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Marilyn Fahn wins Pork Prod. honors weekender The -+00f+00NEWS- ADVERTISER "We care about our community - Holder of 154 state and national awards" newspaper ESTABLISHED IN 1870 WINNER OF 154 AWARDS SINCE 1940 1114 7th St., Harlan, Iowa 51537 REACHING 5,400 HOMES TWICE A WEEK Our 120th Year (712) 755-3111 u.s.P.S. #235 520 SECOND CLASS POSTAGE PAID at HARLAN, Iowa OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER OF SHELBY CO. & HARLAN work with 16 have demon- ab!lity, consis- in a manner each child's hunt arch 25 Easter Egg Hunt the Harlan Mens l P.m. on Sat- 25, at Potter park have so each age its own candy Y comes from Mens Club (scheduled for Golf & and "Operation each May. Campaign to Harlan 22 wife of Rep. R-2nd District, in Harlan on 22, for her to un- en. Tom a one-time staff Charles Grass- at 1012 Bald- of Gary and 2 P.m. The meet- the public.' COmpany low o _g Co. ne of several low bids to do will and on the project. offerings 19 A Miracle," Christian be 12 on 19, at 5:30 Church at 7 p.m., winter concert High nat8 CY- and both Elk basket. ser. See A, and more achieve- of The First Christian readies 14th Easter epic Production of the t4th-annual First Christian Church Easter pageant, ti- ffed The Day He Wore My Crown, is well under way. Written and directed by the Rev. Don Schoepf, the popular pageant opens a three-day run on Wednes- day, March 22, beginning at 7:30 p.m. nightly in Veterans Memorial Building. There will be no Easter Show this year in order to allow the cast to spend that day with their families, said Rev. Schoepf. Miraculous Recovery The Rev. Schoepf, operated on for cancer in December of 1987, made a seemingly miraculous recovery which inspired him to write It's A Miracle for last year's pageant. He was given a clean bill of health Feb. 15, 1989, after a checkup in Clark- son Hospital in Omaha, Neb., by Dr. Gerald Simon. This year's pageant continues to praise the Lord in song, said Rev. Schoepf. Make His Praise Glorious will be sung by the Laurie Schoepf, daughter of the reverend and Carolyn Schoepf. Other soloists include: Charlie Summers, Mary Johnson, Carolyn Schoepf, Julie Johnson, Ron Ellsworth, and guest soloist, Mark Grundmeier of Manilla. The chil- dren's and adult choir will also per- form. This pageant will be another grand epic as scenery stretches the length of the building as well as the stage. As usual, many animals, most trained by Mr. and Mrs. Perry Kelley, will complement the cast - including the scene-stealing Tom turkey from last year's show. The Rev. Schoepf promises additions to the animal cast this year. 'Admirable' Cast The reverend said his cast deserves admiration for finding the time to learn their roles, some more than one in case an emergency requires them RON ELLSWORTH in the role of Jesus Christ, heals a leper during rehearsals for the 14th-annual First Christian Church Easter Pageant. The pageant begins a three-day run at Veterans Memorial Building March 22 at 7.30 p.m. A free-will offering will be taken at the door. to fill in for someone. One member even took a week of vacation time from his job to help prepare the pageant and he isn't even a member of the church, Rev. Schoepf said. "Several of them carry work beep- ers under their costumes in case of a call," the reverend said. Costuming the cast is one of the biggest jobs each year. A semi-trailer truck is required to store all of the many different costumes. "Great pain is taken to update the styles and colors each year," Rev. Schoepf said. "This year, while sewing some of the material, the The cast is truly one for the ages, needle went through the finer and af- from six-weeks-old David Plagmann :ter coming through the other side it (Dale), who plays the part of the in=  - broke off. A pair of pliers was used fant Jesus to 89-year-old Rea Grei- to pull out the two pieces and repair def. Several cast members work around handicaps that might have deterred some from participating. "Violet (Mrs. Gerald) McCord has a rod in her leg that does not allow her to bend her knee but she is right in there with the rest of the cast," Rev. Schoepf said. "Ray Neubauer, who is legally blind without his glasses, will portray the blind man. Pageant Veterans John McNemey and Gerald Me- Cord, both 78 years old, are the el- dest of the men. John has played a part in all 14 pageants and McCord missed just one due to hospitaliza- tion. the machine." Casting Calls The cast includes Ron Ellsworth in the role of Christ; Eldon Erickson as Samuel; Lewis Clark portraying King Saul; and Frank Clark as the shepherd boy. Goliath the giant came into exis- tence through the toil of four men, Rev. Schoepf said, and has' not been cast yet. A free-will offering will be taken at the door to help defray expenses. Many of the costumes are available to be rented out through the Schoepfs. Rev. Schoepf had hoped to get the chariot back in the pageant this year but hasn't located a horse that is bro- ken to pull the chariot. He asks that anyone with a horse that could han- dle the role to call 755-3415 or 755- 3440. - Photo Contributed Chilean fruit scare clears Harlan shelves By Terry O'Connor Newa Editor The international Chilean fruit scare reached Harlan this week with all three grocery stores pulling from their shelves any items received from that country. Two cyanide-poisoned grapes dis- covered in a Philadelphia shipment prompted Chilean exporters to halt further shipments and growers to suspend harvesting. The Philadelphia grapes, believed to have been injected with the drug, contained puncture marks, discoloration and a ring of crystalline material around the punc- ture area. