Intelligencer Journal from Lancaster, Pennsylvania on June 18, 1979 · 32
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32-INTEU.IOENCER JOURNAL, Lancaster, Pa., Monday, June 18, 1979 ' ' -i Inttllistnctr Journal Photo by Davo Cod Rocky Springs Park employees work to help passen- night. Two persons were injured in the mishap, but a gers disembark from a stranded Wild Mouse car after a spokesman for the park said the problem had been corn-broken chain forced the amusement ride to a stop Saturday pletely repaired Sunday morning. Despite Mishap, A Restored Rocky Springs Park Reopens Senior Citizens A Ima Snyder Knows Meaning of Service By JAMES L.KINTER III lntligncr Jwrnol Staff Rocky Springs Park, a familiar Lancaster landmark several years ago which had fallen into disuse and disrepair in the 1960's, opened anew Saturday and Sunday with a completely restored and revitalized look, new amusements and a healthy outlook for the future. According to a spokesman for the park, over 2,200 people passed through the gate on lyTHS ASSOCIATIOfUtSS Independent truckers in Pennsylvania began their boycott-shutdown of truck stops in many areas of the state early Sunday as haulers nationwide continued to protest rising diesel prices and other matters affecting their industry. Many fueling stations for the big rigs such as the Breezewood and Carlisle exits of the Pennsylvania Turnpike voluntarily shut down to honor the truckers protest, according to state police and a spokesman for the state's Independent Truckers Association. Truckers from Berks County and another group based in Chambersburg, Franklin County, pulled their rigs in front of diesel fuel pumps at truck stops along Interstates 78 and 81, a key route between New York and the South. The only way to make this successful is to shut off the fuel pumps, said Bill Kent, a driver from Lebanon. "Trucks can't run without diesel fuel. State police reported no incidents of violence in connection with the protest. "Were putting a lot on the line, said Robert Stauffer of Myerstown. "My whole life is tied up in that truck. That's me. If somebody does something to that equipment, we'll eat those bills. Troopers along Interstate 80 in Columbia County said traffic was moving sparsely but freely along that major east-west route. And along 1-78 at Fogelsville in the western Saturday, and almost the same number on Sunday, to enjoy the new sights and sounds and to see an open-air concert with the rock band, Hunter, a fireworks display and a balloon ascension and hang glider drop. Though the hang glider drop was postponed Saturday, it came off without a hitch on Sunday. Professional balloonist Ken Marchuck of Ellenville, N.Y. filled his hot air balloon and ascended to a height of about 1,400 feet drawing aloft Roger Baker, Bethel, Vermont, and his hang glider. As a fairly large crowd watched, Mar- section of Lehigh County, a state police dispatcher said there were no reports of truck stop closings from that point east. 40 Truckers Meet About 40 truckers met in a truck stop repair bay near Frystown in Berks County Saturday to get assignments to specific areas for the start of the strike at midnight. The profit percentage is moving right down to the zero level, said Sid Garman, a trucker from Ephrata. "Do you want to keep going and be put out of business? The truckers, joining a nationwide strike already slowing freight shipments in 37 states protesting fuel prices, the 55 mph speed limit and conflicting state regulations, want the Interstate Commerce Commission to permit a fuel surcharge on freight rates. Walter Brown, a Myerstown, Berks County, trucker leading the meeting, said the ICC's offer Friday of a 5.6 percent surcharge was close to what truckers feel they need. Others disagreed, saying the approved surcharge would not cover increased fuel costs and would not apply to all independent drivers. Brown said the ICC should also grant an automatic escalation clause to keep pace with rising fuel prices. "Everybody hates to see another charge coming along, he said, referring to shippers and consumers reactions. "But it's a matter of survival. chuck released the hang glider from the bottom of his balloon and Baker was on his own. The glider did a series of aerobatic stunts, including spirals and wing-overs, before Baker brought it safely to rest in a field adjacent to the park. Baker, 26, is one of only a handful of hang glider pilots licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration for a balloon drop. He has made approximately 500 flights, including six from a balloon. The opening was marred, however, by an accident on the roller coaster amusement ride known as the Wild Mouse. In the middle of one of the rides in the evening, the cars jerked suddenly after a chain broke, and two persons were