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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - June 6, 1999, Alton, Illinois 'the Vol. 164, No. 142 Beverly Farm talks set Officials hope to avert strike by employees www.thetelegraph.com ' ^ A* - ~ _ 1 $407; Coupons and special offers » inside most editions I Sports Sad end Lady Hawks come up snort in state tournament Page B-l 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* hers 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 table,” said Stephen Patsaros, human resources director at Beverly Farm, 6301 Humbert Road in Godfrey. “We have no reason to believe there is going to be a strike,” he said, calling a recent strike vote “premature.” He said there are no preparations 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 residents, 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 years,” 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 negotiations; the foundation petitioned for review of the ruling. Last year, the 7th U.8, ■ See TALKS. Page A-11 The outlook Partly sunny, hot and humid. High 93; low 72 Page IMO Area/Illinois .A-3-10 Bulletin Board .A-7 Classifieds ...B-10 . .A-4 . .D-8 .A-12 . .A-6 Editorial ... Horoscope . Nation/world Obituaries .. Clark, Formea, Lovings, Oglesby, Schwartz, Schwegel Scoreboard B-2 Stocks........D-2 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 without a hitch Saturday at Public School Stadium on State Street. Superintendent of Schools Mike Beaber, who has been with the district for 37 years, said he believes the last commencement of the millennium is the only one to ever be postponed, although one was “cut short because of the weather.” “People come from all over the country for this. We wanted to have it this weekend because some people wouldn’t have been able to make it if it had been held next weekend.” The rescheduling also worked out for keynote speaker Rep. Jerry Costello, D-Belleville, who, after a bit of schedule-juggling, was still able to attend. He was originally scheduled ■ See SENIORS, Page A-11 SIUC chancellor fired By BARBARA M. COPE Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - The SIU Board of Trustees fired 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 recommendation by President Ted Sanders. Argersinger, who was given the opportunity to resign May 26 during another Board of Trustee! meeting, will be replaced by John S. Jackson who will act as interim chancellor. The SIU Faculty Association said it viewed Argersinger’s termination and Jackson’s appointment as a violation of the school’s contract with union professors and promised legal action. "It’s going to be hard to w'ork with Dr. Jackson since his appointment was illegal,” union President Ray Carr said. Sander’s dismissal recommendation followed concerns about ■ See CHANCELLOR, Page A-11 Serving The River Bend Since 1836 WWWJII* ■    IMW    'MHMMRHMRRHRHBHnMMnnni June 6,1999    $1.50 Scoring big D. J.s Bar and Grill is the place for sports fans Page D-l WiiKKixStllrai.s Something sporty Lincoln provides a twist to its luxury car lineup Remembering cancer victims The Telegraph/JOHN 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 candle was lit for victims of cancer, like 17-year-old Chrissy Brumley, as their names were read by clergy in an emotional ceremony. Relay for Life tops goal $65,000 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 fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society, with similar events taking place acoss the country. The Bethalto Relay chairperson Terri Keister said the $60,000 goal set for this year’s event, which she had originally called “lofty,” turned out to be low. Although the final totals are not yet counted, this year’s event raised more than $65,000 for cancer research. “I am very happy, thrilled even. The only thing that went amok was the weather last night (Friday), but we rode that out and everything worked out incredibly well,” Keister said. She said that Friday night’s thunderstorm did not dampen anyone’s 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 didn’t feel comfortable with everyone being on the field so we did move one event inside,” Keister said. The weather, though a bit humid, cooperated nicely for Saturday’s closing ceremony. Each of the 31 teams was presented with a certificate for its participation and acknowledged 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 $1,000; silver teams raised $1,500 and gold level teams raised more than $3,000. All of the teams made the bronze level, and ll made it to the silver level, Keister said. Oldies But Goodies, from VIP Manor, and Team Hope from St. Anthony’s Health ■ See RELAY, Page A-11