Vol. 87, No. 120 - 15 cents Wednesday, May 21, 1975 Commissioners Win denomination; Fox Top Republican Vote-getter Kittanning-Ford City Weather forecast -- showers, Armstrong County Commissioners won renomination y? ste rday, earning places on the November ballot with newcomer winners Harry M Fox, Duane S. Guthrie, Raymond A. Shields Jr Randall K. Jewart and Donald C. Grossman. In the day's closest balloting, former Ford City Councilman Grossman, now a tavern keeper, defeated Ray J. Patterson for the Democratic nomination for prothonotary and clerk of courts, by less than 100. votes. Grossman will be opposed in November by Apollo mayor Guthrie, who defeated Dwight J. Claypoole for the Republican nomination. In the other major battle of the day, Kittanning carpet salesman Jewart defeated Kittanning homemaker Jean M. Callas by almost 1800 votes in a contest for the Republican nomination for county treasurer. Fox, a former administrative aide of the !ate Congressman John P. Saylor, led the Republican ticket. Kittanning store owner Raymond A. Shields had.a 300- ONE TOO MANY--Leading Armstrong County commissioner candidates of the Republican and Democratic Parties learned last night one of them must go Shown here (left to right) are Ott K. Heilman and Harry M. Fox, top Republican vote-getters, and Dear P. Wyant and Graver Myers, their Democratic counter parts. Tallies suggest neither of the politicians are shoo-in. All save Fox are incumbents. Half Way Home Pictured below are Republican and Democratic candidates, side by side, for Prothonotary, Controller, Register and Recorder and Treasurer, who will be going to the mat in the November General Election struggle for courthouse offices. Some were unopposed candidates yesterday and other survivors of Primary Election, Guthrie Grossman Shields Pesci Kepple Livengood / Jewart Heilman Muriha's Mother Dies At West Virginia Home PADEN CITY, W. Va. (UPI) -- Funeral services will be held here Thursday for Mrs. Mary Ray Murtha, 65, mother of Pennsylvania Congressman John Murtha of the 12th District. Mrs. Murtha died at her home here Tuesday. Murtha was driving back to Washington after .voting in the Pennsylvania primary in his Johnstown, Pa., home precinct when he was stopped at the Bedford, Pa., entrance to the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The attendant told him to call his wife, who informed him of his mother's death. He immediately arranged a leave of absence from Congress until after the funeral. In addition to Congressman Murtha, survivors include three other sons, Charles of Paden City, Robert of Pittsburgh, and James of Indiana, Pa. Friends are being received at the Mowrey Trowbridge Funeral Home. here. Andrea Cross Unseats School Director Smolik In the Armstrong School District's Region 9, Andrea Joan Cross swept both Democratic and Republican primaries yesterday, knocking out incumbent William Smolik and Rosina J. Anderson, a retired school teacher, by wide margins the unofficial returns show. In four other regions of the school district, the primary failed to alter the two-candidate battles already set and left Peter Catanese of Region II to face the voters in November, as he did yesterday, as an unopposed Democratic candidate. In the Region 9 battle, Mrs. Cross gathered 434 Democratic votes, defeating her closest opponent, Mrs. Anderson, by 315 votes. Smolik, now in his sixth year on the board and also a candidate for county commissioner, garnered 45 votes on the Democratic ballots. All three candidates had cross filed and the end result remained the same on GOP ballots as Mrs. Cross took 579 votes, Mrs. Anderson 204 votes and Smolik 44 votes. Region 9 is composed of Manor Township and Manorville Borough. In Region 4, cross-filing saved a November ballot slot for both incumbent Donald M. McCleary and challenger Edward R. Bono. Bono took the Democratic primary 142 to 131, while McCleary, a registered Republican, took his party's nomination, 468 to 334. Region 4 is composed of North Buffalo and West Franklin Townships and Worthington. In Region 5, which delves into Clarion County in Brady Keysfoners, 4 to 1, In Favor Of Interim Appointment Limiter HARRISBURG (U P I) -Pennsylvania v o t e r s have closed a constitutional loophole that led to widespread abuses in the process the Senate uses to confirm the governor's nominations to key state jobs. Incomplete returns f r o m ' Tuesday's primary election show that voters favored the constitutional amendment by better than a four-to-one margin, with 446,357 voting for it and 97,035 against. The amendment stops governors from putting persons in important state jobs without Senate confirmation and requires the Senate to act on all Â·the nominations the governor submits. Winning Number BEDFORD, Pa. (UP) -The winning numbers drawn today in the Pennsylvania "Double Dollars" Lottery were: 048382, 82988, 5667, 203, and nine. Sen. Franklin Kury, D- Northumberland, chairman of a bipartisan Senate committee that recommended the amendment, said voter ratification "was a