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Bennington, Vermont
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Probate Judge Behan to retire; Snelling to name her successor IB - Bennington BannerMonday, November 29, 1976 Jewett speaks via phone hookup to California bicentennial rites Zoning board airs 3 cases The Bennington Zoning Board of Ad - justment will hold a special meeting tonight at 7:30 in the town offices to discuss, three requests, including one from the town to build a three million gallon water storage tank on the east side of Chapel Road, just south of the Chapel Road trailer park. The tank is part of the water line extension program. Also, the board will consider a request from Union Carbide Corp. to build an overpass to buildings on either side of Scott Street. Carl Capella of Northside Drive Is seeking conditional approval to change the use of his pool emnprnent building to an automotive sales building. coast phone call with Bennington during the flag - raising ceremony, linking Roger Jewett executive director of the Bennington Bicentennial Committee, in an exchange of greetings. A special loud - ' speaker setup enabled them to hear the Bennington - to - Norwalk greetings. A proclamation signed by Louis Bellemare, chairman of the Bennington Bicentennial Committee and approved by the selectmen last Tuesday, saluted Norwalk for its ceremonies and extended official greetings to the California city. Caravan," during the caravan's visit to that city, while en route on its historic nationwide tour last summer. The event included the appearance of the historic caravan, and a gala exhibit displaying antiques and artifacts depicting the 1776 Revolutionary era, plus an array of bicentennial momentos given to the caravan crew during its tour. A huge poster copy of an original bicentennial painting was given free to the first 100 persons attending. The event was climaxed with a coast - to - Meat inspections tightened Afar nearly a quarter of a century working In the Bennington County s South Sire Probate Court - 21 years as registrar, the past three as judge - Mrs. Catherine Behan has announced plans to retire in February, 1977. As tight - lipped as ever about what must be some of the most mtriguing stories concerning Benningtonlans which she has been involved in during her years with the Probate Court, Judge Behan has an easy grin when it comes to talking about what she'll do during her retirement. Near the top of her list are plans to do same relaxing and traveling. A native of Bennington, Judge Behan said she would like to see some more of the country, perhaps the Soulii, and maybe even Hawaii .Alaska, she said, has no attraction for her. "It's cold enough right here," she said. Judge Behan began her career with the Probate Court 21 years ago under Judge Van Vechten Graves, and continued serving as the registrar under Judge Margaret I illie. When Judge Utile retired in 1973, Registrar Behan was named to complete Judge LiUie's term, and then was appointed by Gov. Thomas P. Salmon to a full four - year tarn. It will be up to Gov. Salmon's successor, Richard A. Snelling, to fill the vacancy caused by Judge Behan's retirement, since her term technically does not expire until 1979. While the usual route is to appoint the registrar, who is now Ms. Justine Scanlon, both Ms. Scarion and Judge Behan indicated it wasnt certain whether there was a move afoot to appoint lawyers to fill probate judgeships, since with lawyers on the bench they couldbe used tobelp reduce accidents driven by Bruce A. Davis, 16, of Bennington, hit a utility pole on Beech Street and sustained moderate damage. At 8:59 Sunday night on South Street a 1970 Ford driven by Dawn Kelly, 18, of Bennington, hit a utility pole and was demolished. No Injuries were reported. This morning, state police reported no highway accidents over the Thanksgiving holiday in their areas of coverage, although traffic wbs quite heavy, particularly Sunday evening. Federal inspectors forbid sale of meat that contains a trace of most antibiotics and more than a small trace of penicillin. The state meat inspectors have used no such surveillance program in the past. Alfred Janawicz, director of the state meat inspection service, said Sunday the new testing program will assure consumers they are getting a wholesome meat product. State Agriculture Department officials said federal studies indicate that In "extreme cases," persons with certain drug allergies could have severe reactions to consuming meats adulterated with antibiotic residue. The studies also show persons who consume such meat over a long time could build up tolerances of the anitbiotics in the meat, which would make the drugs useless in treating their own illnesses. Sleeman, Carbon seek town zoning changes Bennington Area Obituaries George Amidon dies at 72, was 15 years state treasurer In a final 1976 salute to America's 900th anniversary, the American Bicentennial Historical Society of Norwalk, Calif., sponsored a flag - raiting ceremony honoring the township of Bennington, Vt., on Saturday. The historic event took place at (he society's headquarters, IS722 S. Pioneer Boulevard, Norwalk. The flag, an exact replica of the original Bennington flag, was a gift of Bennington presented to the crew of the Norwalk - hased "Spirit of '76 Bicentennial Weekend Bennington police report that a 1972 Chevelle belonging to Mark D. Deforge, 19, uf Albahy, N.Y., was demolished Sunday afternoon at 1:12 on Monument Cirde in Old Bennington after striking a tree. The driver told police he had left the car unattended and had the key with him when the incident occurred. In other weekend accidents, a 1970 Ford driven by Andrea L. Morrison, IB, of Bennington, and a 1966 Dodge driven by Jeri E.'Kelter, 20, of Palm Springs, FTa., both sustained moderate damage after a collision in the intersection of BenMont Avmue and River Street at 2:56 p.m. Saturday. At 7:30 Saturday night a 1965 Oldsmobile driven by Margaret E. Buckley, 85, of Bennington, struck a parked 1976 Dodge belonging to Francis A. Douglass Jr., 45, of Bennington, in the parking Sot of St. Francis de Sales Church. The Dodge sustained moderate damage. The Oldsmobile was undamaged. At 11:38 Saturday night a 1969 Dodge State aid Continued from Page l brethren, despite a lower relative amount of state assistance. Richer districts have higher Grand Lists, so often