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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - March 21, 1999, Alton, Illinois Coupons and special offers ^ inside most editions Sports Stirs on Ice Telegraph All-Area hockey teams Page B-l Helping it grow Ron McMullen guides hospital toward next century Page IM Wheels*Deals it now bug Diesel-powered Beetle delivers surprising test drive Page C-l The outlook Partly sunny and cooler. High 49; low 27 Page D-10 Good Mornirig Area/Illinois... A-3,9,10 Bulletin Board .A-8 Classifieds C-3 Editorial ......A-4 Horoscope D-8 Nation/world . .A-12 Obituaries A-6 Anderson, Angal, Gates, Giroux, Hill, Kramer, Miller, Phillips, Rohrabaugh, Schulte, Warren, Webb Scoreboard B-2 Stocks........D-2 Weather D-10 SUNDAY BRA PJB Vol. 164, No. 65 Serving The River Bend Since 1836 March 21,1999    $1.50 Police talks down to wire By LINDA N. WELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON - With IO days remaining in the city’s contract with the Alton Police Benevolent and Protective Association Unit 14, the old issue of residency reportedly is a main stumbling point. Mayor Don Sandidge confirmed that some police officers want an exception to the city’s ordinance requiring Residency requirement holding up contract them to live within the city limits after they are hired. “I am opposed to that,” Sandidge said. “They are earning their living from the city coffers and should live in the city.” He disputed claims from some who say he had promised the police before his election in 1997 that he would allow them to drop that requirement. “I never said that because I’ve never been for it,” he said. Police officers and firefighters have three months to move to Alton after they are hired; people seeking jobs in other departments must be residents to be considered for employment. Over the years, some police officers have said they consider choice of residency to be a right; others fear retaliation by criminals if they live in the city. The city reportedly has offered police a contract similar to that which the International Association of Quilting Day The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Dozens of people turned out Saturday to look at a large selection of quilts on display at Villa Rose senior retirement home in Bethalto. The exhibit was held in honor of National Quilting Day. Alton youth puts family in movie By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON — For Brian Jun of Alton, a family film is more than some video clips of the family’s last trip to Florida. Jun, a 19-year-old sophomore film student at Webster University in Webster Groves, is directing an eight-rtiinute film focusing on the relationship between a grandfather and grandson. Jun, the son of P.J. and Jayne Jun of Alton, said the film is autobiographical. “I’m really close to my grandfather. The film is about our relationship. I wanted to tell how the relationship changes as you get older.” The film, titled “Coffee and Brandy,” tells the story of a retired architect who learns that a building he proudly designed as a young man is being torn down. Jun’s grandfather, Robert J. Yungck, was an architect for 43 years. Jun is directing the film for a class assignment. He hopes to enter the completed film in local festivals. The Grand Theater, on Market Street, is portrayed in the film as the building bound for destruction. Jun said he has been fascinated with the Grand since he was in high school. “I like to think of the Grand as a symbol of Alton,” Jun said while on the set at the Grand Saturday. “It shows Alton as a great city of the ‘50s and ‘60s.” Jun said capturing the historic side of the city of Alton is important to his film “I want to make Alton an ■ See MOVIE, Page A-11 Firefighters Local 1255 ratified in February — raises of 3.5 percent for the first three years of a five-year pact. Contract talks then would reopen for the last two years of the agreement. Sandidge said the police union is expected to vote on the proposed contract March 30 and 31. The police contract is the ■ See POLICE. Page A-11 Group seeks to save SunRise By PAUL MACKIE Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - A group representing a nursing home will travel to Springfield Monday in an attempt to save the home from being fined or closed But one health care authority says the relatives of residents at SunRise Care & Rehabilitation, 1095 University Drive, are barking up the wrong tree by pleading with state legislators. “SunRise is the one the families should be really angry with, not the state or the feds,” said Violette King, president of Nursing Home Monitors, a grass-roots watchdog group based in Godfrey that has reported the home for harmful living conditions. The U.S. Health Care Financing Administration threatened early this month to terminate the . home’s Medicare and Medicaid benefits, which are necessary for 94 of the home’s 120 residents Meanwhile, Sun Health Care Group has acquired a temporary restraining order against the termination. Whether benefits will be terminated is expected to be decided by a judge with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois in East St. Louis in late April. “If SunRise wanted to, it could foot the bill for the residents because (SunRise) is the one who caused this situation,” King said. "The state bent over backwards to give them every chance.” Nevertheless, a group of four relatives and four ■ See SUNRISE, Page A-11 Stowaways Head lice hitch ride on schoolchildren EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first of a three-part series about diseases that can be passed along at school. By ANGELA MUELLER Telegraph staff writer ALTON — Five days a week they jump off the school bus and run into the house. They bring with them books, papers, homework assignments and completed art and science projects. But sometimes children bring home more than what they carry in their backpacks. Often they come home with unwelcomed illnesses and infestations. More than 12 million Americans bring head lice home from work or school each year, according to the American Head Lice Information Center. A majority of those infested are schoolchildren. In the Alton School District, 609 cases of head lice were identified by school nurses by January of the 1998-99 school year. That is less than half of the 1,389 cases reported by January of the previous school year. Leonard Hawthorne, special services administrator for Alton schools, said many of the 609 cases were reinfested pupils who had not been treated properly. Sherry Verdun, nurse for three Bethalto District schools, said she also saw many repeat cases. “It’s a lot of work to get rid of the lice,” she said. “It takes a lot of patience from the parent and the child, and sometimes it doesn’t get done completely.” Pupils with head lice are sent home with a letter ■ See LICE, Page A-11 Steps to eliminating head lice I • Kill tho lice Treatment with a medicated shampoo containing per-methrin or pyrethrin is most often recommended. 2* Remove the nits Use a fine tooth comb to remove nits, one section of hair at a time. Check hair for the next seven to 10 days. Reapplication of lice-killing shampoo and repeated egg removal may be required to completely remove infestation. Adult louse « _ . louse egg 3 * Clean up Clean combs, hats and hair accessories. Thoroughly wash bedding and dry on hot cycle. Vacuum all upholstered furniture and car seats e, V    Fo Flags1 T    fL* 'Jse It to get a dependable vehicle & re-built your credit! 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