Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on June 9, 1974 · Page 25
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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 25

Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Sunday, June 9, 1974
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Townsfolk March On City Hall By ALLA NGILBERT A group ol 50 or so townsfolk marched on City Hajl. Tuesday of this week, carrying a wad of petitions containing more than 5,(KH) signatures in favor of saving the Old Post Office building on the Square. It was « peaceful march, full of op' timism and good spirit. A rainy; threatening evening held down the anticipated gathering, but those on hand managed to just about fill the city board room for presentation of the petitions and a round of comments by various spokesmen among the petitioners. H was, in Al Donabiuter's words a gratifying exercise in grassroots democracy. As for the fate til' the Old Post Office, well, that remains t o be seen. Grassroots "democracy in action" doesn't bat 1.000 by any means, and there are obstacles galore to eventual satisfactory solution. Two obstacles that seem less serious at the moment at least, though, are leadership for the preservation effort, and opposition on the part of City Hal!. Frank Sharp, tho Ozark Mountain Smoke man, provides the drive and passion for traditional and historic Tallies that the e f f o r t needs And he has the assistance of a large, firm group of lovalists . Meanwhile, City Hall, in the face of .so much congealot sentiment, seems prepared to ' take a new look at the subject For months now, the idea of saving the Old Post Office has elicited stereotyped argument from the mayor and others as to why it doesn't jibe with the larger objectives of Urban Renewal: Tuesday night, when it came time to consider a motion to reopen the discussion, however six of the members voted loudlj in the a f f i r m a t i v e , with Mss Orton nm{ Carlson smiling broadly in the process. The ladies have been f;iirly, con sistently sympathetic to the concept of preservation righ along. Previously though the; have found far less unanimit; on the Board as a whole. Director Loris Stanton ma; well have voted, but I couldn 1 hear in the back ol the room even with the city's nevt electronic sound system, asked a gentleman next to mi how Director Stanton voted. "Me usually abstains, 11 I wa advised. Six out of seven, though, i pretty impressive for a subjec laid to rest a good while ago It just goes to show tha citizens still get an elecle official's attention with 5,000 plus petition signnlurcs. An that really IS democracy action, at the grassroots. SECTION D FAYEIIfVMlE, , SUNDAY, JUNE 9, 1974 imagination Creates A Tree House ON THE SAME subject, ; coincidence oF interest as we] as inspiration for those win would preserve the Old Post Of fice, is the case history of th old downtown Post Office bulk ing in St, Louis. Let me quote couple of paragraphs from recent item appearing in th St. Louis Post-Dispatch of Ma 26, 1974. "In (he early 1960s." th article begins, "it was hard I find a dim- outlook that seeme more likely to become a loi cause than the idea c preserving the Old Post Office. "Among other automatic atl ludos at that lime were thos that characterized the huildi as 'Victorian,' a word equate with haunted houses, and Ih could not see hand-carved orn merits as anything but toeholt for pigeons., "Obstacles as monumental the building stood in the wa of its preservation. First ther was the prevalent state of min that saw it as ugly. Even nvor f o r m i d a b l e were leg; provisions for disposing i surplus federal "buildings.." It sounds quite familial'. 1 top it off, the city of St. Lou wasn't totally dedicated to th idea of taking on an building to m a i n t a i n . Preservation of the building, however, appealed a group of St. Louisians, w! regarded the struclure as bo traditionally ami historical valuable for the downtown arc A committee nT citizens professional architects, re, estate men and historians went to work to untangle II wealth of reasons why tl building couldn't he saved. Oi by one. they havn prevailed. It is interesting, T t h i n k , note the concept for use of t structure that has maleriali'/ for St. L o u i s . It wit! ser as a downtown com muni center, with offices, shops ai restaurants. Tn like manner, the local Po Office building can be co verted not only Lo a city offi building, and a commun center for various education and commercial exhibits ,which will take advantage an existing structure, at nominal cost and at the sa time maintain the integrity the Square, as it has develop over the last half century a more, Most importantly, as the case in St. Louis, t preservation concept