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   Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - November 15, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana                                Kokomo Ind KOKOMOTRIBUNE Nov SO cents Charity boosts help for needy local children The Kokomo Tribunespon sored Goodfellows charity will provide more assistance for more children this year according to director Jean Lushin Initiated by two Kokomo Tri bune employees in 1910 Goodfel lows provides clothing for needy children through a gift certificate that is redeemed at JTC Penney in Kokomo Mall during December The charity assists with other needs as they arise during the year Lushin said Goodfellows has traditionally assisted children from infants to age 12 That will be expanded this year accord ing to Lushin who has been involved with the charity since 1981 He said there has been an increase in the amount of money that is allotted for each child and the age bracket has been expand ed to include children up to age 13 Weve increased because weve been very successful in rais ing money over the Lushin said Goodfellows receives contribu tions from the community along with major donations from WWK Is We Care and employees of Delco Electronics Chrysler Corp and Penney In 1993 We Care raised a record which was divided among the Salvation Army the Kokomo Rescue Mission and Goodfellows Of The went to Goodfellows When all contributions were counted the charity received We Cares done an outstanding Lushin said The communi tys responded very very well And this year because of some additional money that we have from contributions we are increasing the amount given to GOODFELLOWS MAKE CHILDREN SMILE each child by and we are also including another age group We are moving up to include 13yearolds this Lushin said He said those two factors will probably increase Goodfel lows expenditures by or He said the need has been fair ly consistent the past three or four years roughly fami lies representing children Lushin said the charity has been spending about to at Penney and with the increase in the age group and the amount of money given to each child the expendi ture for this year could increase to to The Salvation Army is the clear ing house for Goodfellows It will begin accepting applications Nov 28 and will continue for that week The applications will be accepted at the Salvation Army from 9 to 3 Applicants must meet certain income guidelines for eligibility which can be waived under cer tain circumstances according to Lushin Other provisions require appli cants to live in Howard County prove that they have custody of children in the household and provide a Social Security number for the children Shopping at Penney for Goodfellows participants will begin with Super Dec 11 according to Lushin The first night only those registered through the Goodfellows program will shop for their children Lushin said volunteers try to accommodate as many shoppers as possible the first night During the remainder of the week Goodfellows parents will be admitted to the store along with other shoppers Goodfellows brings more than Christmas cheer The Christmas program is only one part of what Goodfellows does throughout the direc tor Jean Lushin said Goodfellows is not confined to being a Christmas program only That is only one component of the Goodfellow operation We take a look at others requests from time to He said over the years the chari ty has responded to families with children who have had their homes destroyed by fire The charity also has assisted school systems in pro viding clothes for children who are in need Children who may not fall intothe a Were available and respond when needed group normally assisted by Goodfellows may benefit from the chari ty Lushin said Dec 2 1910 the Kokomo Tri bune challenged readers to do something for the needy children of the community The next day two anonymous Tribune employ ees offered to provide Christmas for several children That year 200 children received Christmas gifts and Goodfellows was born Among some of the efforts Lushin said Goodfellows provid ed a threeyear contribution that helped in the establishment of Vil lages of Indiana Inc In 1989 Goodfellows joined the local community in assisting the victims of Hurricane Hugo Koko mo adopted McClellanvllle as a sister city after the tiny com munity was devastated by the hurricane and Goodfellows donated to the cause Recently the Goodfellows board of directors approved increasing the dollar amount for children assisted in the Christmas program and adding the 13year old age group Lushin saia the board approves his final report at the end of the Christinas season reviews the number of people Jean Luthln Goodfellows director served and addresses any prob lems that may arise Members of the board include Lushin Robert Heltzel Clifford Crowe Arden Draeger Ralph Reddersdorf Scott Pitcher and Frank Belamy Lushin said Goodfellows is not a 24houraday operation but were available and respond when needed The board is those people that pass judgment on what it is that has to be He said a donation to Seiberling Mansion was approved by the board of directors in 1988 He said through the Hoosier 88 the State of Indi ana worked to maintain his torical sites increase public awareness and instill an appreciation of the states history The local mansion used as the Howard County Historical Muse um at 1200 W Sycamore was undergoing a renovation and needed additional money Good fellows had some funds in reserve and donated to the cause Under the bylaws and articles of incorporation of Goodfellows the donation was permissible and the board of directors passed a resolu tion saying so Lushin said He referred to the Christmas program as probably the most vis ible and important function of Goodfellows He said the board of directors maintains a reserve to keep the Christmas program going Goodfellows will never spend more than half of whatever is in reserve for activities beyond the Christmas program if possi ble Lushin said But he added there were times when reserves were zero and then we had to really sweat rais ing enough money to pay our bills weve always managed but meres been tunes when it was a little scary and Meow cce Goodfellows Sagamore of the Wabash