Tyrone Daily Herald from Tyrone, Pennsylvania on January 14, 1983 · Page 1
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Tyrone, Pennsylvania
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ar- , Hi,, ; rone Daily Herald (USPS64MOO) Number 127 of Our 116th Year Friday, January 14,1983 25* Per Copy Boro, Union Opt For Fact Finding "Only Tha Beginning!" POP-C Panel Reviews Program By PEG KURD With half a year of affiliation with the program behind them, members of the Tyrone Area School District's POP-C (Power of Positive Children) committee met last night at the high school to review the program's objectives and discuss its progress. "This is not a 'quick-fix' program," said Curriculum Director William Baker who, along with Dr. William Miller, superintendent of schools, led the discussion. "This is just the beginning." FIRST STAGE UNDERWAY The members agreed that the first stage of the program, to make students, faculty, school staff and the community aware of the importance of a positive mental attitude, is well underway. Such activities as the daily "attitude boosters" issued by school personnel and students, bumper stickers, milk cartons, bulletin boards and T-shirts have been utilized, and balloons carrying the message of POP-C have been launched. The committee was reluctant to give POP-C any of the credit for the recent successes of the TAHS band, choruses and sports teams but held the belief that there has been an improvement in the attitude of many of the students. "Many of the results of the program are intangible," said a committee member, "and many will not be evident until the children now in kindergarten have been exposed to POP-C throughout their school years." Dr. Miller reported that he and Baker have met several times with the founder of the program, Dr. H. William Mitchell, now superintendent of the Allegany County Public Schools In Cumberland, Md. 14 POP-C DISTRICTS There are now 14 school districts participating in the nationwide POP-C program, with Tyrone Area being one of the smallest. Other participating districts are in Dalton, Ga.; Guntersville, Ala; Jackson, Miss.; Salt Lake City, Utah; Santa Clara, Calif.; Houston, Texas; Cumberland, Md.; Tulsa, Okla.; Louisville, Ky.; New Philadelphia, Ohio; Lovingston, Va.; Rock Island, 111. and Colorado Springs, Colo. PROJECTED ACTIVITIES Projected activities include the distribution of a book on Positive Mental Attitude to all employees, a superintendent's report evaluating all school related activities, window displays of POP-C materials in the (Cont'donPage2) No Progress In Negotiations Could Take Effect In 1986: Reagan Considers Tax Hike WASHINGTON (UPI) President Reagan, swallowing his abhorrence of tax increases, is seriously debating a package of new tax hikes that would go into effect in 1986 if federal deficits do not drop sharply, top aides say. White House chief of staff James Baker told the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco Thursday fteagan is "looking at a number of options in the area of long- term tax reform." He said the president and all of his advisers are united "in believing new taxes must be a last resort ... and only if they are tied to spending restraint" and geared to future years that would not threaten hopes for economic recovery. The president is taking all the time he has to make his decision. He is scheduled to deliver his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress Jan. 25 and to give the lawmakers his fiscal 1984 budget Jan. 31. He also was mulling over the possibility of a televised address, possibly next week, to forewarn Americans of the need for belt tightening in the coming year. But no decision has been made at the White House on whether he will broadcast a preview of his decisions. For the past couple of days Reagan has kept a low profile, mainly holding meetings with staffers, and he planned to Breakthrough On Agenda Gets Peace Talks Moving A breakthrough agreement on an agenda that includes ending the Israeli-Lebanese state of war moved talks on the withdrawal of foreign forces in Lebanon toward substantive matters under the close watch of U.S. officials. U.S. Middle East envoy Philip Habib was expected in Beirut today or Saturday with a timetable setting Feb. 12 as a possible date to start an Israeli pullout, Lebanon's Central News Agency said Thursday. Dispatched by President Reagan to expedite the talks between Israel and Lebanon, Habib also brought a message from the White House to Lebanese President Amin Gemayel underscoring U.S. resolve