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Weather Crest dedication at 2 ,. P.m. 'aptist Homes of will hold the of the Harlan Crest May 7 at 2 r Ave. one the first of area, will have a trained staff provide 24-hour retarded disabled area juvenile Ed Olsen, is music Concert May 9 and New Park grades will annual vocal Tuesday, P.m. at the of this year's "Mickey Mouse Iowa hold meeting Iowa Arts known for in their annual 7at7 School). Randy Greer interested m either acting, as a volunteer association to te group audiences "Subject Start for. a8 .StartCenter Is annual m Monday, at 1035 and five- can sign up 10:30 For more ut the call at 886-5218 l:30 p.m. section High Har- this or Alan with Watch safer au- house Shelby People and Avoca 72, Avoca $3, Avoca T(i-center boys [i wzn WIC meet ii Date High Low Pmo. 27 .......... 91 ..... 63 ........... 0 28 .......... 86 ..... 52 ...... 0.68 29 .......... 63 ..... 40 ........... T 30 .......... 54 ..... 37 ...... 0.02 1 .......... 55 ..... 39 ...... 0.12 2 .......... 59 ..... 35 ........... 0 3 .......... 62 ..... 35 ........... T i Medico Life Insurance ! Company ] i weekender 00NEwS tkDVERTISER Harlan "We care about our community -- Holder of 157 state and national newspaper awards" ESTABLISHED IN 1870 WINNER OF 157 AWARDS SINCE 1940 1114 7th St., Hadma, 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 Friday, May 5, 1989 Our lllth Year, #18 24 pages in 3 sections II II I I I I Extension Service anniversary open house is this Monday The Cooperative Extension Service is celebrating its 75th anniversary and to commemorate the event, an open house will be held at the Shelby Co. Extension office, 1105 8th St. (American Legion Bldg.), on Mon., 8 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. According to extension director, Duane Feltz, highlights for Shelby County activities include gifts for the first 75 adults who register, balloons for all children, displays and memorabilia on past extension activities, door prizes given every half hour and a special luncheon in honor of former extension workers. "Our noon luncheon, which will be served in the American Legion Building, will honor former extension employees," Feltz said. "Guests that have already confirmed they'll be attending the 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. luncheon include Louise Rosenfeld, Mildred Ryan, George Rosenfeld, Dale Seebach, Norma Morgan and Cleda Danials." Feltz said staff including Mary Beth Kaufman, extension home economist; Barb Dunn, extension 4-H & youth leader, along with the 75th anniversary planning commitee (Sharon Petersen, Linda Ploen, Merry Jo Jensen, Cheryl Chipman, Bob Plagman, Les Blum, Dorothy Strissel and Judi Doonan) have been instrumental in planning the event. Reservations for the luncheon can be made by calling 755-3104, or evenings, 755-5932. Shelby County responds to first tornado warning Shelby County received passing grades (o its reaction to the Thurs, day, April 27,1 tornado warnings, said Bob Seivert of disaster services. But some might fail a test on just what those sirens mean. In the past, the sirens were used for tornado wamings and watches, fires within the city limits and the noon and 6 p.m. whistle. But no more. The sirens are now used just for the tornado warning - when a tor- nado has actually been sighted - and the noon whistle. A week ago, for the first time this year, a steady blast of the Harlan civil defense siren sent people scurrying for shelter. The weather failed to deteriorate badly last Thursday even though there have been as many as three tor- nado sightings. "Everything went real well for the first warning," Seivert said. "We just had brief touchdowns of tornados that happened to land in the fields and not really do anything. But there was a lot of potential for problems." Seivert said an aU-clear signal is no longer used because it is sometimes impossible to pinpoint when the weather has calmed. "An all-clear signal can be mis- The sirensare-maw used just for tornado warnings. I leading," he said. "When we were getting better weather last Thursday, Pottawattamie and Harrison counties were getting lots of wind and stormy conditions. It's next to impossible to give the entire county an all-clear signal." Citizens should remain tuned to lo- cal media for information, Seivert said. It's now up to local officials to evaluate conditions. Some of the usages of the civil de- fense sirens have been discarded be- cause they were too unwieldy. City fires used to be pinpointed by ward according to the number of siren blasts. Now all the volunteer firemen in Harlan have pagers, which elimi- nates confusion and the need to count whistles. Seivert said citizens should refrain from calling the emergency (755- 2121) line at the Communications Center except for actual tornado sightings and emergency reporting. "Please don't call just to request information," Seivert said. Voters to polls to decide Westphalia cable TV franchise Voters in Westphalia will decide the outcome of their city's efforts to award a cable TV franchise to Mutual Communications Services, Inc., Harlan, on Tuesday, May 9. A special election will be held on Tuesday from noon until 8 p.m. at the Westphalia Fire Hall for all eligible voters to decide whether this community of over 160 persons should have cable 'IV. If passed, Mutual Communications Services, Inc. (MSCI) would have a 25- year franchise to maintain the cable system. Mural Communications Services is a subsidiary of the Farmers Mutual Telephone Co., Harlan. MCSI currently has a cable system in operation in Earling and operates a tele-marketing business in Haflan. Farmers Mutual Telephone has 1,800 phone subscribers in rural Shelby and Pottawattamie Counties and recently began a $2 million phone