1969-12-29; Saline Reporter
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The Saline Vol. 21, No. 17 — Tues., Dec. 29, 1969 _«? $&' 10c COPY - S5 YEAR ecade Brought any Changes Here People who have moved to Saline "S. F. P." (Since Ford Plant) probably don't realize how many changes the decade of the 60's wrought here. If you think it's a "quiet little town" now, you should have seen it 10 years ago. For instance: Late in 1959, the Community Chest drive "(which joined the United Fund some years later) went $10 over its goal: $8,687. "Scotty" Wilson was drive chairman and Gordon Esch was president of the board. "Most Valuable Players" on the Hornet football were Bill Taylor and Neil Tracy. Bill is now with the Saline Police Department and Neil was for a while; now he's in security at the Ford plant. Sheriff Harvey should have enlisted 'em for the Pigball game. The Chamber of Commerce (which died this year) - and civic - minded individuals got together to create the Saline Industrial Development Corp., to locate industrial sites around the city and make them attractive enough to bring industry here: The Industrial Development Corp. is now defunct, too; but it did its work well, and there sits the Ford plant to prove it. Council asked for bids on a new police car after a news story in The Reporter revealed that the city's only police car was unsafe at 50 mph \ (foreshadowing Ralph Nader), unmanageable at 60, undriveable at 65 . . . and when you got it up to 70 mph, the doors flew open from vibration. One miscreant had left the scene of an accident and escaped capture just by driving away at the legal speed limit. It was discovered that, because the bars in Ypsilanti, Milan, and Ann Arbor all closed at midnight, many revellers then piled into cars and drove to wide- open Saline, where the bars stayed open until 2 a.m. This problem settled itself when bars in other communities also were granted 2 a.m. closing hours. • In January of 1960, Councilman Frank Deede was elected mayor by the new council. In those days, Saline had a five - member council who elected one of their own number as mayor. After voters approved a charter amendment for a seven - man council (including an elected mayor) a charter study committee was appointed; and extensive charter revision followed, a couple of years later. In early 1960, police and sheriff's deputies were looking for the thief who, in two trips, swiped 6,800 feet of telegraph wire from the New York Central Railroad right - of - way . . . right off the Utility poles, followed, a couple of years later. The old water tower, "which was located on N. Ann Arbor St., overflowed and iced up the road, just north of the railroad tracks. It was later inVhe decade that the city"acquired "the more pdpftpiqys, spif- fy blue water- tqwer in the center of town ... but even that wasn't without incident. One summer day while it was under construction, it fell down with a thump that joggled U-M seismographs. A local grocery ad offered sirloin steak for 95 cents a lb.; T - bones for 99 cents; and a nine - pound ham for $7.77. Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County held its first annual dinner meeting. Saline Social Services held its first annual meeting one year later.. One issue of The Reporter listed four houses, fbr " rent ("five - room modern house, unfurn., iri Saline School Dist., $65 per mo.") and seven apartments. Today, you can't ever rent a house for love nor money .. . well, hardly ever. A new, modern postoffice building was authorized for Bridgewater. Former City Attorney Stanton Roesch slapped a lien on the city's legal library (total: three books) pending payment of his final bill,, with the comment, "We will not express' a confidence in the present council that we do not feel." s Hornet cagers won the league crown and the first district game. Julie Rapp (who is now the city clerk) was crew leader for Saline and environs for the i960' Census. Her work was less complex than the 1970 census chief will contend with: there were then no Rolling Meadows subdivision, no MEHA, no Crestwood Knolls, no Old Creek Farms, no Saline Heights addition, and no apartment complexes on Clark St. and Mill Valley. There, were exactly 759 dwellings in the City of Saline, including houses, . apartments, trailers, and what - have - you. The hospital and the present High School were both brand new. . Teachers cancelled their March meeting — traditionally devoted "to salary problems - because "there weren't enough problems left to have a meeting about." Members of the Saline Teachers' Club voted unanimously to send a letter of appreciation to the School Board with regard to the new salary schedule, which was provided for the 62 teachers in the system without a millage increase. The schedule was worked "out after months of conferences among a school board committee - Bess Tefft, Ray Girbach, and Supt. Leo Jensen - and a teachers' committee headed by. Dpm- iniek Pellegreno (whose wife, Ann, flew around the - world in 1967). The schedule paid "a $4000 minimum for a BA and 54200 to those with masters* degrees, with merit raises