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Friday, December 22, 1972
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'.: 50316 Study Creating New Agency- Nativity from Holy Land The Rev. Dick Pearson of the Estherville United Methodist Church and his wife Romalee sit behind the Nativity they bought in Jerusalem, Israel and brought back for a souvenir. The Pearsons were members of a group of 20 ministers from Iowa and laymen who toured the Holy Land and visited cities in Egypt, Syria and Lebanon. Highlighting the trip was a first hand look at the Church of the Nativity which encloses the birthplace of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem. Fulfills Life Dream By JIM FERREE For the Rev. Dick Pearson of the Estherville United Methodist Church and his wife, Romalee, it was the fulfillment of a dream. The dream was a two-week tour of the Holy Land and a firsthand look at relics dating back to biblical times. The trip was sponsored by Dr. Kenneth Metcalf of St. John's Methodist Church in Davenport and included 20 ministers and laymen in Iowa. The group met in Davenport on Nov. 6 and flew from Moline, 111., to New York. From there, they boarded an Air France jet which flew them nonstop to Athens, Greece. The Pearsons favored the city Athens as the best because of its ancient ruins. "We saw the new city," commented Dick,... "but we paid more attention to the Corinth and the Acropolis because of the old diggings." Romalee, drama teacher at Iowa Lakes Community College, was particularly interested in the Dionysus. "The Dionysus is the oldest Greek theater and has the earliest record of where drama started," she said. NEXT STOP on the itinerary for the group was Cairo, Egypt where Dick and Romalee got a firsthand look at an Egyptian pyramid. "We rode camels to the base of the pyramid. After entering, we had to bend down in respect to the Pharaohs who were entombed in the pyramid." While in Egypt, the .Pearsons took a sailboat ride on the Nile River and found in their stay that the people were friendly and cordial. From Cairo, the Pearsons flew to Luxor, Egypt, where they visited the Tomb of King Tut. "I was really amazed with the condition of the hieroglyphics," noted Dick, sporting a tanned face. "They are 3,000 years old but in very good shape." FROM LUXOR, the group flew to Beirut, Lebanon where the Pearsons experienced the Moslem religion and events which took place. "Most of the Moslems pray five times a day and sometimes you can hear a man calling out a prayer on top of a high building." The group boarded a bus in Beirut and traveled to Damascus, Syria where they walked through a bazzar. "A bazzar is tiny shops along the street where you can virtually buy anything," said Romalee. "The streets are bustling throughout the whole day and then close up at night." ONE CITY that was interesting to Dick was the city of Byblos. "Byblos is the word from which the word Bible is taken." An event which the Pearsons remembered were the circumstances invdlving their flight to . Izrael. "We first had-to fly to Cyprus which is a neutral country before we could enter Izrael. In Cyprus we went through a very strict security check." From Cyprus the Pearsons flew to Izrael where they landed at the Lod Airport in Tel Aviv to begin their memorable journey through the Holy Land. "In Israel we took a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee," stated Dick. "The Sea of Galilee is a beautiful lake about 13 miles long and there were even some fishing boats on the lake." BY THE SEA, the Pearsons visited the city of Copernaiem where Jesus made his headquarters. "One point of the trip I'll remember is that I sat on a stone where, according to tradition, Jesus once sat," remarked Dick. One interesting sidelight of the trip the Pearsons remembered was the walk they took in the city of Tiberius. "Two other couples and us didn't have anything to do so we decided to just take a walk in the evening. We saw a restaurant all lit up so we went in not knowing what was taking place," smiled the Pearsons. "We finally found out it Souvenirs Two ornaments which Rev. Dick Pearson and his wife Romalee purchased in Jerusalem were a hand-carved sheperd and sheep made out of olive wood and a plaque with the Ten Commandments engraved in it. was a barmitzvah for a 12-year- old boy. We were invited to stay and we all ordered Cokes and watched the event. Women called names and people would bring gifts up to the boy. The interesting part about it was that the waiter was a Christian." AFTER TOURING Tiberius, the Pearsons went to the Dead Sea east of Jerusalem. "We talked to a woman from Jerusalem who comes over to the Dead Sea three or four days a week and bathes because she thought it to be theraputic. She would actually pack herself in mud," commented Dick. Another journey took the Pearsons to the city of Mesada where the winter palace of King Herod the Great is located. "The-palace was so high, on a hill that we had to take a cable car to the top. Before the Romans laid seizure to it," noted Dick, 966 Jews took their own lives rather than submit to the Romans to become slaves." But the most rewarding journey for the Pearsons was the trip to Bethlehem located about six miles south of Jerusalem. ^'Bethlehem, meaning House of Bread, is a town of about 8,000," commented Dick. "We visited the Church of the Nativity and one interesting thing that struck me was the size of the entrance door. You could see where it once had been a tall entrance because people once would ride in on horseback. But this was desecrating the Church so they constructed a door known now as the door of humiliation about four feet by four feet to stop this." THE PEARSONS noticed that the Church of the Nativity housed three different religious alters. Dick noted that the Greek Orthodox, the Armenian and St. Catherines religions were represented by alters. "To get to the Nativity, you have to take steps down into a room where, according to tradition, Mary gave birth to Jesus Christ and layed Him in a stone manger." DICK REMEMBERED one event in the tour which was most rewarding to him. "Outside of the Church of the Nativity were rolling fields where, according to tradition, the shepherds were told of the birth of Jesus. Even today there are shepherds still