Saturday, March 20, 1976

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La Grange Suburban Life (Newspaper) - March 20, 1976, La Grange, Illinois UFE STAFF REPORT Area school children are well prepared to observe safety procedures for tor nadoes when they get the but whether they respond appears to be a matter of In Western Springs and La Grange no warning came over the statewide communications system connected to all when a tornado was hop scotching through towns to the north and xvest last The Western Springs fire department also received no warning and its tornado siren was In La Grange the siren but schools were unware of the threat until La Grange South School District 105 Stanley Veach hap pened to go outside and heard the war I come from tornado alley down Veach so I alerted all the principals to stand Western Springs Fire Chief John Goodwin said the lack of a radio warning has not been Some weathermen say it came up so fast it was totally he Certainly the sky here was blue and almost cloudless while the tornado was striking In Forest Western principal Clarence Van he started telephoning when no warning came over the the Downers Grove fire department told us a tornado had struck in Lisle and and I monitored the southwest sky the rest of the af he FIRE DEPARTMENTS notified schools of the approaching storm in Pleasantdale and Students in District 107 followed procedures and stayed In hallways or other designated safety locations until the all clear sounded an hour Thomas Kelly said boat horns are used for safety and children are removed from danger areas such as mobile classrooms and the RiversideBrookfield Township High School students also took cover for ap proximately 15 minutes after the fire department Trost Any pupils outside the building are called and those at the west end are moved to safer he Joseph state superintendent of guidelines for schools to follow in case of All schools contacted follow the safety which Include keeping children away from areas with a lot of glass and using basements when Western Springs District 101 Donald Barnes said all schools had a safely drill just three days before the and students were in their designated places within 30 CHILDREN attending one of the two elementary schools in Oak Brook approximately 45 minutes in the corridor during last weeks tornado There is no basement in that Philip of District told The Suburban At the other Brook the principal decided that rather than herding the children into the basement he keep an eye ovit for impending Garinger said he met with both principals this and the consensus was that each principal should use his own best judgment in the event of a tornado When a tornado watch Please turn to back page this section LA GRANGE GRANGE PARK 27th 32 MARCH 1976 C 32 PAGES 2 S V 0 RYSSDE 15C per copy By JOHN Because the estimated cost would be plans of the Pleasantview Fire Protection District to build a firehouse at 58th and La Grange have been instead the three man panel and other district officials launched a study which may culminate in a less expensive facility on the Countryside site and ultimately a new station in the one in Hodgkins would not be tackled at the same time the Coun tryside station would be In fire district officials wont venture to say when the Hodgkins firehouse would be although the oistrict board is committed to providing a facility Nor are there any plans for razing the present Hodgkins Cost too RECOMMENDED by Ted his John and Richard board agreed to start from Sorensen asked Fire Chief Richard Vachata to pick up the original plans for the Countryside station and use that concept as a starting Even after eliminating a number of Items from the most recent the estimated cost would have run or about less than the cost had the project been tackled without Sorensen noted that the district cannot afford to spend In he we were hoping to build both of them for that He noted that the board haa hoped that the cost for the Countryside station would be in the Perri noted that the primary reason why the cost of the planned station ran so high was that the board fur nished the architect with what the trustees felt would be required and the architects proceeded along those hence the unanticipated IN THE MATTER of firemen taking instructions for emergency medical technicians Fire Chief Richard Vachata informed the board that four men quit at tending classes because they Wanted to be paid time and The chief said he refused to approve the additional and the board supported him In another area where there is some Vachata asked under conditions personnel are required to take ill or injured people to a Sorensen stressed that the fire district operates an emergency rescue service and hot an ambulance Vachata said there is a woman in the district who periodically must use a kidney The chief wanted to know if his men would have to rush the woman to the hospital in the event the machine stopped SORENSEN said that the womans family should have at their disposal the telephone numbers of the two firms that provide ambulance It was noted that there are times when an ambulance is not available for as much as an Sorensen said those conditions in his opinion that would constitute an emergency and that the party shbuld be rushed to the He also pointed that related guidelines are being Sorensen said the material will be referred to the districts attorney for review but state authorities have the final say as to whether the guidelines meet careers As part of the schools first extensive career awareness held Tuesday and 7th and 8th graders at Park Junior High School District 102 La Grange get an Insight Into more than 50 including uch diverse fields as race car stock nuclear physics and trucker John of Huber In shows the interior of his rig to John Krug left and Joseph students interested In security careers listen to Ray In the company of his tells about his He Is employed by the Continental Security Those responsible for finding speakers and organizing the program were Dale director of and support services at the junior and Barbara director of the district wide volunteer talent i LIFEphotos Responding to charges the vehicles they operate offer less safety than school officials of the Septran this week explained the ser provide for the La Grange Area Department of Special Septran vehicles transport 600 students to and from the school districts comprising The service is provided in vehicles that seat up to nine State law stipulates that vehicles seating nine passengers or less do not have to be classified as school buses and are exempt from rules requiring special safety Officials of the Illinois