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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - November 14, 1999, Alton, Illinois www.thetelegraph.com more 1 than 1 Coupons and special offers I inside most editions I SKUNDA?  -- imjiE tiilmm rn Serving The River Bend Since 1836 Vol. 184, No. 303 November 14, IJH $1.50 SPOR' ' I ‘ rnS» Burning issue Leaf fires in streets ruining new surfaces Defeat Greenfield loses to Galena 32-14 Page Bl HiftP'ujiU Area/Illinois.....A3-10 Bulletin Board......A7 Business..........DI Classifieds  C3 Editorial...........A4 Horoscope.........D7 Nation/ world A12 Obituaries.........A6 Braasch, Cigir, Calkin, Fitzgibbons, Flatt, Gammill, Grable, Grammer, Kadell, McDowell, Warren Scoreboard    C2 Stocks............D2 Weather.......... 010 By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON — This autumn’s warm, dry weather is providing residents with more days to burn leaves, but many are torching them illegally on city streets. Burning leaves in the streets always has been a hazard to traffic and a threat to nearby properties. Leaves raked into the street also can end up clogging storm sewers. But this year, the fires are ruining the new surfaces that workers have installed on blocks and blocks of Alton streets months. •it’s a big problem. We’ve had more problems this year, though, than in the past," said Bob Jones, operations supervisor for the Public Works Department. “This (mayoral) administration has put down a lot of new streets, and if people burn on them, they are going to deteriorate prematurely.” Jones said a fire takes the oil out of the street, drying its surface. "It will be one of the first places it will fail,” he said of the burned areas Alton Fire Chief Donald Dugan said he has told people to put out fires that he has seen burning on streets, including one on a newly finished surface. “I saw one on Marquette Drive, and they had just finished Marquette," Dugan said "It wouldn’t have been so bad if it was in a ditch or something, but they had just finished that street.” The man did comply with his request, Dugan said. Jones said Public Works Department employees also have warned people not to burn leaves in the street, but he said more people need to be aware of the harm that the practice causes. “With the weather this year, the leaves are so dry, and it has been easier to burn them than during falls that ■ See BURNING, Page A11 «rphis (mayoral) administration I has put down a lot of new streets, and if people burn on them, they are going to deteriorate prematurely.” Bob Jones operations supervisor for the Public Works Department The outlook Mostly sunny and mild. High 62; low 32 Page DIO The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH Don Wuellner burns a pile of leaves in the street in front of his house on 16th Street in Alton. Family tradition Van Nash took over where dentist father left off Page DI Wheels*Deals Stylish taco lift The 2000 Ford Taurus is a departure from its predecessors Page Cl Jingle Bell Run takes off Teams run/walk Nice weather for holiday shopping Christmas tree taking shape along with run on stores By KERRY SMITH and LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writers to raise money for Arthritis Foundation By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer ALTON — The 5K won the 5K at Alton Square Saturday morning. The 5K did not win the race of the swift. The 5K team won the costume contest. “We really did win,” insisted one member of the team when a skeptic asked them if they really won. The 5K stands for 5 kilometers, the distance of the competitive race for the annual Jingle Bell Run for Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Run. Five kilometers is about 3.1 miles. The event features a competitive 5K race, some noncompetitive walks and a costume contest. The 5K team is made up of women from St. Louis who participate in competitive races at regular intervals and wanted to do something a little different. The costumes were styled after the theme of the holiday favorite, “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” The 5Ks were dressed as a partridge in a pear tree, two turtle doves, three French hens, four calling birds and five golden rings. Their names are Nancy Portschele, Kara Casagrande, Debbie Schaefer, Patty Feltes and Ray McVey. In addition to the costume contest, they all See RUN, Page A11 me leiegrapn/junw dhuivimm Members of tire Alton-Godfrey Rotary and Alton Marketplace are silhouetted Saturday morning as they set to the task of erecting the steel framework for the city Christmas tree in Lincoln-Douglas Square. ALTON — Cold weather and holiday decorations may be the best reminders that it’s time to think about Christmas — but shoppers don’t seem to need prompting. Alton Square marketing coordinator Christine Moses said that even though temperatures haven’t provided a physical reminder, mall crowds have grown steadily in the past week as shoppers begin pursuit of Retailers Christmas __.___ . gifts expect good Moses year and mall    PageA6 manager ............TTH Bob Hardy are hoping for a record-breaking retail season. “The warm temperatures this year haven’t really seemed to affect us,” she said. “Nearly the same thing happened last year as far as the warm weather goes. No matter what the temperature, Thanksgiving seems to snap people into action,” Moses said. Downtown merchants are giving shoppers a physical reminder the holiday shopping season is approaching. Workers with the Alton-Godfrey Rotary Club took advantage of the warm weekend temperatures to put up the large tree in Lincoln-Douglas Square. The Rotary Club owns the 40-foot artificial tree; members erected its steel frame, attached greenery and strung lights Saturday at the ■ See SHOPPING, Page A11 Scouts reap piles of food for area needy By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer ALTON — The Scouts from Pack 16 said they worked up a big appetite collecting food for the annual Scouting for Food day Saturday. The group was one of several that brought thousands of cans of food to the Crisis Food Center. “It went great. We collected food from all around Alton,” Leaders say annual drive ‘went great’ Photo Page A11 said Tom Barnett, IO, whose pack is based at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church and also includes young men from St. Mary’s School. Scouts picked up canned goods Saturday after leaving the plastic bags for people to fill last weekend. Troop 121 Scout master John Bridgeman said it was an average year in the amount of food picked up. “We’d always like to get more.” One Cub pack picked up more than 1,000 items, said Bridgeman, who manned the drop-off station at Crisis Food Center, 21 E. Sixth St. John Wilson, a volunteer at the center, said the food will go fast. It may be gone by Christmas. “We feed 145 families. Som have as many as 12 children.” Scouting for Food is a annual event across the natior said Don Kinney, the Scot executive for the Trails Wes Council. The event has been carne out for the past IO- years or si he said. Council leaders sai they are hoping to bring i 160,000 food items for th year’s collection. - ■ ——  . - - >