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Anderson Daily Bulletin (Newspaper) - August 13, 1980, Anderson, Indiana
Vol. 96 no. 123 wednesday aug. 13, 1980 Anderson Indiana Price Twenty cents Good Chance of thunderstorms tonight. Lows in the mid 60s. Showers and thundershowers Likely thursday. Highs in the Low to mid 80s. Chance of rain 50 percent tonight and 70 percent thursday. Yesterdays High 78. Overnight Low 62. Bowling Alley fire cause still unknown by sue Scott and Ken de la Bastide Quot thank god there weren to 150 people in there Bowling. We probably would have lost half of them a fire chief tim Moore said of a Blaze that raged out of control last night and destroyed Browne a recreation at 622 Broadway. At about 6 30 . There were eight persons inside the Bowling Alley a the owner Jack Brown who was in the basement pro shop Linda Rosencrans and her two children two men who were inspecting the lanes for the Anderson Bowling association and two Young girls the owner said he did not know. According to Ralph Hall inspector and Secretary for the Bowling association he and his Helper Ralph Pickering were checking the lanes at the South end of the recreation Center when they heard someone yell Quot fire a Quot Little flames started to fall like burning paper Quot Pickering said and he ran for a fire extinguisher. Quot then a bigger piece fell Down at the North end and we just started to later it was reported that Rosencrans had taken her sons to bowl and had asked the owner to fix her Bowling Ball As it was too tight. Brown reportedly went to the basement and As the Trio waited for him to return one boy turned to his Mother and said he thought he had seen fire in the ceiling. Reportedly Rosencrans looked toward the ceiling and then told her son who was said to be about to or la years old that it just looked like a Light from the Sun. Then a huge piece of the fiery ceiling reportedly fell Between the first and sixth lanes at the Center and the Rosencrans boy rushed to warn Brown. Firemen said luckily the woman and her children were in the Center of the building. None of the eight persons were near the fire which quickly spread Down the lanes and toward the seating areas. Brown ran from the basement Pickering reported called the 911 emergency fire number and All managed to escape through the front door. Specific cause of the fire to the 100-year-old Structure is not known but according to spectators at the scene Holt Muffler had notified Brown that lightning had hit an Antenna on top of the building at about 4 . Monday. There were false ceilings in the Structure which originally was the Power station for the Union traction co. Of Indiana. At the scene last night Brown told the bulletin the Structure was turned into a Bowling Alley in 1939 and his father purchased it in 1952. Fire chief Moore later said eight members of Browne a family ran the Center. Brown said he Quot had just come in to open Abc certification when the fire started. About 70 City firefighters fought the Blaze which spread quickly. Soon the roof fell inward As one fireman atop the ladder truck sprayed water downward. The City s snorkel Hung just Over the front Wall. Moore said he immediately dispatched firemen to set up a water curtain to contain the fire and keep it from spreading to nearby buildings particularly East Side Dairy to the North. Edgewood Chesterfield Pendleton Lapel and Richland township fire departments were called in to Man the City a stations. At about 7 30 Moore said he had called for a Crane to tear Down the Walls of the huge Structure Quot to save anyone from getting Hurt before they fell. Later he said he had tried seven different companies in an attempt to find the equipment but could Only locate a 1910 Crane. It later had mechanical difficulty and Only a portion of the Southside Wall could be removed. Quot we also wanted to keep our equipment from being destroyed so we moved it Back about 30 feet a the chief added spectators by the hundreds began to Mill around the heavy Blaze and Many had to be repeatedly warned by civil defense personnel to stay Back traffic was rerouted most of the evening and traffic jams were numerous. For hours cd workers stood at surrounding intersections in an Effort to keep sightseers out of the area. Electric Power was shut off in the area As soon As the Blaze was discovered and for a while there was see Page 2, column 3 rubble Rakers firefighters Don Watson and Denny Jones sift through smouldering rubble this morning at Browne a recreation on Broadway. The pair Are looking for hot spots in the debris which could again catch fire if not checked closely. The 12-Lane Bowling Alley burned for about two hours last night As firemen fought to keep bulging Walls from collapsing the 100-year-old Structure. John Ivory Kennedy speech gives Anderson National attention new York a for Delegate Jack Greg Haught of Mooresville Quot it was the greatest acceptance speech for a non candidate in history. A for Edmund Mahern a Delegate from Indianapolis Quot it was a great ending and a helluva and for the residents of Anderson ind., Home of one of the highest unemployment rates in the country there was Comfort in the fact their plight was not forgotten. Related Story Page 34 in a rousing speech to the democratic National convention tuesday night the senator outlined his economic platform for the party in the 1980s. Quot let us pledge that we will never misuse unemployment High interest rates and human misery As false weapons against inflation let us pledge that employment will be the first policy of our economic policy a he said. Quot let us pledge that there will be Security for All who Are now at work. And let us pledge that there will be jobs for All who Are out of in particular he remembered Anderson where thousands of Auto workers have been Laid off Quot i have seen the closed factories and the stalled Assembly lines of Anderson ind., and South Gate calif.,�?