The Daily Courier from Connellsville, Pennsylvania on September 18, 1975 · Page 4
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Connellsville, Pennsylvania
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Thursday, September 18, 1975
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PAGE FOUR THE DAILY COURIER, CONNELLSVILLE, PA. THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 1975 Sfofe Police Displays Equipment at Mall State Police for Gaddis Crossroads station currently has an exhibit in the center court of Laurel Mall. The display will be there through Saturday, Sept. 25. Shown with a small portion of the display are Troopers Leonard Maharowski (left) and Robert McKnight. On display in the exhibit is the latest car with special equipment, radar, scuba gear, eye testing machine and breathalizer. There are also various displays on drugs, traffic accidents, criminal investigation and bicycling. (Courier Photo) Energy Expert Blasts All For Nuclear Power Holdback PITTSBURGH (UPI) -- A top energy expert said today nuclear power should be the backbone of United States efforts to achieve energy self sufficiency and blamed both Congress and the Administration for failing to work out a long-term energy policy. "There is no reasonable alternative to nuclear power as the source of future energy," said John Simpson, chairman of the U.S. Atomic Industrial Forum and a director of the Westinghouse Electric Corp. "The sooner this country wakes up to that fact the better off we will be." Simpson told the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Electric Association various federal agencies have prolonged the energy crunch by failing to set priorities. "Energy problems are not so complicated that anyone in the Congress or Administration could not understand them if he were willing," Simpson said. But policymakers continue to listen to a "small, highly vocal minority, whose cries of Armaggedon have been amplified out of all proportion by the media," he said. Simpson said fossil fuels are scarce and predicted that even if the U.S. finds three tunes as much oil as is now projected America will still be four billlion barrels a year shy of the nation's needs by the year 2000. Other fuel sources such as solar, fusion, geothermal, tidal or wind will not provide any substantial quantity of energy, Simpson said, and added that hopes to double domestic coal production were unrealistic. Also appearing before the PEA today was Commonwealth Court Judge Harry A. Kramer who said "unfair actions" by Pennsylvania state government and regulator} agencies are not being contested in the courts. "I believe that utilities must take an active part to publicly expose governmental acts or mistakes which interfere with or harm the regulated industry, or which detrimentally affect the public, including increasing rates," Kramer DOUBLE DOLLARS September 18 563 Win $15 InstuntPay 3661 Wins $100 98389 Wins $600 and entry In Millionaire Drawing said. The judge said "out of every dollar that a consumer pays for his electric service, between 20 and 35 cents represents tax payments." v "It is plainly a windfall of great magnitude, and the public doesn't even know it is paying additional taxes," he said. Also hammering on the same topic was Earl J. Miller, newly installed president of the Pennsylvania Electric Association, who told 400 utility executives state taxes on utilities, excluding the sales tax, jumped from $33.5 million in 1964 to $189 million in 1974. "All that money comes right out of the consumer's hide and it doesn't get him one more kilowatt of power," Miller said. During the cpening day of the meeting Wednesday, a top official of the International Brother-hood of Electric Workers said the nation's progress was being curtailed by "prophets of shortage" and an inept Congress. "The doctrine they preach is that of scarcity and self-denial," said Vincent O'Reilly. O'Reilly identified the "prophets of shortage" as a faction in the environmental movement which he said was "dedicated to bringing our society to a halt. 1 ; "While these extremists oppose all progress, they reserve their best efforts for projects which produce energy -- oil fields, coal mines, refineries and electric power plants," O'Reilly said. "Too many congressmen are listening to this vocal minority instead of doing what is right for the entire nation," he said. He said the nation will need more energy unless it is prepared to settle for a lower standard of living. "Our energy situation is in a mess in this country and its going to get worse before it gets better," O'Reilly said. He endorsed nuclear power as "safe, reliable, environmentally acceptable and the best economic