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June 23, 1998

Ironwood Daily Globe from Ironwood, Michigan · Page 2

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Obituaries Wakefield council opts to get connected Rita A-. Weber EWEN — Rita-A. Weber, 91, of Ewen. passed away Sunday at 'Ontonagon. She was born Sept. 9, 1917, in Ontonngon to the late Guy and Elizabeth iMoran) Hawkins and married Norman Weber in AJgo- rna, Wis, in 1932. He preceded her in death in 1951. Mrs. Weber was a. member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ewen and the church Altar Guild. She worked at the Set- tier's Coop, Ewen IGA and was the coordinator for the Community Action Agency when she retired. Mrs. Weber is survived by two daughter, Mrs. Myra (Luke) Lhflamme, Port Hope, Mich., and Mrs. Phyllis (Earl) Beutemeister, Robert W. Smith BELVIDERE, 111. — Robert W. Smith, 76, former Ironwood resident, died on Feb. 16, 1998, in Belvidere. Bob was born in Ironwood, son of Charles and Anne (Hewitt) Smith. He attended local schools. From 1942 to December of 1945 he served in the United States Army. He was a member of "Merrill's Marauders." ;.. Bob was united in marriage with the former Zella Sepanski in Little Rock, Ark. She survives. He worked in the Montreal Mine for 17 years until its closing: They then moved to Schaumburg, 111., where he was employed by the Elgin Transformer Company. Upon retirement, they returned to the Ironwood area where they lived for more than 18 years. They then returned to Illinois to be near family. Bob was past commander of the John P. Gibbs MERCER — John P Gibb*y69, of. 1816 Birch Tree Drive, Mercer, died Monday, June 22, 1998, in Woodruff. Prescott, Arii.; and two sons, Clinton (Jacky), Ewen, and Joseph (Sandy), Gould City, Mich.; also 12 grandchildren, 18 great- grandchildren; and two great- great-grandchildren. She waa preceded in death by a sister, Myra, and a brother, Guy. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ewen with the Rev. Francis Dobrzenski, officiating. • Interment will be in Holy Family Cemetery in Ontonagon. Friends may call at the Brown Funeral Home in Bruce Crossing from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday where Parish Prayers will be recited at 7 p.m. Ironwood VFW Post 1823, a member of the Ironwood Ameri-. can Legion Poet 5, and a member and past president of the Aurora Athletic Club. He .was preceded in death by his father; two brothers, Charles Smith Jr. and Calvin Hancock; and a sister, Jean Jenkins. He is survived by his wife, Zella, Poplar Grove, III.; two sons, Dennis/ Streamwpod, 111., and Ronald, Poplar Grove; a daughter, Bonita Neally, Elgin, III.; eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. Graveside services will be held on Thursday, June 25, 1998, at 11 a.m. at the Riverside Cemetery in Ironwood with the Rev. Norbert Landreville, officiating. Chappell-Zielinski Funeral Home of Ironwood is in charge of local arrangements. Planners among those to attend MMLmeeting By PAMELA DAVENPORT G!ob« Staff Writer WAKEFIELD — Wakefield City Council rescinded its June 8 vote to send only the city :manager and one council member to Michigan Municipal League convention in Traverse City in September. Council member Kay Wiita voted against changing the council's decision. "I don't see why everyone should have to go," she said. "You can go in on the Computer and get all of (the information)." Everyone" should have the opportunity, council member Charlie Picoldi said. . The council also discussed sending planning commission members to the convention when Ted Firico, a member of the commission, suggested commission members would benefit from attending. • • "With the money you spend, you could fix this street," Wiita responded. ' Council member John Ozzello pointed out street repairs come from a different account than those used for conventions. The council then voted, 3-2, to send "not more than two" planning commission members to the convention and to have the commission use its own money to send them. Council member Kay Koruga voted with Wiita in opposing the decision. She said the meeting didn't warrant having so many attend. