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On the Lite Side

May 17, 1988

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Pittsburgh Zoo officials have a new attraction: Little Cousin, a Japanese macaque monkey who has become something of a primate pole-vaulter.

But zoo keepers aren’t worried when Little Cousin leaps over the 20-foot wall surrounding the monkey island compound. Unlike Alphie, another meandering monkey, he always comes home.

The monkey business began recently when Little Cousin learned to hop over the wall after a dozen failed attempts. Now, he makes a break almost daily, said zoo Director Charles Wikenhauser.

On Sunday, Little Cousin roamed the zoo grounds for hours and then returned, evading traps set up for him.

Wikenhauser said Little Cousin rarely leaves the zoo’s 75 acres and, when he does, he only goes as far as some nearby woods in Highland Park.

″He just found he has a new skill and he’s using it,″ said zoo Curator Dennis Maxim.

Last July, Alphie jumped the same wall and wandered about 65 miles through Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio before he was captured in January near Bridgeport, Ohio. Since his return, Alphie has been given his own exhibit in the zoo’s children’s section.


BURLINGTON, Wis. (AP) - The ″chocolate wars″ have heated up again, but not enough to melt a 2,800 pound morsel of chocolate, the centerpiece at this year’s Chocolate Festival.

Instead, it took three jackhammers to break up the hunk of sweet stuff into bite-size portions.

Organizers said Hershey Foods’ fight to keep Burlington from calling itself ″Chocolate City″ helped make this year’s Chocolate Festival a bigger success than ever.

About 30,000 chocolate lovers, 50 percent more than attended last year’s first Chocolate Festival, packed Echo Park and the streets of Burlington for last weekend’s event.

″Much of the success is attributed to newspapers picking up on ’chocolate wars,‴ said Norris ″Jack″ Berry, festival coordinator. ″People heard about it and wanted to find out what was happening in Burlington.″

″We’d like to thank Hershey Company for calling attention to the greatest little city in the United States - Chocolate City.″

Burlington is home to a candy making plant for Nestle. Hershey, of Hershey, Pa., is disputing the Wisconsin city’s right to call itself ″Chocolate City.″

On Sunday, the chocolate dessert tent was buzzing to the sounds of three jackhammers used to chisel the slope of the roughly 2,800-pound chocolate morsel into individual two- and four-pound bags.

The Kiwanis Club provided the manpower to break up 4,000 pounds of semi- sweet chocolate from two huge morsels made for the occasion by Nestle Foods employees.


DIXON, Ill. (AP) - While Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev hunker down at this month’s summit in Moscow, the mayors of Dixon, Ill., and Dickson, Siberia, may be having a caucus of their own.

Thanks to a bureaucratic snag, the Dickson delegation from Siberia will delay its visit to the hometown of President Reagan until at least the end of May.

The Soviets had planned to arrive this week and the mayor of Dickson, Nikolai Kardamyshev, was to have thrown out the first pitch at Saturday’s Sandy Koufax league opener.

But the Soviet Embassy Information Services Department in Washington, D.C., notified Dixon Mayor James Dixon on Monday: ″The Soviet delegation will leave Moscow not earlier than the end of May. They will give the correct date when they receive their visas. They don’t have their visas yet.″

The embassy confirmed that three people will be arriving. The others are Kardamyshev Nikolai Vicknevskii, an interpreter; and Boris Ivanov, a journalist.

Dixon said he believes the delay was because at least some of the visas were not applied for early enough. He said the process takes 30 days.

The mayor invited the delegation after New Year’s greetings were sent to the Illinois town in 1987.

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