La Grange Suburban Life, March 20, 1976

La Grange Suburban Life

March 20, 1976

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La Grange Suburban Life (Newspaper) - March 20, 1976, La Grange, Illinois School tornado procedures consistent • irs? (CV a et BcnADf    ™ LIFE STAFF REPORT Area school children are well prepared to observe safety procedures for tornadoes when they get the signal, but whether they respond appears to be a matter of discretion. In Western Springs and La Grange no warning came over the statewide communications system connected to all schools, when a tornado was hop-scotching through towns to the north and west last Friday. The Western Springs fire department also received no warning and its tornado siren was silent. In La Grange the siren sounded, but schools were unware of the threat until La Grange (South) School District 105 Supt. Stanley Veach happened to go outside and heard the warning. “I come from ‘tornado alley’ downstate,” Veach said, “so I alerted all the principals to stand by." Western Springs Fire Chief John Goodwin said the lack of a radio warning has not been explained. “Some weathermen say it came up so fast it was totally unexpected,” he said. “Certainly the sky here was blue and almost cloudless while the tornado was striking elsewhere. ” In Forest Hills School, Western Springs, principal Clarence Van Lear said he started telephoning when no warning came over the radio. “Finally, the Downers Grove fire department told us a tornado had struck in Lisle and Naperville, and I monitored the southwest sky the rest of the afternoon,” he said. FIRE DEPARTMENTS notified schools Of the approaching storm In Pleasantdale and Riverside. Students in Pleasantdal District 107 followed School gency procedures and stayed in hallways or other designated safety locations until the “all clear” sounded an hour later. Supt. Thomas Kelly said boat horns are used for safety drills, and children are removed from danger areas such as mobile classrooms and the gymnasium. Riverslde-Brookfield Township High School students also took cover for approximately 15 minutes after the fire department warning, Supt. James Trost said. Any pupils outside the building are called in, and those at the west end are moved to safer locations, he added. Joseph Cronin, state superintendent of education, sent frit guidelines for schools to follow in case of tornadoes All schools contacted follow the safety procedures, which include keeping children away from areas with a IM of glass ami using basements when available. ' Westem Spring District 101 Supt Donald Barnes said all schools had a safety drill just three days before the tornado, and students were In their designated places within 30 seconds. CHILDREN attending one of the tyro elementary schools in Oak Brook splent approximately 45 minutes in toe corridor during last week’s tornado alert. There is no basement in that school. Butler, Supt. Philip Garinger, of District 53, told The Suburban LIFE. At the district's other school, Brook Forest, toe principal decided that rather than herding toe children Into the basement he would keep an eye out for impending danger. Dr. Garinger said he met with both principals this week, and the consensus was that each principal should use his own best judgment in toe event of a tornado warning. When a tornado watch (Please turn to back page this section) UBD ft BAM LA GRANGE • LA GRANGE PARK WEST*=P‘ 27th YEAR- NO. 32 SATURDAY. MARCH 20. 1976 C- 32 PAGES 2 SECT* 0 /OU >0 loo RYSIDE ISC per copy Fire station, is nixed By JOHN BATTISTELLA Because toe estimated cost would be prohibitive, plans of the Pleasantview Fire Protection District to build a firehouse at 58th and La Grange rd., Countryside, have been scrubbed. Instead the three man panel and other district officials launched a study which may culminate in a less expensive facility on toe Countryside site and ultimately a new station in Hodgkins. However, the one in Hodgkins would not be tackled at toe same time toe Countryside station would be built. In fact, fire district officials won’t venture to say when the Hodgkins firehouse would be constructed, although the district board is committed to providing a facility there. Nor are there any plans for razing the present Hodgkins station. Cost too prohibitive RECOMMENDED by Ted W. Sorensen, trustee, his colleague, John Roclje, president, and Richard Peril, board secretary, agreed to start from scratch. Sorensen asked Fire Chief Richard Vachata to pick up the original plans for toe Countryside station and use that concept as a starting point. Even after eliminating a number of items from toe most recent plans, the estimated cost would have run $547,000, or about $53,000 less than the cost had the project been tackled without changes. Sorensen noted that the district cannot afford to spend $600,000. “In fact,” he said, “we were hoping to build both of them for that amount.” He noted that the board baa hoped that the cost for the Countryside station would be in toe $350,000 area. Perri noted that the primary reason why the cost of the planned station ran so high was that the board furnished the architect with what the trustees felt would be required and the architects proceeded along those lines, hence the unanticipated cost. IN THE MATTER of firemen taking instructions for emergency medical technicians (EMT), Fire Chief Richard Vachata informed the board that four men quit attending classes because they wanted to be paid time and half. The chief said he refused to approve the additional compensation, and the board supported him fully. In another area where there is some difference, Vachata asked under what conditions personnel are required to take ill or injured people to a hospital. Sorensen stressed that the fire district operates an emergency rescue service and not an ambulance service. Vachata said there is a woman in the district who periodically must use a kidney machine. The chief wanted to know if his men would have to rush the woman to the hospital in the event the machine stopped operating. SORENSEN said that the woman’s family should have at their disposal toe telephone numbers of the two firms that provide ambulance service. It was noted that there are times when an ambulance is not available for as much as an hour. Sorensen said under those conditions in his opinion that would constitute an emergency and that the party should be rushed to the hospital. He also pointed that related guidelines are being prepared. Sorensen said the material will be referred to the district’s attorney for review but state authorities have toe final say as to whether the guidelines meet requirements. LF library site named Considering careers As part of the school’s first extensive career awareness program, held Tuesday and Wednesday, 7th and 8th graders at Park Junior High School (District 102) La Grange Park, get an insight into more than 50 careers, includim? *uch diverse fields as beekeeping, race car driving, stock brokerage, nuclear physics and plumbing. Above, trucker John Bakosh, of Huber Incorporated, Co.; stows toe interior of his “rig” to John Krug (left) and Joseph Kintigh. Below, students interested in security careers listen to Ray Spohntoltz, who, in toe company of his watchdog, tells about his experiences. He is employed by toe Continental Security System. Those responsible for finding speakers and organizing toe program were Dale Schaefer, director of curricuiun and support services at the junior high, and Barbara Schneider, director of toe district-wide volunteer talent pool. i (LIFE photos) Septran officials call vehicles safe Responding to charges that. the vehicles they operate offer less safety than school buses, officials of the Septran corp, this week explained the service they provide for the La Grange Area Department of Special Education (LADSE). Septran vehicles transport almost 600 students to and from the 16 school districts comprising LADSE daily. The service is provided in vehicles that seat up to nine students. 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 equipment. Officials of the Illinois Department of Transportation refused to comment on the safety of the smaller vehicles, however. ROGER JENSEN, general manager of Septran, said that because the vehicles are new to the area they may cause some confusion, but he denied that they are unsafe for passengers. “We have had only two accidents in which we were liable and injuries resulted in six years of operation in Illinois,” Jensen said. Although toe vehicles are new to the LADSE area, they have operated in Joliet and in northern suburbs for a longer time. Jensen said the advantage of toe smaller vehicles is that students can be picked up and dropped off closer to their home, in many cases in their driveway, to avoid crossing streets as pedestrians. The confusion, he said, results from other drivers not realizing what the vehicles are. “THEY ARENT buses, and our drivers don’t use them to block traffic like a school bus,” Jensen said, conceding that toe yellow color of the vehicles might cause drivers to think of them as buses. Some of the confusion may disappear through replacement. Jensen said that new units being added will be a lighter yellow, less apt to be mistaken for a school bus. He emphasized that since the vehicles are able to blend into traffic, they don’t require some of the special lighting seen on school buses. “I think that our safety record justifies the use of this type of vehicle,” Jensen concluded. Through an agreement with School District 102, toe La Grange Park library board of trustees has determined a site for a library within the village. According V il> board’s president Edwii d Luidahl, a three year lease of facilities at toe Forest Road School on Barnsdale is expected to be signed sometime next week with toe district 102 board of education. The lease, with toe first year applicable from July I of this year through next June 30, calls for the school board renting approximately 5,000 square feet of floor space. Subsequent one-year renewal dates are listed as becoming effective on June 30 of 1978 and June 30,1979. THE LIBRARY expects to open its doors on August I of this year before the library district’s one-year contract for bookmobile service through the Suburban Library System ends on August 31. Until that time, the village will continue to be served by the Bookmobile which makes four scheduled stops in the village on the following basis : Mondays from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the St. Louise DeMarillac church parking lot; Tuesdays, from 2 to5 p.m. at the Stone-Monroe Park; Wednesdays from IO a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Jackson and Barnsdale; and Thursdays from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Jewel Store Parking lot on the lower level of the Village Market. Plymouth Place residents are served on a special schedule. Ready to sign lease IN AMOUNTS figured to included expected rising costs of ^utilities, not including teVphope service, the annuli rental payments and effective dates are given as $7,150 on July I of this year, $7,275 on July I of 1977, and $7,400 on July I, 1978, according to the lease provisions. Lands!)