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J 2,7B SECTION Weather Beeney Feminique 2B 4B 8-9B ROCHESTER, N. Y., MONDAY, SEPT. 23, 1968 3 i Readers Ask HELP! Court Hears Decision on Busing Plan By DAVE HOSENBLOOM Geneva Area News Service GENEVA Briefs in a suit for an injunction to bar the Geneva Board of Education from enforcing the "modified" Princeton Plan for busing elementary school pupils will be reviewed by Judge Austin Erwin in State Supreme Court in Rochester today. A brief for the board of education has been submitted by Geneva attorney Albert Bond, While anticipating a favorable court verdict, the Committee for Fair and Equal education has asked the Board of Education for a public referendum on the plan. "We feel that submitting this plan to the voters is the American and democratic way of doing this," its petition reads. VA Has a Heart Q. My husband was a totally disabled veteran of World War II. He died Nov. 30, 1966, a few days after he had personally cashed his pension check for that month. Shortly after his death, the bank where he cashed the check said I must pay it back, as he was not entitled to a payment in the month of his death. After some time, I received word from the bank and from the Veterans Administration that it had all been cleared up and I didn't have to repay either of them. Now, almost two years later, I have received a letter from the VA stating there had been an overpayment and I must refund it to them. The amount in question is $390 and I have not the means to repay this and can't see why they now expect me to. Can you HELP! me clear this up? MRS. DAVID HOYT, JR, MIDDLEBURY CENTER, PA. 'A. This seemed like a strange kettle of fish to us too. HELP! asked our helper at the Buffalo VA to investigate. It turns out that your husband was not entitled to that check. His benefits terminated on Oct. 31, 1966, and you were paid $390 for November as your award during the month of his death. The $390 your husband received during the month of his death should have ben returned and the bank and VA erred in telling you earlier that you did not have to repay it. However,, the VA has a heart, we're pleased to learn. Because of the, circumstances, the Philadelphia VA office, which has your husband's records, has waived the claim and you can forget about the whole thing.' HELP! thanks Joseph Barone, assistant manager of the VA office in Buffalo, for his HELP! in clearing up this problem for our reader from Pennsylvania. HELPi-Sorry, No Time and Half Q. In a recent HELP! item there was a question about overtime pay at time and a half for over 40 hours. Does this apply to all ' labor except farm labor? My husband is employed as a road repairman by one of the towns out this way and gets straight time for 45 (and sometimes much more) hours a week. . I '.w JbwV T v JLls amJLA1 , I Winery employes and officials look on as new grape-picking machine is demonstrated at Naples. Glen Store Owner Dies af 47 Machine Lost Weekend' Author Charles Jackson Dies who replied to an order to show cause why the injunction should not be granted, obtained by the Committee for Fair and Equal Education on Aug. 12. The preliminary injunction would prohibit the board from: K e e p i n g controversial Prospect Avenue School in operation. Implementing the "modified" Princeton Plan by busing hundreds of elementary school pupils. Confining the plan to its present program instead of put-ling it into effect at West Street school as well. The attorney for the Committee for Fair and Equal Education, James Kemp of Rochester has already filed a brief for the plaintiff. He said he expected a court ruling 'shortly.' The "modified" Princeton Plan, put into effect Sept. 5, calls for the use of Prospect Avenue school by only 4th, 5th and 6th grade pupils, while North Street School will contain 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade children. Under the plan, a number of school boundaries have been revised in a move to integrate non-white children in the school system more equitably. However, the city's biggest elementary school, which has an enrollemtnt of some 900, will continue to operate as before with all grades from kindergarten to sixth grade. The Committee for Fair and Equal Education insists that if the "modified" Princeton Plan is used, West Street School, too, must come under its planning. Chief bone of contention, however, is the use of Prospect Avenue School as a bona fide elementary school. Although certified "safe" by an insepctor from the State Education Department this summer, the Committee for Fair and Equal Education considers it unsafe. A petition containing 815 signatures of Geneva and area residents opposing the use of Prospect Avenue School and the "modified" Princeton Plan has been submitted to the Board of Education. Meanwhile, Board of Education President Samuel Passalac-q u a and Superintendent of Schools William S. Chiverton have gone all out to insure the success of the "m o d i f i e d" Princeton Plan. Additional buses have been pressed into service and some 1,400 children are being bused daily' NEWARK Charles Jackson, a Newark high school alumnus who authored "The Lost Weekend," died at the age of 65 Saturday in St. Vincent's Hospital in New York City. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Jackson family plot in East Newark Cemetery. A memorial service is planned Tuesday at the Church of the Resurrection in New York City. Mr. Jackson is survived by his widow, Rhoda; two daughters, Kate of Washington, D.C.; and Mrs. Alexander (Sarah) Piper III of New York City; and two brothers, Herbert of Newark and Frederick of Malaga, N.J. The novelist's death was ruled a suicide by Dr. Michael Baden, assistant New York City medical examiner, who described the cause of death as acute barbitu-ate poisoning. His biggest literary hit, "The Lost Weekend" scored ing success in the movie version. It earned an Academy Award as best motion picture of 1945 and three other Oscars, including those for best actor, to Ray Milland, and best director, to Billy Wilder. It was his first published novel and was reprinted in 14 languages. Mr. Jackson, who battled tuberculosis and alcoholism in his early life, published the book in 1943 at the age of 40. He disclosed on a visit to Newark in 1962 that the story of a monu- A. HELP! can't win 'em all for our readers. A representative of the U.S. Department of Labor has called you to explain that your husband's working hours are not covered by the federal law. Sorry. NEWARK Bernard Possee, a native of Palmyra and a Wat-kins Glen businessman, died of a heart attack Saturday (Sept. 21, 1968, while sailing on Lake Ontario. He was 47. Mr. Possee, who owned and operated the Possee Department Store in Watkins Glen for the past 23 years, was sailing with his wife when he was fatally stricken. A Palmyra High School graduate, he received his bachelor's degree at Colgate in 1943 and served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a member of the Sta-tler Club of Cornell, Sodus Bay Yacht Club, Jefferson Lodge of Masons, Elks, American Legion and Lions, all in Watkins Glen, and Sigma Nu Fraternity at' Colgate. He was a member of St. James Episcopal Church in Watkins Glen. Surviving are his mother, Mrs. Bernard Possee of Watkins Glen; his widow, Katherine Brown Possee; three sons, James, a senior at Colgate; Richard, a sophomore at Colgate; and Bernard III, a senior at Til-ton School in New Hampshire; and one sister, Mrs. John (Jean) Tillman of Hollywood, Fla. A service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mark's Episcopal Church here, with a private interment at Newark Cemetery. There are no prior calling hours. Contributions may be made in his memory to the Tilton School Scholarship Fund or to the fund of the donor's preference. mental alcoholic binge on New York's Third Avenue was "based on my experiences." He published three other novels, the last being "A Second-Hand Life," in 1967. He also was the author of a number of short stories and worked in radio, television and movie writing. He at one time taught radio writing at New York University and lectured frequently at Columbia, Dartmouth and NYU. At the time of his death, he had completed 300 pages of a new novel, "Farther and Wilder," in which Don Birnam, central figure of "The Lost Weekend," was a character. Mr. Jackson spent four to five hours a day writing and did "an awful lot of rewriting." He said, "Good writing is clear thinking, stating what you think clearly and correctly." He once commented, "There has been a great deal written about my work, both praise and blame . . . but, as it should, it mostly goes in one ear and out the other." Mr. Jackson worked on the old Newark Courier in the years from 1921 to 1924 and in his last year here conducted a column called "Callow Comments." He was born in Summit, N.J., and spent his boyhood years in Newark. He graduated from Washington Senior High School in 1921 and lived for a time in Chicago before moving to New York City. Tried Out On Grapes By AL WILSON Dansville Area News Service NAPLES A new machine introduced into the grape country Saturday will harvest about an acre of grapes an hour, according to its inventor, Vito Mecca of North Collins in Erie County. The picker actually shakes the berries from the vine. It caused a great deal of curiosity when put to work on a 51-acre flatland site of Concord grapes. Grape growers and employes of Widmer Wine Cellars, Inc., inspected it and questioned whether it would work. TOWED BY TftACTOR, the grape picker stands about eight feet high and straddles the vines. The berries fall onto a series of overlapping hinged metal leaves which open to allow the vine to pass through. The grapes roll into small, stainless steel troughs carried by a conveyor belt to the top of the machine. The troughs are tripped and the grapes deposited on another conveyor belt and dumped into plastic lined wooden baskets being towed alongside. Widmer employes followed the picker and anxiously examined the vines. One Widmer official remarked it was better than handpicking as the harvester was stripping the vines cleaner. Widmer officials noted the grape picker was not taking the place of the field worker and that many people are still needed to harvest the product. HE SAID THE MACHINE would not take the place of the handpicker in the foreseeable future because of the hilly terrain where many of the grapes are grown. E. I. Reveal, Widmer president, said it is hoped the har Annexation Wins In 8-0 Landslide By CAROL RITTER Seneca County News Service WATERLOO A mini-election involving only eight voters was conducted Saturday in the Village of Waterloo. The result was unanimous. annex was duly recorded by the mayor, who counted the ballots after the eligible parties had all voted. HELP!