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AL MOTOR is now under of Tom Ander- Anderson will restaurant derson also Motel in : Motel in 00eenes worker reason for Her cat in her car. the hood, ; was snared car started but alive, f now finds dif- 72, Walnut. t#ns to Street elcome). TERRY O'CONNOR / Harlan Newspapers 203 years Of school bus driving recognized Led by veteran Jim Young, a school bus driver for 31 years, the Harlan school bus drivers were recog- nized for their community contributions and cumulative 203 years of experience at an appreciation dinner in the 59 er Restaurant on Tuesday, March 28. The dinner, sponsored by the Kiwanis Early Risers Club, is one of the first of its kind in Iowa, said Early Risers President Rob Jackson. Recognition chairman Jim Kalal, credited by Jackson for spearheading the move to recogn!,ze the drivers, said: "The school bus drivers take care of our most cherished possessions - our children. Dick Jones was guest speaker, Larry McDermott was master of ceremonies and AI Hazelton gave the invocation. The bus driver group p!cture was taken by Mike Mohr of Logeland Studios after the dinner. The bus drivers and their years of service m parentheses, front row from left: Lloyd Sick (substitute), Ruth Fries (17), Marcia Albertsen (10), Jim Young (31), Rozan Lauritsen (10), Craig Kroger (10), and Louis Kroger (21). Middle row: Harold Huebner (6), Larry Buttry Sr. (3), Dick Cochran (5), Randy Kroger (3), Mel Sporrer (9), Tom Merritt (sub), and Don Norgaard (8). Back row: John Bruck (14), Forrest Petersen (8), H. Jack Christensen (5), Gerald Schomers (5), Ken Hovick (2), Clarence Holdren (10), and Valen Christensen (7). Family Fun Day reset for April 6 Family Fun Day has been resched- uled for Thursday, April 6, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Rosman Parish Center in Harlan. This annual event is sponsored by the Shelby County Extension Family Living Committee in cooperation with local 4-H clubs, Harlan Young Mothers Council and the Haflan Op= timists Club. Admission is $2.50 per family to cover supplies and refreshments. "A World of Fun" is the theme this year. Ring and bean bag tosses, aer- obics, stomp the balloon, Olympic medals, basketball shooting, face painting, kitchen and putt-putt golf, relay races, hopscotch, brainteaser games, paper airplanes and crafts and refreshments will be offered. HCS hires Spanish teacher New Park principal may relinquish post New Park Elementary School prin- cipal Mark Knoell may be replaced at the end of his 10-month contract, which expires at the end of June, 1989. The Harlan Community School Board discussed the issue in closed session at its March 27 meeting. Knoell still teaches at New Park in addition to his duties as a principal. "There is a possibility Mark may go into classroom teaching full time," said Dr. Roy Baker, HCS superin- tendent. "We've encouraged him to do that." The board unanimously voted to consider termination of Knoelrs ad- ministrative contract after emerging from the closed session. Knoell declined to comment on the action. Dr. Baker said a replacement prifieipal isnot being sought at this time. Administrative Raises In other action, the board approved salary increases ranging up to 4 per- cent for administrative staff. The spe- cific individual increases were not in- cluded in the HCS Board minutes. The board unanimously authorized the purchase of two major (car, car- peting) items at the meeting, but will continue to shop for a second Span- ish teacher. Renee Nielsen, an Iowa University graduate and an Audubon native has, been hired for $18,000 annually to fill one Spanish teacher post. While seven teachers have interviewed for the position, it's not an easy one to fill, said Dr. Baker. "Spanish teachers are very hot commodities right now," Dr. Baker said. "They're in short supply and high demand." HCS, however, is close to hiring the second Spanish teacher, Dr. Baker said. Nielsen's hiring was unani- mously approved. Nielsen wants to be involved in extracurricular activities, said Dr. Baker. Teachers are not required to be coaches at HCS. New Car, Carpeting A 1989 Plymouth Acclaim will be purchased from Harlan Auto Mart at a cost of $10,361. The Acclaim will serve as a staff car in addition to the Suburban already owned by HCS. Mrs. Elmer Schwery's low bid of $6,000 to install 488 square.yards of carpet in the school library won out over six other bids. The board showed a domestic side in consider- ing carpet color and quality before deciding to turn the matter over to unnamed faculty members for consideration. In other action, the board discussed removing its three underground fuel storage tanks to comply with the new leaking underground storage tank (LUST) law enacted by the Iowa Legislature. The measure covers gas and diesel fuel tanks, not fuel oil. Removal Recommended "Eventually this will be a problem for us," said Russ Pope. "I recom- mend we remove the tanks." The two 5,50G-gallon gasoline tanks at the school bus garage, and the 1,O00-gallon diesel fuel tank used for the tractor are all covered by ce- ment slabs. "% One of the big tanks was installed in 1974 to replace a lefiking tank. Ex- cavating the tank will include remov- ing the contaminated soil around it. An option to removing the tanksis cutting the tops off and filling them in with cement. That option would re- quire HCS to contMue monitoring the soil. Finally, the 1989-90 school calen- dar was'approved. It calls for an Aug. 30, 1989-90 opening date for HCS students. Chilean grapes By Terry O'Connor News Editor All three Harlan grocery stores are cautiously restocking Chilean grapes this week after safety assurance from the federal government. Super