The Times Record from Troy, New York on August 13, 1973 · Page 7
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The Times Record from Troy, New York · Page 7

Troy, New York
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Monday, August 13, 1973
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Former Inmate Brings Orchestra To Attica Prison, BUFFALO, N. Y. (UPI) - Inmates at Ihe Attica Correctional Facility will be treated to a concert today as the Buffalo Philharmonic Orclieslra, accompanied by a former Attica inmate, travels to the stale prison for a summer concert. ( . "This lias been hatching for a couple of months," according to Ellie Dorrilie of the orchestra's staff. "The members of the orchestra have wanted to do this particular concert (or many years." The orchestra will be accompanied by the 30-member All College Gospel Choir of the Stale University College at Buffalo. The choir will perform several numbers, including bolh gospel and popular tunes. "The orchestra members feel very strongly lhal lliis ic the lypc of thing we should be doing," Mrs. Dorritie said. John "Spider" Martin, formerly a tenor saxaphonisl with Ihe Lionel Hampton orchestra and recently paroled from Attica, will perform one of The numbers. He helped arrange the 1V4 hour long concert, she said. The orchestra will be conducted by associate conductor Frank Collura. Ground Newlfork Area News THE TIMES RECORD State News I Monday, August 13, 1973 Troy, N. Y, 7 Train Kills Fisherman., 55 PEEKSK1LL, N. Y. (UPl) - A Penn Central train Saturday struck and killed a 55-year-old Peekskill man who was fishing off a drawbridge. Anthony Cafarelli was fishing off a drawbridge with a group of people near Pine Grove when a Buffalo-bound train rounded the bend. According lo police, everyone jumped out of the way but Cafarelli, "He apparently thought he had enough room and just stood there." bailing his lines," police said. Corner Says Snake Rite Fatal BATAVIA, N. Y. (AP) -- An amateur photographer found dead Friday in Bergen Swamp apparently was killed by a rattlesnake bite, according to a coroner. A search parly discovered the body of Gordon D. Ball lying in tall grass in the Genesee County swamp, five days after he had been reported missing. Dr. Emil F. Kimaid, county coroner, said an autopsy revealed puncture marks on Ball's left heel. Since the swamp abounds in rattlesnakes, Kimaid said he was presuming Ball had been bitten by one, Unmerited Welfare Cost $11 Million NEW YORK (AP) -- A check of two school districts in Ihe Bronx has confirmed the widespread concealment of income by Board of Education employes seeking to qualify for welfare aid, according to a report by the stale comptroller, Such unmerited welfare payments to school para-professonals, lunchroom helpers; school aides and guards may have cost the city more than $11 million, Comptroller Arthur Levitt said in a report on Sunday. Hyde Park Youth Crash Victim SAUGERTIES, N.Y. (AP) - Thomas J. Wheeler, 19, of Hyde Park was killed when his car left a rural Dutchess County road, bounced off a rock wall, hit a telephone pole and overturned, slate police said. Wheeler was pronounced dead nn arrival at a Kingston hospital late Sunday night, stale police said, Utilities Use Funds For Research ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- New York State's public utilities plan to devote I per cent of. their revenues to research, Public Service Commission Chairman Joseph Swidlcr announced'Sunday. The 1072 expenditure of $28 million (or research and development represents a sevenfold increase over the 1971 figure of $4.5 million, Swidler said. He called the increase an indication that Ihe.slale's utilities were contributing lo the nationwide drive (or technological advances. The various utilities are spending nearly $20 million on about 300 individual utility programs, the largest being the $2.7 million Integrated Hudson River Study to analyze the ecological characteristics of the river. Construction Consultors Claim Agnew Extortion Kicindienst, who was then attorney general, was told by Baltimore U.S. Attorney George Beall about the investigation and he passed the word on to the White House early this year. NEW YORK (UPI) T w o construction con- sullanls from Maryland who profited from government contracts have accused Vice President Suiro T. Agnew o( extorting campaign contributions from (hem, Time Magazine reported Sunday. Agnew is under investigation by federal prosecutors in Baltimore who are looking into allegations of extortion, tax evasion, bribery and conspiracy. Agnew has not been charged. Time said the two are presumably being forced by the g o v e r n m e n t t o testify a g a i n s t Agnew l o save themselves since the two businessmen themselves nre believed lo he deeply involved in the payoff scandal. In another report, Newsweek Magazine saW President Nixon knew of