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Engstrom Funeral Home, Hurley. Ewen area school plans big events (Continued from Page 1) One of the focal points of the celebration will be a program Saturday night from 7 to 8 p.m at the school gym. Former teachers and administrators will be honored. Among them are the oldest graduate expected to attend as well as a student from a pioneer area family who was a student in the first kindergarten. Edith (Beaudin) VanGoethem, 94, of Portland, Ore., will attend. She played on the Ewen High School girls' basketball team and graduated in 1923. She will be named "Coming Home Queen" as the oldest graduate. Caroline (Wallen) Miller, whose grandfather, Carl, was one of the first settlers of the community, and whoee father, August, cat on the school board which built the school, will attend. Miller was in the first kindergarten at the school, and graduated as valedictorian of the class of 1929. She taught school in Ewen, Trout Creek, and Bergland and then returned to the area and retired aa a teacher from the White Pine School District. Following the program there will be a talent show in the gym featuring former and current students of the system. Fireworks at 10:30 p.m. will be the big bang to the close of the celebration. Water system must undergo repairs (Continued from Page 1) He speculated when chlorine barrels were moved, it caused a cave-in and material on the building's east side was lost. There have been other cave-ins at the site. The critical issue would occur if the south side also collapses, Anderson said, cutting the water lint- into the building. If that happens, the city could lose ita only water iwurce because the city** treatment plant in located inside the atructur* "We have to do something.* Andcmon naid Th« building i> «ch«idul«d to be •» part of th« Gofrobtc Water Authority project. but completion of lh« project roti Id take two y*ar*. Th* Wakefioid Hi*toncal Soes- ' ety hnj contended th* buildirvg might h«v* hutoncal mgntft- cancc M the t««t rvmamirif h*«d- frnm* in (i«nf»»bw Count?, and b* rrpnirmi in«t*>*d of r*- . and »dd«d to Uv Rul Si>r» found in hi* S» current pumptwnj** and •»»*» torwtructod to house in about 1929. The city questions the histerical value of the Chicago Mine structure," Siira wrote to Randy Scott, vice president of McNamee, Porter & Seeley, Inc., engineers for the water authority. If the city opts to go ahead with repairs, not waiting for the GRWA. it could find iUelf paying for the work without grant money promised to the authority. Workers' iaf»ty is also a concern but, Anderson pointed out, the facility is not manned round the clock to it is !*•• likely an employee would be inside if the building collapve*. The council agreed there thould always b« two employee* at hand if on* has to go inufde. TT Th* council also instructed Stir* to find out what funding •cure** «r*- available if the city hai to proceed without waittnf for lh« water authority Th« ttfrit of ih* coliapM it not known Arv<i*r*n!n pJan* (o in- »p*rt it tod«r H* •*»m«<l urn on c*TTM<4 about (Jwr Mf*<y IMMJ«, h« had «unrtv*d in in* would ua* Lh* «*•• on U Manager receives 2-year contract .WAKEFIELD — In a 4-1 vote, Wakefield City Council approved a two-year contract with city manager John Siira. Siira-was hired as city manager in March, after serving several months as temporary city manager. Council member Kay Wiita opposed the two-year contract, which will end March 19, 2000, because the council originally agreed to a one-year contract. •'•' Siira held the position of city manager from October 1986 to 1994 when the council decided not to renew his contract when Wiita was mayor. No reason was given for not renewing his contract at that time, according to city clerk Marsha Ves- tich. Other terms include: —Any termination must be done in accordance with the city charter. The employer must have good cause, act in good faith, and conduct the termination, in an ethical and legal manner. —Siira will receive a salary of $36,500 until March 19, 1999, and $38,500 from March 20, 1999 until March 19, 2000. Fringe