of $100 to $400 annually up to the $4700 mark and then "professional status'' raises of $300 a year to $6900. There was no tenure ih those days. Art Kat- terohn was president of "the Teacher's Club. Police Chief Earl Kirby was presented with a "thank you" booklet,, signed by elementary schopl children of both the intermediate and elementary schools, in their own writing, "for outstanding service to the school children and citizens of Saline." John Mader, who was then director of the special (Continued on page 6) BOY SCOUT PAPER DRIVE SET Boy Scouts of Saline will* holii one of their quarterly Paper drives in Saline area on -Saturday, Jan. 3- They will call at each house in the city. Residents outside of "town may call, for pick-up, Harold West, 429- 9853, or Harold Fritts, 971-4578. Rachel Gives More Hope to Blind Children Happy Pictures Recall Service ONE OF RACHEL WOODS' BLIND FILIPINO.STU- Embassy Women's Group in Manila. Her proud teach- DENTS, Regina Coprada, 18, receives a Braille wrist- er, a Peace Corps volunteer worker from Saline, smiles watch as a token of her achievement, from the U. S. happily, second from left. CLIMAXING HER TWO. YEARS' SERVICE, Rachel receives a certificate headed, "In appreciation of your work in..behalf of . . . . " but possibly Rachel will get Rubella Clinics Scheduled A campaign to immunize over 16,000 children in kindergarten through the third grade in Washtenaw County against rubella (German measles) • will begin in the third week of January. The drive is being sponsored by the Washtenaw County Health Department, the schools, the local March of Dimes and the County Medical So- . ciety. - The drive will involve 50 elementary schools throughout the county and the vaccine will be given to youngsters at no charge. Vaccination clinics will be conducted at Jensen and Houghton schools on Wednesday, Feb. 4. Dr, Otto K. Engelke, County Health Director, said that the parents or guardians of the children.in the kindergarten through the third grade age must give written authorization to have their children participate in the clinic. her greatest satisfaction from memories such as that in the photo below . COUNCIL MEET, ZONING HEARING SET The next regular meeting of City Council will convene at 7:30 p.m! Monday, Jan. 5, in the council chamber. At 8 pjn., a zoning hearing is scheduled on the proposed change^ from single-family residential to two-family zoning, fof property at 105 N.. Lewis St. TINDO, 7^ TOMAS, 9, both of them blind students of Rachel Woods during her Peace Corps hitch in the Philippine Islands, grin their appreciation of her help. Jaycees to Pick up Yule Trees Jaycees will conduct their annual pick-up of discarded Christmas trees, as a community service, on Saturday, Jan. 3. - Householders are asked to place the trees at the curb by -1 p.m. for pick-up, throughout the city, Ron Finkbeiner is chairman. The accumulated trees will be burned, under supervision of the fife department, in the open field behind Curtiss Park, at 6 p.m. RECEIVES BUSINESS DEGREE Doftald Paul Mann, son of Mrs. Earl Mann and the late Mr. Mann of Bridgewater, graduated this month with" a bachelor of' science degree in business administration, from Ferris State College". He was cited on the Dean's XJst and was a Delta Sigma Phi fraternity, and the Society for the Advancement of Management, * Christmas Decorations Cited Jaycees have announced the winners in their annual selection of the most outstanding Christmas decora-" tions in the city. - First place for home decoration, on the religious theme, went to the Charles Marstbns, of 201 W. Henry St., with honorable mention to the \Varren Martin home' at 302 E. Henry, and the Bob Hulls of 224 'RusseU St. \ ,■'■■- First place, on a non - religious theme, was -awarded to the John Wilson home at 380 Hollywood Dr.' Cited for the best all - around decorative effort was the George Drake home at 611 Saline - Milan Rd. No awards were,-given this year for decorations at apartments. V . . : For commercial decoration, first place went to Community Ford Sales, owned by Dave Potter, and the Salirie High Art Club whose = members painted the Community Ford windows. Ford Motor Co. Saline' plant received honorable mention. ... but Mavbe the Program Wasn't Verv "Realistic" The girl who traveled the greatest distance to return home to Saline for Christmas is undoubtedly Rachel Woods, daughter of Mrs. Mary Woods, of Clark St. Rachel came all the way from the Philippines, arriving in time to celebrate Christmas and the New Year with her family and friends. It was a joyous week for them all, for Rachel had been gone from the family circle for more than two years . . . and during most of that time she'd been about as far as you can possibly get from Saline, both in terms of physical distance and ways of life. Rachel, a graduate of Saline High School and Eastern Michigan University, spent those two years as a Peace Corps volunteer, working with the blind, in the Philippine Islands. Her training and her experience made her unusually well qualified for the work she was assigned. After graduating from Saline High in 