victory for better government" in the state. "This amendment will require both the governor and the Senate to live up to their constitutional obligation in designating and acting on gubernatorial nominees," Kury said. "More importantly, it will inject a sense of accountability into the confirmation process which has heretofor bveen totally lacking." The amendment was endorsed by Gov. Milton Shapp, leaders of both political parties and major citizen groups including Common Cause and the League of Wonjen Voters. There was no formal opposition. Under the Constitution, governors could make "interim appointments" after the Senate voted to formally end its two year session. These interim appointees did not have to be and two confirmed by the Senate could serve for the next years. Shapp took full advantage of this loophole. He made more than 800 interim appointments in 1972 and more than 600 in 1974. The amendment does not apply to the latest batch of interim appointees; only to new appointments. .The Senate also has been guilty of abusing the process. Often, because of a custom that allows one senator to hold up a nomination for his own personal, political or philosophical reasons, the Senate never votes on many of the nominations the governor sends over, Kury said he would ask Senate leaders to schedule action soon on a bill in the Senate that is designed to implement the constitutional amendment. . That bill would reduce the number of nominations requiring a two-thirds confirmation vote (34 of the 50 senators) from about 2,000 down to 192 of thehighest appointive off ices. Township and East Brady Borough and includes Bradys Bend, Sugarcreek and Washington Townships here, incumbent Richard A. Mix will appear on Democratic ballots, while Samuel O. Swick, will appear on Republican ballots. While Mix had lost Democrat and GOP nominations to Swick in Armstrong County, he was able to capture both party nominations in Clarion County. Unofficial totals for both counties show Mix with 241 Democratic and 209 Republican voters and Swick, a Karns City School District elementary teacher, with 211 Democratic and 222 Republican votes. Peter Catanese, a board appointee representing the boroughs of Atwood, Rural Valley and Smicksburg and townships of Cowanshannock Valley and West Mahoning, had filed Democratic petitions in Armstrong and Indiana Counties. Unconfirmed results today show Catanese will remain unopposed on November ballots. He collected 429 Democratic votes here. As of the start of business hours today. Election Board officials were still unable to locate tally sheets for Kittanning Borough's First Ward. The unofficial counts from the other three borough districts, however, show that Dean Marshall, unopposed on Democratic ballots, captured that party's nomination. Dennis R. Mervis, who filed only on the Republican ticket, captured the GOP nomination over Marshall on a 525 to 135 vote. Marshall and Mervis will do general election battle to capture the seat for Region 7 which includes all of Kittanning Borough. Jack Q. Vensel, a court appointee, currently holds that post. On Inside Pages Amusement 13 Classified Ads 18-19 Comics 12 Deaths ig Editorial '.".4 Financial 5 Sports V.B'-g Women's Pages 6-7 plus victory margin in his bid for the Republican controller nomination. All three Armstrong County Commissioners coasted home. They were Democrats Grover Myers and Dean P. Wyant and Republican Ott K. Hielman. The unofficial county totals: Democratic Judge of the Superior Court John P. Hester -- 3036 Edmund B. Spaeth -- 718 Silvestri Silvestri -- 3031 County Commissioner William Smolik -- 1674 Leo L. Woyton -- 2295 Grover Myers -- 4315 Dean P. Wyant -- 4080 County Controller Tim Pesci -- 6,154 Prothonotary, Clerk of Courts: Donald C. Grossman -- 3527 Ray J. Patterson -- 3441 Register and Recorder Henry L. Livengood -- 6606 County Treasurer Ray G. Heilman -- 6,552 Republican Judge of Superior Court Edmund B. Spaeth Jr. -- 684 Silvestri Silvestri -- 3536 John P. Hester -- 3,792 County Commissioner Charles Snoop -- 2017 Harry M. Fox -- 7063 Ott K. Heilman -- 6326 County Controller Bill Brennan -- 2188 Michael N. Leard -- 2596 Ray A. Shields Jr. -- 2893 James S. Golab -- 190 Prothonotary and Clerk of Courts Duane S. Guthrie -- 4796 Dwight J. Claypoole -- 3778 Register and Recorder George R. Kepple -- 7975 County Treasurer Randall K. Jewart -- 5133 Jean M. Callas -- 3352 Councilman Toy Defeated In Balloting C. Herbert Toy, seven-year veteran on Kittanning Borough Council, was defeated by 51 votes as he sought the Republican nomination to return to his post in yesterday's primary election. Toy, currently serving as council president, drew 106 votes from the Second Ward, not enough to defeat school teacher David G. Shick, who captured 157 votes, unofficial returns show. The unconfirmed count also shows that Shick will meet Thomas A. McGinley who received 106 votes as an unopposed candidate ' on Democratic ballots. In each of the other three districts, ballot candidates were unopposed in both parties