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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - August 29, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Vol 143 No 361 Kokomo Ind Monday Aug 50 cents Battle of the tastebuds Green hot dogs Not By TRISHA TURNER Tribune staff writer The president of Kokomo Center School Board swears shes never seen or eaten one of the green hot dogs she has jokingly referred to when discussing the corporations cafeteria lunches I have never never eaten a green hot dog and as far as I know no one ever Dar lene Poulard said As board members dis cussed advertising for food service products at an Aug 15 public meeting corporation Business Manager Ken Barnes assured them the quality of school lunches would improve under new Food Services Director Jack Lazar The new director said he plans to poll children to determine what they want in their lunches Poulard who at the Aug 15 meeting made reference to the infamous green hot dogs insisted last week she believes KokomoCenters lunches are no better or worse than those of other area schools Ive eaten at some county school she said and I think lunches are all about the Weve come to expect school lunches to be bad Im saying we need to raise our We want to be better in everything we Board member Michael Coady said he has eaten lunch in all of the districts schools I think we serve a good he said But if s not something the kids are excited about eating Its balanced but not something they would rather eat than bring their own The green hot dogs idea was introduced by former board member Phoebe Carter Poulard said But it was used as a joke to emphasize that we need betterlooking and better tasting she said Coady believes lunches could be improved by includ ing more foods children like Board secretary David Siefers said that could be done without compromising nutri tion He used the example of broccoli a KokomoCenter menu item he said is tradition ally unpopular with children If you put cheese on top the kids would eat he said The most vocal disapproval of lunch fare heard by Coady comes from his two daughters and Poulard said two of her three children at KokomoCen ter have traditionally taken their own lunches to school But this year will be differ ent the board president said Hopefully theyre going to have food thats more appeal ing to KokomoCenter School Corp food service worker Julia Meritt serves lunch at Maple Crest School Tribune photos by Tim Bath He aims to turn kids on to menu RoRbmoCenter pupils in for a treat By TRISHA TURNER Tribune staff writer IT A That are the most popular foods 1 I among KokomoCenter pupils 17 Check the school lunch menu w later this school year and youre bound to find out Kids are so said Jack Lazar who became KokomoCenter Schools food services director this month Lets serve em what they A veteran of the food service industry Lazar considers the pupils who eat his lunch es to be his customers and concentrates on the atmosphere of cafeterias My own kids are my best he said They tell me whaf s good and whats In 199394 meals a day were served to KokomoCenter pupils That translates to an 85 percent participation rate using a state formula that figures in average attendance and a la carte line purchases Lazars goals for KokomoCenter include having 100 percent participation and not raising the price for the 199596 school year After spending six years as food services director at Logansport Schools Lazar inher its a KokomoCenter program which has sometimes not been received well by the pupils who eat its lunches Michael Coady is a KokomoCenter School Board member who regularly visits schools to ask children their opinions of the school system Lunches are a popular topic When you ask them what theyd improve many times they bring up school he said 11 At public meetings even school board mem New food service director Jack Lazar bere me of lunches will ask kids what they want secretarv David RaiH Board secretary David Siefers said improving the lunchtime fare at KokomoCenter Schools has been stressed to the new food services director The first three weeks lunches this school year are being prepared with food KokomoCenter administrators ordered prior to Lazars arrival But the 34yearold direc tor said not to look for drastic change even when the meals bear his mark Making lunches better at mat corporation will not necessarily mean different food he more of the food children like First you go to schools to survey chil dren Find out what they he said Then you menu those items more frequent ly Pizza we may menu more frequently or breadsticks with cheese and meat Another idea is adding a line for high school students If his lunchtime visits with children are any indication Lazars ideas may be right on the mark I havent heard any criticism other than they want more he said Federal guidelines call for all five food groups to be represented in each meal and it encourages that no more than 30 percent fat be included in the food More stringent rules on school lunch nutritional content are being discussed at the federal level Lazar said it is possible to serve healthy food that children will eat by preparing foods differently and using computer pro grams which figure fat content in planned meals Besides he said food isnt everything when it comes to lunch A lot of times its the he said For special occa sions lets have a dressup atmosphere And the ladies in the cafeteria no matter what these kids did during the day they can go to the cafeteria and those ladies will be there for them I want them to be proud that the food is very