Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - August 15, 1999, Alton, Illinois Page D-12 Good ;#*„ Mornirtg Sports Dual rivalry Big Mac, Sosa homer as Cubs win Page R-l Police to pick up juuk cars By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON — For four days in September, the city will round up and move out abandoned and derelict vehicles on private property at no cost to the owner. Dubbed “Operation Abandoned Vehicles,” property owners can contact Alton’s Building and Housing or For free clean-up, call 463-3532 or 463-3505 Police departments to request the clean-up of some of the city’s most detracting eyesores. Those numbers are 463-3532 or 463-3505, Ext. 5. The free clean-up campaign runs Sept. 7 through IO. “It’s a never-ending problem; if we have IOO this week, we’ll have IOO to 150 next week,” said Officer Al Womack of the police Traffic Division about derelict cars parked on streets or in yards. “You can go to almost any street in Alton and find three or four abandoned vehicles." Sometimes, people just leave their cars or trucks when they know they can’t be fixed or after an accident; others are arrested and never come back to pay the towing and impounding fees, Womack said. “It’s a state law and a city ordinance against abandoning vehicles on private or public property,” he said. “The Police Department handles the public streets, but the housing department handles vehicles on private property — and they need the police to do the towing.” Steve Larson, Alton’s supervisor of building and housing, could not be reached Friday for comment Operation Abandoned Vehicles is Womack's brain- ■ See JUNK, Page A-11 www.thetelegraph.com J $323: I Coupons and special offers I * inside most editions I Whe;els.Di:\ls Hued with luxury } GMO Envoy made for those who don’t want to rough it Page C-l Serving the River Bend since 1836 August 15,1999 Still s leader Chancellor oversees great days for university Page IM School days near Back to School program set for Saturday at Salu By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON — The importance of education will be highlighted in a day of activities at the NAACP’s 30th annual Back to School/Stay in School program from IO a m. to I p.m. Saturday at Salu Park. All students enrolled in the Alton School District are encouraged to attend. “This program will open doors for youth beyond their imagination,” said James Gray, president of the Alton branch of the NA ACP. The event will feature performances by a gymnastics squad, a drill team and vocal musicians. Clarence Hightower, president of the Minneapolis Urban League and an Alton native, will give a motivational address highlighting how far youths can go with a quality education. “The importance of staying in school will be emphasized throughout our program,” said Andy Hightower, co-chairperson of tpe event. “The purpose of this program is to encourage students to stay focused during the upcoming school year, to put forth their best efforts, both academically and socially.” Community businesses and organizations will have booths set up throughout the park offering activities, school supplies and scholarship information for youths. Saundra Hudson, co-chairperson of the event, said the number of organizations represented at booths should be an encouragement to Alton’s students. “They should get a sense of support just through the number of organizations that are there. Holding the event in and of itself should be a very ■ See SCHOOL, Page A-11 Triathlon tests athletes’ mettle The outlook Mostly sunny and warm, with the high 84 and the low 66 I . Area/Illinois .A-3-10 Bulletin Board .A-9 Classifieds ... .C-2 Editorial ......A-4 Horoscope ... .D-9 Nation/world . .A-12 Obituaries A-6 Eberhart, Fox, Jarrett, Musgraves, Schuette, Story Scoreboard B-2 Stocks........D-2 The Telegraph/M ANGI t M. BAHiMfcb Carol Bauer, and her son Jordan Hewitt, 2, both of Alton, ride the Merry-Go-Round Saturday at the 94th Anniversary Betsey Ann Picnic in Brighton. Soup’s the draw at Betsey Ann Picnic “It’s a lot of fun,” Jeff Fromme of Bethalto said as he waited his turn to begin the event. “I haven’t swam at all. I might be walking a bit.” Fromme said he competes to stay fit but that the event gives him a goal. Mike Wever of Edwardsville has competed in about IO of the 14 Wood River Triathlons, but the event was the first for his wife, Kathy. “I don’t swim, so I put a team together,” she said. Mike Wever’s final time for the triathlon came to I hour, 24 minutes and 57 seconds. “Ifs my personal worst, by the way,” he said Kathy Wever’s team came in at I hour, 27 minutes and 18 seconds. “We don’t train like we used to now that we have kids,” Mike Wever said. The Wevers are members of the Metro-Trl ■ See TRIATHLON, Page A 11 By DEBORAH L. BATES Telegraph staff writer By DEBORAH L. BATES Telegraph staff writer BRIGHTON - All of Brighton was stocking up Saturday on the famous burgoo soup at the 94th Anniversary Betsey Ann Picnic. The weather may have had something to do with the large turnout, but many residents credited it to the last chance before next June to get their favorite soup. “People buy it by the gallons,” said Sheila Hallgren, a worker at the fair. “They freeze it, because this is their only chance to get it.” T.J. Hughes has been making burgoo soup for more than 20 years. “He won’t give you the * recipe,” Hallgren said, revealing only that the soup contains beef, turkey, pork, corn, beans, potatoes, tomatoes and onions. “It has a unique taste all ■ See SOUP, Page A-11 Derek Mitchell, 12, of Brighton, and Anna Vinyard, 5, of Fosterburg, enjoy a ride on the Tubs’ Saturday at the 94th Betsey Ann Picnic in Brighton. The Telegraph/MARGIE M. BARNES Garth Akal of Godfrey makes the turn Saturday during the biking event of the 14th annual Wood River Triathlon at the Wood River Aquatic Center. WOOD RIVER — While sluggers Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa were preparing to compete with the long ball in St. Louis, 242 devoted athletes from all over the area had a competition of their own Saturday in the River Bend. The 14th annual Wood River Triathlon, held at the Wood River Aquatic Center, tested the endurance and strength of some men and women who are devoted to staying lit, as well as others who just wanted to have a little fun. The competition began with 450 meters of swimming, then 12 miles of bike riding, and finally, four miles of running. Participants could compete as individuals or in teams. A total of 242 people competed, 198 of them as individuals.