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Bright and Brief

July 16, 1985

BOWLING GREEN, Va. (AP) _ Boy Scouts may be trustworthy, but officials of the 1985 National Boy Scout Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill have decided to be prepared.

Jamboree officials say experience shows that road signs sporting eye- catching titles sometimes wind up in the suitcases of sticky-fingered tenderfoots.

″Let’s just say they sometimes take home souvenirs,″ said Lt. Col. Preston Ransone, the Army’s public affairs officer for the jamboree, which begins July 24. ″Let’s just say trading is a big thing at jamborees.″

″Let’s not call it stealing,″ said Ralph Jordan, the Scouts’ jamboree director.

The Scout organization said it advised the base to pack away the real signs before the 32,000 Scouts and leaders march into the base.

″We just don’t want to add to the temptation,″ said Jordan.

Workers recently began removing some of the more tempting markers, such as those announcing the way to an Army firing range, Jordan said. The markers will be replaced with Scout-made temporary signs during the jamboree.


KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - Clarence Reid is a real penny pincher. When he walked into the First National Bank of Kissimmee, he was pulling a little red wagon containing three buckets full of the copper coins.

He’d been collecting them for 13 years, he said, and he was ready to cash them in for crisp $100 bills so he could visit his grandson in Oklahoma, whom he hasn’t seen in almost seven years.

When head teller Dave Roberts stopped counting a half hour later on Monday, he had 39,800 pennies on the counter. Reid, 60, was sure he had 40,000 but, what the heck, he gave Roberts $2 and received four $100 bills in return.

″These are a little bit lighter than what I walked in with,″ Reid said.

Accompanying their stepfather into the bank were Suzanne Taylor, 14, and her sister Sherry, 12, who had helped look for ″wheaties″ and put the pennies in coin wrappers in their spare time.

The wheat-stock symbols are on pennies minted from the 1920s to 1959 and are generally considered collector’s items.

They didn’t find any of those.

Said their stepfather, ″I’ll go back and start collecting some more. Maybe when I reach 80 or 90 I’ll cash them in again.″


NEW YORK (AP) - Take a shot of tomato juice, mix in healthy dashes of mustard, horseradish and Worcestershire sauce and garnish with an old- fashioned dill pickle and what have you got?

You’ve got a spicy drink without alcohol called the ″New York Deli.″ Its creator, Manhattan bartender Maria Fattore, won the $1,000 first prize in a contest designed to create new non-alcoholic drinks, dubbed ″mocktails.″

Ms. Fattore, who works at Jacqueline’s restaurant in mid-Manhattan, also won the $500 second prize for the ″Bonzai″ and one of five $100 prizes with the ″Toro.″

The contest, sponsored by the Campbell Soup Co. of Camden, N.J., and Metro Foodservice magazine, was designed to encourage new non-alcoholic drinks, which are becoming popular because of a crackdown on drunken drinking.

The only requirement was that the drink had to be made from Campbell’s ″V- 8″ juice or tomato juice.

″Bartenders are being challenged as never before to come up with new drinks that can continue to make profits and please customers,″ said Arnold Calabrese, general manager of Campbell’s Food Service Business Unit.

The other second place winner, Bernadette Golden of Brown and Ferni Cafe in Staten Island, won $500 for a fiery concoction called ″Cajun Tomato Queen,″ a mixture of Tabasco-laced tomato juice and jalapeno pepper oil.

Campbell spokeswoman Kit Mahon said a three-member panel judged 100 entries from bartenders in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.

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