1981-01-26; Central Michigan Life
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i- ... ii , .»H.iu.ii iiNHMi.uip.p.imjip » p. ^Aii^.u.vi-%M.r.uwhWJLMJ.-JJ,„lJ^ Central Michigan LIFE Vol.62 No.50 © 1981 CM LIFE Mount Pleasant, Michigan 48859 16 pages Monday, Jan. 26,1981 Former CMU professor earns Outstanding Citizen Award by JANET HASTINGS LIFE Staff Writer With tears in her eyes, 76- year-old Ann Louise Welch accepted the 1981 Outstanding Citizen Award presented Saturday by the Mount Pleasant Chamber of Commerce. "I don't know how a person could be so lucky," Welch said. "I have enjoyed everything I have done. I just hope I can keep on doing and doing." Welch came to Mount Pleasant from Oklahoma in 1929 to teach at Central State Teacher's College. She retired 37 years later in 1966. She is a charter member of the Delta Kappa education fraternity, the Gamma Tua chapter. She also is a member of the National and Michigan Retired Teachers Associations. Presently the chairwoman of the Reach to Recovery Committee of the American Cancer Society, Welch also is a Red Cross Gray volunteer, works at the Information Desk of Central Michigan Community Hospital and the Red Cross blood banks. Welch is ar member and the former corresponding secretary at the CMCH Auxiliary and also works regularly as Admitting Hostess Chairwoman of the Emergency Room Volunteers. She volunteers her time providing transportation for those unable to drive to doctors office and shops. A member of the Zonta Club, CMUFE/Bonnle Trafelat Ann Louise Welch was given the Outstanding Citizen Award at the annual Mount Pleasant Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet. Welch has chaired many important committees. She set up the first Senior Citizens Hospitality Corner. Welch, is a member of the United Presbyterian Church of Mount Pleasant and had been treasurer of the Isabella County Animal Shelter until her duties came to an end with the reconstructing of its administration. In 1979, Welch was named Senior Citizen of the Year by the Isabella County Youth and Farm Fair. "I don't think a person could ask for any more than this, I just hope I can live up to the title," Welch said. L.A. John was the toast- master of the awards banquet which took place at the Embers, 1217 S. Mission. Speakers included Past President Doug McFarlane Jr., who awarded the President's Plaque to Robert Aron. President Jane Eldred, awarded the Past Presidents Plaque to McFarlane. William Sowle, last year's Outstanding Citizen, presented Welch with this year's award. Elected to the Chamber Board of Directors were Dan Boge, Roy Crain, Kirk Defoe, Sibyl Ellis, Dave Heintz, Jeri Jones, Tom Krapohl, Steve Martineau, Peter O'Connell, Connie Ososki, Colin Stutesman, Jeff Tuma, Jim WojCik, Dick Woddrick and Doug Yost. Appointed to the Chambers Board of Directors were Dean Warner, Glenn Lowery, Terry Carey, Tom Martin, Charles McCollom, Rick Barz, Mike DeGutis, Bob Viau, Carlo Barberi, George Garland, Keith Decker and Chuck Anthony. Student employees would pay under city income tax program by SHEILA GRUBER LIFE Staff Writer A city income tax study being reviewed by Mount Pleasant City Commissioners would levy up to a 1 percent income tax on persons employed in the city — including about 30 percent of CMU's student body. The study, prepared by a CMU public administration class under the direction of William Browne, professor of political science, was presented to the Commission by City Manager Thomas Martin last week. Although emphasizing that the information was merely "a study and not a proposal," Martin admitted it had interesting potential which city leaders may wish to pursue. According to the study, a 1 percent rate on corporations and resident employees, and a one- half percent tax rate on nonresident employees could generate up to $1.5 million. This additional revenue could mean a reduction in property taxes Although emphasizing the information was merely a "study, not a proposal/' City Manager Tom Martin admitted it had interesting potential which city leaders may wish to pursue. without the usual reduction in services, the report states. Additionally, the report claims such a tax is more equitable because non-residents working in the city and using city facilities would be helping to finance those services. Broadly affected by an income tax, without the benefits of decreased property taxes, are CMU students. Students working in the city would "be compelled to pay additional taxes," the report states, adding "the working college student may become an impediment to the passage of the city income tax." But for Mount Pleasant residents now paying property taxes at a rate of 13.179 mills, a five to eight mill reduction could be in the future if an income tax was adopted, ■ the report predicts. Noting the growing tide of resentment against increased property taxes, the report explain^ that with federal and state revenue cuts becoming a grim reality for the city, the only remaining alternative for increasing the additional revenue needed "would be to implement a city income tax." Gary Knight, newly-elected mayor, echoed the report's description of taxpayer sentiment at the