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Binghamton, New York
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Friday, January 17, 1964
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Their Dream: New Long, Long Trail a- Winding Even for a crow flying, it's far piece from the Allegany State Park to Port Jer-vis, but to hooked hikers, it's not far enough. . At Owego this weekend, hikers from all over the state, making up the board of managers and officers of the Finger Lakes Trail Confer e n c e, will get together to talk about this. They want to build a miss strain 700-mile walking trail across 300 miles of New York State to meet up with the fabled Appalachian Trail near Port Jervis and Bear Mountain. The Appalachian Trail is 2,000 miles long. It meanders from Maine to Georgia. To a hiker it is what Mt. Everest is to a climber; what the Boston Symphony is to a Back Bay dowager; what a case full of penny candy is to an urchin with a busted piggy bank. TO GET TO the Appalachian Trail from the Finger Lakes and the Southern Tier, a citizen with an itchy foot needs a formal .feeder trail that skirts forests," lakes, ponds, goes up ravines, over drumlins and thank-you-ma'ams, traversing thousands of farms and government forest preserves. Such a trail, the fervent higher will tell you, must-be as far away from a gasoline-saturated highway as possible. Saturday, the hikers from the Triple Cities, Buffalo, Rochester, Bath, Newark, Syracuse, and Ithaca will rest their feet at the home of Miss Paula M. Strain of 95 Lisle Road, Owego, the head librarian at the International Business Machines Corp. laboratory at Owego. MISS STRAIN was an Appalachian hiker in Washington D. C, the capital that upgraded hiking during the Kennedy administration, and when she came here three years ago, she plunged enthusiastically into the plans of the Finger Lakes Trail Conference to cut across southern New York with a trail of its own. She explained that while the airline distance from Allegany to the Appalachian Trail is from 275 to 325 miles, the hikers want not only a cross-state direct trail, but offshoots, sub-feeders to such places as Syracuse, and scenic diversions. . All this would add up to between 650 and 700 miles, she said. Such a trail is a path, or series of paths, crossing the away-from-the-highway t e r -rain, and when a route has been decided upon, the hikers ask formal permission of landowners to cross it. This takes time, energy, effort and is a labor of love. Such routes are cased from the air by direct observation, or examined on aerial photographs, she said. AFTER THEIR talk Saturday, the hikers will head for the open, spending all day over newly located places for the Finger Lakes Trail south of Ithaca. The first half dozen miles of the Finger Lakes Trail was dedicated south of Ithaca in May, 1962 and now the walking buffs are laying out a plan for another section, 70 miles in length, east from Watkins Glen. The Triple Cities Hiking Club is working on a short section of the proposed cross-state trail near Smlthville Flats, Greene and Oxford in Chenango County and Sidney in Delaware County. The Triple, Cities Hiking Club representatives for the Owego meeting are Peter Gucwa of 1101 Chenango Street, and David L. Heck of 410 East Main Street, Endicott. ; The president of the Finger Lakes Trail Conference is Wallace D. Wood, of Rochester, a former resident of Tioga County. Saturday's meeting is the third annual meeting of the group. Mr. Wood said that the trail is planned not only for hikers. He said the planners hope to interest snow - shoers and cross-country skiers in using it. .. ; PROPOSED ROUTE OF THE FINGLR LAKES 'TRAIL '? V I V eeTii ff 7tLr" My v. Binghamton 0y fcer,UX 01 f LAM. COKMIMb Tom Cawley 1 It? LA There is something bizarre about the compulsions of governors, legislators and historians to give states and cities nicknames. - They pick out flowers, seals, mottoes and other jangling impedimenta and force them upon our letterheads and license plates. We're all for the guy on Long Island who is suing . the state, rebelling at the commercial line, "World's Fair" on this year's plates. He wants immunity from a charge of defacing a state license plate when he covers the offending line up. He takes the view that if the New York World's Fair people want to advertise, let 'em advertise in the accepted manner, and pay for it, not charge automobile owners for the privilege of carrying their advertising. This brings ns back to the "Parlor City," that lame, antimacassared name applied to Binghamton. The other day, there was a suggestion here, considered surly by the boosters, that we forget this "Parlor City" business and get on with other things. JOHN A. MacLACHLAN, the retired publisher of the Sidney Record and Bainbridge News, has a small, nice compulsion himself. He is an inveterate clipper of newspapers and a saver of clippings. Mr. MacLachlan dug down in his treasures and came up with a 65-year-old clipping from the old Bain-bridge Republican, which reveals that a newspaperman