They are First Ward: Charles W. Miller, Democrat, and George E. Harvey, Republican. Third Ward: Peter Mazzotta, Democrat, and Robert C. Copenhaver, Republican. Fourth Ward: Earl John Jr., Democrat, and John A. Speicher, Republican. Mayor Hospitalized Mayor James L. Bowser of Kittanning is a patient in Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights. Bowser, who resides at 1340 N. Grant Ave., reportedly injured his back at Brackenridge Steel where he works and was admitted to the hospital Friday. (UPlT.l.photo) NOT ONE BUT TWO FLAHERTYS-Happy brothers Jim Flaherty (left) and his brother Pete, mayor of Pittsburgh, flash victory sign after Jim won Democratic nomination for commissioner in Allegheny County in primary election, defeating organization candidate Leonard Staisey. Jaffuts Places 4th ... Flaherty, Colville Surprising Victors PITTSBURGH (UPI) -- The name Flaherty has worked its magic in Allegheny County again, giving the younger brother of Mayor Pete Flaherty a victory over party-backed incumbent Leonard Staisey for a Democratic commissioner nomination. Jim Flaherty's running mate, Alex Jaffurs, 45, however, finished a distant fourth in the Tuesday's primary election. That means Flaherty will be half of what some political observers already are calling an "Odd Couple" team with party-endorsed incumbent Thomas J. Foerster, 46, who finished first. Foerster-Flaherty's Republican opponents will be Clerk of Courts Robert N. Peirce, Jr., 37, who ran first among four GOP candidates, and incumbent Commissioner William R Hunt, 60, who finished second. Nominated without opposition on the Constitutional ticket were EHzabeth F. Buell and Robert C. Staaf Jr. The unofficial returns from the Allegheny County Election Bureau, with 97.6 per cent of the vote.tallied, gave Foerster 112,528 votes and Flaherty, . 111,836. Sta'isey had 108,838 and Jaffurs, 88,987. Peirce had 58,229 votes and Hunt 56,569. Their closest opponent was John L. McManus with 20,052. In the Democratic district attorney's race, Mayor Flaherty also played a role in a surprising victory by his former police superintentient, Robert Colville, 39, over appointed District Attorney John J, Hickton, 48, who had party backing. . . - - . . - . - . In November, Colville will face Republican attorney Bernard Markovitz, who was unopposed in the primary. (See 1 on Page Two) Incumbent Magistrates Likely To Retain Jobs Four incumbent district justices of the peace rolled home winners in the Primary Election in Armstrong County, Tuesday, one without opposition and three others by capturing both major party nominations. The unofficial results appeared to confirm the odds-on election of ail four sitting jaypees. Nominated on both tickets in Tuesday's Primaries, the incumbents appeared only to need to hold off any onslaughts by write-in hopefuls in November, in order to lock up the offices. The nominees: District I -- Incumbent Eugene W. Shaeffer of Ford City with the Unopposed accumulation of 1856 votes unofficially on the Democratic ticket and 1985 on the Republican. District II -- Incumbent Robert J. Easley winner of both nominations with an unofficial Democratic total of 661 votes and a Republican total of 1838 District III -- Incumbent Lewis E. Milks Jr., a Gov. Shapp appointee, winner of both nominations with an unofficial Democratic total of 1,001 votes and a Republican total of 525. District IV -- Incumbent Lisle E. James winner of both nominations with a Democratic total of 701 and a Republican total of 1,368. In District II Easley captured the Democratic nomination with a 20-precinct total of 661 votes, as against 411 for June A. Marcus, 225 for Frank F. Franseschi and 161 for Ralph E Craig Jr. The figures for the same 20 precincts in the Republican primary were Easley 1,835, Franseschi 216, Marcus 528 and Craig 267. In 16 precincts of District III incumbent Lewis E. Milks Jr. logged 1,001 votes on the Democratic ticket to 534 for Helen H. Walker, 463 for Joseph Kantor Jr., and 361 for Merle H. Fulton. On the Republican ticket Milks collected 525 votes Fulton 348. Walker 287 and Kantor 279. In District IV incumbent L:sle E. James easily beat back two challengers onith tickets. James's Democratic vote in 22 precincts was 701 to Harold C. Graham's 331 and Helen M Wofford's 306. On thX Republican ticket James-tfad 1,368 votes, Graham Wofford 259 Â·New Bethlehem thundershowers. Clarion County Commissioners Lose Election Unofficial election returns in Clarion County show incumbent commissioners Brady Weaver (R), Robert Thompson (R) and Kenneth Campbell (D) lost in their bids for re-election to their offices. November's ballot should put James Hunt and Denver Forrester on the Democratic ticket against Republicans Thomas Armagost and Fred Mcllhattan. Votes gathered by each were tallied as Hunt, 1,875; Forrester, 1,437; Weaver, 1,414; Thompson, 811; Armagost, 1,625; Mcllhattan, 1,390; and Campbell, 1,107. I n c u m b e n t Republican Attorney Henry Ray Pope III brought in 3,896 votes in yesterday's primary, topping the 