1969-06-25; Clare Sentinel
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* . - J*-"' _^ _ •>. *.v^*>h.->_^ V' «^ ■ ■' _■* <v* # ^r .4"V**'>' .'''-•?***'tt**1 ** i4 ■ * _■" . - "*• _■" »f -1. £ * »..,*-*_:-;«._1.j. V ■ _ •* * #■ ~i—** w f - .^_- tt- .^_f t .j.w •». *r i ■%= #' * . ' CITY LIBRARY 4TH . MCEWAN 486X7 XX* i. enttnei -.Fifteen Cents Sixteen Pages Clare Michigan, Wednesday June 25, 1969 Our 91st Year New Series Vol. 77 No. 43 Summer Readers Start To Work The Clare Elementary school and the Federal government are getting along just fine thank you I That would be the obvious appraisal on examination of Clare's summer reading improvement program which is operated entirely with federal Title I program monies. The reading improvement workshop, known in children's language simply as, "summer school" is in its fourth year, at Clare and' all four years it has been directed by ■Mrs. Ruth Schunk. Perhaps more unique than a director being with the •program all .four years is that all nine of the reading teachers, have taught in the program since its inception. The reading school will probably serve about 120 students this year, down from the 146 figure of 1966. The students attend school from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for six weeks. Reading has in the past been the only subject taught but this year Mrs. Schunk is going to experiment with mathematics instruction for the fifth and sixth graders. "We want to see if substantial improvement can be made in both subjects if they are taught at the same v time to the youngsters," said Mrs. Schunk. The students day is primarily involved with reading improvement with the emphasis clearly being on individual help. The teacher-student ratio figures out to about 12-1 and the individual treatment that is possible, is noted by Mrs. Schunk and "Al'Schumm, '"efementary principal; as the factor that makes. the summer program worthwhile. The. individual treatment tomes in the form of personal aid as well as work with various machines designed to improve reading. The machines are better adapted to the summer program .than the regular school year reading classes because of the smallness of the groups. Tape-recorders are used extensively in the teaching process accord- ing to Mrs. Schunk. They are used primarily with students with phonetics problems and "are quite valuable for teaching a child how specific sounds are formed," says the Veteran teacher. Another machine among many used, is the visual projector whichputs word on the screen at a rate prescribed by the teacher. The rate can be slowed or increased at the teachers discretion considering the student's skill. Mrs. Schunk said "this machine teaches the child to grasp complete phrases and we can move him along by increasing the speed or we can take extra time with him and slow down the machine. The individual treatment goes much farther too. The students are grouped for learning npt according to their official grade level, but to their reading level. The teachers keep a daily record on each student and at the end of the week the staff studies the reports and designs an individual lesson plan for the student for the next week. "That way", says Mrs. Schunk, "each student gets maximum help in the time allowed." This individual attention is even predominant in the selec tion and screening of students who will attend the summer classes. Mrs. Schunk examines each student who may possibly need help for past performance and thoroughly tests each student. She says, "the new testing available in our school system has made our entire operation run more effectively. We can tell practically everything there is to know about a child's development pattern by tests. This is invaluable when selecting children for special programs such as reading improvement. Title I and Mrs. Schunk See SUMMER page 16 CMC Hospital Closes 20 Beds Huber Will Speak To VOP Central Michigan Health service has received a temporary setback as Central Michigan Community Hospital has been forced to close down 20 beds. The shutdown at the hospital which serves the patients of most Clare area M.D.'sis blamed on a sudden shortage of Registered and Licensed practical nurses. According to Richard Pieratt, hospital administrator, the emergency was brought on by feceftt-graduations from ' the university, either of the nurses or of the nurses, husbands,' who graduated and ' have left Mt. Pleasant. Pieratt also cited retirement and illness as trimming his staff to a critical point. He said, "we wish to assure our service area that this shut •down will in no way prohibit or hamper caring for the acutely ill or emergency cases, -this decrease in total beds, allows us to continue a normal quality of nursing and hospital care with a normal staff ratio." Hospital officials have expressed the opinion that the situation is very temporary and should not last longer than August 1,1969. The officials stressed that the situation is not a financial one but a lack of available people. When the hospital announced the closing of the 20 beds they also issued _an appeal to area R.N.s 'or LPNs who would be willing to work part-time during this, period. The announcement came after last Thursday's hospital board meeting. SUPREME COURT JUSTICE— Lin Cole, Clare High School junior was elected a Supreme Court Justice at Girls State of Michigan last week. Lin was the only member of her mock party, The Federalists, to win one of the seven highest offices. Pictured above are the ruling elite of 1969 Girl's State. Front row, left to right, Pat Savitski, Marquette, Lt. Gov.; Diane Ankle, Birmingham, Gov; Lisa Blasely, Warren, .Secretary of State.- Back Row, Chris Lambert, Troy, Supreme Court Justice, Lin Cole, Pat Clement, Blissfield, Supreme Court Justice;and Jennie Hurst, Dexter, Attorney General. The young girls were elected to their .positions Wednesday of the Sunday to Sunday session and held office encountering mock governmental situations for three days. Miss Cole tried a mock trial of a pornography case with her supreme court cohorts which was deemed "probably the best ever," by girls state officials. Local Rotary Plays Big Role In State Senator Robert Huber will be the special guest speaker at a July 5, meeting of the' Clare county chapter of the Voice of the People organization, the tax reform group which now t claims over 400 members in Clare County. The Saturday meeting is scheduled for 2 p.m. in the basement conference room of the Clare Coun . ty Courthouse in Harrison.