The Times Record from Troy, New York on July 27, 1966 · Page 22
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The Times Record from Troy, New York · Page 22

Troy, New York
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Wednesday, July 27, 1966
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22 TH E TIMES RECORD, TROY, N. Y., WEDNESDAY EVENING, JULY 27, 1966 20 Lansingburgh Families Evacuated In Nitro Scare By JOHN J. McNAMAHA Twenty families were evacuated from their homes in the area of Second Avenue between 101st and 102nd Streets yesterday afternoon while an Army demolition team removed a bottle containing about eight ounces of nitroglycerine from the cellar of a home. Tension ran high as police, firemen and ambulances converged 01, the scene and precautionary measures wove taken to safeguard t h e lives of residents in the neighborhood. Using utmost care the Army experts removed the apparent highly explosive liquid from the home of Mrs. Mary A. Merrill, a widow and mother of three children, of Apartment A at 43 Second Avc. The Army team poured the contents of the three-quarters tilled bottle into cotton in a cushioned casing, placed the container in an Army vehicle and, with a police escort, drove to the rifle range at Guilderland. There the liquid was burned by remote control. .Mrs. Merrill discovered the bottle on a shelf while cleaning the cellar Monday night. It had been in the house about three or four years, she decided to wait until yesterday to notify authorities. Her husband, John Merrill, a chemist for duett, Peabody and Company, Inc., died Aug. 7, 1964. She recalled last night that when he brought the bottle home he told her to "leave it alone." He said it contained an explosive liquid. "I didn't really get scared until the demolition men decided to have the people evacuated from their homes," Mrs. Merrill said. Oh, That Pounding Then Mrs. Merrill also recalled she had the house remodeled about a year ago. A scared feeling gripped her as she remembered the pounding that accompanied the remodeling work. Mrs. Merrill said she did not know what use her late husband Cioppa, 82, of 30 Second Avc Aflcr the boltle and ils con tcnls had been removed from tin cellcr of the Merrill home al those evacuated returned to their 'homes. The Army experts ran no tests on the liquid. They sait later it was determined the bottle contained nitroglocerine and they handled it as an explosive l i q u i d . The demolition team consisted of U. David R. Jennings, Sgt. J. II. Hayes and Sp/6 Edward F. Konvic. / Powerful Explosive Webster's dictionary stales nitroglycerine is eight times more powerful t h a n gunpowder by weight and 13 times more powerful by volume. While authorities were waiting for the bottle to be removed from the Second Avenue home, Chief Sheehan ordered firemen of P u m p e r 11 to have hose lines hooked up in case of an emergency. A f t e r the contents fo the bottle had been poured into the container with the cotton, the Army vericle was escorted by Asst. Chief Grimmick and Sgt. Ronald S. Dasnoyers to the Congress Street Bridge. There the escort detail was taken by State Police. EXPLOSIVE DRAMA IN LANS1NGBURGH -- There were some tense moments in Lansingburgh yesterday afternoon when a container of nitroglycerine was found in the basement at 43 Second Avc. Residents of both sides of the block wer« quickly evacuated by police and firemen. Authorities escort two elderly women (left) to safety from a nearby home. Police called in an Army demolition team from the Schenectady Ordnance Depot (center). They put the container into a bomb-proof cushioned eating and into an Army truck. The dangerous explosive was taken to Schenectady under police escort (right), identified positively as nitroglycerine. Polict said the container was found by Mrs. Mary Merrill of Apt. 43A while she was cleaning her basement. Mrs. Merrill said when she found the bottl* she believed it to be an explosive because of what her husband had told her several years ago before he died. H» had said then there was a bottle in the basement containing six to eight ounces of nitro. (Photos by Harry Mekenna) Burgh School Board Lets Bus Service, Oil Contracts The Mobil Oil Co. and the Rotary Mowers Launch Debris, Cause Injury SAN FRANCISCO (UP1) -The rotary power lawn mower, had she for the liquid. However, . , said he had mentioned trict at a cost of 10.83 cents a something about making his own shells for a deer rifle. The bottle had never been opened wl-'le it was in the