from Scranton, of all people, was the one who dubbed Binghamton the "Parlor City," back in 1874. Turns out this Scranton editor came here to a firemen's convention and had a ball, went home, hauled off and wrote a piece calling Binghamton the "Parlor City." The Binghamton Chronicle winced as the boosters here picked up the name and it called upon all the citizenry to man the barricades and fight off this dreadful thing. The Chronicle urged all right-thinking to boycott the phrase "Parlor City." Like so many great crusades, it failed. MR. MacLACHLAN'S CLIPPING from the April 26, 1899 Bainbridge Republican says: "A discussion is now in progress in the Binghamton Chronicle as to the propriety of changing or retaining the soubriquet 'Parlor City' to that very lively town of 40,000 inhabitants. In the arguments, pro and con, published in letter form, is the origin of the term, 'Parlor City' as applied to Binghamton. i "A delegation of firemen from Scranton were entertained in Binghamton some twenty-five or more years ago, and the hospitality enjoyed was so handsomely given, the city was so pretty, so cleanly, and the surroundings in such excellent taste probably in sharp contrast to Scranton that one of the visitors, a Scranton editor, wrote a complimentary notice of the trip, speaking of Binghamton as the 'Parlor City.' The Binghamton papers took up the name, which has clung to the city ever since. "The Chronicle calls upon its contemporaries to boycott the word 'Parlor' in connection with Binghamton. It seems to us that the Chronicle is considerably off in its request, for, instead of being 'silly,' the sou-briquet suggests beauty, taste refinement an accumulation of the best things which Binghamton possesses in a marked degree, united with a bustling commercial activity. Binghamton is a charming city and we hope will continue to remain the 'Parlor City of this lection of the state. We refuse to boycott." WE MIGHT HAVE KNOWN somebody from Scranton hung this one on us. Little i'recipitation Expected It'll BBe Warmer, But Mo Meal Thaw The mild weather that moved into the Southern Tier yesterday will linger as a pleasant winter inter lude at least through Wednesday, the weatherman said today. But temperatures in the 30s do not make a thaw, he said. because snow doesn't begin to melt until the mercury climbs into the 40s. ' ' . Low temperatures tonight are expected to range from 18 to 23, with tomorrow's highs likely to be in the middle or upper 30s. There may be a few snow flurries tonight. Tomorrow will be cloudy and windy, the weather man said. High temperature in Bing hamton yesterday afternoon was 36. Overnight low in the city was a moderate 28. The extended forecast through Wednesday calls for mild weather for most of the period, with less than .20 of an inch of pre cipitation coming near the end of the period as ram or snow Temperatures are expected to average 4 to 10 degrees above the normal 27. 'iiiiiiiittiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiminiiiiinniiiiniiiiiitiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiitii Panama Mission Eye-Opener, Neck-Chafer for Manning Helen Mead Never Quit Funeral for Brave Arthritis Victim By MARILYN YOUNG Funeral services were held today in Newark Val ley for Miss Helen J. Mead, 37, a plucky victim of rheumatoid arthritis who faced a life of intense pain with courage and a sunny disposition. Miss Mead, an employe of the Sheltered Wrokshop for the Dis abled for eight . ! years, died " v I Monday after- nnnn in Rine- o - hamton General f Hospital where I , u. i ) v r sue iiau uccu w scneauiea 10 un- . . y t j dergo aDaomi-nal surgery. She had been a pa tient at the hos- for five weeks. Since last May, Miss m r Meaa uvea miss mead alone in a trailer at 1038 Front Street. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Mead of New ark Valley. r w By JAMES W. CAN AN Press Bureau Washington Robert J. Manning came .back from a hectic mission to tinderbox Panama with a feeling of well being for a job well done. But there was a certain discomfort of body and mind which linger with him yet. For one thing, he had bought on the fly a shirt which had, as he put it while rubbing his neck,, "the stiffest, most uncomfortable collar I've ever worn. It amazed me." " For another and more importantly he thought the United States took a beating on its image that was unwarranted by what actually happened during the rioting in Panama. "There has been," he said, "almost too much readiness MR. MANNIN8 on the part' of Americans to believe the worst of their country." Manning, a native of Binghamton who is assistant secretary of state for public- affairs, was among the several members of a special mission which President Johnson dispatched to Panama to find out what was going on and help control the situation. THE TEAM. LEFT last Friday "with only the clothes we had on" and returned early this week. "It was the first time since I took this job " said Manning, "that I went somewhere to learn, rather than as a briefer of newsmen. The briefing came later, but