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THE PLAIN DEALER, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 1, -13-B AP What's the fine? Elliot Shelkrot, Pennsylvania state librarian, shows a 328- year- -old book, missing since the turn of the century, that was returned to the state library in Harrisburg. book, a volume of British laws enacted 1656 and 1657, was discovered Monday in a a book-return drop. It was bought for the General Assembly under the direction of Benjamin Franklin between 1745 and the Revolution, Skelkrot said. Liquor FROM PAGE 1-B Conley said yesterday that he would try to, include whatever provisions Cleveland lawmakers might eventually agree to seek, but not at the cost of delaying his own proposal. Columbus leaders want to ask Franklin County voters in May for the tax.

"I've said to the Cleveland people I'd do my best to help out as long as it: doesn't endanger our bill's being on the May ballot," Conley said. The Cleveland dome cigarette. tax being discussed by Cuyahoga County lawmakers would be 4 cents or 5 cents a pack, an increase of or over the state's current cigarette tax of 14 cents a pack. The dome liquor tax, $1 a gallon, would be levied on sales from the state liquor monopoly's warehouses to licensed taverns and restaurants, not on sales to customers of the state's retail liquor stores. Prices charged licensees are 12.5% lower than those charged retail buyers.

The $1 tax would be an increase of over the state's current liquor tax of $2.25 a gallon. The proposal being discussed wouldn't additionally tax beer or wine. Conley said the possible cigarette "and liquor taxes would draw opposition, but less than if additional beer and wine taxes were also sought. Last autumn, the federal tax on a gallon of 100-proof liquor was increased from $10.50 to $12.50 an increase of The 8-cent-a-pack federal tax on cigarettes is due to expire in March. "In November, Mahaney told the Abortion pening, but I think it's a reaction to a problem that is not going to go away," he said.

Bruce Farley said, "As a Christian, I can never support the use of but I could empathize with the feelings of these individuals, if PAGE 1-B feel intimidated by pickets, she said. No person involved with the right to life movement would lower themselves to the kind of actions perpetrated in Cincinnati and Toledo, said President Donald Kelly of the Greater Cleveland Right to Life Society. "I think it's deplorable that it's hap- Pittsburgh man slain as PITTSBURGH (AP) A 31-yearold man died yesterday from a gunshot wound suffered during a robbery in which two assailants escaped with 8 cents, police said. Two suspects were arrested later. Donald Stoker, 31, of Pittsburgh, Cease-fire is monitored ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) Observers from several West African nations arrived yesterday in Burkina Faso and Mali and began monitoring a cease-fire on the border of the two nations, a spokesman for the West African Non-Aggression and Defense Assistance Agreement organization said.

7: NACI CORDS DATE 4 M. House. Ways and Means Committee that he didn't object to the Conley bill because it called for a broad-based tax, 'not the selective taxes Mahaney said he would oppose. Yesterday, Mahaney said he still opposed selective taxes. "(But) we are also in the position of being responsible," he said.

Greater Cleveland members of his organization have told him a dome is "absolutely essential," he said, and that liquor and cigarette taxes are ways to get it. Meanwhile, although well-con-. nected lobbyists for the tobacco companies and Ohio tavernkeepers said they hadn't heard specifics of the possible Greater Cleveland proposal, they said their clients would probably oppose it. "My judgment (about the Cleveland proposal) is that the phones will start buzzing," said a tobacco company lobbyist, who spoke on condition he not be identified. "My judgment is the legislature will hesitate to do anything like this." Said David M.

Krakoff, of the Ohio Retail Permit Holders Association, "In principle, I'd have to say our stand would be to oppose any sales tax limited to beverage alcohol." Krakoff said that despite probable claims to the contrary, any wholesale liquor tax would be passed on to consumers in the form of higher restaurant and tavern prices. Last June, lobbyists for tavernkeepers and restaurateurs defeated an attempt to enact local option mealsand-drinks taxes to finance convention facilities and stadiums. they are indeed pro-lifers who committed the incidents." Farley is head of Akron Christians for Life. "'The real violence is taking place inside the clinics." Barbara Radford, exeuctive director of the National Abortion Federation, said the Ohio fires brought to 12 the number of arson and bombing cases reported by clinics in 1985. In Ohio, there have been seven arson fires, bombings or attempts reported since the federation began collecting data in 1977.

