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www.thetelegraph.comHe had only just begunSenator eulogizes JFR Jr. as pied piper
Saudamini Siegrist mourns Friday outside a memorial Mass for John F. Kennedy Jr. and his wife, Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, at the Church of St. Thomas More in New York.
NEW YORK (AP) - In a heart-breakings familiar scene, John F. Kennedy Jr. was eulogized Friday as a free spirit who carried the torch of America’s first family of politics with unusual ease and grace and — like his father “had every gift but length of years.”
“He was a boy who grew into a man with a zest for life and a love of adventure,” said Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, JFK Jr.’s uncle. “He was a pied piper who brought us all along. ... He had a legacy, and he learned to treasure it. He was part of a legend, and he learned to live with it.”
Kennedy’s life was cut in half, the senator told 350 family members and friends who filled the velvet-lined pews at the Gothic-style Church of St. Thomas More on
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Manhattan’s Upper East Side, where JFR Jr.’s mother often sought solace.
“We dared to think ... that this John Kennedy would live to comb gray hair,” the senator said, borrowing from the poet William Butler Yeats. “But like his father, he had every gift but length of years.”
The memorial Mass came a week after the young Kennedy’s plane crashed off Martha’s Vineyard — killing him, his wife, Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, and sister-in-law Lauren Bessette.
Family and friends — among
them President Clinton, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Muhammad Ali — celebrated Kennedy as a playful and courageous man who kept his bearings long after he was the child who saluted his father’s casket and was cast as the heir to Camelot.
Sen. Kennedy, who delivered eulogies for Robert F. Kennedy in 1968 and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in 1994, invoked a phrase often used to describe the length of President Kennedy’s term as he remarked on JFK Jr.’s marriage.
“For a thousand days, he was a husband who adored the wife who became his perfect soul mate. John’s father taught us all to reach for the moon and the stars. John did that in all he did — and he found his
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County is trying to unload home’s property, group says
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the conclusion of a two-part series about the controversy surrounding Madison County and its two care homes.
By PAUL MACKIE
Telegraph staff writer
EDWARDSVILLE - Madison County officials are trying to unload “bad” property on a private developer, according to members of a group fighting to keep two tax-supported care homes open.
Attorneys representing the county and the state have agreed that the Madison County Nursing Home should close in four months and a new dual-purpose home should be built on 12 acres where the Madison County Sheltered Care Home stands at 333 S. Main St. in Edwardsville.
But members of the County Homes Action Committee think the plan is a diversion from the state’s administrative hearing process, which has been canceled pending the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board’s decision about the proposal at its Aug. 19-20 meetings.
“There was no need for a plan, and that would have been proven in an administrative hearing,” said Gary Groeteka, a co-chair of the Action Committee.
He cited an independent audit that claimed there was no financial reason to close the homes. Groeteka said the County Board’s original reason for closing the homes was lack of operational money, but he claimed the board’s recent philosophy simply has been to get the county out of the health care business.
The Action Committee contends funding for the homes has been available all along and the County Board should be more sympathetic to the residents and should even take a new vote.
Committee members said there are other ways to make money for the Homes Fund, but they charge the County Board is concerned only with dumping the 12 acres in the heart of Edwardsville into private hands.
“All those hills back there (behind the Sheltered Care Home) are loaded with graves from when it was a poor farm. They’re giving
■ See COUNTY, Page A-9
Workers seek to drop union
By LINDA N. WELLER
Telegraph staff writer
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Felesha Freeman, who works in the dietary department at Beverly Farm Foundation in Godfrey, wipes away perspiration as she sweats out her picket line duties in front of the foundation-operated Hardin Apartments on Humbert Road. Freeman, a member of AFSCME Council 31 who went on strike two weeks ago, had to seek a cooler place Friday after becoming overheated.
GODFREY — Nonstriking workers at Beverly Farm Foundation filed a petition Friday with the National Labor Relations Board seeking decertification of its union.
About 130 employees signed the petition, which said: “We no longer support American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and their actions. We no longer wish to be part of their bargaining unit.”
An employee who did not want to be identified said he delivered the petition Friday morning to the NLRB office in St. Louis. Leo Dollard, acting regional director of the NLRB, confirmed the petition had been filed.
“We will check to see the number of people who signed it,” Dollard said.
“The petitions must show an
■ See WORKERS, Page A-9
Bathon’s daughter killed in golf cart accident on course
ving a beverage cart Thursday while working at Legacy Golf Course, 3500 Cargill Road in Granite City, when she drove into a bar across a path near the golf-cart shed, causing an injury that apparently cut off her supply of oxygen.
“Maybe something fell, or she was distracted,” said Bill Engelke, owner of the course. “I don’t see how she missed it, and neither did the police. I don’t understand it.”
Friends and co-workers said the teen-ager apparently was pinned against the bar for several minutes about 6 p.m. before help arrived.
“Apparently, she had just
■ See BATHON, Page A-9
By PAUL MACKIE
Telegraph staff writer
EDWARDSVILLE Madison County Treasurer Fred Bathon’s 17-year-old daughter died early Friday from injuries suffered in an unusual golf-cart accident.
Jessica Bathon, of the 4900 block of Sequoia Drive in Pontoon Beach, was pronounced dead at 12:40 a.m. Friday at St. Louis University Hospital.
She apparently had been dri