3,768 votes tallied by the Democrat he will face in November's election, Phillip Wein, who was also unopposed! Walter Karg, incumbent county treasurer, took 3,885 votes in his unopposed bid; for the Democratic nomination. He will face Republican William Stark, who gathered 1,828 votes yesterday. Incumbent County Auditors Merle Over and Robert Stahlman will make up the Republican ticket in November against Democratic incumbent John Fulton and J. A. Amsler. Unofficial primary tallies show Stahlman with 3,386 votes; Over with 3,155; Fulton with 2,401; and Amsler with 2,397. Republican Richard Miller tallied 4,120 votes in his unopposed bid for renomination as Clarion County register and recorder. He will face Democrat Daniel George, who gathered 3,406 votes to sweep his only opponent, Raymond Chimento, out of the picture. Slated to represent their parties in the November prothonotary race are unopposed candidates Shirley Hager, the Democratic in-, cumbent who tallied 3,781 votes, and Republican Louise Jordan, who received 3,955 vote's. Ford City Council Hires Solicitor, Playground Crew ByJOHNMlKULA L-T Staff Reporter FORD CITY-A new borough solicitor and playground personnel were elected by council last night in a continued meeting that will again continue at 7:30 p.m. next Tuesday at the borough building here. Councilman will decide at that meeting whether to have an "operating" or "leaseback" Ford City Borough Municipal Sewage.Disposal Authority. With the .planned construction of the proposed enlargement and upgrading of the borough's sewage disposal plant, council will determine whether the authority will be in full charge of construction and operation or only in charge of construction. Attorney Kenneth Valasek of 503-14th St., Ford City,, was elected borough solicitor. He will replace Patric DeComo, who handed in his resignation effective June 1 and will join a law firm in Palm Springs, Calif. Playground and recreation personnel were named for the summer season which will start June 16 and continue for a 10- week period for playgrounds and six weeks for recreation Playground personnel hired were: 12th Street--Mrs. Olga Moore, supervisor, Mary Louise Goyda and Michelle Myschisin, aides; Boulder Park--Mrs. Alice Ware, supervisor, Susan A. Wojton and Cathy Tomaswick, aides. Recreation supervisors for the six-week period are Donald Maines, college student who will coordinate the summer program; Robert Kozuch and Mike Valek, supervisors at the high school gymnasium. S t a n l e y G l a d y s i e w s k i , recreation Chairman spoke of the six dead maple trees at Fort Run Playground which will be replaced by the contractor and the clean-up work done at the Ford City Community Park along the Ford City- Cadogan Road. Council decided to levy a $25 fee for users of the park, to cover clean-up expenses. The fee will be imposed on any group that uses the park for income producing activities The fee will be refundable if the park is cleaned after the program. All out-of-town users of the park will be charged a $25 fee. (See 2 on Page Two) Unchallenged In Council Bid There were no races on the municipal level in the primary balloting in Ford City yesterday. With three councilmen to be selected in the first ward, Republican voters in the Northern and Southern Districts gave Homer G. Pendleton 90 votes, unofficial returns show. No write-ins were offered for the two other seats. On the Democratic ballots in the two First Ward districts the following unopposed candidates received the indicated votes: Thomas Hromadik, 272; Stanley Gladysiewski, 264 and Stanley A. Schaffer, 266. Commissioner Shope Defeated in Primary GREENSBURG,Pa. (UPD -Westmoreland County Commis : sionerDorothy Shope, acquitted by a jury in Erie County last week of an involuntary manslaughter charge stemming from a traffic death, was defeated for renomination in Tuesday'sDemocraticprimary. Mrs. Shope ran fourth in a field of 12 candidates. The winners of the Democrt- ic nominations for county commissioner were Ted Simon and John Ragoli, both endorsed by the party organization. Simon polled about 28,000 votes and Ragoli 27,000. Clerk of Courts R. G. Blasiole was next with about 15,000 votes. Mrs. Shope received about 9,400 votes. The winners of the Republican nominations for commissioner were incumbent Robert Shirey and William Davis. Democratic Jury Commissioner Jeanne Griffith won her party's nomination for recorder of deeds, defeating incumbent -Isabel Johnston. Register of Wills Paul Suchko won renomination, defeating Virginia Sperber. Sterilization Earns Singapore Workers Leave SINGAPORE (UPI) -- Government employes who undergo voluntary sterilization will be granted seven days leave with full pay, the government announced today. V o 1 u n t a r ysterilizationis -nade available on demand at government hospitals and clinics for free under a law passed last year to speed up family , planning. * Deaths of the Day (Details on page 1Â«) Clair Wolfe, 82, of Gilpin Township.
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