Department of Transportation refused to comment on the safety of the smaller ROGER general manager of said that because the vehicles are new to the area may cause some but he denied that they are unsafe for have had only two accidents in which we were liable and injuries resulted in six years of operation in Jensen Although the vehicles are new to the LADSE they have operated in Joliet and in northern suburbs for a longer Jensen said advantage of the smaller vehicles is that students can be picked up and dropped off closer to their in many cases in their to avoid crossing streets as The he results from other drivers not realizing what the vehicles THEY and our drivers dont use them to block traffic like a school Jensen conceding that the yellow color of the vehicles might cause drivers to think of them as Some of the confusion may disappear through replacement Jensen said that new units being added will be a lighter less apt to be mistaken for a school He emphasized that since the vehicles are able to blend into they dont require some of the special lighting seen on school I think that our safety record justifies the use of this type of Jensen Through an agreement with School District the La Grange Park library board of trustees has determined a site for a library within the According tf boards president Edwticl a three year lease oi facilities at the Road School on Barnsdale is expected to be signed sometime next week with the district 102 board of The with the first year applicable from July 1 of this year through next June calls for the board Tenting approximately square feet of floor Subsequent oneyear renewal dates are listed as becoming effective on June 30 of 1978 and June THE LIBRARY expects to open its doors on August 1 of this year before the library districts oneyear contract for bookmobile service through the Suburban Library System ends on August Until that the village will continue to be served by the Bookmobile which makes four scheduled stops in the village on the following basis Mondays from to at the Louise DeMarillac church parking lot from 2 to at the StoneMonroe Park Wednesdays from 10 to at Jackson and Barnsdale and Thursdays from 6 to at the Jewel Store Parking lot on the lower level of the Village Plymouth Place residents are served on a special IN AMOUNTS figured to included expected rising costs of not including the annual rental payments and effective dates are given as oh July 1 of this on July 1 of and on July according to the lease Landahl also reminded the library districts residents of the boards policy on gifts through which books and other materials are accepted without commitment as to final The he accepts and encourages gifts of Checks for gifts to the library should be made out to the La Grange Park Public Library Landahl pointing out that conditions attached to gifts of money are subject to approval by the library Collection of books and other materials are not usually accepted with restrictions which necessitate special housing of or which prevent integration of the gift into the general The same standards shall apply to the acceptance of a gift item as are used in the selection of items for pur he Using bottled water for drinking at Pleasantdale South School would be so the District 107 board of education that some other solution for the problem should be After complaints from faculty and homeowners In the same area about the bad taste and smell of the the board sought bids for bottled The least from Mountain Valley Water was approximately for the school Braving the Wednesday board members sampled a pale yellow liquid which secretary Mary Ann Bulak said was South School The taste was not too they The liquid had a definite however BOARD MEMBERS La Barge and Elaine Ferrari said the quality of supplied by the Brookfield Water varies from house to house in the Tests by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency IEPA have turned up no con Jack Schaus Some of the IEPA suggestions have been adopted by the water com he LaBarge was given the job of finding a way to remove the taste and smell in the water The board approved the proposed budget of theLa Grange Department of Special Education LADSE for the 197677 school District 107 has been asked for an increase of over last years expenditures Thomas Kelly said 18 children in the district use LADSE and LADSE enrollment is growing in the 16 districts it Contributions to LADSE are determined by total district not just the number of district children using LADSE Michael dean of reported that 41 children and four chaperones are scheduled for a bus trip to during spring A POLICY of automatic retirement for certified personnel who reach a 65th birthday before July 1 was adopted by the The following probationary teachers were hired for another year Carolyn Judy William Candace Mary Ann Rebecca Kauff man and Lucia Franson named Olst ins story Raising funds A service club which has a large membership from the west suburban has raised over million for charity since its organization in See story on page 6 of this PART ONE So We Hear 2 People 5 Social Scene 67 Real Estate 9 ortuaries 10 Campus Life 1112 Brite Spots 1315 PART TWO Suburban Sports 13 Classified H5 LaGrange School District 105 has a new The board of education this week approved the ap pointment of Arthur Franson to the Franson is replacing Stanley Veach assumed the post last year when Robert Lynn resigned for personal Arthur Franson Veach planned to stay in the post temporarily until a successor could be Veach was superintendent of LaGrange Highlands School District He resigned that post to retire from the education Franson will start at District 105 in May according FRANSON comes to District 105 from LaGrange School District He started his educational career here in 1950 as a He was promoted to principal of Forest Road School in He left that position to assume duties as principal of middle schools of Forest Road and Oak Avenue Schools in Last year he was ap pointed principal of Ogden Avenue He received his bachelor of arts degree from the University of He obtained his masters degree from Northern History society Edward Young center front was honoredby the La Grange Historical Society at its annual meeting when of ficers were elected for the coming Young is the charter president of the society and began Serving in A plaque is given to Young by Edgard The was awarded because of Youngs long service to the organization and his contributions to preserving the history of Use La Grange Standing in the background left to right are David director William vice president John Kenney and Harris both See story on the annual LIFEphoto