house. Police squads under the direction of Asst. Police Chief John E. Grimmick hurried to the Alerrill home after being notified by her. Acting Fire Chief Russell E. Shcchan responded to the call with Squad Co. 2 and Pumper 11. Two ambulances of Ambulance Service Corp., also hurried there. Shcchan notified the 146th Ordnance Detachment and Explosive Disposal at the Schc- ncctady Army Depot. Meanwhile, every precaution was taken to safeguard human lives. Second Avenue from 101st Street to · a point near the former Aetna Mill was closed to all traffic, vehicular and pedestrian. Residents in the area were evacuated. Three Women Aided Three elderly women were removed by police, firemen and ambulance attendants, the latter working under the direction of Charles Bclangcr. The women were Mrs. Jenny Fobarc, 90, of Apartment B at 43 Second Ave., Mrs. Elizabeth Durivage, 90, 33 Second Ave., and Mrs. Angclo gallon. In a three part bid for the transportation of district students during the coming year, the board accepted two offers by the Troy Fifth Avenue Bus Permanent Wave Special*? ·J. J6.1U A COLD S WAVE 5 Troy Fifth Avenue Bus Co. were named as the succcsful bidders on items for the school year ending June 30, 1967, by the Board of Education, Central School District 1, at a meeting held at Lansingburgh High School last night, it was announced by Andrew J. Smith Jr., business manager. The Mobil Oil Co., lone bidder, has contracted to furnish approximately 100,000 gallons of fuel oil to schools in the dis- figure of $43,307.50 has 1MIMWMMMMIMWMMIA CARYL RICHARDS LANOLIN WAVE That will give your hair firm) yet smile curls, $A.50 I which can be set '" ' In an enchanting new hair style. '6,50 $ 7,50 $7.50 MARLANE COLD WAVE - - $12.50 MODEL CREMt WAVE CHARM'S LOVELY DY WAVE - . All Wavci Cot.iplcte with Shampoo, Hair Style and Trim S 10 Make headlines with our youthfully sti/lcd hairdo. Shampoo and trim. With *r Without Appointmen BCfWTS SALON TLAKKV OI'KKATKn OftH t A. M. to 9 f. M I THIRD STREET AShlty 2-9767 CO. A been accepted to cover the costs of transportation within the district, from the students homes to school and back. To cover transportation outside the district, the Board accepted Fifth Avenue's bid of $1,092.50. A third bid by Fifth Avenue J of $7 per hour for miscellaneous transportation within the district, for purposes such as special student classes causing pupils to be shuttled between Lansingburgh High School and Knickerbackcr Junior H i g h School, has been deferred by Si the Board pending further study. Howard E. VerGow, school district superintendent, stated that the president of the board of education was authorized to sign the annual report of professional positions and the annual statistical report of sub stitule teachers. Lunch Program F u r t h e r authorization w a s given to the board president, he superintendent and the business .manager to sign appli cations for the renewal of the school lunch and milk programs. The proposal causing lunch prices for the 1966-67 school f. year to remain the same as last /ear (30 cents for students and 40 cents for adults) was given board approval. T h e superintendent authorized to file the final report for the 1965-66 school year, 'or purposes of determining the jaymcnt to be made to the ichool district pursuant to Pubic Law 847. This act provides federal subsidies for studenls ivhose parents are working on federal properties. Approval was also granted to insure all pupils in grades kin- ilcrgarten to grade 12 under the New York High School Athletic Protection Plan, Inc. This plan extends insurance coverage to students involved in interscholastic activities, intramur- als. physical cducalion classes and teacher supervised sports in the classroom, gym and play ground. 1'TA Representatives Kurther business included the appointment of six PTA reprc sentatives to the A d u l t Educa lion Advisory Committee. The appointees are: Mr.s' W i l l i a m Fuller, Knickcrbaeker Jr. High; Mrs. Richard Martin, Knickerbackcr Elementary; Mrs. Bradford Arnold, Haskell gram sponsored under Title I of The Elementary and Secondary Education Act, 1965, and 30 stu- denls in a two-week enrichment wogram involving music, art and drama study with field trips. Adult Education It was announced that the adult education program would convene again in the fall, offer- ng its usual curriculum, with a ligh school equivalency program and Civil Service preparation course also being offered. The session will extend from Sept. 13 o Nov. 17. The