News Record from North Hills, Pennsylvania on September 5, 1986 · Page 1
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Steelers tab special section Inside today Antiques - what's hot today? Page 7 REVIEW Inside today! N JCsMDarl^J^lU^ ^T 1 ^ ^ ews Record v A Gannett Newspaper Serving North Suburban Pittsburgh ^Friday. Sept. 5, 1986 -- 1986 News Record Co., Inc., All Rights Reserved · 25 Cents lie AOH has 150 years By Virginia Miller MM* Record Wearin' of th^ grg^n anri maroti in St. Patrick's Day parades are visf \ble trappings of Americans whose " i n the Emerald Isle. But, at ' the 750,000 men and women ,mg to the Ancient Order of Hi- and the Lady Hibernians na'.charity is a No. 1 priority. " The Allegheny County divisions are celebrating the 150th anniversary of ihe founding of AOH in the United States Friday, Sept. 12, with dancing and entertainment at the Starlight Room of Moose Lodge 46, Bloomfield. Proceeds will go to the AOH County Board Charities Fund of which the Little Sisters of the Poor, Benton Avenue, is the principal beneficiary. . Patrick McDonough of Glenshaw is -"over 60" and joined the oldest Catholic fraternal organization in the country because it was his heritage, he said. "My father belonged and my brothers belonged," he said. That pretty much describes AOH members, who have included President John F. Kennedy, John Cardinal Wright of Pittsburgh, and other prominent Americans. Both his parents are from Ireland, said Edward J^Fay of O'Hara, Allegheny-County former national president. "I joined because it was Irish Catholic and I was raised on love of the Irish people, their customs and culture," he said. Not to mention that his father, eight ·brothers and a sister also belonged. Fay's wife Dorothy isn't Irish but membership in the Lady Hiberni- ans is open to Catholic women whose husbands are members of AOH. From its founding until Fay's term as national president ended in 1974. AOH had given $57 million to charity, including victims of the San Francisco earthquake and more recent disasters. "That doesn't take in all the local divisions have done for their own churches," said Fay, who was elected during a national convention held in Dublin. ' The county president is executive . director of the Catholic Youth Assoc i a t i o n C Y A , a social service agency that provides food, counseling and information. He also serves as director of CYA's Camp R. AOH was founded in Ireland in-1565 to protect the priests, the Catholic faith and the saying of Mass during Cromwell's time, he said. "They would have Mass said in caves and out of the way hamlets, then spirit the priest away to another location.'' Archbishop McHugh of New York started the AOH in the United States in 1836. when members of the Know Nothing party were burning and pillaging Catholic schools in New York and Philadelphia. AOH members took up arms tp protect their churchesand schools and divisions sprang up VfciK ies and states all across the country. Fay said. The first Allegheny County division was.started in 1860 J "Most Irish are Catholic, and immigrants were looking for jobs, companionship and people wih the same beliefs. At the turn of the century, we formed our own mortgage company, providing low interest loans to members to build homes and start businesses. There is a death benefit fund for members, as well." the county president said. Members also fought for the union in the Civil War. Two new men's groups are being started to add to the 13 currently in Allegheny County There are 11 women's divisions in the county No driver's test on Saturday By Bonnie Swain New drivers no longer will be able to walk into a state police barracks, on a Saturday to take their behmd-the- wheel tests. Beginning Monday, the Washington Boulevard barracks will discontinue its Saturday hours for driving tests and weekday appointments will be required. The changes are part of a two- month pilot program at several state police bases in Pennsylvania. By the end of the year, all other sites -- including the Butler state police station -- are expected to revise their schedules. The elimination of -Saturday hours applies only to the on-the-road exam, not to eye tests or the computerized question-and-answer sessions. "Last week before school started. we were in line two hours." said William Rogers, director of the Sears and Rogers driving schools based in Ross. His staff averages 300 hours of on- the-road lessons each week, so they're frequent visitors of the Washington Boulevard exam unit Twelve examiners work at that barracks, but they're assigned to other test sites during the About 200 people stop at the Washington Boulevard station every day, according to Trooper John Zelen. "We are the third largest exam point in the state." he said. '"People come down here and wait two hours," he added "There has to , be a better way. and we hope this is it." The new schedule will be Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m to 4:15 p.m. Examiners spend about 15 minutes per driving lust, which includes an eight-minute exam plus, paperwork. Appointments