Beatrice Daily Sun in Beatrice, Nebraska 11 Jul 1977
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Beatrice Daily Sun (Newspaper) - July 11, 1977, Beatrice, Nebraska
A laser photo a Sandpit and water filled Moat Are the focal Points of this classroom used in a program for mentally and physically handicapped. The Beatrice state developmental Center program called Acdal uses sensory stimulation and affection As teaching methods. A mentally retarded student at the Beatrice Center assembles a Carburettor during vocational education. The helmet is designed to protect her during epileptic seizures. Beatrice daily Sun monday july 11, 1977 i 5 cents prison problems Exon suggests verbal brickbats be held in Check Lincoln. Neb. A gov Exon said monday he is not surprised that a some politicians Are jumping into the act in the Wake of recent problems at the state prison a but i am surprised to see who they Avon noted remarks by state Sens. Roland Luedtke of Lincoln and Douglas Bereuter of Utica Luedtke criticized the administration for not moving faster to build two new minimum medium Security facilities and also questioned the abilities of Warden Robert parratt. A whenever things go a Little rough some politicians feel that s the time that they should get into the act but i m quite surprised to see sen. Luedtke complaining about construction not going As fast As it Exon said. He said Luedtke and Bereuter supported appropriations committee recommendations in the 1977 legislature Quot which entirely scrapped a building plan that had been worked on and agreed upon for an inmate protest Friday stemmed partly from the electrocution death of 16-Vear-old inmate Shawn Sparks of Sidney. Several Days before that inmate Donald Routhier hanged himself and his body was undiscovered for several hours. Bereuter said the Routhier incident a raises substantial questions that done to relate to facilities. They relate to personnel and i will be watching that very two guards and a psychologist have been suspended in connection with Routhier a death. Exon complimented corrections director Joseph Vitek and parratt for their handling of prison unrest. The governor said the legislature Nas not listened to the recommendations of the administration through parratt and Vitek for prison construction and programs. A certainly it is the right of every state senator to speak out on such matters a Exon said a but it seems to me that these brickbats might be held in Check at a time like this especially from those who have not been willing to help the administration with the aggressive program it wants in this Power outages due Over surges lots of lightning and some High winds have been blamed for Power outages in several spots in Beatrice Early monday morning according to Ivan Nicholson of the Board of Public works lightning was the main culprit he said because it caused a Over surges which kicked out circuit Breakers in some electrical substations. Power was out for an hour or two downtown and in the Beatrice Community Hospital area Nicholson said other outages resulted when rain soaked tree limbs were blown into Contact with Power lines. The outages began Between 3 and 3 30 am. Lightning caused two fire alarms in Beatrice to go off Over the weekend no damage was reported according to the Beatrice fire department. The first alarm went off about 2 40 . Sunday at the Good Samaritan Home. The second alarm went off at Indian Creek mall at 3 07 a m. Monday. Gage county sheriffs office reported 1.05 inches of rain in Beatrice monday morning. Among area Tow us reporting rain were tote following. Adams 1.75-2 inches Lewiston 1.30 inches Odell 1.20 inches Fairbury .50 inches Plymouth 1.30 inches surfacing of 103 North of Diller to begin soon Asphalt surfacing on Highway 103, Between Diller and Highway 136, is scheduled to begin soon according to the Nebraska department of roads. Other construction projects that will be contracted during the 1978 fiscal year which began july i include Nebraska 8�?thompson East 7.2 Miles resurfacing $362,000 Nebraska 8�?fairbury to Steele City 10.3 Miles resurfacing $518,000. Nebraska 8�?pawnee City West 9.9 Miles resurfacing $496,000. Nebraska 50�?pawnee City to Dubois i mile grading structures surfacing $297,000. Nebraska 65�?table Rock West 3.6 Miles resurfacing intersection $324,000. Construction programs scheduled for the fiscal years 1979-1983 include Nebraska 8�?pawnee City viaduct Miles grading structures viaduct surfacing $415,000. Nebraska 15�?fairbury South to Miles grading structures surfacing surfaced shoulders $3,16 million. Nebraska 62�?elk Creek East 6.1 Miles grading structures surfacing $1.70 million. Nebraska 5�?pawnee City South 7.5 Miles grading structures surfacing $2.02 million. . 77�?Beatrice bypass 36 Miles grading structures surfacing surfaced shoulders $2.2 million. . 77�?Beatrice North 9 Miles grading structures surfacing surfaced shoulders $4.78 million. . 77�?pickrell to Cortland 8 Miles grading structures surfacing surfaced shoulders $3.77 million. . 77�?Nebraska 33 Crete Corner South to Miles grading structures surfacing surfaced shoulders $4.56 million. Nebraska 99�?burchard South Miles resurfacing $502,000 . 136�?jansen East 9.4 Miles grading structures surfacing surfaced shoulders $2.69 million. . 136�? in Tecumseh 1.6 Miles Urban $1.12 million. Honest reply Omaha neb. Apr police officer Joseph Bosilevac got a Flat reply Friday when he asked a 56-year-old Man Why he appeared to be doing a push up in the Gutter. Bosilevac said he a approached or. Doe and asked what he was doing to which he replied. A what does it look like in a doing i got drunk and fell Down and now in a trying to get up you the Man was treated for a Small Cut Over his left Eye and advised to drink less in the future. Firemen s Barbecue wednesday at Filley Filley special a the Filley annual firemen a Chicken Barbecue will be wednesday july 13, from 5-8 . On the school grounds. Area 4-h clubs will hold exhibits in the school House. The Filley better homemakers club will serve ice Cream and homemade pie. Tickets Are $2.50 per person. Overview forced retirement Detroit a South african heart surgeon or. Christiaan Barnard will retire in a year or two because his hands Are severely crippled by arthritis according to the Detroit news. In an interview