Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - April 24, 1999, Alton, Illinois
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Musicians dust off unusual instruments
By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT
Telegraph staff writer
BETHALTO — Kindergarten pupil Alex Hobick became an aficionado of the washboard during a performance Friday by a group of musicians at Zion Lutheran School.
Alex said she might want to take up the washboard some day. “It’s funny,” she said.
Maybe that is because one of the teachers, Sandra Balister, was drafted to play along with
the group, members of Musicians Local 98, who were bt the school trying to spark the children’s interest in music.
The local represents members of the Edwardsville Municipal Band, of which all the musicians who performed at Zion Lutheran are members.
The leaders of the group did not say whether washboard is one of the instruments they had in mind when they
explained the purpose of their visit.
Neither was garden hose an instrument that comes to mind, but there was a demonstration of the garden hose, along with the more standard variety flute, piccolo, clarinet, tuba, trumpet and trombone.
“We want to demonstrate the instruments and try to interest students in playing,” said Marion Strohman, a trombone player.
The group devotes one week
each year to visiting schools, demonstrating instruments and the ways they produce sound.
The garden hose was used by tuba player Lyman “Zeke” Holden.
He said the hose, along with a funnel and a mouthpiece, can produce a sound by buzzing the lips and blowing into a column of air.
The hose, however, produces
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Fear walks halls af schaals
It makes us look at each other differently’
By ANGELA MUELLER
Telegraph staff writer
Students are considering their own safety at school in light of Tuesday’s killings at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo.
Amy Hill, a 17-year-old junior at East Alton-Wood River High School, said even though the killing spree happened hundreds of miles away from Wood River, she was hesitant about going to school Wednesday.
“I was freaking,” Hill said. “I didn’t want to come to school because you never know what’s going to happen.”
Hill and many of her friends received an additional scare when they arrived at school Thursday morning.
Hill is part of a group of
about 30 students sometimes referred to as “gaters” because they stand outside a gate next to the school on Whitelaw Avenue before school and during their lunch period.
On Wednesday night, vandals spray-painted the words “Die Gators” on the pavement next to the gate.
“It freaked me out when I saw it, because I saw two guys down the sidewalk who were wearing black coats,” said 19-year-old Brook Hedge, referring to the “Trench Coat Mafia" group to which the
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Toddler’s death under
Post-mortem showed baby was sexually abused; mother’s boyfriend is target
By DENNIS GRUBAUGH
Telegraph staff writer
EDWARDSVILLE - The death of a Wood River toddler who was found through postmortem tests to have been sexually abused is under investigation by state and local authorities, The Telegraph has learned.
A search warrant was executed Friday for police to obtain a blood sample from a man who was with the 27-month-old girl the night before she died. The man is a boyfriend of the girl’s mother, according to the search warrant.
The man is 29 years old and most recently has lived at addresses in Alton and Bethalto, records show. He has not been charged in the case.
The investigation is being handled by the Illinois State Police Investigators from that agency and from the Wood River Police Department could not be reached for comment late Friday.
A spokesman for the Madison County Coroner’s Office confirmed an investiga
tion was being conducted.
“We can confirm this department investigated the death, and we are aware of an ongoing investigation (by authorities), but we’re not in a position to say anything about it,” chief deputy coroner Ralph Baahlmann Jr. said Friday evening.
He said no inquest has been held into the cause of death.
According to the search warrant, the child was pronounced dead at 2:22 a.m. Dec. 6 at Wood River Township Hospital, where she had been taken about 1:30 a m. after she had stopped breathing at her home in the 800 block of Halloran Avenue.
An autopsy conducted Dec. 7 by Dr. Raj Nanduri, a coroner’s pathologist, revealed that the girl had been sexually assaulted, the search warrant said. The warrant makes no mention of other injuries.
Testing of the evidence took several months. Detective William Wheeler of the Wood River Police Department received a call April 16 from the Illinois State Police Crime
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East Alton-Wood River High School students, part of a clique called “gaters” who hang out together by a roadway gate, mill around during lunch on Whitelaw Avenue.
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By STEVE WHITWORTH
Telegraph staff writer
GODFREY - Village officials hope the Illinois Department of Transportation will be able to start work next year on a stoplight and crosswalk at the intersection of Godfrey Road and Stamper Lane.
Although Godfrey Mayor Mike Campion and others say they previously were given assurances that the work would begin next year, IDOT
officials warn they can’t guarantee that will happen.
The project is in the five-year plan for IDOT’s District 8, which includes Madison County, said Mary Lamie, program development engi
neer for the district.
“We’re planning on including traffic signals and a pedestrian crosswalk on Godfrey Road at Stamper Lane,” Lamie said. However, she acknowledged she could
not be specific about a date when the project would begin.
“We consider that a high-priority project,” she said. “We’re going to try to get out there as soon as we can."
IDOT plans to install the traffic signal and crosswalk as part of the project to construct a bi-directional turn lane on Godfrey Road, which carries U.S. 67 out of Alton, from its intersection with Illinois Route 111 north to the
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Traffic speeds along Godfrey Road at Stamper Lane on Friday near the site of the new McDonald s restaurant, background, in Godfrey.
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