1964-04-08; Saline Reporter
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The Saline Reporter VOLUME 14, NUMBER 30 - WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8, 1964 10c PER COPY — $3 PER YEAR Double Session: Council Studies Bids, Tables Ordinance Hardly a "library type" of day was last Saturday. Outdoors the sun was warm and shiny, inviting youngsters to all kinds of fun in the open. But the crowd could be found at the Saline Library. Bookish belles such as Robin Morrow and Bev Wackenhut, plus all the boys, packed the place throughout library "open" hours. The big attraction: Saline Library's handsome new double-decker layout and bright new lighting, as designed by Howard Kuhl, W. Henry St., and constructed by Braun and Finkbeiner. HS Honor Roll Lists Announced Honor roll lists for the next- to-last marking period of- the school year were announced tins week at the High School: SENIORS With Highest Academic Honor (A or A- Average) Marcile Bauknecht Dolores Faust Mareia Feldkamp Sharon Feldkamp Joan LaRue Lorraine Myers Karen Riggs With Academic Honor (B or B+ Average) Bonnie Camburn James Feldkamp 1 Dale Flook Ann-Marie Gunnarsson Barbara Hehr Leslie Katz James Lake Coby Livingstone Diane Miller Janet Richards Edward Ross Elizabeth Smith i General (A or A- Average) Elsie Klager (B or B+ Average) Gail Armbruster Laura Belleau Debbie Dechert Albert Feldkamp Rob Merchant Nancy Robison Junior Child Study Club Names Officers At its annual meeting Monday in the home of Mrs. James Keller, the Saline Junior Child Study Club elected officers for the 1964-1965 year: president, Mrs. James Keezer; vice president, Mrs. Richard Hoeft; recording secretary, Mrs. Jerry Losee; treasurer, Mrs. Cofl Clark; and reporting secretary, Mrs. Barry Jacobsen. Lee Hout, of the Michigan Children's Aid Society, discussed child development and foster homes. Mrs. Philip Badour, Mrs. William Meister, Jr., Mrs. Richard Lehtonen and Mrs. James Keezer will represent the club at the annual meeting of the Washtenaw County Federation of Womens' Clubs, on April 20 in Ann Arbor. Mrs. Joseph Graf and Mrs. Jerry Losee were co-hostesses for the evening. The May 4 meeting will be held at the home of Mrs. Philip Badour. Hostesses will be Mrs. Ralph Gross and Mrs. James Keezer. JUNIORS With Highest Academic Honor (A or A- Average) Sandra Greenfield Linda Heiserman • Susan Washburn "' " With Academic Honor (B or B+ Average) Robert Austin Jenny Camburn Janis Coe Diane Dickinson Katy Esch Mareia Fritts Kay Gordon Cheryl Henes Connie Hepler Barbara Houghton Sandy Jordan Kris Kuebler Frank Merrill v Gail Mittendorf Steve Miller Sharon Morrow Dan Morton Mike Rapp Susan Robison John 'Scherdt Karen Weber General (B or B+ Average) Jill Alber Jerry Austin Harold Dechert Linda Dechert Barbara Fritz Pat Hughes Judy Jump Pat Katz Bruce Niethammer Sally Quick Elaine Schaible Joan Socha Lawrney Steiner Audrey Thompson SOPHOMORES With Highest Academic Honor (A or A- Average) Margaret Beal Susan Guenther David Osborne Gay Wedemeyer With Academic Honor (B or B+ Average) Mary Beach Sandra Burkhart Charlene Deasy Joyce Dieterle Shelia Farmer Barbara Finkbeiner Arda Hoffman Karla Hoffman Doris Johnson Mary Kuyda Kalian Liston Jackie Livingstone Suzanne O'Connor Coralee Ransom Kathy Snyder Pamela Staley Amy Uphaus Linda Wolfinger Jenny Young (Continued on Page 5) Despite a number of unexpected hitches, City Council in two sessions made progress on several fronts this week. First business at Monday night's meeting: opening of bids for construction of a new water tower at the Henry St. site. Chicago Bridge and Iron Co. was the lower of two bidders and was awarded the job. Coun- cil specified that the tank should be the spherical model rather than speroidal, for a savings of $1,600. The winning bid: $81,000. Hitch No. 1 cropped up in connection with the tower site. Council found itself somewhat in the dark as to where the service access easement leading into the tower site from E. Henry St. is located. The group voted to have a survey of the area to settle the question. Second item of business: Opening of bids for construction of water mains and sanitary sewers involved in Saline's planned expansion. Eleven construction firms submitted bids. Low bidder was Selders Excavating of Tecumseh. Selders' total bid, $37,500, was $14,000 under the second-low bid, and little more than half the high bid. In view of the wide spread between the Selders bid and those of the other contractors, engineer Don Holley advised Council to table the matter until the following night, to give him time to study Selders' proposal. At Tuesday night's meet, Holley reported several errors and omissions in the Selders bid. He stated his belief that the mistakes were honest. He recom- ■ mended that, if in the opinion of the city attorney it could legally be done, Council consider a corrected bid from Selders tallying up to $39,818.42, still more than $10,000 under the next-lowest bidder. Hitch No. 