Board accepted "with regret" the resignation of Mrs. Matlie Reynolds, a kindergarten and remedial reading teacher in the district for 35 years. Further business included the change in teacher assignments and the appointment of 12 new eachers. Two final authorizations were [ranted by the board. The first nvolved the purchase of equipment for the science department of the new high school from Wood Metal Industries at a cost of $43,252. The second commissioned Daniel Klinger, archi- lecl, to draw up plans for the conversion of basement space in Haskell and Power Schools to central library facilities. To Conduct Picnic The Navy'Petty Officer Club, corner of Jackson and Second Streets, will complete plans for ils a n n u a l picnic at a meeting al 8 p.m.' lomorrow with William Wade, captain, presiding. Leo Hart, paymaster, will give a report oa the club's finances for the first quarter. considered almost a necessity, is a lethal "misslc launcher" and injures hundreds of Americans annually, according to the California Medical Association. A recent CMA health tip states that whirling r o t o r blades can hurl small objects such as gravel and bits of glass al speeds up to 240 mites per hour. The health authorities s a i d objects flying off lawn mower rotor blades have caused serious injuries and even death in some instances. They estimate 8,000 persons a year are injured by debris from the power lawn trimmers. Plays Production / In Church Granted At Vischer Ferry Permission was granted to Samuel and Tamela Morrell for rehearsn? and producing plays in the old White Church, Vischer Ferry Road, at the meeting of Clifton Park Zoning Board held at the Town Office last night. No action was taken on the appeal of Robert L. Simmons, to build a home on a lot, seven feet short of the proper depth on Kinns Road, because no application for a permit to build the home had been filed with 'the zoning inspector, James Bales. Howard I. Barrett, chairman, presided at the meeting. Seal Tested Milk ST. JOHN'S, Newfoundland-The infan-t, or whitecoat, Harp seal grows from 20 to 25 pounds at birth to about 90 pounds at two weeks. It feeds on milk that is 50 per cent butterfat. High Speed Shuttle Runs May Shorten NYC Train Trip A trip between Albany and *Jcw York City may soon be :astcr "in total time" by train .han plane, according to statements made yesterday by the New York Central. The stalemcnt was made as the Central announced plans yesterday to drop all ils long- laul passenger trains by the first of the year, replacing them \vilh a high speed shuttle service to compete with short-hop airlines. The shuttles would link cities along a 200-mile stretch of traok. The Central already is experimenting with jct-pro- pcllcd trains and the announcement said that "as technological developments occur we will adapt our service to the best of them." The Central's executive vice president, Wayne Hoffman, told a news conference: "We arc dropping all existing passenger trains on the New York Central railroad. All sleeper and dining car operations are out." Hoffman said permission for the changeover will he soughl from the Interstate Commerce Commission in the fall, and added: "I think it will be granted They know our problems." Referring to airline schedules The Twentieth Century Limited was known for its luxury and speed in its runs between New York and Chicago, a run it still makes, after 64 years on the schedule. Hoffman said a federal survey las shown that 77 per cent of all passenger trips made in this country are 200 miles in lenglh or less. Where The Action Is "We're going where the action is. It's in the 77 per cent," he declared The Central now serves about 80 due's between the East Coast and Chicago. The railroad currently is in the process of merging with the Pennsylvania Railroad. There was no indication that the shuttle service would apply to Pcnnsy track- age. Last week, the Central ran tests between Butler, Ind., anc Bryan, Ohio, of a jet-propcllcc train. Officials told newsmen yesterday it reached a top spcct of 183.85 m.p.h. U s i n g existing elcctrica equipment and high speed dicse locomotives, Hoffman cstimalec that shuttle speeds in excess o 100 m.p.h. could be maintained I T n c a i f l f r a o L - an/1 rn!»rlhnfl / n u l l The New York State Supreme ourt has ruled in favor of Genral Aniline Sc Film Corp. in its uit against a former employe barged with misappropriating rade secrets for the manufac- ure of * new electrostatic office opier machine. In a 19-page decision, Su- reme