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Sun Coast Gondolier (Newspaper) - December 29, 1977, Venice, FloridaSim coast gondolier the Vole of thou South county vol. 33, no. 104�?32 pages second class postage paid at Venice Florida 33595 Tel. 813 484-2611 thursday dec. 29,1977 published twice weekly a Price 15c outward bound circus Star Elvin Bale shown with the rocket that sends him soaring 69 feet through the air at a Speed of 65 to 70 Milos per hour into a waiting net. In resin Ospeck the year that was it was a pretty Good year for the South Sarasota county area. Residents gained a College a new ambulance District and in Venice 1977 brought a few new sidewalks a new charter and a new Job of City manager. Everywhere construction mushroomed and no water restriction ordinance had to be passed in the Spring. Era even made a step Forward in the Gulf Shore City when two females were added to the police departments patrol Force. But the area had its share of sadness and tragedies. In addition to several traffic fatalities the South county area was the site of a kidnapping that shocked the nation and the worlds longest surviving heart transplant Venice resident Betty Anick died March 22. The 57-year-old woman had received her new heart in Milwaukee in 1968. In a happier Light 1977 brought a change to the South county a oldest newspaper. While it started the year with the name a the gondoliers a it ended it As a Sun coast gondoliers a and a new name appeared on its Masthead Derek Dunn Rankin president and publisher. The former Virginia Beach newspaper executive bought the Sun coast times on May 16 and later a merger was made with the 31-year-old today Bridge scene .24 crossword.2 fishing.11 horoscope.24. Hospital.5 inquiring photo.15 letters. 4 obituaries.3 simply Sinclair .4 in Venice the year 1977 started in the same manner 1978 is Likely to Start. Heavy traffic came to a standstill As circus goers left the Ringling Bros and Barnum amp Bailey Arena. It too motorists caught in the Jam nearly one hour to drive the mile Between Venice and Nokomis despite a diligent police Force on hand. Before the first week of january was Over another suit against the contractor responsible for building the City a reverse osmosis raw water main was seen As a possibility. At the Venice housing authority apartment Complex. Grove Terrace residents were split in two groups one charging that the executive director of the Complex and the maintenance Man were not doing their Job. The other group defended the two men. At the same time All fishermen in the area faced the threat of losing one of their favorite fishing Camps when the operators of the North jetty Camp were notified by a mortgage Trust to vacate the spot they had been leasing for Many years. Eventually All ended Well for the fishermen and operators. Also in january a bit of Good news was received. The department of natural resources Der told county officials a Grant larger than previously announced was Likely to be Given for the Purchase of the Caspersen Beach property. On Jan. 20, Florida set. Gov. Jim Williams was the honoured guest at a Pla luncheon marking the opening of the Venice Community Center. The $750,000 building was built with the combined funds of Sarasota county City of Venice and local fund raising efforts. Williams also spoke at the dedication ceremonies of the Claude h. Baker building of the department of Highway safety and motor vehicles on . 41. While freezing temperatures cold rain Gale Force winds and even Snow flurries turned Venice into a mini Chicago a Venice City councilman was a chained to the ceiling a a to use his own expression. Col. . A a Berry Walker who is also a teacher of problems of american democracy at Venice High school found himself in this predicament at Venice Hospital following a fall from a ladder while working in his Yard. January ended with area motorists being a in the Blacks a As they drove on . 41 Between Venice by pass and Stickney Point Road. A juror arose Over the damage done to cars when fresh tar was splashed by impatient motorists who drove on newly resurfaced lanes. County officials had protested the ill timing of the department of transportation Dot project at the height of the tourist season. But in Venice a 60 year old Retiree was unafraid to get her foot dirty As she stepped in a bucket of Blue paint to a a sign her change of address card at the Post office. Marcella the Ringling circus elephant also received a key to the City from mayor Harry Case before leaving for circus world where her Leisure life was Short lived. She died a few months later probably of Heartbreak from no longer sharing the limelight with her friends and Long