Monday, July IB, 1973 The Times Record Trojan Well Aware Of Eye Care Advancements By MARIE STANLEY "I was born at the right lime," says Edward F Slattcry Jr. of Troy, coWemplating what could have been ' Slallery, 33, of 60 Desson Ave., has had two successful cornea Iransplants. Hi's lirsl, in the left eye, was done in 1058 and was the ,ATM I" *u e Troy Arca - A second transplant was done in 1U70. Both were performed by Dr.-William M. McCarty, opthalmologist at Samaritan Hospital. . Slallery was about 20 when his eyesight began to fail because of a condition known as keratoconus, in which the cornea, normally round and smooth, becomes ice- cream-cone-shaped and vision is impaired. He sought Dr. McCarty's help after learning of Irans- plants through a New York Cily opthalmologist. In comparing changes in techniques, Slattery said he spent four weeks in the hospital during his first transplant and lost six months work. Medical advances by 1970 had improved so much that he had only about two weeks hospital confinement and was able to return lo work in about a month and a half. His first Iransplant was a "longer drawn-out process," he added. He remembers two sandbags kept his head immovable for three weeks. It took about two weeks before his bandages were removed and his eyes were examined. After Ihe second operation, he was amazed when Ihey were removed Ihe next day. Mrs. Slaltery, (he former Mary Laiaeona, also a native Trojan, said of her husband's second operation, lhat 'no one knows until they go through it," But,.they were Charter Revisers Ask Ambiguity End so confident in the doctor Ihey feir'nolhiiig could go wrong." The couple were married in 19GO. Slaltery finds no difficulty with his vision now willi Ihe aid of contact lenses. He is an examiner of Kegents Scholarships for (he State Education Dept. and handles about 6,000 applications a year for a five-county area. He felt discussing his successful Iransplants might help someone else or encourage people to pledge Iheir eyes to the eye bank. The Eye Bank at Albany Medical Center, operated by (he Sight Conservation Society of Northeastern New York and supported by 92 Lions Clubs, including Troy, has played a major role in transplants and diseases of the eye. By DENNIS NELSON A change in the wording of proposed Troy Cily Charter's Section 2.08 regarding powers of the city council is the first result of citizens comments on the document presented by the 13-member Charter Revision Commission. "Originally we made a summary statement," says Commission Chairman Steven Dworsky. "There was never a legal question. But so there is no ambiquity we are spelling out the local law concerning (he council's powers in relalion to Ihe city manager's powers." Seclion 2.08 b, powers of the city council, will now read "to amend this charter by local law in accordance with the provisions of the : (city) municipal home rule Â· law except that any local : law which abolishes, trans- ! Â£ers, or curtails any power ; of the city manager shall be : subject to mandatory referendum," as passed in 1972. It had been proposed to read . . . home rule law; (the voters of Troy shall have the ultimate power to pass upon any amendments to the city charter which establish, curtail or transfer any responsibility or authority of the city manager). "Most of the people who have spoken so far favor the overall revised charter, but have some questions about Many Young Folks Begin Summer Jobs Many Troy area youth will start summer jobs this w e e k w i t h n o n-profit agencies under a federally- funded program of the New Y o r k Slate Employment Service. According to Leo Allard, manager of the Employment Service's Troy office, youth between Ihe ages of 15 and 21 whose net family incomes are low may apply immediately. : Federal fundiing for the program was just received by Ihe NYSES as well as by t h e Neighborhood Youlh Corps. Work Experience in Labor Depl. and Public Employment Program, who also sponsor summer job programs. Jobs are available for vacationing youth from Rensselaer County, Green Island, Walervliet and Latham areas. Job-seekers in Cohoes may apply al either the Cohoes office, 169 Mohawk St., or Troy office, 380 River SI. Participants will earn al least $1.85 to start for 30 hours of