service improvement for Earling, Hancock, Jacksonville, Irwin, Kirkman and Westphalia. Harlan Bloodmobile nets 187 donors Harlan Bloodmobile chairperson Carolyn Oldenburg said the Haflan Bloodmobile came up short of their goal of 225 units of blood but had five first-time donors and one 10 gallon donor at their drive on May 1. Oldenburg said 206 rs registered, there were 19 deferrals and 187 productive 'units of blood. She added that this was the first drive where no age restrictions were placed on donors. The cutoff age, previously Continued on page 2 - Plant Iowa group nets third Tree City honor, planted more than 20,000 trees in 10 years Started nearly I0 years ago by then Gov. Robert Ray with the help of the ISU Extension Service, the Plant Iowa program became state-wide. Presently the Shelby County Plant Iowa Committee continues to be one of the strongest in Iowa and one of possibly only three counties in the state with such a program still in existence. Since the inception of the program more than 20,000 trees have been planted in Shelby County according to long -time committee member, Doug Svendsen. Svendsen said the committee has planted ash, maple, linden, red oak, evergreens and ornamental trees. County extension director Duane Ee!,said this wastlae..tki.r the.committee applied for the Tree City honor which honors communities natlon-wide for their tree planting efforts. As part of the committees activities they sponsor an Arbor Day poster contest and this year's winners were: Kristen Andersen, St. Michael's, Harlan; Erin Schmitz, St. Mary's, Panama; Lindsey Koesters, St. Joseph's, Earling; Todd Barrett, Shelby; Mimi Plummer, West Ridge, Harlan and Jason Rasmussen, Irwin-Kirkman-Manilla. Pictured above, from left: Alan Pratt, district forester; Duane Feltz, Charlotte Noble, Terry Cox, Jim Hansen, Randy Chamberlain, Doug Bahl, Doug Svendsen, RosaLee Byrnes and Howard Wiig. Anticipate 14 employee payroll - Environ Systems hopes to handle medical waste A computer tracking system would also analyze waste as it passes through the facility to provide detailed documentation to health care facilities for their regulatory needs. A new Harlan business hopes to ride the federal and state regulation tidal wave for waste disposal. The newly chartered firm, Environ Systems, Corp., is in the final stages of developing its comprehensive plan for the disposal of waste generated by health care facilities. According to a letter sent by Environ, health care facilities are subject to increasing federal and state regulations and Environ plans to meet the needs of health care providers by assisting them with waste regulations. Currently, hospitals are either burning and/or dumping their waste, and regulators are looking to develop a comprehensive waste removal plan altering the ways health care facilities dispose of waste. Similar waste facilities are being reviewed in Des Moines, Carroll and Omaha. The firm, headed by Harlanite Sharon Burmeister, projects a 14- person payroll and plans to be in op- eration by 1990. The highly technical facility, may be built next to the Shelby Co. Landfill and would utilize state-of-the- art waste incineration technology. The final stage of the process includes scrubbers which remove all particulate matter. The by-product of the facility would be an odorless vapor whose composition is strictly regulated by the Environmental Protection Division of the Iowa Dept. of Natural Re- sources. A number of off-shoot industries could also work in conjunction with Environ utilizing excess energy. The waste, which would include blood and blood products, instruments, containers, dressings and cultures, would be hauled in refrigerated trucks with packaging, handling and disposal handled by Environ. Wisconsin waste firm plans ground- breaking, May 10 A Wisconsin-based firm, Mid-West Medical Waste, has scheduled a ground-breaking in the Harlan Indus- trial Park on Wed., May 10 at 10:30 p.m. for a similar medical waste facility. The firm, which already has a facility in operation in Augusta, WI, ' was given two acres of land by the Harlan City Council on Jan. 17 pro- viding they meet projected employ- ment levels. If the employment levels are not met, the firm would pay $5,000 per acre for the land. Mid-West Medical Waste came to Harlan through a lead by the Iowa Dept. of Economic Development and it has of payroll of 8-10 employees. Members of the Harlan City Coun- cil have visited the Wisconsin waste facility twice. Significant flights of cutworms reported There have been five significant flights of the cutworm moth in Shelby County since May 3 according the Shelby Co. Extension director Duane Feltz. The flight s occurred on April 14, 17, 21, 26 and May 1, he said. "It takes 300 degree days for cutworm larvae to mature and damage corn and with the cooler weather, it should be about the middle of May before this occurs," he said. Iowa State Univ. recommends farmers to scout fields and use a rescue application if needed. If a field has a history of black cutworm damage and significant weed growth, a preventative treatment may be beneficial. In general, blanket prevention treatment is ,not recommended. Alfalfa weevil is also present in the area and farmers are encouraged to scout for this pest also. -According to Feltz, large populations of white grubs can also reduce corn stands. White grub populations are more likely to occur following sod. He said to use of an insecticide on first year corn following soybeans is usually not warranted. There are no effective rescue treatments after white grub damage appears. If replanting is needed, an insecticide can be applied at replanting. He said tests in North Dakota indicated Counter 15G at one pound per acre is effective in controlling white grubs. BI cutworm m