injured. Mrs. Barbara Coxey , 31 , of 1520 Robert Road, and her brother, Carl Heagy, 18, of 209 Frances Lane, were both treated at Osteopathic Hospital. A hospital spokesman said Mrs. Coxey was treated for a sprained neck, while Heagy sustained a broken nose. Both were later released. Tom Parrish, general manager for the park, indicated that the Wild Mouse ride had a vibration problem that caused a bolt to work loose toward evening. He said that the ride slowed abruptly so that the passengers were thrust suddenly forward, causing the injuries. Parrish added that the problem had been corrected and that all the cotter keys had been checked and three found to be weakening were replaced Sunday morning. "We have tried to be extremely safety conscious, Parrish said. The defect was in the equipment sent us from the factory and we have corrected the problem. He noted that every piece of old equipment had been x-rayed to determine if metal fatigue had set in, and that any new cables installed had guage thicknesses in excess of the tolerances quoted by the safety inspector. I would like to emphasize that this has been our only accident and that the Wild Mouse was the only ride to even break down in 15 days of operation, Parrish said. He said that otherwise, the reaction of the people at the park had been very positive. Though he was disappointed with the smaller turnout oft Sunday, he attributed it to the fact that gas was not readily available, and he said he expects attendance to pick up as the summer advances. "If we can just do our thing well, then everything will eventually come, he said Sunday evening. Right now, we are trying to reach out and let people know the park is here.. .and I think we are doing just that. Vote Likely This Week On Gas Tax By TIM PETTIT Aamtalrf Nn WHttf HARRISBURG (AP) - The House faces a series of tax votes this week that would provide the money Gov. Dick Thornburgh says he needs to rebuild highways and run state government. The most ticklish vote could be on a Republican proposal to hike the nine-cent per gallon gasoline tax to 12 cents, the highest in the nation. That tax increase would include an escalator clause allowing the gas tax to rise along with the U.S. Construction Index, but not by more than a penny per year. Another proposal up for a vote would raise registration for all trucks heavier than pickup trucks. Those two revenue measures would provide an extra $200 million for the PennDOT budget. If there is time, Republican leaders also intend to schedule votes on a bill that would extend the 2.2 percent personal income tax and the 10.5 percent corporate income tax. Under present law, those two income taxes are supposed to drop to 2 percent and 9.5 percent, respectively, on Jan 1, 1979. I wouldn't be a bit surprised if we rolled every tax (this week), House Majority Leader Matthew Ryan, R-Delaware, said in an interview. July 1 is approaching fast. July 1 is the beginning of the fiscal year, and the deadline for having a new general government budget and a state highways budget. The general government budget is in a House-Senate conference committee. And the highways budget was approved by the House and sent to the Senate. But little further action is expected until the House shows whether it can approve the taxes needed to fund increases in both of those budgets. That will not be an easy feat. Even Republicans who voted to release the gas tax bill from the House Transportation Committee said they dont want to vote for an escalator clause. They said it could automatically give PennDOT an extra $58 million each year. I cant see PennDOT administering another $58 million without legislative consent, said Rep. Richard Geist, R-Blair. I just don't trust PennDOT. But Ryan said that, even if the gasoline tax did rise by one cent a year, it would just give us a hedge against inflation What Democratic support exists for a gas tax hike seems to lean toward a flat tax, such as a 3-cent increase without an escalator clause. And Democratic Whip James Manderi-no of Westmoreland County told reporters, I ani opposed to any increase in the gasoline tax. Manderino is drafting a complicated plan tliat would use several sources to fund road repairs. It includes extending the income taxes and using general government surpluses for highway work. Briefcase Containing $1,000 Stolen Here Thieves broke into a car owned by the manager of the Hoar House restaurant, Stevens House, 10 S. Prince St., early Sunday morning and stole a briefcase containing $1,000 in cash. City police said the victim, Thomas H. Moyer, 41 S. Lime St., told them he had placed the case filled with money, which represented receipts from the restaurant, in his car, which was parked in a parking lot in the first block of N. Water Street. Sometime between 1 and 2:30 a.m., he