have to be made by calling 661-7541. Motorists- must be punctual or they'll have to reschedule their times. Elimination of Saturday hours will be an mcnm emence to some novice drivers who work during business hours. "People are just going to have to adjust the.r schedules as with anv other business appointments." the officer said. St.ite police tried offering evening hours until 7:30 p.m., but no one came to the test site during that period. Zel e n a d d e d T h a t s c h e d u l e w a s dropped. For students, a driver's test is ac- "Tnere are aays you go down to the test grounds and just a few examiners are down there...You can't pred-ct how many cars might come down when you're short of help," Rogers said. epjgble jor d JegaJLah .the bureau is closed Saturdays and open Mondays. Examiners can't reach the licensing office if they need information during those two days. "We were reduced to a four-day-a- week operation." Zelen said. PennDOT introduced the weekday- only plan to Harrisburg and Carlisle in January ."Then they called me in the beginning of June and told me they were going to use Pittsburgh for a pilot program." he said. Zelen asked Rogers, a drivers education instructor for 4O year*, for hit input. "I support him 100 percent," Rogers said of the appointment system. From his office on McKnight Road, he handles programs at Fox Chapel- School District. North Side Catholic High School and Sewickley Academy. Most. public schools have dropped their drivers education curriculums because of the costs, and youngsters are turning to private lessons. His students, most of them teen-ag- ers, attend 30 hours of classroom instructions and six hours of on-the-road lessons to earn a certificate that qualifies them for lower auto insurance rates. The Sears and Rogers schools also ' classes. Rogers said Another bonus is that the new hours will coincide with (he schedule at the state Bureau of Motor Vehicles The Washington Boulevard office is open Saturdays and "closed Mondays, but their driving habits or who are required to take lessons for their work. The director refers to the new procedures as "the first major change that I can remember on Washington Boulevard in the last 40 years." West View minister uses 'friendly' approach By Virginia Miller · Slilt photo by ROBERT J CARROLL Banner year Caleb Cornell unravels a banner that proclaims the 20th anniversary of the Royal Oak Nursery and Kindergarten, located 4413 Mount Royal Blvd.. Allison Park. An open house will be held Sunday for all parents of children currently enrolled, kicking off a 10-month celebration of its anniversary. Ross man joins in 'Hail Mary' protest By Mark Calender AHcgticny County Burtau PITTSBURGH.-- Dave Buckley. 50. of Ross, took off work yesterday afternoon stJ'he could stand in quiet protest outside the Fulton Theater "This is an experience. I wouldn't miss this for the world." Buckley said, a cardboard placard hanging "from his neck which read "This movie rated 'B ad - Blasphemous." The movie in question is "Hail Mary," a Jean-Luc Godard film which some Catholics consider a sacrilegious portrayal of the Virgin Mary. . The film, which includes'some nudity, is a modern tale about a young woman named Mary who finds herself pregnant despite being a virgin She works at a gas station. Her boyfriend, named Joseph, is a cab driver About 30 demonstrators gathered outside the Fulton on Sixth Street Wednesday night to protest the opening of the film, which runs through Sunday . Many of the protestors held rosaries or carried signs, of which one of them read. "Father forgive them for they know not what they do to Our Holy Mother Mary." Buckley, an electrician, was among them, as he plans to be tonight "This is my first protest." Buckely said, arrivng outside the theater nearly six hours before the next screening of the film last night at 6. 30 p.m. "I first thought about going down to , the abortion clinics But then I saw- people outside of them protesting and I said. 'God Bless ya ' So I came here. 1 " he said Buckley, like most of the demonstrators, has never viewed "Hail Mary." But he said he doesn't need to see something to know it's wrong ' "I look at it this way." Buckley said. "Some people will rely on a Broadway critic's review before thev see a movie. If the critic says it's no good, then yon don't need to go to see it "In this case the leader of m church -- the pope -- has given this movie a bad review." he said "Hail Mary" was first released in Europe last year and was condemned by Pop% John Paul II as a ret§Umg of the Biblical story of the Virgin Mary Ntw Record · Raised on television and rock music, many members of the turned-on generation are turned off by organized religion Boomers, those 76 million babies born between 1946 and 1964. are reading the Bible but go to church only six limes a year, according to Rich Rossi, 23. of West View, quoting a 1983 People Magazine Poll. It also said 28 percent of "boomers" don't goat all He has started his own unconventional church for people who don't like church, targeting that age group but open to anyone interested in spiritual values and looking for a place to fit in. To attract members. Matthew's Party is held every Tuesday at 7 p m in Wexford Fire Hall, at the intersection of Route 19. Route 910 and Church Road The first week. Aug 26. Rossi was disappointed by a turnout of only 15 people After his appearance on a Channel 40 talk show last week. 65 more people came"Tuesday, including a biker and a lead guitarist with a rock group. "We had people there you'd never see in another church." he said The Rev Jack Sims hosted the first Matthew's Party in Apnl in Southern California, saymg'in a June interview with the Los Angeles Times. 