Kentucky Praia Association
1365, 1967. 1969
17IDVIL NO. 45
LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY 40218.
Serving Couttioczt cm Suburban
Louisvilh end Szttcricn County
THURSDAY, AFRIL 2, 1970
BY RAMONA MARSH
Jefferson County and Louisville's old Youth
Appreciation Week isn't what it used to be
It's name has been changed, for
one thing. Scheduled for April 11 through 17,
it's Youth Recognition Week now.
But that's only a small part of the overall
difference in the event, or so believes at least
"It used to be what the adults thought the
kids wanted, sort of a token
thing," explains Ken Stevens of 7102 Pepper
Mill Lane. "Now they're really going out and
asking the kids what they want and how they'd
like it to be done."
Stevens, a Seneca senior, knows. He has
served on the Youth Commission's steering
committee for Youth Recognition Week since
Spring Was Here
SATURDAY WAS A fine day for fishing and other spring time adventures in Cherokee Park.
Your; iters found the sun warm in the Big Rock area.
last September and has been involved in all the
consultations with teens and trips to county
and city schools for suggestions from young
This is the first year a teenager has been
asked to work with the steering committee, of
which 10 of the dozen members are adults. The
other teen is a girl representing the city school
system, while Stevens represents county
Heading the committee as
Woody Dugan of the Chamber of Commerce
and Allan Bryan of a local radio station, both
"young guys" which according to Stevens
"helps a lot."
Keeping the event even more in the actual
hands of youth, Stevens has a group working
with him consisting of a representative from
each county school and each of them has a
of several classmates under him.
"During the planning sessions the
went out to different schools and asked the kids
'what do you want,'" explains Stevens. "It's
built a greater sense of participation among the
youth because they're involved in the planning,
too. They're trying to get as many people
involved as possible this year, not just focusing
on school or college youth. Interest seems to be
pretty high among teens."
The involvement in the project by youths
themselves could be the reason for the great
variety of events scheduled for the week, from
art exhibits to car rallies. Also, the area youths
decided they wanted a big name rock band and
got one, too
to the surprive of many who
that it could be done.
Performing at the Awards Night program will
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was financed by the federal government and the
work on it was done by an engineering firm
hired by the local civil defense office.
"We have been working on this shelter plan
for the past three years and feel that it will be
one of the finest in the country," said Director
of Civil Defense here George F. Kinkead this
week. Kinkead urged all families to "be looking
for their shelter plan and be sure to keep it and
put it away. It could save their lives."
After three years of planning and
postponing it, the Louisville-Jefferso- n
civil defense office located in the city hall
building has completed a shelter plan that will
be released on Sunday, April 1 2. It is one
officials believe could be a model for other
The plan was earlier scheduled for release
last September 14 but lack of sufficient federal
funds to finance the project has held it up until
now. An even earlier June deadline had been
po f?oned because of a charge In presentation
The civil defense ol'fice'i bridal ptan had
been to mail the information in packets to each
residence in the city and county, but that idea
was rejected in Washington, D.C. because of the
expense involved in mass mailing.
Instead, the shelter plan will be presented to
the public on April 12 in a
supplement to the local Sunday newspapers.
The supplement will include maps of all
sections of the city and county and will inform
each family member which of the more than
600 shelters is nearest his home, work and
school and how he should get there.
As part of the national shelter plan being
developed across the entire country, the project
But Not For Long.
BUT NATURE'S CAPRICE made Sunday a day out of another season. The park, like the rest of
Reporterland, became an ice and snow wonderland once again during this long winter.
"The federal government wanted to present
the informa ion in the form of the newspaper
sur'ement sai they'rs payirg for it, so that's
how vv'U do it," kinkead Hud explained in an
interview earlier this year. "Actually, I think
this way is really better. A lot of people have
trouble reading maps and in the supplement
they've divided the map into sections which
should make for easier understanding of the
Other than informing each individual what
shelter has been planned for him, says Kinkead,
the most important aspect of the supplement is
that it tells people what they are expected to
bring with them in case of nuclear attack or
other national emergency. Most people, he
fears, would come empty handed with the
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Old Church Houses Community Theatre
BY SARAH TURNER
The first showing of the Mansfield Players' "Our Town"
will be presented in Jeffersontown's new community
theater, formerly the old Jeffersontown Presbyterian
Church, on Monday, April 6 for students and teachers of
The play will be opened to the public on Wednesday,
April 8, and continued on Friday and Saturday, April 9 and
10. These three showings will begin at 8 p.m. An afternoon
showing at 3 p.m. will be held Sunday, April 1 2.
