Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on May 5, 1974 · Page 17
Get access to this page with a Free Trial
Click to view larger version
May 5, 1974

Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 17

Publication:
Location:
Fayetteville, Arkansas
Issue Date:
Sunday, May 5, 1974
Page:
Page 17
Cancel
Start Free Trial

Page 17 article text (OCR)

I (KmeS SECTION D FAVETTEVIUE, ARKANSAS, SUNDAY, MAY 5, 1974 After Drill Reveals Weaknesses Fayetteville Said Unprepared For Major Disaster Time For A Float, Bat Where ... ? Last year I took a float trip on the Mulberry Creek. I picked out a place so far back into the woods the ticks were carrying compasses. So what happened? You had to look both ways before crossing the road to the little boys' room in order to keep from getting run over by a steady procession of Jeeps, pickups, motorbikes, four-wheel trolliners. I couldn't believe it. The Buffalo River, of course. Is in the process of being killed by the kindnesses of those who saved it. Some friends report having had to stand in line at Ponuii two and one-half hours, Sunday before last, just to get their canoe in the water -- from 8 a.m: until 10:30 a.m. And the weather hasn't even gotten real nice, yet. By PAT DONAT TIMES Staff Writer Fayetteville is unprepared for a mujor disaster and a mock disaster drill Monday night revealed weaknesses which have disaster planners worried. The concern was expressed when representatives of the three hospitals, the county Civil Defense and Red Cross Disaster Committee mci Wednesday to review performance at the mock bus-car accident at Woodland Junior High School. "We haven't progressed much from the last drill. People who did well at the last one did well this time," said Jack Griffith, chairman of the disaster plan at Washington Regional Medical Center. The primary weaknesses revealed were a breakdown in communications between t h e three hospitals and the site; delay in getting a physician to the scene, lack of traffic control at the site and the hospitals. While these weaknesses were brought out the main concern was the failure of persons involved to take the exercise seriously. SERIOUS VIEW NEEDED Kenneth Sanders, administrator o! City Hospital, recommended that unless the drills are given the serious consideration he feels they deserve; the three hospitals should conduct their own drills on their own grounds. "We have to .stop lakiiig this as a joke", he said. Sanders also noted that Springdale Memorial Hospital had had similar problems in involving the community in drills until the tornado struck a few years ago. "Springdale learned the hard way. They don't have any trouble involving the medical profession or other community agencies now and no one is exempt. I hope we don't have to learn the same way," he said. Planning for the mock disaster began early last month with two meetings involving representatives of the Veterans Administration Hospital, the Medical Center, City Hospital, the Fayetteville Police and Fire Departments, Red Cross, and county Civil Defense. ALARM SOUNDED Bud Allen of the county judge's office evaluated the performance at the site. He noted the alarm was given to the Fayetteville Police Depart- ment by Charlie Young of the Northwest Arkansas Repeater Society at 6:59 p.m. Monday. A school bus and pick-up truck collision was faked at Woodland Junior High School with members of an Explorer Scout Post the pretended victims. The realistic accident attracted a large crowd of spectators and the first ambulance from EMS arrived on the scene five minutes after the alarm. Two police cars arrived shortly afterwards but no effort made to direct traffic which was piling up, according to the report. Six victims were removed by ambulances 24 minutes after the alarm but the site, Allen said, had no real direction until the arrival of a doctor from the VA hospital at 7:30 p.m. He took charge of dispatching the balance of the 15 mock victims and the final ambulance was dispatched and the all clear sound at 7:40 p.m. NO FIRE TRUCKS The Fire Department failed to respond and Allen said that little effort was made by the police to control the traffic at the scene, James Bayles of the VA Hospital also criticized traffic control at the site and said that exits and the street were blocked with sightseers. Sanders noted there was no traffic control at any of the hospitals where he said it was of vital importance. He said that only seven per cent of real disaster victims are brought to hospitals by professional rescue vehicles. The remainder are brought in by private cars and hospitals become one massive