the federal investigation of Agnew as early as February. News- w e e k s a i d R i c h a r d E. Grcenbush: Teachers To Plan Strategy EAST GREENBUSH The East Grcenbush Teachers- Association doesn't like the idea of this Friday's legiflalive hearing before the- Board of Education and is hilding its own meeting Tuesday night to decide what to do about it. Christopher A. Linck, an association negotiator, said today that the teachers are witling lo keep bargaining with the administration. They do not want a "unilaterally imposed" settlement from the board, which is what Linck fears may grow out of Friday's hearing. In addition lo recommending a legislative hear- i n g , the administration m a d e a salary recommendation last Wednesday consisting of a $400 across- the-board hike, normal incremental raises and a $100 increment at the top rung of the ladder. That proposal was rejected by the teachers. The two sides also are separated by questions of clgss size and fair dismissal of non-tenured teachers. Linck says "it looks like they · (the adminsitrationl are trying lo hide behind a legislative hearing." The Board of Education could recommend that the negotiations continue. It could also decide upon a settlement of its own after listening to both sides. ' ' But, enforcing such a settlement might be difficult. A spokesinan for the New York State United Teachers, the East Greenbush association's parent union, said about half the teachers strikes in the stale have resulted form board of education attempts to enforce a unilaterally arrived at contract. Spa Radium Reports Set Off National Reaction The Time report identified the two businessmen helping the government build its case as Jerome Wolff, 55, president of Greiner Envi- yonmental Systems, Inc., an affiliate of one of Maryland's biggest construction consulting firms, and Lester Matz, 49" partner in Malz, Childs and Associates, another Maryland construction consulting firm. The two firms, Time said, worked on state roads and two huge bridge-building project in the Ballimore-Ann a p o 1 i s area. Contracts were in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Time quoted sources close to Bcall's investigation as saying particulars of the scheme were highly complex. Rensselaer Girl Killed SAND LAKE - Rensselaer County Sheriffs deputies investigated a one- car accident in Sand Lake Sunday that resulted in Ihe death of a 13-year-old girl, critical injuries to the girl's father and injuries to two other children. Patricia Linacre of 1543 1st St., Rensselaer, was pronounced dead on arrival at Albany Medical C e n t e r . Both Kenneth, 10, and Michael Linacre, 3, were reported in fair condition at Albany Medical. The condition of their father, Donald W. Linacre, was not available from Sa- marilan Hospital inTroy. The accident took place on Sheer Road in the Town of Sand Lake. Curtails Its Diesel Maintenance Operation Hy JOHN II. BALONEY MECHANICVILLE - Further curtailment o( the Boston Maine Railroad's diesel engine maintenance operation here is under way, rail officials confirmed today. In the latest economy move, the bankrupt railroad's new high command has ordered the abolition of the two remaining diesel foremen's post on the first and third shifts. The cliescl department's second s h i f t ' was phased out several months ago when its general foreman's position was eliminated. The department was merged with the car repair department under the ove- 'rail command of general foreman Charles E. MacDonald at the cripple Irnck. Any maintenance of Boston Maine diesels al Ihis point now will be shifted from the usual area In Ihe vicinity of the turntable to the vicinity ot the car slwp in the upper yards. Locomotive maintenance here has been relatively minimal since the diesel shop, with ils once big work force, was phased out in the 1950s. All work has been done ouldoors since Ihe old engine house building was sold to the Slcvens Thompson Paper Company. So tar the diesel setup will maintain the skeleton force of one machinist, one laborer and one hosier on the first and third shifts. Rail freight business appears lo be still booming through Mechanicville in spile of the cutbacks in force. Tonnage is . slili holding up, observers said, six major Irains daily are moving east lo Boston and lo Rigby, Maine, from Ihis once imporlanl caslern terminal of the Boston Maine. The Irains are PM 100, MB 6, TC 100 and BM 17 for Boston and NR 84 and NY 20 dcslincd for Rigby. In addition, there is a daily job r u n n i n g to Bcnnington, VI., and two big "run through" coal Irains each week lo New England, YOUNG SCIENTIST -Keith Dayer, 20, of Rexford, was on a scientific sea voyage last month, when he and two friends were asked to make a make-shift heart machine that could have been used lo save the life of a seaman who had suffered a heart al- lack. Keith shows the approximate size of . the