said the suspects broke a wing window in his car, reached inside and unlocked the door. In addition to the briefcase filled with the cash, police said Moyer also reported that clothing valued at $305 was stolen. Gays Open Week BOSTON (AP) An estimated 5,000 homosexuals and supporters turned out for a march to begin the celebration of Gay Pride Week in Boston. Described as noisy but orderly, the crowd chanted and sang its way from the public library in the Back Bay section over to the Commons on Saturday. Most marchers said they were walking to show their pride and to further the cause of gay rights. A number of speakers addressed the crowd, saying there had been many changes in the public's attitude toward homosexuals but that much work was needed for further gains. By GRACIE JOANOU lntll9firar Jeumel Staff We can use anyone with time on their hands as a volunteer, said Alma Snyder, as she spoke of her work as coordinator of volunteers for the Lancaster Chapter, American Diabetes Association. A person may only give a few hours time a week, but it is a great service to their fellowman, added Alma, who explained that volunteers are needed to man the office and answer telephones Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, or to work in the Detection Program. A lot of the work in the detection program is filling out forms and working with the technician, she said. If someone expresses an interest in volunteering, we can always find something for them to do. Mrs. Snyder is a retired teacher, who specialized in languages. Her assignment before retiring was German and before that, English and Latin. Her teaching career covered 31 years with 23 of those years at Lampeter-Strasburg. She retired in 1973. Is Enjoying Retirement Some of my friends thought I'd never be able to adjust to retirement since most of our lives are keyed to the clock, she smiled, but by fall, I was so busy in the kitchen with the vegetables from my husband's garden, that I was really enjoying retirement. When I quit teaching, I did lots of things at home that I had always wanted to do and it was a pleasure not to have to watch the clock. Alma and her husband, Clarence T., have lived at 747 N. Franklin St., since 1958. They were married in 1940 and are the parents of two daughters. In addition to their own family, they have an international family that includes a number of teachers who came to teach at the Lampeter-Strasburg through the Mennonite Central Committee. Two of the teachers lived with us at different times, and the others were often guests in our home for short or extended visits, explained Alma. I keep in touch with most of them and they have returned here for visits. I had a five-week tour of Switzerland, Holland and Germany, where I was able to visit with five of the teachers. When they come here to visit, they stay with us and we re able to see their youngsters. Their children keep adding youngsters to our family and I feel very close to them. A graduate of Albright College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in languages, Mrs. Snyder began her teaching career at Mohnton High School, where she graduated. A member of the West Willow United Methodist Church, she is very active as an adult Sunday School teacher and enjoys being involved in a missionary support group. At home, canning and freezing are the things that make her happiest. Since Mr. Snyder has retired, he has more time for a garden and it pleases his wife to work with the vegetables he grows. An Exuberant Volunteer When she is working as a volunteer for the Diabetes Association, she really is exuberant. She became interested in the organization because there has been diabetes in the family. Do you have knowledge or abilities that you can share with others? The Lancaster County Library is eager to incorporate your skills into their Community Resource Registry. The Registry includes persons knowledgeable on almost every subject you can mention. Y our experiences during World War I, the art of quilting or weaving. your expertise in your career, and many more subjects can be fascinating to another person. Through the Community Resource Registry, you can share the knowledge that you have accumulated throughout your lifetime with others. The registry will be used by schools, by persons interested in exploring different careers, by community groups, and other interested persons. The goal of the program is to provide a first-hand learning exchange. It functions in both ways. If you want to teach, your name will be matched with those who want to learn your topic. If you want to learn something, you can get the names and telephone numbers of people Mrs. Alma Snyder, a volunteer herself, coordinates volunteers for the local Diabetes Chapter. At the detection centers, when a person is found to