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Fairfield Ledger (Newspaper) - August 2, 1979, Fairfield, Iowa
Rag brai Rolls into Fairfield sunburned and sore of muscle the Vanguard of the rag brai rolled into Fairfield Early this afternoon after completing the lowest leg of their 400-mile, seven Day journey. Leading the Way were Ernie Fisher and Judy Johnston both members of the Des Moines Bike club Riding a tandem Bike. Hiey made a Brief Stop for refreshments in Packwood at 10 30 . And they reached the Fairfield City limits about 11 25 ., an estimated five Miles ahead of the nearest riders. A this has been the toughest Day of the trip because of Hills and the distance and the fact that we also had a head wind a Fisher told a Ledger reporter. Fisher and Johnston estimated their average Speed at 23 to 26 Miles per hour for the 100-mile leg from Tama to Fairfield. A we Stop briefly to rest every 15 minutes a Fisher said. They left Tama about 6 ., overtaking some riders who had departed As Early As 4 30 At 11 30 ., the largest concentration of riders was reported Northeast of what cheer. Early arrivals estimated it would be late afternoon before the last riders reach Fairfield. Walter Gary Fairfield who is providing emergency medical and ambulance service on the trip made a Brief Stop at his Home at noon and then headed Back North Over the bicycle route. A no one has sat Down and made an Washington a democratic congressional leaders Are making one last bid to Rush a standby gasoline rationing Bill to president Carters desk but they c their chances Are slim. It was More Likely that Congress would begin its month Long recess at the close of business today without producing the rationing Bill Carter seeks. The Senate was expected today to formally reject the rationing Bill the House passed late wednesday and thus set off the search for a Compromise version. The House passed its Bill by a 263-159 vote but Laened it with so Many amendments Senate leaders immediately pronounced it unacceptable. Finding a Compromise that can be enacted before the recess a would be very difficult a concluded rep. John Dingell d-mich., the main House sponsor of the rationing Bill. State contends May violated Public Trust Des Moines Iowa apr maj. Gen. Joseph May retired violated the Public a Trust in using Iowa National guard aircraft to make visits to his Fiancee in Florida new Orleans and Las vegas . Attorney Roxann Contin said thursday. Is. Conlinn a comments came As she presented final arguments in the Federal felony Case against May charged with making a dozen illegal flights and then trying to cover them up lawyers for May who has pleaded innocent were to deliver their final arguments late thursday morning. The jury was expected to receive the Case later thursday. Talking for about an hour is. Contin detailed each of the dozen flights May s testimony to investigators and his testimony during the nearly two week trial. Not Only were the flights illegal she said but May lied both to the a investigators and on the witness stand the attorney said. May has said the flights were made for official business and that frequently he Rode along when seats were available on regular training flights. But the flights weren t necessary for training is. Contin said. A it was used As an Endeavor to legitimize these flights. Whose fault was it where else would it the order come from besides Gen. May who benefited from this a she noted discrepancies Between Mavis account of some trios and those other military officers. She also noted that Brig. Gen. Roger Gilbert then commander of the Iowa air guard warned May a a you re going to get into real a Weare not dealing with one flight or two flights a a is. Contin said. A a we re dealing with 12 flights All Over the farm Barbecue is september 6 the annual chamber of Commerce farm Barbecue will be held sept. 6 at the Jefferson county Junior a show grounds West on Highway 34. It is one of two major events coming up on the chamber a Calendar. The other is a new event wild hog Days sept. 15, sponsored by the retail activity merchants committee of the chamber. Both events were announced in the chamber a news letter for August. This years farm Barbecue is the 16th annual year for the event. Farmers and their sons in the Fairfield area Are invited to enjoy a Chicken Barbecue and program following. In years past up to 1,000 persons have been served. Ken Messer and John r. Hammes have been named to head this years committee. Some of the events planned for wild hog Days includes largest ear of Corn contest picture contest for most Beautiful hog and hog calling contest. In addition the Jefferson county pork producers will Cook at least three hogs to be served. Chamber officials said additional information for both events will be announced in the near future. Official count of the riders Gary said a but the Best guess is from 4,500 to 5,000 people who Are out there he estimated that friends and relatives making the trip would add another 2,000 to the total number of visitors. Gary said the Only serious Accident on the trip occurred near Jefferson when a woman biker fractured her Skull when the front wheel of her Bike dropped into a crack on a stretch of old paving. A other than that we be used dozens of Ace wraps several cans of so arcane and about 400 band aids a he said. The support vehicle for the Ernest Fisher family from Des Moines was the first to Check in at the High school parking lot shortly after 8 30 . The family includes the parents three children and two Young friends. Jill la was the official greeter at their motor Home parked on the North Side of e Briggs. She was accompanied by her Friend Heather Hayes. 