Court Justice Robert 0. k .found Frederick Frantz no Frantz Industries, Inc., had 'ilfully misappropriated 10 jade secrets belonging to GAF n the manufacture of the Frantz 10 Office copier. Justice Brink granted a pro- ibitory injunction against the manufacture, sale and distribu- on of the machine, a manda- ory injunction requiring Frantz ndustries to deliver to GAF for estruetion, all drawings, tools, ies, etc., used in the manufac- ure of the Frantz lilOO, and a andatory injunction requiring School; Mrs. Gino Sciililo, Ilask- between New York and Albany, H o f f m a n said: Trains Quicker? "Wheels up to wheels down, planes can make the trip in 25 ell School; Mr. Charles Philips, minutes.- But actually transit Powers; Mrs. Charles LaGuc, , . , 'time for a passenger is a couple W h i p p l c ; and the sevcnlh r c p - i o f hours. We can beat that kind resentalivc from Lansingburgh I of schedule between New York High will be selected later. ' a n d Albany." VerGow gave a report of the i He said airline passengers summer school program in : spend much time getting to and hich almost participating. 800 pupils arc In the breakdown he said (here are 123 students enrolled in the regular elementary program, 437 in the high school and secondary school group, 38 in the prc-kin- dcrgartcn (similar to the Head Start program) level, 250 in a | special reading and math pro- from airports, while "the railroad can pick them up in the center of town and drop them in the center of town." Among the f a m o u s ilics proved adequate in lh' Midwest jet test. Top scheduled railroad speed in the United Slates now ar about 82 m.p.h. Hoffman sal the eventual aim would be hig speed transporlalion similar t t h a t in Japan, where train have averaged up to 107 m.p.h on what he called "a billion do' lar roadbed." Hoffman said the Midwest jc tests were intended to give th Central a say in a $90 millio federal research program I develop high speed rail travel, trains: Hoffman said commerce ex doomed by the carrier is the'pcrts have called the presen Twentieth Century Limited long-haul rail passenger opera which was one of the most f a - i t i o n s dead, and added: "Wc'r mous runs in the heyday of pas-Belting ready to bury Ihcm an sengcr train UansporUtio*. 'create something new." Aniline Firm Wins Trade Secrets Suit Frantz to assign to GAF its patent application on the copier. The Supreme Court Justice also granted GAF exemplary damages of $50,000 for "wilful and intentional breach of confidence" and ordered a hearing to-determine compensatory damages in addition to the exemplary damages, and an accounting by the Frantz firm to determine the profits to which GAF is entitled from sales of the Frantz 1100. Frantz, a GAF employee for nearly 16 years, was director of equipment research and development and had direct supervision of the company's electrostatic office copier machine project when he left in early 1962. About a year later, he formed Frantz Industries and, shortly thereafter, began manufacturing the Frantz WOO. GAF initiated suit against Frantz in the Broome County division of the Supreme Court in 1864 and the month-long trial look place before Judge Brink in the summer of 1965. There were over 1,700 pages of testimony and 487 exhibits. GAF was represented by Coughlin, Dermody, Ingalls Guy, of Binghamton. Johnsonville Fire Groups To Meet All members of the Johnsonville Volunteer Fire Co. and Auxiliary are requested to attend a meeting at the fire hall tomorrow at 8 p.m. to complete arrangements for the 50th anniversary celebration to be held Sunday, Aug. 7, beginning at noon. Bank Officer Named To Tobin Board Frederick R. Clark, vice president of the State Bank of Albany, has been elected to tht board of directors of Tobia Packing Co., Inc., of Rochester. The company also has offices and manufacturing operationi in Albany. Clark, who joined the bank in 1961, had previously been a member of the Stale Tax Commission from 1957-60. Want to get rich? Save regularly, Save by mail, postage free Pretty soft for regular savers at National Commercial. Not only do your savings add up fast where interest is compounded and credited quarterly, but deposits by the 10th of each month earn interest from the 1st. And it's easy to save regularly with our postage-free, save-by-mail service. Even easier if you wish us to transfer funds from your checking account with our Automatic Saving plan. Stop in. Start your "get rich" plan an easy NCB way. 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