have a high blood sugar, he or she is referred to a doctor, said Mrs. Snyder. November is Diabetes Month and the volunteers are called upon to man the detection centers. Every first Tuesday of the month, detection is also done at the offices at 630 Janet Ave. The Diabetes Association also works with other organizations and participates in multi-phasic programs, added Mrs. Snyder, who supervises the mailing of the chapters newsletter. In October there will be a two-day testing program with the Office of Aging for senior citizens at Annunciation Church. We're a young organization, and we are growing every day. But even the most successful organization is only as good as its leadership and volunteers. Alma Snyder is a most dedicated volunteer who began working with the detection chairman where needed, and now is the office coordinator. She knows the true meaning of the word service. listed under your subject. Even if you are just seeking a partner to share in your interests, they will help you get together. You can register as a speaker, teacher, tutor, phone helper, or demonstrator. This allows you to share your knowledge in whatever way you like. After you have expressed your interests, the Library will keep your name on file. When persons call who are interested in your skill, they will let them know of your availability. To register or to get more information about the program, contact Jean Weglarz at the Lancaster County Library, 125 N. Duke Street, Lancaster 17602 or phone 394-2651. Wanted : Subjects Help us find senior citizens...active people with a hobby or special interest... people busy helping other people. Send your suggestions to Grade Joanou , care of The Intelligencer Journal, 8 W. King St., Lancaster, Pa. 17604. Independent Truckers Boycott Truck Stops Share Skills With Others I V i r I t 3 Hurt , 5 New Cars Damaged Three people were injured and seven cars damaged in a collision in Ephrata Township at 1:23 a.m. Sunday. Five of the damaged cars were new Mercury automobiles parked at Ephrata Motors, Inc. Police said a 1974 Dodge sedan, in photo at right, driven by Jerome A. Adams. 21, of 274 Boomerang Drive, hit one Mercury, causing it to strike the others. Treated and released from the Ephrata Community Hospital were Adams, Susan L. Grosteffon, 18, of 219 E. Lancaster Ave.. Denver, and Tani Jo Kling. 17, of 55 Church St., Ephrata, a passenger in the Grosteffon car. Ephrata Township officer William D. Weaver said Grosteffon, driving a Honda two-door sedan, was westbound on Eleventh Street. She stopped at the intersection at Route 272, started to cross and pulled into the path of the Adams' car traveling north on Route 272, Weaver said. After impact the Grosteffon car came to rest about 140 feet north of the intersection. Adams' car after impact continued 390 feet, striking the five new cars parked at Ephrata Motors. !.-- - -1 . - I.. Ual ffwgHior jww pww vy aw nw Sr. Citizen Calendar Monday Lancaster Association for Retired Citizens will meet in Wesley Hall of Christ United Methodist Church, 935 E. Walnut St., for a brief business, meeting at noon. Following an afternoon of games, a fight lunch will be served. Northwest Area, Emmanuel Church Happy Hours Center, W. Walnut and Pine Sts., at 10 a.m. will leave for a picnic at the new Lancaster Recreation Center. Members should bring a lunch. Dessert and beverage will be provided. The picnic is by pre-registration with the center director. Tuesday Manheira Township Retired Citizens will meet at at Stauffer Mansion, 1241 Lititz Pike, at 1 p.m. for an afternoon of games. Senior Citizens will bowl at 1 p.m. at Columbia Bowl and at Rocky Springs Bowl. Southeast Area, Church Street Towers Happy Hours Center, 333 Church St., at 10 a.m.. along with Famum Street East, plans a bingo bonanza. Southwest Area, Rodney Park Happy Hours Center, Rodney and Crystal streets, will feature a pinochle party a-1 p.m. Central Branch. Lancaster House North Happy Hours Center, 335 N. Prince St., at 1 p.m., will play the game New Deal. Northeast Area, Mt. Calvary Church Happy Hours Center, N. Plum and E. Clay streets, at 1 p.m., has scheduled the game New Deal. Wednesday Lititz Senior Citizens will bowl at 8:30 a.m. at Lititz Lanes. Lancaster Senior Citizens will bowl at 10 a.m. at Columbia Bowl. The Senior Citizens pf Paradise will meet at 10 a.m., in St. Johns United Methodist Church, Paradise, for a slide presentation and lecture by Albert Spinner, Lancaster. Thursday Senior Gtizens will bowl at 1 p.m. at Leisure Lanes. Solanco Golden Age Club win meet at 1 p.m., at Mt Eden Lutheran Church, Quanyville R3, for an afternoon of games and refreshments. Lancaster House North Happy Hours Center at 12:30 p.m., will have a pinochle party. Mora CALENDAR Page 22

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