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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - August 23, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND AREA SINCE 1836THE TELEGRAPH Ml Mac makes more history Marti McGwire’s two homers give him 50 for the 4th straight season Page Cl Neighbors PrairieLand SHARE assists Brighton area residents Page Bl ; The Outlook I Partly sunny, ; then a chance of ; thunderstorms j High near 85 Complete forecast Page IM Texas coast blasted Hurricane Bret creates havoc as it slams into Texas PageB4Vol. 164, No. 220 — 50 cents Monday, August 23,1999 www.thetelegraph.comAAA: Watch for students The Telegraph/RUSS SMITH Kelly Arbuthnot walks her children Kayla, 10, end Aaron, 8, in a crosswalk across 13th Street in Roxana on their way to school Friday at Central Elementary School. By STEVE WHITWORTH Telegraph staff writer AAA is conducting its 66th annual “School’s Open” program to remind motorists about the need to drive with special care as schools go back into session for the fall. To that end, AAA again is issuing its posters and bumper stickers — which include the warnings “School’s Open” and “Drive Carefully” — to interested groups and individuals as a way of increasing safety awareness. “We make them available to any interested party,” said Mike Right, a spokesman for the AAA Auto Club of Missouri. The bumper stickers can be obtained through any AAA branch office or business that contracts to provide emergency road services for AAA. The bumper stickers and posters are intended to remind motorists that many children will be going to school for the first time this year, and they may be unaware of the dangers at school crossings and road intersections. Many older children also may be somewhat careless in their habits after a summer of play. Statistics show the importance of traffic safety where children are concerned. Children under the age of 15 are involved in 34 percent of all pedestrian accidents, and motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children from 5 to 14 years old. That’s why motorists should pay special attention to safe driving procedures as children return to school at summer’s end, the AAA warns. Children are active, inquisitive and impetuous, and they never miss an opportunity to explore something that interests them — even if it means venturing into the street, AAA officials say. Children “darting out,” or appearing suddenly in the path of a moving vehicle, is one of the most common causes of traffic accidents involving children. To reduce the potential for accidents involving child pedestrians, drivers should pay closer attention to parked cars, shrubbery and other similar vision obstructions. Many children know little about pedestrian safety rules, and even those who do are likely to forget them in pursuit of a rolling ball or wind-blown school paper. Schoolchildren generally depend on motorists to exercise safe driving practices, so motorists should be especially alert for children traveling on foot, on bicycles, and boarding or getting off school buses. AAA offers these safety reminders for motorists: ■ When in school zones, watch for reduced speed limit signs that become effective when classes are in session;. See SAFETY, Page A-7 Figures show system works By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - A new system of enforcing building code violations is keeping more cases out of court and forcing more property owners to obey the law, Madison County officials said. Of the 75 cases that have come before the Code Adjudication Hearing Court since May, 60 have ended in compliance with the code violation, according to a report from the Madison County Building, Zoning    and Environmental Department. “This was the way the system was adopted in the first place,” said Madison County Board Member Mike Fruth. “It was meant to get people to comply with the law.” “We are really encouraged by the way this has worked out so far,” said Joe Parente, director of building and zoning. The department has issued a report on the first three months of the administrative review process, designed to improve enforcement of building code, zoning, private ■ See SYSTEM, Page A-7 I ‘Fingerprint of a man who loved us Hosta garden dedicated in memory of community servant George Spence By REBECCA HOPKINS Telegraph staff writer ALTON — Late community servant George Spence was immortalized Sunday when his faintly presented a Hosta garden in honor of his memory to the city of Alton. The garden, located just east of the Nan Elliott Memorial Rose Garden in Gordon Moore Community Park, was chosen because of Spence’s lifelong work with several varieties of the plant. More than IOO people were in attendance at the 4 p.m. ceremony where Spence’s family took the stage and formally presented the garden to the city. Daughter Sharon Spence Salomon said the garden would have been her father’s dream. “I’m sorry dad couldn’t be here to see this garden of his dreams,” Salomon said. “But I believe dad’s presence is here in every flower. He would have been thrilled to see his dream realized so beautifully-” As the Carillon played in the background, Spence was lovingly remembered by family and friends