work per week through Ihe end of Ihe summer. ' BORN B E R N E V At Leonard Hospital on July 12, 1073 to Mr. and Mrs. John nÂ«nÂ«y, J JiligMM, Klmbcrly Mac, 6 Ibs., 9 074 Mrs. Bcrncy was formerly Kathleen .Mac Jordan of Mcnar.ds. BURNS Al mllevue Maternity Hospital, July 13, 1373 to Mr. and Mrs. Daniel H. Burns, a daushtcr, Amy I.ynn 7 Ins. 12 o/.s., sister (o Crals Andrew. Mrs. Burns was formerly Jeanne Buckley of Kaston, .S.Y. LAPICRRE Al Samaritan Hospital J'aly 13. IOT3 ia Mr and -Mrs. Robert L. l.aplcrre n jl'aufililer, Nicole Marie, 7 Ins. Mrs I.aploric (s the former Kallilecn Graully o[ Watcrvllcl. TILEY At l!ie Snmarltan Hospital, Jul ; 13. 1973. to Mr. unrt Mrs. A. Chine. 1 I Tllcy III. a son, r,tevr-n Michael, I I b s . 1H* 07j. Mrs. Tlley ivaÂ» Tor * ] mcrly Ponna Stuarts of Norll Crccnbush. particular sections of it," Dworsky said. About 35 people have attended the two public hearings on the proposed.docu- ment and only 10'have addressed comments lo the commission. "It is very healthy that people speak out on Ihe document to let the commission know where they stand s o w e c a n react a c - cordingly," Dworsky commented. A third public hearing is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Rensselaer County Courthouse, Congress and Second Streets. John E. Ryan Candidate For Council John E. Ryan, owner and operator of The Academy of Self Defense, today announced his candidacy as an Independant contender for one of four city council posts to be filled in November. Ryan, 42, has been an em- ploye of the Eastern Tablet Division of Peaslee Ganl- bert Corp., Albany, for 25 years. He served six years in the U.S. Marine Corps and is a member of the American Karate Association. Married to the former Elizabeth O'Neil, Ryan lives with his wife and three children at 34 115lh St. M. IT'S A GREAT LIFE - Edward F, Slattery Jr., 39, of Troy has undergone two cornea transplants in 12 years, both successful. He has high praise for modern medicine and eye bank donors who made his lite normal again. Slattery reads in his Desson Avenue home. (Pholo by Have Plouff). NEW METHODS -- Manychanges have been noted in cornea transplants since the first successful ones were performed in 1940, including the use of a microscope during Ihe delicate surgery. Pictured is a transplant under way at Albany Medical Center Hospital. (Photo courtesy of Albany Medical Center) Pascarell States Party Goal 'Good Government' By CLIFF MARRLE Some of the 1971 candidates running under the Troy Citizens Charter Party b a n n e r spoke negatively about the party recently, but its chairman, William J. Pascarell, has said, "I would never make any remarks about these people." Some of the former city council candidates said that the parly has deteriorated lo such a degree lhat Pasca- rell had no choice, but to merge with the Republicans. But, Pascarell said of his small party, "we do not want power. We just want a good platform." He said that in this society, "everyone can express their views and I respect the views of 'these people." Besides, Pascarell said he never claimed to have a large membership in his party -- set up 10 years ago to promole the ideals of the then-new Troy City Charter and the council-manager form of government. "We are a support organization," he added. He said facts show that the Charter Party had support in the three times lhat it ran candidates for -election. In 1971, its candidates received 23 per cent of the vole. Pascarell said that the six other people who ran in 1971 had no conneclion with the party before the election and no connection after (he election. He said that back in 1971, "We just wanted to get six other people, who would make fine candidates." As for the merger with Ihe Republican Party Pascarell said the Charter Party was not concerned with who implemented its platform just as long as the platform is implemenled. "We don't want power," he said, "we just want good government in Troy. GUEST OF HONOR -- Chatting before his testimonial dinner at Mario's Theatre Restaurant Satuarday night is Bill O'Neil, second from left, who was feted by civic leaders, friends and fellow workers on his retirement as circulation manager of the Times Record. Wilh him are his daughler, Beth Delaney, at left and William