Those figures do not include the August firebomb in Toledo or the fires this week. Contributing to this story was Alma Kaufman. robbers get 8 cents was shot Monday night with a. pistol and died early yesterday at Allegheny General Hospital, authorities said. He and his mother, Beverly, had been visiting his uncle, Robert Stoker, 61, when the shooting occurred.

A woman came to the door of an apartment in Pittsburgh's North Side neighborhood Monday night and asked to use the telephone. A man accompanying her pushed his way inside with her, police said. The man said it was a holdup, and Stoker was shot when he said he didn't have any money, police said. The pair took 8 cents from Mrs. Stoker and ran, police added.

Mayor sentation of Lorain," said Councilwoman Mary Jo Cook, R-7, the first woman on council and the sole Republican in this hotbed of Democratic politics. "Former steelworker, former union man, and that's what this town's all about. He reflects that, and he brings those skills now to an administrative level. "When he took office, I would be kind enough tell you that I had grave reservations at the outset, that the job was too big, that he was in over his head. I'm happy to tell you that my fears were unfounded.

He's turned into a very good leader." Added City Auditor Kenneth J. Koscho, "If an election were held tomorrow, he'd win by a 4-to-1 majority." 0 FROM PAGE 1-B "I think Alex is a fairly good repre- The son of an immigrant steelworker, Alex Olejko grew up during the Depression on Denver on the edge of south-central Lorain, in a house in which the doors were never locked and the 10 Olejko kids often had to fend for themselves. "My father met my mother at a dance one Saturday, and they were married the following Saturday," be said. "No messing around. No long engagement.

Just, I'm gonna marry He was a big guy, so she said OK. "When I tell my kids about high school, it was 10 miles away, and it was never as warm as 14 below zero. I had no shoes; I walked in my gym shoes, and I walked to school uphill. And I walked home uphill. It was all uphill.

Tough life." But Olejko, who married a Lorain native and had seven children, loved his city. It's where his friends were, and it was a good workingman's town; his kind of place. Given the choice between Kant, Hegel and Schlitz, this town always took Schlitz. "I consider Lorain the finest steel town in the entire world," Olejko said. "I've been to Pittsburgh, I've been to Aliquippa, I've been to Birmingham, I've been through Gary, Chicago, Wheeling, and I consider Lorain, Ohio, the finest international city of its size.

"You can't find a finer harbor in the Great Lakes than Lorain, Ohio. I worked on the docks and talked to captains, first mates, second mates and so forth, and they'll tell you the finest harbor on the Great Lakes is not Chicago, not Duluth, but Lorain, Ohio." 3. The mayor was in fifth gear now. Pointing out his office window, he gushed, "We've got the bluest lake, the prettiest lake. We've got the finest perch, the finest fishing in the Great Lakes.

"See those blinds out there? See those duck blinds? You'll see guys i in canoes going out there for the mallards and what-have-you. Those guys sit in those blinds with those little things, you know, going brpth brpth brpth, and then the mallards and the Canadian geese come in. "See the advantages we have? When you come to this beautiful city, you see the Broadway Building, which is gonna be renovated, you see the Meridian (mall). You're looking at a downtown that's not dead. It's about asleep, but it's half woken up.

"Now, there's a resurgence of enthusiasm. You haven't seen excitement until you've seen the boats coming in. You know, boating people are happy people. They wanna leave their worries in Cleveland, come to Lorain, where it's a nice town, fresh air, new outlook. Leave the Indians and Browns and come to Lorain where there's excitement." He chuckled.

