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On The Light Side

April 6, 1988

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) _ What’s a birthday without a party? Or, in the case of this Southern Illinois city, what’s a party without a birth date?

A city committee planning Edwardsville’s 175th birthday bash has disbanded, stymied over the actual year the community of 12,480 was born.

″You know, everybody was going every which way - really, nobody could agree on one date,″ Kenny Krumeich, a member of the Birthday Celebration Committee, said Tuesday. ″That was the main problem. That was the stumbling block.″

Shortly after the committee was formed last summer, it learned that a common pleas court held its first session in the town in 1813, Krumeich said.

Two history books set the year of Edwardsville’s founding in 1819, but its incorporation as a town did not come until 1853 and its incorporation as a city came 20 years after that.

″See the dilemma?″ asked former committee member Gail Wolfskill. ″We couldn’t seem to uncover when the actual date was. That was the problem.″

City officials will take up the issue of the city’s birth in the future, said Mayor Raymond Rogers, but he added no celebration will be held this year.

″I hate to see that go by without any celebration,″ Krumeich said, but, he added, ″We also have a 200-year celebration down the road.″

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WAVERLY, Ohio (AP) - Willard Scott, the well-traveled weatherman with the common touch, is being invited to add his talents to a cow-chip toss billed as ″the First Annual Ohio State Championship.″

The local Lions Club plans to invite Scott, the weather forecaster on NBC’s ″Today″ show, and Gov. Richard Celeste to join other contestants in seeing how far they can hurl a 6-inch-wide cow chip, said organizer Chuck Williamson.

″Contestants can lick their fingers, but that’s optional,″ Williamson said Tuesday.

The toss will take place Sept. 10 outside Waverly High School, Williamson said. He advised a friend to start giving his 300 head of cattle laxatives because organizers will need about 500 chips.

″We’re billing it as the First Annual Ohio State Championship,″ Williamson said. ″If someone objects, we’ll call it the Southern Ohio Championship.″

Invitations were being sent to Scott and Celeste this week, he said.

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Overtaxed taxpayers who feel rubbed the wrong way by the Internal Revenue Service will be offered a chance to relax April 15 when a massage school offers free ″income-tax stress relief.″

The East-West College of Massage Therapy celebrates its re-opening that day, the deadline for filing federal income-tax returns, with free massages by appointment at its new location. Certified public accountants, who will probably be too busy April 15, will be offered the free half-hour massages the following day.

″Since we are a school of massage therapy, we asked ourselves who would be most stressed out on April 15? It would be people who deal with income tax,″ college director Jerome Perlinski said Tuesday. ″It was sort of a natural.″

The college, started in 1972, offers training in massage and plans to offer walk-in massages at its new downtown location.

″What we’re trying to do is offer a service to busy downtown professionals who are under a lot of stress,″ spokeswoman Marilyn Verridjen said.

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