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   Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - October 14, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                  www.thetelegraph.com   SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836  the; telegraph  Budget signs  Colorful  things  happening  Page DI  Vol. 164, No. 272 - 50 cents  Faces of cultures Masks to be on display at St.  Louis Art Museum  Page Cl  Thursday, October 14, 1999  The outlook Mostly sunny and cool ; high 61, low 45  Page D6  Prep soccer CM wins at Alton tourney  Page Bl  Roxana fire chief resigns  ROXANA  m,-n  SIUE near goal, Werner says  By DEBORAH L. BATES  Telegraph staff writer  EDWARDSVILLE - SIUE is moving successfully toward the goal of becoming “the place to go,” but there still is work to be done, the university chancellor said Wednesday.  In his 1999 State of the University    Address,  Chancellor David Werner said that since Southern Illinois University Edwardsville^ founding, improvements made each year make it “the best time ever to be a student at  SIUE.”  During last year’s speech, Werner presented a seven-step plan to improve the university. The plan, “Moving SIUE to the Next Level,” called for progress on seven levels. Werner said each of these goals should be achieved.  “The excitement of this fall is heightened by the bustle of over 2,300 students living on campus and a total enrollment of 11,877, the largest since 1977, and the largest on-cam-pus enrollment and the largest undergraduate enrollment  since 1975,” Werner said.  Werner’s first goal was to increase enrollment to 13,500 by 2005.  “We appear to be on the path to achieving our goal,” he said. Graduate enrollment levels are being addressed through a council that develops goals specifically for the graduate programs.  The third residence hall, which should be completed in the fall of 2001, addresses the chancellor’s second goal.  ■ See SIUE, Page Ad  mn        ■""*  Toni[  -Mr*  Greater St,  Greener  ST. ITX HS  Billy Graham  CRUSADK  Ormhff W*I7.19W • TWA Don*  5:30 Doors open to the crusade at the TWA Dome 7:00 Crusade service begins  ■ Dove and Grammy Award-winning vocalist and keyboard artist Michael W. Smith  ■ Mary Lou Retton  ■ 5000-voice Greater  St. Louis Billy Graham Crusade Mass Choir  Crusade music director Cliff Barrows Crusade soloist George Beverly Shea 8:00 The Rev. Billy Graham 9:00 Crusade concludes  KSIV AM 1320 and KSIV FM 91.5 will be broadcasting live during the Billy Graham Crusade.  Marissa Steinberg, a first-grader at Our Lady Queen of Peace School in Bethalto, tried her hand Wednesday at pumping water from the well at the Pumpkin Town at Losch’s Pumpkin Farm in Roxana. The attraction is open to school groups daily and to the public on weekends.  It’s pumpkin time down on the farm  By ANGELA MUELLER  Telegraph staff writer  ROXANA - Pumpkins, gourds and fun will abound this weekend and the rest of the weekends in October at Losch’s Pumpkin Farm in Roxana.  From noon to 4:30 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday in October, Losch’s Pumpkin Farm, 4262 Hedge Road, will play host to Harvest Festival Days. Weekend visitors to the  farm can enjoy a variety of fun activities.  “The main message we want to give people is don’t go to Wal-Mart to get a pumpkin,” said Caroline Losch, who runs the farm along with her husband, Gene, and son John. “Come out here to the farm, where you can see how pumpkins grow and where they really come from. They don’t grow on a wooden palette in front of the store.”  Visitors to the festivals can  enjoy a wagon ride through the farm while members of the Losch family explain the crops on the farm and how they grow.  “They also talk about the new road coming through the farm, which is (Illinois Route) 255,” Losch said. “It’s more than just a bumpy ride; it’s educational.”  Children can puzzle their way through two giant, dark mazes made out of more than 700 straw bales and take a  tour through Pumpkin Town, where pop culture and historical figures created from pumpkins and gourds gather. Residents of this fall’s Pumpkin Town include Tarzan and Austin Pumpkin, an Austin Powers look-alike with a pumpkin head, orange suit, dark glasses and ruffled green shirt.  