The Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on February 9, 1971 · Page 25
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Indiana, Pennsylvania
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TEDDY ~ The Indiana County Newspaper That Serves Every Member of the Family A successful hostess, they claim, knows her ABCs—Avoid Bores Carefully. Volume 71.—No. 186 JttMana Two Sections Indiana, Pennsylvania, Tuesday, February 9, 1971. Twenty-four Pages City County EDITION Ten Cents Indiana Board Asks Action At Least 2 Dead In Major ™~ — ™ ^ ~^^^~ *f W ^IV • • '^••^ • • ^^^^^^ ^B ^K ^^^» o n subsidy Southern California Quake Violence Members of the Indiana Area School District Board of Education last night approved a resolution requesting that local legislators investigate every channel in order that the state will pay the full subsidy, as agreed, to the local school district for the third quarter. This resolution was prompted by a letter that was read at the meeting from David Kurtzman, state Secretary of Education, which stated that because of the current state financial crisis it is necessary to limit the third quarter basic instructional subsidy to 15 per cent of the normal payment. I • I Dr. Robert Martin, superin- / f/Sl) tendent of schools, stated that this cut would mean approximately $280,000 to the district. "Currently we receive $328,263.85 quarterly, accord—. ing to the letter we would only f" ft I f"l T C receive $49,238.58," Dr. Martin ^ ' 1/K-MO told the board. The letter from Mr. Kurtz- BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Five men were killed on a mountain trail near the Irish republic border today by the explosion of a land mine which police said Irish republicans had planted. The victims—two technicians for the British Broadcasting Corp. and three construction workers—were driving to the top of Brougher Mountain to check a BBC TV- radio transmitter damaged by an explosion last month. In Belfast, Protestants interrupted the funeral procession of Barney Watts, a Catholic victim of rioting last weekend. A construction crane was pushed across the road as the cortege passed a Protestant neighborhood, and a youth from a Protestant crowd snatched the Irish republic flag from the coffin. British troops and police moved in to keep the Protestants and Catholics apart. Primary Petitions Out Feb. 16 Tuesday, Feb. 16, is the first day for obtaining signatures on petitions for the May 18 primary elections, Indiana County Courthouse officials announced today. Deadline for filing the petitions for the primary elections is March 9. County officials emphasized that persons 18, 19 and 20 years old are not eligible to sign petitions for this year's primary elections. At the same time, the editorial staff of the Indiana Evening Gazette said it will accept immediately the candidates' announcements for publication in the newspaper. Page one announcements will be confined to those candidates seeking county-wide offices. Glossy pictures may be included. The political announcements will be published free of any charge but must be submitted to the editorial staff prior to March 9. Postpone Meet The Indiana Junior High- Punxsutawney Junior High wrestling meet carded for 4 p.m. today with Punxsutawney has been postponed until 4 p.m. Wednesday due to weather conditions in the Punxsutawney area. man also stated that "about $23 million of the $154 million due public schools should be sent in late February. "Determination of when the other 85 per cent of the third quarter payment, and when the fourth quarter payment, due in May, will be paid will be made after legislation acts on the Governor's tax program." It also warned that school boards have an obligation to continue school operation even if it means borrowing at their own expense. A letter was read from Robert McCoy of the Indiana County Chamber of Commerce requesting that the board reconsider a vocational-technical school for Indiana County. Mr. McCoy stated that the Indiana County Chamber of Commerce believes a vo-tech school would be an asset to the county and it would be a step backward if the program did not become a reality. A letter of thanks was read from Don Myers of the Indiana Optimist Club who expressed their appreciation to the board for the use of the school facilities for the current Optimist- sponsored Pass-Shoot-Dribble Program for the youth of the community. In other action the board employed Mary L. Lowman at $8,800 and Arcie M. Luzier, $6,700, for the 1970-71 school year. Both are elementary teachers. Kurtz Brothers of Clearfield was granted a $38,960 contract for general and art supplies. They were the only firm that submitted a bid. General supplies amounted to $26,700 and art supplies $12,260. The Disaster Plan for the district was approved, excluding the recommendations, which would have amounted to thousands of dollars of remodeling work. A bid from Cleaning Materials and Chemical Co., Pittsburgh, in the amount of $720 for a carpetmatic, was accepted. Resignation of Mrs. Gerald- See Page 5; Column 2 Inside Today Bridge 23 Business Mirror 23 Classified 18,19 Comics 22,23 Dear Abby 9 Editorial 10 Entertainment 14 Local News 13 Obituaries 20 Society 8 Sports 16,17 Teen Talk 6, 7 N. Viets In Hasty Retreat— S. 