9, also from Des Moines her dad and two Brothers Jeff 15 and Kenneth 13, made the trip by bicycle from i Ama to Fairfield. Both girls have travelled by bicycle along the route but they said the 100-mile trip today was a Little too far Sean Downing la also of Des Moines and a Friend of the Fisher boys is also making the trip across the state. W Hen asked w hat she thought was the Best part of the bicycle ride Jill said Quot the scenery it is sort of a vacation to get away from the usual things you do at the next question was a will you be glad when it is Over a Jill a answer was a ooh heathers answer to the first question was a getting to your both admitted it is quite tiring but a lot of fun a Small tent had been erected at the rear of the vehicle to serve As sleeping quarters for the boys. Mrs. Fisher is the official Driver for the support vehicle. Another Early arrival at the High school was Barb Davis Lohrville driving a Van. Her husband Earl 53, a scoutmaster at Lohrville is making the full trip. Mrs. Davis said her husband made part of the trip a v car ago and was so excited about it he made up his mind to rationing Bill passed by House however he said the attempt will be made. A it wont be easy a he said. House leaders had hoped to give the president at least this piece of his new Energy plan before beginning their recess. Many of the amendments tacked on in the House did not concern rationing. One would weaken the new Federal order requiring thermostats in nonresidential buildings to be set at an Energy saving 78 degrees. Others would set aside special reserves of tractor fuel for Farmers and heating Oil for Homes in cold weather regions. A it looks like we re going to have an impasse a said sen. Henry m. Jackson d-wash., chairman of the Senate Energy committee. He said the amendment exempting businesses from the 78-degree thermostat Law if they save an equivalent amount of Energy through other Means was especially objectionable to senators one the Senate would a absolutely not accept. Hefty slice of Watermelon looks great to Ernie reach Fairfield. They made the 100-mile trip from Tama Fisher Center during a refreshment Stop in Packwood at an average Speed of 23 to 26 Miles per hour a Ledger Fisher and Judy Johnston of Des Moines Riding a tandem photo by Ron Schmitz bicycle were the first of an estimated 4,500 bikers to4 killed in floods by the associated press Indiana bore the Brunt of a band of foul weather stretching East from the Rockies with a Tornado and floods that took four lives and threatened Mort property damage in the drenched Midwest state by this morning the rain had Stop Ped except in extreme Northern ii Diana. And officials at the nation weather service in Indianapolis a Little More was expected today. A Flash flood warning remained it effect until Friday however for the Central part of the state the result of fierce storm system that dumped ran. On already saturated lands wednesday in Indianapolis 2.21 inches of rainfall was recorded wednesday a compare to a Normal rainfall of 2 08 for the Enon month. And in Mitchell officials sat 4vs inches fell in 45 minutes. Last week heavy Rains produced record flooding along Ohio River tributaries in Southern Indiana the bodies of Leanne Raines la. At i Angela Martini 13, both of Indianapolis were recovered from a drainage ditch in More than 4 feet of water police said wednesday the girls reportedly were trying to Rescue Small dog. Plant operators blamed Washington apr int three mile Island nuclear Power Plant Accident last March might have been prevented if Only the Plant operators had allowed safety equipment to function As planned the nuclear regulatory commission staff said today. The arc office of inspection and enforcement in a report More than two inches thick said it was still investigating some 35 possible violations of Federal operating rules and radiation Protection limits in connection with the Accident last March 28 near Harrisburg a. But Victor stello jr., director of inspection and enforcement wrote in a summary of the report a perhaps the most disturbing results of is confirmation of earlier conclusions that the three mile Island unit 2 Accident could have been pre vented in spite of the inadequacies that investigators found. Stello said the plants design equipment Accident analyses and emergency procedures a were adequate to have prevented the serious consequences of the Accident if they had been permitted to function or be carried out As a for example had the operators allowed the emergency Core Cooling system to perform its intended function damage to the Core would most Likely have been prevented a he said. Instead the Core of the reactor containing its radioactive fuel rods was severely damaged by overheating and released so much radiation inside the reactor building that the operators Are still unable to enter it for inspection and clean up operations and the building May remain sealed at least through this year. The report said