good that theyre proud to eat Its a big week for Hoosier gamblers Court challenges parimutuel bets a Trump bid INDIANAPOLIS AP Since legalized gambling debuted in Indiana five years ago few weeks have promised as much gaming news as this one Bet on it Today is a breather but after that the lawyers casino execs and fans of the window take over On Tuesday the Indiana Supreme Court will hear a chal lenge to and defense of the con stitutionality of the states river boat gambling law The gaining industrys rush to grab a piece of Indianas gold came to a sudden halt when a county judge ruled the heart of the law violated the Indiana constitu tion The state and four Portage busi nessmen who won the first round will be duking it out before the five justices The high courts ruling wont follow anytime soon but after the lawyers pack up their briefcases at midafternoon the casino opera tors get their chance That happens on Wednesday and Thursday when the state Gaming Commission which con trols riverboat licensing and will regulate the industry if it starts up opens its firstever licensing hearing in Gary The commission has been given the OK to conduct hearings even though the matter of the laws constitutionality is still up in the air The commission has yet to grant any of the 10 license avail able this year and cant until and unless the Supreme Court over turns the judges decision On Thursday anyone who actu ally wants to place a real bet on anything other than what the Supreme Court will do finally gets a chance That evening at 7 the first horses will go to post at the first parimutuel track to open in Indiana under the state s current horse race laws It happens at Hoosier Park the mile track developed by Anderson Park which is con trolled by Louisvilles Churchill Downs The harness racing season will extend into November and next years season may include thoroughbred horses The most significant day of the three is likely to be the dullest as far as spectators are concerned Tuesday before the Supreme Court The Gaming Commission represented by the attorney gener al s lawyers and the Portage busi nessmen will be tossing out legal arguments over riverboat referen dums The law requires that vot ers in the Ohio River and Lake Michigan communities eligible to host riverboats first approve the issue at the ballot box The ponies in Anderson will be better entertainment than that even at a pop And for really good theater the gaming hearings offer the best long shot Trump Casinos is bid ding for one of two licenses avail able for Gary and rumor has it The Donald nimself might show up Thursday to make his pitch Lugar Hamilton agree on modest health plan 1A7 A I A nv rn WASHINGTON AP Two members of Congress say it would be in President Clintons best interest to sign some kind of mod est health reform proposal but it remains to be seen whether law makers can deliver one to him Republican Sen Richard Lugar and Democratic Rep Lee Hamil ton both of Indiana agreed Sun day that Congress should press ahead with the issue of health reform when it returns from sum mer recess in two weeks Lugar appearing on NBCs Meet the said a number of related issues including whether to allow workers to keep their benefits when they change jobs and whether to block insurers from denying coverage to already ill people should be discussed These are things that people want in a bipartisan he said I think the president will sign it It would be to his credit if he I think ifs very much in his interest that he would sign a rea sonable incremental approach because it would bring about some improvement in the health care for many Americans even though it would fall short of his said Hamilton who appeared on the same program Serbians shoot down peace proposal The lawmakers however said they didnt know whether Con gress would pass such legislation and if it did whether Clinton would sign it Its a close call as to whether or not well get it Hamilton said Early this year Clinton pledged to veto any bill that did not guar antee health care for everyone He has not said whether he will retreat from that position But Tony Coelho special adviser to the Democratic National Commit tee said Clinton would probably sign a bill as long as it moved toward the goal of eventually extending health insurance to all PALE BosniaHerzegovina AP Bosnian Serbs deepened their sellimposed isolatioa voting overwhelmingly against a peace plan endorsed by friends anaene mies alike according to initial results today Fears rose that the long Bosnian war which has already left dead or miss would rum even more vio lent with the defiant rejection As Bosnian Serbs finished their weekend referendum Sunday their troops battled soldiers of Bosnias Muslimled government north of Sarajevo in some of the fiercest fighting in recent weeks officials said today that bom sides were firing into a truce zone around the city Referendum officials said more than 90 percent of Bosnian Serbs who voted rejected the peace plan that was put forward by the Unit ed States Russia France Britain and Germany The proposal was accepted by Bosnia s Croats and Muslims and was endorsed by Russia a tradi tional Serb ally and by Serbia the main supporter of the Bosnian Serb war effort until recently The United States has warned that continued Bosnian Serb refusal to accept the plan could prompt the lifting of a arms embargo on die Muslimlad gov ernment which would weaken the Serbs superiority in weapons Inside todays Kokomo Tribune Local ABATE and Kokomo police raise money for Muscular Dys trophy Association A3 Business Classified Local ;