way to meet the power needs of the nation's consumers." In another address Wednesday, Barry W. Huff, a partner in the Pittsburgh office of accounting firm of Haskins and Sells, said federal and state governments were using utility taxes to "plunge their collective hands deep into the pockets of Pennsylvania consumers." He said federal and state governments take more than half a utility's rate increase in taxes. "The real problem of the energy crisis is not waiting in line for gasoline," Huff said, but finding a way to make fundamental changes in the regulatory process and the tax structures to enable utilities to meet future capital requirements. He said electric utilities pay more for state and local taxes than any other major industry in Pennsylvania. In the morning session, a Federal Energy Administration official predicted that another Arab oil embargo would cost the U.S. more than 700,000 jobs. "People throughout the nation would be laid off and we would see another inflationary spiral," said Thomas Noel, deputy administrator of the FEA. Noel noted the 1973 oil embargo left 500,000 Americans unemployed. He also said consumers would save $1 billion a year on their electric bills if Congress would amend the Federal Clean Air Act to permit more burning of coal. One Boy Is Injured On Slide 785749 Wins $5,000, $10,000 Or $50,000 1 Double Your Money Number BAKER'S DOZEN September 18 Winning 6-Dlgit Number 607318 Winning 5-Digit Number 98208 Winning 3-Digit Number 843 Match 6-Digit Number and Win $100,000 Match 5-Digit Number and Win $2,500 Match 3-Digit Number and Win $75 Worker's Reject Bid To Return At Sportswear Members of Local 433 of the Connellsville Sportswear voted to continue the strike by a 27 vote margin at a meeting held yesterday morning. The vote was 104 to 77. Heading the meeting held at the Sons of Columbus Hall in Connellsville were local 433 officers, Henry Drokin, Pittsburgh District Joint Board manager and Alice Makel, business representative. At this time it is not known if the strike will be backed by the national and local union. When the strike began Monday officials said it was an illegal strike, but this morning reports are the strike may be legal. Prior to yesterday's meeting union officials issued a statement asking its members to return to work without a contract until Sept. 25 when negotiations with the company are to start. Workers ignored the work order saying they would' not work without a contract. The 275 employes failed to report to work Monday morning after their contract expired" Sept. 15. I-ocal union, national union and company officicils could not be reached this morning for comment on the matter. An area boy was treated Wednesday at Connellsville State General Hospital for minor injuries after falling from a sliding board. David Kurutz, 10, son of Timothy Kurutz of Vanderbilt, R. D. 1, treated at 4:08 p.m. for forearm and wrist injuries. Also treated at the local hospital was Philip Cook, 21, of 467 Reidmore Road, South Connellsville. Cook was treated at 3:30 p.m. for a left hand laceration, received while at work. After falling from a ladder while fixing his porch roof, Samuel Natale, 77, of 164 N. 10th St. was treated at the hospital. Michael Natale, 23, of 221 S. 12th St., was treated at 2:30 p.m. for a right arm burn, sustained when he burned it with steam. Twenty-two-month-old Kevin Lenhart, son of John Lenhart of Dawson, was also treated at the hospital. He was treated at 2:40 p.m. after drinking a small amount of kerosene. All the accident victims were released following treatment. * Plans Two Major School Strikes Settled By United Press International It was back to the classrooms today for teachers in Chicago and New York -- and a resumption of classes for more than 1.6 million children. The settlement of school strikes in the nation's two largest cities cut to less than 350,000 the number of children affected by teacher strikes and lockouts in 10 states. Chicago's teachers ended the second longest strike in the city's history and permitted the school year to open today for 530,000 public school students. The Chicago Teachers Union 900- member house of delegates voted overwhelmingly Wednesday night to end a walkout that had idled 26,000 teachers and kept classrooms closed for 11 class days. Technically, the strike was suspended - for one week. Teachers were to vote on the contract proposal Sept. 25. A union spokesman said the settlement included provisions for restoring 1,525 teaching positions and reducing class size Two Men Injured In Separate Area Traffic Accidents Township accidents early this morning sent three persons to two regional hospitals where they were treated for