Cedar Rapids Gazette, December 8, 1974, Page 29

Publication: Cedar Rapids Gazette December 8, 1974

Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - December 8, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa The Odar Rapids Gazette: Sun , Dec. 8, 1974 3ftMaking Wreaths in Waukon is Community Project By Ultra J Rtbry WAUKON - At least one prUe line has been held this holiday season, giving more than .'MKI homes their Christmas wreaths at last year’s prices Made by Mrs Raton Cote of rural Waukon, the wreaths were sold door-to-door in a two-night campaign by the Jaycees for ll each, the price they have been the last few years. Barbara Cote has been making the wreaths fdr alxiut IO vears. The project his high priority at the Cote home for the last two weeks of November. At times friends and relatives cut branches into twigs until a great heap of evergreens crowds into Cote’s basement work area The project also usurps four-year-old Amy’s play space and time “I wish those old wreaths were done,' she exc laimed once, but a few minutes later she was happily helping spray a finished wreath "It s really a community project," Mrs ('cite explained. "I couldn’t accept it if it weren’t for the kindness of heart of the people who help.” The help begins with gathering the wire coat hangers that give the two-foot wreaths their shape "After the hangers begin to get rusty, Penney's and Graham's save th^rn for me My friends save theirs, too Some years they’re short, especially when they’re sending their families to college with stacks of hangers. But we* put out the word and people bring them to my brother’s shoe store, or I’ll find bundle's of them in my c ar ” Shaping Hangers Shaping the hangers is done by the* men of the Cote family, Raton senior and junior, who also carry the* finished wreaths to hang them on ropes strung in the* garage and she*d Rach wreath contains a bushed basket of cut evergreens This year the*re* are* three* varieties, inc hiding one long needled pine. The* Jaycees supply the greenery. "It was a grand safari the Sunday they brought them. They had two truckloads, but they had to get more later.” Jaycee Bill Blagsvedt, a teacher at senior high who is in charge of the* wre uth project this ye*ar, said the Jaycees do not experienc e* any particular difficulty getting gre e ns evergreen Donations "We* got most of them from Sylvan Ash-backer’s windbreak. He wanted the bottoms trimmed We got some from him last year, too We also got a small load from one of our members, Rrnie Burroughs ” Mrs Cote gets the cone's and other supplies. She buys wire, plastic ribbon, and trimmings through the greenhouses; hairpins to fasten on the bows come from a beauty shop To keep down the* price, she buys even the* spray wholesale Price is also a factor in making all the wreaths alike. "I used to think I should make them different each year, but I checked in other towns and found theirs don’t change*, so the last three or four years I haven't c hanged the style The Jaycees said it suited them, so I didn’t ask anyone else " Counting Wreaths An adding machine tape with numbers from one to JOO is prepared by daughter Sally. As soon as she finishes a wreath, Mrs. Cote marks the tape "Last year we got mixed up somehow and had to count the* wreaths to doublerheck the number, which was quite a job Otherwise we kc*ep a double*! he*ek by the* number of hangers ” At the bottom of the tape* is an emphatic "Hooray! Merry Christmas!” “Last ye*ar I use*d the* tape for the bow on my own wreath, but nobody paid attention to what it was,” she said ruefully. Mrs Cote le*arne*d florist’s work when she was a teenager about to buy a small downtown floral shop in Waukon Her mother, Mrs. Fred Bailsman, who helps with the wreaths, still uses the* small greenhouse Hausmans built at their home at that time. Planted Trees The whole Cote family loves the outdoors; they have taker many hunting and fishing trips in the United States and Canada. They have also planted about 7,(KHI Christmas tree*s on a slope* they can see from their living room window For an indoor year-round activity Mrs Cote makers miniature* arrangements of straw flowers and silk rose*s which a frie*nd ar-range*d for her to sell though a Lacrosse gift shop. “I call her my businc*ss manager now," laughed Mrs. Cote Rve*n Amy has made* some* miniature arrangements in the floral corner of the basement. Mrs. Eaton Cote, of rural Waukon, assisted by her four-year-old daughter Amy, sprays a fine coating of ‘snow’’ upon a completed wreath which will be sold by the local Jaycees as a fund raising project. Iowa to Add ‘Satellite’ Crime Labs Bv Robert Marshall Drake University Journalism Student DES MOINES (IDEA)— Test tubes line one work bench, across the aisle is a counter filled with expensive drug detection machines and microscopes, and in the back room is a photography studio. These are only a few of the quarter-of-a-million dollars in