Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on February 26, 1980 · Page 3
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February 26, 1980

Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania · Page 3

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Gazette / Saturday, June 15, 1985 — Page 3 Homer City Mayor Boyd Simmons and June Wagner, president of the Homer City Women's Club, load a package onto a relief truck bound for tornado-stricken Wheatland earlier this week. (Gazette photo by Fisher) $ 11,000 CASH AND PRIZES Just display your STEREO 1160 bumper sticker (available at over 60 Indiana County businesses) — then listen for your license plate number. You'll win $11.60 in cash plus you're guaranteed to win one of the grand prizes worth $50.00 to $1.200.00! WGCS-AM... The Best Show On Radio! LAW OFFICES DANIEL V. DELANEY AND MICHAEL S. DELANEY ATTORNEYS AT LAW ANNOUNCE THE RELOCATION OF THEIR OFFICES FOR THE GENERAL PRACTICE OF LAW TO LAUREL PLACE, THIRD FLOOR 922 PHILADELPHIA STREET INDIANA, PENNSYLVANIA 15701 THE FIRM NAME SHALL BE DELANEY & DELANEY ATTORNEYS AT LAW TELEPHONES AREA CODE 412 349-2255 349-6020 AUCTION SALE Wednesday, June 19 7:OO P.M. 124 East Church Street, Homer City, Pa. This two-story brick dwelling with basement under entire main structure. First floor has kitchen, dining room, living room and reception hall. Second floor has three bedrooms and bath. All heated by hot water gas heat. There is a frame garage at rear. This lot fronts on the south side of Church Street approximately 45 feet and extends back approximately 95 feet along Oak Alley. We feel that the location of this parcel of real estate is above reproach, because it is in a nice residential area close to shopping, churches, transportation, etc. You must investigate this offering to really appreciate the home atmosphere and location. "SEEING IS BELIEVING". Owners live in Florida. Plan to inspect Monday evening, June 17, 7-8 P.M., or any other time by appointment. TERMS: $2,000 down time of sale, balance upon delivery of deed. (Sellers reserve the right to reject any or all bids.) OWNER: Margaret E. Beck-Woods For further details contact: Pete Stewart & Son AUCTIONEERS AND REALTORS 616 Philadelphia St. Phone 463-0715 Indiana, PA License No. AU-000904-L Dear Wheatland/ native daughter Helen Duby Dear Citizens of WlieaUand, In 1977, when many people of Homer City were affected by the flood, your community came to our aid- The Class of 1990 of Homer-Center Junior-Senior High School would like to, in a small way, return the favor. Enclosed you will find a check for S10O. Please accept it with our thanks, gratitude and our friendship. Sincerely, The Class of 1990 By JIM ORR Gazette Staff Writer Helen Duby, the mayor of tornado- lashed Wheatland, was gratified when she received a $100 goodwill message from great niece Kristen Grant's class at Homer-Center High. The students' gesture, coupled with a Wheatland relief effort spearheaded by the adult residents of Homer City, makes Duby, the former Helen Sipos, proud of her roots. Before relocating in the Mercer County borough in 1942, Duby was raised on a farm between Tide and Homer City, one of Julias and Veronica Sipos' 15 children. Duby still returns often to Indiana County, the home of most of her relatives and 12 surviving sisters and brothers. Duby, running for her first mayoral term in 1977, pushed for aid to Homer City when her old community was flooded. Answering a recent council-meeting plea from Doreen Duby, the mayor's daughter and a Homer City resident, the back scratching is now applied from this end's collective hand. "My response? It's unbelievable." Duby said Wednesday of the assistance from Homer City. "Yes I am proud. I believe they have tremendous compassion for the people, as we do in our town. I want to thank them all for what they're doing and for their deep concern. I hope a disaster never occurs when they need help like we do now." The 300-mph twister destroyed half of Wheatland on May 31, killed seven people and leveled half the town for estimated losses mounting upward of $50 million. Duby's Homer City counterpart. Mayor Boyd Simmons, made the two-hour drive to jview the ravaged town last Sunday. He returned astounded. "I couldn't believe it," Simmons said. "I've made the remarks many times that I saw the damage that happened during World War II. but this actually surpassed it." Simmons and the Homer City Women's Club has directed its area's assistance for Wheatland, along with a supporting cast which includes the Seward Fire Department, Brush Valley Grange and numerous volunteers. The relief project capped off Fri. day when a 40-foot truck, provided by the Pennsylvania Electric Co. and loaded with aid. departed from its week-long collection station near the Homer City Fire Department for native daughter Duby's ravaged domain. "You name it. I think we have it." Simmons, whose Cooper Avenue home was flooded by three feet of water in 1977, said earlier this week. "The response has been very good. We're taking everything, no matter who brings it in. The wind has no respect for people and we're not going to discriminate either." For Wheatland. the wide variety of goods collected in Homer City will be put to good use. Simmons' partial listing included a mattress, bed springs, clothing. 