to solve his nation's crisis. Habib also will visit Syria, Saudi Arabia and Jordan on his current shuttle mission, the agency said, quoting "wellinformed sources" in Beirut. T h e U.S. troubleshooter Thursday met with Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and gave him a "friendly message" from Reagan, an aide to Begin said, contradicting news reports from Washington characterizing the note as "harsh." Israeli-Lebanese talks were to resume Monday in the Beirut suburb of Khalde, with ending the state of war between Israel and Lebanon the most significant topic under a U.S. compromise endorsed Thursday by the two nations. Lebanon never signed a formal peace treaty with Israel after its 1948 War of Independence. The negotiating agenda also covers discussion on ways to arrange withrawal of 30,000 Israeli, 40,000 Syrian and 10,000 Palestinian forces occupying Lebanon, as well as security arrangements in south Lebanon near Israel's bordeV. The Beirut government demanded the pullout of external forces take precedence in negotiations and rejected the word "normalization" on the agenda, fearing ties with Israel would alienate other Arab countries. The United States proposed the term "framework for mutual relations," which was acceptable to both sides. Acceptance of the formula during the sixth i cund of talks, held Thursday i;t ihe Israeli border town of Kiryat Sh- mona, ended a procedural impasse that has plagued the negotiations since their start on Dec. 28. (Cont'donPage2) Jobless Fund Debt Is Nation's Largest HARRISBURG (UPI) Pennsylvania has the largest jobless fund debt in the nation on the heels of its request to borrow $601 million from the federal government to meet jobless claims through April. The latest round of borrowing, announced Thursday by Labor & Industry Secretary Barry Stern, puts the state's Unemployment Compensation Fund $2.9 billion in the red. Slogan Publicizes DWI Legislation (UPI) — Pennsylvania has a tough, new drunken driving law on the books and the Transportation Department has launched a publicity campaign to make motorists aware of it. The new law took effect at 12:01 a.m. today. It features minimum mandatory jail sentences, including two days behind bars for some first offenders. PennDOT Secretary Thomas Larson said the publicity campaign uses the theme: "It's time to treat drunk driving like the crime it is." The slogan appears on 100 billboards donated lor one month by the PenasylvoU Outdoor Advertisers Association, Larson say. The slogan to also featured IB brochures aad posters being distributed through schools, law enforcement agencies, liquor stores, Pennsylvania AAA FadftrtUM eflteM. courts and taeal government offices, a PennDOT spokesman said. The department issued interim rules this week for the administration of breath tests under the new law, which makes the results of such tests alone sufficient for a drunken driving conviction. Under the old law, bloodalcohol level was only one piece of evidence that could be used against a suspect and was refutable. Pennsylvania State Police spokesman James Cox said his department has not made any special preparations for enforcement of the new law because "the impact is at the prosecutorial level." The new law was passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Dick Thornburgh last month after strong lobbying by Mothers Against Drunken Drivers. la addition to jail sentences, the new Law calls for fiue« and license suspensions of at least a year up* conviction. (Cont'donPagei) Michigan, which claimed the largest debt in December, trails Pennsyvlania by $400 million. Stern blamed the borrowing on the national recession and Pennsylvania's persistently high unemployment rate, currently 12.9 percent. "The national recession has kept our claims load high and caused the outflow from the fund to be greater than the income from employer taxes," Stern said. "The same problem exists in more than half of the states in the nation." L&I spokesman Michael Moyle said the UC fund is being depleted at the rate of $35-50 million a week. An estimated 715,000 Pennsylvanians who want work can't find jobs, according to the latest unemployment figures compiled by the federal government. The state's maximum weekly jobless benefit for a single person is $205, third highest in the nation behind West Virginia at Mil and the District of Columbia's $206. Moyle said $10 million of the request is to cover payments to idled workers the last two days of January because the $213 million loan the state tCont'don