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has placed an un- precedented embargo on Chilean fruit. So, too, have governments in Canada, Japan and much of Europe. "We pulled everything from our shelves," said Paul Nielsen of Super Valu. "Until we hear anything different from our suppliers or gov- ernment authorities that everything is OK, (Chilean fruit) will remain off the shelves. "The fruit we are now selling is all grown in the United States." Public health officials are urging consumers not to eat any fruit sus- pected of being from Chile. The Chilean growing season, which dovetails that of the United States, produces mostly soft fruits such as grapes, plums, berries, cantaloupes, nectarines and peaches. No one has been injured by the poisoned fruit. U.S. officials said a child would have to eat 2,000 grapes to ingest a fatal dose at the 0.52 parts per million level found in the Philadelphia fruit. Inspectors have searched through more than 336,000 cases of grapes and tens of thousands of other fruit already on shipping docks and in airport holding areas but no other evidence of tampering has been found. "We've had a lot of phone calls," said Doug Dell, Hy-Vee manager. "It's kind of a sad situation because people buy a lot of fruit. But you would much rather be safe than sorry." Plenty of fruits remain on Harlan store shelves, such as apples, or- anges, grapefruits, strawberries and pears. Replacement crops of soft fruits produced by California grow- ers aren't expected to arrive for another six to eight weeks. Chile, which ships 65 percent of its fruit to the United States, is ex- pected to lose nearly $1 billion from the embargo. Locally, stores are un- sure of where the financial blow will land from fruit already purchased. "It's hard to say who is going to bear the brunt of this," said Todd Treganza, Fareway manager. "We're not sure if it will he the wholesaler, shipper or the retailer. "We aren't attempting to salvage any (Chilean frui0 here at the store level. What we pulled from our shelves, we discarded. Any un- opened boxes were returned." Losses from scrapping inventory on the local level is seen as a small price to pay for safety. 'Tve got about a pallet and a half of Chilean fruit we've pulled," said Dell. "It probably will cost us several hundred dollars in addition to hurting sales. But you just can't afford to take a chance on something like this." Iowa Speaker, Majority Leader to speak in Harlan, March 18 Iowa House Speaker Donald D. Avenson, D-Oelwein, and Senate Majority Leader Bill Hutchins, D- Audubon, head the cast of politicians slated to appear at the Harlan House Coffee Shop this Saturday for the third legislative breakfast. for both previous sessions. Also expected to be on hand to present positions and discuss any is- sues brought up are State Reps. Louis Muhlbauer, D-Manilla; Michael Peterson, D-Carroll; and Wendell Pellett, R-Atlantic. islative topics. The final legislative breakfast will he held on Saturday, April 22, be- ginning at 8 a.m. in the Harlan House Coffee Shop. THE VICTORIOUS HCHS Jazz Band heads for state competition April 20 tn Des Moines after capturing its 15th consecutive district title. Band members, front row from left: Shannon Strlssel, Kathy Mur- taugh, Jenny Petersen, Ronnte McKinley, Loft Wright and Alan Hall. Second row: Glen Wtlwerdlng, Matt densen, Eric dohannsen, Corey Nelson and Owen Lawler. Third row: Ryan Plagman, Chad Klein, Aaron Anderson, Renae Hug, Jenny Berldey and Libby Hansen. Back row: Jason Arkfeld, Cart Salvo, Jason Burmelster and Christopher Whltaker. HCHS Jazz Band hits high note in districts The Harlan Community High School Jazz Band continues to hit high notes in district competition. The HCHS Jazz Band has captured the district crown for the last 15 years, beginning when the contest was initiated in 1975. No other school has been able to unseat HCHS in southwest Iowa. The band now qualifies for the Iowa Jazz Championships to be held April 20 in the Des Moines Civic Center. The Steve Lawson-led jazz band has a history of performing well in the jazz competition against the 16 top 4-A schools. HCHS has eight fourth-place finishes and a school- best third-place accomplishment in 1986. The band also has been selected for a second honor. HCHS is the lone state high school jazz band selected to perform at the Iowa Bandmaster convention May 12 in the Hotel Fort Des Those interested are encouraged to Legalized gambling, open enroll- arrive well before the 8 a.m. starting ment and the recently enacted mini- time as seating has filled up rapidly mum wage law axe all possible leg- # I I I I II IIII I I I I WCDC food pickup set, March 21 West Central Development Corp. will handle commodity distribution at Veterans Memorial Building in Harlan on Tuesday, March 21, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Homebound senior citizens and disabled elderly can call WCDC at 755-5602 for home delivery in the Harlan area. Deadline for requesting this service is 4:30 p.m. on Monday, March 20. All income must he reported. Proxy applications must be filled out on form at the time of commodity pick up. Commodities will be distributed at six sites in the county in addition to Harlan. The following distribution sites will operate from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.: Panama City Hall; Elk Hem Fire Station; Shelby Community Hall; Irwin Senior Citizen's Center;, Defiance City Hall; and Earing Fire Hall. To be eligible for aid, a family must meet the following guidelines: Family Size Gross Monthly Income 1 ........................................... .$890 +1,1+ IElzdc 3 ........................................... $1,494 4 ........................................... $1,797 5 ........................................... $2,099 For each additional family member add $303. / The legislative breakfasts are sponsored by the Harlan Chamber of Commerce. Shelby County strategic planning starts March 21 The first strategic planning session for Shelby County is set for Tues- day, March 21, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Auble Conference Center at Mymie Memorial Hospital. Dr. Charles Gratto, Iowa State University economist, will give an overview of the process and a sum- mary of the tasks to be completed. Dr. Dan Otto will direct community self-assessment. The meeting is open to the public. The planning sessions are sponsored by the Harlan Chamber of Commerce and Shelby County extension ser- vice. Seven meetings will he held in all with the program culminating in a