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Bright and Brief

August 29, 1988

HARVARD, Ill. (AP) _ Dairy farms may have disappeared from around this northern Illinois town that once called itself ″The Milk Center of the World,″ but residents still know their cows.

When they saw two 8-foot-high pictures of what were supposed to be dairy cows on their new 135-foot tall water tower last month, they started beefing. The cows, they said, looked like bulls.

Residents also noted that everything on the water tower had been painted on the wrong directional axis, so people driving by could see only part of the design.

A day after the paint job, Mayor Frank Godo ordered a more accurate representation of cows and proper alignment of the artwork.

Local farmers were happy to supply more accurate cow drawings, and city engineers presented the painters last week with a proper cow image - including a small patch of grass.

″I guess it turns out we’re lucky that they messed up on the direction,″ said engineer Bill Rimer. ″We’ll get a good cow out of it.″


BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) - It took only two strokes for William Howard Taft to clear his family’s reputation as golfers.

The great-grandson of the late President William Howard Taft, seeking vindication, returned to the infamous sand trap that cost his ancestor at least 23 strokes.

According to conflicting accounts, President Taft made golf history by taking 23 or 27 shots to extricate himself from the 17th hole’s bunker in 1911. On Saturday, with about 200 people watching, the 42-year-old Taft, a deputy secretary of defense, blasted his way out in two strokes.

″Somewhere Great Grandfather is smiling,″ said Taft after his round during the Kebo Valley Golf Club’s Centennial Celebration tournament.

Ben Lambert, the 14-year-old great-grandson of President Taft’s caddy, Clarence Silk, handed the younger Taft his club at the 17th hole’s bunker.

Although Taft confessed that his handicap is high enough to be ″classified,′ ′ he managed to tie for first-place honors.


WOODINVILLE, Wash. (AP) - It isn’t easy to train properly for the annual Grape Stomp here.

Anne Long said it wasn’t the grapes popping underfoot or the juice squishing between her toes that caused her problems at the Washington Wine Food Festival.

″It was the breathing I was worried about,″ she said Saturday, as she rinsed her feet. ″I almost quit.″

″It’s a long two minutes - really long,″ agreed her husband, Jon Long.

Three-member teams in the contest have four minutes to squeeze as much juice as they can from 50 pounds of grapes in a barrel. One member jumps for two minutes, then a teammate takes over for the last two minutes. The third person holds a hose from the barrel into a five-gallon jug to make sure none of the juice is wasted.

Each team squeezes an average of about 3 1/2 gallons of juice, according to Reid Nelson, event coordinator. A private winemaker turns the juice into wine; winners from each year’s contest are awarded bottles from the previous year’s harvest, Nelson said.

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