The Mansfield Players are a group of local actors who
were brought together "after much work and several
hundred interviews by the staff," according to Mrs. Libby
McQuire, publicity chairman.
"Our Town," written by Thornton Wilder, describes
The lead role, Emily Webb, is played by Christy
Newland. In the first act Emily falls in love with a doctor's
son, George Gibbs, who lives next door. George is played by
Mike Patrick and is the lead male role.
It is a story which is set in Grovers Corners, New
Hampshire, but could have taken place in any small town
across the nation, anytime in history.
During the second act Emily marries George and the
town gossip spreads the word in her own way.
The entire third act concerns Emily's death. The
characters are divided into two sections, with the
participants of the funeral seated on one side of the stage,
while the dead people who have returned for the funeral
comment how much better off they are since death than
while living, from the other side. Many of the first act
characters appear again in the third act as dead people.
One very interesting character is the town drunk, Simon
Stinson, who is played by Bob Schoo. Stinson also is the
Goldon Easier Ego
church choir director.
Other roles are played by Jeanie Dietrick, Mrs. Webb;
Harry Worden, Mr: Webb, editor of the town newspaper,
who supplies the historical background for the play; Dr.
Gibbs, played by Charles C. Hawley ; and Mrs. Gibbs played
by Debra Snyder, who spends much of her time on stage
breaking beans and calling chickens.
BY GREG SPAID
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Gas Troth Overturns,
Causes Traffic Tie-U- p
While police stopped or detoured traffic on the
Watterson Expressway from Bardstown Road to Poplar
Level Road early Monday morning, firemen worked to
extinguish a blaze caused by an overturned propane gas
truck near the Newburg Road interchange and to prevent a
Although driver of the tractor trailer truck Richard
Wilhoyte said the tank was empty, a highway department
official on the scene reported that a few homes were
evacuated in the nearby vicinity. A small amount of leaking
was present and there was believed to be some danger of an
The area was pervaded with the stale odor of propane gas
for much of the hour while the truck was being righted and
removed, but no explosion occurred.
The accident had happened at about 9 a.m. Monday
morningWilhoyte had been driving west in the right lane on
the Expressway. A funeral procession was entering the west
bound lane from Newburg Road and traffic in the right lane
was forced to stop.
Wilhoyte slammed on his brakes to avoid colliding with,
the stopped cars in front of him. His truck suddenly
jacknifed, then rolled over on its side, slid to a stop and
The driver escaped unhurt through the front windshield
which had popped out during the accident.
THE EASTER BUNNY (otherwise known as Paul Thronhill)
greets children at the Metropolitan Parks and Recreation
Department Easter Egg Hunt at Chenoweth Park.
A zoning change request
from R-- 4 residential to R-- l
residential of 23 acres belonging
to Vulcan Materials Company
will be heard by
OVERTUHNID FT.CPANS GAS tn:cfc at tknlz-- j
tzi the Wattenon Expressway
Thursday, April 2.
The change to R- -l being
sought at the 1:30 public
hearing is necessary before the
company can expand its stone
Vulcan also will seek a
zoning change from R-- 4
residential and C- -l commercial
to R--l residential for another 16
acres on the south side of South
Park Road about 200 feet east
of Blue Lick Road.
The 23 acres are located
about 500 feet south of South
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This year the youngsters converged on Chenoweth Park
near Jeffersontown because that's where the Easter Bunny
was and where 5000 eggs plus that special golden one lay
waiting to be found.
It was a warm sunny Saturday morning, the day before
The swarm of young explorers descended upon the hills
of Chenoweth and harvested the crop of candy eggs in less
hour. By 1 o'clock, only one hour
than one breath-takin- g
after the Easter Bunny officially touched off the annual
affair, the sound truck announced that all the eggs had been
found less one . . . the golden one.
"It's 1 5 feet from the sound truck," said the voice in the
"It's in the ditch," said the voice a little later.
And soon most of the 3000 young people were in the
ditch as well.
But the egg, it just lay there unnoticed despite the
searching stares and clawing young fingers.
A few young cynics suggested that there really wasn't
such a thing as a golden egg or that maybe someone had
found it and left without collecting the winner's reward.
But Sam Jones of the Metropolitian Parks and
Recreation Department assured the group that the sought
after painted plaster egg was in its own special place,
although it had been trampled a bit further in the soft earth
by the feet of unsuspecting hunters.
Finally, from along the ditch there came a wave of
"Someone found it."
"Did they find it?"
"He found it."
"Someone found the golden egg."
The winner was Michael Koontz, age II, of Fern Creek.
unless perhaps the 2,999 other
The loser; No one
youngsters who weren't as lucky as Michael and will have to
wait until next year.