tending their flocks." While staying in Jerusalem, the Pearsons noticed that the whole countryside was covered by Olive trees. "Olive wood is Jerusalem's chief income next to tourists." Dick summed up the trip by saying, "It was a kind of pilgrimage for me because I was able to see things that I've read or preached about. It was the fulfillment of a dream I always wanted to do." Emmet Board Adopts Solid Waste Study By CHUCK OSTHEIMER A comprehensive waste study for Emmet County and towns in the county has been completed and was presented to the Emmet County Regional Planning Commission by Dale Jacobson Thursday, with the commission approving the plan. The purpose of the report is to recommend a method of providing economically and efficiently for the sanitary disposal of solid wastes generated in Emmet County, and thus protect the citizens of the county from hazards to their health, safety and welfare that result from uncontrolled methods. Recommendations of the study, prepared by Jacobson, Westergard and Associates, were: — That Emmet County create a solid waste management agency which should encompass Emmet County and all the towns and cities within the county. The study also noted that consideration should be given to cooper- atic.i with some of the neighboring towns in southern Minnesota and surrounding Iowa counties. — The agency have necessary tests made on the present Estherville landfill site and, if results are satisfactory, take steps to acquire the site and set up a regional landfill operation. If the present site cannot be approved, another site should be obtained, preferably within a five-mile radius of Estherville. — If the agency wishes to consider some type of pretreatment of solid waste prior to disposal, that the pulverizing or milling process is the most feasible. Such a process would extend the life of the Estherville landfill site beyond 1990 the study stated. — The agency must assume the responsibility of implementing solid waste collection in virtually all of the county outside of Estherville. An organized municipal collection system, with proper equipment is currently being operated by Estherville, which the city would likely continue to run or turn over to the agency. While the agency would have Statistics For White Christmas DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) What chance is there of a white Christmas? Some people may be dreaming nostalgically of an old-fashioned white Christmas. The of such dreams have been corn- National Weather probabilities coming true piled by the Service here. These statistical probablities are the percentage chance that one inch or more of snow will be on the ground Christmas Day. The statistics are based on climatological records at the National Climatic Center in Asheville, N.C. The records are from National Weather Service offices. In most cases, snow at the weather station, many at airports, should mean snow in the nearby city as well. Where the stations are located a considerable distance from the city it serves or where there is a large difference in elevation between the station and the city, it is quite possible to have snow at one and not the other. These figures are not forecasts, only climatological probabilities. If the figure is 70 per cent, for example, it means that there normally would be snow on the ground seven years out of ten; it does not necessarily mean a white Christmas this year. f The number following the city is the percentage chance of one inch or more of snow on the ground Christmas Day: Burlington 33, Des Moines 46, Dubuque 60, Sioux City 43, Waterloo 50 and Moline, 111. 33. the responsibility, it would not necessarily have to operate the collection service but could contract with the municipalities or private operations for this service, the study noted. — While the regional solid waste management plan is not required to be operational prior to 1975 by law, it is recommended that the agency take all the necessary steps to make the plan operational at the earliest possible date. The study also presented a population projection for Emmet County which showed incorporated towns and cities to be 11,068 by 1980 and up to 12,784 in the year 2000. Meanwhile, the study projects the unincorporated population to be 3,250 in 1980 and down to 2,090 in 2000. In the pulverizing method of operating a landfill, which was recommended by the study if pretreatment is used, solid wastes are delivered as collected to a central plant where they are ground or milled by a machine which consists of vertical shafted cylindrical mill. The pulverized refuse is reduced to a one and one-half inch diameter or less, having a density when compacted of 2,000 pounds per cubic yard. This refuse is then hauled to a landfill site where it is placed in the landfill in natural form. Advantages of pulverizing are that landfill requirements are the least of any method except possibly incineration, earth cover is not required for the landfill except when completed, initial investment is lowest of any pretreatment method, milled refuse will support plant life one year following its placement and the equipment is relatively simple and does not require skilled operating personnel. Disadvantages of the pulverization method are that the initial investment is higher than that of the ordinary landfill although lower than other pretreatment methods and the smallest plant available has a capacity of 120 tons per eight-hour day. The commission also heard a preliminary report from Gary Claude, consulting engineer for Wallace, Holland, Kastler, Schmitz and Company on a housing study in Emmet County. The report noted that there was an increase of 429 year- round housing units from 4,200 to 4,629 in Emmet County from 1950 to 1970, while total county population decreased by 93 people. There were 3.1 persons-per hours ing unit in 1950, but decreased to 2.5 persons in 1970. The report also notes that there are 304 vacant year-round housing units in the county, 140 of which are in unincorporated areas. One hundred fourteen of these units are in Estherville. The commission also discussed the possibility of having the same membership for the solid waste commission as is currently on the county commission and the feasibility of having the county and towns in the coun-' ty using their revenue - sharing money for purchase of a landfill site and use of equipment. 