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Wilmington, Delaware
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Thursday, November 9, 1972
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Elder Foes Challenged At Conrad Majority Supports Him 'at Meeting A resolution for Conrad School District Superintendent Leon B. Elder's reassignment was challenged by Elder supporters at last night's four-hour meeting of the Conrad Area Concerned Citizens Coun- , cil-'T Previous meetings of the council have included up to 300 . persons expressing dissatis-faction with the superintendent, but a majority of about 40 persons, including six school board members, supported Eider at last night's meeting. The pro-Elder group challenged the council on its resolution at Jant month's meeting, which called for Elder's transfer. The challenge was recorded although Ronald Eck, council president, reject-e d a proposed resolution supporting the superintendent for 'his excellent record." Eck said the Elder supporters were not members of the council. THE council, organized dur-i n g recent negotiations between the school board and the Conrad Area Federation of Teachers, has tried to get Elder reassigned to non-personnel work. Eck said last night that the council was not formed primarily to dump Elder but to obtain answers and open communication between the community, and school. "We want to know why the teachers' morale is so low that they went on strike," Dick said. MRS. Kenneth H. Meidling wife of a board member, scored condemnation "without the facts . . ." and said the News-Journal papers helped polarize the community by presenting views favoring the teachers. A retired teacher cited El-! der as a capable superintendent. "Teachers who have been fired or- left . . . just weren't gocd teachers," she said. "All Mr. Elder asked for was a day's work for a day's pay.". J Iff &ZM Evening Journal, Wilmington, Del. Thursday, Nov. 9, wz Executive at Elkton's Thiokol Is One of 14 New Men on Moon By MIM CROWL Newark Bureau ELKTON, Md.-When Thomas B. Wilson Jr. was notified recently that his name had been placed on the moon last July, his wife and children were more excited than he was. "I really didn't feel much 'different," he said, "but the family was impressed and excited." Wilson modestly said he told them he did no thing special to be selected for the honor. Wilson, 50, is a program manager at the Elkton division of Thiokol Chemical Corp. He has worked there 13 years, coordinating the design and production of the Recruit retro rocket motors that separatte , second and third stages of the Saturn V Apollo launch vehicle. HIS name was one of 14 placed in a canister and left on the moon by Astronaut James Irwin during the Apollo 16 shot last year. Wilson said he had no idea why the National Aeronautics and Space Administration delayed releasing the information until now, except that "the paper is slow in government work, but usually not that slow." Those whose names were placed on the moon were a sampling honoring the more than 200,000 employes of NASA and its contractors who have made the Apollo space program possible. Preparations to launch Apollo 17, the last in the Apol!o moon landing program, are now under way. AFTER the Apollo program is completed, Wilson said, he expects to continue managing the production of Recruit rocket motors at Thiokol, because they are used extensively in other space programs to propel scientific probes to high altitudes. "The next thing will be the Skylab program, and then the space shuttle. Someday it would be really nice to actually go up there," Wilson said. Until then, he and his wife an two teen-age daughters will be content with the letter notifying them that his name is on : the moon, along with a color print of the name list. Someday Wilson may get ' his wish to go to the moon. Until then the family will continue living in Graylyn Crest, . north of Wilmington. Data Center Except in Legislature Computer Poppiti 's 'Magic Worked l ens All Staff Photo by Jodl Cobb Peace Pilgrim 1,500 miles per pair of shoes Peace Pilgrim Treks Message Through Delaware Meidling urged