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   Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - June 12, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana                                Western takes reaional semistate titles Paae B1 Vol 143 No 279 KOKOMO Kokomo Ind Sunday June History glass food and fun For Greentown with its Glass Festival and Tipton with its Sesquicentennial Sat urday marked a day celebrat ing the heritage and history of both communities Greentowns Glass Festival this year commemorated the 100th anniversary of the open ing of the Indiana Tumbler and Goblet which created what is now the collectible known as Greentown glass The glass factory operated in Greentown from 1894 to 1903 when fire destroyed it The glass museum at 112 N Meridian St in Greentown will be open today from 11 to 5 for a special exhibit of 200 rare pieces of the flass which have been loaned y museums and collectors Tiptons Sesquicentennial Celebration celebrated the city and countys past 150 years with song dance a 150unit parade and musical pageants and plays about the areas his tory At the Post Office area resi dents had mail stamped with a commemorative postmark and area residents modeled delicate vintage clothing in a Fashions of Yesterday show A pioneer village gave youngsters an idea what Tip ton County life was like 150 years ago Tiptons Sesquicentennial is featured on Page Cl in todays edition Greentown festival activities are featured on Page C2 Anna Beck 12 carries the flag in Tiptons Sesquicentennial 150unit parade Saturday as part of the Blue River Valley Fife and Drum Corps Tribune photo by Brian Reynolds Meagan Stewart Kokomo gives five to a Shrine Club clown at the Greentown Glass Festival parade Saturday Tribune photo by Anne Farrar Grisspm decision litical tit Officials upset with Bayh By ANN HUBBARD Tribune Peru Bureau PERU Ind Gov Evan Bayhs decision not to make a decision regarding the battle for planes between Grissom Air Force Base and Fort Wayne International Air port has some local officials upset In a letter recently received by the Miami County commissioners Bayh wrote he does not intend to try to exert any influence on this issue and will abide by the Pen tagons decision to leave the KC 135s at Fort Wayne International The letter also contains a state ment which has led Miami Coun ty officials to worry that Grissom may not be even a reservist base for long Bayh wrote the issue should not be politicized and the decision was best left to the Air Guard and the Pentagon The letter was in response to a resolution signed May 9 by com missioners objecting to the Pen tagons decision to locate the National Guard Air Refueling Unit at Fort Wayne instead of Grissom I think the governor staying out of the incident is politicizing said Steven Rockwell County Economic Development Corp executive president The development cor poration is contracted to work on Grissom redevelopment Indeed to give evaluations to whaf s going on at Grissom to give evaluation of Fort Wayne and to make the decision as to the best use of Indianas manpower and the military future is some thing that the seat and the job of governor should Rockwell added Grissom Redevelopment Chair man Jim Clary said Bayhs stance is politically When theres votes in Allen County and votes in Miami County its politically cor rect not to say Clary said They are tough political deci sions but they are political deci sions so lets make the call And whether its based in politics facts numbers or fear let s make the decision and go on instead of saying oh we dont want any thing to do with Rockwell said Rockwell believes the decision has already been made and is irre versible Wed love to have the planes at Grissom Air Force Base out the time is clicking away were less than 120 days from base Rockwell said Bill Page chairman of the Miami County commissioners agreed governor doesnt want to get involved politically because he probably wants to run for another office so he doesnt want to do anything to hurt himself I wish he would have taken as much interest in Grissom up here as he did in Fort Benjamin Harri Were way up here in nobodys country so he probably isnt that concerned about Page said the commissioners believe the decision was made a long time before it was officially announced We think its all cut and dried anyway I think all the generals coming down here was nothing more than putting on a Page added Another issue of concern for local officials is a statement in Bayhs letter which indicates that National Guard Bureau spokesman Maj Toivo Nei has told the state the future of the 20 tankers now operated by the 434th Air Force Reserve unit at Grissom is in If that unit pulls out then the Guard unit with just nine aircraft would be the only one utilizing those facilities This Guard unit could not afford to absorb all the operating costs at according to Bayhs letter This information took commis sioners by surprise Page Clary said he believes every mil itary installation in the countryMs in question including Fort Wayne Nobody can guarantee that Grissom will not be Rock well said We can guarantee that Fort Wayne will not be closed because its a civilian In the long term situation if the Air National Guard came from Fort Wayne to Grissom Grissom would now have a guaranteeit would not close But without the Guard the future is more tain Rockwell noted Just because the Guard doesnt come to Grissom it is not a deci sion that is going to stay in Fort Rockwell said There is million on the appro priation schedule from Congress to fix Fort Waynes facilities Rockwell said They need another million or more to complete it which means they will continue to need appropriations in the future Just because you get money in 1994 doesnt mean youll get money in 95 and maybe theyll get the project partially started and that s all the money theyll ever Rockwell said If that happens or the planes fet pulled out of Fort Wayne then oth places Rockwell said Inside Business Classified ads Dear Abby Dr Gott Entertainment Local news Nation News of record Tribune C68 Science E8 Sports Bl10 D2 Style El5 D3 World A2 A6 A8 Sanction backers devise series of steps Optimistic China would abstain SEOUL South Korea AP Accelerating the drive toward sanctions against North Korea the three principal backers agreed Sat urday to seek a series of punitive steps that would gradually increase in severity The talks among South Korean and Japanese officials came amid increasing optimism that China would abstain in any vote on sanctions rather than vetoing the measure The United States and others intend to seek sanctions this week North Korea made new threats to retaliate for any punitive steps over its nuclear program The commentary carried by North Koreas official news agency likened the South to a rabid dog barking into the sky without any knowledge of its imminent Despite the harsh rhetoric the North is also giving some signs it might be willing to compromise In Beijing a respected private analyst who just visited North Korea said he believed the Communist government was wilJU ing to freeze crucial parts of its atomic program in return for acquiring safer more nuclear technology   

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