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   Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - November 2, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                 SERVING THE RIVERBEND SINCE 1836  Roxana hires former fire chief as consultant  By KERRY SMITH  Telegraph staff writer  ROXANA — The Roxana Village Board took a major step Monday night toward resolving the confusion surrounding the status of its fire chief.  In action following an executive session, the board voted 5-1 in favor of a multi-part ordinance accepting Fire Chief Terry Ford’s resignation and hiring him as a temporary consultant.  The new ordinance, which was presented in two separate votes, resulted in unanimous approval from board trustees on the provision pertaining to Ford’s resignation, said Leonard Berg, village attorney.  With trustee Jim Loyd casting the nay vote in the 5-1 tally, the following ordinance provisions were approved:  ■ that the board will establish, as of Nov. I, the tempo-  ■ See CHIEF, Page A7  Good Morning     Area/Illinois....    .. .A3,5-6      Bulletin Board...    .......D5      Business ......    .......DI      Classifieds.....    .......C6      FHitnrial ......    ......A4      Horoscope.....    .......D4      Ann Landers----    ......C5      Nation/world ...    .......AS     Obituaries.............A6  Cox, Dunlap, Kibikas, Mitchell, Richardson, Riehls, Weisner, Wilson, Zipprich  Scoreboard...........C2  Stocks...............D2  Weather..............D6  MUE .. Ii/JU I  Home main source for hepatitis A  By KERRY SMITH  Telegraph staff writer  EDWARDSVILLE - The Madison County Health Department has recorded 55 cases of hepatitis A so far this year, but none of the cases has been connected to food handling at restaurants.  Personal health services manager Debra Tscheschlok said the county has seen an increase in reported cases of the disease, but she said the family home more often is the place where hepatitis A is transmitted.  “A common occurrence is within a home where there are diapered chil  dren and where meals are being prepared," Tscheschlok said.  Busy parents may change a diaper, grab a ringing telephone and rush to make lunch, forgetting to wash their hands or washing their hands incompletely.  “We’ve also had several cases in 1999 that seem to be linked to area day care centers,” Tscheschlok said. “It’s hard to trace the origin of hepatitis A."  The county health specialist said no matter what the potential source is of the disease, warding it off with thorough hand-washing is the best answer.  “With all the information out there on hepatitis A, the important thing to know is that the vaccination is not a replacement for personal hygiene," Tscheschlok said.  Despite recent incidents of reported hepatitis A involving restaurant and bar workers in St. Louis and a Pizza Hut employee in Granite City, Madison County health officials have not traced any transmissions of hepatitis A from Madison County restaurant or bar employees to their patrons.  Alton Memorial Hospital infection control nurse Virginia Ilch said these latest incidents likely will spark a  learning curve for restaurant and bar  operators whose employees currently are not using disposable gloves.  “At the hospital, our food service handlers have been wearing gloves for a long time," Bch said. “This is going to be a hard thing for food handlers to learn and for restaurant operators to continue to train on, since there’s such a high employee turnover in the industry ."  The state of Illinois does not require eatery employees to don gloves while interacting with ready-to-eat foods But Carl Langkop, chief of communicable diseases for the Illinois Public Health Department,  said there are state guidelines recommending food service employee behavior that’s in the public's best interest.  “For instance, employees are not supposed to work in any food handling capacity when they have any sort of gastrointestinal illness," Langkop said “We’re also asking that food handlers trim their fingernails short. Gloves can be a good barrier to prevent the spread of hepatitis A, but only if they are used correctly. lf a clean glove touches raw meat and then touches ready-to-eat food, contamination occurs.”  ■ See HEPATITIS, Page A7  The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN  ^ nurse at Alton Memorial Hospital holds a pre-loaded disposable syringe with the hepatitis A vaccine.  