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   Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - July 19, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                 SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836  HP I i ii M? *1  ; : i I 1 1 1  Hotrods Car show rolls into East Alton  Page IM \  aOCGcr    :  Tigers sweep All-Area honors i  Page C-l i  Partly sunny, j Couple keeps KS* I actoe^spreading low near 74 I good cheer  Page IM i    '     Pa 8 eB ’ 1   Vol. 164, No. 185 — 50 cents  Monday, July 19,1999   www.theteleqraph.com   officials Home hearing may begin soon  dead  Kennedy  Mission now becomes search and recovery  AQUINNAH, Mass. (AP) -After two days of searching and holding out hope of a miraculous survival, authorities conceded late Sunday that John F.  Kennedy Jr., his wife and her sister likely were dead.  The announcement effectively confirmed the worst fears of Americans for the son of the Men president, who had become crown prince of America’s pre-eminent political dynasty ; for his wife, Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, 33, a former fashion publicist who turned press-shy after her marriage; and her sister, Lauren Bessette, 34, a rising New York investment banker.  “We are going to shift, and I say shift very purposely, from our focus on search and rescue to search and recovery,” Coast Guard Rear Adm. Richard M. Larrabee, the head of the search operation, said at news conference at Otis Air Force Base on Cape Cod.  He also said the search for Kennedy’s missing plane, which has covered almost 9,000 square miles, on Sunday produced no major finds but authorities were focusing on «£■ couple of targets.”  . '“These are simply potential targets and don’t necessarily represent an aircraft or part pf It,” he said.  The announcement, not unexpected, ended official hopes for the survival of JFR Jr., who had been famous since the indelible salute he gave at his father’s funeral on his third birthday.  The 38-year-old Kennedy was piloting a single engine Piper Saratoga carrying his wife and sister-in-law when it went down in the waters off  -    .................__    ■    i      ■-  ■ See JFK JR., Page A-7  By PAUL MACKIE  Telegraph staff writer  EDWARDSVILLE - As funding for the Madison County Nursing Home continues to dwindle, attorneys expect to hear today whether a state hearing will start this week to determine the fate of the troubled facility.  Madison County Assistant State’s  Attorneys await word as funds continue to dwindle  Attorney John Gilbert said he may hear this afternoon whether the case involving the county, the state of Illinois and several concerned citizens still will begin at its scheduled time on Thursday in Springfield.  Edward Bruno, a Chicago attorney representing the Illinois Health  Facilities Planning Board, recently filed a motion to continue the hearing* Gilbert said.  “He filed the motion because the county has been involved with him in trying to reach a resolution. I can’t really disclose the details,” Gilbert said.  The IHFPB is staffed by the state’s Department of Public Health and consists of insurance representatives, hospital administrators, consumers and others, all of whom are appointed by the governor.  The Madison County Board voted 15-13 last year to close the home because  See HOME, Page A-7  The Telegraph/MARGIE M. BARNES  Above: One of the more than 500 boats taking part In the 43rd annual Blessing of the Fleet was decked out In the red, white and blue theme of the day. Below: The Rev. Michael Sandweg, pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Portage des Sioux, gives the blessing.  Bevy of boats float out for Blessing of the Fleet  By REBECCA HOPKINS  Telegraph staff writer  PORTAGE DES SIOUX -Watercraft from waverunners to yachts and everything in between met at Our Lady of the Rivers Shrine on the Mississippi River Sunday afternoon for the 43rd annual Blessing of the Fleet.  More than 500 boats converged at the Shrine decorated in patriotic themes as owners competed to take first-, second- or third-place trophies in five categories. Red, White and Blue for Portage des Sioux was the theme for this year’s blessing in honor of the 200th anniversary of the founding of Portage des Sioux.  The event began at 1:30 p.m. at the Yacht Club of St. Louis Harbor, where the boats began their parade to the Shrine. Boats from various other harbors along the way joined the entourage for the 14-mile trip downstream for the actual blessing by Rev. Michael Sandweg, pastor of St.  ■ See FLEET, Page A-7  Turtle soup time coming up fast  Famous delicacy a part of Meppen church’s annual festival  The Telegraph/ANDE YAKSTIS  ipen resident Lois Kiel stands in front of altar at the historic St. Joseph Catholic irch in Meppen where the annual public rch picnic will be July 31-August 1.  By ANDE YAKSTIS  Telegraph staff writer  MEPPEN — Visitors soon will be able to taste the famous turtle soup cooked by folks at the town picnic in the country community of Meppen.  Townspeople will cook their popular turtle soup for the public at the St. Joseph Catholic Church festival July 31-Aug. I in the scenic green valley of Meppen.  “Our delicious turtle soup is brewed from a secret recipe passed down from generation to generation of families in the church,” said Lois Kiel, one of the turtle soup cookers at the church picnic.  Visitors can sample the turtle soup starting at 5 p.m. Friday, July  31, the first day of the two-day picnic on the church grounds in southwestern Calhoun County.  “If you taste a bowl of our turtle soup, you’ll want more,” Kiel said.  Visitors can find the town of Meppen by driving 5 miles north of Brussels or 12 miles south of Hardin on the Brussels-Hardin Road.  The historic German families of Ben and Jack Klaas brewed the first turtle soup at the church in the late 1800s, Kiel said.  “We’ve been cooking the soup from the old recipe at our annual picnic for more than IOO years,” she said.  The Klaas families were among the first German families to settle in the beautiful river valley to plant  crops, fish in the river, cut timber, build stores and a blacksmith shop.  ,The community was named after Meppen, Germany, by German immigrants who built log houses and planted corn in the rich soil of the majestic valley below the 200-foot limestone bluffs.  “We call our valley God’s country because of its beauty,” Kiel said.  Pioneer Henry Kiel carved stone out of the nearby limestone bluffs and hauled it by horse and wagon to build the present St. Joseph Catholic Church in 1865.  “Visitors to the picnic can see our historic stone church,” Lois Kiel said.  Henry Kiel also carved stone out B See SOUP, Page A-7     J*-    WEEKEN      FRIDAY July 2  “SABL    3  E”        Gonif r':  Morn ilia      Area/Illinois ...    . .A-3,6      Bulletin Board ...    .A-8.B-2      Classifieds.....    ... .C-6      Comics.......    ... .D-2      Editorial......    ... .A-4      Nation/World ..    ... .D-3      Obituaries____    ... .A-5      Bryant, Husmann,      Klemme, Rogers, Tucker,      Woods    %      Region.......    ... .D-1      Scoreboard ...    ... .C-2      Television ____  I.........:    ... .D-3      lilt!* \    I     THURSDAY, July 22  STONEBRAKER  BANDS__  SATURDAY, July 24 J SUNDAY July 25  “KING OF HEARTS”   

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