'Viet Armored Columns Pushing Across Ho Trail By GEORGE ESPER Associated Press Writer SAIGON (AP) — A South Vietnamese armored column drove across the Ho Chi Minh trail in southern Laos today, sweeping up sizable ammunition caches left by hurriedly retreating North Vietnamese. While the push into Laos met only light ground resistance and harassing shelling attacks, a parallel drive by 20,000 South Vietnamese troops in Cambodia II ran into stiff opposition. In Canal By The Associated Press Israel expressed a willingness today to help Egypt clear the Suez Canal, blocked by sunken vessels since the 1967 Middle East war. But Premier Golda Meir said in Jerusalem any Israeli withdrawal of troops from the east bank of the canal would be incumbent on peace with Egypt. Mrs. Meir, making an official reply to the proposal of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat to open the canal if Israeli troops withdrew, said: "It seems to me peculiar to propose a withdrawal ... outside the framework of agreed arrangements for a total end to the war." The premier told the Knesset, Israel's Parliament, that the Sadat proposal "simply isn't clear" and needed considerable clarification. Earlier a spokesman for the Egyptian government said any Israeli requests for clarification of Sadat's demand for "partial withdrawal" of troops would be a delaying tactic. 2 Children Killed By Volcano LEON, Nicaragua (AP) — Two children were reported killed today and 5,000 persons were without homes as ashes and dust continued to spew forth from the Cerro Negro volcano for the seventh straight day. Tons of sand and fiery ashes gushing from the crater crushed hundreds of peasants' homes near the base of the volcano and destroyed an estimated $5 million worth of crops. Sand rained down on the Pacific Coast city of Leon, 25 miles from Carro Negro leaving a residue up to seven inches deep on the streets. Red Cross rescue teams were dispatched to Cerro Negro to remove survivors from the danger sector. North Vietnamese troops launched three heavy attacks on the edge of the rubber plantation town of Snuol, five miles inside Cambodia and about 90 miles north of Saigon. South Vietnamese headquarters said 73 North Vietnamese were killed with the help of U.S. air strikes, while Saigon's losses were 10 killed and 42 wounded. This raised to 407 the number of North Vietnamese reported killed in the Cambodian phase of the operation in the past week, while South Vietnamese losses now total 45 killed and 203 wounded, a spokesman said. On the Laotian front 300 miles to the north, a South Vietnamese field commander said he expected his troops during the next 10 days to push along Route 9 as far as they could toward Sav- annakhet, 125 miles across the Laotian panhandle on the border between Laos and Thailand. He did not say just how far his troops would try to go, however. The lead South Vietnamese units were reported 12 miles inside Laos, meeting light contact with the enemy as they advanced toward the town of Spone, 25 miles from the border. Sepone is a main North Vietnamese transhipment point and base area, but the town was said to be virtually deserted. South Vietnamese headquarters said 10 of its troops were killed and 44 wounded Monday, the opening day of the drive. This included six killed along with four American crewmen when enemy gunners shot down a U.S. helicopter. Known enemy losses were 14 killed, a spokesman said. The push along Route 9 was moving slowly because bulldozers had to rebuild the highway. Obituaries on page 20 BERTOLINO, Edith Vele- sig, 46, Indiana KEPHART, Melda, 82, Punxsutawney LATE DEATH LOWRY, Mrs. Mary LaRue, 69, 205 S. 7th St., Indiana Illlllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllliiiiilillllliiiiillli iiiiiiniiiiillii llliiliilllllllliillllillllllllllllliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinii iiililllllllllllllliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiin Area Employment Down According to the Indiana office of the Bureau of Employment Security, the estimated employment in the Indiana Labor Market Area dropped 1,000 between Oct. 15, 1970, and mid-December 1970. Despite this decline, the employment figure stood at 25,600, 700 over last year's total for the same period. This loss was primarily the result of the normal seasonal reduction of 800 in agriculture. The balance of the loss, 200 jobs, took place in manufacturing. Nonmanufacturing