minor injuries and released, according to State Police reports at Gaddis Crossroads station. Takeski Kawartani, 21, of 315 N. First St., Jeannette, formerly of Montebello, Calif., was treated in Connellsville State General Hospital at 12:35 a.m. today for knee and head injuries suffered in a one- car wreck on Rte. 119 shortly after midnight. Troopers said Kawartani was driving along Rte. 119 in Bullskin Township at a rate of speed too fast for conditions, and skidded on the roadway running into an embankment. Damage to his car was estimated at $1,800. Driver Hurt Ernest Shedlock, 28, of 160 Perm St., Connellsville, and his wife, Norma, 34, of the same address, were taken to Frick Community Hospital, Mount Pleasant, at 5:40 a.m. today. He was treated for minor injuries and released. Mrs. Shedlock was examined and found apparently uninjured. They were involved in a two-car crash on Twp. Rte. 117, west of L.R. 26053, Upper Tyrone Township at 5:05 a.m. today. Driver of the other vehicle, a tractor-trailer rig, was identified by troopers as Merle E. Grouse, no age given, of Connellsville, R. D. 1. The Shedlock auto, police said, was headed south and crossed into the northbound lane, hitting the semi-trailer of the oncoming rig. Damage to the Shedlock auto was estimated at $2,000 and to the semi-trailer, $700. -- both union demands. It also provides for a 7.1 per cent average salary increase and improved medical and denial benefits. Board officials said about $26.7 million was saved because teachers were not paid during the strike. . New York City teachers ended their week-long walkout and returned to their classrooms Wednesday to prepare for classes. The city's 1.1. million students were headed back to classes today. New teacher strikes hit communities in Indiana and New Jersey Wednesday. Teachers at Fort Wayne, Ind., walked out when a marathon bargaining session failed to produce an agreement. Similar all-night negotiations failed in the Parsippany-Troy Hills,. N.J., school district and 11 schools with 11,000 pupils were shut down. Thirty-two strikes or lockouts idled 121,000 children in Pennsylvania. A state legislator proposed a bill that would block future walkouts by forcing compulsory arbitration of contract disputes. Obituaries || ELLWOODE.AKERS Ellwood E. Akers, 74, of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, formerly of Dawson, died Wednesday morning in the Green Cross Hospital, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. He was born Oct. 4,1900, at Keyser, W. Va., a son of the late Marshall E. and Nancy Kight Akers. He was a member and past master of James Cochran Lodge No. 614 F. and A.M. of Dawson and a member of the Lodge of Perfection of Uniontown, and the Scottish Rite of Pittsburgh. He was a retired signal superintendent of the B 0 Railroad at Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, with 45 years service with the railway. He is survived by a son, Ellwood L. Akers of Greensburg, Ohio; three daughters, Mrs. Shirley M. Davis of Connellsville, Mrs. Thefina K. Ansell of Canton, Ohio and Mrs. Nancy C. Santee of Stow, Ohio; 12 grandchildren; two brothers, Cleber K. Akers of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, and Wayne V. Akers of Stow, Ohio and two sisters, Mrs. Eloise Miller of Connellsville and Mrs. Eilean Sliger of East Carbon, Utah. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ethel in 1958. Continued From Page 1 direction in obtaining a $199,800 grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This grant is to be used for acquisition and demolition of dilapidated structures, building code enforcement and a rehabilitation fund for interested property owners. James Getsy, a HUD representative, will meet with Dunbar Council and the Community Development Advisory Board at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Community Building. He is to expand on guidelines and procedures of the project. Mrs. Teets Is Named To Pt. Marion Council Mrs. l,aura Teets was named a council member of Point Marion Council. Meeting in regular monthly session, council named Mrs. Teets to the position. She will replace Paul Tenney who resigned last night because of "prior commitments." Tenney had three years to go on his term. It was explained he is involved deeply in church work. Local Police Nab Six Failing To Answer Citations Six local men were picked up on delinquent fine payment warrants Wednesday night by city police, four of them being released after paying the overdue fines and two still behind city jail bars this morning. Asst. Chief of Police Elmer Miller identified those still in jail as James Baughman of the Arlington Hotel and John F. Rulli of 1308 Cambria