Page2) Attitude •eoster You can motivate yourself and others with one magic ingredient. . .the magic ingredient is hope. By Dani Simmons Guidance Counselor Tyrone Area Elementary Schools stay in the White House this weekend. Aides said Reagan is wrestling with a series of new proposals, part of a broad longterm, tax-reform program, which reportedly includes a surcharge on income and corporate taxes, an energy tax, a flat-rate tax vs. a progressive tax, as well as other options. Although aides said the president still has to make final decisions on the budget, they indicate he has just about made up his mind on a wage freeze for both federal civilian and military employees. They said it was possible Reagan may call for taxes on health insurance premiums paid by employers and an acceleration of the effective dates of higher Social Security taxes. Baker said that the overall budget blueprint will be "bold, fair and credible." "After the experience of the (Cont'donPage2) Four Killed In Wellsboro Fire WELLSBORO, Pa. (UPI) Tioga County authorities say a woodburning stove may have caused a housefire that killed four people, including a man who rescued his two daughters but died when he rushed into the inferno trying to save the other three victims. Wellsboro Fire Chief John Dugan said flames apparently broke in the two-story frame home in rural Tioga County, nine miles south of Wellsboro, about 5:30 a.m. Thursday. Dugan said Basil VanVliet, 35, jumped to the ground from a second-story window and then caught his daughters — Patricia, 11, and Amber, 3 — as they leaped. After VanVliet sent the girls to the nearby home of Kenneth Cleveland to call for help, he apparently tried to save the others, the fire chief said. VanVliet died, as did his wife, Deborah, 21; his son, Matthew, 7, and Donna Cleveland, 19. Dugan identified Miss Cleveland as the daughter of a neighbor who "had been babysitting and stayed the night." Dugan said the two daughters were taken to (Cont'donPageZ) By Paul R. Rowan Negotiations between the borough's 14 AFSCME employees and the borough reached an impasse last night, and the two .sides have agreed to non-binding fact finding. Harold Teague, Representative of AFSCME Arctic Cold Chlllttatt Freezing temperatures settled over the East Coast today, threatening New York state, Pennsylvania and New Jersey with heavy storms and spreading frost to south Florida. Winds of nearly 100 mph snapped phone lines and blew trash dumpsters down streets in the West. The mercury began dropping along the Atlantic Coast with nightfall Thursday and the National Weather Service issued winter storm watches effective through Saturday for southeast New York state, \eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Long Island. Unseasonably cold temperatures were expected to accompany the storms. Northern and central Florida also braced for freezing temperatures as patches of frost spread into interior southern areas, but officials said they did not believe the state's multimillion dollar citrus crop was endangered. High winds that roared out of the Rockies across Wyoming throughout the week diminished, but not until gusts nearly 100 mph rolled dump- sters down a street in Cody. Winds gusting from 80 to 100 mph also blew part of the roof off the historic Irma Motel in the town, overturned a mobile home and blew in sliding glass doors. "There are a lot of telephone lines down," Cody Police Chief Frank White said. "The electric company is working their fingers to the bone. We've also had a lot of trouble with those big dumpsters blowing down streets." After several consecutive days of above normal temperatures in the New York metropolitan area, the mercury in Central Park thermometers plunged from a high of 44 degrees to a wind- chill factor of about 5 degrees. The city's Department of (Cont'donPage2) AFL-CIO Council 83 said that no new progress had been made at the meeting. "The parties have agreed that the mediator should ask for fact finding," Teaguesaid. According to Teague. the union would have accepted binding fact-finding. "The union is agreeable to abide by fact-finding, and we would hope that the borough would also agree," he said. Under the terms of the agreement, mediator Ernest Frey will submit a request to the state for fact-finding. The process takes 40 days, at which time the fact-finder will submit a report and recommendations. Since the report is non-binding, either side may accept or reject the results. Council member Paul Myers. heading the negotiating committee for the borough, said