the council and other members of the community to "take us into your confidence" to clear rumors on both sides. $100 Reward Offered in Bomb Scares From the Dover Bureau CAMDEN-WYOMING - The Caesar Rodney Board of Education is offering a $100 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who have called in more than 10 bomb threats to the high school. Robert A. Coleman, director of administrative services, said information may be submitted to the state police or the school district office and wOl be treated confidentially. There have been three or more bomb threats each day at the high school for the last three school days, Coleman said. Each call resulted in an evacuation of the school's 1,-600 students. ... Yet'lei'Udy, tlie Capital School District also reported a telephoned bomb threat at Dover High School. By MARTHA ESPEDAHL If you see a springhtly gray-haired woman in navy pants, shirt and tunic hitch-hiking south from Delaware tomorrow, it's Peace Pilgrim. Peace Pilgrim is nameless, penniless and doesn't discuss her , age. She's visiting and speaking in Wilmington through tomorrow. She walks and hitch-hikes around the "country promoting peace. She's been doing it since 1953 and her routes carry her through Wilmington every two or three years. "I'M a penniless pilgrim," she says, "and I walk until I find shelter and fast until I'm offered food. I never ask for anything." Peace Pilgrim stopped counting her mileage back in 1964 when her accumulated walks amounted to more than 25,000 miles. Peace Pilgrim estimates her mileage by the wear on her navy - canvas, rubber-soled shoes. "These shoes last me 1,500 miles," she said, pointing to a new pair, "and I use a couple of pairs a year." Interviewed at the Brandy-wine Hundred home where she was staying, Peace Pilgrim said people today don't understand the purposes of pilgrims. . "Pilgrimages are old and were traditionally done on foot in a prayerful attitude. Pilgrimages give an opportunity to contact people." PEACE Pilgrim promotes peace of all types world as well as inner. She talks to people she meets along the road, lectures to schools and interested groups, preaches sermons and handles a tremendous volume of mail. Her sermon record is seven on one Sunday. She's easily recognized by faded navy gabardine trousers, faded navy shirt topped by a navy tunic bearing large white letters, Peace Pilgrim. Why .navy? "Blue is the color of, peace and it doesn't necessarily have to be the pale blue such as the United .Nations flag.; My name in white shows up 'better on navy, and navy is better for being on the road," she says. Peace Pilgrim finds that by taking back roads and avoiding the super highways and turnpikes, she meets more ' people and the walking is more pleasant. SHE believes that peace is very near. "Peace has just re-' cently become a possibility," she says. "Immaturity is the cause of war and when people mature enough to realize how stupid it is, then they begin to do something about it." Peace Pilgrim, wo follows the seasons with her travels, is preparing to head south for the winter. She'll stop to give speeches , in Washington and several spots in Virginia. Then she'll spend a month in North Carolina before wintering in Florida. 102 Taken in Bohemia Area Back to Blinds, Men! Stolen Decoys Found From the Newark Bureau ELKTON, Md. Between $3,000 and $4,000 worth of stolen goose decoys has been recovered by the Cecil County Sheriff's Department. . The 102 decoys were reported stolen from various locations in and around the Bohemia River area from property owned by Charles R. Guiberson, of Newark, Del., Dr. John Carrier of Havre De Grace and Michael Boyle of West View Shores. . Acting on an anonymous phone call last night, chief investigator Bernard Johnson checked an area near St. Au- ,.,r.iM T A n A 1 r r r I Vn hidden cache. Johnson said he has no suspects at this time. . Election Results Sped to Media From the Dover Bureau DOVER - The IBM computer at the central data center in the Highway Admin-i s t r a t i o n Building here reported winners in the eight top election races in a test run last Friday. And it followed