as a lover of nature and devoted family man. The Rev. George Humbert from the College Avenue Presbyterian Church said he stood in awe of the beautiful garden. “We see here the fingerprint of a man of who loved us and gave us a beautiful gift,” Humbert said. “I stand in awe of a beautiful garden and a wonderful family who give the city of Alton a gift of their hospitality.” Filling in for Mayor Don Sandidge who was unable to attend, Alderman Phil Hanrahan read a proclamation to the family naming Sunday as the George S. Spence and Family Hosta Garden Day. David Bartosiak, president of the Alton Parks and Recreation Commission accepted the care of the garden in memory of Spence. “I was lucky and fortunate to be his friend,” Bartosiak said. “George loved the community of Alton as much as he loved his family, and took The Telegraph/MARGIE M. BARNES Paul Solomon, 16, of St. Louis, and grandson of the late George S. Spence, reads a Rudyard Kipling poem Sunday during the dedication of the hosta garden to his grandfather at Gordon Moore Community Park, in Alton. great pride in his gardens. We will maintain this garden wish as much care and love as George would have.” Along with his wife, Dottle, Spence had lovingly nurtured many of the plants in his gardens at his home on Main Street for many years.A former vice-president of Jefferson-Smurfit Corp., Spence was widely known throughout the area for his community service work and his love of nature. “I am so pleased it is completed and I know it will grow and be more beautiful every year,” Dottle Spence said. “George loved his hostas and would have loved what was done here.” Funds for the garden were raised through voluntary donations following Spence’s death just over one year ago. All work in the garden was provided through voluntary labor. “None of this would have been possible without the hard work and generosity of many people,” Salomon said.Good:» Morning In Hardin, apples are apple of their eye Orchard living, working has become a family a way of life The Telegraph/ANDE YAKSTIS Calhoun County fruit grower Tom Ringhausen shows some of the beautiful apples to be displayed at the Calhoun County Apple Festival. By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer HARDIN — Orchardman Tom Ringhausen was 5 years old when his parents displayed their beautiful apples at the Calhoun County Apple Festival and Fair in the 1950s. “I was a boy when I picked and polished pretty red, ripe apples to display on the main stage of the county fair,” said Ringhausen, 45. “The apple festival and fair was exciting to a country boy like me.” Ringhausen will follow the tradition of his father, orchardman    K.C. Ringhausen, and show his new crop of apples at the annual Calhoun County Apple Festival and Fair Sept. 9 through 12 at Hardin. “The county fair signals the start of the big apple season in Calhoun County,” said Ringhausen, who sells his apples at a market at the east end of the Joe Page Bridge across the Illinois River in East Hardin. The festival and fair was born 69 years ago, when apple growers and farmers drove horse-drawn wagonloads of apples to exhibit at the fairgrounds, said retired Hardin teacher Francis Strauch. Today, growers show their apples — and county farm families exhibit their livestock and tasty canned fruits and vegetables — at the fair. “People come back home to the Calhoun fair every year to visit their old neighbors and friends, just like folks did at the first, fair in 1931,” Strauch said. Ringhausen likes to show the blue ribbons and prizes won by his family at the Calhoun fair and Illinois State Fair through the years. Growing apples is a long tradition for the Ringhausen families. “My great-great-grandfa-ther, Christian Ringhausen, raised apples on the Blue Ridge of Calhoun 138 years ago,” he said. Hundreds of people will gather at the apple festival and fair next month for a variety of food, entertainment, carnival rides and the big tractor pull. Ringhausen and other fruit growers will show their apples on the main stage as a background for the crowning of the 1999 Calhoun County Fair queen. People have crowded the fairgrounds every year to see the coronation since Edna Breden Warren was crowned the first queen in 1931. The five queen contestants at this year’s fair are Traci Strauch, Lisa Rose, Liz Lindsey, Rachel Sievers and Sherry Hagen, said Glenda Taviner, coordinator of the popular queen coronation. The queen coronation event will be at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12, said Taviner, who operates the Calhoun Variety Store in Hardin. “The 1998 fair queen, Kari Ringhausen, will crown the 1999 queen,” she said. The Little Mister competition is at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. IO, and the Little Miss coronation is Saturday, Sept. ll, at 6 p.m., Taviner said. Through the years, fair ■ See TOWNS, Page A-7 Area/Illinois............ A-3 Bulletin Board........ A-6 Classifieds............. ...D-4 Comics................... ...D-2 Editorial.................. ..A-4 Nation..................... R-4 Obituaries.............. A-5 Baker, Dickmann, Fowler, Lee Television.............. co • q Weather.................. n-4 Region.................... ...D-1 ;