bids f to help "renew" the vitality of the area, which is w h a t Urban Renewal ought to be a b o u t , in the first place. By JANI NOCKS LE TIMES Staft Writer 'This is what happens when ur imagination gets the best you," David Scott says, fercnce to a new home. building six miles out of Fay- .eville. His "Mother Nature's ime" is a solar heated tree o u s e , totally electric wered by a wind gener d with water supplied in. That may sound impossible -- 'hen best , in he Fay- jre's tree :ally a lor by e -- as a number of persons have told Scott. But for the young electrical engineer, "it can't be done" provides incentive. Construction of the home was started four months ago -- the idea for it conceived four months and a day ago -- as a project to "build me a home with all the conveniences, no bills and to do everything as efficiently as possible through good engineering practices," Scott said. Why a tree (actually four trees) instead of the conventional ground for a home? Scott explained that the only land he could afford to buy was too rough and hilly for a home so he decided the trees would have to do. Economy through ingenuity is a prevalent factor in construction of the home which Scott estimates will cost $3-4,000. The biggest factor in cutting costs is that Scott is doing cvcryiiing Meat Declines Locally; Other Food Costs Up Bv DORIUS HKNDRICKSON " TIMES Staff Writer White the price of many cuts [reef and pork, along with Diillry are down locally this eck compared to the same eek a year ago, siifirp in- ·eases in I h c price of flour, lorlening, sugar, coffee, milk, ce and pasta have more t h a n fsel ttie meat bargains found y the housewife. One of the biggest meat har- nins this week is shank porous of hams, selling fo 39 ville supermarket. That price is down 20 cents from the selling price a year ago--a 34 per cent decrease. Other meat prices which are lower this week than the first week in .lime l a s t year are whole fryers, now 35 cents compared to 43 cents last year, a 19 per cent decrease; round steak, now $115 per pound, down 11 per cent from the $1.29 price a year ago; and rump roast, now $1.39 compared to $1.58 tier pound l a s t year, a Ground beef prices have also declined some 13 per cent from 89 cents a year ago to 78 cents this week. On the other hand which sold for $1.29 pounds J u n e 6. 1973, potatoes for 10 sell for enls per pound at one Kayelte- decrease of 13 per cent. Prices-Then And Now TEM buck Steak -Bone Steak round Beef ound Steak iump Roast lew Meat hank Hams 'atti Mix Wieners Dryers 'omato Sauce "brk and Beans 'omato Soup Corn ihortening sugar Jleach Bananas 'otatoes Salad Dressing lour .vaporated Milk 1973 1.53 .89 1.29 1.58 1.19 .59 .69 .89 .43 .28 .36 .12 .31 .75 .64 .59 .14 1.29 .53 .48 .20 1974 i .89 1.59 .78 1.15 1.39 1.15 .39 .69 .79 .35 .28 .49 .16 .35 1.69 1.23 .59 .17 1.99 .89 .95 .25 Per Cent Change unchanged +4 -13 -11 -13 4 -34 unchanged -12 -19 unchanged +39 +25 +13 +125 +96 unchanged +15 +3fi +41 +100 +20 Washington, Benlon Counties Show Gains In Employment Total employment in Wash- nglon and Benton counties ncreased by 300 persons since March to a total of 58,300 in April, according to figures elcased by the F.mployment Security Division. Total cmplovmcnl increased by 2.100 since April of 1973. Non-agricultural wage and salary employment gained 2,050, jf which 450 occured in mnnu !acluring ;ind l.fiOfl in non- namifacturing. All other imn- ngricuUural employment added 25(1. Unemployment, w h i c h decreased r0 s i n c e March, totaled 2,550 in April. An increase of -100 occurred since April or 1973. The seasonally ndjlisled unemployment rate, at ·1.3 per cent, increased two- tenths of a percentage point over the month and five-lenths Birthday Delight CHARLOTTE. N.C. (AP) Mary Jo Underbill was hoping to forget her 30th birthday. But her friends wouldn't let her. Mrs. Underbill drove along a four-lane thoroughfare at the edge of downtown and was greeted by a full-sized billboard in her honor Friday. "Mary Jo Underhill is over the hill. (She is M.) And her Kennedy Library Plans Revised CAMBRIDGE. Mass. (AP) -New designs have been leased for a John F. Kenn presidential library lhat its sponsors hope will calm conv munity criticism of the long-de layeri project. The latest plans unveiled t n day reflect a more subduct complex designed to blend with its neighborhood surroundings. Originally, the plans callet for a concrete crescent shapc building and a seven-story glasswalled pyramid. In Ihe new plan t'ae rjyrami' 1 is gone, and there are twc buildings instead of one. The; are low. triangle-shaped bud structures that designers say should blend with the tradition al Harvard dormitories acres: the street. Also gone in the new plan are two 400-seat