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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - August 23, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SERVING THE RIVER BEND AREA SINCE 1836 4MKVK Big Mac makes more history Mark McGwires two homers give him 50 for the 4th straight season PageCl Neighbors PrairieLand SHARE assists Brighton area residents PageBl 220 50 cents The Outlook Partly then a chance of thunderstorms High near 85 Complete forecast PageD4 August Texas coast blasted Hurricane Bret creates havoc as it slams into Texas PageB4 AAA Watch for students The SMITH Arbuthnot walks her children nd in a crosswalk across 13th treet in Roxana on their way to school riday at Central Elementary By STEVE WHITWORTH Telegraph staff writer AAA is conducting its 66th annual Schools Open program to remind motorists about the need to drive with special care as schools go back into session for the To that AAA again is issuing its posters and bumper stickers which include the warnings Schools Open and Drive Carefully to interested groups and individuals as a way of increas ing safety We make them available to any interested said Mike a spokesman for the AAA Auto Club of The bumper stickers can be obtained through any AAA branch office or business that contracts to provide emergency road services for The bumper stickers and posters are intended to remind motorists that many children will be going to school for the first time this and they may be unaware of the dangers at school crossings and road Many older chil dren also may be somewhat care less in their habits after a summer of Statistics show the importance of traffic safety where children are Children under the age of 15 are involved in 34 percent of all pedes trian and motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children from 5 to 14 years Thats why motorists should pay special attention to safe driving procedures as children return to school at summers the AAA Children are inquisitive and and they never miss an opportunity to explore something that interests them even if it means venturing into the AAA officials Children darting or appear ing suddenly in the path of a mov ing is one of the most com mon causes of traffic accidents involving To reduce the potential for accidents involving child drivers should pay closer attention to parked shrubbery and other similar vision Many children know little about pedestrian safety and even those who do are likely to forget them in pursuit of a rolling ball or windblown school Schoolchildren generally depend on motorists to exercise safe dri ving so motorists should be especially alert for children traveling on on and boarding or getting off school AAA offers these safety reminders for motorists When in school watch for reduced speed limit signs that become effective when in I Fingerprint of a man who Hosta gardendedicated in memory of community servant George Spence By REBECCA HOPKINS ALTON Late community was when his a Hosta gar deh in honor of his memory to the city of The located just east of the Nan Elliott Memorial Rose Garden in Gordon Moore Community was chosen because of Spences lifelong work with seygral varieties of the More than 100 people were in attendance at the 4 cere mony where Spences family took the stage and formally presented the garden to the Daughter Sharon Spence Salomonsaid the garden would have been her fathers Im sorry dad couldnt be here to see this garden of his Salomon But I believe dads presence is here in every He would have been thrilled to see his dream realized so beautiful the Carillon played in the Spence was lov ingly remembered by family and friends as a lover of nature and devoted family Tiie George Huiribw Trbrn College Church said he stood in awe of the beautiful We see here the fingerprint of a man of who loved us and gave us a beautiful Humbert I stand in awe of a beautiful garden and a wonderful family who give the city of Alton a gift of their Filling in for Mayor Don Sandidge who was unable to Alderman Phil Hanrahan read a proclama tion to the family naming Sunday as the George Spence and Family Hosta Garden David president of the Alton Parks and Recreation Commission accepted the care of the gar den in memory of I was lucky and fortunate to be his George loved the com munity of Alton as much as he loved his and took See Page A7 Figures show system works The BARNES Paul of and grandson of the late George reads a Rudyard Kipling poem Sunday during the dedication of the hosta garden to his grandfather at Gordon Moore Community in great pride in his We will maintain this garden wish as much care and love as George would Along with his Spence had lovingly nurtured many of the plants in his gar dens at his home on Main Street for many for mer vicepresident of JeffersonSmurfit Spence was widely known throughout the area for his community service work and his love of I am so pleased it is com pleted and I know it will grow and be more beautiful every Dottie Spence George loved his hostas and would have loved what was done Funds for the garden were raised through voluntary donations following Spences death just over one year All work in the garden was provided through voluntary None of this would have been possible without the hard work and generosity of many Salomon By SANFORD SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE A new system of enforcing building code violations is keeping more cases out of court and forcing more property owners to obey the Madison County officials Of the 75 cases that have come before the Code Adjudication Hearing Court since 60 have ended in compliance with the code vio according to a report from the Madison County Zoning and Environmental This was the way the sys tem was adopted in the first said Madison County Board Member Mike It was meant to get people to comply with the We are really encouraged by the way this has worked out so said Joe director of building and zon The department has issued a report on the first three months of the administrative review designed to improve enforcement of ing private I See Page In apples are apple of their eye Orchard working has become a family a way of life YAKSTIS Cajhoun County fruit grower Tom Ringhausen shows some of the beautiful apples to be displayed at the Calhoun County Apple By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer HARDIN Orchardman Tom Ringhausen was 5 years old when his parents dis played their beautiful apples at the Calhoun County Apple Festival and Fair in the I was a boy when I picked and polished pretty ripe apples to display on the main stage of the county said The apple festival and fair was exciting to a country boy like Ringhausen will follow the tradition of his orchardman and show his new crop of apples at the annual Calhoun County Apple Festival and Fair 9 through 12 at The county fair signals the start of the big apple season in Calhoun said who sells his apples at a market at the east end of the Joe Page Bridge across the Illinois River in East The festival and fair was born 69 years when apple growers and farmers drove horsedrawn wagonloads of apples to exhibit at the fair said retired Hardin teacher Francis growers show their apples and county farm families exhibit their live stock and tasty canned fruits and at the People come back home to the Calhoun fair every year to visit their old neighbors and just like folks did at the fair in Strauch Ringhausen likes to show the blue ribbons and prizes won by his family at the Calhoun fair and Illinois State Fair through the Growing apples is a long tradition for the Ringhausen My greatgreatgrandfa Christian raised apples on the Blue Ridge of Calhoun 138 years Hundreds of people will gather at the apple festival and fair next month for a variety of entertain carnival rides and the big tractor Ringhausen and other fruit growers will show their apples on the main stage as a background for the crowning of the 1999 Calhoun County Fair People have crowded the fairgrounds every year to see the coronation since Edna Breden Warren was crowned the first queen in The five queen contestants at this years fair are Traci Lisa Liz Rachel Sievers and Sherry said Glenda coordinator of the popular queen The queen coronation event will be at 6 said who operates the Calhoun Variety Store in The 1998 fair Kari will crown the 1999 she The Little Mister compe tition is at 7 and the Little Miss coronation is at 6 Taviner Through the fair See Page A7 Good Morning Bulletin Lee   

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