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   Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - December 23, 1999, Alton, Illinois                                SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 Fro Bowl Six Rams headed to Hawaii Strike of twelve Where will you be The outlook Partly sunny Offering every and cold High i thing from 29 low 12 j Christmas gifts to i appliances Page D6 j Page Dl Vol 164 No 342 50 cents Thursday December The SMITH the fall colors along the Great River Road make it one of the prettiest times of the year for the trip up the road Great River Road economic boon f ourists flock to scenic sight By THOMAS WRAUSMANN Telegraph staff writer Many residents cant remember a time when there wasnt a Great River Road bordering the communities along the Mississippi and Illinois rivers The scenic River Road funded by a Works Progress Administration grant is wide ly considered a great American construction achievement It has attracted hundreds of thousands of tourists to the area from Alton in Madison County to Eldred in Greene County It has been an economic boon for the area bringing in millions of dollars The road opened a conve nient route to Elsah and Grafton for tourists and resi dents historians said To get The Graul John D McAdams Alton civic leader raises his pick to symbolically begin construction of the Great River Road in February 1936 to these river communities motorists used to have to trek around the bluff area on old Illinois Route 100 now called Route 3 The idea for a river road and recreational area was heavily promoted for several years in the John D McAdams Members of the McAdams family were execu tives at The Telegraph for many years A Works Progress Administration grant was See BOON Page A7 Byway reaps in federal grants By DONNA J NOLAN and DAVE WHALEY Telegraph staff writers BELLEVILLE Four grants totaling more than were awarded Wednesday to the Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway The grants will come from the Federal Highway Administration said Scenic Byway Council chairman Mike Campion who also is the mayor of Godfrey Our Scenic Byway has been recognized as one of the most beautiful road ways in the Campion said With Wednesdays announce ment our byway has received more than million in the last two See GRANTS Page A7 10 years of secrecy at Chemetco Trial on pollution charges to start It January jtVf BgKERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer 1EAST ST LOUIS Jan 11 Is the date set for the start of aconspiracytopollute trial Devolves around 10 years of secrecy at the copper smelter near Hartford known as Chemetco The crux of the case is the gov eminents allegation that Chemetco niajiagers and maintenance lupqrintendents regularly dis chefrged pollutants into Long Lake from a secret pipe over a 10year period from September 1986 through September 1996 Chemetcos alleged actions were discovered by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency in 1996 The SMITH Chemetco Inc near Hartford is accused of discharging pollutants into Long Lake from a secret pipe over a 10 year period from September 1986 through September 1996 District Judge William Stiehl will preside over the trial which is expected to take place three days per week for a period for at least four or five weeks The trial will include six defense attor neys and Assistant Attorney Michael Quinley as the governments prosecutor St Louis Attorney Bruce Cook is representing Chemetco Inc Individual defendants and former Chemetco mainte nance superintendents being represented are Gary L Reed who worked as Chemetcos maintenance superintendent from 198893 represented by Madison County area attorney John Rekowski George L Boud who worked in the same position from 199398 repre sented by attorney Marty Hadican Roger K Copeland Chemetcos millright foreman before September 1996 repre sented by St Louis attorney Gordon Ankney Kevin A Youngman a Chemetco labor er foreman before September 1996 represented by Edwardsville attorney Bill Lucco and Bruce W See CHEMETCO Page A7 Area civic leader dies at age of 72 Charles Muenstermann helped build Gordon Moore Park By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer COTTAGE HILLS River Bend has lost the lead volun teer responsible for the cre ation of Gordon Moore Park Charles L Muenstermann 72 died Tuesday morning after a lengthy illness Hailed as Dr Gordon Moores righthand man and as someone who used his gift of carpentry to benefit the entire community several civic leaders said Wednesday that Muenstermann left a liv ing lasting legacy Charlie was really a hell of a Mayor Don Sandidge said He did a tremendous job with Gordon Moore Park Even in failing health when he carried oxygen with him Charlie continued to actively support the Jim Goodwin served on the park commission when Muenstermatm began extensive volunteer efforts in the late 1970s Even back then Charlie was pretty much known as Mr Volunteer when it came to developing Gordon Moore Goodwin said I met Charlie when we started build ing the park in 1979 Charlie Charles L Muenstermann Mr Volunteer took responsibility for air the structures out there directed the constructionor built it Muenstermann volunteers and dozens of craft unions con tributed the equivalent mil lions of dollars of inkind labor to Moore Park The park was developed1 entirely by volunteers X Moores widow Moore said the park is wliatif is today because of theinanyi hours Muenstermann invested in the project with herhus S3 See LEADER Page A7 BroadwayBerm Connecticut road draws closer to realty By LINDA N WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON The city has taken one more step towards bringing about a road connec tor between Broadway and the Berm Highway through the blighted OwensIllinois Inc property At a public hearing in City Council Chambers engineer David Godar of Sheppard Morgan and Schwaab Inc of Alton described the planned road project The new road will serve as a shortcut for residents and city officials hope will be a boon to devel opment in the area A report of the Tuesday meeting will be forwarded to the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration Five Alton aldermen and several other city officials attended the hearing along with about 15 residents This is about the biggest thing that is hitting Alton right Godar said This pro ject is a longawaited project It is a vital project in the Alton industrial corridor improvement The million road will run 66 miles from a cut on the north side of the Berm Illinois Route 143 that has been in place since the northward to a short old sec tion of Indiana off Broadway near Alton Plaza and thesite of the proposed new police sta tion Part of the south side of Broadway will be up to 15 feet he said v Godar said the street will be constructed in two phases beginning with the north side with some down time allowed for earth settlement on a 40 See ROAD Page A7 Sf i 1 iV Good Mornirig D5 C5 Obituaries A5 Atherton Baumgartner Bedwell Bristow Brown Dyer Fix Gardiner Geisler Gelsthorpe Hardy Ireland Kording Martin Morris Powell Pranger Tepen Woolsey   

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