and the all other workers group remained unchanged. Manufacturing suffered a job loss of 200 during the cur- rent report period. The entire change took place in the durable goods sector where other durable goods and fabricated metal products and nonelect- rical machinery segments both recorded losses of 100. No segment of the nondu- rable goods industries recorded any major movement between Oct. 15 and mid-December 1970. Nonmanufacturing employment remained stable during the current report period. There were, however, offsetting movements within the division. Wholesale and retail trade climbed 100 due to the influence of holiday buying, while contract construction was off by 100 as this sector started its cold weather decline. Other nonmanufactuiing groups showed little or no change. The total estimated unemployment for the Indiana Labor Market Area increased from 1,000 in October to 1,400 in December 1970. This was 200 over the level recorded for December 1969. The withdrawal of 600 from the civilian work force helped to offset some of the normal seasonal increase in the jobless total. Job seekers now account for 5.2 per cent of the available civilian work force compared to TYPICAL INDIANA COUNTY SCENE TODAY — This Indiana winter scene captured on film by the Gazette's Tom Peel is representative of the cold beauty throughout the county today. Solitary footprints through the snow and the stark blackness of the tree offer a contrast appealing to the eyes. Five-Inch Snow Staggers Indiana County District Ah Hah ... You thought old man winter had already heaped his surprise on Indiana County for the winter, didn't you? Today's weather can best be described as cold, blustery, miserable, not fit for man nor beast, or downright rotten. Whichever term best suits your particular taste can be inserted in the following report of Indiana County's weather today. The official report from the weather bureau station atop Penn View Mountain east of Blairsville listed the temperature at 9 a.m. as ten degrees above zero and slowly falling. Winds range from 15 to 35 miles per hour with drifting prevalent. In fact, the weather station observer said the road leading to the tower is drifted shut. An overnight snow fall of five inches was reported, bringing the total to eight inches since 2 p.m. Monday. In the Indiana area, snow cover ranged from eight to 11 inches and all roads were reported passable, but slippery with some drifting. Last night's blustery weather brought about cancellation of classes at United District Schools, the only such report today. A spokesman for the Clymer Water Service at Indiana said 33.6 inches of snow' has been measured this winter at the firm's pump station southeast of Indiana. The overnight snow was part of a general weather pattern covering this end of the state. Weather Travelers warnings in effect today. Windy and quite cold today with snow flurries likely and considerable blowing and drifting snow. Steady or slowly falling temperatures during the day. Very cold with variable cloudiness and a chance of snow flurries tonight and tomorrow. Lows tonight from near zero to ten above. Highs tomorrow in the teens. Probability of precipitation 70 per cent today, 30 per cent tonight and tomorrow. Some Buildings Collapse LOS ANGELES (AP) — A powerful earthquake hit Southern California at 6:01 a.m. today, causing two reported deaths, numerous injuries and cracked buildings and highways. The jolting temblor was felt over at least 350 miles from Fresno to below the Mexican border but damage was worst in Los Angeles and its heavily populated San Fernando Valley. Center of the shock was reported as 17 miles north of the valley in the rugged San Gabriel Mountains. Major damage was reported in the two closest towns ot Newhall and Saugus, 35 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. The shock came as a series of violent jolts, followed by rocking motion lasting nearly a minute. Buildings swayed and cracked. Windows shattered. Highways cracked and buckled. One major freeway was closed. Merchandise in stores and household objects on tables and shelves tumbled to floors. Power and phone service was interrupted in many areas, with transformers popping like firecrackers and high voltage lines snapped. Swimming pools sloshed over. In a few locations, walls of old buildings fell out or roofs sagged. The two killed were in the Midnight Mission building in downtown Los Angeles, which suffered heavy structural damage when the roof of the ancient structure sagged downward. The magnitude of the shock was rated at between 6 and 6.5 on the Richter scale, which rates major quakes at 7 or more. It was the strongest quake in the Los Angeles area since the 1952 temblor at Tehachapi, to the north, which had a magnitude of 7.2 and was strongly felt here. It killed 12 persons. The San