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Art Fair browsers, artists adapt to rain
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rain on sales. Printing on price tags
was somtimes blurred by water spots,
but the buyers and sellers never took
time out for a rain delay.
Sales started outlwell yesterday mor-
ning, but when the showers started "the
crowds sort of disappeared into
testaurants," according to Tom Paar.
From his booth, displaying abstract
collages, he said, "They're hiding
Business had slowed down by early
afternoon but Paar didn't seem
worried. "People look at the whole
show first, then they come back."
"IT HAS BEEN slow," said Carl
Wesenberberg. The woodcarver at-
Remembering weather problems of
previous years, fair planners made
provisions for inclement weather. The
booths on East and South University
Avenues are pre-constructed and
protected with a "visqueen" plastic
Exhibitors in the Summer Arts
Festival on E. University Ave. and
Main St. built their own booths. Many
artists set up plastic or wood ceilings
over their work, while others whose
works could not be water-damaged,
braved the elements with umbrellas as
their only protection.
AMONG THE artists there was no
clear concensus about the effects of
tributed the crowd lag to rainy weather
as he sat by his table of sugar pine and
cyprus wood figures. Displaying in his
nineteenth fair, the native Ann Arborite
said he came all the way from Florida,
where he moved last year, because he
enjoyed past fairs so much.
Behind a water-spotted table of her
daughter's stoneware sculptures, Helen
Grisell said, "It (the rain) hasn't stop-
"Sitting here I'm pretty miserable,"
Grisell said, with a rain-soaked smile.
People say the rain doesn't bother them
while they walk through the fair, she
Wearing a navy blue poncho, Kit Hor-
ton rated the effects of the weather as
"minimal. People come back," said the
first-year exhibitor on North Univer-
"It's more annoying\than anything,'"
explained Horton. She said sales of her
jewelry have been "fairly good."
Even though he said he wasn't plan-
ning to buy anything, one barefoot
browser claimed to be enjoying the fair
despite the weather. "It's a good place
for ideas," said Mark Sopchak, a
woodworker from Dearborn.
Despite forecasts of continued damp,
warm weather, artists, merchants and
patrons plan three more days of the
nationally-known fair - fair weather or
Bill creates board to review toxic waste dumps
LANSING (UPI) - Gov. William and storage firms, requires detailed means of tracking those wastes from mittee that developed the legislation,
Milliken yesterday signed a long-sought record-keeping on movement of generation to disposal," he said. said a compromise on the location of
bill giving the state government new dangerous chemicals, and provides for The bill's sponsor, Rep. Alice Tom- dump sites was the key to passage of
totls for handling the increasingly maintenance of disposal sites after they boulian, (D-Lake Orion), said the the bill.
threatening problems of hazardous are shut down. measure finally will put the state on top
waste shipping and disposal. The legislature was prodded into ac- of the hazardous waste situation. "THE PROBLEM from the begin-
The measure's most discussed tion on the issue after the state was "UP UNTIL NOW we would only ning with this issue has been that
feature is creation of a nine-member rocked by a series of scandals involving learn of such disasters as Love Canal, everybody recognized the need for safe
state board with the power to give final improperly stored wastes. the Montague pollution or the PBB disposal facilties but nobody was
approval to proposed toxic waste dum- "THIS BILL marks another impor- dumping in St. Louis after the fact," willing to have a facility as a neigh-
ps, overruling local officials if tant milestone in Michigan's efforts to said Tomboulian. bor," Mathieu said.
necessary. protect the public health and our en- "Under this law we will know about
WITHOUT SUCH a commission, vironment from toxic materials," every potentially dangerous waste "The combined state-local approach
backers feared, efforts to establish Milliken said in signing the bill. from the time it is generated and we to licensing and locating facilities in the
badly-needed disposal facilities would ' "The provisions of the Hazardous will know that when it is disposed of, it law is an imaginative approach that is
be repeatedly frustrated by local op- Waste Management Act will enable the is being disposed of safely," she said. already stirring interest in other
position. state to effectively regulate the Rep. Thomas Mathieu, (D-Grand states," he said.
The bill also licenses waste haulers disposal of toxic wastes and provide a Rapids), who chaired the special com-
The commission will have five per-
manent state members and four
14.n r yrepresenting the affected community,
A ,who will be selected on a case-by-case
Ttr P n6- basis.
The bill also reflects lawmakers'
preference for the licensing privately-
owned disposal sites rather than
creating a huge central state-owned
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Thursday, July 26, 1979
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