Hand-washing best defense against hepatitis A  By ANGELA MUELLER  Telegraph staff writer  Local medical professionals and educators are emphasizing the importance of personal hygiene, particularly hand-washing, in light of the appearance of cases of hepatitis A, first in St. Louis, then in Granite City.  Hepatitis A is spread through a fecal-oral route, which means it can be spread if someone uses the restroom, then touches food or their mouth without cleansing their hands properly.  “The best way of preventing its spread is through proper hand-washing," said Paula Berry, registered nurse assistant administrator with the Madison County Health Department If people would simply wash their hands, it would limit the spread."  Local school health-care personnel have incorporated the lessons of personal hygiene into the classroom lessons of most area elementary pupils. In the Alton School District, a presentation about proper hand-washing is done in each kindergarten through fifth-grade classroom each year.  “We use several different methods to teach the lesson of hand-washing, whether through example or demonstrations or videos or experiments,” said Sandy Fosha, certified school nurse for Horace Mann, Godfrey and McKinley schools  Teachers also encourage pupils daily to wash their hands after using the restroom and before eating, and these daily admonitions have increased in significance since the recent outbreaks of Hepatitis A.  ■ See DEFENSE, Page A7  Vol. 164, No. 291 -50 cents  Cuisine expert  Chef Richard Perry at 10th annual Cooking School  Paged  Tuesday, November!!, 1999  Walter Payton dies at age 45 of a rare liver disease  Page Bl  The outlook Mostly sunny, windy and cold; High 46, low 27  Page D6  Now restaurant  A ‘family touch’ comes to the area  Page DI  www.thetelegraph.com   Gazebo dedicated to deceased employees  By ANGELA MUELLER  Telegraph staff writer  GODFREY - Teachers, administrators, family members and former pupils gathered Monday afternoon beneath the trees in front of J.B. Johnson Early Childhood Center to pay tribute to the short lives and early deaths of two former staff members.  More than 40 people shared tears, laughter and embraces as they dedicated a butterfly garden to the memory of Mary Ann Richey and a gazebo to the memory of Penny Sue Fay. Richey, a classroom assistant at the center, died of cancer in August 1997, and Fay, secretary at the center, was killed in an automobile crash in 1998.  “We suffered a tremendous loss in those two years, and we needed some closure,” said Mary Hentrich, director of the Early Childhood Center.  Family members of both Fay and Richey attended the outdoor ceremony at the center.  “I think ifs absolutely beautiful,” Tom Fay, Penny Sue’s husband, said about the wooden gazebo. “I think ifs absolutely wonderful what they’ve done, although Penny would be embarrassed by all the hoopla. She was very dedicated to children, and she wanted every child to have the same  learning opportunities, and this is something that will be used by children.”  A bronze plaque in the gazebo, which stands next to the butterfly garden in front of J.B. Johnson, dedicates the structure to the “loving memory of Penny Sue Fay.” “Even though her name was Penny, she was worth a million to us, and she still is,” Hentrich said.  Tim Richey, Mary Ann’s husband, said he felt the butterfly garden was an appropriate memorial to his late wife.  “She loved flowers, she loved butterflies, and she loved the kids,” he said. “The people out here meant a lot to her, and the kids out here she helped meant a lot to her.”  A stone in the butterfly garden labels it as “Mary Ann’s Garden,” and stepping stones creating a path through the garden were made by pupils in Richey’s class.  Stephanie Munson, Richey’s cousin and a professional storyteller, stood next to the garden during the short ceremony and read a poem about the comfort of “green, growing things.” Jackie Cutler, a teacher at the center, read a poem she wrote about Penny Sue Fay.  Him Engelman, the teacher with whom Richey worked at the  ■ See GAZEBO, Page A7  I ne leiegrapn/vJuriN daumaN ton School District Superintendent Michael J. Beaber ads ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ to preschool pupils did the J.B. Johnson Early Childhood Center inside a aw gazebo dedicated Monday to Penny Sue Fay, a jcretary at the center who died in an automobile -ash last vear.  _   

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