10 cases of soda pop. 50 cases of freeze-dried food, paper towels, toiletries, furniture, a gas stove, shoes, and health and Wheatland cleans up Continued from page 1 dominate movement on the landscape and wind-carried debris lines surrounding areas. Wheatland Tube Co. is the sole surviving industrial plant. Eliminated is Sawhill Tubular Products and its 250 jobs. Valley Baptist Church and its two new vans were no match for the storm. Damaged is too mild a description of what happened to Wheatland. Disaster is appropriate. The severe aftershock of the tornado, one of several on May 31 to which the National Weather Service attributes 88 deaths to in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Canada, prompted Vice President Bush and Governor Thornburgh to visit Whealtand last week. Political interests aside, the visit nevertheless signified governmental concern. "When I asked the vice president why he chose our area to tour, he said because of the loss of industry and jobs," said Duby. a Homer City native, on Wednesday. "I do believe it showed the people that. We need all the aid and help we can get. The disaster area has to be seen to be believed. It's still unreal I think I'm going to wake up and..." Her voice trailed off. "Who would have thought I'd have the governor here one day and that he'd come back with the vice president another day? " Duby's mannerisms paint the picture of her municipality as well. Her soft-spoken, punctual sentences come forth from from a tired face: she is professional and polite, but visibly shaken and nods her head sideways in disbelief. "I can't rest until I know the people are fine," she said. "We've pulled.together since Day 1. We've all worked in unity. In a small town, you're one big family. When one hurts, we all do. "The people want to rebuild, they want to remain," Duby continued. "...Strong?- Yes, the people are amazing, they are my strength." Duby expressed faith her friends will indeed pull through, remembering when the Shenango River overflowed in the town citizens affectionately call "the valley." "It's a quiet, peaceful town," said Duby, who is running on the Democratic ticket for her third four-year term in office. "We are hard-working. We used to survive the floods before the (Sharpsville) dam was built (in the late 1960s)." But townsfolk are in dire need of outside recovery assistance, despite their track record during the floods. Uncertain when goverment disaster aid will filter down to Wheatland, D'uby said her borough has relied on private help. Such support — including money, food, clothing and home goods — has poured in from across the United States, from all types of individuals and groups, Duby said. Food is prepared and served at the central aid station, the United Methodist Church on Mercer Avenue, and the American Red Cross has raised a tent outside the American Legion hall on the road entering town from Route 60. "It's unbelievable," Duby said. "You can't believe the help and the hand that has been given to us." Duby said most victims forced from their homes are living with friends and relatives, and some have relocated in new houses and apartments. But others, she said, are troubled to locate housing once they are discharged from nearby hospitals at Shenango Valley and Sharon. Duby, brief in explaining effects of the tragedy, turned descriptive when recalling her feelings as the tornado hit. She was sewing at her Hamilton Avenue home, which overlooks Wheatland from a hillside, while o her husband John relaxed in another room. "My husband was watching TV and shouted, 'There's a tornado coming,"' Duby said. "Like everyone else, we paid no attenion. I heard the hail and I went back to the other room and started sewing again. Then I thought I heard rocks being'thrown at my home. I went outside and the naif was the size of golf balls. I picked a piece up and said, 'Look at the size of the hail.' It was so loud. I said. 'Gee, I don't know where all thoe jets are going to." I just threw the hail down and went up to the sewing rnaching- "Then my husband said. "We'd better go in the basement, things are flying all around." It was sunny. It just looked like clouds were passing over the sun from my home. It just happened. In a couple of seconds, it was gone. It was just a disaster. I told my husband, 'Oh my God. Wheatland is gone." Then the nightmare started...it's still going." The crisis intensified as Wheatland ambulances, miles away en route to northern Mercer County to assist earlier tornado victims, turned a sudden about-face upon hearing news of the crisis at home. "They were unable to get here quickly, but were here as soon as possible." Duby said. Digging for victims continued until the following night, when the seven dead were accounted for. A media blitz soon followed, which Duby said continues as reporters trickle into WheatJand to update reports. "I guess we've been on every channel there is." Duby said. "All the networks have been here: NBC. CBS. ABC. I've even heard from Japan and West Germany." beauty aids. Furthermore, Homer City Borough Council forwarded a $1.000 check from its general fund to Wheatland. "What happened up there (Wheatland) is they thought they wouldn't need as much help (because of prompt government aid), but that wasn't the case," Simmons said. "They found out they will need outside assistance." So desperate was Wheatland's dis- tress call, Simmons said Homer City might have joined the relief effort even were Duby not the mayor, even had Wheatland not come to the borough's side in '77. "We feel we are returning a favor, but even without that, we still feel we should do it because they need it." Simmons said. Relief donations are being accepted by the Wheatland Borough Reconstruction Fund. 71 Victor Boulevard, Wheatland, Pa., 16161. Pre-School Recreation Program PLAYSCHOOL IN THE PARK for ages 3, 4 and S MONDAYS & WEDNESDAYS June 24 to July 31 or TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS i 0 A .M.-Noon June 25 to August 1 "Rain or Shine" Meet at the Mack Park Picnic Pavilion Planned learning experiences and group play activities in the 52 acre park. Supervised by experienced teachers. Fee S 3O Sponsored by Indiana Area Recreation & Parks For information or Registration CaH Susan Kozusko 463-6331 or 463-3473 H OT TOPPINGS 510 Off One Better® or Lasts So Long^ perm Top the season with the hot ones. 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