The Brattleboro Reformer from Brattleboro, Vermont on January 12, 1981 · 6
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The Brattleboro Reformer from Brattleboro, Vermont · 6

Brattleboro, Vermont
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Monday, January 12, 1981
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Page 6-Jkattlfboro fctformtr, Monday, January 12, 19H Weather Eye cm tsMghL FWrtcs fm Me. Ttnlw nederadagsemewhatTneeday. High to Metis. Bank Robbers Sentenced BURLINGTON (UPI) A Waitsfield bank robbery a year and a half ago has resulted in prison sentences for two young Central Vermont men. Jacques Blouin, 22, of Barre, convicted by a federal court jury in November, and Michael Wiltse, 24, of Montpelier, who pleaded guilty, returned to U.S. District Court Friday for sentencing. Blouin was given eight years for conspiracy and robbery and Wiltse got a five-year term. Blouin's sentence, however, will not start until he finishes serving a term in a state jail for breaking and entering. Wiltse is also in jail because of a state conviction, but the time he is spending will be credited toward his federal sentence. His lawyer and the federal prosecutor both told the judge he deserved special consideration because he testified against Blouin. Three masked men took $9,400 from the Waitsfield branch of the Howard bank in July 1979. Blouin and Wiltse were indicted last year and authorities said they were still investigating the third man. Air Guardsman Honored BURLINGTON (UPI) A Vermont Air National Guard officer has received one of the Air Forces highest honors. Col. Roland Cater recently was presented with the Legion of Merit, just one step lower than the Silver Star, officials said. Cater, one of 14 Air Guard officers in the country to receive the award, was cited for outstanding service over the past four years as assistant adjutant general for the Air Guard. Fatals Enumerated MONTPELIER (UPI) - Bennington County has relinquished a dubious title. The Governors Highway Safety Program said traffic accidents there last year claimed just 11 lives, compared with 1979, when 33 people were killed, largely because of a rash of multiple fatals. Chittenden County, Vermonts most populous area, had the most fatal accidents in 1980 -19 while Windsor and Rutland Counties were next with 17 each. Essex and Grand I3I Counties had the fewest one each. In all, 138 people died on state highways, well below the record 161 posted in 1979. The statistics also showed Thursdays were apparently the most hazardous time to be on the roads last year; 25 percent of all the fatal accidents took place on a Thursday. Until last year, Saturdays had the worst record. Finally, young male operators were involved in a disproportionately high percentage of the fatal accidents, officials said, and alcohol caused 52.2 percent of them, followed by excessive speed. City Boy Prepares For Milking Contest BALTIMORE (UPI) -Baltimore Mayor Donald Schaefer, admitting his barnyard knowledge is nil, milked a 1,600-pound cow named Ruth for about a cups worth Friday to announce a cattle association convention in the city. Schaefer, who said he was just "a little ole city boy, rather ineffectually milked Strawberry Acres Ruth, a black and white Holstein, to announce a convention of the Holstein Friesian Association of America, the worlds largest dairy cattle organization, from June 28 to July 2. Ruth stood placidly in the center of a ring of news people and cameras as Schaefer, dressed in a brown pinstripe suit, perched on a stool and struggled to wring milk into a metal bucket Schaefer admitted his knowledge of cattle matters was nonexistent. im very familiar with cows, he Joked. When I saw it outside, I said, Whats his name? Which end do you milk? Where do you work it? He asked how to greet a cow. Do you shake a paw, or do you shake an udder?" Schaefer said. He sweet-talked Ruth, who ignored him as he tweaked her udders. Milk feebly dripped into the bucket, on the floor and spotted his brown shoes. Ruth, owned by John Shen-ning of Bel Air, Md., usually produces between nine and 10 gallons daily. But after 15 minutes, there was only about a cup in the tin bucket. The heifer shook her head and rolled her eyes when Schaefer coiled his arm around her neck and murmured in her ear that shell be well treated when she returns for the convention. The highlight of the convention promises to be a milk-off between the mayor and state Comptroller Louis L Goldstein. Schaefer vows