J. Rush, vice x president and general manager of the Times Record, and Helen Conway, cochairman of the event. (Pholo by Jeff Seek- emlorf) Bill O'Neil Honored At Testimonial Civic leaders, friends and fellow workers both Â· past and present honored the retired circulation manager of Ihe Times Record, Bill O'Neil, at a testimonial din- n e r Saturday night at M a r i o '.s Theatre Restaurant. O'Neil, a candidate for the Troy Cily Council in November, ended a 42-year career wllh Ihe paper, the last If! as iis circulation manager. Toastmasler for Ihe affair was George J. Y a m i n , former associate edilor of the Tinies Record, now affi- Haled with the Stale Depl. of Social Services. Very Rev. Msgr. William M. Slavin, paslor of Our Lady of Victory Church in Sycaway, gave the invocation and Ihe benediction. Yamin set the theme for tlic gathering, citing the "admiration and affection" Learn To Swim LEARN TO SWIM CAMPAIGN Sponsored By THE TROY RECREATION DEPARTMENT AND THE TIMES RECORD JULY 16 THROUGH 27 KN1CKERRACKER SWIMMING POOL SOUTH END SWIMMING POOL Name Â· - A g e - Address Parent's Signature Fill out this coupon and return It to Ihe registrar's desk at the Knickerbackcr or Soulli End Swimming Pools or mail or deliver it lo (lie offices of the Troy Recreation Department, Arcadia Blclg., Frcar Park. Hula Hoop Competition. AlFrearPark City of Troy Hula Hoop Champs will be determined at Frear Park Tuesday at 2 p.m. when boy and girl winners from each of the 14 cily playgrounds meet to compete for the honor of representing the City of Troy in the Stale Finals. The Wham-0 Manufacturing Co. of Los Angeles, Calif, is sponsoring a National Hula Hoop Competition for the fourth year. On Saturday at 1 p.m. the Stale Finals of the national competition will be held here in Troy at Ihe park. Troy will host hula champions from 14 other cities in New York Stale. Man Treated After Car Hits Troy Fireplug A South End man came out second besl, early Ihis morning, in a bout between his car and a fireplug. According to police re- pert, Thomas Garmley, 18, of 2 Thomas St., was driving south on Second Avenue at aboutÂ»l:30 a.m. when his car went out of control striking a fireplug and a tele- ' phone pole at the corner of I2filh Street. Garmley reported his steering wheel locked, causing the car to swerve out of control. Garmley was taken lo Samaritan Hospital where he was 'treated for contusions and lacerations lo the head and neck and released. A cryopreservation unit for donor eyes, recently presented by the society, can preserve tissue up to 18 months. Recipients ai one lime wailed many months for donors. Dr. Richard S. Smith, associate professor of opthal- mology at Albany Medical College and on staff at Albany Medical Cenler, said he has done sc e 25-30 transplants a year and lhat Ihe demand is increasing steadily. He also said that donor's eyes not perfect for transplant can be used for pathology study. "There's a good many diseases we don't understand," ho added. The eye bank last year received 303 donor eyes, a record number. The breakdown included 137 used for corneal grafts; 159 for leaching and research and seven for vitreous in relinal detachments and olher reconstructive surgery, according lo the society's year-end report. Dr. McCarty noted other medical advances in treat- menl and prevention of eye disorders, including the new soft contact lenses and glaucoma and amblyppia testing clinics. The last two are supported by the Sight Society and Lions Clubs efforts. Since the first successful transplants were performed about 32 years ago, ninny changes have been noted "in addition to early ampliation and shorter hospital stays. Sutures now are as fine as one-quarter the diameter of ordinary fine thread. The aid of a microscope has also improved the delicate surgical technique. Experimental procedures are also making headlines and medical journals. Referring lo the advancement, Dr. Smith said some of his patients feel lhal Ihe injections now are "less pain- full than a dentist!" Three Churches Get New Pastors A L B A N Y - Pastoral c h a n g e s affecting three area churches have been announced by the Albany Catholic Diocese. T h e changes, effective next Sunday, include: Rev. Fred H. Duffy, pastor of St. Francis deSales