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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - November 5, 1999, Alton, Illinois Cherish Scents Shop ^ has exciting gifts, etc. The outlook Mostly sunny and warm; High 71, low Bowllng-For-Nope ^ Benefit to raise •n. money, aware-,£yr ness for rare disease Page Cl SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 previews p Vol. 164, No. 294 - 50 cents rnuay, NoVGITlbGr 5, 1999 Easing the way Corbin Street nearly, complete By DAVE WHALEY Telegraph staff writer BETHALTO - Traffic before and after school should be running much smoother now that the first phase of the West Corbin Street project is virtually complete, “They’re putting the finishing touches on everything, doing the grading and dressing up the yards," Mayor Steve Bryant said. “It really looks good. We’re happy with it." Corbin Street is one of Bethalto’s main east-west arteries, running from Strohbeck Lane just north of Civic Memorial High School on the west side of town to Vine Street just north of the Village Hall on the east side. With the high school, Trimpe Junior High and a grade school all located just south of Corbin Street, that is a very useful street to have open, especially before and after school. “It feeds into all of our subdivisions,” Bryant said. Thiems Construction of Edwardsville did the project, which cost about $1.1 million, according to Bryant. Bethalto received $850,000 for the job in a Federal Aid Urban Project grant. “They took up the old surface, put down a new concrete surface, put in new curbs and gutters, and also storm sewers,” Bryant said. “They got ■ See CORBIN, Page A9 www.thetelegraph.com StW*» <■> rn Negotiate, judges tell Bey Farm officials hope is settled soon The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Members of the AFSCME union walk the picket line Thursday outside the main entrance to Beverly Farm Foundation after a judge ordered the foundation to return to the bargaining table with the union. By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer GODFREY — Buoyed by a federal court injunction in their favor, union officials said Thursday they hope their 17-week strike against Beverly Farm Foundation can be settled soon “We proposed these dates because we believe, with good faith negotiations, we can get this done," said Buddy Maupin, regional director of AFSCME Council 31. On Tuesday, three federal appellate judges granted an injunction requiring the Beverly Farm Foundation to recognize the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and to resume contract negotiations in good faith. The judges, from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago, granted an emergency motion for an injunction that the National Labor Relations Board filed Oct. 7. The motion states that the home for developmentally disabled adults, 6301 Humbert Road, must “rescind its unilateral changes in terms and conditions of employment upon request of the union; notify its employees that it will not withdraw bargaining proposals as punishment if the employees strike; it is rescind ing its notice threatening to report employees to state officials for patient abandonment if they strike; and request state officials to expunge the charges that Beverly Farm filed alleging (two striking employees) had abandoned patients." The injunction says any violation of the order would be “punishable as a contempt of this court." AFSCME Council 31 officials said they received word of the injunction late Wednesday; they held a news conference Thursday outside Beverly Farm’s gates to announce the decision. Maupin called the decision ■ See BEV, Page A9 By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer ROXANA - A Connecticut-based environmental company has found a way to convert Roxana landfill’s noxious gases into use-able energy. Zahren Alternative Powers Corp. has chosen the Roxana landfill as one of seven in Illinois and only 23 in the United States that the company is piloting as methane conversion sites. The concept: to convert what is normally regarded as a strong emission and channel it into an energy source for Illinois Power Co. “Essentially, you’re converting a potent greenhouse gas into power," said Michael Carolan, president of Zapco Development Co., a subsidiary of Zahren. “At this site in Roxana, the amount of power we will generate will be enough to furnish enough electricity for about 1,000 homes.” Preparatory work on the landfill site, at 4600 Cahokia Creek Road, is expected to take place in mid November, Carolan said. Specific tasks include installing a pipe system through which the gas will travel. A vacuum pulls the gas from the wells through pipelines to the electrical generators. Roxana’s landfill operator now burns off or “flares” the gas. “What you will see at the Roxana landfill are five green containers that house electrical generation equipment and a few offices, with another facility operating as an electrical substation,” Carolan said. Illinois Power will build the station, ■ See LANDFILL, Page A9 Good Morning - • : Area/Illinois .. .......A3-8 Bulletin Board ........A7 Classifieds .. .........C6 .........C3 ........A4 Horoscope .. .........C3 Nation/world . . . ......A10 Obituaries ... ........A5 Chaudoin, Cory, Dykeman, Fulkerson, Gummersheimer, Hack, Hall, Krend, Lane, Meyer, Ragsdale, Schulenburg, Stilwell, Whitford, Wieneke, Williams, Wilson Scoreboard...........C2 Stocks ...............02 Television ............C4 The driver of a minivan that slammed into the back of a Laidlaw school bus sits near the rear of the bus, was carf y ing more than a dozen students when the accident occurred Thursday on Godfrey Road at Ro inwoo rive Bus crash sends 13 children to hospital By STEVE WHITWORTH Telegraph city editor GODFREY — A van collided with an Alton school bus on Godfrey Road just after noon Thursday, sending 13 middle school pupils to the hospital, but all were treated and released. The collision occurred about 12:18 p.m. in the 5400 block of Godfrey Road, near the MotoMart station, Godfrey Fire Chief Mike Mitchell said. The driver of the van was cited for a moving violation Middle school pupils suffer minor injuries after her van hit the Laidlaw bus from behind, said Capt. Dennis Fischer of the Madison County Sheriff’s Department, which investigated the accident. The bus was carrying 13 pupils from East Middle School, Alton    Schools Superintendent    Michael Beaber. He said the children were returning from a field trip to Piasa Creek, where they were participating in a watershed project for a sci ence class. One of the pupils complained of neck pain and was taken by ambulance to Saint Anthony’s Medical Center in Alton, authorities said Another Laidlaw bus was called to the scene, and the driver from the first bus used it to take the remaining 12 pupils to the hospital, accompanied by a paramedic, Mitchell said. “It’s standard procedure when there is a bus accident for the children to go to the hospital,” Beaber said. Because the children were minors, they weren’t allowed to sign waivers refusing medical treatment and so had to be taken to hospitals by law, Mitchell said. He said half of the children were taken to Saint Anthony’s and the other half to Alton Memorial Hospital. The driver of the van, the school bus driver and the sixth-grade science teacher accompanying the pupils all declined medical treatment. Landfill gases to generate electricity in pilot project Environmental firm chooses Roxana