eleclrodes, which were literally made from camera tripod knobs and screwdrivers, that would have hopefully shocked the victim's heart into regular beat. ·(Photo by C. W. McKecn) ' Scientific Voyage Becomes Mercy Mission For Area Man By BENNY LcHAURON REXFORD-Saving Ihe life of an American seaman changed a scientific voyage for solar exploration into mid-Atlantic mercy mission. Keilli Dayer of Rexford was one of 1,900 scientists and "serious amateurs" who were returning aboard the British luxury liner,' Canberra, from studying the solar eclipse off (lie coast of Africa on June 30, when they were alerted by the ship's cap- lain that a sailor aboard an American oiler tanker had suffered a heart attack and would be brought onto the Canberra for treatment. Keith, 20, an electrical and mechanical engineering rnajor at Clarkson College in Potsdam, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Daycr of Rexforii. His maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Charles Welling of Johnsonville. The Canberra had three ship doctors and a small hospital facility. But; as Keith was soon (o find out, they only had a heart monitoring machine, which "let's you know what is happening, but doesn't do anything to rectify it." So, because of his engineering background, Keith was asked to build a heart !c-fibrillator. (Keith pointed out, at first he did not even know what one was, lei alone how to build one.) When n person suffers a heart attack, the heart will often go into spasms, beating very rapidly and irralically. This erratic heating is k n o w n as fibrillation. Fibrillation must be immediately stopped, or else permanent brain damage or death could result from improper circulation. A de-fibrillalor is an electronic device that shocks the heart and either restores the regular beat, or slops the heat completely. Then a doctor musl apply cardiac massage to start Hie heart again. The shock is supplied lo the heart from a power source and transmitted to body, which is covered wilh a conductive jelly, via wires connected lo two large flat discs attached to the chest and the left side of the victim. Large flat discs are used to dispel the heal generated by Ihe clecliricly thai could burn the skin i( concentrated in single point. They were only 2 days out of New York City, when this happened. The studying and lecturing was done. Among Hie lecturers were astronauat.Neil Armstrong and astronaul-aquanaut Scott Carpenter. Keith was working the lights on a production of a play, The Boyfriend, a musical- comedy, when he was called upon to do this life-saving task. Incidentally, after he and Mark Ur- baelis, 21, of Vischer's Ferry, an astronomy major at Albany State, and Al Halsl- r u n k , of the Atmospheric Sciences Research Center at Dudley Observatory in Albany, built the machine they were told would not be needed. " R u t Keith said the ship's surgeon kept it on hand "just in case," until they landed in New York, where the victim was hospitalized. Urbaetis and Halslrunk made the electrodes out of screwdrivers and wire and metal nobs. Dayer was responsible for the power source, which was to supply, store and deliver (he needed shock to the patient. He did the calculations on a borrowed pocket calculator and pieced together a supply source, using everything from used radio parts lo light bulbs. He soldered the parts and insulated them wilh newspaper. It was quite make-shift, he said almost ironically. When he was finished, he had a cardboard box about the siv.e of a large table radio wilh about 30 feet of wire coming out of it, They worked in an abandoned gambling casino in the fore portion of the ship. They finished about 3 a.m. in the morning, Dayer recalled. "It took a little under 3 hours," he said 1 , "which must be a world's record for building a heart machine." Daycr said he tested it several times to make sure it would not burn owl. But he never actually tried it on a person. When asked if he was confident it would work, Ihe young scientist replied, "If it came right down lo it, i( he did start fibrillaling, this probably would have been the only thing that would have saved him." Scientific know-how seems to run in his family. His father i sa mechanical engineer for Knolls Atomic Laboratory in Schoneciiuly and he has an uncle who is a marine biologist. By JOHN SWANTEK Rceoril Albany Bureau ALBANY -- Reports in the Times Record in recent weeks on the radium content in Saratoga Springs mineral waters have set off a nationwide chain of reactions -- pro and con. As a result of these reports, the Slate Health Dept. has recommended that signs near the springs be changed (o indicate thai not more than one glass |ier week be laken. These signs are now being erected. Meanwhile, however, the Saratoga Vichy Co. has experienced a decrease in some sales of Us bottled water -which, it must be emphasized, contains only as much radium