- Huber, an avowed conservative who has most recently made big headlines* with his attempt to investigate disturbances at the state's universities is, according to the local group, one of the few men in the state senate to openly support the Voice campaign. Local chapter officials said, this week, "Senator Huber is now convinced that the taxpayers are concerned enough with taxes to get involved and has decided to support these people in the effort to reduce taxes and eliminate unnecessary spending. Senator Huber believes this interest comes at a time when most citizens let their government- go its own way without challenge." The conservative Huber feels according to I.H. Brown publicity director of the group, "that we must implement those things that have been tried and found effective and discard those things that have been tried and found wanting." Brown describes Huber's attitude as, "Tell it like it is!" The tax reform group is attempting to make property taxes more reasonable by reducing what they, see as waste in. government at all levels, county, state, and feceral. The Voice group has found Clare County as one if its strongholds with the claimed membership of 400 one of the highest in the state. In addition, two Clare county men, J.M. Grim of Farwell and Lee Swallow of Harrison are on the state Voice of the People committee. Swallow is co-chairman of the state group and Grim was elected executive secretary. The group has issued a public invitation to the taxpayers of Roscommon, Gladwin, Isabella, Mecosta, Osceola and Clare counties to attend the meeting which will include in addition to Huber's speech, reports concerning the local group's recent activities. Sidewalk Days Clare's annual Sidewalk Sale is scheduled for Friday of this week and the Chamber of Commerce has p_eanuts for all the visitors to the downtown area and the C of C has also arranged for movies to be shown at the Ideal Theater. That will give mom and dad a chance to take big advantage of the Clare bargains while the youngsters enjoy the movies. The Sidewalk Sale will be held Saturday if the weatherman does not cooperate. Local Rotarians played an important part in Rotary District 631' s annual Assembly Forum which was held in the Doherty Hotel on Thursday, June 19th. \, Marvin Witbeck, Clare's president," welcomed the seventy-five participants and presided over a part of the program which saw Walt Kleiner, Wayne Hough, Bob Schellhas, and Harold Ellenbas show how a model Rotary meeting should be conducted. The morning program was opened by District Governor Carl Satow, Frankenmuth, as he greeted the group which represented 27 clubs. He introduced- Rotary International' s representative, James Toal of Monmouth, Illinois, who spoke on "Our Purpose Today." Past District Governor, George Lauer of Mt. Pleasant, spoke on "How to Help Your Rotary Club Grow." In the afternoon the participants divided into three groups; Presidents secretarys, and club services. George Scheer, Clare's incoming president and Robert Schellhas, Clare's presidentelect, represented the local organization. Al Schumm, Clare's secretary, presided at the secretary' s meeting which was designed to help new secretaries with their responsibilities. Al was responsible for the overall arrangements for the day's activities. Adelbert Huber, District 631' s incoming Governor from Alma, made some closing remarks about "The Year Ahead" and James Toal and Carl Satow brought the meeting t o a close with brief comments. A highlight of the day's activities was P. D. G. George Lauer's presentation of a pin to Carl Satow for his service as District Governor. Carl received a , standing ovation for his leadership during the past year. ' ■)_ BILLS COMING— readying tax bills and Mrs City Clerk Madge Ruark has been busy the past few weeks for mailing. The deadline for mailing city tax bills is July 1 Ruark will beat that easily. The first batch went in the mail box Tuesday and the mailing should be complete by the end of the week. The payment deadline on the city bills is August 19. Bills are also mailed out on December 1. Mrs. Ruark has had one staff member working with the tax bills almost exclusively for two weeks and two others have put considerable time into their processing. Clare Welfare Is A Million Dollar Deal (ED. Note) This article begins the first of a three part series which will attempt 'to study in-depth what makes county welfare click. Today's first article gives an overview of the operation of Welfare. The second part of the series will discuss in detail the specific state programs which are administered and the series' third part will deal with the new residency requirements and how they affect Clare County. .By TIMMcGUIRE ■ Question: What do you * a when you combine a riverboat gambler, a priestly counselor, a lawyer, a financier, and a man who does all these tasks with dignity and a facilitating manner? Question: What do you have when you have an operation that administers a budget of over $1.4 million With a staff of 12 and . not only distributes •money but guides and even guards people in trouble -- the worst kind of trouble in today's world— money troubles? . The answer to question number one is Patrick Redmond and the second answer is the Clare Coun ty Department of Social Services, the county doctor which nurse financially and educationally ill people back to good health and on their feet. Redmond, is the likely choice of a rural county social work executive if one were to cast the part, as he is relatively young, very calm and extremely candid. He says, "I enjoy talking about our work because as we administer our program we usually • do it knowing that for the most part we are npt a popular outfit with many taxpayers. The best thing we can do, then, is talk about our work in the hope that people will better understand exactly what we do." Redmond came to Glare County in 1965 when the county Department of Welfare merged with the Bureau of Social Aid, a state agency. The merger which forrried the present Department of Social Services was mandatory in June of 1967 and was authorized by the Michigan