"I thought I'd put that in there," he 1 0 If you want to know something about what's wrong with Lorain, all you have to do is look out the mayor's window. There it sits, a monument poor municipal planning: The city's waste- water treatment plant sits on the prime piece of real estate in Lorain. In the foreground sit several piles of ore. Olejko grimaces every time he Explosion kills guard at Montana prison DEER LODGE, Mont. (AP) An explosion blew up a security tower at the Montana State Prison, killing one guard and injuring another.

Authorities said yesterday a gas leak or faulty propane heater may have been the cause. The blast Monday night destroyed the security tower on the west perimeter and damaged three other buildings. It did not affect the cell blocks, where more than 900 inmates are housed, prison officials said. Main gas and water lines to the prison were ruptured, leaving the facility without heat and water. Richard Wallace, 49, of Deer Lodge, the lone occupant of the security tower, was 'killed.

Gary Barres, 28, was injured in the explosion and was flown to a burn unit in Seattle. Officials said that while the cause of the blast remained uncertain, there was no suspicion that it was caused by inmates or a bomb. 2 thinks about the property's potential if the city only owned it. "I don't like referring to the past all the time because we're coming into good times," he said. "I just refer to it so that we're not doomed to make the same mistakes we made 40 years ago, so that we have our sewer plant on the most valuable piece of land that we've got.

"The city of Lorain hardly owns any land on the (Black) river. It should have all been commercialized, but everything is owned by the railroad and the steel mills (but for a small riverfront park). That was a mistake our former leaders made, and we're trying to change that. "We shouldn't have co*ke piles and ore piles on the most valuable land we have; there should be marinas there. Sandusky, Kelleys Island, this should all be designated for marinas, charter boats.

We're gonna have to change that." That's a bit much to expect during this term, which expires at the end of 1987, but Olejko already has progressed remarkably well on other economic fronts, say city officials a and members of the business community. Cook said she thought Olejko's major accomplishment was having secured a grant for the construction of a $32 million waste-water treatment plant on the city's west side. The city had been embroiled in a bitter legal dispute with Lorain Community Hospital over the proposed location of the plant's outfall just a mile from the hospital. Cook credited Olejko as being the key figure in negotiating a settlement that extended the discharge point 1,000 feet into Lake Erie and allowed the city to make a funding deadline to obtain the grant. Cook and John G.

Sulpizio, executive director of the Lorain Port Authority, credited Olejko in large part with securing $1.8 million in fedfunding for construction of a breakwall in Lorain Harbor, which city officials said would be followed by construction of a marina. "He's shown great thoughtfulness, and from a vested viewpoint, he's been a tenacious advocate of the port authority," Sulpizio said. Add to those accomplishments the opening of the Meridian Mall downtown and the restoration of the Antlers Hotel, and most people agree Olejko's first year was unquestionably promising. "I think the mayor took office under an unpleasant situation, and he's going to be probably one of the finest leaders we have had in some time," said Jack A. Elliott, president of the Central Trust Co.

of Northern Ohio in Lorain. "He's been unbelievable in answering the city's needs." 0 If Olejko's folksiness, his ability to appeal to Lorain's ethnic communities, has been one of his strengths, it also has given city officials a few pervous moments when he has sallied forth on diplomatic missions. Koscho remembered a trip to New York last May, when city officials, led by Olejko, visited Standard and Poor's Corp. to try to get Lorain's bond rating upgraded. Koscho described the' woman Olejko and his entourage negotiated with as "a very Wall Street type, prim and proper, with a manicure." "So when we were about to leave.

she put her hand out, and be (Olejko) grabbed her and gave her a big, right on the lips," Koscho said, took her aback and we were a little. worried, but I guess it worked he had her eating out of his hand, and, he got a Christmas card from her, and: I didn't." 1 That is the Alex Olejko most peoples know. If you're a woman and you're introduced to the mayor of Lorain," you're likely to get a kiss, smack on; the lips. "I enjoy it, and I get away with it; said. "But I can sense sometimes when you're in Indian territory, and you've got to watch it.

"I'm not a polished guy," Ole continued. "You know, went to ing Green University and took cal science. I'm not evasive. from the hip. "If I had a choice of going cotillion dance or a basketball game I'll go to the basketball game.

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