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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - December 23, 1999, Alton, Illinois r—— -    -       .    - ——    :    SERVING    THE    RIVER    BEND    SINCE    1836 TFM*" ll Hffdll - A In I ... ii«j . fir-. J Ii    Jlh Pro Bowl Six Rams headed to r Hawaii Page Bl Strike of iwolvo Where will you be? Page Cl The outlook    ; Wood River Hardware Partly sunny    i Offering every and cold; High    i thing from 29, low 12    I Christmas gifts    to j appliances Page D6 i    Page    DI Vol. 164, No. 342 - 50 cents Thursday, December 23,1999 www.thetelegraph.com Area civic ; leader dies at age of 72 Charles Muenstermann helped build Gordon Moore Park By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer .    The    Telegraph/RUSS    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 Tourists flock to scenic sight By THOMAS WRAUSMANN Telegraph staff writer Many residents can’t remember a time when there wasn’t 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 widely 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 convenient route to Elsah and Grafton for tourists and residents, historians said. To get THE ra^Rtni The Telegraph/Bob 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 IOO, now called Route 3. The idea for a river road and recreational area was heavily promoted for several years in the 1930s by John D. McAdams. Members of the McAdams family were executives at The Telegraph for many years. A Works Progress Administration grant was ■ See BOON, Page A7 ofltMi Byway reaps $600,000 in federal grants By DONNA J. NOLAN and DAVE WHALEY Telegraph staff writers BELLEVILLE - Four grants totaling more than $600,000 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 roadways in the country,” Campion said. “With (Wednesday’s) announcement, our byway has received more than $1.75 million in the last two years.” ■ See GRANTS, Page A7 IO years of secrecy at Chemetco Trial on pollution charges to start in January By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer EAST ST. LOUIS - Jan. ll is the date set for the start of a conspiracy-to-pollute trial that revolves around IO years of secrecy at the copper smelter near Hartford known as Chemetco. The crux of the case is the government’s allegation that Chemetco managers and maintenance Superintendents regularly discharged pollutants into Long Lake from a secret pipe over a 10-year period from September 1986 through September 1996. Chemetco’s alleged actions were discovered by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency in 1996. I    IIVI    t^II The Telegraph/RUSS 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. U.S. 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 attorneys and Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Quinley as the government’s prosecutor. St. Louis Attorney Bruce Cook    is    representing Chemetco Inc. Individual defendants and former Chemetco maintenance superintendents being represented are: Gary L. Reed, who worked as Chemetco’s maintenance superintendent from 1988-93, represented by Madison County area attorney John Rekowski; George L. Boud, Jr., who worked in the same position from 1993-98, represented by attorney Marty Hadican; Roger K. Copeland, Chemetco’s millright foreman before September 1996, repre-. sented by St. Louis attorney Gordon Ankney; Kevin A. Youngman, a Chemetco laborer foreman before September 1996, represented by Edwardsville attorney Bill Lucco; and Bruce W. ■ See CHEMETCO, Page A7 COTTAGE HILLS - River Bend has lost the lead volunteer responsible for the creation of Gordon Moore Park. Charles L. Muenstermann, 72, died Tuesday morning after a lengthy illness. Hailed as Dr. Gordon Moore’s right-hand man and as someone who used his gift of carpentry to benefit the entire community, several civic leaders said Wednesday that Muenstermann left a living, lasting legacy. “Charlie was really a hell of a guy,” 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 park.” Jim Goodwin served on the park commission when Muenstermann began bis 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 Park,” Goodwin said. “I met Charlie when we started building the park in 1979. Charlie Ciwies L. Muenstermann ‘Mr. Volunteer’ took responsibility for all the structures out there. He either directed the construction or built it himself.” Muenstermann, volunteers and dozens of craft unions contributed the equivalent of millions of dollars of in-kind labor to develop Gordon Moore Park. The park was developed entirely by volunteers. Moore’s widow, Mary Moore, said the park is what it is today because of the many hours Muenstermann invested in the project with her hus- ■ See LEADER, Page A7 Broadway-Berm connector road draws closer to reality By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON — The city has taken one more step towards bringing about a road connector between Broadway and the Berm Highway through the blighted Owens-Illinois 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 development 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 now,” Godar said. “This project is a long-awaited project. It is a vital project in the Alton industrial corridor improvement plan.” The $10 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 1960s, northward to a short, old section of Indiana off Broadway near Alton Plaza and the site of the proposed new police station. Part of the south side of Broadway will be widened by up to 15 feet, he said. 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 IHMMV if cir Coo lUCV Area/Illinois ..........A3,8 Classifieds.............C6 Horoscope.............D5 Nation/world...........C5 Obituaries .............A5 Atherton, Baumgartner, Bedwell, Bristow, Brown, Duvall, Dyer, Fix, Gardiner, Geisler, Gelsthorpe, Hardy, Ireland, Kording, Martin, Morris, Powell, Pranger, Tepen, Woolsey _ %    ,,<1    i.'V.    I _ _______ wt I Bl, t