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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - February 14, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SPORTS Mat men Area wrestlers head to state PageB1 Growingbusiness floral business Btury PageD1 1 Setting sail Honda floats hopes on new Odyssey Paged TjtioouUook Mostly sunny and warmer today with tfe high 56 and the Iow41 PageD12 Good Morning Bulletin Board A8 Cjasslfleds Horoscope I Qbltuaries A6 Hopkins tHasfesinger Nash gjKricK Frige Silmkus StanKa Thompson Scoreboard B2 SUNDAY Vol 164 No 30 Serving The River Bend Since 1836 February House sales up across area By SANFORD J SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer House sales are giving peo ple in the real estate business a warm cozy feeling and the outlook is for more of the same Sales of singlefamily hous es in the River Bend were up percent from 1997 to 1998 and more growth is expected according to figures from the Greater Gateway Association Conditions for home sales in 1998 couldnt have been said Jean Crosby president of the Illinois Where are the teachers Illinois bucking nationwide trend of shortage EDITORS NOTE This is the first of a threepart series about possible teacher shortages locally and statewide in light of deficits in other parts of the United States By LINDA N WELLER Telegraph staff writer Contraryto a nationwide trend Illinois is not experi encing a teacher shortage according to some officials News reports recently have painted a dire picture of the teaching profession relating how educators are streaming put of classrooms into retirement or Other The reports show droves of teachers taking advan tage of lucrative retirement plans while still in their 50s Other teachers particu larly those in innercity schools leave because they are burned out stressed out and tired of worrying about their safety In Illinois school adminis trators union officials will answer yes and no to the question Is See TEACHERS A13 Association of Realtors Steady low interest rates high consumer confidence and ahealthy economy all contributedto this record year All indications point to another strong year in home sales however the predic tions are that 1999 wont be quite as strong as The Greater Gateway orga nization includes real estate offices in Alton Wood River East Alton Bethalto Edwardsville and Glen Carbon In the Greater Gateway area slightly more than houses were sold in 1998 com pared with in 1997 and in 1996 Prices in the Greater Gateway area remained mod est rising only percent between 1997 and 1998 The median price of houses sold in 1998 was com pared with for 1997 The median price of a house in Oak Park was in 1998 House sales statewide hit a record for 1998 the state association said See SALES Page A13 Home sales Home sales in Illinois durina 1998 topped for the first time according to the Illinois Association of Realtors Numbers are shown below for the Greater Gateway1 area which Includes the Metro East and surrounding communities Number of homes sold 1996 1997 Median price of homes sold z J 1998 1996 1997 1998 SOURCE Illinois Association of Realtors The BADMAN Inge May a parttime employee at Flowers 96 Northport Drive in Alton works on an arrangement Friday in the shadow of dpiens of red roses Sweets are order of day By DARRYL HOWLETT Telegraph staff writer Its a chocolatecovered holi day The usual flowers and candy were popular items in stores for St Valentines Day but the hotitem was chocolate dipped strawberries We sold out of chocolate dipped said Jackie Boyd manager of Mrs Seibolds Bake Shop Montclaire Center in Edwardsville We had 50 more orders on Saturday that were going to be filled From Thursday Saturday we ordered 250 boxes Some of our other popular items were heart cakeswith chocolate and strawberries shaped like hearts had little edible pictures on top of cupcakes for children to eat I think pur sales have been The Candy Pantry in Alton also enjoyed supplying sweets to residents Our best sellers have been the chocolatecovered straw owner Maxine Korte said Weve sold quite of few this season Its going good With the availability of the strawberries we had a whit ing list Other popular items were our chocolatecovered See SWEETS Page Ai 3 Effect of popes visit lingers on in area u The BAQM AN Amy Perica and Sister Marita in the chapel at St Anthonys Health Center in Alton have fond memories of Pope John Paul lls visit to St Louis Sister Marita is a member of St Francis of the Martyr St George in Alton By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer ALTON Amy Perica of Alton remembers how the love of God flowed from Pope John Paul II to thousands of people at the Trans World Dome in St Louis Jan 27 When we looked into the Holy Fathers face we could feel the presence of Jesus Perica said Perica and hun dreds of others in the area are clinging to the memories of the popes historic visit Perica her mother Kathy father Marion and sisters Jennifer and Stephanie attended the papal Mass at the Dome Elizabeth Perica 15 attended the youth rally in the Kiel Center the night before The joy and love that the Holy Father showed us teens at the youth rally will stay with us for a Amy Perica kneeled in the Adoration Chapel at Saint Anthonys Medical Center Friday to say the The BADMAN Amy Perica shows her rosary which has a portrait of the pope rosary and thank God for touching the hearts of area people through the popes visit The Holy Father reached out with the love of Christ to people of all church said Perica who was raised in the Catholic faith Residents say that Pope John Paul IPs words of love have left a lasting impres sion on their lives My granddaugh ter Lee Dieren and my niece Patty Wiemers saw the pope in St Louis and theyre still talking about said Marge Droste of Godfrey who stopped for prayer Friday at the Adoration Chapel Perica and Sister Marita a Catholic nun cherish the memory of receiving the sacrament of Holy Communion conse crated by the pope The pope stirred the heart of Sister Marita a member of the Catholic order of St Francis of the Martyr St George in Alton It was a joy to be in the presence of See POPE Page A13   

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