benefits will be paid : n addition to the regular salary. —The -council will conduct an annual evaluation and salary review, which must be completed 60 days prior to the anniversary date. The evaluation will be based on contract language nnd the charter. —The manager will not be compensated for additional work outside regular hours. Siira will use his personal vehicle during business hours while performing city duties and be reimbursed for mileage. - -•;•.. - ' In other action, the council: -—Approved the first reading of an ordinance which will end fees for home-occupation permits, conditional use permits* vari- : ances and re ion ing. The fees have not been collected for several years. A public hearing on the issue will be Monday, July 13, at 5:30 pm. ^Instructed the city manager and city attorney to negotiate for the: purchase of property from Donald and Mary Brisky. A changing building at the city's park is partially on city property and partially on property owned by the Briskys, By purchasing a strip about 25 feet wide and 55 feet long, the city would oWn enough land to'allow roof repairs on the building. —Approved two requests for burning old garages from Mary and Ftonald Verthien at 102 Ahola Avenue, and from Don Rice on Johnson Road. The fire department will arrive at the- properties before the scheduled burnings and remain at least two hours after the fire is extin-., guished. —Denied a request from the union to change working hours to 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Crew members will continue working 7 a.m. to 3 p.m..'.; - .-...'•. .. r •..•.'• —Approved the bargaining unit's request to extend its contract until negotiations for a new contract are complete. Either side can end the contract with a 10-day written notice. —Instructed city attorney Mike Pope to find out who owns the Gogebic County Community Mental Health building in order to determine its taxable status. —Approved sending planning Bessemer hires head teacher The Ticker Edward O. Jon** and Co. DavW Ri«gl«r — 932-3090 BESSEMER — The Bessemer Board of Education hired a new teacher and a head teacher in a single stroke Monday. Janice Mauie will teach remedial courses and vocal music at Washington School, as well a« serving as head teacher. She replaces the retiring Sandy Saily. Masaie had served aa a teacher at Sebastian School during the previous year. The board held hearings on its budget and use of funds received through the Durant special education settlement. The approved budget will be down $200,000 for the year, said superintendent Al Gaiss. The 1997-98 budget stood at $3,697,835. "We have totally tightened up," he said. "We have laid two teachers off a couple of months ago in anticipation. Pour teacher aides were laid off from entire jobs, and one was laid off for two periods a day from the high school." "It's very sad that we have to dp that, because they've been doing great jobs with the kids." While several cuts in staff have been made, Gaiss said parents can be reassured that the remaining staff will meet student needs. "All children will be given their full individual education program time as devised for special education students. We will meet those needs,",he said. The board learned grandstand project at Massie Field has reached completion. "We've had a wonderful gift Abbot L»h. Amoco. AJuiw»» AT*T Ohry«l*r ..... Citicorp DAN IM. UIMM DowChem.. DuPont E««oo F«"J .'.,. RinnrU tl«n. E!*c ...: G«l. Motor. GUWtU ........ Harrah* Ktil Inlund St«>l Inlfl ..... '..'..:.. IBM JohioonConl K mart here from Tom Eergquist. Tom is a master builder and he is going to make us the sign for the front entrance of Maasie Field," said iwu. st«i Gains. The sign, blue lettering, with yellow underneath, will read, "Massie Field, home of the Bessemer Speed Boys and .Speed Girls." Five organizations have contributed $816 each toward purchase of two new seta of moveable bleachers for Massie Field. They're going to be used also all over the community," said GaisB. "It was approved also that Ramsay would be entitled to use the bleachers on the fifth of July for their fireworks." Maasie Field changes