meeting. "It would have to alleviate property tax burden on the citizens. I would not be interested in us just adding (taxes) without giving some relief to Mount Pleasant residents." The study estimates that such a tax would cost the average resident employee between $100 and $125 yearly, and the average non-resident employee between $58 and $61 yearly, generating about $1,212,000 total individual payments. An additional $112,000 yearly income tax would come from city businesses, Browne's class calculated, with about 2 to 5 percent of the tax revenues used to administer the procedure. If the city wished to implement such a plan, allowable under state law, the proposal would have to be studied by a citizen task force and then put before the voters, who—with the exception of non-residents and CMU students not affected by property tax reductions — would "not be antOgonized," the report concludes. The commission will discuss the study more completely at a later meeting, Martin said. CMLIF&GmryMttew This alcohol-producing still was made by four CMU students. Still no longer solely for booze bySANDY McHUGH LIFE Staff Writer When someone talks about stills, the first thing that usually comes to mind is hillbilly moonshine or bootleg whiskey. The search is on for alternate forms of energy and the still now has other uses. Yes, stills are no longer made for booze alone. An ethanol alcohol-producing still is getting the final touches on it by four CMU students who made the still for a semester project last semester. Bill Green, Montrose junior, one of the students working on the project, said work began in the middle of September and more than 100 hours of work have been put into it' The other students working on the project are Kevin Mulder, Harrison senior; Kerry Pytel, Dearborn junior; and Brian Ruddy, New Lothrup senior. "We were given the opportunity to work on the project on a volunteer basis. The idea was to modify the plans a little and change it," said Green. Barry Duvall, Industrial Education and Technology Department chairman, said the students will get credit through the class and probably independent study. "I opened the possibility to the students to work on the still in lieu of some other design problems for the class," Duvall said. Green said they used plans from the Mother Earth News in North Carolina and pretty much followed the plans. "We had to substitute a few of the materials because we used what we had around," Green said. The main part of the still is a fuel oil tank set in a metal frame with columns rising from it. The still produces 20 to 25 gallons of alcohol from a batch, and a batch takes approximately 20 bushels of corn. "The corn and water are put inside the vat, which is sealed off. Then we let it ferment and heat it, and as the process rises it to the boiling point, steam rises up through the columns," Green said. The alcohol vaporizes at 100 degrees Fahrehneit, and since the boiling point of water is 212 degrees, the alcohol vaporizes before the water boils. "The starch forms alcohol, and we just run it off after it steeps through the column," Green said. The still was built with an alternate energy grant received by Central to research alternate energy sources. Green said he hopes the still will be fired up soon, but Duvall said it may have to wait until near the end of the semester. "We plan to use it in a class to be offered in the summer mini- courses," Duvall said, "The class will explore alternate sources of energy, including gasohol and methane, or using chicken (See "Still"—page 16) In Brief CMU will offer a IBM computer class at Mount Pleasant High School this winter. Registration and the first meeting of the class, which provides three credit hours, will be Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. at the school. For more information, call the School of Continuing Education and Community Services* 774.3715, Campus Student Association class representatives are still living up to their campaign promises, page 3 The movie "Wind- walker" provides beautiful scenery, but lacks a plot. page 5 Sports Toledo received some extra assistance in beating the Chips, 70-68 in overtime. page 12 Index Arts and Leisure 5 Classifieds 15 Comment 4 Doonesbury ,4 Off the Wire 2 Sports .12 Spotlife. 15 _lt--^-::.-.- ...-)■-..i.^, . ■■ ■-■-- ^■^w^.^^^.^^.^aaf^fLffl^r^sw j&lFit&mmttm'aini'iiTm > lii jf, .U'Wiiili *jL.r-**~* * y.....,,,,.^^, *■«■.,...>■,,..■....■■*-.« ,.-... , ...
|Title||1981-01-26; Central Michigan Life|
|Publisher||Students of Central Michigan University|
|Description||Monday, January 26, 1981 issue of the student newspaper of Central Michigan University. Also known as CM-Life. Originally published biweekly. Later published three times a week during the academic year and once a week during the summer. Began publication in 1941. Previously known as Central State Life. Issues from 1999 to the present are available online at the CMLife website.|
|Subject/Keywords||Central Michigan University - Newspapers; Mount Pleasant (Mich.) - Newspapers; Isabella County (Mich.) - Newspapers; College student newspapers and periodicals;|
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