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October 26, 1985

WEST DEPTFORD TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) _ When Amy Nessler’s teacher started collecting pennies last year for the renovation for the Statue of Liberty, the first-grader had 365 special coppers to contribute.

The pennies were collected, one per day, back in 1968 while Amy’s mother Joan waited for her fiance to finish his tour of duty in Vietnam.

Sixteen years later, Joan and Charlie Nessler still had the penny jar, and Amy wanted to make a special contribution to a symbol of liberty.

″The whole family agreed this was a good idea,″ Mrs. Nessler said. Amy’s father ″fought for freedom in Vietnam and the Statue of Liberty stands for freedom.″

The Nessler family and five others who made special donations to the Statue of Liberty fund will be greeted Monday in the White House Rose Garden by President Reagan and his wife Nancy.

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - There’s a 40-foot-long dragon clawing its way up the side of the downtown First City Centre high-rise, and it’s not part of a set for a Japanese monster movie.

The Watson-Casey Companies, a real estate development firm, says the styrofoam dragon is the star of its second annual Halloween Creature Show.

The dragon is the work of Austin artist Daniel Miller, who fashioned its skeleton out of metal conduit and its body out of styrofoam bricks, carved in scales, talons and other details and painted it. The sculpture required more than 500 man-hours to complete.

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STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) - When the state closed down the toll booths along the Connecticut Turnpike, motorists were left holding nearly 10 million tokens, worth $1.75 million, that they bought at 17.5 cents each in rolls of 40.

The state is working on a way to pay back drivers who bought the tokens before toll collections stopped two weeks ago.

In the meantime, the tokens can be dropped into baskets at 43 branches of the Union Trust Co., which will collect reimbursement from the state and distribute the money to soup kitchens, food banks and shelters.

″This should be found money for the drivers since they had really planned to spend it anyway,″ said Pobie Johnston, president of the Stamford area United Way. ″The use of that money in the true sense of charity will go a long way to meeting human needs.″

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DANVILLE, Ind. (AP) - Little League baseball teams in Danville have gotten a boost from a marijuana-growing operation.

Representatives of the Danville Little League purchased 13 mercury-vapor lamps at an Internal Revenue Service auction Wednesday and will use them to light playing fields at Ellis Park.

Authorities said the lamps were confiscated by Hendricks County sheriff’s deputies from a marijuana-growing operation hidden inside a warehouse.

″I think this will be a heck of an improvement,″ said league president Bo Schmitt. ″When you can pick up a deal like this, it’s a heck of a community service.″

The Little League paid $900 for all of the lamps and a large ventilation unit from the warehouse. Schmitt noted that several years ago it cost $8,000 to install lights at just one diamond in the park, and agents estimated the lamps ordinarily would cost $350 to $400 each.

Schmitt said he does not know how he will use the ventilator.

″That was just thrown in,″ he said. ″The lights were our main concern.″

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