appearing in sundays editions Barnard said his hands Are almost useless in the delicate human heart transplants he pioneered on dec. 3, 1967 a i can to continue much longer. This arthritis is causing excruciating pain in both hands a he said. Barnard 54, said he has had arthritis for 20 years. Oil bypass plan Anchorage Alaska api Oil can be pumped Over alaskans 2,711-foot Thompson pass bypassing a blasted out pumping station but the bypass plan wont allow tie trans Alaska pipeline to keep up with its full production schedule. Officials of the Alyeska pipeline serv ice co. Were expected to decide today when they could resume Oil movement around the station an Industry source said. The decision hinges on reports from company engineers and Federal agencies investigating fridays blast which caused no damage to the $7.7 billion pipeline. Freed unharmed Paris apr the president of the Fiat motor company a French subsidiary who was kidnapped three months ago was released this morning near Versailles. Police said that Lucchino Revelli Beaumont was in Good health but had been kept blindfolded most of the time since his abduction april 13. The police said no arrests had been made. Retains majority Tokyo apr prime minister Takeo Fukuda a Liberal democratic party lip today managed to retain its majority in the upper House of parliament by enlisting three independents who won seats in sundays election. Today s cogitation life is ten per cent what you make it and 90 per cent How you take Irving Berlin. Takes simple concepts to get message across editors note the state agreed in 1975 to improve conditions at the Beatrice state developmental Center and to move More retarded people into Community programs. Critics contend the agreement has not been lived up to. A Federal court hearing on the Issue has been pending for several months. The follow ing Story the first of two parts by associated press writer Riley Armstrong describes some programs at the Center. Part two examines the centers past and present problems and the controversy surrounding the consent agreement. By Kiley Armstrong associated press writer Beatrice neb. Apr tools and tinker toys become keys to the future in a makeshift classroom where a a yesterday a make believe is today a the toys teach retarded students such Job skills As aligning a screwdriver with a screw. One floor below advanced students put together fuel pumps carburettors printed circuits and parts for Pivot irrigation systems. Up Down in out Are simple concepts that vocational education teachers must get across to students at Beatrice state developmental Center. Staffers were stumped when packages of Multi coloured yarn failed to meet Quality control regulations until someone noticed that the yarn was being placed on the cardboard crooked a we finally realized that clients retarded students did no to know what straight meant a said Murray Schmechel vocational training director. A a it a very important to be Able to push that Board straight into a saw or make a bed clients Are a a reinforced a for work with Money that can be spent at the buildings snack bar and Candy counter. Schmechel and other bsds educators hold the philosophy that limited teaching skills rather than limited learning skills Are to blame when retarded people done to learn. About 12 of Schmechel a students Are Over 60 years old most Are Young adults who Are expected eventually to move into communities and work in sheltered workshops. Schmechel believes a better image has helped the retarded to live and work in communities. Two decades ago he said a some people looked upon them As someone w to would attack their sons and daughters As people who should be employees in sheltered workshops sometimes Are Given a the junk work but what would you think of my group when it does work that pays $7 an hour a said Schmechel. When they re not learning work skills vocational education students might be primping at shampoo sinks and mirrors or practising safety precautions at a make believe intersection. A client who is ready to hold a Job a a can to go out without realizing what a Stop sign is or that people see How we look a said Schmechel. The vocational training buildings rows of Low tables and makeshift partitions Are a Sharp contrast to a brightly coloured new room across Campus where students sit or lie around a water filled a a Moat and a Bridge leading to a Sandpit sights and sounds Are used to stimulate students in Acdal a program for the mentally and physically handicapped. Most of tack Al a students a Are not cute Little kids who can be placed some frankly Are grotesque a said Hugh Sage director of developmental planning. Sensory stimulation affection and attention Are primary teaching methods in the program. Twenty one year old Dwight wailed when his Bare feet were plunged into the cold water of the classroom s make believe Moat. A teacher apologized to Dwight kissing him. A sticking Dwight a feet in the water made him aware of his feet and diverted him from a habit of injuring himself said Bruce Hauser one of Dwight a teachers. Affection and education also Are paired in the centers Foster grandparent program. A when i first got this boy he screamed constantly a said Gertrude Germeroth of a Dell. A a he a Learned to wind the music Box mrs. Germeroth a retired teacher who a in her fifth year As a Foster grandparent likes a getting out and meeting the children. Its Good for me too. In mall by myself at sights and sounds also Are important educational mediums in living quarters administrators said. As renovation gets underway turn of the Century structures clash with the Cathedral ceilings of modern buildings on the Campus. Although supt. M e. W Yant described living quarters As a still overcrowded a partitions have been placed Between Beds to allow More privacy. A institutional Greys and blues Are being replaced by Bright colors and varied textures and ceilings Are being lowered to Cut noise a a a behaviour although some older buildings still have 25 Beds to a room two persons share More Homelike rooms in new cottages or remodeler buildings. Gertrude Germeroth Odell works on an educational game with a retarded resident of the developmental Center. Mrs. Germeroth has been a Foster grandparent for five years
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