equipment used in Iowa’s crime laboratory here The bureau of criminal investigation criminalistics lab began three years ago after the federal crime lab phased out its case processing The federal lab is now mainly a training facility. Every state, except Arkansas, currently has some form of crime lab. Satellite I .Jbs Iowa plans to add four "satellite labs" throughout the state to handle increasing work loads and provide quicker processing. said Michael L Rehberg, crime lab administrator Some of the lab s capabilities include matching hairs found at a crime scene with hairs from a known source, such as a suspect or an animal; matching a bullet lo a particular gun, and identifying drugs. "If we didn’t have drugs to identify we might not have a (crime> lab." Rehberg said. He added that about 5(1 percent of all cases processed are drug-related. Drug identification requires the full-time attention of three criminologists, who are chemical technicians. Rehberg explained that to try drug-related cases, the prosecutor must bo able to prove in court the drugs’ exact content Avoid Mix ups To avoid possible mix ups, each piece of evidence is hun-dU*d by one criminologist. Rehberg said. Tile* criminologist usually receives the evidence by mail or personal delivery, processes the case and returns it directly to the source. Rc*sults are available only to the* county attorney where the crime was committed. “This makes it easier for us.” Rehberg said, "but sometimes it creates problems for others." Some people who should have access to the information must work through the county attorneys. Rehberg said The crime lab photographs all processed evidence for use when cases come to trial. The lab has handled 4,7(Kl cases so far this year as compared to 4,3(Ni in 1973 Rehberg attributed the increase to greater awareness by law enforcement officers of the capabilities and usefulness of the crime lab Any Iowa law enforcement ic acy having physical evidence may use the* lab’s services. 19 Employes Currently 19 employes work in the lab, including nine criminologists Each criminologist is an expert in at least one field of police work such as firearms, drugs or lie* de* tectors The nine* criminologists have degrees in chem-lstry with five or more holding advanced de*gre*es Rehberg said tht*re is currently stilt competitiein for employes between state's    which    are* expanding their labs A significant amount of the* criminologists' working time is spe*nt in court appearances. Kehlierg    said    Iowa    law permits written documents as court evidence, hut some e ase's still require personal appearance** by the* persem who pro4*e*sse>el the* case. For example, in September criminologists appeared 30 times in courts throughout the state. "You can figure that each court appearance takes one working day," Rehberg said. Involved (ase** Most case's are* processed in le»ss than a week but more involved cases, suc h as homicides, may take up to two weeks. Rehberg said. "Many times we don’t know what is and what isn’t evidence until we get a chance to examine it in the lab.” Reh-berg said He believes it’s better to bring in a truckload of potential evidence than risk leaving an important clement at the crime scene* The lab’s quarter-of-a-mil-lion dollar annual budged is 75 percent state-fundt*d and 25 percent fe*derally funde*d. Beginning in July 1975, Rehlierg said. the* lab will he* paid for entirely by Iowa When the* lab was establishe*d in 1971, fe'deral funds paid for 75 (lercent of the* lab Training Sc hools Each year lab technicians arc sent to training schools in the* FBI’s laboratory in Virginia. Criminologists receive i-pec iali/e*el training in such ti ngs as glass examination, pL t>, soil and personnel management Rehberg, who was formerly chief chemist with the Wisconsin crime lab at Madison, said as an administrator he* nusse*s not working on case's "I’m a chemist,” he* said. "Now I have to get my satisfaction out of getting the lw*st possible equipment and sala Ties for my men " The* lab s filing system will have* to is* converted to computer or microfilm storage* in the* next couple* of years "or we face* tieing buries! rn paper." Rehberg said Students Examine Chamber Procedures FAYETTE—The working de of a Chamber of Com-erie* office will Im* examined i thre*e Upper Iowa college udents during the* January (trim, which will be*gin Jan. For two weeks the Upper wans, who have completed a gular campus course on immunity arnanagement, ill *ii*rve as interns in Chamber offices in two state's. 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  • Barbara Cote
  • Cote Rve
  • Eaton Cote
  • Fred Bailsman
  • Jaycee Bill Blagsvedt
  • Michael L Rehberg
  • Mrs Raton Cote

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Publication: Cedar Rapids Gazette

Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Issue Date: December 8, 1974

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