as found in any normal municipal drinking water .supply. In addition, several persons concerned wilh the welfare of Saratoga Springs and Saratoga County have ex- ' pressed feelings that publicity has had ill effects on the economic health of the area. -One man said the issue ranks wilh "ihe cranberry scare and the mercury fish scare." . · NAT OPPENHEIM, direclor of the Saratoga County Promotion Committee an official arm of the County Board of Supervisors, told the Times Record Friday that he feels the reports have produced an "overkill." He said there is no proof that the radium content of the mineral · waters has produced any harmful effects. One amazing fact quoted by Oppenheim is that the German government subsidizes visits lo Saratoga Springs. ; "If you were in a concentration camp during the war in Germany," Oppenheim said, "you can make applica- tio'n and the German government will pay carfare to and from Saratoga and pay $105 a week for living expenses. The German government recognizes the therapeutic value of the Saratoga waters." . Oppenheim said that such spas arc experiencing a Rennaissance in Europe and that many European medic- · al authorities recommend such mineral springs tor health reasons. He indicated thai the United States may not always be correct and that treatment 01 various ailments by mineral water has not been accepted in general by the State Health Dept. "There are people 80 and 9fl years old who have been drinking Saratoga water for years. They don't glow in (he dark. They are not suffering from radium poisoning," Oppenheim said. "There is no evidence, ; or It has never even been alluded (o, (hat anyone has , gotten sick or died from drinking (he wafer." Oppenheim said lhal the State Health Dept. has acted - irresponsible way" in regards to the radium con- lent. He indicated that Ihe signs and news reports are a form of "overkill" and that no factual studies have been done to show any possible hazard. Oppenheim quoted from a Stale Health'Dept. fact sheet on "Toxicology of Radium 226." Number 4 on the list states: "There is no documented evidence-of sarcomata being produced by ingestion of radium 226 in drinking water." Sarcomata is a technical term for the process of developing tumors that could be cancerous. THE REPORTS on radium in the water came when Rocco Ferran, coordinator of the Co-Equal Citizens Committee for Legislative Reform, centered his efforts on finding out the dangers of the water. In his investigations, he found that the amount of radium in some springs was two and three times the allowable limit for dumping in stale waterways. It was Ferran's contention that the state should put up explicit signs at all springs and begin conducting experiments to prove or disprove the effects of drinking the water. He said that the man yresidents who have been drinking the water for 20 or 30 years -should be tested to see if, indeed, the radium is being stored in the body and if there are any effects. The signs, which had stated the water contains radium anil could be h a r m f u l lo health, are now being changed (o include the limitation of one glass per week. Oppneheim said he believes that Ihis "overkill" could be par( of a determined plan to eliminate all health-related facilities at Ihe stale park. "The slate is faced with losing a ?1 million suit over the closing of the bottling planl," he said. "I can easily see how a move to discredit (he water could be part of plan to cope with this kind of situation." The bottling plant was closed down while a vendor slill had seven years of a 10 year contract led. So far, courts reportedly have decided it is a vaiid suit. Oppenheim says he is preparing a detailed study of all spas throughout Europe and the United Stales. He says he has an expert physicist working with him on the study which is intended to prove that the waters of Saratoga arc not harmful or that there is yet no evidence they are h a r m f u l . Not only thai, but that the waters of Saratoga actually have therapeutic value. One Killed, 10 Injured SHELDON, N.Y. (UPI) -- A Florida man was killed and 10 other persons were injured when a slatin wagon and a camper truck collided near this rural Wyoming County community Sunday night, Erneit Turner of Tampa, Fla.. was pronounced dead at the scene after his camper truck burst into flames when it hit a station wagon driven by Arlhur J. Schwartz of Hamburg al the intersection of Route 20A and Route 77, police said. RPI Student Survives Fall POESTENKILL - An RPI student identified only as Basil Yurcisin survived a ·10-fool fall at Barbersville Falls, Poeslcnkill, Sunday afternoon and was lisled in satisfactory condition al Sa- marilan Hospital Sunday night. Pocstenkill Fire Chief Edward Hughes said Ihe man was attempting lo climb up the 100-foot high falls when he slipped and fell,

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