2 popped up at this point. Councilmen questioned Parsons Re-elected C-C President Harry Parsons has been unanimously re-elected president of the Chamber of Commerce, for the 1964-65 year, and William Crim, Jr., will serve as vice president. Crim was also named chairman of the 1964 membership drive. Other officers are Allan Grossman, secretary; Bob Diek- . inson, treasurer; and Leon Vedder, Lyle Phillips, Paul Tull, Troy Fant, and John Lake, directors. The annual banquet will be held in conjunction with the Mayor's Exchange Program, launching Michigan Week, in May. whether the other 10 contractors, who submitted their bids in good faith, would accept City action in awarding a job on the basis of a corrected bid. The group voted to table the matter until next Monday, giv- ing Allan Grossman time to write a legal opinion on the issue. Monday nignt's meeting also featured second reading of Saline's proposed new Subdivision Ordinance. Hitch No. 3 developed after the reading. It was noted that passage of the ordinance at this time would leave the City without sufficient safeguards in the area of construction standards. Some of, these standards are now a part of the City's current Subdivision Ordinance. A new City ordinance on construction standards is now being written but is not yet ready for passage. Enactment of the new Subdivision Ordinance would nullify the old one, and thus would kill all standards provisions contained in it. Council voted to table the new Subdivision Ordinance, No. 173, until the Standards Ordinance, No. 174, is also ready for enactment, or until a set of design standards can be adopted to fill the gap. In further action at the Monday meeting, Council accepted the Police Department's monthly report, voted to pay current bills, and voted to extend pay arrangements with City Superintendent Mike Strait for another month. The group also authorized City Clerk E. J. Muir to attend (Continued on Page 5) Elementary School Parents to Hold Annual Meeting The Elementary School Room Parents Association will hold its annual meeting and election of officers on Monday, April 13, at the school. The group will also make their final plans for the school carnival to be held May 1. Guest speaker for the evening will be Mrs. Maxine Soloway of the Huron Valley Child Guidance Clinic, who will show a film on "Fears of Children". The meeting will open at 8 p.m. REGISTRATION REQUIRED FOR SCHOOL ELECTIONS Saline area School District is now a registration district, i.e., only registered electors may vote in school elections, the Board of Education announced this week. Compilation of records to change the district to a registration area has been under way for some months, but persons not now registered may still do so at the office of their township or city clerk. Registration for the annual school election scheduled June 8, 1964, will close at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 8. Telephone Co. to Expand Base Rate Area, Services Firm Manufactures Fiberglass Campers A new light manufacturing firm, Merit Products Corp., is established in Saline, manufacturing fiberglass campers and pick-up covers in a building behind the Sauk Trail Inn. The owners are James Merritt, Donald Geiger, Stanley Baisch, all of Clinton, and Walter (Bud) Miller, of Ann Arbor. They hire two other persons, Joe Masterson and John Emery, for their operation, which includes development of other fiberglass products besides their main line. Although the firm is new, Miller has been in this type of work for about five years. Besides their pick-up covers and campers, manufactured for the wholesale trade, they also furnish waterproof tents, luggage carriers, and other light camping equipment. Woman's Club To Meet Tuesday The Saline Woman's Club will meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 14, at St. Paul United Church of Christ. A demonstration on floral arrangements will be given by Goodhew Floral Co. of Ann Arbor, followed by a potluck luncheon. Each member of the club is invited to bring a guest. A business meeting and program will follow the luncheon, with Mrs. Walter MacArthur as program chairman. A film entitled "The Idea of Michigan" will be shown. All Bui 15 Teachers Will Return in Fall Saline school teachers this week accepted or rejected contracts offered by the Board of Education for the 1964-1965 school year: 15 will not return next year, three have not yet been heard from, and three replacements have already been hired. Teacher turnover, usually highest in the Elementary School, this year was largest in the High School instead. Seven teachers, all of them new this year, will not return next fall. In most cases, the teachers not returning are women whose husbands have graduated from the University and moved away, Superintendent Leo Jensen said. A few have already accepted positions elsewhere. All teachers of long standing will return to the High School: George Bonich, Jacque- lyn Brady, Clem Corona, Julie