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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - July 19, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 iMRfe Hotrods Car show rolls into East Alton PageDl Soccer Tigers sweep All Area honors PageOl Tlw Partly sunny j Couple keeps iownear74 goodcheer PageD4 j No 185 50 cents Monday July Kennedy Officials concede JFK Jr is dead Mission now becomes search and recovery AQUINNAH Mass AP After two days of searching andholding out hope of a miraculous survival authori ties conceded late Sunday that Jthn F Kennedy his jpfe and rieVmster like ly were dead T h e announcement effectively confirmed the worst fears of Americans for the son of the Qillen presi dent who had become crown of Americas preemi nent political dynasty for his wife Carolyn Bessette Kenpedy 33 a former fashion publicist who turned pressshy 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 recov Coast Guard Rear Adm Richard M Larratoee the5 head of the search operation at news conference at Otis Air Force Base on Cape Cod He also said the search for Kennedys missing plane which has covered almost 9006 square miles on Sunday produced no major finds but 9iibhorities were focusing on Couple of IJThese are simply potential targets and dont necessarily repesent an aircraft or part Of he said announcement not unexpected ended official hopes for the survival of JFK had been famous since the indelible salute he gave at his fathers funeral on his third birthday The 38yearold Kennedy waspiloting a single engine Piper Saratoga carrying his wife and sisterinlaw when it in the waters off I See JFK Page A7 Home hearing may begin soon 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 States 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 hearingx Gilbert said He filed the motion because the county has been involved with him in trying to reach a resolution I cant really disclose the Gilbert said The IHFPB is staffed by the states Department of Public Health and con sists of insurance representatives hos pital 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 A7 The M BARNES Above One of the more than 50Q 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 con verged at the Shrine decorated in patriotic themes as owners competed to take first sec ondor thirdplace trophies in five categories Red White and Blue for Portage des Sioux was the theme for this years blessing in honor of the 200th anniversary of the found ing of Portage des Sioux The event began at 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 14mile trip downstream for the actual blessing by Rev Michael Sandweg pastor of St See FLEET Page A7 Turtle soup time coming up fast Famous delicacy a part of Meppen churchs annual festival The YAKSTIS Meppen resident Lois Kiel stands in front of the altar at the historic St Joseph Catholic Church in Meppen where the annual public church picnic will be July 31August 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 popu lar turtle soup for the public at the St Joseph Catholic Church festival July 31Aug 1 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 said Lois Kiel one of the turtle soup cookers at the church picnic Visitors can sample the turtle soup starting at 5 Friday July 31 the first day of the twoday picnic on the church grounds in southwest ern Calhoun County If you taste a bowl of our turtle soup youll want Kiel said Visitors can find the town of Meppen by driving 5 miles north of Brussels or 12 miles south of Hardin on the BrusselsHardin Road The historic German families of Ben and Jack Klaas brewed the first turtle soup at the church in the late 1800s Kiel said Weve been cooking the soup from the old recipe at our annual picnic for more than 100 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 200foot limestone bluffs We call our valley Gods country because of its 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 Lois Kiel said Henry Kiel also carved stone out See SOUP Page A7 Good Bulletin Board C6 Bryant Husmann Klemme Rogers Tucker Woods Television THURSDAY July 22 WEEKEND BANDS FRIDAY July 23 U O A n I F I SABLE SATURDAY July 24 j SUNDAY July 25 KING OF HEARTS   

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