Valu and Hy-Vee were carrying the seedless Chilean grapes ion Tuesday, March 28, Fareway i added them Thursday, March 30. After discovering two Chilean grapes in Philadelphia that had been injected with cyanide in early March, the Food and Drug Administration recalled all imported Chilean fruit in- eluding grapes, peaches, berries, Supervisors eye mental health care switch By Terry O'Connor New Editor The Shelby County Supervisors may sever a 21-year relationship with Southwest Iowa Mental Health Cen- ter in Atlantic. The move would af- fect 57 patients now under SWI Mental Health care. The proposed switch to Mercy Center in Council Bluffs has not been finalized. Mercy Center already serves Pottawattamie, Mills and Harrison counties. While its contract expires July 1, SWI Mental Health will not receive any new Shelby County patients after April 1, due to ethical considerations involving beginning treatments for the mentally ill. "We're proceeding on the assump- tion (Shelby County) won't be with us," said Emerson Link, executive director of SWI Mental Health. "We received a letter from the supervisors stating our services would not be re- hewed." Dr. Charles Early, one of three Shelby County supervisors, said the letter was sent to avoid being locked into a contract while the supervisors deliberated on the issue. The issue, he emphasized, has not yet been set- fled. "We need to find out what our op- tions are," said Dr. Early. "As soon as we know all our options we can choose the one that best serves the people that need these services." SWI Mental Health now has a satellite office in Harlan that is staffed four days a week. It offers outpatient and educational services, consultation, evaluation, community support services and 24-hour emer- gency services. The Atlantic center also provides inpatient psychiatric services coordi- nated by the staff. Psychiatric con- sultation is made available to Shelby County physicians and care centers, and is delivered in the county. Mercy Center offers to have a clinical social therapist in Harlan three days a week. Psychiatric backup would be available by telephone. Psychiatric or psycho- logical services will be available only in Council Bluffs. In-countypsyehiatric services are the major factor separating SWI Mental Health from Mercy, Link said, with therapeutic services being equal. SWI Mental Health is one of the few facilities in Iowa that employs a full-time psychiatrist, and may soon add a second. With Mere),, patients will have to travel to Council Bluffs for treatment. This could present a real problem for infirm patients that now depend on personal visits provided by SWI Mental Health, Link said. "We're not being critical of the services Mercy can provide but the patients are going to be the losers," - continued to Page 2 are back in Harlan stores cantaloupes, some melons, Granny Smith apples, nectarines, and plums. The ban was lifted after extensive FDA testing and inspections. "We guarantee the freshness and safety of these fruits," said Todd Treganza, Fareway manager. Hy-Vee manager Doug Dell and Super Valu spokesman Paul Nielsen said their stores restocked the grapes on Tuesday, March 28. "We got the OK from the govern- merit and our supplier," Nielsen said. "Yes, it's back on the shelves." Dell said customers have reacted positively to the reintroduction of the fruit. "Our sales have been outstanding on them," Dell said. "You can really chart the sales before, during and af- ter (the embargo)." The Food and Drug Administration hasn't allowed all Chilean fruit back into the country. Larger fruits such as cantaloupes and melons, in which tampering is not as readily detectable. Some soft fruits, such as peaches and nectarines, won't reappear be- cause its too late in the season. Fruit from California is expected to reach Harlan shelves in about one month. I ] II I I I m III U I III I ......... q Ill IIII J I II I II I I Shelby County Rural Water District wants HMU help .for new project A substantial amount of HMU wa- ter may be made available to Shelby County Rural Water District. The question is, how much? At the March 23 Harlan Municipal Utilities Board meeting, Irwin Anderson, rural water chairman, indi- cated a need for 150 gallons per minute to service Prairie Rose State Park, the city of Elk Horn and an es- timated 120 rural customers. That figure was doubled by Ander- son to 300 gallons per minute at the March 27 meeting held at Harlan Na- tional Bank. Representatives from HMU, the rural water district, Elk Horn and Prairie Rose State Park were at the meeting. HMU is looking favorably upon the water purchase, said General Manager Jim Kalal, but a definite agreement will have to be signed as to water limits. "We have to watch out for the peo- ple of Harlan," Kalal said. "It's our responsibility to take care of them first." HMU, which is moving forward on a water expansion project that will boost capacity to 1,600 gallons per minute, will consider raising rates as much as 3.5 percent to help pay for the project. The rural water district is expected to help pay a portion also. II I I I II I I I II The drought of 1988 underlined the need for HMU water plant expansion. Water levels reached an all-time low in October and have not recovered. The rural water district could be on line in a year or two, said Kalal. Forrest Vermillion, district director for Farmers Home Administration, i and Ted Mclntym, rural water district engineer, said a study of the water demand of the entire Shelby County rural area east of Highway 59 will be conducted to determine water usage. A steering committee yet to be named will conduct the study. Costs of the study will be born by the benefi- ciaries. I II II =m=====.