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Thursday, September 11, 1986--5th Year, Number 50 Subribere pay half price And get free home delivery! See coupon - Page Two E PONCHA TO ULA TIMES 50 c P.V.F.D. called 433 times Staff Report Ponchatoula firemen have already this year responded to 433 emergency calls and fire alarms. The count on Tuesday (the 251st day of the year, with 114 left on the calendar) was 250 fire alarms for blazes ranging from grass fires, to car fires to those involving buildings, according to firefighter B.W. Murry at Station No. 1 even the high statistics show, since on next to City Hall. many runs several people are treated Hezzle Holden over at Fire Station for injuries. No. 2 on First Street reported that by Ftreftghters here agree that 1986 is Tuesday of this week volunteers had .already shaping up to be a record been on 183 emergency medical runs breaking year for the Ponchatoula since January 1 of this year. Volunteer Fire Department, whose The flrefighter and trained medical members routinely risk their safety, their emergency technician emphasized that health and their lives for the families and many more victims were treated than individuals of Ponchatoula. Tank contractor and city arson invettgators probing the early morning fire Grocery fire probed Friday at Bag it Grocery on South First. The store, emptied of contents, was nearly a total Iou. (Staff Photo) S O N: Store burns in suspicious blaze Staff Report investigation for arson by the fire marshal is the Bag-It Grocery Friday morning that left the First Street structure heavily broke out at about 3:58 a.m. according to Captain Lee the Ponchatoula Fire Depart- ment. Settoon is also the department's arson investigator. He confirmed that evidence viewed at the scene by fire- fighters triggered the involvement of the state fire marshal. No criminal charges have yet been made in the case, nor has any final determination been made to term the fire arson or aggravated arson, the more serious charge being the one that might be made because of the danger volunteer firefighters were put in as they battled the blaze. Other information obtained by The Times related to the fire has been temporarily held back at the request of arson investigators. A follow-up report will be made. challenges parish firm's claims Staff Report General Dynamics Corporation, con- tractors of the U.S. Army's newest tanks, has denied claims made by a Tangtpahoa Parish industry that it was qualified to handle a subcontracting job that was supposed to bring hundreds of lobe to Tangtpahoa Parish. The letter below, written to Mayor Charles Gideon In response to his support of Dtebert, Bancroft and Ross Company of Amtte winning a subcon- tract on the tank, best illustrates the view of General Dynamics. At the urging of the Amite firm at a meeting held with the partsh's sheriff and its mayors, city councils the length and breadth of Tangipahoa Parish passed resolutions of support for the Through this newspaper and other newspapers in the parish, local officials appeared to members of the public to write in support of Dtebert, Bancroft and Ross to General Dynamics and to the federal congressional delegation. Gideon indicated in an interview this week following receipt of the letter from General Dynamics that he and the other parish political officials had apparently ,.ae   Bnd iW attorney, a parttime federal Ju"eJ-- appreciate the help and enthu- siasm from the community, but there is nothing further we can do until Ross and General Dynamics get their business straight," the mayor said Tuesday. Printed below in tts entirety is the letter sent from General Dynamics to The Ponchatoula Times and to Poncha- toula's mayor: open Schwegmann's to open next week Giant Super Market Its Hammond store on Blvd. (formerly Hwy. 51 Elmm) on Thurlday, September 18. The grand opening wfli feature weeks of prizqm and special promotions. (Timu Photo by Patti Travelbee) mann's to open September 18 The Ponchatoula Tlmee Gentlemen: We have had numerous inquiries from various elected representatives and citizens in your area concerning the subject article. We have responded to each of these inquiries and a copy of the letter sent to Mayor Charles H. Gideon is enclosed herewith. It is requested that you review the contents of this letter and consider publishing an article in your newspaper which will set the record straight on this subject. 