to improve his technique. Louie Goldstein is always running all over the state saying what a great farmer he is. Well, Im challenging him to a milking contest the first week of the convention and I'm going to practice in March and April and May. Then Louie Goldstein will see that this little ote city boy can take on the wealthy country boy, "Schaefer said. A spokesman In Goldsteins office said the comptroller will accept the challenge, but a formal announcement will be made next week. COLONIC IRRIGATION ACUPUNCTURE comfortable method of for pain control Cleansing the bowel for appointment call : 2544335 Record ByUtotodPrastotonattoMl Record cold stung the Atlantic Seaboard again today from New England to Florida, plunging temperatures to 43 below zero in northern New York and knocking out power and endangering fruit crop in Florida. .At least 19 dtiea and towns reported record low temperatures for Jan. 12 and three others equaled previous lows. Below-cero and single-digit readings were the rule in the frozen Northeast, where car batteries and radiators froze by the thousands and New York City tenants organized a rent boycott against heat-stingy landlords. Cold Wave Stings Atlantic Seaboard peratwes so they get up and RX, I below; Trenton, NJ., 1; Swlay, m"g one wunvi and dipped below aaro. Tenant's Union "Laadtorosare turn 00 the beat, the spokesman said. If thousands of people do that at about the same time, the transformers cant handle it" Field inspectors for Florida Citrus Mutual checked crops early today for damage from last night's freezing temperatures, which dipped as low as 22 degrees at Crestview. There could have been some damage in the low lying areas, bid we havent heard of any bad spots yet, Comptroller Ed Dean said. Theres going to be some isolated losses. But industry wise, probably not Philadelphia broke a 96-year-old record with a low tern- West Palm Bench, Fin., 49; Williamsport. Pa., 12 below; Wilmington, Del, 3 below; Windsor Locks, Combi, minus 14, and Worcester, Mass., below. Equaling old marks were: Atlantic, City, N.J., I below; Pittsburgh 5 below, and Scranton. Pa., 10 below. light snow stretched from the Great Lakes to the Virginias, with an inch reported at South Bend, Ind., and Beckley, W.Va. Rain showers fell in the Southwest. In Southern California, a charter busload of elderly people ran off a rain-slickened highway in the Mohave Desert near Palmdale injuring 27 people. Two men were found fronen Sunday, one in Micfaignn and one in Illinois. An ekferty man who wandered away from a Detroit adult foster care borne was found frozen to death near a freeway service drive about seven blocks away. Foster home officials said the man suffered from senilitv. A motorist found an unidentified man frozen in the middle of a road in Robbins, a southern suburb of Chicago. Police said the man apparently had been drinking Saturday night when temperatures In New York, leaders of several huadred thousand tenants in Queens and Manhattan atid they would withhold February rent payments horn landlords who qo ikx prov uf suniciem ntii. The announcement came after officials (hackwed a 91-year-old woman was found dead in her unheated apartment last week. Two other elderly people have been found dead in unheated apartments in recent weeks. "The city is not taking the line that there is widespread disregard for the law, said Bruce Bailey of the Columbia simpty not providing best to a vast segment of the city's tenants, and people will the at a result of it . " Bailey estimated that percent of the buikbngs between Broadway and Central Park West were without sufficient heat and hot water. The city's heat complaint hot line has received almost 400,090 complaints of heatlass apartments since the cold spell began It also has spent IS million repairing boilers, delivering fuel and setting 19 temporary shelters for people without sufficient protection from the bitter cold. Weather Takes Toll Coatbned from page 1 chimneys and all of their heating devices," Mattison said, pointing out that the cold weather overworks" furnaces and woodstoves. Mattison added that when the fire department called a local plumber this morning to get a radiator moved in the station, the department was told that the plumber was so busy with emergency calls that he didnt know when he could do other work. Assistant Town Manager Christine Hart said she has found that people who work for the town are well prepared for the cold weather this winter. Police department