time co workers. A state offer to buy Caspersen Beach was opposed by Many residents and in february the Venice City Council passed a Resolution vigorously opposing the county a proposed Sale. The year will end with the county continued on Page 3 space age Starby m. B. Macfarlane Sunc Oost gondolier staff writer it takes a lot of nerve and a lot of verve to be shot from a rocket but both these qualities Are found in ample Quantity in one of the stars of the Ringling Bros and Barnum amp Bailey circus show premiering tonight thursday dec. 29. Elvin Bale the 31-Yeai old Star attraction of the Blue show will be performing a truly a death defying act when he is catapulted from a rocket at a Speed of approximately 65 to 70 Miles per hour into a waiting net As the Climax of the circus finale. The rocket which travels Only a distance of five feet on the launching platform has sufficient Power to Send Bale soaring through the air a distance of 69 feet before he lands in the net. A the Force of the propulsion mechanism is so great a Bale says a i Black out for a second after Landing in the net and have trouble breathing for about five minutes Bale will have Only had the Chance to practice the rocket act for Little More than two weeks before doing the first Public shot at the premiere performance. Because of the Back pain that results from being ejected from the rocket he can Only do a few practice shots each Day. A Man sized Dummy is first shot from the apparatus during practice runs in order to determine whether the Force is sufficient for the projectile to reach the net. Bale explained a the weather has an effect on the firing. Colder weather causes the shot to carry a Shorter distance and fall Short of the he added that the firing apparatus must then be adjusted to increase the pressure exerted upon the rocket. Although he was Able to use the Dummy for practice sessions. Bale said there will be neither time nor Opportunity for test runs immediately preceding the actual performances. He has had a communication system installed in the rocket so that he May Alert his assistant should any obvious difficulties arise. Already Well known for his performances in his motorcycle act the trapeze act in which he catches himself by his heels and his act on the giant 40-foot wheel. Bale will continue in the limelight with his new rocket act As one of the chief performers of the Blue show. The motorcycle act will now be supplanted by the rocket performance. Born in London England Bale came to live in Sarasota at age six. His father Trevor Bale was at that time a Tiger Trainer and ringmaster with the Ringling circus. Although Elvin received his education in Sarasota schools he spent his summer vacations travelling with his family in the circus. Bales first Job with the circus was Selling peanuts during the shows. He then went on to become the rear end of a horse in a Clown act and after a year in South Africa with his family returned to Ringling with them in 1959 As part of a family bicycle in 1964, the Bale family began performing with a shrine circus and Elvin started two years of practice on his Heel catching trapeze act which he perfected and put into use in 1965 As a performer with Hamid Morton shrine circus. He joined the Clyde Beatty Cole Bros. Circus in 1966 with his trapeze act and went to Russia with his act for 12 weeks in 1967 As a representative of the United states in a cultural Exchange program. While performing in a a circus in the round show in 1968, Bale was spotted by Irvin Feld who had just purchased Ringling Bros and Barnum amp Bailey circus. Feld invited him to join his circus As the Star of a second unit to be formed. A i told him it would be Good to come Back Home a said Bale a which took or. Feld by Surprise since he was not aware i had been with the Ringling circus As is often the Case with circus Folk. Bales wife Jeanette is also a performer in the three ring show working with him in the giant wheel act As Well As in her own animal act consisting of two cheetahs and a horse. County redistricting if District 4 county commissioner John Saba shows up at a Sarasota county commission meeting before the end of the year some South county residents should get better representation in the commission. The commission has before it a proposal to redistrict the county which would provide a More equitable distribution of population. However the commission was unable to take action on the proposal As Saba was not in attendance at the meeting tuesday in the South county Annex. He has not attended a meeting since nov. 29, according to commission chairman Andrew Sandegren. Douglasjr Mes director of planning for Sarasota county said a the department