first of all, we had to get an account of what was happening. "We got there before there were any stories out of. Panama by American newsmen. All we had, at first, was one rather hysterical version of events by a stringer." The mission was headed by The Evening Press Friday, January 17, 1964 .17 Jones said. "She was very inde pendent." v LATER, MISS MEAD was given an electric typewriter, which she could operate with her fingers because "so little pressure is required" on an electric typewriter. ; She also "stood for hours, run ning a mimeograph machine and later did offset work and layouts," Mrs. Jones said. Mrs. Jones called Miss Mead a "very brillant girl who was immensely liked" by her coworkers. She sometimes took up to 35 pills a day to relieve her pain, Mrs. Jones said. During her early days at the workshop, Miss Mead was driv- A native of Endicott, M i s s en from Newark Valley to work Mead had suffered with arth ritis since her. early childhood. She had pain most of her life, according to her mother. by her brother, Robert, also an employe at the workshop. When he was killed in an automobile accident some six years ago, Miss Mead moved intn a Crairt SHE ATTENDED schools In ; street apartment near the work- En d i-c o 1 1 and was graduated from Newark Valley Central School. In 1951, Miss Mead was graduated from Baptist Bible Seminary in Johnson City. Eight years ago, Miss Mead became the first employe of the Sheltered Workshop Letter Shop. Because her joints were partially stabilized, Miss Mead moved but with great difficulty and pain. She hopped up a n d down stairs because she couldn't bend, the Letter Shop manager, Mrs. Juanita Jones, said. When Miss Mead applied for her job at the workshop, she typed on a portable typewriter with pencils held between her stiffened fingers. She had to move her whole arm and hand to type in this manner, Mrs shop with two other handicapped women. "She had a very sunny, won derful disposition, She was a wonderful person to live with (Continued on Page 23) Thomas C. Mann, the President's special adviser for Latin American affairs. But the job of assembling the facts fell to Manning and two others: Harry McPherson, deputy undersecretary of the Army, and Ralph Dungan, a White House aide considered to be knowledgeable in Latin American affairs. . THE TRIO, working all the first night, put together a 35-page report and presented it to the peace commission of the Organization of American States, which arrived shortly afterward. What they found, in a patient rooting out of the facts, caused Manning "a great deal of astonishment." "I don't want to be an apologist for what happened in Panama," he continued, "but the notion that it was anything like Hungary a notion I've seen expressed or that the American troops were using tanks and machine guns and killing Panamanians right and left, was just ridiculous. The troops had orders to shoot only in returning the fire of snipers. There are only three tanks in the Canal Zone, and they weren't used. There were no machine gun rounds issued. "All the firing against Panamanians was done by the outnumbered Canal Zone police." Manning said that the American newsmen who arrived on th scene well after- the rioting had begun were all too ready, for the most part, "to accept the misconceptions, to 9 believe the worst of American behavior." ON THE OTHER hand, he said: "I was somewhat amazed by the way the Americans living in the Canal Zone have encouraged so much chauvinism. I was dismayed that after all these years there is not more communication between the Americans and the Panamanians. "The Americans In Panama certainly have not exploited the country. They've gone to the other extreme. They've withdrawn. They live right in the heart of Panama, and yet it's a foreign country to them." He said the more than 30,000 Americans involved with the Panama Canal Co. in the Canal Zone "have absolutely no relaton" to the rest of Panama. For all that, Manning said he was "amazed at the speed with which our mission worked out." "It showed that there's something to be said for knowing very clearly what you want to do and what you won't do. We set out to get the violence over with and keep our agreements with Panama, but we made it clear that we weren't going to budge one inch on the basic nature of our treaty with Panama." THE NEXT TIME Manning goes to Panama, providing everything is peaceful, he intends to partake of "the great swimming and deep sea fishing" afforded there. One thing he isn't likely ever do again: buy a shirt in an army post exchange. Husband Accused Of Beating Nurse Press Bureau Norwich A Binghamton woman last nieht was listed in fair condition at General Hosnital. Bingham ton, with injuries suffered in a beating which her ii ...... .. . nusoana is accused of mtlicting after an argument over his drinking, according to state police. xney identified her as Maryl Peace Walkers Rest for Trek Albany, Ga. W The last of 21 peace walkers were released from jail yesterday and a spokesman said that they and others soon will resume