theaters. Overall, the complex, i Harvard's Kennedy Institute 0 Politics, will cost $27 million the same as last year's propos al. But this one will he one Ihird smaller. A spokesman said the com plex will take about two year :o build, but he declined to pre friends are so happy," the sign diet when construction woui read. I start. ,'cr the year. The national seasonally ad islcil unemployment rate was ve per cent in April, 5.1 per ent in March and five per cen April of 1973. The statewide nemployment rate in Apri ·as 4.3 per cent. INCREASE SEEN Non-agricultural wage and alary employment in Apri oliilcd 50,000, an increase since March. Manufacturing mployment. at 16.700 declinei 00. Durable goods added 5 vllile nondurable goods lost ISO i lack of produce for vegelabl irocessing effected a loss of 20 n food and kindred products. Non-manufacturing employ nc'nt gained 300. as incroasc ictivity added 450 in contrac onstruction. Fewer hourly woi crs in schools effected ecline of 200 in governmenl 'rade lost 50. while service nd mining and finance, insur ance and real estate gained 5 iach. Non - agricultural wage am s a l a r y employment addci 2.050. Manufacturing employ ment g a i n e d 450 as ex lansions raised employment i he metals industries by 250 an other durable goods by 10( "Irmdurablc goods added 100 Von-manufacturing employmcn 'ained 1.600. CONSTRUCTION Increased activity added 45 in contract construction, more hiring at schools and hos pitals effected a gain of 350 i government. Area growth a n ncreased consumer demand in fluenced gains of 50 in publ Unities. 200 in trade. 200 i finance, insurance and re; estate and 350 in services ar mining. Weekly earnings of manufa l u r i n g production worke decreased $6.54 since Marc while hourly earnings remaine unchanged. The decrease wa the result of a 2.2 hour shortc work week. U n e m p l o y e d workers Washington and Benton counti who qualified were paid a lot* of $182,549 under the Arkans Unemployment Insurance Pr gram during April. This w $63.671. or 25.9 per cenl. le than the amount paid in Mar and $82,318. or 82.1 per cen more than the amount paid April of 1973. $1.99 for 10 pounds today. Flour, at '18 cents for a five package last yeitr, is now sell- far 95 cents, an almost 100 r cent increase. The price of chuck steak re- ains the same at 89 cents per und and the price of T-bone eak has increased four per nt from $1.53 last year U 59 this season. Another massive increase has en in the price of sugar which Id five pounds for 64 cents 1973 and is now selling at .23 for the same size bag. lat is a 96 per cent increase. Shortening which sold for 15 nts for a three pound can st year now sells f o r $1.69. hike of 125 per cent. BEANS TRIPLE The price of dry beans, once staple for many low income milies and now a regular enu feature for many homes, as about tripled. (Price com- arisons were taken from upermarkct advertisements me 6. 1973 and June 5 t h i s ear. Beans are not normally ems featured in advsrtise- ents) Vegtahle prices have also in- reused, with pork and beans hich sold for 36 cents last year selling at 49 cents and corn lich was 31 cents .last year ow 35 cents. Tomato sauce has remained rtually unchanged, but tomato ·up has increased some 25 per ent from 12 cents last year 16 cents this year. Evaporat- milk has also increased in rice--by some 20 per cent-- om 20 cents last year to 25 «nls this year. Fresh produce is also higher ith bananas which sold two ounds fnr 29 cenls last year ow selling for 17 cenls per ound and letluce which wenl ir 29 to 39 cents per head lasl ear, priced at 49 cenls i ound. NO COMPARISONS Comparison in the price of ilk, pasta, bread, coffee and ice was not made since those ems were not included in ad- ertisements. A comparison of 22 items ealured in advertisements both his year and last showed a otal cost of $15.6fi in 1973 and 18.21 this year, for a 15 per ent overall increase. While meat prices have fallen lightly over the past year, a ook at prices in advertisements f June 2. 19fi4 show a tremen- ous deffercnce. The grocery ads that year howec! ground beef selling for 9 cents to $1.29 for three ounds: round sleak selling for 9 cents; bacon for 39 cents: '-hone steak for $1.09 per Hnmd In 1964 coffee sold for 65 9 cents per pound, hreail at wo loaves for 29 cenls; sugar 9 cents for 10 pounds; flour 9 cenls for five pounds and clluce al 2 heads for 29 cents. A check of advertisements in he first week of June of 19.V showed l i t t l e . c h a n g e in m o s t ood prices from tho 196- igures. himself with the aid of friends. Solar heating will be through system developed by Mike Cogbill, all electrical engineers for D. H. Baldwin Com- along with several other The bouse itself is a two story black plastic