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Janesville Gazette (Newspaper) - December 19, 1999, Janesville, Wisconsin Today a weather Cloudy flurries late winds se-12-22 350/28� details Loc charitable giving donations Aid taxpayers As Well As charities my Ket place in the Holiday Homes Christmas decorations Light up Janesville area Leisure it 1t�avel, id coming monday aggressiveness equals growth for Kandy Busi Ziess Janesville in Janesville Wisconsin sunday december 19, 1999 $1.75 Gazette extra Home for the holidays family struggles Over obstacles to find a place to Call its own by Frank Schultz Gazette staff ifs night at the Mccarthy Townsend Home. Colleen Mccarthy is helping her daughter with health class Homework. A what Are some of the things your family does for health and safety a mom asks Reading off a worksheet. A clock the doors a replies Shelby 7. A yeah. That a safety. Now what about health a a you feed us healthy food a Shelby says quickly. Then after a bit of thought a i know another thing for safety. That you keep us All together a a i try to a Colleen replies a Trace of weariness in her voice. Colleen and her mate of six years Loren a a Long Townsend were homeless last month. The family turned to Echo the Janesville Church sponsored Charity for help after being evicted from a trailer Home. Echo gave the family a voucher to stay at the Lannon Stone Motel. Evictions in Rock county increased 15 percent Between 1998 and 1999, according to data collected by social worker Karen Fisher. The most common reason was nonpayment of rent. On a warm november night the family of six is settled in one of the motels larger rooms. Three kids play while Shelby does her Homework on one bed. Lon reclines on the other bed smoking a cigarette. There a Little room for much else in this Motel room on Janesville a East Side. The family a clean clothes Are in a Large plastic garbage bag that sits next to a tiny refrigerator. A Small microwave oven sits atop the refrigerator which is next to a desk which is next to the bathroom with its Shower stall which is next to a closet. Family possessions Are stored in the trunk of a car the couple borrowed from friends and in a friends garage. No room to run around but Gerald 4, manages to find room to play with his toy cars. Turn to family/6a Bill Olmsted Gazette staff on an unusually warm november night Danny Mccarthy does his Homework under the Eye of Ion Townsend. Danny chose to study outside of the crowded room at the Lannon Stone Motel that he was sharing with the other five members of his family. Many children Are among homeless Bill dusted Gazette staff Ion Townsend and his son Gerald find a quiet moment together in a crowded room at the Lannon Stone Motel. By Frank Schultz Gazette staff if you be paid any attention to National news programming in recent weeks you be heard about the homeless in big cities. You be seen single people who find shelter under Bridges in abandoned buildings or under pieces of cardboard. They Are part of a problem you can do Little about. They Are far away. But homeless people live close by. They May have been your neighbors. And often they done to fit the big City stereotype. Many of the homeless Are children. Janesville a House of mercy which does not shelter single men took in 148 children and 155 adults from july 1998 to july 1999. It would have sheltered Many More but lacked the space said Ron Del ciello director. Paralleling statewide statistics women with children dominate the numbers at House of mercy. Of the 76 families sheltered in the past year 54 had Only one Parent and Only one of the 54 parents was a Man. The twin Oaks shelter in Darien which does take single men took in 161 people in the first la months of 1999, including 66 children. Twin Oaks has seen similar numbers in recent years shelter manager John Hornbrook reports. In 1998, 29 percent of twin Oaks clients were couples and their children 26 percent were single parents and children turn to children/7a Gazette close up an in depth series that looks a at important Community issues. Poor people Teeter on the Edge. They re just getting by. Homeless people have fallen Over the Edge and hit Bottom. In this three Day series Janesville Gazette reporter Frank Schultz looks at a problem that is placing increasing demands on resources dedicated to needy people in Southern Wisconsin. Today homeless families in Janesville have Rocky roads behind them Rocky roads ahead. Monday somewhere Between homeless and housed Are people who rent rooms at