through on Tuesday. Burton D. Willis, election commissioner; and Horace E. Bunting, computer operations manager, worked out a system that provided the news media with revised totals in all 106 contests every 20 minutes on election day. ' Votes were completely tallied for Delaware at 12:25 a.m., just 15 minutes after the last election district reported. It was the first time the state Division of Central Data Processing provided election results. ; Figures reached Dover by phone and by courier, after auditing from each of the 321 election districts, and were double-checked and punched on cards fed to the computer. The operation - required about 450 persons, indiuding runners in the 321 -districts, area captains', telephone and keypunch operators, programmers, systems analysts, and double-checkers at almost every stage. Woman Shot Accidentally A woman was wounded last night when a tenant above her accidentally discharged a rifle and the bullet went through the floor. Viola Washington, 30, of 501 E. 8th St., was released after treatment at Delaware Division for nose and chest wounds. Wilmington police said Irvin t SNash, 59, discharged a .22- ' caliber rifle about 9 last night. The bullet went through the floor and continued through the ceiling of Ms. Washington's apartment before striking her. Chesterite Pleads To Lesser Count Francis Clifton Mahon Jr., 28, of Chester, Pa., pleaded guilty yesterday in U.S. Dis-t r i c t Court to being an accessory after the fact to possession of a stolen car which had been transported in interstate commerce. Mahon was one of four people charged with operating an illicit check-cashing scheme in The Newark area in November 1970. - Mahon had been convicted of a n interstate conspiracy charge. The U.S. 3d Circuit Court of Appeals overturned that conviotion and ordered a new trial. By BILL HAYDEN Mike Poppiti stood like a conquering hero early yesterday morning at the head of the sweeping stairway leading up to the Hotel du Pont's Du Barry Room. Outside the locked doors leading to the 'Du Barry and Gold Ballroom, a crowd of well wishers and bandwagon climbers on pounded to get inside to parties for Sherman W. Tribbitt and Joseph R. Biden Jr. INSIDE, the rooms were filled with capacity crowds of partiers and politicans. And Michael A. Poppiti, the man who had taken over a disorganized Democratic Party in February as state chairman, ruled as cock of the walk. The election returns were pretty much the way Poppiti a week before said they would have to go for him to be satisfied. A Democrat was elected governor. A Democrat U.S. senator. A Democrat New Castle County executive. A Democrat mayor of Wilmington. A Democratic Wilmington city council. The only hope that didn't come to pass was Democratic control of a house of the General Assembly. And that was a narrow miss. POPPITI had been prag-m a t i c in his predictions. Yesterday, he was jubilant, accepting with a broad smile congratulations from passing party workers. He assured each one that the election's result would have been impossible without them. And there is a tendency to believe him. After the polls closed and the wait for the first returns began, Poppiti described a pool of more than 1,000 campaign workers by all the state's Democratic candidates to man a coordinated effort to get out Democratic votes. Since taking over the party's helm, Poppiti said, his job has been patching together the various segments into an organization that could work together. It apparently did work. POPPITI held no realistic hope that McGovern could beat Nixon in Delaware, but he was counting on a "penance vote" with many voters who felt they couldn't vote for McGovern voting straight Democrat for the rest of the ticket. He was also counting on an anti-Peterson vote among disaffected Republicans and declines to turn the tide for Tribbitt. He said David P. Buckson, Gov. Russell W. Peterson's opponent in the Republican primary, turned out to be one of the Demo-' crats' best candidates because Peterson was forced to spend a great deal of time mending fences within his own party. And as he stood in the back of the room as well-wishers