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   Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - December 11, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana                                Purdue Indiana win tournaments Sports Kokomo Ind Sunday I Dec Is it really snow Mark Sluder 12 Greentown begins the construction of a H snow fort Saturday afternoon after Greentown and much of central Indiana received its first substantial snowfall of the year One inch of snow fell on the Kokomo area Tipton Elwood Anderson and Marion each received about 2 inches local weather observer Bob Wise said Today skies are expected to be clear by morning with a low temperature of 16 and a high of 26 Monday we can expect cloudy skies with a high near 30 with light snowjjikely late in the day Tribune photo by Anne Farrar Goodfellows make Christmas merry Goodfellows is a charity sponsored by the Kokomo Tribune to help needy children at Christmas Youngsters age infant through age 13 receive new clothing at Christmas provided through corporate sponsor Penney Donations to the charity are used to fund vouchers which are distributed to eligible Howard County families This year Goodfel lows shopping will begin today Donations to the charity may be mailed to the Goodfellows Kokomo Tribune Post Office Box 9014 300 N Union Kokomo Ind 469049014 Donations may also be brought to the Kokomo Tribune and dropped off at the accounting department g Cdiellows GOODFELLOWS MAKE CHILDREN SMILE The Tribune encourages donations in memo ry of loved ones Memorials and donation list ings will appear on Page 1 throughout the hol iday season Anonymous donations are accepted and listed as anonymoust In memory of Charley Droll Tom Droll and Coley H Droll In memory of Cory Ryan Dustin Pyke In loving memory of Grandma Jane and Uncle Steve Kelly Manchand Kyle and Danielle Martin and Sarah Frank IQjti In memory of our dads and brother Norma and Jim Allman In memory of Glen and Stella Mason daughters Joan Hall and Betty Bayless In loving memory of Robert H Gordon In loving memory of Jonda Lee Joni Lou and the twins In loving memory of Josephine and Neil 4 Total to date We Care cleans up today WWKI auction begins at 1 WWKIs We Care Cleanup Auc tion will get under way at 1 today and the doors will open at 11 for preview of merchan dise The event will be at the United Steelworkers of America Local Millbrook Lane Featured in the cleanup auction are items which didnt sell on the marathon We Care telethon last weekend Furniture collectibles crafts and lots of Christmas pre sent possibilities will be auctioned this year A concession stand will be oper ating to benefit We Care during the auction Bidders may have already stopped by Early wine Direct Man ufacturing to register to avoid having to register on the day of the auction Signups of bidders will also be accepted at the clean up auction Sunday with dona tion per bid card going to We Care Bidders will receive a computer printed invoice when they leave Ralph Wyant left and brother Mike unload an organ at the United Steelworkers of America Local 2956 for todays We Care Clean Up Auction Tribune photo by Clint Keller the auction detailing what they bought and how much they paid courtesy of Early wine The We Care telethon which closed at 5 Sunday signed off the air with a record We Care plans to announce its final total Wednesday morning on WWKIs Male Call with Dick Branson and Charlie Cropper We Cares grand total for 1993 was That money was divided among the Salvation Army the Kokomo Rescue Mis sion and the Kokomo Tribune sponsored Goodfellows to help the needy at Christmas Welfare hits home ByJEFFPARROTT Tribune staff writer Welfare reform the expected hot topic next year in Washington and Indianapolis has local offi cials bracing for its effects ahead of time Center Township Trustee Jean Lushin has initiated the formation of an informal committee analyz ing how changes in the welfare system will impact the Kokomo community Welfare reform is inevitable We know its Lushin told the group at its first meeting this week Are we prepared for whaf s coming down the pike The ad hoc group Lushin said hes not quite sure what to classify it as will meet again in January It eventually hopes to include the public in several forums Attending the first meet ing were Lushin James Brannon president of the KokomoHoward County Chamber of Commerce James Fleming Howard County Prosecutorelect Cheryl Graham AFLCIO community service liai son Mike Deardorf supervisor at the Howard County Family and Child Services department Lori Tate of the Howard County Unit ed Ways information and referral services Rev Nick Block of the Howard County Ministerial Asso ciation and Greg Goodnight Cen ter Township Board Member Each members organization will be affected in some way by Reform Highlights Highlights of Gov Evan Bayhs plan to reform Aid to Families with Dependent Children AFOC now awaiting federal approval Extend child care benefits to 18 months Its now at 12 months after a mother finds employment Limit Aid to Families with Dependent Children benefits to two years Require AFDC recipients to immunize their children Ban those guilty of welfare fraud from the program Require minor parents to live with a parent or adult in order to receive benefits Prohibit the awarding of benefits for children born after a mother is already receiving AFDC Family S Social Services Administration T I 11 ll I KT Graphic welfare reform Lushin said Bran non was included for example because welfare reform is likely to include governmental subsidies to employers as an incentive to hire welfare recipients Lushin said his effort to bring everyone together stems largely from his desire to be proactive rather than reactive to welfare reform Open communication between the members and their Please see Welfare Page AID Infant day care a critical need ByJEFFPARROTT Tribune staff writer An already limited range of child day care options in Kokomo will likely shrivel up more once the welfare system is reformed As welfare mothers are forced to enter the work force a part of every plan now on the table at the state and national levels theyll need to find affordable day care for their children according to Township Trustee Jean Lushin Thats the rationale behind the Center Township Boards recent resolution to study the merits of building a new day care center The board will gather exact numbers and information assess ing the townships need for the center Lushin said hell try to deter mine the number of licensed day care centers now operating in Howard County the amount of children each can handle and the size of their waiting lists Especial ly pressing is the need for more infant day care Lushin said Theres a definite need for more affordable infant and toddler day care in Kokomo according to Mary Mason executive director of the Howard County Childrens Center Her nonprofit facility which has two locations in Kokomo has about 150 infants on its waiting list The other two centers in town that offer infant care are also full and keep lengthy waiting lists she said Mason attributed the short age to the expense involved in watching infants They require more attention which drives up personnel and maintenance costs Many forprofit day care centers have attempted to open infant care centers in the city over the past several years in an attempt to meet the demand Finding the customers has been easy but theyve been unable to keep costs low enough to stay in business Mason said While its too early to predict the centers construction costs Lushin said hes confident state and fed eral grants for such a project will be available The township would likely have to foot about 25 per cent of the bill he said I assure you therell be no taX increases for Lushin said Its sate to say that wont Funding for construction of additional child day care space hasnt been so readily available to Mason She said shes tried unsuc cessfully for years to win state grants for an expansion of her facilities But she acknowledged Lushin may have more access to state funds if he applies through the Kokomo Housing Authority or a similar governmental agency Lushin said officials at the Indi ana Family and Social Services Administration which oversees county welfare departments have indicated theyll help him find funding for child day care Mason said there must be money to construct it an ongoing funding source to keep it running and a way to pay competitive wages for staff members Inside todays Tribune DM2 Vol 144 No 99 Sporto AlO A9 A8 Bl9 El7   

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