traffic jam. Griffith said that despite the fact that seven doctors were in the Medical Center when the alarm sounded and three were just leaving only one doctor responded. He also said there was a break down in the re-call system of hospital personnel to the hospital. He said this problem will be corrected when new trunk lines are installed and that the newly employed emergency room physician will be available for disaster work in the future. TIME SECRET The date and time of the mock disaster was known only by personnel who attended the planning sessions. Hospital personnel felt that the unannounced drill gave them an oppor- unity to test their institutional disaster plans better t h a n when the drills were announced in the past- George Depee, also of the:VA Hospital, expressed the- same concern about the city's preparedness. "I don't think w* are adequately protected." he said. Depee suggested th a t ' a committee composed of hospital administrators, i n c l u d i n g S p r i n g d a l e Memorial, a n d heads of other agencies involved in disaster work be established. The committee, if organized, will seek to iron out the problems and to insure the cooperation of all participating units:' .. LAST WEEKEND was just about right for a float Irip, though, and a considerable number of local canoe buffs took in the waters in a n d around the Buffalo. It w a s crowded, but pleasant, I am told. I determined to avoid the big crowd, again, and planned a trip down a portion of t h e middle Kings River -- f r o m Marshall Ford to a spot called Rockhouse. Sam and Margaret Schweiger (he formerly with SWEPCCO, live at Marshall Ford and hence are a ready source of information as to when the river is running fresh enough to avoid dragging, and not so high as to be treacherous. The water was j u s t right last weekend...a stunning emerald in the deeper pools, and a flashing, transparent ice blue along the shallows leading into the riffles. We had four boats in all -a flatbottom and three canoes -- plus such assorted gravel bar bags, clam dip, fresh f r u i t and sympathy. A good floater can produce almost anything t h a t ; might be needed, from sewing kits to ankle sulphur. We had £ pretty good selection, and got off to a timely start on Saturday morn. The drive to Marshall Ford was uneventful. Pastoral and serene, i n fact. R i g h t alwul then, though, I spotted a high plume of dust overtaking us from the rear. Before one could say Margaret Hedges, a speecl- Ing, careening 'caravan of IB Little Rock automobiles zoomed past us and settled into double ranks at the edge'of Marshall Ford, and began the task of sorting out for the shuttle back to their put-in at Marble. It was the Pulaski ( L i t t l e Rock) Chapter ot ho Ozark Society on a weekend float. Fortunately, the big city hunch didn't go OLU way. We had a segment marked off below the ford. But all in all, where we put in and where we took out, I counted 30 cars. And that's WAY back over yonder in Madison and Carroll Counties. -- (TIMESphoto by Ken Good) THE AUDIENCE FINDS SHOW ENTRANCING . . . as students at Happy Hollow School, above, are exposed to the traveling puppet show,., right. held Thursday at Happy Hollow School and the show will be taken to each of the elementary s c h o o l s before school is dismissed for the summer. Registration for the Summer Reading Program and the kindergarten and pre-school story hours will begin May 15 at the library. .. I MUST REPORT, passing, that the middle Kings River is a lovely spectacle to behold. It remains unlittered -because of the amount of water in the river required to float it, it doesn't get any pressure in the summer months. And it is sparkling clear. The bluffs along Hie f i r s t seven or eight miles b e l o w Marshall Ford are less heroic in scale than, those of the Buffalo, but have a unique quality thai is every bit as speclacular. The river, for the most part is easy lo negotiate, too, dropping at a moderalcly steady clip that makes pacldlin; more fun than chore. There are surely lots of deer, with signs al frequent intervals, though we didn't spot any. We law a few beaver tracks, nnd one set of cat tracks (big ones). The dogwood was changing from its white coat of blossoms to summer's green, but was still abundantly impressive. The fishing was no more lhan average. But no mailer. With clam dip, who needs 'em? Railroad Crossing Lights Being Sought SPRINGDALE -- Petitions containing 300 signatures Springdale residents have heen sent to the main offices of the F r i s c o Railroad company seeking crosshars or a flashing light at the railroad crossing an