and newsmen swarmed around Tribbitt, he was already talking about finding candidates for the 1974 elections and solidifying the base this year's victory has given the party. POPPITI was lured back into active politics and the state chairmanship by the challenge of building a political party on the shambles of the state Democratic organization. He had left active politics in the mid '60s when he quit as city Democratic chairman to , build a successful law prac-. tice. He recalled that in 1948 it. was a successful state party built from scratch in time for - that election. Now, he had overseen the start of another rebuilding. And while all the shouting and celebration was still going on at the hotel, Mike Poppiti went home to bed. ALMANAC CORNER 49th day of autumn Thursday, Nov. 9,1972 314th day of year A.M. EST Nov. 9 I Data From NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE. SSSSsSw 11 NOAA, U.S. Dept. ol Commerce An Avenge J iWll r" r "v ' for Acta J 45 Wfl f UUt 40"50M60 lw Ttmporaturw Expect) I xa5$l TiVr 60 Until Friday Morning jjyCg-!. Mike Poppiti Again the champ Union Loses Ramada Vote Attempts by a Philadelphia Union to organize workers at the Ramada Inn off U.S. 13 here have apparently failed. A vote by workers yesterday ended with 47 against and 28 for representation by the Hotel, Motel and Club Employes Union, Local 568, according to motel manager Michael DeJoseph. The election was conducted tions Board and follows several weeks of picketing by the union. Chester County House Race a Squeaker One Tiny Doubt in GOP Sweep J. By ALICE STELTZER Area Correspondent WEST CHESTER, Pa. Republicans soared to total victory in state Senate races in Chester County Tuesday and almost total victory in the state House of Representatives, with results in doubt in only one district. In the 155th House district, Republican challenger Carl Glocker holds an unofficial one-vote lead over incumbent Democrat Samuel Morris. Fi-nal results await official action tomorrow by the Chester County Board of Elections. UNOFFICIAL counts indi-c a t e Sen. John Stauffer, Republican, sailed back into o'fhe for the 19th Congressional District on a nearly 2-1 margin over Walter J. Ciolko, a Democrat. Richard A. Snyder, Republican, won a state Senate seat by 8,000 votes over Democrat Alfred Month in the 13th District. In the contest for seats in the state House of Representatives, Earl Smith, Republican, beat Democrat Albert M. Greenfield in the new 13th District in the western parj of Chester County by a 2,000-vote margin. Incumbent Republican Richard T. Schulze in the 157th District defeated his Democratic opponent, Annamarie Malloy, by 6,000 votes, as did Republican Joseph R. Pitts in the 158th District, who knocked Democrat William Lloyd Williams out of the race for the seat vacated by Rep. Benjamin J. Reynolds. IN the 156th District, State Rep. Patricia Crawford de-feated her Democratic opponent, John J. Cook, by 10,030 votes. Extremely heavy voter turnout kept board of elections workers counting votes well into yesterday morning. In Kennett Square borough, two of the three polling places reported an 80-per cent turnout, while the third reported 91 per cent. The Weather Map cipitation probability near . , . 1 zero tonight and 10 per cent Rain or showers are fore- prjHav cast today for the Pacific NEW JERSEY - Partly Northwes from the Gulf doud tonj M flnd Frid coast to the Great Lakes and Tr- u n -j i -j m r x, A I j ' Highs Friday low to mid 50s. for the New England coast. Low tonight in the upper 30s to Snow is expected in the north- low 40s.6Precipitation proba. ern Rockies, the upper Great bmt near zeroHtoni ht nd M Lakes and northern New Eng- cent Frid land. The Forecasts Extended Outlook NEW CASTLE and CECIL . Saturday-Monday. Rain like-COUNTIES - Fair tonight ly Satoday. Qeanng Sunday with diminishing winds, lows and feu-Monday. Highs in the ' near 40. Friday increasing "PPer 50s and lower 60s. Lows cloudiness, highs in the upper m the 40s-50s. Probability of precipitation near zero tonight and Instrument Readings Friday. Yesterday at 7 p.m.: Temperature, , TT,V. Hi humidify 74; wind, NW 25, gusting. KENT and SUSSEX COUN- to 33; barometer, .40 rising. TTFS FASTFRM SHPIRP" Midnight: Temperature, 51; humid- Gale warnings are in effect on rmeter, 29.51 rising. . . r: , u Today at 7 a.m.: Temperature, 50; the COaSt. Fair tonight With humidity, a; wind, NW 18, gusting to diminishing winds, lows near tZ dat. ,nc. diminishing winds, lows near High, n in 1 895,- low, 24 in 1971. 