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Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - June 6, 1999, Alton, Illinois Coupons and special offers I inside most editions I TO Lady Hawks come up short in state tournament PageBl D Bar and Grill is the place for sports fans PageW Lincoln provides a twist to its luxury car lineup PageCl Partly sunny hot and humid High 93 low 72 PageD10 Good MornMd A310 Bulletin Board A7 Classifieds B10 Editorial HoroscopeD8 A12 Clark Formea Lovings Oglesby Schwartz Schwegel ScoreboardB2 Vol 164 No 142 Serving The River Bend Since 1836 June so Beverly Farm talks set By LINDA N WELLER Telegraph staff writer GODFREY Beverly Farm Foundation officials remain hopeful that two upcoming negotiating sessions can culminate in a successful contract so a strike by mem bers of AFSCME can be averted We have been negotiating in good faith we still have two more meetings and there still are issues on the said Stephen Patsaros human Officials hope to avert strike by employees resources director at Beverly Farm 6301 Humbert Road in Godfrey We have no reason to believe there is going to be a he said calling a recent strike vote prema He said there are no prepa rations under way at Beverly Farm in anticipation of a work stoppage About 80 percent of 300 members of the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees Council 31 are reported to have voted recently to strike the home for developmentally disabled adults The union has not set a strike date Council 31 has 323 members The home employs between 550 and 600 people Patsaros said the other workers are not in a union Beverly Farm has 404 resi dents Patsaros said The union has struggled for recognition by Beverly Farm and for a negotiated contract since its workers voted in June 1994 to join AFSCME Workers at Beverly Farm have been struggling to get a contract for nearly five said Peggy Zimmerman staff representa tive for AFSCME Council 31 The employees union had filed charges with the National Labor Relations Board claiming unfair labor practices by Beverly Farm for declaring a premature impasse in negotiations nearly four years ago The labor board ordered the foundation to resume negotia tions the foundation peti tioned for review of the ruling Last year the 7th See TALKS Page A11 Remembering cancer victims The BADMAN Stacie Kivett 18 of Bethalto lights candles during the Luminary Ceremony at the annual Relay for Life on the track at Civic Memorial High Schoolin Bethalto A can dle was lit for victims of cancer like 17yearold Chrissy Brumley as their names were read by clergy in an emotional ceremony Relay for Life tops goal raised to support cancer research By BARBARA M COPE Telegraph staff writer BETHALTO Tired but happy workers began to tear down tents Saturday after the closing ceremony for the Relay for Life at Civic Memorial High School Relay for Life is a major fundraiser for the American Cancer Society with similar events taking place acoss the country The Bethalto Relay chair person Terri Keister said the goal set for this years event which she had original ly called turned out to be low Although the final totals are not yet counted this years event raised more than for cancel research I am very happy thrilled even The only thing that went amok was the weather last night but we rode that out and everything worked out incredibly Keister said She said that Friday nights thunderstorm did not dampen anyones spirits although it did cause a change of venue for one event We had strong winds A couple of tents tried their best to leave the ground but we were able to keep them down There was some lightning and we didnt feel comfort able with everyone being on the field so we did move one event Keister said The weather though a bit humid cooperated nicely for Saturdays closing ceremony Each of the 31 teams was pre sented with a certificate for its participation and acknowl edged for its contributions Keister said the teams were awarded either bronze silver or gold levels of sponsorship The bronze level were teams that raised more than silver teams raised and gold level teams raised more than All of the teams made the bronze level and 11 made it to the silver level Keister said Oldies But Goodies from VIP Manor and Team Hope from St Anthonys Health See RELAY PageA11 Alton seniors graduate a day late By BARBARA M COPE Telegraph staff writer ALTON The wait is over for 438 graduating seniors at Alton High School After commencement excercises were canceled at the last minute Friday when a storm knocked out power at West Middle School the rescheduled ceremony went off with out a hitch Saturday at Public School Stadium on State Street Superintendent of Schools Mike Beaber who has been with the dis trict for 37 years said he believes the last commencement of the millenni um is the only one to ever be post poned although one was cut short because of the People come from all over the country for this We wanted to have it this weekend because some people wouldnt have been able to make it if it had been held next The rescheduling also worked out for keynote speaker Rep Jerry Costello DBelleville who after a bit of schedulejuggling was still able to attend He was originally scheduled See SENIORS PageA11 SIUC chancellor fired By BARBARA M COPE Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE The SIU Board of Trustees iired Jo Ann E Argersinger as chancellor of the Carbondale campus Saturday After a special executive session in Carbondale the Southern Illinois University board upheld a recom mendation by President Ted Sanders Argersinger who was given the opportunity to resign May 26 during another Board of Trustees meeting will be replaced by John S Jackson who will act as interim chancellor The SIU Faculty Association said it viewed Argersingers termination and Jacksons appointment as a vio lation of the schools contract with union professors and promised legal action Its going to be hard to work with Dr Jackson since his appointment was union President Kay Carr said Sanders dismissal recommenda tion followed about See CHANCELLOR Page A11
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