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   Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - October 22, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                 mfwm  SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836  On me ice Blues win 3-2 in overtime over Edmonton  Page Bl   www.thetelegraph.com   Friday, October 22, 1999  Vol. 164, No. 280 - 50 cents  Funeral held in church where sisters I were baptized  By DEBORAH L. BATES  Telegraph staff writer  EDWARDSVILLE - They entered life together nearly 19 years ago and have now left to join their mother in eternal life.  Twin sisters Melissa N. Holliday and Erica L. Holliday died Saturday in a car accident near Charleston. During funeral services Thursday at St. Boniface Church,  i ■. ■ < -i     !  ■  Var^  ( "  Jpl ■    *  ;* v  r , i-.    'WI ^n! itir  I .I rn 11 >  ii Ii ii I  NMIHHH    words cannot  Erica    express the  Holliday    sorrow we  feel in our hearts this day,” Corredato said, standing in the same church where the sisters were baptized.  Perhaps the connection twins shared took them out of this world ^together,  lllO M mot hi-! Un la!*  no*  iPiHI } Corredato  Lakeside service honors teen  someone should live his or her life, he always said, ‘Be kind, ” Blain s father, Robert, told the gathering over the calming sound of the lake’s fountain “Ben was an organ donor, whieh included the corneas of his eyes. It would be wonderful to see the world through Ben’s eyes.”  Those in the crowd, dressed in an eclectic mixture of tie-dyes or suits and ties, tearfully rejoiced at the stories the speakers offered. Sitting on blankets spread out over the grass or leaning against a fence, laughter often was heard after anecdotes involving the young man they knew. Many said the cheerful service on a breezy, sunny  ■ See TEEN, Page A11  By BARBARA M. COPE  Telegraph staff writer  EDWARDSVILLE - More than IOO people gathered Thursday at a lakeside service to celebrate the life of 18-year-old Benjamin B. Blain.  Blain was one of three Edwardsville teen-agers killed in a traffic accident Saturday near Charleston. Twins Erica and Melissa Hollidays were also buried Thursday.  At an unorthodox service next to Leclaire Lake, many friends and family members recalled how Blain had touched their lives with his kindness and love for life.  “When his mother Mary would ask Ben in one word how he’d recommend  MHU    Throughout  HBLdLJhJ    the service,  Melissa    the friendship  Holliday    and the bond  Melissa and Erica Holliday shared was expressed*. Corredato spoke of the sisters' love for music, their love for others and their love for life, saying there is a lesson to be learned — to live and love life to its fullest and enjoy it as these sisters did.  “Life is too brief and, in this case, life is all too brief,  ■ See TWINS, Page A11  By KERRY SMITH  Telegraph staff writer  ALTON — Several vacant structures in Alton and Godfrey are being bulldozed to make way for two new CVS Pharmacy stores.  During the next IO days, the old Alton fire station at College Avenue and Scovell Street, a former dentist office, an abandoned house, an automotive repair business and a Chinese restaurant will be razed to accommodate a CVS Pharmacy, said Stephen Sweet, owner of Abatement Management Inc.  AMI is CVS’ subcontractor in charge of demolition for the project.  the 10,500-square-foot store and adjoining parking lot will occupy a significant amount of space th^t until Wednesday was known as Scovell Street. City of Alton public works director Jim Hernandez said Scovell Street is no longer a street; the property was conveyed to CVS during the sale of the land that will be home to the prototype store. Scovell has been permanently closed from College Avenue to  en to death and heard Skelton use a racial slur in asking about his stolen television. She said police also used racial slurs in investigating the case. Police vehemently denied any such language.  Taylor’s trial on a murder charge is expected to go to the jury today after closing arguments. He is accused of hitting Skelton, 48, two times  By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT  Telegraph staff writer  EDWARDSVILLE Glenn A. Taylor flatly denied on the witness stand Thursday that he hit or kicked Richard Skelton and said he was intimidated into signing a confession by Alton police officers.  Another witness, Lisa Baker, said she was in the area when Skelton was beat-  ■ See TWINS, Page A11  Obituaries ............A5  Calvey, Cox, Dustmann, Goff, Haferkamp, Harris, Lahlein, Mellor, Schmitt, Schoenherr, Turner, Ufert, Wplff  Scoreboard...........C2  Stocks ...............D2  Television ............C3  Weather .............DB  Area/Illinois . Bulletin Board Business Classifieds . Comics .... Editorial .... Horoscope . Nation&world  The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH  A backhoe from Abatement Management Inc. begins demolition of a house in the 2400 block of College Avenue Thursday. Several buildings on the block are being demolished to make way for a CVS Pharmacy store.  Crawford Street in Upper bulldozing is done, probably as director of corporate commu- Alton     .    soon as early to mid-    nications. “We re looking at  “We’re expecting to begin November,  -  said I odd construction as soon as the Andrews, CVS Pharmacy    ■ see pharmacy, Page ah   

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