East Huntsville Street. The petition, circulated Arkansas Community Organization for Reform Now (ACORN), states that petitioners helieve the stop signs currently al Ihe crossing are inadequae due to tf»e fact that boxcars parked near the crossing hinder the »ieiw of motorists and pedes tttam making it impossible for persons crossing the trackj to §e» an oncoming train. Puppet Theater Promotes Read The Traveling Patchwork ;*uppet Theater is making (lie circuit of city elementary sc mols to interest students in signing up for the Summer Reading Program at the Fay- elteville City Library. The humorous and effective show features puppets depicting Rocky Raccoon; Lloyd, a while amb; Minnie Mouse and ""enlhers, a dog, made by numbers of the Community Mull Center for the production. The idea was conceived by Miss Carol Thatcher who, with M r s . Elizabeth Danley, children's librarian, are co- aroducers and manipulate the uppets. They also provide the voices for the narration. The premiere showing was New Work Exchange Network Established BY UA Staffers Would you trade an hour of your time pulling weeds in someone's garden if he spent an hour of his time teaching you to play the guitar? Or sncnrl a couple hours helping paint a neighbor's house for his iclp in fencing your pasture? Or several sessions showing a friend how to weave and him teaching you lo weld? A Work Exchange Network to coordinate this type of trade-off is now being set up by University of Arkansas staff members and graduate students in Hie sociology department. Tlie program will be coordinated (o use people's time, labor, and knowledge (rather than their money) as a medium of exchange. Questionnaires asking people to list their skills and their needs now are being circulated. They can be obtained at (lie UA sociology department on (he , second floor in Memorial Hall : (the old Student Union), at Denele's Conoco Station in West Fork, and at the Fayetteville · public library. ! The fillccl-out forms can he returned to the sociologj department or by mailing them lo Route 1, Box 159, West Fork From the questionnaires, the project coordinators will malch peoples' needs with other peoples' skills. Dy telephone or mail, persons wanting to learn certain crafts or to help with certain types of labor will be put in touch wiiu people vino nave ine knows ledge or the jobs. f After the program is in full r gear -- late May or early .June * -- participants will be asked ' to fill out a couple of short ? questionnaires in order lo £ determine the network's effectiveness. ' T h e philosophy of the program is that it can work e o Reports For Duty d e Marine Sgt. Larry E. Keaton s- son of Mrs. Irene Keaton o r Springdale, has reported foi to dirty at th« Marine Corps base Camp Pendleton, Calif. because it is educational as well as economical -- an alternative o speding money and a good vay to get people together. The network is expected lo be an ongoing program with a p e r m a n e n t coordinator in charge of m a t c h i n g needs with skills. Richard Brothers To Visit Europe Richard Brothers, professor of voice and choral music al the University of Arkansas has Ijeen invited as one of 30 American choral directors to visit Western Europe May 1' through June 17. Professor Brothers will visi schools in London, Paris Warsaw, Moscow and Ix-nin grad to study and observe teaching techniques and ex change views, according to Dr Morris Hays, president of the American C h o r a l Directors Association. While Professor Brothers i b e i n g sponsored by the University of Arkansas, the choral directors are going to Europe at the invitation of (he "Pcoplc-to-People Program.' The program is dedicated to th improvement of communica lions .and relations between citizens of all countries. Theft Reported Jan Diffcn of Farmington toU Fayetteville police that he purse was stolen Friday nigh while she was attending a part on Old Wire Road. The purs contained $8 in cash and othe items. Pun* Stolen SPRINGDALE -- Panriel Hoofard of Rogers told polic that her purse, contalnin identification, a checkbook an other items, was stolen fronr Springdala Farms Wednesday leld 3chc ake s c 1 disnr R lea tine stor at t u N rt ;an 10 all en T OC«" st Sun ay A Jni ^on ne ist jf erii Un of as T cr KIS 191 Co -i"; ng enl itM \ir ' L... by 3rf be Au nrx inc "c ph crt fVie im in fine ha su 1 CO me of pl ne 7 Sc re sa UA Professor To Stage Art Show Neppie Conner, professor of rt at the Universily of Ar- has a one-woman lowing of her paintings in the allcry of Ihe Fort Smith Art enter. The show may be viewed hrough May 23 at the Center, ocated at 423 North