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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - March 15, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 l l IE TEL m i APH Carbondale bound Madison County senior prosecutor stepping down PageD-l lions Spreading service to mankind PageB-1 i Tbe outlook Sunny and warmer; high near 50, low near 35 Page D-l On tho leo Blues ground Blackhawks 5-2 Page C-l ■■■■■■■■■■■■■■Vol. 164, No. 59 — 50 cents Monday, March 15,1999 www.thetelegraph.comOfficial opposes Godfrey mergerSupervisor calls government blending a ‘political ploy’ By TONY D. MASINELLI For The Telegraph GODFREY — The debate surrounding a proposal to absorb Godfrey Township government functions into the village government recently intensified, and now both sides are accusing each other of engaging in political maneuvering for personal reasons that puts the best interest of residents at risk. “Plain and simple, this is a political ploy by (village trustee) Mark Stewart to garner some votes and make the mayor more powerful,” said Doug Mueller, Godfrey Township supervisor. “He is running for a seat to which he was appointed, and he’s already been defeated twice before. He wouldn’t even be a trustee if the mayor (Mike Campion) had not appointed him.” Mueller said Stewart, who proposed the merger in a public meeting last month, Is using the idea of smaller government to get votes in the upcoming election. But Mueller contends that smaller government does not necessarily mean less cost. “The supervisor and the function we have for general assistance will still be there,” Mueller said, “and the township will still need an assessor to value properties for tax purposes. So there’s no savings with combined government.” In addition, Mueller believes that residents who need general assistance will receive less ■ See GODFREY. Page A-7 The Telegraph/MARGIE M BARNES Godfrey Township Supervisor Doug Mueller and assistant Laura Cress with some of the case files from the recent fiscal year. SunRise residents may have to move By PAUL MACKIE Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE -Relatives of residents at a nursing home will have to wait at least 45 days to find out if their loved ones must be removed from the home. U.S. District Senior Judge William D. Stiehl has delayed a preliminary hearing that could affect most of the 120 residents at SunRise Care & Rehabilitation, 1095 University Drive. The hearing was scheduled for today, but SunRise backers said they need time to prepare for the case. The nursing home filed suit March 5 against the U.S. Health Care Financing Administration, which plans to terminate the home’s Medicare and Medicaid bene- ■ See MOVE, Page A-7 A kite kind of day Good: Morning Area/Illinois.......A-3 Bulletin Board .A-6, B-2 Classifieds........C-5 Comics...........D-2 Editorial..........A-4 Nation/World B-3 Obituaries   A-5 Adams, Affsprung, Bennett, Caldwell, Cook, Hays, Lemen, May hew, McBride, Mergenthal, Piotrasche, Richey, Vanfossen Scoreboard.......C-2 Television ........D-3 The Telegraph/MARGIE M. BARNES Elyse Fritz, 8, of Alton, takes advantage of the high winds Sunday and flies a kite at Haskell Park in Alton. 110 H. Adams Parkway Alton, IL 62002 466-5301 Beware of the dog Man’s best'friend can still be a dangerous animal EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the second of a three part series examining the issues of animal safety and responsibility. By REBECCA HOPKINS Telegraph staff writer A Latin proverb says to beware of the dog, and its significance should not be lost on people today because all breeds of dogs still rennin strong pack instincts. According to The Animal Behavior Center of New York, based in Rego Park, N Y., children should be taught responsible behavior around dogs, including some do’s and don’ts for their own safety. Since the time when dogs were domesticated from the feral wolf, their natural instinct has been to establish a "pecking” order in their family. The moment a new puppy enters a household, he will begin testing each member of his new family to determine his place in the hierarchy. The top dog spot is known as the “alpha position,” and the puppy will continue his attempt to achieve this place unless he is taught submissiveness. By understanding the aggression a dog uses to attain this position, dog owners and handlers can more easily recognize the early warning signs and avoid a serious, if not life threatening, situation. Because inappropriate aggression is usually caused by human mismanagement or little or no management at all, The Animal Behavior Center of New York suggests that owners begin basic obedience training at four months of age. Andy Bunn of Total Canine Training said obedience training is essential for every pet dog. “Obedience training establishes you as the Alpha,” Bunn said. “Putting a leash on your canine and teaching just one command communicates this leadership to your pet. If the owner doesn’t establish the leadership role, the pet develops unwanted behavior. “Canine bad behavior develops for many different reasons, but can be cor- ■ See DOG, Page A-7 CLOSEOUT SALI OF AU ABOVE GROUND POOLS (1998 models in stock) limited quantity LAYAWAY NOW FOR SPRING German immigrant carves out a place in Meppen history 24' ROUND POOL PACKAGE SALI PRICED By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer MEPPEN — German immigrant Henry Kiel settled in Calhoun County in 1847 and built his famous stone house from limestone carved out of the river bluffs. “My great-grandfather Henry Kiel built our stone home 150-years ago and our children were the fifth generation to live in the house,” said Elmer Kiel, who was raised in the his-    _ toric home in the tiny town    of    TelOffFaPll Kiel and his    T0WI1S wife, Lois, are  —- proud to show visitors their stone home nestled along the beautiful limestone bluffs in Kiel Hollow. The big stone house stands alone in a valley in a rustic farm setting of cattle grazing along fields of bright green winter wheat. Henry Kiel carved each stone out of the limestone bluffs to build his two-story home in Meppen, h quiet farming community along the scenic river bluffs in southwestern Calhoun County, said Elmer Kiel, who continues to farm the land with his family. "The old house is full of wonderful ■ See JVIEPPEN, Page A-7 For The Telegraph This antique photo shows German immigrants Henry Kiel and his wife, Catherine, who built the famous Kiel Stone House in 1847 in Meppen in Calhoun County. ;