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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - June 27, 1999, Alton, Illinois $1499 Wm&UbllKAIJi Run for the money New GMC Sierra tries to take on successful Ford F-Seiies Pag© GI Area/Illinois . .A-3-9 Bulletin Board A-10 Classifieds .. .B-12 Editorial ......A-4 Horoscope D-9 Nation/world . .A-12 Obituaries A-6 Carter, Cole, Dunsing, Godar, Hayes, Hunt, Lewis, Meyer, Oelzen, Price, Webb Scoreboard B-2 Stocks........D-2 Weather D-12 Installation Available Call Don or Jason HOH. Adams Parkway MSUniS Alton, IL 62002 P&OlS 466-530! 125 lb Bucket Clorine I Tablets l4"or3'^ I Reg. *69°° SALE $5499 Reg. *599o« SALE $27500 While They Last NEW! Above Ground Pool Steps w/Hand Rail Reg. *6900 SALE 25 lb Bucket SHOCK www.thetelegraph.com i 8 Coupons and special offers inside most editions Sports The Baron of Busch Jack Buck still bringing Cards adion to their fans Page B-1,6 Hift 60th anniversary Altonized Federal Credit Union marks another milestone Page D-l City to seek grant for skate park By UNDA 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 $40,000 matching grant from the state’s Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development program. The deadline is Thursday. Aldermen voted 6-1 Wednesday to give city officials the go-ahead to apply for the grant. Alderman Joe Maher Jr., 3rd Ward, cast the dissenting vote. “I was elated about the vote. I hope we # can move forward,” said Michael Holliday * Jr. of Alton, president' of the Young Democrats of Madison County. “It’s been two-and-a-half years since the committee was formed,” he said, referring to a committee he organized made up of young people who want to bring a skating park to the city. ■ See GRANT, Page A-11 The outtouk Partly sunny with thunderstorms late. High 89; low 72 Page D-12 Vol. 164, No. 163 Serving The River Bend Since 1836 June 27,1999 The Telegraph/JOHN 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’ The Telegraph/TOM WRAUSMANN Attorney Adrian Cronauer relates his experiences as a military 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 of a constitutional amendment to protect the U.S. flag from physical desecration. Cronauer spoke Friday and Saturday at the Freedom Celebration in Jerseyville, sponsored by the Tri-County Vietnam Veterans Association. The former military disc jockey was loosely portrayed by Academy Award-winning actor Robin Williams in the movie “Good Morning Vietnam.” Cronauer, now an attorney in Washington D.C., specializing in media law, cowrote the original story on which the film was based. “The question I’m most often asked is: “How ■ See VET, Page A-11 Grafton Visitor’s 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 Visitor’s Center. A motorcade of dignitaries, officials and citizens in antique roadsters and convertibles stopped off at the site for a ribbon-cutting ceremony on their journey up the Great River Road to Pere Marquette State Park. The ceremony was held in conjunction with Saturday’s official dedication ceremony for the Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway. “We are at the front door of Grafton,” said state Rep. Tom Ryder, R-Jerseyville. “This facility hangs out a welcome sign to tourists and visitors.” 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 district,” 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 Visitor’s Center was born. Now, as the city’s first elected female mayor, ■ See GRAFTON, Page A-11 The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Members of the Alton Colonial Fife and Drum Corps play the national anthem to start ceremonies at the Melvin Price Locks and Dam. By BETHANY BEHRHORST Telegraph staff writer More than IOO classic cars and convertibles 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 servants 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 materialize. The festivities began at 9 a m. with two ceremonies: one at the Melvin Price Locks rz- #1# and Dam in KampSVlllG, Alton and Eldred join in another in p A _ 7 Kampsville. _ y Two more ceremonies Editorial were held at Page A-4 10:30 a m. in ■...................... Eldred and at the new Grafton Visitors Center along the Great River Road, with the culmination of activities taking place at Pere Marquette State Park. “We have a treasure here in the River Bend,” said U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello, D-Belleville. “This is a national treasure. “I’m very pleased to be here on this special day.” The federal byway designation pumps $1 million into the River Bend to pay for rest areas, safety road shoulders and interpretive centers. The authorization for the byway program was given in 1991 through the ■ See TREASURE. Page A-11
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