1960, Rachel went on to E.M.U., majoring in special education for the blind. She got her diploma and her degree in 1964 . . . then she spent three years working in the special education department of the Toledo Public Schooljs. "There was a lot of satisfaction to be had from working with blind children," Rachel recalls. "But I had been interested in the Peace Corps ever since it was first organized, and when I- had an opportunity to volunteer, I didn't take long deciding." THREE MONTHS OF CRAM COURSES With all her background, Rachel still had much to learn before she was qualified for work in the Philippines . . . and the Peace Corps proceeded to cram her full of the required information in a three-month period of , concentrated study. She took the first two months at Stanford University . . . then she moved on by air to the scene of her Peace Corps assignment, in the Philippine Islands. During the three months, she somehow managed to work up a good speaking acquaintance with Tagalog, the language of the Filipinos, and learned how to overcome some of the misconceptions about Americans which are common throughout the South Pacific. Rachel, even without her three months training, could set many of these misunderstandings straight . . . just be being the same Rachel that so many Salinians had learned to love and admire. The Peace Corps manual, for instance, warns volunteers of these stereotypes which the Filipinos believe true: "An American is rich beyond the wildest expectations of the average Filipino. American girls are somewhat promiscuous. All Americans feel superior to; Fiiipfrios."- '*"""■" ' r ■■•■ ■ •• That's not the way Rachel is-. . . and her 'effectiveness in proving that the stereotype is wrong, throughout her stay in the islands, was probably one of her major successes. WONDERS ABOUT VALUE OF PROGRAM She has a hard time trying to appraise the practical value of her teaching, 'though. She went to the Philippines to teach the .blind . . . and before many months had passed, she began to feel doubts about the wisdom'of the teaching program. "The first problem we had was in trying to overcome the Filipinos' attitude toward their handicapped children. They simply hid them away ... so before we could teach the blind children, we had to find them. Usually, though, when parents and children understood what we were trying to do, they would bring the blind ones out of hiding, enroll them for training, and become very cooperative and appreciative. "Most of the children we worked with were teen-agers who had never attended school at all. We taught them the Braille system of reading and writing, a little English, and a little math. Our teaching was very basic . . . designed to qualify these blind teen-agers for admittance to kindergarten! From that point, it was theoretically possible., for them to continue their schooling right on through college . . . but here's where the system seemed a bit impractical. "Assuming a very bright, ambitious blind youngster could do this . . . could somehow battle up through college.. In all the Islands, there would be only six professional jobs which someday might be open to him . . . when the present job-holders either die or move on. So all the academic training of the Filipino blind children . . . thousands of them ... seems to be somewhat unrealistic. NOT A CHANCE FOR BLIND "I remember going to an oil company executive to see if his company couldn't be persuaded to hire some blind people. His answer shows the enormity of the problem. He told me that he couldn't hire any blind because it - wouldn't be in the best interest of the company. "There are many unemployed here,' he said. 'We can hire only a very few. We hire the able-bodied because they're the ones who can do us the greatest damage as unemployed revolutionaries. The blind can't harm .us, so there's no need to hire them," "There's ho vocational training for the blind at all. - Everything is geared to college entrance. And, making things even more difficult, the,schools in the Philippines- are overcrowded .. . there's a great lack of teaching materials . . . a sho'rtage of teachers. The educators feel that they're overloaded with just the job of r teaching normal children, and they don't want to add to the load by taking on the teaching'1 of the blind, even after we've qualified them for entry, into, classes. It's just possible that for the present, at least, the parents who hid their blind children away from the World may have had-the kindest; most practical solution, Rach- . el may reflect now.' -" "The experience I had during my two years in the Peace Corps was worth any amount of money I could (Continued on page 2) Dimes march dinner scheduled A number of local campaigners will attend the 1970 March of Dimes kick-off dinner at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7, at the Moose Lodge in Ann Arbor. Dr. James Higgins, professor in the department'of human development at Michigan State University, will he the speaker. .
|Title||1969-12-29; 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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