continue. "We're going to be moving the fence on the northeastern section," said Gains. "Long jump and high jump areas will be expanded. The city will give a variance, provided we give them a hold harmless clause regarding snow removal." Track coach Mark Mazzon facilitated the project. The board accepted, with regret, an employee resignation from Nancy Vaara, teacher aide. Gaiss also offered a tribute to board members Penny Osier and Jack Gosa, who have stepped down. Osier left the board in May when she became city treasurer, while Gjoss chose not to run when his term expired. The reorganizational meeting of the board will be held July 8. .. .....42Vi 44 1V18 63V, ;...44'/» . ..... 12V. ....... 47'/« M'.fc 1503/18 1 , ..27V« 40 15/16 .94% Mich.F.C ............ « Vie McDon»!d'« ........ ...,67'A National City Corp ...... 68Vk . North Si PwrM IS/IS JC Ptnnry ...... 75 7/16 71 7/lfi Mil/16 M Kl/lti S7 '1,1/16 ... .16 W16 22'M. 2SM. 7B'.V 110'.'. .517/16 1»% ... Rockwtll : ....... 4A SVM S»«n ....... . ....... .•.:.. ,.6IH Stan* Coot ....... . ........ IS Hup.rV.Ju ...... « !&/!• Ttnn*oo .............. .38'* TJ Int .................. 30V, Unk>nC.rtnd« ...... 47'A Unuy» ........... .....MS* Phirm It (Jpjhn 43 1/1(1 U.P. f.ntrer ........... S7W USX W.I M«n ......... Wi>. Kn*r«y Cerp .....30 Il.'lfi Wi>. Pub. R*rv...33.V16 X«ro». ..'.;....; .......... 99'.* l>jw Jont* IndiuirUt Average at 9 ».m flood ti 87H5 ;«> commission members to a Marquette seminar in Marquette in brownfield redevelopment. Brownfields are city properties that are undeveloped or contaminated and not able to be on the tax rolls. —Voted 4-1 to call for bids for preparing a master plan for the city. Council member Kay Koruga voted against the motion. At the June 8 meeting, she volunteered to help write the master plan, along with members of the planning commission. She said she had looked at the project and thought it unnecessary to spend the money to hire someone else to do the work. —Discussed Indianhend Mountain Resort's request to annex to the city. Preliminary meetings about water and sewer connections have been taking place. Rape suspect held in jail (Continued from Page 1) The sexual assault charge is a class BC felony and carries a maximum penalty of a fine not to exceed $10,000 and imprisonment not to exceed 20 years. The incident was investigated .by the Hurley • Police Department. ONE PHONE CALL ' and you awaka a SELLING GIANT Cal1CI«««m»d 932-2211 A Card of Thanks A greatful thank you to alt the relatives and friends who attended Jeannie Ellason's memorial services. Also to Grand View Hospital and Staff, Thank you again for all the gifts and flowers. GodBU$sYou Husband and Son NOW OPEN! SAXON HARBOR STRAWBERRY FARM 12 My«$ West on Hwy U.S. 2 and 2 mites North on County Road 122 YOU PICK OR READY PICKED Can 71S-f*l-2397 for daily ptekkig conditions and Urge orders ready pic PICKING HOURS: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Grant will fund fingerprint scanner Iron County ban been awarded $24,142 by the State of Wincon- *in to purchase and inntall automated fingerprint scanning nnd transmitting equipment in the •sheriffi department, according to Iron County Sheriff Robert Bru> neau. The irrant amount i§ for the co«rt of "c«rd»p»n" equipment which rnabfru th« •canning and elrc- trontc tranamiMion of offender nnfTfrpnnl mfnrmaUoo to the •t»t«'« cnmtruil hi«t<ory repository. Brurx»«u *a»d *>*t> ar* hoping l-o prtj*ioV thi* rnh»nc<«d IwhnoJmrv to virtually alt «njnl><^ in th* »'.«•(<•" (nrv agencies in protecting the public." Theiie funds are available through the state share of federal Local Law Enforcement Block Grant*, administered by the Wi»- conmn Office of Juitice Aii«)i»- tanc«> This fund is generated by formula, baaed on the vioSent crime tntala of th* small Uw en- forc^m«mt &gtr>cif« and juriitdic- tiona *rroM the «taU> Many larn^r a^nciea rrrrtv»Hi M dirr<t jjrftnt award frrsrn ihr under thi* •»*!«• H* fwtifn*u«i ahnu< two d«v* u> i»f >tn« >( a omtrml, Hr\i fncu* »<•* ih* rr •xil nt KKrrvflf* 4 STARS COME OUT HISTORIC IROHWOOO THEATRE

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