cheap motels. Social service providers debate whether poverty is to blame or whether a significant proportion of homeless people Are victims of their own bad decisions. Tuesday examining causes of and solutions to homelessness. A formerly homeless couple who have pulled themselves up still remain on the Edge. Homeless in the heartland experts fear terrorist attacks arrest of algerian adds to y2k concerns associated press Seattle the arrest of an algerian who allegedly drove a Trun Ful of bomb making materials aboard a ferry boat into Washington state has raised fears that terrorists May be planning to strike in the United states during millennial new year celebrations. Ahmed res Sam was arrested tuesday after taking a ferry to port Angeles from Victoria British Columbia. Two Security experts believe reputed terrorist Leader Osama bin Laden Soam off share your thou to anonymously on this or any other topic of current interest bin Laden 608 755-8335 is behind the port Angeles incident and Federal authorities increased Security along . Borders. Res same a arrest was the latest event some people say Point to planned terrorism during year 2000 celebrations. In Arizona authorities Are investigating the theft of some 1,000 pounds of explosive materials from a mining Camp. Vincent Cannistraro a former Cia counter terrorism chief noted that Federal authorities were warning tourists who planned to travel abroad about possible attacks. Now it appears those attacks could take place on american soil. A there is a foreign terrorist threat in the United states that i done to Thirsk we were aware of a said Cannistraro now a private Security consultant in Mclean a. Customs officials found bomb materials in res same a rented car including two 22-ounce jars of nitroglycerine a flammable explosive Oil and to plastic bags containing 118 pounds of a White powder identified As urea a Legal Turnt terrorism Loa family a traditions say a not to Selling of Christmas l Between the lines r ast weekend Martha Gammons and her family carried on a 35-year-old family tradition. They brought in the greens. When Martha was about 12, she and her mom and dad and Sisters and brother wandered among Evergreen Trees planted near their Rural Milton Home. Each year they Danna Marie Lux pick out a Christmas tree and bring fragrant garlands into the House. These Days they still gather there now with spouses and children to bring in the Christmas Trees symbols of everlasting life and renewal in the dark of the year. But before they do they sit Down to a breakfast that would make any scandinavian proud baked eggs and sausage a swedish Tea ring and swedish pancakes topped with red Lin go berries. Gammons a pm oms a been making the Tea ring As far Back As i remember a 47-year-old Martha says. Bringing in the greens alone would make anyone look Forward to the Holiday season. But for Martha it is Only the first of Many traditions highlighting family and fiends that stretch into january. And it is her Way of saying a a not to the Selling of Christmas. A i done to pretend to have All the answers. This is just a personal path that my family and some of my fiends have chosen to get away from the frenzy and panic this time of year a says Martha who works at Janesville a custom Zero graphics. A i see women come into my workplace who Are not Happy with the holidays. They Are running around trying to make everything perfect for Christmas Day and wearing themselves Martha and her husband. Jim both of Janesville Haven to stopped buying presents. But they realize that memories done to come in boxes. Martha recalls the last time her father was alive for bringing in the greens. A my sister came in carrying the Tea ring lit with candles High above her head and we Sang Christmas tunes in norwegian. I remember my father who grew up in a very ethnic family smiling. Turn to traditions Ioa from left Greg Schork Jim Gammons and a family tradition cutting fresh Christmas Dart Lasstter Gazette staff Ingrid Stroh continue Trees near Milton. Inside advice. .4d lotteries. ,2a outdoors. 6d classified. Be if movies. 3b state news. .3b crossword. So obituaries. 2b travel. 1d-3d Horoscope. .2f opinion. A to listings. So a pm food drive employees donated a record amount of Money to help the needy in saturdays Law pm employee assistance food drive. / in a Hoy hoho Santa Claus is coming to Milton. In fact the Jolly fellow is everywhere these Days in the person of de Hale. / in inc. All High reserved

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