12 PAGES TODAY WINTER SPORTS CAPITAL OF IOWA The Forecast PARTLY CLOUDY UDAILY NEWS 104th YEAR; NO. 55 ESTHERVILLE, IOWA, 51334, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22, 1972 WEEK, 60c; COPY, 15c ----------------- 1 12|»aiHB>-»»W«"« 1 Voter Registration Faces Legislators DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Statewide voter registration, long opposed by rural legislators as an unnecessary frill, appears likely to be enacted into law by the 1973 Iowa Legislature. There still is a hard core of sentiment against requiring advance registration of voters in Iowa's less populous areas. But by a margin of two to one, legislators answering an Associated Press questionnaire indicated they'll bite the bullet and vote to approve statewide registration, now that the courts have ruled out duration­ al residency requirements for voters. Rep. Richard Drake, R-Muscatine, chief architect of sweeping election law changes passed in the last legislature, has a bill in preparation to create a statewide voter registration system. He started working on it last fall after the Po k County District Court held unconstitutional the 30-day voter residency requirement set up in the new election law enacted early this year. Drake said statewide registration is now a must to protect the "integrity of the bal­ lot" and assure that nobody votes more than once in any election. Another reason advanced for extending voter registration throughout the state is that constitutionality of the present law, which requires voter registration only in counties of 50,000 or more and cities of 10,000 or more population, may be challenged. Rep. Willard Hansen, R-Cedar Falls, now a senator-elect, agreed with Drake that statewide registration now is an "absolute must." But some oth- Truman's Favorable Reaction Described as 'Remarkable 9 KANSAS CITY (AP) - Former President Harry S. Truman continues to react favorably to treatment for his weakened kidneys, exhibiting what doctors describe as "remarkable strength" and a tenacity for life. Research Hospital and Medical Center reported Thursday that the 88-year-old Truman, now hospitalized 17 days, showed slow improvement and that his body chemistry was be­ coming more normal. But the former chief executive was still listed in very serious condition and remained in a semiconscious state, "We believe that we have begun a favorable trend," said his personal physician, Dr. Wallace Graham. A hospital spokesman interpreted the physician's statement to mean only the more recent kidney ailment. Truman has also suffered complications Can't Pay Emmet Taxes For At Least One Month Emmet County taxpayers cannot pay their property taxes for at least another month, according to an announcement made today by Mildrd Danielson, county auditor. Iowa's state comptroller has not yet approved property tax levies which were set locally nor has the county auditor been advised of the school levy millages. When the millage amounts are received ther the individual taxes will be computed and the compu­ tations are given to the county treasurer for collection of the taxes. If the school millages were received here within the next few days, local taxes could be ready for payment Feb. 1, Mrs. Danielson said. Announcement will be made later as to when they are ready. The 90-day period from the time the taxes become payable to the time a penalty is applied will be set back accordingly. of the lungs and heart. Dr. Graham said, "Truman is showing remarkable strength and tenacious physiological reaction which are a reflection of his attitude toward life." Graham also said he was "encouraged by the slight decrease in blood urea nitrogen noted Thursday afternoon. "In spite of the extreme depletion of body fluids, generally his vital signs are remaining stable and within normal limits." The final medical report Thursday night said it was too soon to determine if a new feeding process begun Wednesday was effective. In this process, amino acids are injected directly into the bloodstream, bypassing the body's normal conversion of proteins from food which leaves wastes Truman's malfunctioning kidneys cannot eliminate. The Thursday night medical report also noted a slight increase in lung fluids, but that was expected to diminish. Doctors reported that some instability in his blood pressure was being . brought under control. ers disagreed. "I don't think registration of voters is needed," said Rep. Harold McCormick, D-Manchester. "It limits the number of voters." Rep.-elect Dennis Butler, R- Council Bluffs, said smaller counties "do not need voter registration" but need to "work at achieving a high percentage vote by making voting as convenient as possible." Rep.-elect Rayman Logue, R- Marengo, said voter residency "should be spelled out" regardless of what the courts have said. A few from rural areas seem resigned to accepting statewide registration although they don't want it. "1 do not favor it but it may be necessary," said Rep.-elect Louis Peterson, R-Lawton. "I suppose this (statewide registration) is what we will have eventually," said Rep.- elect Semor Tofte, R-Deocrah, "but why not let everyone vote where he lives and has lived for a prescribed period of time, say 10 days? I know this is a silly answer, but so is registration." The polk County District Court based its decision that the Iowa 30-day residency requirement for voters is unconstitutional on a U. S. Supreme Court ruling which knocked out Tennessee's law which required any person to live in the state for 60 days before he could vote. The Supreme Court said all durational residency requirements are unconstitutional restrictions on the right of citizens to vote. It upheld, however, the Tennessee law providing for closing of voter registration 30 days prior to the election, saying officials had to have a reasonable time to set up voter lists and make other election preparations. Tennessee has statewide voter registration. Applying the same rule of law to Iowa meant that a new Iowa resident could vote in most counties last November, bRisCra No Publication of the Estherville Daily News Monday in Observance of Christmas

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