that, if anything, the negotiations were going backward. He said that at a closed-door meeting Monday night following the regular council meeting, the committee reported on the progress of the negotiations. Following the report, the council, as a whole, determined that the offer to the union should be a one-year contract with no wage increase, no increase in vacation. no guarantees concerning job security, and no guaranteed 40 hour work week. The council agreed to increases in accumulated sick days and to absorb any increased costs in life and health insurance coverage. At a meeting Jan. 6. the union turned down a borough offer of a two-year agreement calling for a wage freeze in 1982 and a 36 cent per hour increase in 1983, with increased vacation time for employees with more than eight years service. a gurantee of no layoffs for 1982, the increased sick time and the agreement to pick up medical coverage. "The committee must follow council's directive." said Myers. Mvers said that thp hnmneh had not agreed to accept binding fact-finding, but said, "We're not afraid to have anybody come in here and look at our records." The previous three-year agreement between the borough and AFSCME expired Jan. 1. The workers authorized a strike at the Jan. 6 meeting, but have continued on the job. Welfare Secretary O'Bannon Gets Axe HARRISBURG (UHll Helen O'Bannon, informed by Gov. Dick Thornburgh she will not be his Public Welfare secretary in a second term, says she is leaving state government with no bitterness but "a sense of regret." "I really enjoyed public service and I really enjoyed my job," she said Thursday night, shortly after Thornburgh informed her of his decision during a private, 10- minute meeting. "1 was surprised. I'm obviously leaving with a sense of regret," she said. Thornburgh, who will be inaugurated Tuesday, was expected to announce his cabinet choices for a second term today. The nominees, including some holdovers from the first term, will be subject to Senate confirmation. "I acknowledged the governor's desire for my resignation," said Mrs. O'Bannon. indicating she has no definite plans for her future. "I am leaving on very good terms." Despite Mrs. O'Bannon's remarks, a senior Thornburgh spokesman would not confirm her departure. The governor's spokesmen also refused to confirm previous reports that Revenue Secretary Robert Bloom and Commerce Secretary Geoffrey Stengel would not be members of the cabinet in Thornburgh's second term. Bloom's resignation was requested by Thornburgh earlier this week, while Stengel is leaving because he wanted to return to a private business post. Mrs. O'Bannon, 43, one of the most influential and outspoken women in state government, said the governor did not give her any reason for his decision. "It's been a remarkable privilege to serve under Gov (Milton) Shapp and Gov. Thornburgh," she said. "It's been a remarkable opportunity." Mrs. O'Bannon, a Pittsburgh resident, was ap- (Cont'donPage2) Walesa Returns To Shipyard Job WARSAW, Poland (UPI) Ending what he called "my holiday," former Solidarity leader Lech Walesa said he would return today to Gdansk, the birthplace of the Polish workers' movement, and ask the Lenin Shipyards for his old job back. Walesa, interned for 11 months after Poland declared martial law in December 1981, said he had not been fired from his electrician's job and hoped the management of the shipyards would agree to take Even Gas Price Climb Slowing: Producer Price Index Increases 0.1 Percent Weather Travelers advisory later tonight and Saturday, except northwest. Windy and colder with periods of snow, possibly heavy at times later tonight and Saturday, except northwest. Low tonight 20-25. Falling temperatures Saturday. Extended Forecast Sundayt through Monday - Cold and windy with snow showers Sunday and Monday Not quite a* cold Tuesday with a chance of flurries. High Sunday and Monday 18-28, 25-35 Tuesday. Low zero to 12 above each day. WASHINGTON (UPIl Producer prices in December increased only 0.1 percent to give 1982 the lowest wholesale inflation rate - 3.5 percent in 11 years, the Labor Department said today Even natural gas prices for dealers stopped skyrocketing in December, going down 0.8 percent after a 5 percent gain in November. With gasoline down 0.3 percent and fuel oil dropping price by 0.4 percent, the stable oil prices ended as the year's biggest gift to wholesalers, climbing only 0.1 percent throughout the 12 months. The year before wholesale energy prices went up 14.1 percent. Food prices also were