--Freezer Freezes Now Q. We purchased a new mobile home in April from a firm in Canandaigua. When the home was delivered, the freezer compartment in the refrigerator was damaged and has not worked properly. A man from the firm came out, looked at it and said a new freezer unit would have to be put in. We have contacted them several times since, but it still isn't repaired. Can you HELP!? H. R., SHORTSVILLE A. Open the door and let the repair man in to cool off things in your refrigerator. The mobile home folks say they had not heard from you and assumed the repair firm they sent out to do the job had replaced the unit. It will be now. HELPI-Pennants Instead Q. I am also one of those people who sent in $3 and box tops from Nabisco Shredded Wheat for an NFL football and didn't receive the pigskin. HELP! MRS. THELMA SHIPMAN, PENN YAN A. Nabisco was swamped with takers on this request. The supply is all gone, but HELP! jogged Nabisco's memory about your $3. The cash has been refunded and Nabisco has sent you a nice letter of apology, plus a set of NFL pennants to soothe your ire. HELP!-Crisis in Vineyards Q. I've been in Rochester several weeks now up from down South and I can't get a J"ob. I was told there were lots of jobs up here, ut I don't know where. I need work bad and will do anything. I saw your column and wondered if you could HELP! ZEKE BROWN, ROCHESTER A. Since you're new to our area, we will explain that HELP! does not get jobs, places to live or bail for readers. Check our classified ads for the first two and readers will have to fend for themselves for the bail. But just by chance we've heard that there is a crisis in the vineyards near Naples, south of here. They need grapepickers in the worst way. . . teachers, housewives, retirees, students and the unemployed can earn from $15 to $18 a day, weekdays andor weekends. For information call 1-315-374-6311. HELP! Note The address for Florida Properties Un As required by state law, the election was held to canvass the people involved in an action to annex roughly four acres of property to the village from the Town of Fayette. The plot of land is located at the corner of West River St. and MacDougall Road. With Mayor Marion De Cicca overseeing the voting, the eight people involved four couples, marked their paper ballots and dropped them in a box. The election was conducted promptly at 2 p.m. in a village-owned building at 40 Washington St. The unanimous decision to vester will take a great deal of pressure off g a t h e r i n g the - ww WW" . lflslflj (liiiiijl ' ClillfililllP'SlW (iKSfjfif :::::-:::'..-:'.:: .-. : .. .- ":.::'."':::-.:-.,:.;.. ... y - : . ' ! , . ;':: -" .v. . . .... grapes on the flat lands. He said the machine might , make for a better quality product because only the ripe grapes will be affected by the machine and that processing of harvested grapes has to be done within six to eight hours after they are gathered. THERE IS ONLY ONE other grape harvester in the area, purchased by the Taylor Wine Co in Hammondsport. That is a self-propelled unit more mechanized than the Widmer machine. Mecca said it took him three years to develop his harvester. The Widmer machine is the third one he has built. He has orders for 17 more. Troop E Hosts 3,700 Visitors FARMINGTON Troop E State Police Headquarters here hosted some 3,700 visitors on its first anniversary. Major Arthur E. Wright and his staff held an open house to display the law enforcement headquarters facility and the many services and details involved in covereage of a 10-county region. Thieves Get $3,000 at Moose Club PENN YAN-Thieves entered the Moose Club rooms on East Elm Street here early yesterday and stole a safe containing $3,000 in cash. Penn Yan Police Investigator James Depew said entry was made through a second floor window on the east side of the building, located in a residential area several blocks from dwontown. A 350-pound safe, containing the cash and an undetermined amount of checks, was taken from the downstairs barroom. Depew said the theft was discovered by a maintenance man, Forest Northrup, when he opened the lodge about 7 a.m. The place had been clsoed about 1:45 a.m. limited was listed incorrectly in HELP! in a recent issue as being on Panorama Trail. The correct address is 2180 Monroe Ave., Rochester, N.Y. 14618. HELP! is a public service column which attempts to solve problems after reader efforts have failed. Send problems, questions and COPIES of supporting documents to: HELP!, The Democrat and Chronicle. 55 Exchange Street. Rochester. N.Y. 14614. HELP return materials. No letters will be answered except through the column. Send your name, address and phone number. Names will be used unless cannot accept phone calls, personal interviews of writer requests use of initials only. Nuns and Fun Warm temperatures drew some people to the cooling shore yesterday.' Three nuns from Auburn, enjoyed a barefoot stroll along DiC photo by Jim Laragy Ontario Beach, while two young girls took a more direct approach and plunged into the water for some splashing fun.

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