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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - July 4, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SPORTS Happy Fourth of July Tournament of Champions Alton beats Edwardsville AH In the family Simderland Motors celebrates 90 years of selling GMs PageDl New paint to pick from Plymouths Ptowler now comes in more PageCl The outlook Partly humid and hot as a fire High 98 low 76 x PageD10 Morning Illinois Jlletln Board Classifieds tutorial Horoscope Obituaries Renken ScoreboardB2 THE TELEGRAPH 170 Serving The River Bend Since 1836 PageBl i July 1999 What a show July Fourth festival ends in cascade of color By BARBARA COPE Telegraph staff writer ALTON As the sun began to set more and more people made their way to Riverfront Park to vie for the best seat for the main attraction of the Mississppi Fireworks As lawn chairs were pulled out of crowded parking lots overflowed until cars simply parked in the mid dle of some side As darkness nightime run ning lights on boats appeared to dot the river all the way up the river right on time at one green and pink shell exploded over the with the exception of a car alarm jolted by the force of the there was only A false Joe Adams of of Brighton but admitted to several minutes of concern until the show really got under way at I thought it was a possible problem or Theyve never done that I assume it was to let Agencies teamed up for safety By BARBARA COPE Telegraph staff writer ALTON Several agencies came together to ensure pub lic safety as crowds celebrat ed the Fourth of July under the rockets red glare Saturday night at the Mississippi River After a 1997 tragedy that cost three lives when a shell Assistant Fire Chief Bill Bellitto of the Alton Fire Departmentsaid every contin gency was planned We no longer allow water based or handfired All of the ordnances will be sequenced by an electronic panel behind a safety Bellito See Page A11 of emergency vehicles on the from Jeff KKffandTohn in Wes Veteran devotes his life to those who fought in all wars Missouri side of the Adams said the 1997 barge explosion in her mind whenever the fire works burst low enough to reflect clearly off the It was in all our The low ones make you stop and she Monica Bristow of Godfrey said she considered the possi bility of problems but didnt take it I know theyve taken a lot of precautions since then to make sure nothing Once the show all agreed it was one of the best they have ever seen in Alton as a colorful array of fire works exploded across the It was high praise from a group that said they all try to make the show every It was a lot better than last a lot Bristbws 12yearold said Joe Adams said he was impressed with the show and was glad the weather had After the high heat of the Adams was thankful for the cooling breeze that blew as the show went During the crowds were See Page A11 Fatal blast lingers in court fight By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE Two years after a fireworks barge exploded on the Alton riyer killing three litiga tion surrounding the tragedy is still tangled in Since the filing of the first of three lawsuits in December hardly a month has gone by without additional amended motions or amend ments to the It is a said Madison County Circuit Judge Phillip who is Three Chicago area men died July during the annual citysponsored works The men were See Page AlT By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer ALTON On this Independence Lou Landre thinks back to when he stormed the shores of France in the Normandy invasion of World War The freedoms we enjoy today come from the sacrifice of young men and women from the Revolutionary War to Vietnam and the Gulf said who was wounded twice in The who lives in is affectionately called Veteran by veter ans who know his friendly face across the Landre has a special place in his heart for said Floyd commander of Alton VFW Post Lou devotes his life to bring a little a kind word of encouragement to veterans in hospitals and nursing Fessler Landre was honored as Illinois Veteran of the Year in 1999 for his life work of fighting for the rights of veterans of all the If a disabled veteran needs a wheelchair Lou will go and find Fessler When World War II broke Landre was See Page A11 The BADMAN World War II veteran Lou of is Veteran of the an honor from the Illinois Veterans of Foreign 24 ROUND POOl PACKAOI Installation Available I HAPPY 4TH OF JULY JfftfifMC 11 H Adama Parkway Manila IL 62002 4665301 SALE NEW Above Ground 25Ib Buckel SHOCK   

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