'People don't have a problem with the content 'of church servfces). it's the container " The name is taken from the ninth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew, in which Jesus was criticized for mingling with tax collectors and sinners at a party Jesus replied. "I desire mercy, not sacrifice, for I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners." Staff photo ttj ROIEKT J. CARROLL Rich Rossi of West View combines music and ministry Referri in to Matthew, Chap- ter 9. Rossi said the new church is like "putting new wine into new wineskins " · ' \ The young minister said his church will teach orthodox theology "People come m. eat snacks and meet new friends It's almost an atmosphere of a bar. where people feel comfortable," he said Thirty minutes are devoted to contemporary music with the congregation singing worship songs "We're not singing-about God but to him," said Rossi, who then preaches , us i ng v ideos Sorngjof the established church is unhappy vbith him. he said. After speaking atSan inter-denominational meeting, peoplfe were upset he didn't carry himself like a minister or talk in religious tones/he said Sometimes, «ihough. "rougn edges will cut through harder hearts.' according to Rossi. Other area ministers, who remember him from high school days, have ex Turn, to BOOMERS P»Q* 2 'Notch Babies' leaders talk on D.C. protest Editor's note: Anthony "Tony" Parcel! ST.. of Ross, and Maurice "Bon" Qoialaa. of Verona, are chairman and vice chairman respectively of the local chapter of the Notch Babies organization, which is the headquarters for the entire Mid-Atlantic chapter. Pnrcell and Qninlan will join more than 1M North Hills residents and 4.W8 other Notch Babies from across the country who are expected to attend a raHy Wednesday in Washington. D.C. There. Uie will protest the government's inaction on the "notch" Social Security Issue and press for a sototton. The two Notch Babies were interviewed thi week by staff writer Robert Cfytzer. News Record: Tell me about the rally in Washington. D.C.. scheduled for next week. PwceU: We're having thts raHv with Notch Babies coming from all parts of the United States and the general idea is to ask Congress to correct the inequity-in our Social Security benefits At this point. Purcell is interrupted by a telephone call from a notch baby in Texas, just one of hundreds of calls he gets from people seeking more information on the Notch Babies News Record: For the readers who are still unfamiliar with the terra Notch Babies, explain how it was born. Quinlan: Our government back in 1972 decided to put what they call a COLA. Cost of Living .Adjustment, into the Social Security program At that time, they hired the finest technical writers they could find and paid them fabulous salanes to wnte this bill Unfortunately, these expert writers goofed They made a technical error So it was passed in 1972 with the error in it. It was discovered in 1973 What it had done was created what they call double indexing Instead of getting one raise, anyone who retired at that time or thereafter would get two raises a year. One for the cost of living and one for the inflation factor If you recall, the inflation rate at that time was 17 percent So. it was unconscionable, you had to change tt It would have wrecked the system We agree with that totally, but what we disagree with is the manner used to rectify it. So the gentlemen at that time were ndl too courageous. Instead of standing up and saying. "Hey, we made an error and therefore we are going to penalize everyone in the system three percent." they were afraid of receiving K million letters from the number of people in the system So they did nothing Absolutely nothing for five years Now it's 1977 At that time, they said we have a solution. We're going to take a group of people out of the system perse -- that's where we got the wora notch -- and calculate their benefits differently from everybody else. This was 1977 and they wanted a five- year transition to occur. So they didn't put'it into affect until 1962. To make the system work, they went back to everyone born in 1917 who would be 65 in '82. So they took '17, '18, '19. '20 and '21 and those people's benefits were calculated.differently from everyone else Everybody born after 1960 is affected by this notch. But, those people Turn to NOTCH Pag* 2

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