40. Friday increasing cloudiness, highs in the upper 50s. Day's Record, Tides Probability Of precipitation Precipitation yesterday 2.44 In. 1 t-i j t-. - j Month to date 2.44 In. near zero tonight and Friday. Normal for month 3.53 in. southeastern penn- Wd"::::::::::: SYLVANIA Partly cloudy Sunrise Today 4:40; Tomorrow 6:41 j T7: it;u tt-: Sunset loaay 4:W; Tomorrow 4:41 tonight and Friday. HlghS Fn- Length of day 10 hours, 12 minutes day 59 to 55. Low tonight in o'SV'rWeV4 the upper 30s to low 40s. Pre- ritstV'nrght ::::::::; EVENING JOURNAL 831 Orange St., Wilmington, Del. 19899 MEMBER OF THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Telephone 654-5351 Classified Ad Takers 655-4061 Newark Bureau E. Main & Chapel Sis., Newark 19711 Telephone 738-6000. For Cecil. County, 398-4660 Dover Bureau 20 E. Division St., Dover, Del. 19901 P.O. Box 535, Telephone 734-7577 Sussex County Bureau 18 N. Railroad Ave. Georgetown, Del. 19947 Telephone 856-7371 Delaware Area Code 302 Washington Bureau National Press Building Washington, D.C. 20004 Telephone (Area Code: 202) EX 3-0146 Second Class postage paid at Wilmington, Delaware Daily Except Sunday Subscription rates: Single copy 15 cents, home delivery 75 cents per week. By mail, where home delivery is not available, payable In ad-vsnce: One year $38, six months $19.50, three months $9.75, one month $3.25. Foreign: One year $72, one month $6. Make checks, money orders, etc., payable To The News-Journal Co. TIDES AT MARINE TERMINAL High Low Tomorrow a.m 2:15 S 57 Tomorrow p.m. 2:23 9:45 NIGH TIDES TOMORROW Rehobotti Bay 9:58 10:24 Lewes 10:58 11:24 Breakwater Harbor 10:53 11:19. Slaughter Beaoh 11:23 11:49 Bowers Beach 11:50 xxxx Bombay Hook: 12:11 12:22 Port Penn 12:46 12:57 Reedy Point 1:11 1:22 Kent Island 7:04 8:11 Baltimore .. 8:48 10:00' Chesapeake City xxxx 12:07 Air Quality 24-Hour Average at 8 A.M. Partlc- Sulfur Today's ulates Dioxide Indl-... ,, (Ruds) (ppm) tator Woods Haven- Kruse School .28 .01 0 Seventh and French Sts. .22 .01 0 ' County Bldg., Kkwood. Hwy. .11 .01 0 " Old Ferry Dock, Newcastle .06 .00 0 Indicator scale: 0-30. good; 30-60,-satisfactory; 40-100. unsatisfactory; over-100, poor. (Readinos of 1.4 on particulates and .13 on sulfur dioxide are con-udered In violation of state standards). Indicator Is determined by combining actual readings with forecast weamer conditions to provide an Index of their effect on the Quality of air. Missino readings due to computer malfunction. Weather Elsewhere ; High Low-Albany, rain 47 . Albuquerque, cloudy 30 Amarillo, cloudy 41 n Asheville, clear 59 & AHanta, clear 66 43- Atlof.j.c clj, ciuuuy Birmingham, clear 49 47. Bismarck, cloudy ... 39 19 Boise, cloudy 53 3J Boston, rain 52 4a Buffalo, cloudy ...... 43 33 Charleston, clear 47 39 Charlotte, clear 44 4 Chicago, cloudy 47 42 Cincinnati, cloudy .... .... 50 50 Cleveland, cloudy J 48 33 Denver, rain 45 24 Des Moines, rain 44 33 Detroit, c'oudy 4a 38 Duluth, cloudy ........... 35 3 Fort Worth, cloudy 74 4j- Helena, rain . , 50 31 - Houston, cloudy 79 42- Indianapolis, cloudy 53 47, Jacksonville, clear 75 50 Kansas City, ra n 75 50 Little Rock, rain 71 so Los Angeles, rain 75 55 Louisville, clear 58 42 Memphis, clear 48 50 Miami, clear . 83 73" Milwaukee, cloudy 44 34 Minneapolis-St. Paul, rain ..44 34 New Orleans, cloudy 75 60 New York, cloudy 54 40 Oklahoma City, rain 44 40 Phoenix, clear 72 44 Pittsburgh, cloudy 47 38 Portland, Ore., rain 58 43 Portland, Me., rain 8 34 Rapid Cty, clear 40 37 Richmond, cloudy 40 37 St. Louis, ram 41 42 Salt Lake, clear 48 33 San Diego, clear 49 50 San Francisco, rain 42 47 Seattle, rain 54 43 Spcane, rain 46 34 Tampa, ciear 82 55 Washington, clear 58 40 1

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