Francisco quake was 8.25. Numerous aftershocks followed the first shake, though none were as powerful. Today's quake appeared to be about the magnitude of the 1933 quake in nearby Long Beach which killed more than 100. The Golden State Freeway, major north-south artery, was See Page 5; Column 4 Illllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllliiiiiiiiiiin Illllllllllllllllliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiuiiiiiii Pitt Professor To Meet With Gov. Shapp— Apollo Splashdown in Pacific Claims N-Power Plants ncrease Infant Deaths 3.6 per cent in October 1970 and 4.5 per cent in December 1969. Claims for unemployment compensation filed in the local BES office jumped from 337 in the third week in October 1970 to 716 in the corresponding week in December 1970. The outlook for the Indiana Labor Market Area does not indicate a recovery from the current status but rather a continuation of the downward trend in employment because of negative seasonal factors. Job opportunities currently represent replacement needs while the labor supply remains numerically adequate. SPACE CENTER, Houston (AP) — Man's most scientifically rewarding moon mission neared an end today as the Apollo 14 astronauts hurtled toward a fiery dash through the atmosphere and splashdown in the South Pacific. They were on such a perfect course Mission Control canceled a final midcourse correction and told them they were on target for a 4:04 p.m. EST touchdown 874 miles south of American Samoa. "Good," came the reply from the command ship Kitty Hawk. It was one of the few words from astronauts Alan B. Shepard Jr., Edgar D. Mitchell and Stuart A. Roosa as they busied themselves with last-minute stowage and systems checks. Their silence contrasted with Monday night when the trio held a televised news conference and termed their flight a smashing success. Mission Control reported that four of its tracking stations were temporarily affected by the Los Angeles earthquake today but that backup systems prevented any loss of communications with the astronauts. PITTSBURGH (AP) - A University of Pittsburgh professor, who claims nuclear plants increased infant deaths, says he'll meet Wednesday in Harrisburg with Gov. Shapp to seek support for a moratorium on nuclear plant construction. Dr. Ernest Sternglass, a radiology professor, said Shapp agreed to the meeting at the request of various conservation groups throughout the state. Strenglass supports his arguments against nuclear plants with the following data from U.S. government reports : —Radiocativity from stacks at the Dresden station near Morris, 111., rose from 783 Curies in 1964 to 700,000 in 1966. Infants deaths rose 48 per cent in six area counties. —Emissions at the Peach Bottom station in York County, Pa., went from 7.76 Curies in 1967 to 109 in 1968. Infant deaths rose 47 per cent in York and four per cent in Lancaster County, where they had dropped 24 per cent the year before. —At the Big Rock plant near Charlevoix, Mich., emissions rose from 783 Curies in 1965 to 705,000 in 1966. Infant mortality climbed an average of 8.9 per cent in 10 adjacent counties. —A nuclear fuel reprocessing plant went into operation in Cattaraugus County, N.Y., in 1966 and emitted 2.4 million Curies in two years. Infant deaths went up by an average of 44 per cent in four surrounding counties. Sternglass said the increases occurred despite declines in infant mortality overall. In an interview Monday, Sternglass said the effects of radiation are greatest on infants. "Radiation lowers resistance to diseases like pneumonia and influenze," he said. "Infants are the weakest humans so they are the first affected. We have evidence that adults are also harmed, but the results are less dramatic." Strenglass said the radioactivity enters the body through the lungs, as well as through food produced in the contaminated area. He said that the radioactive emissions at the four facilities are well within Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) limits, especially the Peach Bottom station. "The trouble is the AEC grossly misjudged the much greater sensivity of the fetus," he said. Sternglass said all new nuclear plants should be built along the lines of the one at Shippingport, Pa., which is a prototype of a submarine reactors we now have are being built purely to compete with coal." "To insure against leakage the reactors will have to be built 1,000 times as tight because the embyo is 1,000 times weaker. The net effect will be an increase in the cost of nuclear fuel." Sternglass said some resistance to change has come from the scientific community. "There are a great many dedicated individuals who have devoted their lives to achieving the benefits of nuclear fuel," he said. "Now they refuse to believe it isn't perfect."

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