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Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - June 27, 1999, Alton, Illinois Coupons and special offers i inside most editions I The Baron of Busch Jack Buck still bringing Cards action to their fans 6Qih anniversary Alfonized Federal Credit Union marks another milestone PageDl Run for the money New GMC Sierra tries to take on successful Ford FSeries PageCl The outlook Partly sunny with thunderstorms late High 89 low 72 PageD12 Morning A39 Bulletin Board A1 p Classifieds Editorial Horoscope D9 A12 Carter Cole Dunsing Godar Hunt Lewis Meyer Oelzen Price Webb ScoreboardB2 Vol 164 No 163 Serving The River Bend Since 1836 June Scenic Byway dedicated The BADMAN Antique cars make their way up the Great River Road left as modern day cars pass on the right Saturday during a parade of vehicles to Pere Marquette State Park near Grafton as part of the dedication of the Great River Road as a National Scenic Byway A treasure in River Bend Grafton Visitors Center gets in on the celebration By BETHANY BEHRHORST Telegraph staff writer A downpour late in the morning failed to dampen spirits Saturday at the dedication of the new Grafton Visitors Center A motorcade of dignitaries officials and citizens in antique roadsters and convertibles stopped off at the site for a ribboncutting ceremony on their journey up the Great River RoadJ to Pere Marquette State Park The cere mony was held in conjunction with Saturdays official dedication ceremo ny for the Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway We are at the front door of said state Rep Tom Ryder RJerseyville This facility hangs out a welcome sign to tourists and visi Ryder commended the efforts of state Sen Vince Demuzio D Carlinville for making the center and the byway designation possible He works very hard for this dis Ryder said Grafton Mayor Bobbie Amburg recalled that the town was described as a city in turmoil in the wake of the Great Flood of 1993 She was an alderman at the time It was then that the idea for the Visitors Center was born Now as the citys first elected female mayor See GRAFTON Page A11 By BETHANY BEHRHORST Telegraph staff writer More than 100 classic cars and con vertibles joined in a motorcade along the Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway in honor of its official designation ceremonies Saturday morning Dignitaries city leaders public ser vants and citizens gathered in Alton to celebrate the designation of a 50 mile stretch of the Great River Road as a National Scenic Byway which took nearly seven years to material ize The festivities began at 9 with two ceremonies one at the Melvin Price Locks and Dam in KampSVllle and Eldred join in PageA7 Editorial Page A4 The BADMAN Members of the Alton Colonial Fife and Drum Corps play the national anthem to start ceremonies at the Melvin Price Locks and Dam Alton another in Kampsville Two more ceremonies were held at in Eldred and at the new Grafton Visitors Center along the Great River Road with the culmination of activi ties taking place at Pere Marquette State Park We have a treasure here in the River said Rep Jerry Costello DBelleville This is a national treasure Im very pleased to be here on this special The federal byway designation pumps million into the River Bend to pay for rest areas safety road shoulders and interpretive centers The authorization for the byway pro gram was given in 1991 through the See TREASURE Page A11 City to seek grant for skate park By LINDA N WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON The city will take its first step this week toward getting money to build a skate park Plans are to submit an application for a matching grant from the states Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development program The deadline is Thursday Aldermen voted 61 Wednesday to give city officials the goahead to apply for the grant Alderman Joe Maher 3rd Ward cast the dissenting vote I was elated about the vote I hope we can move said Michael Holliday Jr of Alton president of the Young Democrats of Madison County Its been twoandahalf years since the committee was he said referring to a commit tee he organized made up of young people who want to bring a skating park to the city See GRANT Page A11 The WRAUSMANN Attorney Adrian Cronauer relates his experiences as a mili tary disc jockey at the weekend Freedom Celebration in Jerseyville Good morning Jerseyville Vet recalls days as Vietnam DJ By THOMAS WRAUSMANN Telegraph staff writer JERSEYVILLE Adrian Cronauer joked a lot this weekend but also spoke passionately in favor ofa constitutional amendment to protect the flag from physical desecration Cronauer spoke Friday and Saturday at the Freedom Celebrationin Jerseyville sponsored by the TriCounty Vietnam Veterans Association The former military disc jockey was loosely portrayed by Academy Awardwinning actor Robin Williams in the movie Good Morning Cronauer now an attorney in Washington specializing in media law co wrote the original story on which the film was based The question Im most often asked is How I 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