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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - August 2, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Visiting nurses Company bringing health care home PageDl The outlook Partly sunny and pleasant high near 83 low near 64 PagelM Closing in on 500 McGwire hits No 497 as the Cardinals lose to Colorado PageCl Vol 164 No 19950 cents Monday August Insurance costing county plenty By PAUL MACKIE Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE The taxpay ers of Madison County are paying way too much to protect government buildings from earthquakes say offi cials from throughout the area The Madison County Board recent ly voted 253 to pay more than this year for earthquake insurance on Madison paying to protect buildings from earthquakes the countys million in assets That premium is largely dispro portionate to annual costs paid by other counties Most strikingly per haps is the contrast between Madisons policy and that of St Clair County Located just south of Madison and closer to the feared New Madrid fault line St Clair is paying a annual premium to protect mil lion in county assets County is paying a sig nificant said Wes Sir of the Risk Management Consulting Group of St Louis the insurance consultant for St Clair County Wed be more than happy to come over and talk with Madison County but I think there hasnt been much interest from them in the past We did quite a lot of bidding for St Sir said Hardly any attempt to widely bid may have been the biggest problem for Madison County which gets insurance policies through Leaders Agency a brokering firm in Granite City If you only receive one you can only use said County Administrator James Monday The countys only other choice of See INSURANCE Page A7 uii The M BARNES Jack Ryder left of Cottage Hills and Jason Saffel Greenfield as Pedro perform a song Sunday during the 50th anniversary celebration of Wood River Township Hospital iimuwBwm Hospital celebrates 50 years of care By REBECCA HOPKINS Telegraph staff writer WOOD RIVER Several hundred residents turned out Sunday to help Wood River Township Hospital celebrate its 50th anniversary by honor ing special people from its past and looking forward to a brighter future for health care for all Americans Wood River Township Hospital was the first hospital in the state of Illinois to be built under a law passed by the state legislature on July 17 1945 which authorized townships to levy taxes for the construction operation and maintenance of hospitals By a vote of the citizens of the township approved the pro posal to build operate and maintain a public hospital on May The hospital opened its doors Aug 1 1949 at 8 and admitted its first patient Anna Westbrook Alston at I want to say that Ive never been treated in a hospi tal anywhere as well as Ive been treated Alston said Alston was recognized for her notoriety as were the par ents of the first baby born at the hospital Mr and Mrs Eugene Harmon and the last living member of the hospi tals original medical staff Dr Harry Mendelsohn All were given gifts commemorat ing the anniversary event The celebration began at 1 when President and Chief Executive Officer David Triebes welcomed a standing room only crowd by reading letters of commendation from President Bill Clinton and Gov George Ryan before introducing Congressman Jerry Costello DBelleville and Rep Steve Davis D Bethalto This is a happy occasion for all the people in the Costello said When I was reading the history of Wood See HOSPITAL Page A7 Heat helping drain regions blood supply By STEVE WHITWORTH Telegraph staff writer The St Louis region is experiencing its usual summer shortage of blood a situation officials with the American Red Cross believe has been aggravated by the recent heat wave The MissouriIllinois Blood Services Region of the Red Cross based in St Louis needs units of blood to be donated daily just to keep up with demand We havent been meeting our said Peggy Michaelson director of marketing trend which is not good she said Its really the lowest its been since June The region is especially low on its supplies of 0negative Anegative Bpositive and 0 positive blood types Michaelson said The minimum inventory requirement to serve the hos pitals in the MissouriIllinois region is units of blood As of last week the regions inventory had dipped to units We dont want to get to the Michaelson said Thats the bare min imum If it Services Region lot of cdndi tions during hot weather has not helped f Everybody is staying Illinois Blood home It haS been a have a major rough w VaSto Peggy Michaelspn dSnt MissouriIllinois want to get Blood Services Region reSion a into a serious or even criti nn con to tribute this vacations schools being out We do an enormous amount of blood drives at schools and universities so we feel the absence especially now between summer school and the fall session The hot weather has not she said Everybody is staying home It has been a rough Michaelson warns the regions blood supply is extremely low It is going on a downward cal condition We need to reverse the trend so we are able to contin ue to meet the daily needs of hospitalized patients who need blood products to The MissouriIllinois Blood Services Region serves a total of 120 counties in the two states with 128 hospitals in its service area which includes Kansas City Jefferson City Columbia and St Louis in See BLOOD Page A7 gentle Giant Amateur Public Links helping draw more tourists to Alton By CORY A PITT For The Telegraph ALTON Robert Wadlow con tinues to be a big draw for tourists coming through Alton but ujany factors this year have had a giant impact on area tourism possibly in record proportions The numbers are show ing great promise to be a inquiries to the area both via the telephone and the Internet About out of the citys visi tors guides published this year have already been distributed This means people from all over are reading about us and are extensive display devoted to Wadlow while a statue of the Gentle Giant is right across the street from the museum on College Avenue Don Miller president of the River Bend Growth Association said tourism is important to this area and a lot of hard work has produced a suc cessful year Tourism is the cleanest kind of economic develop j j ment tnere is Miller said dent of the Greater Convention and VlSltOFS The benefits are almost Rivers immediate for residents Convention and Visitors llThis has been t Bureau With events such uon Miner has been a tremendous 1 year for tourism due record year for larrtplv fn fUp wnrlr nf fVio said Doug Arnold W me WOrK 01 tHC as the Amateur Public Links and the National Scenic Byway bringing people to the area those activities create a positive business envi ronment helping the local econo my in many Arnold said there has been a strong increase in tourist interested in learning more about the Arnold said Robert Wadlow the tallest man in history is just one of the tourism draws for the city The Alton Museum of History has an dous year for tourism due RBGA president largely to the work of the Convention and Visitors Bureau Based on their plans for the upcoming year this is just a Arnold said the Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Byway has I See TOURISTS Page A7 The BADMAN Pam Becker of Bethalto and her grandaughter Jessica Wehrle 2 of Meadowbrook walk around the Robert Wadlow statue in Upper Alton Good Mornimj Bulletin Board Bostick Henke Ketcham Meisenheimer Royston Wallett Television   

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