a trek to Cuba to promote friendly international relations. Some of the demonstrators fasted during a 24-day stay in jail and Ralph Digia, a new arrival from New York, said they would need time to ragain their strength before continuing their Canada-to-Cuba walk. Three of the fasters received hospital treatment for vitamin deficiency and dehydration. They have been released and are now with a waiting, Cuba- bound group of 28. (The Peace Marchers came through the Triple Cities early last summer. They conducted a mass meeting without incident in Courthouse Square.) The 21 who had been jailed served varying terms on such charges as illegal parading, disorderly conduct, refusing to obey ;an officer, and contempt of court for refusal to leave jail for a hearing on t h assorted charges. Eight received their freedom Wednesday and 12 yesterday The 21st was released last week on a $200 appeal bond to allow his attorney to contest the charges in a higher court. He was Peter Gregonis, 38, of Silverton, Ore., who said the long trek beginning in Quebec last year is intended to com municate to the world "the ne cessity for a nonviolent alterna tive to the bomb race. r Ln CONDUCTOR Edmond de Stoutz will conduct the Zurich Chamber Orchestra tonight when the 28-membT group presents concert in West Junior High School. The 8:15 o'clock program is sponsored by Civic Music Association. The concert replaces the performance of the Philharmonia Hungarica that was canceled Monday because of the snow-ctorm. EVIL KING OF BIBLICAL DAYS - Frcnk Richmond, a veteran portrayer of historical characters, will appear as King Herod in. Feb. 8-1 1 presentation of American version of the famed Oberammergau Passion Play at the Capitol Theater. Seven performances will be sponsored as a community service by area Knights of Columbus and United Church Men of Broome County Council of Churches. Durnin Goodnough,. 45, of 56 Pennsylvania Avenue, whose injuries include a fractured hip. She was employed as a practical nurse at General Hospital from July, 1958, until June, 1962. Her husband. Jav L a m o n t Goodnough, 58, of the same ad- .dress, is in Chenango County Jail here after he waived ex amination on a charee of second degree assault before Guilford lown h'eace Justice Kay H. Reede of Mount Upton, who ordered him held for grand jury action. Members of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation assigned to Troop C headquarters of the State Police as Sidney, reported that Mr. Goodnough is ac cused of striking his wife with his fists about 1:30 p. m. yes terday in the kitchen of the home of his father, Fred Good-hough of Long Hill Road, Afton, who was not at home. The woman apparently suffered the hip injury when she was knocked to the floor, ac I cording to investigators. They said sne was treated Dy a physician and taken to Binghamton by the Afton emergency squad ambulance. Conducting the investigation are A. F. Heggelke and L. A. Peterson of the BCI. Dunham Estate, Over $10,000, Goes to, Son George R. Dunham, of 18 Crestmont Road, is sole beneficiary of the estate left by his mother, Mrs. Miriam J. Dunham who died last June. Mrs. Dunham's will recently was admitted to probate in Surrogate Court. The legal papers stated that the estate consists of personal property exceeding $10,000 in value. Mrs. Dunham, 83, died June 18 in the Town of Chenango. Mr. Dunham is general manager of WNBF. The estate is represented by Pearis, Resseguie & Hogan, a Binghamton law firm. The Press Orders Printing Presses for New Plant The Press (Evening and Sun day) has placed an order for new printing presses which will increase the page capacity and double the production speed of its current press and greatly en hance its capability to print color. The order for 12 new press units and two folders was placed with The Goss Company of Chicago, a division of Miehle-Goss-Dexter, Inc. The cost of the new Mark I Headliner units, folders and accessory equipment will be about $1,800,000, according to Fred W. Stein, editor and pub-Usher of The Press. Delivery of the new press is expected in 10 to 12 months, with an additional six months being required to erect the highspeed equipment in The Press' new building in Vestal Parkway. Ground will be broken on the new site this spring. The 20-year-old six-unit Hoe press, on which this newspaper is now being produced, will, be sold after The Press moves to it new location. Its normal production speed is about 30,000 to 35,000 papers an hour. The new Goss press is rated at 60,000 papers an hour at top speed. While the present press is limited to a maximum of four "spot-color" or one-color pages, the new press will be equipped to reproduce full, four-color illustrations or advertisement! on any page in the paper. The new press will be capable of producing up to 128 pages. This improved capability, added to greater production speed, will enable The Press to print later-breaking pews than currently, and still reach the homes of its readers at an earlier hour.

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