Local Talent To Be Featured Beth Amoroso of CIUP checks the camera for the weekend telethon. (Gazette photos by Peel) Meets March 12 Group Studies Operations Of Local Schools Informal meetings have been conducted monthly since November by residents of the Indiana Area School District to discuss several areas of school operations of concern to them. Stating that their common interest is the operation ot the community and the school system, the group has set the second Monday of each month as a meeting date, at 7:30 p.m., in Calvary United Presbyterian Church. Until now, the group, temporarily chaired by Mrs. Marge Baker and George E. Hood Sr., has tried" to determine areas for future study, research, and action. An invitation is extended to all interested residents of the local school district to attended the March 12 meeting to assist in further definition of purpose and areas of concern. At the next meeting it is hoped a name can be agreed on and special committees formed to both gather and disseminate information. In a preliminary statement of purpose the group states, "It shall not be the intention of said group to cause any disruption of any services to our community or to the functions of our school district, but rather to attempt to determine in a legal, responsible manner possible solutions to concerns which may exist within our community and schools, such conditions having, for the better part, been caused by ongoing changes in the behavior patterns of our society." Some of the areas touched upon during the initial exploratory sessions include disruptive behavior of students, the use of drugs and cigarettes within school buildings, vandalism, law enforcement, the Pledge of Allegiance and meditation within the classroom, baccalaureate services, the FBI's Crime Resistance Program, and the advisability of meeting with groups of teachers within the Indiana Area School District. Crime Report Police Probing Area Incidents Area police continued investigation into several criminal incidents reported during the.past several days. The summary: Someone hurled a board through a sign at the Ben Franklin Medical Center at 212! Shelly Drive. Indiana March 3 or 4. Damage totaled $50. BRUSH VALLEY - A Blairsville RD 1 man building a residence in Brushvailey Township told state police the site was ransacked by burglars March 3 or 4. Missing items include an antique oak buffet valued at 51,000: an antique oak china closet valued at §500; a Sears Roebuck Co. built-in dish washer valued at S297 and miscellaneous items from a food freezer valued at S75. Total loss was set at $1,872. Indiana Borough Police are investigating a burglary at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Alex Baker, 394 North Fifth Street Estate Meeting Speakers Named Richard Denison, Manager of the Pennsylvania Farmer's Association Farm Management Business Analysis and Legal Service Department, will be the keynote speaker at the Farm Estate Planning Meeting on Wednesday, March 7, 1979 at 7:30 p.m. at Rustic Lodge. The Estate Planning Meeting is open to all Indiana County farmers and farm wives and is being sponsored by the Purchase Line Young Farmers and the Indiana County Farmers Association. in Indiana. The burglary occurred between 6:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Anyone observing anything unusual around the Baker home at the times listed is asked to contact borough police. Items were removed from the food freezer, police state. Donald Lepinsky of 980 Oakland Avenue in Indiana told police he surprised two males who broke a front door window at his residence and he was assaulted by the pair when he attempted to hold them for police. The incident occurred at 4:15 a.m. Sunday. Weekend Telethon Set For CIUP-TV Talent from the local community and the campus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania campus (IUP) will be featured in a 30-hour telethon slated for this weekend. The telethon, to run from 6 p.m. Friday to midnight Saturday, is being conducted by the IUP Circle K Club, the college-level Kiwanis organization. All proceeds from the telethon will go to the American Heart Association to support the classes in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The telethon will'be televised over CIUP, the campus television station which can be seen on Channel 9 on local cable TV. In addition to the local talent, the telethon will include appearances by heart specialists irom Johntown and films from the heart association. A booth will be set up at the Regency Mall from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday and the person or group donating the most money will receive a tootball autographed by the Pittsburgh Steei- ers. Segments of the Regency Mall appearance will be videotaped for replay later in the telethon. Acting as head master of ceremonies during the telethon will be Bill Elmer of Hazel's Neighbors. Omni disc jockey Mike Young will make a special appearance Saturday afternoon. Three phones will be set up at Holly Realty to take calls for donations. The number to call will be 349-2200. Assisting with the telethon will be the Builders Club from the local junior high, the Key Club from the senior high and the local Kiwanis Club. Also helping will be Gamma Sigma Sigrna, an IUP service sorority ''^^^^^^^f-^^'&^^-^ySiM^ 1 Onnolee Blinkiewicz of CIUP checks the sound while Circle K Club members Jim Pander ' who is ™ mbers Circle K dab is Onnolee Blinkiewte of Amoroso while Sandra Miss IUP 12 Girls Compete For Title The llth annual Miss IUP Pageant will be held at 7:30 p.m. March 17 in Fisher Auditorium. Chosen from a Jan.' 17 preliminary pageant, 12 girls, between the ages of 18 and 21, will compete in four events — talent, evening gown, swimsuit and interview. The finalists are: Gwendalyn Beems. a junior English major from Coatesville: Christina Fucile. a senior music education major from Homer City; Carla Herd, a sophomore art major from Mechanicsburg. Pamela Kadic. a junior criminology major from Pittsburgh; Barbara Larson, a junior criminology and psychology major from Homer City: Diane Liggett, a junior music education major from Lewisburg. Debora Polak. a sophomore food service management major from Pittsburgh: Patricia Rohrbeck. a sophomore music education major from Mifflintown: Sharon Schofield. a junior health and physical education major from Butler. Michelle Turner, a sophomore music education major from Mann's Choice; Mary Lou Weaver, a junior consumer services major from Erie; and Sue Weiser, a sophomore nutrition education major from Huntingdon Valley. Also performing at the pageant will be the current Miss IUP. Susan Servinsky of Indiana. Connie Harness, a former Miss Pennsylvania, will perform as a vocalist. 3n&iana turning (iasrttr TODAY TODAY TODAY TODAY TODAY Monday, March 5, 1979. Where's That Money? — County GOP Men Oppose Gas Tax Hike 13 Mishaps Reported Three Hospitalized In Weekend Traffic Traffic accidents on area roads over the weekend, including several mishaps late Friday night and early Saturday morning just reported, sent three persons to district hospitals. Police reported investigating 13 mishaps in addition to the fatal accident reported on page one. The summary: BLAIRSVILLE - Wilbur R. Forsna. 71. of Blairsville RD 4 is in fair condition at the Westmoreland Hospital in Greensburg where he is being treated for injuries sustained in a two- vehicle crash at 10:19 p.m. Friday along old Route 22 east of Blairsville. Forsha was first taken to Indiana Hospital then transferred to the neurosurgical intensive care unit at the Greensburg hospital. Citizens Ambulance Service. Blairsville unit, pro- fl This is the crash scene on RD 1, was fatally injured. Route 286 where Robert McConnelI,30, of Clarksburg See story on page one. (Gazette photo by Wakefie , d * vided first aid care at the scene and then transported the victim. Blairsville police say the Forsha vehicle and one driven by Dennis E. Hancock of Blairsville RD 2 collided. Damage was severe and moderate. NEW ALEXANDRIA - An Avonmore motorist was injured and admitted to Latrobe Area Hospital following a two- vehicle crash at 1:15 a.m. Saturday along Route 981 between New Alexandria and SalLsburg. The injured man was identified as James Kalp. 39. of Avonmore. He was treated at the scene by paramedics from Citizens Ambulance Service. Blairsville unit, then transported to the Latrobe hospital. Driver of the other vehicle vyas Kathleen Murray. 22. of Youngwood. An occupant in the Murray vehicle. Susan Re- boskey. 21. of Greensburg. and Murray were slightly injured and treated by the paramedics State police say the collision occurred when "the Kalp vehicle crossed the roadway and hit the Murray vehicle head on. Damage was severe to moderate. CLARKSBURG - A passenger in a car driven by Linda E. Singleton. 28. of Indiana, was admitted to Indiana Hospital following a one-vehicle crash at 6:30 a.m. Saturday alons Route 286 just east of'CIarks"- burg. Listed in fair condition today is Richard A. Burkert. 