spokesman Anita Bobee said that police have had more than the usual roadside assistance calls for cars which have died and that the traffic lights also have been troublesome. But otherwise, she said, it has been business as normal. On the Farm In the meantime, farmers in the area are working even harder than usual in the deep freeze weather to keep cattle comfortable, water lines and silage unfrozen and milk production up. With the cold, there is more work and there are water problems, said Paul Miller of Vernon, while working on a frozen piece of equipment this morning. County Extention agent April LeClaire could not be reached for comment today because she was having trouble starting her car and couldnt get to work on time. The springs are freezing on some farms, Miller said. But Miller's large dairy farm that houses 130 cattle and 110 young stock is free of that problem, so far. Millers spring froze several times in the past years. We are leaving the water running all the time, Miller said. And we have been able to run hoses to areas where the lines are frozen in the bam. So far no livestock have been lost due to the cold, Miller said. But the Vernon farmer spent part of the morning working over a calf bom outside today in the sub-zero weather. It was pretty tough. There was frost all over it, but we managed to get it to stop shivering with heat lamps, Miller said. The milk production level remained even at the Miller farm despite the cold. But the milk level dropped at the Ed Hamilton farm in West Brattleboro when a winter-related illness, winter dysentary," struck there in November. The high point level reached 4,700 pounds over a two-day period," Hamilton said while working in his stable. But that dropped to 3,700 pounds with the sickness. The sickness causes the cattle to slow down their eating and thus the production of milk, Hamilton said. The dysentary goes through the herd in about 10 days, but the high production level is lost until the cattle freshen again the next year. Hamilton said the production level at his farm now is 4,300 pounds. It is like the common cold. It will last a few days and then they get over it," he said. At the Joseph Hamilton farm also in West Brattleboro, extra plastic was put on windows and doors to keep out the wind We are in pretty good shape," said Kevin Hamilton. "There are fellows around with frozen pipes." The farmers and cattle appear to be able to tolerate the cold weather, but coupled with wind, it is another story. It is the wind that is the bigger problem," said Miller. "You can tolerate the cold, but when you are out in the wind its hard. Fuel Supplies Okay Fuel oil delivery men and their equipment also are affected by the severe cold with more runs to make and more repairs on their lists. The two major problems, according to several oil dealers in the area, are calls for help with basement freeze-ups and pleas for assistance because there is no heat in homes. On the positive side, fuel oil supplies are holding up despite the deep freeze, according to local oil dealers. On the negative side, however, prices are also up and rising. Looking six months down the road, the price per gallon could rise another five or six cents, forecast one dealer. The average price for fuel oil is now $1.17 per gallon. But despite the high fuel costs, people are managing to pay their oil bills, the oil dealers said. People are doing really well and should be commended," said Richard Fleming, president of Fleming Oil Co. Lee Merrill of Barrows Coal Co. and Fleming both said today their crews are keeping busy with calls from people with no heat in their homes. The oil dealers blamed the problems on the severe cold creating a strain on the equipment. Many oil customers, who are heating one floor of their homes with wood, are suffering from frozen pipes because they neglect to heat their basements, Merrill and Fleming said. The thawing of the pipes is the real problem. It is not easy, Merrill said. The solution is to give it a little more heat. The degree day records at Flemings show a 20 percent colder December than last year. Thank God we didn't have this cold weather last year when the inventories were down. We couldn't have coped with it, Fleming said. Garages are besieged with calls to jump start automobiles and for help with frozen gas lines. "Its been a lot worse since the cold weather started, said a spokesman at Georges Wrecker Service in Guilford. The tow-truck is on the road even longer distances than usual