Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on June 27, 1968 · Page 14
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June 27, 1968

Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois · Page 14

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PAQfilM The Values in Used Cars., Furniture, Appliances and laneous Articles are Offered for Sale in The Columns of The Alton Evening Telegraph *4 7* , «T> i ** ..-*..» ALtON EVENING TELEGRAPH THURSDAY, JUNE 2T» 1968 By WAVMt MOftKHAM feteflrtf* Staff Writer A fuiitime YMCA staff membw has moved into his office at Alton's Sullivan Homes Mousing Project to operate an utrasual eu-th* scefte community aid pro* p-am Bob puff, ihe YMCA com- munlty youtti director, open* ed his new office after ex* tewfve survey of the people and their needs at Sullivan Homes He vjslted every family in the m unit housing project in a quest for guidance. He got plenty, including a plea to form a summer recreation program for the children of Sullivan at Hofft«. it wattle sufpflse thftn tMat fluffs first act the day after hi* moved in was to take Pi«>hf of the kids fish•fig. The youngsters, many of whom had never been fishing before* piled into Duff's, small station wagon parked outsid? his office at Sullivan Homes , The older boys got first bid on the cargo end of the wagon, where they screamed and yelled at passing cars. A stop to buy cane poles, tackle, and bait offered a chanc«to talk to some of the kids, and one little boy named Andv confided he hoped they didn't catch any eat- fish because the fins can Buft you. The kids were «ft again, this time straight to the private pond off MeAdams MemoHal parkway where they friuld spend the: •after- Duff tatJted ' abttflt t h <i YMGA program,, between baitm« hooks and setting lines for the younger members of his crew. The fishing trip was the first of what Duff said would be many" ib fdll&w, trips; to the shrtners' Circus, St, Louis 2oo Pere Marduette State Park, and even to a St. Louis 'iepartment store. Duff will take some 50 of the Wde from Sullivan ; Home* by bus to the big do-vntown fireworks display held in Alton during the 4th holidays. The trips and other activities planned for the summer depend on close coordination w'th other public and private ertd agencies. four Neighborhood Youth Corp workers help Duff organic his programs at the housing project, which ft* elude nlanned sports activities almost every day of the week Duff said many of the kids came to him and asked if he would organize the sports. Many of them already participated on other city teams Hole Your Dollars Go Further at Alton Sears Sears Terry-Lined CANVAS OXFORDS ft Shoe with the Built-in Sock for 2.99 Each Now you can enjoy the comfort of socks without really wearing themV,.,. with Sears Terry-lined Jeepers! The insoles, uppers — even the tongues — are lined with soft, absorbent cotton terry cloth! Tough cotton duck uppers; fully cushioned insoles. 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He had caught a fish and Duff excused himself to help the boy land his first catch of the afternoon. The YMCA began the idea for a community aid program in December of last year, and eventually decided to concentrate on tlie Sullivan Homes, with, possible expansion to Curran Homes. Duff ."• returned. "You know," he said, "We hope ' to be able to continue this program beyond the summer, there's no end to the need for it." Originally permitted to spend 75 per cent of his time with the Sullivan Homes project, Duff readily admits that increased interest and burgeoning programs now let; him spend some 95 per cent of his time with the people at the housing site. To continue the program through the summer and beyond, the YMCA Has :asked the Alton-Wood River United Fund for money to finance the project. Duff was enthusiastic about the program, ''gven while operating in the red : itself, the 'Y' decided to finance a portion of this community service program to the. extent of small operating expenses arid; my salary." N(W with the United Fund money and funds expected from area churches, Duff said, he hope's the program .can continue. Another boy cried out, he narrowly missed hooking a big mie and now began threading another worm onto his hook, "I'm gonna get him," he told his companions. Another little tyke brought his catrh to Duff and asked if the fish was big enough to keep, "No, Cordy," he said, "T tell you what, let?s throw him back and wait for him to grow up so we can catch him next time." In assessing the Alton Y's program, even though it has just really begun, Duff S4itf he thought the most 'mportant and ultimately beneficial aspect was the daily contact. "Everyday relationship with each other, exposure to the world as it is," said Duff, "is a real learning experience." YOUNG FISHERMEN— Quiet concentration Is the rule for serious fishermen as reflected in the look of these boys from Sullivan Homes *vho got to go fishing, some of them for the first time in their life. SODA BREAK — A refreshing break , from the fun Of fishing at Mill Greek Park. The soda was paid for by Bob Dull, but tlie cancty oarss \vere a present from the owner of the private lake off McAdams Highway north of Alton. SAIL for the Summer Sun dotton ;jskirtimer style shifts for the summer sun ... just zip them up! Choose from garden fresh prints in perky pastels or solid pastels. Accented with hold-all pockets! Available in sizes extra small to extra large. Sean Sells Only-.Writ Quality . , , w *w Sett Seconds or ON SALE : Limited Time Only/ ^ • . .-A..V,. , .... V. Opep Tuesday, Wednesday, , Thursday and Saturday 9 f 00a,m, to5;00p.m. and Friday to9;Q0p, m ,

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