1 would appreciate hearing from you as to your plans to publish such an article. If further information or clarification of the issues is necessary, please contact the undersigned at (313) 978-4059. Sincerely, J.D. Martin Director of Procurement - Major Systems General Dynamics Opening of the Schwegmann in Hammond is set September 18, according Levy, President. Mayor Debbie Pope will ribbon at 7:30 a.m. to open Schwegmann's four- market". Located at 1000 Avenue, the 56,000 square foot e will be managed by Tony Mendez, resident who is married to Katherine Dimattto, a native of Hammond. "The grand opening will be unusual in that the first 100 customers will each receive a free turkey," according to Levy. "In addition, our customers can register for a number of grand prizes including a $3,000 (1 ct.) diamond during the opening three week period." Levy said other prizes include a six day trip for two to Hawaii, a champion pedigreed hunting dog, three AKC 00rnor backs Doberman r,,.,,e, a 19 inch RCA color TV, and an 11 foot 2 inch Cole- man Crawdad boat, and seven Kenmore microwave ovens One microwave will be awarded each day for the first week of the grand opening. The new store will feature a full- service dell, a pharmacy, a bakery, and a floral shop. In addition, the store will offer fresh seafood, USDA Choice beef and U.S. No. I produce. Ponchatoula library, senior center Staff Report new Ponchatoula library and senior center has drawn the backing of Edwin Edwards, according to Charles Gideon. new civic complex would be next to the Ponchatoula Com- said the mayor. Gideon surprise at the positive from Edwards in an interview Times on Tuesday. is the first gleam of real hope I received from Baton Rouge. it was that they'll keep the in mind but that there is no he Senator Gerry Hinton, a political ally and friend who is also one of two senators representing the Ponchatoula area, Gideon asked Edwards for state funding for the projects. He reported Tuesday that in the governor's reply to Senator Hinton, Edwards said he had ordered his agency heads to write the projects into the basic state budget for approval by the next session of the legislature. In other city business the mayor: Declared a success his decision two weeks ago to reopen the Poncha- toula City Jail and staff it on an as- needed basis with off-duty policemen and reservists. Of Councilman Danny Pepttone's reported private initiative to push for the construction ot a new city jail attached to the police station, Gideon said he supported the idea so long as it stayed within the $40,000 revenue sharing amount budgeted for the project. Over $60,000. or $70,000 we will have to reassess the situation. We haven't had any problems using the existing jail, he said. Pepitone was sup- posed to seek approvalof his new Jail plan from federal judge Frank Poiozola this week. Announced state approval of his request to install lights on the Poncha- toula exits from i-55 at La. 22. The plan was backed by both the city and the local Chamber of Commerce. Gideon PLEASE SEE PAGE TWO Dr. Charles H. Gideon, Mayor City of Ponchatoula Ponchatoula, Louisiana Dear Dr. Gideon: I am responding to your letter of 17 July 1986 concerning a firm in your local area by the name of Dtbert, Bancroft & Ross Company Ltd. (DB&R). I have reviewed this matter and would like to present the issue, background, and facts as it relates to General Dynamics Land Systems Division's (GDLS) dealings with DB&R. Issue Dibert, Bancroft and Ross Company, (DB&R) Limited has alleged that they were the low bidder on a $40 million ($40,000,000) contract with General Dynamics to manufacture rings for the M1 Army Tank, and that the contract was not awarded to DB&R. Background DB&R is NOT approved to the mili- btayy specification for armor as required MIL-A-11356, Revision "E". According to Mr. Craig Nicholson, DB&R ,Sales Manager, on 8 August 1986, DB&R has two sets of test plates ready, however DB&R has not submit- ted these test samples to the Army at Aberdeen Proving Grounds for tee firings. Current status remains that PLEASE SEE PAGE TWO MY PONCHATOULA By OLE HARDHIDE The Alligator ALLIGATOR CAMPGROUND, Hammond---They moved the bump! When the messenger wedged himself through the crowd of tourists who came here to pay homage after learning my cage was nowhere near complete in My Ponchatoula and ! was on the longest vacation in reptile history here at Shorty Rogers' swank luxury reptile condominium and water slide complex, I at first could not believe my ears. ,tldlltu4mNIBm0 by  (right Jimmy AchordT) cortrn that the sornetimes-quWky highway construction folks had removed the bump from in front of Gateway Ford. That had mixed blessings for the car salesman,you can believe. Until North Sixth Street got flattened out with a new