cases of people with Human Immunodeficiency Virus, the precursor to AIDS, according to statistics compiled by the Public Health Department. The 215 cases of fflV IkiS-fi <••*»- Hi?* •»*'!** la.-*-ll>tfi: *ITV HX positive people include the 89 cases of those with AIDS, Anchordoguy said. Of those 89 reported cases of AIDS, Anchordoguy said, 58 people have died. She said Mendocino County officials started gathering statistics in 1982, when the first cases of AIDS appeared here. Most people in Mendocino County with AIDS are men, but five women in the county have been diagnosed with AIDS, Anchordoguy said. The majority of AIDS cases in Mendocino County are gay and bisexual men. "Some are intervenous drug users and we have one transfusion case," Anchordoguy said Of those that are HIV positive, Anchordoguy said, 51 people contracted it through IV drug use and nine women were sexual partners of IV drug users. "Still many of those are gay or bisexual," Anchordoguy said. One person who is HTV positive was also infected by a blood transfusion, Anchordoguy said, in addition to the one who has been diagnosed with AIDS. Anchordoguy said Mendocino County health officials don't know of any teen-agers infected, but a number of people have died of AIDS in their early 20s. "And some were people who went to local high schools. It's clear they were infected as a teen-ager because of the long incubation period of AIDS," she said. Even hi the fflV-infected population, Anchordoguy said, some are still being irresponsible about their sexual activity. She said the Public Health Department has received reports of people with HIV and AIDS engaging in unsafe sex. i "We see people who come in for HIV tests who are (still) engaging in sexual activity," she said, saying most are in the needle-using population. She stressed people need to take responsibility for themselves in preventing the contraction of HTV and AIDS. "Don't trust the guy you meet in the bar because he seems like a nice guy," she said. Two reports of people who have contracted the disease in Mendocino County are related to alcohol use or people making bad decisions after drinking alcohol. "Alcohol is the biggest risk for HTV because it impairs decision making," she said. However, she said, some people are changing their behavior, but other's aren't. "Responsibility is on the individual. No one can police other people's behavior." Gifts- Continued from Page 1 course you have to save them all. I have all mine." Methodist Pastor Anne Dilensc- hneider has a different memory. She's a single mother with four children. Last year, Sophie, her 12-year-old daughter, wrote her a poem for Mother's Day which Dilenshneider has hanging in her bedroom. It asks how a busy mother copes when she has a "trillion messages on the answering machine to listen to as she listens to us. How does she do it?" Sophie asks. "She's very talented and with love." Cathy Dunkle, who works at the county Supervisors office, said the best gift she's ever received was a porch swing. "I got it several years ago. We've had wonderful lazy days on there, tears with our kids there, I'll probably swing my grandkids on that swing," she said. Cindy Mayhew, a legal process recorder, said the funniest gift she received was a cookbook — one made with recipes by a class full of kindergarteners. She remembers one recipe consisted of five pounds 6f spaghetti and "then you open cans and jars." "My boy' s was' you open a jar of peanut butter and put the whole jar on the bread, then you open the jam and put the j ar on the bread.' Something like that," Mayhew said. "It was great, I still have it," she said. Dorinda Miller, who works at the Sheriff's Office, said the nicest gift she ever received on Mother's Day was a card her then 18-year- old son made last year. "That was so special. The fact that he was 18.... Little kids do that, but teen-agers don't usually," she said. Inside the handmade card were written feelings, Miller said. Another year, "he got me a whole bunch of little things. One of the little things was a can of nuts and when I opened it there was a (gag) snake inside," she said. Theresa Pack, who practices rebirthing and massage holistic health methods in Redwpod Valley, remembers a letter she got five years ago from daughter, Tiera, when she was 9 years old. The letter was titled, "My Perfect Mom," and listed a number of good things about her mom, Including not making her clean up her room every day. The letter concludes, "If I were president, I would pay my mom $18,000 a month just for everything she does." Tina Chapman, meanwhile, the mother of two daughters and a records clerk at the Sheriffs office, said when her girls were little, they pooled their money and bought her some perfume, but they gave her a hint several days before. "The hint was I could wear it and that it smelled good," she said. Beryl Hewitt, executive assistant at Ukiah Unified School District, said the nicest thing that ever happened to her on Mother's Day was news that her daughter and son-in- law would recover from a head-on collision. "It was a relief that they were going to be OK and that he (her son-in-law) was going to be able to walk. He bad one foot that was crushed and they (doctors) had to rebuild his face. There was 16 inches between the front of the truck and the back of the front seat. For them to live with no brain damage or anything was incredible," she said

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