27. of 160 North Nth. Street. Indiana. He was treated at the scene of the crash by Citizens Ambulance Service paramedics then transported to the hospital. Singleton sustained minor injuries. State police say the Singleton vehicle went out of control on a curve, hit the guardrails and rolled over into a small stream. Damage was severe. DIXONVILLE - Edward Blystone. 20. of Marion Center UD l is in fair condition at Punxsutavvney Area Hospital where he was admitted following a one-vehicle crash rtt 2:36 run. Sunday along Route 403 just north of DixonviHe. Citi- xens Ambulance Service paramedics treated Blystone at the scene then transported him to (Continued on Page 28; Meet Scheduled At Homer-Center HOMER CITY - Homer- Center School Board will hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday. March fC at the high school library. The Indiana County Republican Men's Club went on record opposing a gasoline tax increase in the state and also to support centralized motor vehicle bureaus. The group also went on record filing a registration statement with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to comply with Act 17f regarding financing Republican candidates in elections. In conjunction with a gasoline lax increase, members named Robert Kunkle, chairman, to inquire into the one cent tax on gasoline that became effective on Sept. I 1975. That money, the club said, was to be used for repairing potholes and members noted they would like to know where that money is and what it is being used for since 19715. Greg Olson questioned what Gov. Thornburgh's positon was on the. recommendation of a two-cent gasoline tax hike for use by PennDOT to fill potholes. In regard to the proposal, the dub authorized contacting State Reps. Paul Wass of Indiana and Eugene L. Smith of •Jefferson County to use their offices to influence a vote against any further easoline tax. In the same line the C.OP men's unit favors legislation that would centralize motor vehicle bureaus in each of the 67 Commonwealth counties. These centralized countv bureaus would provide motorists easier access to obtaining licenses, registration or car insurance and also quicker access to investigation of insurance claims and transfers of vehicles. A letter will be forwarded to Wass and Smith to support legislation for establishment of such bureaus. Candidates at the session in the VFVY Country Club included George Halsey. William McMillen. Olson. Donald Shank. Mike Gwynn. A. A. Abcrnathy. Donald Smith. Lynda Moore and Arthur Seal. Robert Stahl was named to head a committee to arrange "Candidates Nite." Punzs'y Fire Damage Nil PUNXSITAWXEY - Firemen from Punxsutawnev's Central ami Lindsay companies responded to a fire call at 1:10 p.m. Sunday to the residence of David Kerr ,it 520 Cherry Street in Punxsutawney. The blaze was described as a flue fire. There was no dam- ' Eligibility, Benefits Change Plan Begins Here March 1 ^W!^ Beginning March I and continuing through .June 30. county families wili feel the effects of a law passed by Congress nearly two years ago. the Food Stamp Act of 19/7. According to Sid Blair, director. Indiana County Board of Assistance, the now law will affect virtually ail of the families now eligible for the program % The 1977 act has created a whole new food stamp program with new eligibility standards and new levels of benefits," Blair said. "This has required intensive training (or our caseworkers so that they can learn and apply the new rules to every case in Indiana County between March 1 and June 30." Major changes in the eligibility rules are: — The amount of net income a household can have and still be eligible for the program is reduced. For example, a family of four could have a net monthly income of -S640 under the oid regulations, but only $542 under the new rules. ~- Families receiving public assistance or SSI benefits are no longer automatically eligible for food stomps. — Mediral expenses ;ire no ioneer considered deductible from income in determining whether someone is eligible for the program. ••- A person no longer has to have cooking facilities to be eligible for benefits Rlair said that 1.276 current food stamp recipients in ihe county wili be notified by county assistance office workers when their eligibility lor :he program will be reviewed. "Families who ore now receiving food stamps should continue to get and use their stamps as usual. Their caseworker wili notify them when their case is reviewed," Blair said. "Each family will be notified in writing of any change in eligibility or amount of benefits." Blair added that new applications for the program can be made at any time.
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