coat of asphalt the huge bump could be used by the salesman to test drive those hot little sporty models s01d to the hot-blooded ouths of My Ponchatoula who wanted to drive just like the Dukes of the azard, spending as little time as possible on the ground (sounds like it would save on tire wear and tear, eh Dale Womack?). The Gateway bump was so well-known that It was rumored Evel Knieval was planning a comeback with a stunt that would have him rev up his rocket bike in Mlllville, launch himself skyward at the Gateway bump and land somewhere north of I-12. So for the sporty minded daredevil drivers of My Ponchatoula the bump will probably be sorely missed. Of course those Gateway salesmen catering more to the luxury car class of customer will probably shed not the first tear over the bump s demise, since it is rumored that potential buyers on test drives often incjuired after hitting what for Ponchatoula was a fair-sized hill if Ford was not listing springs and shock absorbers as optional items, since they didn't appear to be on the cars they were driving over the Gateway b,yof"-- that is changed now, at least on North Sixth, where the street is so smooth medium sized Lear jets can now land, taxi and take off without ever noticing they are not on a runway at Ponchatoula Airport. (Byron and Pete Tucker, I know that with your Conoco station right there on the corner and your low-flying hiJinks already legend in My Ponchatoula you will be tempted to take that jest seriously, but please don d). For those who miss the Gateway bump i have the best of news. It is not completely gone, Just moved a few blocks across town to a new location. Tho .se. clever highway folks have taken up the bump and done something' truly creative with it. They split it right down themiddle and put halves on each side of the railroad spur on East Hickory at Railroad Avenue. And the truth of it is that the bump in its new location is bigger and better than ever. l hear the Greyhound Bus people at the suggestion of our own Miss Ruth are Installing shoulder harnesses, crash helmets and parachutes for passengers who must sit in terror as the front of the bus climbs up the slopes of the bump, plummets down into the crevice between the rails before bouncing up so that an accomplished bus driver has a bit o! a start climbing up the face of the bump on the far side. Clearing the obstruction in an automobile is a trick no one has yet mastered. Tommy Sandifer is reportedly eyeing rental property nearby to house hp front end alignment shop now with the rest of his empire over at Tommy s Tires and Brakes (Tommy might not admit it openly or loudly, but he and his accountant love 0umps.. Smilin Joe McCarthy was spotted earlier this week riding shotgun in Buddy Dufreche's big gray stretch Cadilac iimo cruising Hickory at various speeds and if my guess is dght, Ponchatoula's indefatigable entrepreneur and former mayor might justbe preparing the thrill ride of the decade as the latest u for his sporty automobile. I don t know what you whispered in Miss lnez s ear when you visited that sweet Colleen at the hospital, Smilin' Joe, but it lit up a whole floor of Seventh Ward like Dublin's O'Connell Street under a noonday sun on a cloudless Irish day. The ladies of My Ponchatoula are definitely lighting up many a life: Fran Dominguez has been named Wavette of the Week. (You needn't ask why). . Pan's friend Cindy Robertson is turning into, among other things, a champion weight Ier. Famie Henagan is going home full-time Friday to Bayou Currents, leaving the hospital over her left shoulder, never to return there again (hooray!). And judging by the 15 foot pinkish stork on the front lawn of Stratton Keams' doctor s office., rd say Lynn Kearns. and her physician hubby have opened their hearts and their lives to a beautiful baby girl. And "Tougher Than Hails" Tarot Wells Jogged five miles with the top Viking in a blistering 51 minutes (7-K is A-OK). I hear that the never-less-than-whacky Viking Club has discovered aerobics in Ponchatoula. (Could pillage be next?) Aging David Weib made a pilgrimage to my cage in yet another effort to get me to attract the attentions of a wealthy lady to himself. "If you're - rich...David Wells is still single," he would have me say (But I never would, of course). Rube Rogers showed up in court in his tuxedo shirt and gave the jury the smile that made him such a familiar face on radio, and walked out of the court in Amite a free man. It's just as well. A guy like Rube, even if they did put him in the slammer, he'd probably just walk through the walls. PLEASE SEE PAGE TWO