Ave. Baughman was picked up on a disorderly conduct delinquent fine warrant while the delinquent fine charges faced by Rulli include retail theft, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct. Those picked up on delinquent fine warrants who paid fines and were released are: Gregory Dean Kimmel of 347 N. Pittsburg St., disorderly conduct; Frank A. Darrell of 144 Orchard Alley, disorderly conduct, running through red light and driving wrong way on a one-way street; Thomas R. Darrell of the same address, disorderly conduct and Allen D. Hutchinson of 1328 S. Pittsburg St., disorderly conduct. Miller said police now have 50 more warrants for individuals who have failed to answer citations to appear before magistrates for hearings. These, too, will be picked up, the assistant chief added. JOSEPH A. MEENTUS Joseph A. Mientus, 59, of Mount Pleasant, R. D. 1, (Norvelt), died at 4:05 p.m. Tuesday in Latrobe Area Hospital's extended care unit. He was born July 19,1916, in Mammoth, a son of the late John and Annie Pokracki Mientus. He was employed as a truck driver for Carolina Freight, Inc., North Huntingdon and was a member of St. Stanislaus R. C. Church, United. He was a veteran of World War II having served with the United States Navy. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Josephine Chernek Mientus; a son, Robert J. of Pittsburgh; two daughters, Joanne at home and Marian of State College; two brothers, Vincent of Irwin and John of Greensburg and six sisters, Mrs. Jerome (Sophie) Zlamal of Finleyville, Mrs. Victoria Golkosky of Mount Pleasant, R. D. 1, Mrs. John (Kathryn) Kostyo of Mammoth, Mrs. Julia Chernek of York, Mrs. Robert (Anne) Gaia of Crofton, Md., and miss Betty Mientus of Greensburg. THOMAS E. COUGHENOUR Thomas E. Coughenour, 67, of 203 W. Woodlawn Ave., died Wednesday at Oakland Veterans Hospital, Pittsburgh. He was born Nov. 1, 1907, in Connellsville, a son of the late William H. and Maude Maust Coughenour. He was a life long resident of Connellsville, retired chief caller of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, and a veteran of the U.S. Army, World War II. Surviving are one son, Thomas R. of Belvedere, S. C.; two grandchildren; one brother, Eugene of Poughkeepste, N. Y., and two sisters, Mrs. Robert (Mary Maude) Seaton of Scottdale and Mrs. Paul (June) Schrock of York. He was predeceased by his wife, Dorothy Robins Coughenour, Dec. 11, 1974. The Wilmington, Del., school board threatened to fire secretaries who stay off their jobs in sympathy with striking teachers. Only 17 of 652 teachers in Pawtucket, R.I., reported for work under a third court order to end their two-week strike. Eight leaders of the Pawtucket Teachers Alliance -- five men and three women -spent their second day in jail while their contempt of court sentences were appealed to the state supreme court. Strikes in Rhode Island idled 36,500 students. Striking Hoboken, N.J., teachers ignored a judge's recommendation to return to class while negotiating a new contract, but the school board decided "to avoid rough stuff" and, in effect, not to fire the strikers. Some 26,000 students were affected by teachers' strikes in Jersey. Burglars Remove Numerous Items, Coins From Home Burglars got some loot and were apparently scared away before taking everything they wanted while ransacking the home of David Fisch, 611 E. Murphy Ave. Tuesday night. Forcing their way through a cellar door on the west side of the house, the thieves entered the house through a door leading from the cellar to the dining room where they removed two CB radios from a table and placed them on the floor by the cellar door, opened a china closet and attempted to remove a sugar bowl which they dropped and broke. They went into the living room, disconnected a color television set and moved it, but did not take it with them. Fisch who was away from home about 6:15 to 10 p.m. Tuesday notified police telephone shortly after discovering the burglary. A later check of the house showed the thieves took a 30-30 Marlin rifle with sling leather case, model 336C, serial No. 44556; an Argus movie camera and projector, one ladies Bulova wrist watch, a Ross portable record player and tape deck along with several tapes, $25 cash and $8 in pennies. Several old coins were taken. They were listed as four silver dollars--1887, 1807, 1890, and 1876; one large copper penny, 1836; three-half-dollars, 1919,1943 and 1943S; one Indian head penny; six buffalo nickles; four Mercury head dimes and two silver Liberty head quarters. Autopsy Testimony Given In Font Trial Testimony continued this morning in the murder trial of Hugh Fant of Uniontown. Fant is charged in the shooting deaths of two