United Ways Mike Spear congratulates Artie Scruggs who received the state honor Tribune photo by Dave Hess Surprise Local labor activist receives honor for accomplishment Local labor activist Artie Scrug gs was surprised with the presen tation of the Sagamore of the Wabash award Monday at the Seiberling Mansion in Kokomo Scruggs was for his accomplishments and contribu tions to the local community and state in receiving the prestigious governorgiven award Local AFLCIO officials nomi nated Scruggs a longtime advo cate for organized labor and sub mitted an application packet to Ken Zeller commissioner of the Indiana Department of Labor said Cheryl Graham AFLCIO com munity service liaison Hes had a tremendous affect on agencies through his commit Graham said referring to his years of work with the Salva tion Army and United Way This is something hes been doing for a long period of time and a lot of people may not recog nize Graham said Graham also pointed to Scruggs work at forging cooperation between organized labor and business leaders as a major accomplishment Scruggs as president of the Howard CountyTipton County Central Labor Council AFLCIO has also made considerable progress over the past two years in bringing labor groups together Graham said He has been successful in unit ing the UAWCAP with the labor council AFLCIO and is now working on a similar arrangement in Marion County she said Im just Scrug gs said today reacting to the award I cant tell you how happy and pleased I Rudolph files for election recount State Police brought in to seal room ballot box ByJEFFPARROTT Tribune staff writer Kokomo Police Chief Lynn Rudolph filed a petition for a recount Monday in the Howard County sheriff race according to Clerk Sue Metcalf Rudolph the Republican who fell 13 votes short of defeating Democrat Deputy Jerry Marr in last weeks closest election has hired local attorney John Wood to represent him Marr has sought the counsel of South Bend attor ney Jim Masters a specialist in election recounts whos represent ed Kokomo Mayor Robert Sargent and former Howard County Com missioner Jerry Elliot in past recounts Marr has until Friday to file a cross recount petition a move required so that his ballots are recounted also Metcalf said The ballots were sealed in the elec tion room on the first floor of the Courthouse Monday afternoon by the Indiana State Police The rooms locks were changed and it was sealed with evidence tape Metcalf said Superior Court 2 Judge Carl Van Dorn requested that state police seal the room and take possession of the keys rather than the county sheriff department to avoid any appearance of a conflict of inter he said Weve got a city policeman and a county policeman involved so I just thought it would be best to go to the third Van Dorn said of his decision Van Dorn said hes handled election recounts before in Peru and Wabash and a school board election in Howard County sever al years ago Once Marr files his cross recount petition as is expected Van Dorn will appoint a threeperson panel to conduct and oversee the recount The panel will be comprised of a Democrat a Republican and likely a member of GBS the Burr Ridge Illi noisbased computer company that handled Howard Countys election Metcalf said the recount will likely begin in the last week of November and last three to four days Fed ready to bump rates up again WASHINGTON AP As a key Federal Reserve panel met today to review the state of the economy President Clinton said he hoped any action would keep economic growth going in the United The Fed is facing increasing attacks for its aggressive anti inflation campaign but private economists think the criticism will do little to prevent a sixth Fed rate increase The Feds key policysetting panel the Federal Open Market Committee was scheduled to meet today behind closed doors to review the state of the economy When the meeting adjourns many economists were predicting the central bank would announce a halfpoint increase in both its target for the federal funds rate and its discount rate In Jakarta today Clinton said he believed the Fed would do their best to keep the recovery He said the United States has an economic growth rate that is the envy of the world The important thing is to do what it takes to keep economic growth going in the United he said One of the reasons that analysts are so convinced the Fed will increase rates again is a belief that current economic statistics are showing an economy still grow ing too rapidly to keep inflation under control More evidence of those concerns came today when the government released its report on retail sales which showed sales up a surpris ing percent in October Due out later today was a report on the countrys industrial operating rate which many analysts believe climbed to 85 percent of capacity in October a level that has in the past indicated the start of bottle necks and rising prices The economy is very close to full employment and that means the Fed is going to raise interest rates said Allen Sinai chief international economist at Lehman Brothers in New York But an increasing number of critics believe the Fed has already gone too far in the five rate increases since Feb 4 and they warn that further interest rate boosts run the risk of pushing the economy into another recession The criticism is coming from a diverse spectrum of the country ranging from the head of the National Associa tion of Manufacturers to liberal university economists and the AFLCIO Their arguments generally accuse the Fed of failing to realize that fundamental changes in the economy such as increased manu facturing productivity and the greater role played by imports mean inflation is less of a threat even though the economic recov ery is well into its fourth year Doing the wave MIAMI BEACH Fla A lone passerby day with rain and wind gusts to 50 mph At watches waves crash over a seawall at least 100 people were reported dead after the Haulover Pier here Monday Tropical Storm tropical storm ripped through Haiti Gordon lashed south Florida throughout the AP photo Inside Local American education Week is under way at the Kokorao Mall A2 Also inside Business Classified Comics DearAbby Entertainment Local news Sport   

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