Sixlh s t r e e t , from 1 to 4 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 5 '.m. Tuesdays through Salur- lys. A long-time member of the Jniversity art faculty. Miss Conner has been acclaimed ne of the leading women ar- isls in the Mid-South. A native Fort Worth, Texas, she was vlucated at Texas Christian Universily and Ihe University jf Iowa. She has served in the iast as c h a i r m a n of the Uni- ·ersity Dcparlmenl of Arl and been on Ihe faculty since FHS-UA To Offer Creativity Workshop The University of A r k a n s a s College of Education will coop eralc with the Fayetteville Public Schools this summer in offer ng a "Creativity Workshop" for selected students in grade \indergarten through six. The workshop will be direclec by Dr. Robert L. Cornish professor of educalion. It wil be held from August 5 througl August 16 from 9 a.m. until 1 noon each day. Sessions wil include, Dr. Cornish said "enrichment activities em phasizing (he development creativity." He stressed (ha the classes are not remedia and will not be directed towar ·Iping studenls who migh have difficully in any particula subject mailer. Interested parents are en couraged to attend an even in meeting at which the purpose of the workshop will be es plained, Dr. Cornish said. Th next meeting will be held Ma 7 at 7:30 p.m. in Butterfie! School. The workshop wi require a fee of $15, Dr. Comis Leash Law To Tighten As Shelter Expands Public cooperation has been wtter this year than in le past a c c o r d i n g to a n i t a t i o n superintendent ,'allace Brt, who also super- ises the Animal Shelter, said i discussing t h e c i t y ' s .pril to Oclober 1 leash law. An average of 10-20 dogs are icked up by Ihe cily's dog cal- cher every day. Brt said, but most are redeemed by their owners. "Most of those owners say they did not know of the leash law," Brt said. The dog pound has been operating at capacity since April 1 when the leash law went into effect, Brt said, "and we keep running out of room." City Moving To Eliminate Littering Near Landfill Monday morning a crack- lown on persons carrying trash o the city's landfill operation n uncovered containers will be aunched according to Siinila- ion Department Superintendent Wallace Brt. Brt explained that city ordin- nee prohibits littering and that much of the litter along city itrcets comes from uncovered vehicles -- especially trucks -carrying debris to the dump. Monday Brt. accompanied by a uniformed c i t y policeman, ivill be patroling along the Ilwy. ^1 bypass and the Cato Springs ·oad issuing warning tickets to anyone found delivering trash o the landfill without a cover over the debris. Information will be obtained rom each person warned, Brt said, and if the i n f r a c t i o n is repeated, a ticket will be issued. Littering is defined by cily ordinance as a misdemeanor. Conviction may result in a f i n e of f r o m 510 to $100 and imprisonment for up to 30 days or both. WEDNESDAY PROBLEM Brt said sanitation crewmen are often used on Wednesday -- their normal day off -- to pick up litter along streets That is at additional cost to the city since sanitation men work 10-hour shifts, four days per week. They must be paic extra when they work the Eifth day, he (aid. Brt said many people are not iware that their trash is being pread "all over the country" is they deliver it lo the clump. 'If they'll jusl pul a tarpaulin, screen wire, net or even an old jlanket" over the truck bed, t will help, he said. Brl said Sanitation Department trucks had also been juilty of s o m e liltering and 'we're doing everything we can o eliminate t h a t problem." He said workmen had been schooled in operation of the nicks, and he felt the situation was being remedied. Brt also reminded city re.si tlcnts t h a i much domestic debris would be removed by Sanitation Department em iloyes if containerized anci placed at the curb on regular pick-up days. Recovers From Foil SPRINGDALE -- A 76 year old man is in satisf actor; condition today at Springdale Memorial Hospital after falling into a ditch Thursday at a con struclion site near Grovi Avenue and Water Street. Ben Clark, 815 E. Huntsville Ave., was walking along thi side of the dilch when hi fainted «nd fell, according tc fire department reports. For that reason, he said, cap jred animals are kept only fiv ays as required by city law efore they are destroyed. However, he s a i d , work i ow underway on an additio: o the Animal Shelter and whe ie project is completed, hope ully within about 30 .days, th heller will house 40 to 45 mor nimals. Groundbreaking for the addi ion to the Animal Shelter wa