persons at the Wishing Well nightclub last December. Twenty-four prosecution witnesses have testified in the trial so far. Testifying Wednesday were Uniontown funeral director Andrew T. Haky Jr., who performed an autopsy on the victim, Uniontown pathologist Dr. William W. Ayres and State Policeman Daryle W. Mayfield. Funeral Notice * Court Continued From Page 1 the district had recovered the funds. However, it was not stated that although* these monies may have been recovered for the 1975-76 school year, they cannot be recovered retroactively for the two years lost. "Fifthly, it was repeated teachers are very persistent in their 'demands', especially about personal days. The benefit of personal days implies that no reason be stated. "Simplistic-ally, they are personal. This concept in form of a fringe benefit was negotiated in previous contracts by the board of directors and the Frazier Education Assn. Teachers are not asking for favors, but they arc demanding justice." JACK F. BELZER Jack F. Belzer Sr., 59, of Roseville, Mich., formerly of Tarr, died Tuesday in the Ford Hospital. Mich. He was born June 30,1916, in Donnelly, a son of the late Louis and Mary Belzer. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Chris Bove Belzer; three sons, Louis, Jack Jr. and Tom, all of Michigan; two daughters, Maryland and Renee both of Mich.; one grandchild; seven brothers, Joseph of Mount Pleasant, James, Frak and Tom, all of Tarr, Edward Louis and Sam, all of Michigan, and two sisters, Mrs. Mary Caruso of Mount Pleasant and Miss Virginia Belzer of Tarr. He was predeceased by a sister, Mrs. Angeline DePalma in 1973. FRANK G.SECAN Frank G. Secan, 77, died Tuesday, Sept. 16, at the Royal Oak Alexander Convalescent Home, Royal Oak, Mich. He was born Aug. 17, 1898, at Pittsburgh. He was an accountant auditor for the U.S. Corporation of Engineers. He is survived by his wife, Mrs, Mabel Skiles Secan; one daughter, Mrs. Marie S. Lytle; a son, Frank D. Secan; four grandchildren and a brother, N. R. Secan. AKERS--Friends of Ellwood E. Akers of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, who died Wednesday, Sept 17, 1975, may call at the Robert S. Landymore Funeral Home, Dawson. from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday, the hour of services In the funeral home with the Rev. William Popa officiating. Interment will be In Cochran Cemetery, Dawson. James Cochran Lodge No. 814 F. and A.M. will conduct a Masonic service at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. BELZER-Friends of Jack F. Belzer Sr. of Roseville, Mich., formerly of Tarr, who died Tuesday, Sept. 16,1976, may call at the Fred H. Kaul Funeral Home, Inc., 27830 Gratlot Ave., Roseville, Mich. A mass of Christian burial will be held Friday In Roseville, Mich COUGHENOUR-Friends of Thomas E Coughenour of Connellsville who died Wednesday, Sept. 17,1975, will be received from 3 9 p.m. Friday in the Brooks Funeral Home, Inc., Ill E. Green St, where services will be held p.m. Saturday with the Rev. Ty Sabella officiating. Interment in Green Ridge Memorial Park. KRESHO-Frlends of Michael Kresho Sr. of Perryopolis who died Monday, Sept 15, 1975, will be received in the Blair-Lowther Funeral Home, Perryopolis, from 12 noon to 2 p m today, the hour of service there with the Rev. Wahl Pfelfer officiating. Interment In Mount Washington Cemetery, Perryopolis. McARDIJE-Mrs. Marie Case McArdle of 27 Grey Birch Road, Turnersvllle, N.J., formerly of Scottdale, died Sunday, Sept. 14, 1975. Friends will be received at the Frank Kapr Funeral Home, 417 W Pittsburg St, Scottdale, A prayer service will be held there at 9:30 a.m. today followed by mass of Christian burial in St. John the Baptist R. C. Church. Scottdale, at 10 a.m., with the Rev. William M. Gavon as celebrant. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Parish rosary will be recited at 8 p m today in the funeral home. MIENTUS-Friendi of Joseph A. Mientus of Mount Pleatant, R. D. 1 (Norvelt) who died Tuesday, Sept 18,1075, may call at the Jay A. Hoffer Funeral Home, Norvelt, from 2 to fi and to 9 p.m. today. Mas* of Christian burial wUl held at 10 a.m. Friday In St. Stanislaus R.C. Church, United, with the Rev. Thomas A. Stanek as celebrant. Parish rosary will be recited in the funeral home at 7:80 p.m. today. SECAN-Friends of Frank G. Secn of Royal Oak, Mich , who died Tuesday, Sept. 18, 1975, may call at the John F. Slater Funeral home. 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood, from 2 to 4 and 7 to » p.m today. Services will bp held in funeral home at 1 p m Friday. Interment will be in Jefferson Memorial Park, Pleasant Hills.

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