to areas such as Stratton and Wilmington ski areas. "Batteries that are not new just dont want to start, said a mechanic at Jim's Arco on Western Avenue. "The solution Is to buy a new battery. Frozen gas lines can be eliminated by putting dry gas in the tank every two or three weeks, the mechanic recommended Begins Coalition Folds; New Israeli Election Asked Old Forge, N.Y., in the Adirondacks was the nations cold spot early today with a 43 below reading. Glenn Falls, N.Y., and Caanan, Vt., reported minus-27 readings, and 24-below at Watertown, N.Y., near the Canadian border. A spokesman at Florida Power and Light said power outages were reported in isolated areas around the state. People in Florida arent used to these extreme tem perature of 3 degrees. Residents in Warwick, R.I., awoke to the seventh record cold day of the month a nippy minus 8. Other records were: Baltimore 1 degree; Beckley, W.Va., 3 below; Columbia, S.C., 13; Columbus, Ga., 16; Daytona Beach, Fla., 28, Greensboro, N.C., 2; Harrisburg, Pa., 4 below; Hartford, Conn., 14 below; Newark, N.J., 1 below; Orlando, Fla., 29; Providence, Hostages Continued from page 1 anything from the Iranians and until we do and we know the nature of their response, it's impossible to say what it means, said the official. Its totally in their hands now. Well just have to wait until they send us something." However, another official stressed the issue of the $24 billion including U.S. guarantees to cover return of part of the late shah's wealth had been the major point of contention. Any backing away from that demand by the Iranians, he said, is an encouraging sign. Over the weekend, Ahmad Azizi, a spokesman for the hostages committee in Tehran, was quoted by the Tehran newspaper Enghelab Eslami as saying Iran had dropped its demand for the $24 billion. The Iranian government has accepted the Algerians proposals for international guarantees from the U.S., Azizi was quoted as saying. In Algiers, Deputy Secretary of State Warren Christopher stayed on in Algeria for a fourth dqy today awaiting Irans reply to the American proposals Millstone II Still Closed WATERFORD, Conn. (UPI) Northeast Utilities has been ordered to keep its Millstone II nuclear power plant off line until federal officials review reports on a shutdown caused by a faulty valve. Northeast, which operates the plant and two others in Connecticut, had hoped to start up the plant by Tuesday or Wednesday following a shutdown Jan. 7. But the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Saturday it wanted to be sure there was no structural damage that could weaken the backup system. The shutdown occurred when a valve failed to seal, causing hot radioactive water to flow into a backup safety tank and soak electrical cables. The valve was supposed to open and reduce pressure to keep the reactor from overheating. The malfunction occurred during a startup of the plant following another shutdown Jan. 2. The mechanical trouble posed no danger to the public, officials from Northeast and the NRC said. Northeast spokesman E. Clifford Hill said the federal inspectors wanted to study reports on the incident and doublecheck for any structural damage to a safety injection tank before allowing a start up. Hill said the ordered shutdown would probably last through next week. He did not speculate when tbe plant would resume operations. Federal investigators examined Millstone II Friday to determine whether any damage resulted in tbe shutdown. Hill said preliminary tests indicated no damage to the electrical cables flooded by the radioactive water JERUSALEM (UPI) -Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin's majority in parliament collapsed today and most of Begin's own Cabinet called for new elections in June. Tonight, we shall consult with our friends and colleagues in the Knesset (Israels parliament) and then the decision ... will be taken during the week," Begin said, referring to a date for new elections. Begin's majority of one in the 129-member Knesset withered away when the leaders of the Rafi faction recommended the partys three members In parliament pull out of Begin's coalition. The three votes had given Begins Likjud coalition government a narrow 81-89 majority. Sources dose to Begin said Sunday he would favor early elections if Rafi pulled Its three Knesset members out, leaving him short of a majority . The Cabinet met in special session for three hours and took no Immediate decision. But Cabinet Secretary Ary Naor