eld April 30 and Brt estimate hat by mid-June the exnxinde helter will be in f u l l operation Problems have arisen, B[ aid, when the shelter has ha o confine a dog which ha Jittcn a person. Those dog must, by law, be kept in eparate pen. They are kept fo 0 clays and if found health returned lo their owners wi. he owner paying a boardin ce to the Shelter. FEW BITIN'GS "We've had two or thre :ases of dogs biting people, 3rt said, hul Ihe situation somewhat improved as moi people comply with the confin ment order. Dog catchers are workir especially hard to eliminale do «cks which have threaten livestock in the outlying are,, )f Ihe city. M a n y of Ihese clog Brl said, are ones someone ha dumped. Brt said dumping of unwantt dogs is a major problem in th city. Just last week, he sa !he dogcatcher was called Wilson Park lo remove a l i t t e of liny puppies which had bee abandoned, Areas where many flogs ai seen running at large are give careful attention by Brt and do catcher Henry Drain. With little extra emphasis on a pai cular area. Brt told Ihe TIME owners soon get the idea an the area is virtually Iret roaming dogs. Brt asked people with unwa ted animals to please not dum them alongside the road. "Ca us and we'll m a k e arranj ments to either place them 1 adoption or destroy them," said. 'Round About Town By JACK WALLACE · TIMES Staff Writer The group has only been iogir *r a short time, but they ara ready bringing audience* wn wherever they perform, liey're called Sundance a n d ey have been doing gigs (per- nuances) in the Northwest kansas area for all of two onths. The six members of Sundance ve invented a sound all thtir wn that seems to invite mbr« udience participation than cdn- "'ntional groups. In describing e kind of music they do, Dave ounce, who plays cunga rums, guitar and sings, said has to consider all the fferent types of influence* resent in the music, like Latin, ti, rock -and roll, country, e said "they all combine; in ifferent blends and that'i how comes out." Another member, Charle* Franklin, who playj bass and ngs, said that if a label had o be placed on the group, it oald have to be "very contero- orary." B O U N C E EXPLAINS udience participation as being; group effort t h a t comes aecause the g r o u p Is honest fith the audience. He said "we 11 smile on Ihe universe. We dig what we're doing. That'* -ix energy fields putting out a ot of love." The other four members of undance are Claudia Burson, ·ho plays organ and sings; teve Davison, guitar and peal; Glenn Hendricks, flute, iano and vocal and Dan Kern, the drummer. = Bounce said "we are just -· art of the . environment that ncludes the audience. The way 'e interact with an audience, 'e're not playing for them, hey are a part of us." "We try to relate the feeling o the audience that they're up here with us," Miss Burson aid. "It's a relaxed feeling." : . THE GROUP warms upO6 n audience slowly. As Bounce ut it "we are all relaxed and ot in a hurry. We don't have o get in there right off and ay 'here it is; we like to see where it's at." Davison is the group's main writer and has written "six or even" songs used by Sundance n its performances, along with ·nany others. The group originally began bout a year ago. but the pre- cnt members have been toge- her only since the beginning if March. Franklin said, "music is mora o us than jusl an occupation. l*s a spiritual type thing. Music is communication a n d we've found we can communicate with a lot of different kinds of social struclures." THE GROUP plays to several differenl types of audiences and appeals to all. ''One week we might play to 13 or 19-year-old kids and th» nexl week to 45 and 50-year-old people. We cross a lot of bridges that way." he said, 'because all age groups stifl have Ihe basic h u m a n need to communicate. 1 ' Miss Burson said the group is considering Ihe possibility of culling a record someday, "but these things take care of themselves, in time. Right now we'r* trying to concentrate all our energy to music." Some members of the group nold down regu\ar jobs, white the others work toward the time "when we can all devote our entire time to music." ; Past jobs for the group haw consisted of several local clubs, along with a couple in Eurekji Springs and the University o* Arkansas. They are to appear again at Eureka Springs on May 17 and IS at the "Quiet Night." : From past performances, thi group has shown considerably talent and even more promise for the future. Only fttiot Time knows what the final outcome will be.

Get full access with a Free Trial

Start Free Trial

What members have found on this page