ex- tremely moderate, climbing only 0.1 percent in December and 2.1 percent for all of 1982 at the wholesale level. The year's inflation rate at the wholesale level of 3.5 percent was less than half the 1981 rate of 7.1 percent, the department said, and the lowest since 1971's 3.2 percent. The department's Producer Price Index in December for finished goods was 285.1 in (Cont'donPage2) him back. In Warsaw, United Press International correspondent Ruth Gruber prepared to leave the country, and a government spokesman warned her expulsion was a signal to other Western reporters to avoid contacts with dissidents. In Washington, the State Department said it is considering "a number of options" in retaliation to her expulsion. In the past, such retaliation has included expelling Polish diplomats or reporters from the United States. "This action ... seems aimed at intimidating other Western correspondents in Warsaw, and the charges appear to have been manufactured by Polish security services," the State Department said Thursday. Walesa, in a telephone interview Thursday from his Gdansk apartment, said he would report to the shipyard management for work today, but added he was not sure if he would be allowed to take up his old job. "On Jan. 14, after the end of my holiday, I shall go back to my work place in the Lenin shipyard of Gdansk to resume my work,"he said. "1 am returning to where 1 came from, to the cradle of Social Security Panel Making No Progress WASHINGTON (UPI) President Reagaa could support faster payroll tax hikes if they were combined with curbs in benefit growth to remedy Social Security's cash problems, a top aide says. But the president's Social Security panel, still trying to agree on a rescue package by its Saturday deadline, appears fractured. Commission conservatives, unhappy with a bailout plan drafted by their leaders, agreed to write one of their own, Sen. William Armstrong, E-Colo uid The five conservative members who met Thursday, three ol the* named by Reagan, believe a plan being drafted by commission leaden and White MOUM aides leans too heavily on tax bikes and not enough on curbing benefits. "The anti-tax increase caucus of the commission is gaining steam," Armstrong •aid after the group, which also includes Mary Falvey Fuller and Rep. Bill Archer, R-Texas, Prudential insurance Co. chief executive ««*e?t lack and former Rep Waggoner, ended an all *eelini and agreed to *•** agate today White House Chief of Staff Janet laker's remarks, hetere the Com Club in San Thursday, publicly first time the der which might favor using higher taxes to prevent Social Security from rolling up huge future deficits "The president's abhorrence of tax increases is well known," Baker said "However, if tied to reforms on the spending side, President Reagan might consider some acceleration in the effective dates of those tax changes already on the books." Baker has served as a bridge between the White House and the advisory commission Reagan named in 1991 to recommend reforms that would put Social Security on a sounder financial footing His remarks came as the National Commission on i Cont'donPagei) Hews From Around Here CRESSON — A worker on the Route 22 construction project was injured yesterday as he was attempting to get off of a moving bulldozer. Mark Allen Mashuda, 25, of Ebensburg, was taken to Johnstown Mercy Hospital with brush burns, bruises, and possible broken ribs suffered when he attempted to get off of the bulldozer, which he thought was stopped. ALTOONA - Congressman Bud Shuster said yesterday that the Federal Highway Administration will instruct PennDOT to begin work on the segment of Route 220 from East Freedom to the Bedford County line within 30 days. BARNE8BORO - ~Radto Station WNCC in Barnesboro has started a project designed to encourage businesses to hire new employees. Statton owner and Barnesboro Mayor Bill Bland has offered a total of $9,500 in free advertising to businesses which create 20 new iobs. or to «nv new business locating in the Northern Cambria county area which furnishes at least eight full-time positions ALTOONA - MUtordcTHiies, 47, of S08 6th ave., Altoona. was arrested at Us home Wednesday by members of the state police Region IV strike force, narcotics agents, aad the Alteoaa Police Department possession ol marijuana ud cocaine with intent to deliver. He was arraigned before District Justice Domeeic A. CamlBitl aid lodged IB the Hair County Prison la lieu of I1W.MO bond i Cont'donPagei)

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