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Alton Democrat (Newspaper) - December 8, 1976, Alton, IowaVolume Xiv the Democrat Alton and Orange City areas wednesday december 8, 1976 no. 4santa at the Windmill a gather round everybody. Santa sat the Windmill and he a brought Candy and apples for everyone a the speakers called out Over Central ave. In Orange City saturday. Sure enough there was Santa and with him was Black Pete who a supposed to intercede with Santa on behalf of adds who have been bad through the year. But then who could believe that any of the faces surrounding Santa Here belong to children who have been anything less than angelic All year soon afterwards Santa was reported sighted in Alton and though we missed getting a picture of him there this week Rumor has it that hell be there again this coming saturday. Well be waiting for him. Textbook shortage at Moc is there a textbook shortage in the ,. Maurice Orange City school system j several Moc parents have sex i pressed that concern to faculty members during the recent Parent teacher conferences. Charles Chabela expressed concern at the apparent textbook shortage monday evening when he asked the Board Why there was not enough textbooks to go around when the school District is Able to find Money to buy new uniforms for its athletic teams. Elementary principal Henry Van Aartsen responded by saying there was no Money shortage to Purchase additional textbooks if the District wanted More. Rather he said some of the teachers especially in the fifth and sixth grades did not follow a particular Book but use several texts in a certain subject matter. Van Aartsen said the teachers have enough textbooks for a third of their students plus some additional copies m each subject area. He said the teachers ordered that amount not because of snowmobile safety course a snowmobile safety course required tor 12-15 year Olds if they wish to ride snowmobiles on any property except their own. Is being offered by Gordon Abels. He needs at least five students to sign up of he is to teach the course. Call 737-421. For More information. Money problems but As a Means of getting More textbooks for the dollars spent. One teacher who follows no particular text in his elementary classroom said at the meeting there Are about a three or four times during a school year when students who want to Check out a Book overnight to study for a test can not. He added that he tries to plan his course so such a crisis is avoided As much As possible. A meeting of the teachers was ordered by the Board to determine if additional texts should be purchased by the District in the event a student desiring to have a Book when it was needed could have one. Post office no Rush yet but mail Early anyway area postmasters Are advising people to mail their Christmas packages and cards As Early As possible though they say that things Are running smooth in area Post offices so far and Don t anticipate any major Christmas mail tie ups in either Alton or Orange City this year. This is partly because people have been Good about mailing Early in the past they say and add that Christmas being at the end of the week makes a big difference. Come the monday of the 13th, Orange City postmaster del de Haan explained last week people will begin to realize a they Christmas is next week a and begin to mail their cards. People tend to mail their cards at the beginning of the week before Christmas de Haan explained matter which Day of the Christmas itself is on. This the Post office an advantage no week gives if Christmas is late in the week he said. Quot As Long As Christmas is at the end of the week there a really no problem in our experience a de Haan commented. At the Alton Post office Don Lanners had about the same assessment of the situation. A few cards Are starting to come through the office he said. Some cards Are being mailed and stamp sales Are starting to Piek up. The Christmas mail Rush usually hits the Alton Post office in three distinct stages according to Lammers. First package traffic increases in volume. Second people in this area mail their cards out. Third cards come in from other areas to be delivered Here. Things Are a lot better Here than in a centrally located office like the one Irr Sioux City he noted. A when we get started they re loaded and they stay loaded a he remarked explaining that All the mail in the area must pass through the office in Sioux City. Of Crews remove weekend Snow Orange City Snow removal Crews have been hard at work removing the White stuff that fell during the major snowstorm this past weekend. Crews began their task of removing the Snow from City streets around 2 . Monday morning and had most of it removed by the time most people began heading to work around 7 30 ., according to Orange City Street commissioner de Reinders Quot it took the concentrated efforts of eight men to get the streets cleaned Reinders said. Quot we hauled 84 loads of rate the Democrat is there something we can do for you on Page 7 this week there s something that can help you Tell us about it. So if you be got a criticism or a suggestion we d appreciate it if you d till out the form on Page seven. If you Don t want to fill All of it out Don t. Use whatever part of it you want. On the other hand if you think the Democrat is perfect we would t mind hearing about that either. Thanks for the cooperation. Snow out of the City in that Lime Quot still the Crews were not completed with their work. The Fleet of three plows opening the streets three trucks hauling Snow one Snowblower loading the trucks and one pay loader cleaning Public parking spaces hauled an additional 20 loads of Snow monday. Hien on tuesday the Snow Crews cleaned More of the town which amounted to another 25 loads of Snow hauled. 