In honor of the 30th anniversary of the moon landing, a rocket scene with astro-  ■ See PUMPKIN, Page A9  Hepatitis A warning for  CM students  Celebrants may have been exposed at Hard Rock Cafe  By ANGELA MUELLER  Telegraph staff writer  BETHALTO - Civic Memorial High School students who celebrated the school’s homecoming last weekend by dining at the Hard Rock Cafe at St. Louis Union Station may have been exposed to hepatitis A.  The Missouri State Health Department has issued a warning stating that an employee of the St. Louis restaurant was carrying the disease. Anyone who ate at the restaurant between Sept. 13 and Oct. 9 may have been exposed to hepatitis A.  Dennis Rucker, superintendent of the Bethalto School District, said school officials believe some Civie Memorial students may have eaten at the Hard Rock Cafe Oct. 9 before or after the homecoming dance.  “We believe some kids from the high school did go there to eat,” Rucker said. “We don’t know at this point of time how many or who went there, but we have been led to believe some kids may be among those affected by this warning.”  Rucker said high school students would be informed about the warning issued by the Missouri State Health Department; he said school administrators and the school nurse would make a special effort to contact students who may have frequented the restaurant.  “Our nurses will get information about the situation and about whatever procedures need to be followed out to anybody who may be affected,” he said.  Anyone who ate at the restaurant between Oct. I and Oct. 9 is encouraged to receive an immune globulin shot to reduce the chance of infection. The shot must be administered within 14 days of exposure to be effective, so those who ate at the restaurant before Oct. I would not benefit from receiving the shot.  Paula Berry, a registered nurse and assistant administrator with the Madison County Health Department, said information from the Missouri State Health Department indicated that only those who ate sandwiches  ■ See HEPATITIS, Page A9  Ford leaves after month to take state job  By KERRY SMITH  Telegraph staff writer  ROXANA — Terry Ford has resigned after only one month as Roxana fire chief to accept a position with the State Fire Marshal’s Office.  "Basically, it was a short-lived appointment," said Roxana village board trustee Felix Floyd. “We (the board) haven’t officially taken any action yet."  Mayor Ray Spencer accepted Ford’s resignation last weekend. She said she would have no official comment on Ford’s departure before Monday’s Village Board meeting. Trustees are expected to approve the resignation at that meeting and discuss whether Roxana will hire another chief, retain a fire chief on a consulting basis or not fill the newly created full-time position.  Village Trustee Jim Loyd said it is his wish that the board take advantage of the existing talent and expertise of Roxana’s three firefighters*  “I really hope we promote from within this time around,” Loyd said. “The guys are off probation and have been here over a year, working hard for Roxana. We’ve already got the talent and expertise we need right here.”  State Fire Marshal’s Office deputy director Dan Williams hired Ford Oct. 8 as an adminis trative assistant, a new position. Williams said Ford’s years of experience with arson investigation qualifies him well for the post.  “We’re very fortunate to have hired Terry," Williams said “He has an extensive fire service background and has held local and statewide elected offices. These demonstrate his proactive leadership approach and his suc  cessful track record."  Ford is in Springfield undergoing training and was unavailable for comment.  Ford’s new duties include leading two new initiatives, Williams said. The first is working with volunteer fire departments in holding regional arson workshops. Ford will teach fire chiefs and firefighters how to recognize and identify possible arson scenes Ford’s second new initiative will be to coordinate and lead several joint-training workshops with state fire marshal’s investigators and full-time fire departments statewide.  Ford will be based in East St. Louis.  “Terry will be assisting in our arson program," Williams said. “He’ll be upgrading arson unit policy and procedure and organizing  ■ See CHIEF, Page AO  The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN  Terry Ford, the former longtime Godfrey fire chief, quit after only a month as Roxana fire chief to take a job with the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Office.  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