Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - August 9, 1999, Alton, Illinois
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Page C-2Burgoo Soup the pinnacle of annual picnic
By ANDE YAKSTIS
Telegraph staff writer
BRIGHTON — Townspeople will serve their tasty Burgoo Soup to visitors Friday and Saturday at the historic Betsey Ann Picnic in Brighton.
“People have traveled from everywhere every summer for 84 years to taste our famous Burgoo Soup,” said Brighton resident June Wilderman, the town historian.
Folks in town will cook pots of Burgoo
Soup at the 94th annual public picnic Friday and Saturday at the Betsey Ann Park on South Main Street.
“We invite everyone to join us for plenty of good food, entertainment, carnival rides and Burgoo Soup,” said Allen Jones, treasurer of the annual Betsey Ann festival.
Townspeople have been serving Burgoo Soup since 1915, when Wilderman’s grandfather, Jim Barber, and his friend, John Hauter, discovered the historic recipe in Winchester, 111.
“My granddad and John Hauter paid $100 for the Burgoo Soup recipe and brought it back home to Brighton,” Wilderman said.
Chief Chef T.J. Hughes and his kitchen crew will cook 650 to 700 gallons of Burgoo Soup for the two-day picnic in Brighton.
“We mix all kinds of vegetables with turkey, beef and smoked pork in our kettles of Burgoo Soup,” Hughes said. “We’ll cook it all night for 18 hours. We’ll serve
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site to be examined
New care home may be built there
By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT
Telegraph staff writer
Above: Rich Barkledge from News Chopper 5, left, receives a memorial plaque in honor of his brother Allen Barkledge Sunday from Ollie
^ Souffle, manager of Dobbs Tire and Auto, dur-ing the second annual Traffic Safety Fair in Edwardsville.
Right: Margaret J. Hitt, investigator for the Illinois Secretary of State Police, pins a badge on Crash Test Dummy Vince as Larry looks on Sunday at the Traffic Safety Fair.
The Telegraph/ MARGIE M. BARNES
Fair drives home safety tips
By REBECCA HOPKINS
Telegraph staff writer
EDWARDSVILLE - The second annual Traffic Safety Fair was held Sunday as a free public service event by Dobbs Tire and Auto, Edwardsville Police
Department, and Illinois State Police District ll. The event ran from IO a.m. until 4 p.m. on the parking lot of Dobbs/Target on Route 159 and featured demonstrations, simulators and safety information for drivers of all ages.
Illinois State Police Captain Diane Sievers said the program was part of the effort by the state police and other police departments to
tt /°vur safety and education officers Vyare making the effort to prevent tragedies. We put on programs at many schools throughout the year and have safety tents at the homecomings and at Gateway International Raceway.”
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promote prevention and safety.
“The police always show up after a tragedy happens to pick up the pieces,” Sievers said. “Our safety and education officers are making the
effort to prevent tragedies. We put on programs at many schools throughout the year and have safety tents at the homecomings and at Gateway International Raceway.”
Sievers added that the education officers’ priorities were encouraging young drivers to wear seat belts and discouraging them from underage drinking. Vince anc Larry, the Crash Test Dummies, were on loan from the Illinois Department of Transportation to encourage everyone to buckle up.
Demonstrations included a child safety seat convincer that showed an unharnessed doll in a mechanical sled and simulated a crash at 15 miles per hour, a roll-over Simula tor, and a tractor semitrailer Food and a dunking booth were provided for sale by the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 90, who donated their
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By PAUL MACKIE
Telegraph staff writer
EDWARDSVILLE - A judge in Madison County Circuit Court has agreed to work with an SIUE official to try to help four local white men guilty of hate crimes against a black family.
Rudy Wilson, assistant provost for cultural and social diversity at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, will conduct an awareness program for the convicted felons.
The men were sentenced last week to two years in prison, which will be waived if they each complete 30 months of intensive probation administered by Circuit Judge J. Lawrence Keshner.
The four men each pleaded guilty to three counts of hate crimes and two other charges stemming from their involvement in burning a cross on the black family’s lawn in June 1996 on South Main Street in
Wilson, who conducts cultural awareness and diversity training for university employees, said this will be his first court-appointed program in which he works with felons individually.
“I’m not going to preach to these men. I’m not going to use scare tactics. I will be there to help them help themselves,” Wilson said.
Wilson conducts SIUE’s Pathways to Harmony program, which is a series of awareness sessions to help participants become aware of and embrace differences.
“I want to create a series of dialogues with these men to take a look at how they’ve arrived at this type of behavior. We all have biases, but we need to learn how to deal with these feelings in constructive ways,” Wilson said.
“When we act on those biases to hurt others, that’s where
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Felons to get second chance through SIUE
EDWARDSVILLE — Officials will be examining the plat of a forgotten cemetery dating to 1893 to determine if a replacement sheltered care home can be built on the site of the existing home.
The possible existence of a cemetery was cited by backers of the home as a reason why the county’s replacement plan was not possible. The plat turns out to be a key to determining how the county might get out of the health care business, Madison County Administrator James Monday said.
County officials are hoping to replace the Sheltered Care Home as. an alternative place for current residents. The county has been trying since last year to close the Madison County Nursing Home and Sheltered Care Home, but the plan is
Health Facilities Planning County Clerk Mark Von Vida dis-Board. plays a plat showing the dimen-
The board has ruled slons of a forgotten cemetery.
that the county cannot
close the homes without an alternative place to send current residents. Replacing the Sheltered Care Home would solve that problem, Monday said.
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