told reporters, "The opinion of the majority in the Cabinet is in favor of early elections because of Rafi' spoil -out The prime minister feels be must now speak with coalition members and tell them the opinion of the government.'' Naor said the question of whether Begin would tender his resignation did not come up at the meeting. The latest polls show Begin's Likud would lose to the opposition Labor Party if elections were held now and labor was pushing to get the election date moved up to March "Why should we wait? Labor chairman Shimon Pares said. He la the party' choice to oppose Begin for prime minister in the next elections, now set for Nov 17. & Brawling Charged BRADFORD (UPI) Two Lyme, N.H. men awaited arraignment today for allegedly attacking a deputy sheriff who tried to break up a brawl at a Bradford bar. Peter Marsh, 19, and Steven Balch, 21, were arrested early Saturday at a nightspot called King Arthurs. Officials said Deputy Sheriff Michael Loschiavo tried to break up a fight between Marsh and another man, but both participants turned on him and were joined by Balch. An onlooker tried to help the deputy but was also assaulted, police charged. The third man escaped, but Balch and Marsh were held for lack of $1,000 bail each on a variety of charges. Loschiavo was treated for a nose injury. Boylan Hospitalized BURLINGTON (UPI) Former Sen. John Boylan, R-Essex-Orleans Counties, who retired this year after two decades in the Legislature, has been hospitalized with an undisclosed ailment. Boylan, 73, was reported in stable condition and resting, comfortably Sunday at Medical Center Hospital. He has a history of heart trouble. The conservative former chairman of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee was taken by ambulance from his Island Pond home Friday, friends said. Sen. Douglas McSweeney, D-Chittenden County, a doctor, said he visited Boylan and found him alert and interested In what was happening in the Legislature which convened last week. Recruiters Locked Out RUTLAND (UPI) A rent dispute that prompted a Rutland landlord to lock recruiters for four branches of the armed forces out of their offices could be settled this week. James Abatiell said Friday he locked U.S. Army, Navy, Marine and Air Force recruiters out of their Merchants Row office complex because they hadnt paid their rent. They owe me nine months rent, he said. I cant keep them as freeloaders. I have to pay taxes. Abatiell said the Army Corps of Engineers, which rented the building for the recruiters, promised to pay $9,000 in back rent by early this week. He added he will unlock the offices when it is delivered. The recruiting officers have worked out of their homes and tried to set up shop elsewhere in Rutland, but say they are hampered by being denied access to their furniture and files. Spokesmen said the dispute stemmed from a disagreement over how much rent was due. Abatiell would not say if he planned to lease again to the federal government. Junior Miss Chosen WINOOSKI (UPI) Deborah Donlon, a Milton teen-ager, has been crowned Vermonts 1981 Junior Miss. Miss Donlon, who won the crown Sunday night at St. Michaels college, will receives $1,500 and a trip in July to the national Junior Miss competition in Mobile, Ala. In addition, she was offered a $10,000 scholarship to St. Michaels, but has indicated she would like to attend Keene State College in New Hampshire. Miss Donlon replaced the 1900 winner, Kathryn Markey of South Burlington. , Beth Chamberlain of Danville was first runner-up and Kimberly Wilde of Guilford was second runner-up. ' Man Found Dead BURLINGTON (UPI) An autopsy was scheduled today on John Winegar, 63, found dead outside his home over the weekend, but officials say the death was apparently accidental. Winegar left Ms Forest Street home Saturday night to go to a local club and is known to have taken a taxi home. When he failed to arrive, his family began searching, and Winegars son Sunday morning found his body at the bottom of a steep embankment in front of the bouae. The death revived a search for Winegars 18-year-old laughter Selinda, who ran away from home three years ago and has not been beard from, even though she is believed to be living in tbe Burlington area. RAILROAD SALVAGE Canal St., Turners Falls, Mass. Man's, Ladies', Boys', Girls', Toddlers' SKI JACKETS 50 OFF OrtpMMdanPrtoa COATS, PARKAS, VESTS - OPEN SUNDAY IM pan. Opvn Mon , Tim , Wed., Tlwrv, Fri.. 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