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On the Bright Side

March 9, 1986

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) _ There’s only one way to sound like a turkey, experts say, and that’s to think like one.

″When I’m in the woods, I’m trying to think like a hen turkey ... what she’s saying to him (the male turkey),″ Joe Cales of Fairland said Saturday during the Indiana Turkey Calling and Owl Hooting Contest. He didn’t win.

About 70 competitors clucked, kee-keed, yelped, purred and hooted for a panel of five judges and an audience of about 400 people during the contest, sponsored by the Indiana chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation Inc.

It was the first contest for 4-year-old Melissa Palmer, who came with her family from Raleigh, Ill. Her father, Dale, accompanied her onstage.

She smiled nervously but gave the announcer what he asked for: First a cluck and a purr, and later a yelp.

″It’s sort of the center of activity around our house,″ said Melissa’s mother, Brenda. ″I’m the only one who doesn’t call. I’m the critic.″

The contest was divided into categories for Indiana residents and non- Hoosiers and into ″mouth callers,″ who put devices in their mouths to make a proper sound, and ’friction callers,″ who rub sticks on slates.

″You can’t describe how nervous I was,″ said Jim Hopkins, 26, of Rosedale, who won the Indiana mouth-calling title. ″This is almost better than getting a turkey.″

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MIAMI (AP) - If you’re thinking about tattooing a minor, spitting in a county limousine or breeding insects at home, you can forget it.

Likewise any ideas you might have of selling wine in an un-airconditioned bowling alley or hiring a live orchestra to play in a packaging store.

Those activities are illegal in Dade County and carry hefty fines.

Who would bother to enforce such laws?

The Dade County commissioners, that’s who. The commission is changing its enforcement system so code enforcement officers can write tickets for violating such obscure laws, just as police hand out tickets for traffic violations.

To accomplish the change, the county has had to compile a list of codes. And what they found may keep residents wondering just what is legal.

For example, improperly packaging hominy grits carries a $50 fine. Ditto keeping a loud bird after 11 p.m. or spitting in a county limousine - even though Dade County doesn’t own any limousines.

It’s illegal to landscape with cajuput, an Australian tree whose aromatic oil is used in medicine, just as it’s against the law to sell bread in weights other than half-pound, three-quarter-pound, one-pound, and one or two other weights. But there’s good news for some.

″This doesn’t apply to biscuits, buns or rolls,″ said Murray Greenberg, an assistant county attorney.

And people must remain in good mental health. ″Failure to report a breakdown or lack of proper functioning″ costs citizens a $50 fine.

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