to absorb heat. nends have been building the A-fname, made of rough will support a top layer of clear home after work. quite a feat considering it was plastic water will run down the pension foot bridge to the con- study and conversation pit." side of the house from a pipe slruclion site. Scott added lhat across the top rim. The water absorb the heat given off the platform extending around Winsted, also played a 1 a r g e of the black surface, retain it, the home will provide additional role in supplying refreshments be caught at the bottom SELF-SUB'FICIENT HOUSE IN THE TREETOPS . . .long suspension bridge shows m general view (above) of novel building. Below, the builders rest on the second floor Graduates Airman Dennis H. Brown. Fon of Mrs. R u t h T. Brown of Route 2. Siloam Springs, has Bra dilated from the Air Force m e d i c a l service spcchlis course conducted by the Ai Training Command, fie look K iraining at Sheppard AFB, Tex. He has been assigned to Little Rock AFB. (TIMESpholo By Ray Gray) St. Francis County Declared Disaster Area Alter Tornado of Attending Session Ralph Williams Earl Ixreh and Wiley B. Holt Fayetteville will be among Ihe more t h a n 150 senior Army National Guardsmen attending a management school at Jacksonville (his weekend. The course began Friday anil will fcalure a lecture by Maj. Gen. Winant Sidle, depuly rommnn LITTLE ROCK (AP) -- An aide to Gov. Dale Bumpers said Saturday that President Nixon had declared St. Francis County a major disaster area following Thursday's tornado at Forrest City. Bumpers asked for the declaration Friday after touring the area. The twister lefl lour dead and hundreds homeless and injured. Jim LaMonica, an aide to the governor, said lhat because of Ihe declaration, federal and state assistance will be made available lo all eligible Jndivid- Hi ials under Ihe Major Disaster Acl of 1974. LaMonica said a one-slop center will be established in the Forrest City Civic Center and it w i l l open al 9 a.m. Monday. All persons affected hy the storm should work through the agencies will be assigned to thi center lo provide informatoi and assistance in filing claims. LaMonica said an estimated 200 to 300 homes either were destroyed or received extensive damage at Forrest City. Mcinj businesses also were damage or destroyed and a large por lion of the cily school svatem was destroyed. Under a new provision of th disaster act. grants may be made to individuals or familic requiring cash assistance t meet disaster-related or nei'cs sary expenses. LaMonica said. Complete information will b available at the center, La Mo nica said. der of the Fiflh United Statesjconter, L a M n n i c n said. H o p r e - l n h r e y s Hall Army. 'senlatives of federal and state I May 17. Ring Stolen Vickie Ma^/.ia of Hot Spring told Kaycllpyillo police lhal hnlf-c;iral diamond ring wa stolen from a room at Hun sometime sine Medical School Degrees Go To 21 Area Students Twenty-one area students will e among the 242 students eceiving degrees from the Uni- ersity of Arkansas Medical -enter'j Schools of Medicine ursing. Pharmacy. Health tolatcd Professions and Graduate Studies at the 96th annual ommencement ceremony at 3 .m. today at Barton Coliseum ' "Jttle Rock. le candidates for degrees ubject to their fulfilling techni- al requirements, from the Vorthwest Arkansas area are: Doctor of Medicine -- Bonnie Baker, Richard W. Dunn, lernard I. Fouke Jr., Sharon V. Freeman, Christina Jefferon, Thomas C. Jefferson. Christine H. Murphy. E. Louise "inson and Michael C. Young. 11 of Faycttcville and Stephen I. Graves and John A. Huskins. roth of Silnam Springs. Master'of Science in Physio- ogy -- Don B. Baker of Fav- ttcville. Bachelor of Science in Mur- ing -- Susan K. Alexander. Deborah A. Stanton and Geraldine Stephens, all of Fayette- ·ille and Rogers. Helen A. Gordon of Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy -- Marsha Lynn Vivona and William R. Wilkins. bolh f Faycltcville and Donald R. 'urran and Ronald J. Curran. )olh of Gentry. Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology -- Robert J. Varren of Winslow. The commencement ceremony climaxes a weekend of activities scheduled for the :eniors. including the annual Spring Honors Convocation held Saturday at the UAMC Auditor- UA President Dr. turn. fntcrim Charles Oxford will preside at Lhe commencement ceremonies and Roy Rittcr of Springdale. vice chairman of the UA Board of Trustees, will confer t h e degrees. Tourists U no wore LKASBURG. Mo. (AP) -Onondaga Cave on U.S. 66 here, where scenes for the f i l m . "Tom Sawyer." were shot, was and directed to · pit of fi* sized gravel where the heat wiB be transferred to the rocks. "· Air will be blown through thi rocks, heated, then directed inside the house through * hardwood vent. The water will be collected at the bottom «l the gravel pit and recycled through the system. The black plastic heating sur-face will be approximately 1,000 square feet. When the grave] rises to the same temperature as the hot water a thermostat will stop the water pump and conserve energy. Heat can be stored in the rocks against dnys when then is no sun. The same system will also be used to cool the home in the summer, with the water off of the roof directed to a cooling system similar to a radiator which will subtract a great deal of heat. The cool water then- goes to the gravel pit where it cools the racks and then follows the same procedure. .'