Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - August 5, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Good Morning Area/Illinois .. .A-3 Bulletin Board .A-7 Business D-1 Classifieds C-6 Comics D-5 Editorial ......A-4 Horoscope ----D-5 Nation/world . .A-10 Obituaries A-5 Dunham, Easley, Ely, King, Lane, Novotnak, Strickland, Watson, Wells Scoreboard B-2 Stocks........D-2 Television C-4 Effects of heat wave linger By BETHANY BEHRHORST Telegraph staff writer Last week’s soaring temperatures sent droves of residents to hospital emergency departments around the area to seek treatment for heat-related illnesses. A range of symptoms were diagnosed after temperatures reached well above 90 and into the 100s. Health care professionals worked swiftly to keep the problems under wraps. They said they still are seeing patients for heat-and humidity-related problems this week. “Most of the problems are complaints of weakness and headaches,” said Dr. David Burnside, medical director of Alton Memorial Hospital’s emergency department. “They come in with a fair number of complaints.” Burnside said complaints range from headaches, nausea and weakness to excessive sweating and muscle cramps. “We can replace fluids, and that generally works pretty well,” Burnside said. Replacing fluids helps relieve muscle cramping and weakness in most patients suffering heat-related illnesses. A balance of sodium and See HEAT, Page A-9 THURSDAY, AUGUST 5 "STONEBRAKER" WEEKEND BANDS FRIDAY, AUGUST 6 & SATURDAY, AUGUST 7 SUNDAY, AUGUST 8 ^ "Z BAND" WI TREE SPIRIT" THC! TELKGRAP ! Swinaina for Mac moves one closer o milestone with No. 499 Flying high World Warn bombers to make weekend visit Page C-l The outlook Mostly sunny and pleasant. High86; low 68 ; Onboard : Rams sign I holdout I running back I Faulk PageIV6 : Page B-l Alton Fire Capt. Dave Eckhouse carries the ashes of 20-year veteran Alton firefighter Charlie Roades from College Avenue Presbyterian Church to an Alton fire pumper for the trip to Upper Alton Cemetery Wednesday as Chief Donald Dugan, background, follows. At right, on-duty firefighters, including Assistant Chief Tim Spaulding, center in white hat, salute as the funeral procession passes Fire Station No. 2 on College. More photos, Page CS Bev Farm a no-show at talks By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer GODFREY - Representatives of AFSCME said they were disappointed but not surprised that Beverly Farm Foundation officials failed to attend a negotiation session scheduled for Wednesday. “We had about 40 workers hoping and waiting for the employer to come, but they didn’t,” said Buddy Maupin, regional director of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31. “The employer has a five-year history of acting above the law, so I can’t say I’m surprised they continue to break the law,” Maupin said. AFSCME has been on strike against the home, 6301 Humbert Road, since July 9 after failing to come to a contract agreement. On July 28, Beverly Farm Foundation’s attorney, Ross A. Friedman of Susman, Schermer, Rimmel and Shifrin LLC in St. Louis, wrote a letter to Maupin informing the union that Wednesday’s meeting would not be held. The letter said that because 242 of 325 union members crossed picket lines at the home for developmentally disabled adults, “Beverly Farm has good faith reasonable doubts about the union’s majority support.” Friedman’s letter also cited lack of support for the union as evidenced by a petition drive to decertify AFSCME as ■ See TALKS, Page A-9 Alton firefighter pulogized Drowning victim called gentle, humble man By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON — Firefighter Charles F. Roades Jr. lived a life of contrasts and had a myriad of interests, but friends and family remembered him most Wednesday for his quiet, gentle, helpful nature. “He was a humble, unassuming man — he never bragged and never called attention to himself,” said the Rev. George Humbert, reading a remembrance that Roades’ brother, Warren, wrote for the longtime firefighter’s funeral service. “He was proud to serve his country, and he was proud to serve the (Alton) Fire Department. Charlie was a very private person; he did what he believed in,” wrote Warren Roades of Myrtle Beach, S.C. Rescuers from the Wood River Fire Department recovered Roades’ body July 30 from the Mississippi River ■ See FIREFIGHTER, Page A-9 Vol. 164, No. 202 — 50 cents Thursday, August 5,1999 www.thetelegraph.com Hunterstown being reborn By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer ALTON — City bulldozers razed another derelict house in Alton’s Hunterstown area Wednesday, evidence that the public-private partnership committed to rehabilitating that section of town is alive and well. Bill Kessler, St. Anthony’s Health Center president and CEO, thanked Mayor Don Sandidge for the city’s part in joining St. Anthony’s to bring the Hunterstown neighborhood back to what it once was. Hunterstown is a largely residential community of Alton bordered by Ridge Street on the west, Pearl Street on the east, Alton City Cemetery on the south and 7th Street to the north. St. Clare’s Hospital on East Fifth Street, owned by St. Anthony’s, sits on the edge of Hunterstown. At a St. Anthony’s Foundation Business Leaders’ Forum Wednesday, Kessler reminded his audience of the economic importance of restoring Hunterstown. “First impressions are extremely important,” Kessler said. “As you come into our city across the wonderful Clark Bridge, your first impression needs to instill a sense of well-being. By initiating this public-private partnership between St. Anthony’s and the ■ See HUNTERSTOWN, Page A-9 i ne i eiegrapn/Musb smi i n A city backhoe demolishes a Hunterstown lot Wednesday where a derelict house stood in the 1200 block of East 4th St.