the operators were probably not alone in holding some responsibility for the Accident a on the other hand a stello wrote Quot had certain equipment been designed differently it too could have prevented or reduced the consequences of he Accident. A the results of the investigation make it difficult to fault Only the actions of the operating metropolitan Edison spokesman Dave Klucsik said company officials would not comment until they had read the arc staff report. The staff also listed 16 possible violations of radiation Protection standards including the release of la times As much radioactive Gas outside the Plant As regulations allowed from March 28 through april 30 this year and the report noted a number of cases in which persons inside the Plant were exposed to excessive doses radiation. Of Keady to Start pitching tents in Chautauqua Park is Jan Taylor of Cedar rapids. She arrived at 9 15 . In a support vehicle containing tents and equipment for 20 members of Des Moines Bike Lub. Ledger photo by Ron Schmitz. Make it All the Way this year. When asked what she thought was the Best part of the ride she said a seeing them come she said it was a thrill to see All those riders completing another Long ride each Day. Citing the comradeship among riders mrs. Davis said she had a passenger on her Way to Fairfield. She said a girl fell and injured her foot wednesday. The girl hitchhiked a ride with mrs. Davis in Hopes she can make the last leg of the journey. Not All the support units followed the marked route for them from Tama. They were to enter Fairfield from the West on Highway 34. A greeting station was maintained at the parking lot at the Ben Franklin store and from there they were directed to the High school. When those facilities were full the next spot was the Junior High. The first vehicle reported at 8 05 and by 10 20 to had checked in. Many came in from the North on Highway i and had to make inquiry on their own. Most All units have cd equipment and they kept the airways Busy. Fairfield a number one informant on cd with a handle a hash Slinger was kept Busy answering Calls for local information from the support units. Vehicles were rolling in fast after la As the first riders were nearing Fairfield from the Northwest. The Bike route in Fairfield was Well marked with Welcome signs and drink stands along the Way. People were seated on porches or in Yards waiting to see the first riders. By mid morning Bright coloured Pup tents were springing up like mushrooms in Chautauqua Park and local organizations were making preparations to a feed and water the More than 6,000 visitors. Fairfield residents Are invited to attend the program in Central Park this evening beginning at 8 there will be live music and a presentation to Donald Kaul Des Moines Register staff writer who instigated the Register s annual great bicycle ride across Iowa. This is the seventh year for the event and the first year Fairfield has been designated As one of the stops when riders pull out of the Park Early Friday morning they will be heading for Wapello on the next to the last leg of the 480 mile journey. They will travel from Chautauqua Park West on Broadway to d Street North on d to Kirkwood East on Kirkwood to the Perlee Blacktop at the intersection North of Fairfield they will turn East on the Salina Blacktop and travel East to the North South Germanville paving at that Point they will head South on the paved Road to the Junction with old Highway 34 at the West Edge of Lockridge. A group of Lockridge residents will set up a refreshment stand there Early in the morning restrooms will also be available at cranes service station and the Lockridge Community Hall the riders will proceed East on old Highway 34 to mount pleasant. They will travel on through mount pleasant and will take county highways North to mount Union then East to morning Sun and Wapello. The final leg of their journey saturday will take them South on Highway 99 to Burlington where they will dip their front wheels in Waters of the Mississippi Renews Appeal Washington a Gen. Alexander Haig the former supreme Allied commander in Europe today renewed his Call for the Senate to set the Salt ii treaty aside while it works to bolster the nations nuclear and conventional defences pleas from Haig and others for More defense spending As a Price for ratifying Salt ii appear to have picked up significant Senate support sen. Alan Cranston the Senate a no. 2 democratic Leader predicted wednesday the treaty will be ratified after a Compromise involving increased military spending and a commitment to seek far deeper reductions in nuclear weapons in the Salt Iii negotiations. Haig told the Senate foreign relations committee an unchecked drive by the soviet Union to increase its nuclear might has placed it on the verge of achieving strategic superiority. He made a virtually identical Appeal last week to the Senate armed services weather Iowa zone 13 partly Cloudy through Friday with a Chance of widely scattered thunderstorms. Low thursday night from 60 to 65 and High Friday from the mid to upper 80s wind from the South to Southwest at five to to Miles per hour the chances of measurable rain Are 20 percent thursday night and Friday. Time thatures wednesdays High 79, Low 65. Today at noon 79
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