� Kennedy said. Quot i have seen too Many a far too Many a Idle men and women desperate to work. I have seen too Many a far too Many working families desperate to protect the value of their wages from the ravages of Kennedy visited Anderson before Indiana a primary in May spending the night with an unemployed Auto worker David Tierney and his family a i remember How upset he was and he believe that there was that much unemployment in Anderson a said Haught a Kennedy Delegate. Quot he wanted to see them and How they were getting by Hurley Goodall a Carter Dele sen. Edward Kennedy gestures. During his speech at demo convention Gate and a state representative from Muncie said he was pleased Kennedy remembered Anderson Quot it probably made an Impact on him a Goodall said. Quot i Hope we made an Impact on the president tonight. I think something happened the speech brought thousands of delegates to their feet cheering and waving a sea of Blue Kennedy placards. It was the first prolonged demonstration of the convention and it brought Kennedy Back for several curtain Calls Quot the democratic party passed up a great Opportunity to have the next president of the United states by not nominating him a grumbled Kennedy caucus Leader Robert Brown of fort Branch Council to vote on cats wage hike by Barr Albert bulletin staff writer the wage agreement for City transit employees giving la to 27 percent salary increases will be voted on thursday by the Anderson City Council but the firefighters agreement has been pulled from the Agenda because the supervisory salaries Haven to been approved yet by the Board of Public safety the meeting is at 7 30 in the Council Chambers of the City building the City of Anderson transportation system represented by the american federation of state county and municipal employees i Tea 1913, negotiated a three year agreement announced last month. A total of 38 cats employees Are to make from $5.05 to $5 80 per hour under the agreement during the first year the majority 27 bus Drivers will make $5 45, compared to $4 54 All non management personnel earn now. Cats employees did not Cross picket lines last Friday due to local 1913�?Ts strike there has been some discussion that Council members May reject the agree ment because of that or due to the amount of the salary increases but Council president Jack Van Dyke r 1st, said this morning Quot not one councilman has said anything to me about it rejecting the agreement a Quot cats has been underpaid for years i think they deserve every Penny of it i Don t think there is any problem there Quot he explained. But he added that he could be surprised and he asks members not to Tell him How they Are going to vote on any legislature before the meetings. When asked if he thought there is a move to reject the agreement Don Clark d-6th, said Quot i have not heard that and in a not a part of it if there is As far As in a concerned its a negotiated con during the last two years of the agreement cats employees would receive 7 percent raises each year the negotiated agreement for Anderson firefighters local 1262 was on the Agenda but the Council decided to pull it when it was discovered the Public safety see Page 2, column 3 aum Rhod prot drug counselling centers offer help by Jeff Smith bulletin staff writer last in a series although drug abuse is growing at a frightening rate in Anderson there is a Bright Side to an otherwise Bleak picture. Counselling facilities to help people overcome their dependencies Are growing too. Throughout the City there Are several agencies designed to help Middle income people overcome their drug and alcohol related problems. These programs work in the Basic philosophy that people must be offered an alternative Way of coping with their problems instead of using drugs or alcohol As a Crutch. Quot the leading cause of substance abuse is stress. People turn to drugs or alcohol because they need something to help them face their problems without being overwhelmed by them a said Dick Jazwinski coordinator for the substance abuse services division for the Center for mental health. Jazwinski a recovered alcoholic himself works with patients and their families to determine what has Lead to the dependency in the first place Quot counselling is pretty painless. The difficult part is the first few Days when a patient gives up his Crutch a Jazwinski said. Ron Johnson and Frances Snell Are Counselor with the social services division of St. Johns Hospital. They basically offer the same services As Jazwinski. Like him they stress Early treatment they feel it is important for the family to try to get members in for help As soon As they realize there s a problem. All three Counselor agree however most people will not come in for help until something traumatic has happened which they can Trace to their dependency. Quot unless a person loses his Job or his family because of alcoholism or drug abuse he wont even think he has a problem Jazwinski said a usually by that time treatment is even More one Counselor who specializes in helping people after they have lost their family or Job is the Rev. Lloyd Lambert of. The Christian Center. Although he works with All people he is especially interested in rehabilitating alcoholics or drug abusers who believe they have nothing left. Lambert said one of the main tools he has to offer them is religion like alcoholics Anonymous Lambert stresses prayer to help his patients Cope with stress he said he strongly believes he has had a considerable amount of Success with this concept. Employees of both Delco Remy and guide divisions also have in House therapy programs at their disposal. As part of a contractual agreement All general motors plants must offer alcohol and drug counselling said Frank Rhorer a Union representative on the committee for Delco Remys counsel my program Rhorer along with Maggie Hopkins who represents management spearheads an Active program to convince hourly and salaried employees to go through the counselling and therapy if they feel they have a problem. They say they believe one of the keys to the program s Success is the training of Union committeemen and supervisors in the Plant to spot workers with alcohol and drug problems and have them pressure the workers into seeking help Quot usually after they re confronted with the Choice of either getting help or losing their jobs. Most of them will come in to see Hopkins said in addition to counselling and group therapy. Hopkins said they also try to refer some employees to various rehabilitative hospitals such As Fairbanks in Indianapolis or the Koala Center in Lebanon however Many times these centers have a waiting list plus their locations done to make them entirely accessible so Rhorer and Hopkins both feel they lose Many prospective alcoholics and drug abusers because of the wait Rhorer a former alcoholic added Quot when they want help they want it Aii the Counselor said they Are working to obtain a local Hospital but due to funding they have not been successful there have been several agencies who have contacted the City Rhorer said but none have made any definite plans Jazwinski agreed saying there is a desperate need in this City for a rehabilitation Center. Quot As soon As we get a Center we will have made a major step in controlling alcoholism and drug abuse in the a. A
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