1 a we get pretty Good cooperation trom the people in keeping Rhei cars Oft the Street Quot Reinders said we would like to see the merchants clean their sidewalks a Little earlier so we could haul the Snow out when we clean he Reinders said the Crews then have logo Back Laier and clean up the Snow that is pushed into the streets after the sidewalks Are cleaned. There was sure a lot More Snow than we first Reinders added approve . Power plan still mull a a Orange streetlights members of the Orange City Council gave their approval monday night to preliminary plans lor the first phase of a project designed to upgrade and enlarge the City s electrical distribution system. Left unanswered for now was whether or not and to what degree the Council would decide to switch the City a Street lighting to High pressure sodium bulbs. Plans for the first two phases of the project a substation and a system of distribution cables were approved without much discussion for continued planning. But councilmen indicated that they were not ready to decide on the question of the sodium lighting. In All the projected Cost of the improvements discussed monday night is $1,167,935. This Breaks Down to $467,200 for construction of a substation just North of the present tight Plant $634,835 for Street wiring in part of the Northeast Section of town and $65,900 Fot new streetlights. Engineers present at the meeting explained that the advantage of High pressure sodium bulbs especially in brightly lit areas is that they use Tribuch less Energy than Mercury vapor lights which would be the alternative. Thus though they Cost More to install Overall lighting costs could be much lower with the sodium bulbs. The disadvantage of the bulbs to the councils Way of thinking is that instead of producing a Light which looks while they illuminate their surroundings with a glow that has been variously characterized As a pinkish Quot a a Orange a Orange for Orange City Quot was repeated u few times at the meeting Quot Pink Orange a and councilmen fear that whatever the color it would not be Well received by residents. Engineers at the meeting emphasized that sodium is going to look More attractive to people As Energy gets More expensive. A it its More economical then its probably the Way to go but we May have to sell it to people a mayor Robert Dunlop commented councilmen agreed to provide the engineers with a decision within 30 Days. Also discussed As part of the lighting project was the need for increased lighting on Albany ave., from Trinity Church to the fire station and around Northwestern a Campus. In other business the Council approved the articles of the new four county Landfill agreement formerly the tri county Landfill agreement discussed possible construction of a steel building Over the site of the Reservoir used to store water from the Alton Well Field renewed a permit to sell Beer for the Southtown discount grocery store and approved clerk s and treasurer s financial reports. Christmas contest _ if you or anyone in your family is in grades one through five the Mem Herat wants you special attention to something in this weeks paper. Sponsored by Alton merchants and this newspaper its called the Alton Christmas drawing contest and its open to students not just from Alton but throughout the area a a it winners will receive $5 gift certificates from Alton merchants and have their drawings printed in the Democrat s Christmas Issue on december. Contest rules and an entry form arc included inside this weeks paper a a you have to do is draw a picture of Quot what Christmas Means to me a and bring it to the Alton business listed under your Grade. Deadline is dec 17�?T so get drawing 4 t 1977 Tulip court Orange Cit ians chose the 1977 Tulip festival court last thursday. The election determined which 7 Young ladies Are eligible for the Tulip Queen pageant. The pageant will be held on february 14, 1977. The 1977 Tulip festival court includes from Moc Renee Roggen daughter of or. And mrs. Leon Roggen and Lynne Roos daughter of or. And mrs. Alien Roos from Northwestern College Colleen Korver daughter of or. And mrs. Lawrence Korver and Carol Oolman daughter of mrs. Harvey Oolman and the late Harvey Oolman. From Unity Christian Cherie Arkema daughter of or and mrs. Lewis Arkema Maria de Vries daughter of or. And mrs. George de pics and Heidi Woudstra daughter of or. And mrs Leroy Woudstra. Even though february 14, 1977 is several weeks away Orange City area residents should Reserve that Date so that they can attend the 1977 Tulip Queen pageant
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