Saturday ceremony slated for Veterans Day

Brigadier General William E. Cooper will be the principal speaker at Charlotte County's celebration of Veterans Day Nov. 11. Cooper commands the 31st Air Defense Artillery Brigade, stationed at Homestead Air Force Base. He will bring troops from his unit and one of their and one of their Hawk missiles to take part in the parade. Local Veterans organizations and nearby military units are sponsoring the celebration under the leadership of American Legion Post 103 of Punta Gorda. The parade will assemble at Charlotte County Memorial Auditorium parking lot and end at the new City Marina. Marching music is going to be provided by the Port Charlotte Junior High School Band. As part of the ceremony, Mayor Charles Phipps and Betty Laishley will jointly dedicate the grounds at Laishley Park in memory of former Mayor Phillip Laishley.

Norman Rockwell dies

Stockbridge, Mass. Norman Rockwell died at his home Wednesday. His hundreds of homey paintings depicted the fabric of American life like no other artist; he was 84. Rockwell, who drew 317 covers for The Saturday Evening Post, had been in failing health for the past two years. “Norman Rockwell was very much like his paintings: a delightful, great, cheery personality,” said his personal physician, Dr. Franklin Oceddek. Critics have called him “The Lawrence Welk of Painting,” and “America's Rembrandt.”

Election results

*Winner Graham: Democrat Bob Graham won a four-year lease on the Governor's mansion. Charlotte County voters favored Republican Jack Eckerd.

*Burrall beats Duncan: Republican incumbent Fred Burrall has won re-election to the District 75 seat in the state legislature. Charlotte County highly favored Burrall. over opponent Democrat Wayne Duncan.

*Incumbent Prosecutor keeps job: Republican incumbent State Attorney Joseph P. D'Alessandro won his bid to retain the position as prosecutor for the five-county 20th Judicial Circuit. He defeated Democrat Frank C. Alderman III by 29,000 votes.

*Shedd wins: Republican incumbent county commissioner Robert Shedd defeated Democrat Dana Carr by a wide margin to return to his District 2 seat on the Charlotte County Commission.

*Paili stays on School Board: Republican incumbent school board member Larry Pauli swept all but two precincts Tuesday. His challenger was Democrat Bernard Santaniello.

*Local voters vary on Cabinet results. Charlotte County voters Tuesday gave mixed reactions to State Cabinet contenders preferred by voters state wide.

Votes tallied at CCMA Civic Center

Despite tradition, Tosie Hindman, Supervisor of Elections likes change. Announcing election results, her voice boomed above little chatter at the Civic Center, instead of from the Court House steps. It was the first time the election results were announced at the Auditorium. Hindman said, this was much different “than her old courthouse steps.” and, “I miss those steps, but it is a lot better having the results read here, it is easier for the poll workers.”

City declines casino stand

Punta Gorda City Council had decided to withhold judgment on a request asking local residents to defeat the casino gambling proposal on general Election Day. The Council was acting on Councilman B.C. Fitzgerald's statements last week. The Council had received a letter from Floridians Against Casino Takeover, an anti-casino Fort Lauderdale group. The group sent a resolution to the city that was endorsed by the Fort Lauderdale City Commission, urging voters to defeat the measure. 'I do not think it would have been right of this council to try to influence local residents how to vote in an election”, Fitzgerald said last week. Mayor Phipps agreed. He told other councilmen that the city should not endorse or reject the proposal. The resolution briefly stated that casino gambling would create social, economical, moral and community problems. It would also discourage the desire influx of clean, light industry enter the Broward County area. If voters approved the measure at the polls, then casinos would be allowed in the southern section of Broward County and on Miami Beach in Dade County.

Safety first

Students of the St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church accepted the Green Pennant Award from the Pilot Club yesterday for the second year in a row. The school was rewarded for not having any accidents. Those accepting were Michael Morales, Jackie Sadler, Patty Serentill, and Sean Creagham.

Today's Almanac

*On this day in history, in 1860: Abraham Lincoln was elected as the 16th President of the U S.

*On this day in history, in 1976: Former Governor of Georgia, James Earl Carter was elected as the 139th President of the United States, defeating Republican Incumbent Gerald Ford by a narrow margin.

Turkey dish recipe

Turkey and Banana Salad: 2 cups sliced bananas (3 medium), 2 cups chopped cooked turkey, ½ cup chopped celery, 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion, ½ cup chopped pecans, ½ cup mayonnaise, 2 teaspoons lemon juice, dash of salt and pepper, 1 teaspoon chopped fresh dill, lettuce leaves, cranberry sauce. Mix all ingredients, except cranberry sauce and lettuce leaves, in large bowl. Cover and chill. Serve on lettuce leaves and top with cranberry sauce. Makes 4 servings.

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