of weather planning has prepared a suggested realignment of the Board of county commissioners District James said two factors were kept in mind when drawing up the proposal a each District should contain the same residential population and each District should contain both Urban and Rural populations. District 5, which includes most of the Venice area at present has the largest population. As opposed to District 1, where Andrew Sandegren represents 26,594 constituents Larry Rhodes represents 40,236 in District 5. Obviously this is not equal representation James said. James redistricting proposal includes removing precincts 42 and 26 from District 5 and adding them to District 3, represented by commissioner James Neville. These two precincts have a populations of 5,071. A special meeting is scheduled for today thursday in Hopes that Saba will be in attendance and that some action can then be taken on the matter. Cancer victim undaunted High Low rain dec. 15 76 66 .06 dec. 16 80 67 .23 dec. 17 75 68 .12 dec. 18 74 63 .03 dec. 19 70 45 .00 dec. 20 70 44 .00 dec. 21 72 44 .02 rain for the week rain for the month rain for the year .46 3.13 47.19 temperatures Ond rainfall Are recorded at 8 a m daily on the dates shown for the preceding 24-hour period homesteading by March 1 area property owners who wish to file for Homestead exemptions both new and renewal must do so with the county property appraisers office Between Jan. 1 and March the responsibility of fish in for exemptions rests with the taxpayer. Under Florida Law failure to file for exempt 0-i by March 1 constitutes a waiver of the exemption and it cannot be religious and charitable organizations May receive total tax exempt status but Complete financial statements must be submitted with the application. A widow who was married to her husband at the time of his death and who has not remarried is entitled to an additional $500 widows tax exemption. A copy of the death certificate must be presented to the appraiser. Veterans with a service connected disability who submit a letter from the veterans administration Are entitled to a $500 exemption. Veterans who Are permanently and totally disabled with a service connected disability and who submit proof in the form of a letter from the veterans administration will be granted totally tax exempt status. Civilians who Are currently certified by two licensed physicians of this state to be totally and permanently disabled May be entitled to an additional $500 exemption. Letters from the physicians must be presented with the application. Persons who Are paraplegic Hemiplegia legally Blind or totally and permanently disabled and have been Florida residents for five consecutive years prior to Jan. 1, 1978, May be entitled to total exemption provided the income of All persons residing in the Homestead does not exceed $8,200. Quadriplegics Are entitled to full exemption with no restriction on income or time of Legal residence. Every person who is qualified As a totally and permanently disabled resident May claim an extra $4,500 exemption if he has been a Legal continued on Page 3 eighteen year old Chrissy Jacobson is a College freshman who enjoys bicycle Riding and roller skating. She runs obstacle courses in Bible training Boot Camps climbs rope ladders swings like Tarzan Over Ponds and crawls on a narrow ladder Bridge. Actually she is a typical teenage girl who As a youngster would rather climb Trees than play with dolls. Only one thing is atypical about Chrissy. She has one leg. The daughter of or. And mrs. Jake Jacobson new Venice residents and owners of emmy a catering Chrissy was Only nine years old when doctors invest gated a pain in her right leg. It was discovered she had a rare Type of cancer in the Bone Marow. To Stop the cancer from spreading her leg was amputated at the hip. Did that Stop her Tomboy activities i just kept on climbing Trees a she says. A i just did it with one doctors had Given her six months to live. She lived past their prognosis. When she was 12 years old it was found that the cancer had spread before the amputation and had reached her lungs. Half a lung was removed and radiation and chemotherapy was tried. Nothing worked. The doctors sent her Home again giving her six months to live. A they just told my parents to take me Home and let me do anything i wanted to. But the lord just healed the first two artificial legs Chrissy had were made of docs. They were very heavy and Hurt her so much that for two years she Only used her crutches. But with improvement made in prosthetics she now has a leg made of a Center pipe with Loam continued on Page 3 Chrissy Jacobson

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