Church, Troy, becomes pastor of St. Henry's Church, Averill Park, succeeding Ihe late Rev. Thomas L. Carr. Rev. John F. Waldron, p a s t o r of St. Patrick's Church, Cohoes, becomes paslor of St. Francis. Rev. Richard Doyle, administrator of Blessed Sacrament Church of Bolton Landing, assumes the leadership of the Cohoes parish. Father Duffy, ordained on June 15, 1954, has served as an assistant at St. Michael's, Troy; St. Luke's Sche- neclady; St. Patrick's, Troy and St. Jude's, Wynantskill. His first pastorate was at Sacred Heart Parish, Stamford. The Troy native was assigned to St. Francis in 1971. Father Waldron was ordained on Dec. 20, 1958 and served St. Patrick's Troy, and was a member of Catholic Central High School fa- cully. He also served St. John's Academy, Rensselaer; St. John's parish, Rensselaer and St. Joseph's, Troy, as administrator. He was assigned to the Cohoes Parish as administrator in 1970, and later named paslor. In addition to his pastoral duties, Father Waldron served as deputy diocesan superintendent of schools for Cohoes and helped direct the formation of the Cohoes Consolidated Catholic School System. Father Doyle, ordained on June 12, 1954, is a native of Fort Edward and served as assistant at St. John the Evangelist, Schenectady, St. Teresa, Albany; Sacred H e a r t , Troy; Sacred H e a r t , Albany, N e w m a n chaplain at Memorial Hospi- REV. FRED H. DUFFY REV. J. F. WALDRON 1 tal School of Nursing; St; Henry's Averill Park. He also was pastor of Sacred Heart, Margaretville and administrator of St. John's, Scheneetady, prior lo being assigned lo the Bol-' ton Landing parish last year. Correction The child in a picture on Â· page 5 in Saturday's Times R e c o r d w a s incorrectly identified as Linda Neal. The child actually is Jimmy Mahoney, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Mahoney 'Â· of 119 Mill St., Troy. The Â· Times Record regrets the error. Troy Native Finds Job For Dracula for O'N'cil from his many friends in the cily. Richard C. Suits, new cir- culalion director of Ihe Times Record, led Ihe list of tributes, noting O'Neil's influence upon approximatly 30,000 young men of the paper's carrier force during his career. lie also lauded O'Neil for his service on Ihe Troy School Roard and for the Troy Boys' Club. By MARIE STANLEY A Troy author who has brought Dracula out of retirement was "always a good storyteller", according to his mother, Mrs. Edward A. Lory of 2 Howard St. Robert Lory, 36, of Houston, Texas, has written Dracula Returns! and The Hand of Dracula!, published by Pinnacle Books, Inc. Lory, author of several science fiction novels and dozens of short stories, is in public relations for Axion in Houston. "lie was always a good storyteller around Ihe scoul campfire", explained Mrs. Lory. The author, who attained the rank of Eagle Scoul, began lelling tales at the age of J2 lo keep his fellow scouts amused. Mr. Lory was scoutmaster for Troop 5t of SI. John's Episcopal Church. _ "He always had a vivid imagination", Mrs. Lory commented. The author has been publishing for a'oout four years. He explained that his Dracula is not exactly the same one Bram Stoker wrote about. In Lory's Dracula Returns, an ingenious, bill crippled millionaire releases the vampire from his Transylvanian crypt and brings him to Long Island from . which the dreaded Counl destroys a hijacking operation. The Hand of Dracula! features a clrug-wilchcrafl cull and an undertaker with some unorthodox ideas regarding jusl how many bodies ought lo occupy a. si gle coffin, the author explained. Lory is married and has three children. His pnrents have visited him in Texas and plan to go again in (he fall. His father is a retired Cluetl, Peabody Co. employe. Lory was graduated from Troy High School and Harper College of the Stale University. He wrote from Texas, "I can remember sitling in JlOIJEnT LORY study halls -- and, I admit it, some of my classes as well -- in the old Troy High downtown and slashing throats and destroying monsters on note tablets. If, after all these years, I'm slill doing much the same thing, I guess I can't really claim much in the way of intellectual growth. On the positive side, though, I'm now using a typewriter."
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