! also reminded the library district’s residents of the board’s policy on gifts through which books and other materials are accepted without commitment as to final disposition. The library, he said, accepts and encourages gifts of money. Checks for gifts to the library should be made out to the La Grange Park Public Library district, Landahl stated, pointing out that conditions attached to gifts of money are subject to approval by toe library board. “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 collection,” he said. “The same standards shall apply to toe acceptance of a gift item as are used in the selection of items for purchase,” he concluded. Bottle water no solution, Pleasantdale board says Using bottled water for drinking at Pleasantdale South School would be so expensive, toe District 107 board of education decided, that some other solution for the problem should be found. After complaints from students, faculty and homeowners in the same area about the bad taste and smell of the water, the board sought bids for bottled water. The least expensive, from Mountain Valley Water Co., was approximately $1,500 for the school year. Braving the unknown, Wednesday night, board members sampled a pale yellow liquid which secretary Mary Ann Bulak said was “South School water.” The taste was not too bad, they agreed. The liquid had a definite aroma, however. BOARD MEMBERS A P. La Barge and Elaine Ferrari said toe quality of water, supplied by toe Brookfield ’Water Co., varies from house to house in the area. Tests by toe Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) have turned up no contaminants, Jack Schaus reported. Some of the IEPA suggestions have been adopted by the water com-oanv, he said. 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 toe La Grange Department of Special Education (LADSE) for toe 1976-77 school year. District 107 has been asked for $9,379, an increase of $1,105 over last year’s expenditures. Supt. Thomas Kelly said 18 children in the district use LADSE services, and LADSE enrollment is growing in the 16 districts it serves. Contributions to LADSE are determined by total district enrollment, not just the number of district children using LADSE services. Michael Vabakos, dean of students, reported that 41 children and four chaperones are scheduled for a bus trip to Washington, D. C , during spring vacation. A POLICY of automatic retirement for certified personnel who reach a 65th birthday before July I was adopted by toe board. The following probationary teachers were hired for another year: Carolyn Toren, Judy Stephens, William Hoversen, Candace Thomas, Mary Ann Rank, Rebecca Kauffman and Lucia Jeffress. Franson named Dist. 105 head The inside story Raising funds A service club, which has a large membership from the west suburban area, has raised over $1 million for charity since its organization in 1890. See story on page 6 of this section. PART ONE So We Hear 2 People    5 Social Scene 6-7 Real Estate 9 Church, obituaries IO Campus Life 11-32 Brite Spots 13-15 PART TWO Suburban Sports I-3 Classified 4 15 LaGrange School District 105 has a new superintendent. The board of education this week approved the appointment of Arthur H. Franson to toe post. Franson is replacing Stanley Veach. Veach assumed toe post last year when Dr. Robert Lynn resigned for personal reasons. Arthur H. Franson Veach planned to stay in the post temporarily until a successor could be named. Veach was superintendent of LaGrange Highlands School District 106. He resigned that post to retire from the education field. Franson will start at District 105 in May according to reports. FRANSON comes to District 105 from LaGrange School District 102. He started his educational career here in 1950 as a 5th.grade teacher. He was promoted to principal of Forest Road School in 1959. He left that position to assume duties as principal of middle schools of Forest Road and Oak Avenue Schools in 1967. Last year he was appointed principal of Ogden Avenue School. He received his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Illinois. He obtained his masters degree from Northern Illinois University. History society honors prexy Edward J. F. Young (center front) was honored by toe La Grange Historical Society at its annual meeting when officers were elected tor the coming year. Young is toe charter president of toe society and began serving in 1972. A plaque is given to Young by Dr. Edgard D. Gifford, president-elect. The plaque was awarded because of Young’s long service to the organization and his contributions to preserving the history of the La Grange area. Standing in the background (left to right) are Mrs. David B. Gordon, director; Mrs. William Schnute, vice president; Mrs. John Kenney and D. Harris Smith, both directors. (See story on the annual meeting on page 3.)    (LIFE    photo) ;