legislature. Redmond feels the change '. was necessary and successful saying, "it has cut out a lot of duplication and Welfare service has increased tremendously." What remains is a county agency that in fact spends very little county money when considered in light of its total budget. Redmond told The Sentinel that his office administers about $1.4 million in funds each year yet his county budget is only $81,000. The rest is state money Which in most cases is matched by federal funds. The county Department of Social Services primarily, at least from the financial point of view, is the state's mediator. ' Redmond's office must see to the wise and just distribution of state monies and must also attempt to improve the wel- • fare recipient's lot. Ina nutshell that is the Department's job. Specifically the story is much more complex and runs the gamut from blind per- sons to delinquent children. County money provides for direct relief or what is known to the public as 'welfare'. These funds are referred to by Redmond as "right now funds." He says, "people come in her who ha va been riding on a marginal income, a sort of money fence. Suddenly, because of illness. accident or unemployment the family falls off that fence and the people in this income bracket usually fall hard. This is where direct county welfare comes in. We simply give emergency funds to destitute people who need it and at the same time try to add something constructive, in the line of education and social help'! Sentinel Wi More than direct relief though, the county's children's division, established in 1967 and heavily matched by state funds provides for services for children ranging from a forsaken infant to a youth gone wrong Surprisingly, it is Redmond's department that handles adoptions in Clare County and it is the department which handles child abuse cases. It is Redmond's department which sues for. child neglect and in many cases acts as a ward for the youngsters. It is Red mond's department, "the dole machine," as it is sometimes referred to by critics, that operates a local girls training school and a Boys Training school. This department even licenses ■ foster homes in the county. Other county funds are used in the county hospitalization program which is in fact coincident with the direct relief program. If a patient, medical or mental is destitute . it is the county's obligation to support him. The county programs would obviously present enough of an administrative tangle but there's* more— much more. . The local Department of Social Services, which in Clare County occupies the major portion of one end of the county building, administers about 580 total cases of some .form of assistance. He puts the number of county cases at aboutl20 which is divided 80 for direct relief and some 30 cases in the child welfare division, The other 400 plus other cases come under the state programs. Some 100 families are receiving, Aid to Dependent Children funds in Clare County while about 155 of our elderly citizens receive old-age benefits. There are some 90 persons who receive Disability assistance but only two people receive Assistance for the Blind in Clare county. An imposing list, to say the least but there is still more. According to Redmond the Department of Social Services takes on a new dimension in a rural county such as Clare. He points out, "here, we are the only social agency of any kind for many miles. Countless are the people who come in our office for plain old-fashioned advice. We are not only money-givers. People need marital advice and child help and we do our best to supply it. I get easily 20 calls a day and many are concerned with the. e social problems." Redmond employs 11 people to help him' ride over his million dollar baby. The clerical staff which handles secretarial work as well "as bookkeeping numbers four. The casework supervisor coordinates the activities of the five caseworkers on the staff in an attempt to use them to their maximum potential, even though the number of cases force them to minimize their individual help. One of the caseworkers, is assigned completely to what. Redmond terms intake. She spends all her time : "> the office and interview ^ all applicants for assistant.. She is the applicant's ii -st welfare encounter ana determines the kind of help needed and the eligibility of the applicant for assistance. The "homemaker" rounds out the Social Services staff and she is a relatively new addition to the Clare department. She is even newer in the welfare concept as Clare county was the third county in the state to hire a homemaker when she did so in January of 1968. Redmond said about 16 coi .ties have adopted the concept since that time. T ti e "Homemaker" works with the hard-core welfare recipients of the county in exactly the capacity her title indicates. She Works with the family in money management, housekeeping and cooking. Redmond says, "the homemaker's case load is purposely kept light so she can spend a lot of time with each case. She '•visits some families as many as 4 times a week and can spend as much as four hours at a time with a confused wife and mother. She saves us much more money than she costs by increasing the family's chance to make it." The ' 'homemaker's" role is consistent with Redmond's policy of getting the welfare recipient to a self-help state. A further attempt to reach that goal -is underway right now as Redmond' has issued an appeal to all' county residents to become welfare volunteers." The volunteer program will work much like the homemaker program as volunteer families will spend time with welfare families to lend them advice or help in any way possible. Redmond hopes for 13 volunteer families by July 1. The county welfare program is a vast administrative task but the picture becomes even clearer when one examines the requirements of the several individual programs which is what we will do next week. _!
|Title||1969-06-25; Clare Sentinel|
|Publisher||R. G. & F. A. Jefferies|
|Description||An issue of a Clare, Michigan newspaper. Published weekly. Began publication in 1896. Previously known as Clare Sentinel and the Democrat-Press. In 1923, absorbed the Clare Courier.|
|Subject/Keywords||Clare (Mich.) - Newspapers; Clare County (Mich.) - Newspapers;|
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