Crockett, Ronald Dubats, Alton Ealy, Claire Franzway, Dallas Garrett, Mildred Haswell, Donald Jaeger, Elizabeth Kuebler, Nancy Kulenkamp, Hallie Meh- ler, Marian Palmer, Leah Petersen and Larry Smith. Also here next fall will be Edna Spinks, Jay Starkey, Robert Via, Elizabeth Washburn, Evelyn Campbell, Joan Husted, Michael Rotunno, Bernice McCoy, and Art Katterjohn. One teacher has not yet replied. Teachers who will not return are Dennis Baab, Sandra Ber- ger, Nancy Grunemeyer, Louise Hoden, Stanley Kasuda, Jane Samuelson, and Judith Sheets. The Intermediate School staff will lose only two: Ronald Attinger and Helene Monaghan. Mrs. Monaghan will retire this spring after 40 years of teaching. One teacher has not replied to the contract offer. Six will not return to the Elementary School, an average number for that school. They are Louise Cicearelli, Marjorie Elmy, Carol Geyer, Jean Had- din, Mary Staal, and Shirley Webster. One has not replied. Three replacements have already been hired for the Elementary School, Jensen announced: Margaret Pierson, of Ann Arbor; Carol Tuls, of Holland, Mich.; and Pamela Healy, Ann Arbor, now a student teacher in the first grade here. All members of the administrative staff will return next year. General Telephone Co. workmen roll out a 3,000 foot swath of cable, part of the $253,500 expansion program, now under way, that will increase the size of the Saline exchange base area, and provide upgraded service for rural subscribers. Target completion date is September 1; crews have been at work in the area for several weeks. School Council Considers Value of 'Flexible Building' experimental stages elsewhere and not in use here). It also centered in Principal Marian Barclay's statement that "close to three per cent of our elementary school children need special services, such as speech therapy, aid from a visiting teacher provided by the special education program, psychologists, etc." The visiting teacher and necessary equipment are provided by the one-half -min for special education, but the school system must provide a room. There is no room for that purpose in the present Elementary School since the program was not in existence when it was built. But rooms for special purposes are not in full-time use and could be provided when needed by use of the flexible partition. A good wooden partition costs about $3,000, according to Binda Associates, the architects, while a solid cement block wall costs about $300. But the flexible partition is even better sound-proofed than the solid wall, he said. In other areas of interest to the group in school design, Binda advised against an elementary school with no windows, but pointed out that the present trend in design of schools is to smaller window space which New Elementary Can't Be Ready By Fall of 1965 Members of the Saline Area Schools Advisory Council, after a Thursday meeting, with the architect chosen for the new elementary school, seemed to be leaning toward choice of a "flexible building" ... in which at least some of the walls are sliding panels. The movable panel Avails are considerably more expensive than permanent block walls. But they could eliminate the need for some special rooms, for art, music, speech, etc., and can thus cut down on over-all floor space. The Advisory Council members also learned that it would be virtually impossible to have the new building ready for occupancy by the fall of 1965, since the bonding proposal cannot be ready for a vote before the fall of 1964, and construction would then start in the spring of 1965. The new target date is February, 1966. The group's interest in a flexible building stemmed partly from the expected use of cooperative teaching methods (not quite the same as "team teaching", which is still only in (Continued on Page 5) $253,500 Project Stated for Sept. I Completion Date General Telephone Co. in the Saline area, is in the midst of an expansion program that will increase its present base area to approximately five times its present size, provide urban service and rates for 106 more customers, and supply urban types of service for a great many more. The $253,500 program is scheduled fj&r completion by September 1, but work is "going very well" and "ahead of schedule", according to Kenneth Conway, district manager. In the process, all rural lines will be upgraded to a maximum of five parties per line. The company's present base rate area, almost exactly bounded by Saline city limits, will be expanded to encompass 11 square miles, as far north as Pleasant Lake Rd., to a line between Dell and Nobles roads on the west, just east of Lohr Rd., and a quarter mile south of the city limits. Customers inside that area will no longer pay mileage rates, Conway explained. Outside of that area, lines will still be rural, but facilities will be available for subscribers who want urban types of service, with a mileage rate. There will be no change in rates in the present urban area (inside the city limits) and