. Energy to run the water pump for the heating system and all of the appliances, lights, etc. will be supplied by a wind, generator invented by Scott, who hopes to eventually set up a shop and make and sell the generators. The wind generator has an omni-directional rotar (using wind from any direction) linked by a pully to a generator which provides energy to storage batteries. According to Scott, the batteries are the most expensive part of the generator. To supply energy to his home he will use 30 auto batteries. Everything in the home will operate on 12 volts of direct current from the batteries. The wind generator (12 by 15 feet in size) will be located on a hill near the tree house. Installation of a commercial power line to the home would cost $700 and Scott figures he can construct a wind generator with enough power for two homes for $1,000 (without monthly electric bills). To supply the home with water. Scott has souped up a technique used by his grandmother to collect rain water, He plans to have 1200 square feet of plastic suspended just off the ground to collect rain. . The first 50 gallons of rain, used to clean the plastic and air, will go into a barrel which, when full, will activate a varve which will divert the water to an underground storage tank arid at the same time empty the 50 gallon barrel. WATER FILTERED The wafer will be filtered: from the storage tank, which will hold 1.000 to 1,509 gallon!. Scotl said that the system wffl collect 750 gallons of water during one inch of rain. In order to check the efficiency of the systems (solar heating and wind energy), the engineer will set np a control panel in the home which wiB- monitor everything. Water arid* room temperatures, the cooV- sumption of power and how.* much power is generated wiB' all be monitored electronically.;. Scott described the process of; s o l a r heating and wind: generating as simply the continuous conversion of energy.; from one form to another. Construction of the hous* itself, which will be completed ' by the end of summer involved several out of the ordinary problems such as hoisting large timbers '10 feet up the trees and making the suspension bridge across which nine and half tons of lumber were carried. Other conveniences Scott will have in the home include a ham radio set, a color television set (which he constructed himself) to be supported on a pole with a remote control panel, and a fireplace suspended on chains from the ceiling which c;tn be raised or lowered and will be used to heat the home in win'.er' with a vent system. LIGHTING SYSTEM Scott also plans to incorporate a lighting system so that he can change the light color (and the decor) with the twist of a dial. His stereo system (which of course he built) will also be connected to an entire ceiling of flashing color organs (which of course he built). Another convenience Scott plans to include will be trash disposal. Cables and a pulley system will be set up from his house to a trash pit about 200 yards away to dispose of the trash. Scott claims that all of (he devices he is incorporating in his home are not new, just new ways of using them. For instance his plan for the wind generator was created after be saw a painting of a child with a toy designed to spin from wind in any direction. He incorporated techniques he used when he worked on cable TV lowers in the suspension bridge; took the trash disposal technique from a hay fork and water gathering from hi» discovered by Daniel Boone 1798. "H seems that virtually every tourist has heard about Tom Sawyer b u t only a few have heard about Daniel Boone." says Bob Hudson, cave manager. "Bonne needed a promotion man like Mark Twain." grandmother's rain barrel. He has also incorporated trial and error in several project*. such as the second , spiral staircase t». floor of the nous* which he built in a day. And if all else fails, he · quick to consult others for advise. He cautioned, from e»- perience, "be sure to get more than one opinion before you follow through"

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