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September 16, 1986

GARDNER, Mass. (AP) _ A $50 fine for feeding wild Canada geese on the city’s reservoir couldn’t get the flock to move, but the opening of classes at Mount Wachusett Community College did.

The city council instituted the fine last month, fearing the large flock on Crystal Lake would pollute the city’s only water supply.

The geese moved, but not far.

Attracted by college students willing to share their lunches, the geese decamped across the street to the campus, Health Agent Joseph N. Ares reported at the Board of Health’s meeting Monday.

″It’s making a mess of their manicured laws and cement walks,″ Ares said.

But college president Arthur Haley took a different view Tuesday. ″It’s a delight to look out the window and see them. They are beautiful birds,″ he said.


DETROIT (AP) - Chrysler Corp. may use Chairman Lido ″Lee″ Iacocca’s first name for a luxury sports car the company will produce jointly with the Italian automaker Maserati.

″That was a proposal,″ spokesman Tom Jakobowski said Monday. ″No name has been selected.″

He declined to say when a decision might be made. The car is expected to cost between $25,000 and $30,000 when it makes its debut next year.

Sources at Chrysler told the Detroit Free Press that ″Lido″ is the odds- on favorite.

Jakobowski said he didn’t know who first proposed the name.

″I don’t think it was him,″ he said of Iacocca.


TULSA, Okla. (AP) - The Tulsa-Oklahoma State football game had some added entertainment for the 41,000 fans, but it was intended solely for Colleen Monahan.

″Colleen, Will You Marry Me?″ said a banner towed by a plane that circled Skelly Stadium for about half an hour Saturday.

On Monday, she told Ken Dyer the answer was ″yes.″

Dyer, 30, said Colleen, 23, was ″very surprised.″

″We had talked about it before, and I told her that whenever I proposed it would be in a big way,″ he told the Tulsa World.

Dyer also put up a banner in the north end zone in case she didn’t see the plane. She saw both messages.


ALBEMARLE, N.C. (AP) - Reece Whitley smells only money when he looks at his two dozen tame skunks, but his Stanly County neighbors say they smell something else and they don’t like it.

″A skunk is a skunk, and it’s going to stink,″ said City Council member Hoot Gibson.″Would you want them next door to you? Would you want them behind the courthouse?″

The City Council tentatively adopted an ordinance Monday that bans the raising of wild or vicious animals and birds inside the city limits.

Whitley sells some of the skunks as pets, but he said the real money is in extracting skunk essence for use in perfumes and animal lures for hunters.

He said one perfume developer offered $20 an ounce for the essence, but a spokesmnan for a leading New York perfume company said no one in the industry uses skunk essence.

″Absolulely not, N-O-T,″ said Van Sayre of International Flavors and Fragrances. ″Nobody in the perfume industry has anything whatsoever to do with the skunk. Forget it. It’s out of the question.″


NEW DELHI, India (AP) - A 54-year-old Indian has set a world record by talking non-stop for 165 hours in seven days before large cheering crowds, the United News of India reported Tuesday.

The news agency said E. Jayaraman, a worker in a cigarette factory, broke the record of Sri Lankan Kapila Kumarasinghe, who lectured non-stop on Buddhist philosophy for 159 hours in June 1981, according to the Guinness Book of Records.

Mr. Jayaram spoke about almost everything from science to politics and economics and even narrated stories of films through the seven days and nights, which ended Sunday, it said.

UNI said Jayaraman took a break of five minutes every hour as permitted by the Guinness rules.

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