no customer's rate will igo up. Included in the program for rural expansion will be new feeder cables for Ypsilanti State Hospital, relief for the Willis Rd. area, and new facilities to supply better grades of service to Saline Valley Farms. Bridgewater is already a "locality rate area", a sort of "satellite exchangfe", Conway explained. Previous to February 1, only rural service was available there. Now, subscribers may have urban services without a mileage charge but at a slightly higher rate than that paid inside the base area. Macon is a "locality rate area" of the Tecumseh exchange. The expansion program was prompted by the population growth on Saline-Ann Arbor Rd., such as Lodi Estates, and the proposed new subdivision at Brassow Rd., plus the projected M e h a development, Conway said. More Than a Million Miles; Bus Driver Retires after 16 Years Tour Still Scheduled Despite Unrest: in South America HOSPITAL MEETS SET The operating committee of Saline Community Hospital will meet at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, at the hospital. The board of directors will meet at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, in the board room at Universal Die Casting. The Michigan Chorale tour through South America this summer is still scheduled, despite political unrest there, but members can't help wondering about their reception. Among the countries they are slated to visit is Brazil, where a government was just overturned by rebels . . . and Michigan young people have trouble envisioning armed rebellion. Two Salinians — Rob Merchant and John Reid — will join the tour, sponsored by the Youth for Understanding program, through Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Chile. But Lester McCoy, former director, will not be with them this year. For reasons of health, and questioning the effect of high altitudes and winter season in South America, McCoy has turned the directorship over to Robert Pratt, choral director of Ann Arbor High School and choir director at Zion Lutheran Church. He will return to the chorale next year if health permits, he said; meantime, he will continue to lead the, Methodist Church choir in Ann Arbor, and expects to do extensive sunning this summer. McCoy founded the now-famous group in 1958 and he and Mrs. McCoy have accompanied them on annual tours since then. Altogether, the chorale has visited 15 countries in Europe and eight in South America. PLANNERS TO MEET City Planning Commission will meet at 8 pan. Tuesday at City Hall.- After driving more than a million miles with never an accident (and only three flat tires), Charles Kruger turned in the keys to his school bus Friday and retired. He was one of the first school bus drivers Saline ever had, and the first to reach retirement age on the job. For 16 years, he had safely transported Saline area youngsters, including his own children, his own grandchildren, and children of the first children on his route. All of them love him. The little ones are likely to rush up and give him a big hug when they meet him on the street, and they have never forgotten him at Christmas time. They also know he means what he says ... he always ran a "tight ship" and brooked no nonsense. Once, many years ago, he told a few obstreperous boys to behave themselves or get out and walk. When they failed to quiet down, he stopped the bus and evicted three of them . . . including his own son. Norman. He has 'always driven the school's longest route . . . the Bridgewater route for nine years, then tire Waterworks- Bethel-Weber Rd. route for two years, then the Pleasant Lake Rd. - Ellsworth - Waters Rd. route. Except.for this year and one other, he has also driven the team bus to and from out- of-town games. His bus never got stuck, in either snow or mud, but one year the roads were so bad that he left it over nights at a neighbor's house, iy2 miles from his own home, and walked to and from for more than a week. His first bus carried 48 passengers; this year he carried 65. He has driven bus 18 ever since it was new, with the exception of one year, and when he turned it in Friday, it had 101,082 miles on it. It was purchased eight years ago. He remembers only one close call . . . when the brakes gave out suddenly one day on Waterworks Rd. He was able to stop the bus, by using the emergency brake, in time to avoid a crash. (Continued on Page 5) More than a million miles rolled under fhe wheels of his school bus before Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kroger, above, decided enough's enough. He retired Friday.
|Title||1964-04-08; Saline Reporter|
|Description||An issue of a Saline, Michigan newspaper. Published weekly. Focused on Saline and the surrounding Washtenaw County area. Previously published in Ann Arbor with the title Reporter. In May 1958, the newspaper offices moved to Saline and the title of the publication changed to Saline Reporter. No longer published.|
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