Logansport Pharos Tribune, December 22, 2005

Logansport Pharos Tribune

December 22, 2005

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Logansport Pharos-Tribune (Newspaper) - December 22, 2005, Logansport, Indiana Weekend calendar Comets to defend tourney title SPORTS Page 81 Santas Workshop x a success x EDUCATION Page C1 KEEPING IN DAILY www Laconsport Ind Thursday December 22 2OO5 SO cents Toxic spill from China reaches Russian city Residents stocking up on water as 110mile slick approaches KHABAROVSK Russia AP A tox ic spill from China reached Khabarovsk today and the regions governor appealed for calm in the Far Eastern Russian city where residents have crammed their apartments with bottles pails pans and even bathtubs full of fresh water The dreaded slick which extends for 110 miles entered the city limits five weeks after a chemical plant explosion in Chinas northeast spewed 100tons of benzene nitrobenzene and other toxins into the Songhua River The Nov 13 ac cident shut off running water to the city of Harbins million people for five days The Songhua becomes the Amur in Russia and Natalya Zitnina a spokes woman for the regional administration said levels in the Amur were normal and water supplies to the city of would be maintained The slick has been floating down stream and entered Russian territory last week It could take four days or more to pass through Khabarovsk but experts warn the ecological effects will last longer Benzene and nitrobenzene are heavier than water and they are set tling on the river bottom or sticking to the ice Come spring melting ice will pollute not just the river water but also the banks according to Yevgeny Rozhkov an engineer from the Far East Meteorologi cal Agency T See SPILL Page A2 No room at the inn High heating bills force some out of homes Anything you use at home gonna need times By ANDREA KOEHNE PharosTribune lifestyle writer Logansports shelter for the homeless the Emmaus Mission Center 805 Spencer St reached maximum capacity on Wednesday The center has never be fore turned anyone away and now it faces that possibility On Wednesday the old school build ing that serves as the mission teemed with children t on holiday Break packages of gifts being pre pared for the centers resi dents and about 50 local fami lies jn nfed construction 48 workers fever ishly trying to Judi Conn finjsh renova Emmajs Mission I tions to a few Center employee j rooms before j the time allot ted to the grant money runs out and all the while more shelterseekers knocked on the door A family that arrived at the full center was forced to look all day for a place to stay It eventually found shelter else where but if it hadnt the plan was for former residents to house some of the centers residents on a temporary basis Mary Williams executive director of the center says that former residents usually form the most helpful group of providers The people who are helping and giv ing are the ones who are least able said Williams The centers employees believe that unusually high heating bills are forcing Pharoaliibune photom by Arnold Ernest MAC AND CHEESE At lunch time the Emmaus Mission Centers dining room is full with lots of children out of school on break The center faces the possibility of turning people away something its never had to do people out of their homes and causing the recent overflow On top of the bills unemployment is a major contributing factor to the center being jampacked Normally a full house wouldnt over whelm the shelters faithful director be cause residents have always been able to sleep in the family room that doubles as an overflow room However the in grant money has a Jan 31 2006 deadline and the family room T See EMMAUS Page A2 LUNCH LINE Randy Bucket Deb Sherman Kayla Perry and Stacey Russell wait for lunch to be prepared at the Emmaus Mission Center on Wednesday The center feeds about 30 people lunch and about 50 dinner Delphi workers prepare for strike KOKOMO AP Workers at a Delphi Corp plant are preparing for a possible strike with a training session next month despite announcements from the auto parts company that it was withdrawing its proposal for wage cuts George Anthony chairman of Kokomos United Auto Workers Local 292 said the six hour training by union experts was planned for Jan 12 Hopefully we wont need that but I think theres better than a possi bility we he told the Kokomo Tribune for a story Thursday Delphi which filed for bankruptcy protection two months ago has about employees in Indiana most of whom work at the companys Elec tronics Safety Division headquar tered in Kokomo The Troy company said this week it was withdrawing a wage proposal that angered its unions and would postpone action to cancel its union contracts in an effort to reach a compromise on its restructuring plan Delphi officials warned the compa ny might put its previous wage offer back on the table depending on the outcome of negotiations with General Motors its former parent company UAW officials said they expected other Delphi union locals to partici pate in similar training sessions in January and February T See DELPHI Page A2 Suanne Schwering completes decade on city paries department board Contracts for leagues awarded By DAVE MTCHELL writer Tears and a hug were part of the last meeting of the year for the city parks de partment Wednesday Suanne Schwering a retired Logans port teacher who has served on the board since 1995 was honored for her years of service Parks Administrator Jan Fawley started to present Schwering with a commemo rative gift with the parks department seal when she broke down The two women embraced Fawley said the parks have benefited from Schwerings involve with the annual Family Arts Festival as well as various other programs and issues Schwering who was appointed by for mer Mayor Bill Vernon and reappointed by former Mayor Dick Hettinger will be replaced by Terry Doran Although Mayor Mike Fincher could not attend the meeting because of a scheduling conflict he sent a letter to Fawley acknowledging all that Schwering has done during her tenure on the board recognizing that not all decisions con fronting her have been easy or popular The last meeting of the year also was a time for baseball and soft ball league officials to look forward to next year One issue resolved was the dual participation issue Logansport High School baseball coach Jim Turner told the board that the Babe Ruth League has agreed to lift its ban on dual league par ticipation Parks Board President Mark DeBarge said the contract with Babe Ruth also has a provision that voids the park lease with the league if the rule is ever reinstated A lease also was granted to the Logans port Girls Softball League but there are some potential scheduling conflicts with the weekends of June 24 and July 1517 when the qualifying rounds for a national tournament will be played in Logansport Tim Moss who heads the league said the meeting represented the first time he has been told of the actual dates of the tour nament which could cause some sched uling problems Brian a league parent said the second date for the tour nament could cause some scheduling problems for families that plan vacations after the league season is over Rainouts could push the season into the week past the scheduled end of the summer season he said T See BOARD Page A2 today We will be closed Dec 24th at Noon Closed all day Dec 31st Huge Sale January 1st I I 114 I HCAit ft I MM ISt 2120 E Logansport 5747534938 or 8007834938 To subscribe or advertise 800 6764125 or 574 7225000 Office hours 8 lo 6 Monday ibrough Friday 8 to 11 Saturday 6 to 11 am Sunday A ;