the tax rates in these areas are lower, For instance, the report said Vermont's poorest districts had to tax at a rate of S1.66 per 1100 of equalized valuation lo raise $627 per pupil in local revenues. A tax rate of S.B8 will raise 11,152 per P"P'l for tioo in equalized valuation State aid wa8 designed to reduce that inequity, though Dr. Miller said the state would have to chip in nearly 40 per cent of total education costs for his system to work. Now Vermiml pays about 18 per cent of those expenses, to the tune of more than S33 million. The ETS report indicated that "on the average" property - rich towns are also rich in iucome. But the relationship between income and property wealth has not been studied in detail. The Inst legislature cut 1270,000 from the slate aid total. Some small towns actually gained, but most lost money in the shuffle. Gov. - elect Richard Snelling has said that an incrcasi; in state aid is high on Mb administration's agenda. Snelling's work will have to be coordinated with legislative efforts to amend, dilute, change, strengthen or scrap the Miller formula. A specific proposal for altering it was announced this morning by a coalition of such varied groups as the Vermont Federation of Teachers, the Vermont Timberline Owners Association, Vermont Natural Resources Council, and others such as the Vermont league of Cities and Towns whiiA have not yet polled their membership about the proposal. The "Fair Tax and Equal Education Coalition" is an outgrowth of an earlier group enncernert with open space taxation . Its proposals couple reduction of taxes paid on agricultural and limber lands with provisions for paying most education costs by the slutc. A statement released today by coalition chairman It. Gregory Belcher, supported: Reliance "lo a greater extent" on existing broad - based revenues lo pay for education, with a continuing, though lesser reliance on the property tax. Use uf a single tax rate throughout the state to raise from the property tax its portion uf state education financing. "In selling this tax rate reference would be made to a periodically adjusted maximum las to be charged per acre on each category of land assessed at its use value." Establish use - value assessments and change - of - nse taxes on agricultural and timber land. Let each Inwn set its own tax rate on the same assessed valuations in order to raise from the property tax revenue fnr non - school services. Rf - tain fair market value as a wealth measure but "have a town's total equalized fair market value reflect statewide use values for land." The proposal suggests that an alternative to this would be to substitute a wealth measure bused on income with a provision for adding value of property owned by nonresidents. Under the coalition's proposal, education would be financed from three sources: "A slide bloc grant based on various determinations of local need, but not the entire amount spent locally ; a local expenditure using local tax revenues; and a state grant allocated as the Miller for - nnda does so 9 to equalize local tax capacity and effort." Leahy Continued from Page 1 committees surveyed exceeded their charter and annual report estimates by a total of 5855,355!. The same year, H USDA committees exceeded charter estimates by more than 10 per cent, and only one received prior approval, Leahy said. Ivahy said the report will be submitted today to President - elect Carter. MONTPELIER (UPIl - Vermont's meat products will come under closer scrutiny as a result of a new antibiotic testing program scheduled to go into effect next fall for all state - inspected meat plants. Of the nearly 7.5 million pounds of meat processed in Vermont's 13 slaughterhouses each year, only the meat in the two federally inspected slaughterhouses is now checked for antibiotic residue. village residential to roadside commercial, but Zoning Administrator Stuart Hurd said he has not yet received any definite development plans from Sleeman. The other zone change involves an area in the immediate vicinity uf Union Carbide. The firm is seeking to have an area bounded on the south by Scott Street, on the west by Park Street, on the north by Gage Street and on the east by the existing village industrial zone changed from the existing multi - residential to village industrial. Hurd said Carbide officials told him their immediate interest in the zone change is to purchase two lots on the south side of Gage Street for more parking space , thus alleviating congestion on Gage Street. Hurd said the two lots have single family units on them, and only one is occupied, with Ca'bide possession an option to buy both. Colchester school bus turns over, hut injuries minor COLCHESTER (UPI) - A school bus skidded on a slippery road during a snowstxm early today and overturned, injuring several youngsters. Srhonl officials said about five students suffered what were described as "minor injuries" in the mishap, The bus. carrying an unknown number uf juniur high and high schooi students, skidded un a curve, crossed the road and tipped over on its side down a 10 - to - 15 foot high embankment, witnesses said. Several ynungsttrs were taken by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment or observation, school officials said. A second bus took some of the passengers to Colehesta - High School where Uiey were to be examined by a physician. Other youngsters on the bus were sent home. The driver was not reported hurt. Officials said a total of 13 youngsters were taken to the Medical Center Hospital in nearby Rurlingtrti . Four were admitted, all with back injuries; four were treated and released, and five were being examined . The injured, all from Colchester, were identified as Allen Plaia, 15; Tim Kennedy, 11; Laurie Iiine, 14, and Lucy Gratton, 14. Suit filed for duster crash M1DDLEBURY (UPI) A (1.35 million civil suit lias been filed by an East Middlebury couple for a 1975 incident involving the crash of a cropdusting air - plflne. The suit was filed last week in Addison County Superior Court by Milo and Irene Mastersan against the state of Vermont, a crop - dusting firm known as Dustaire nr., and Alphonse Qucsncl, a director and pilot for that firm. The suit alleges the defendants "dangerously and negligently" operated the aircraft, bothered the Masterams and depreciated the value of their land. Deer and bear seasons 'good' MONTPELIER (UPIl - The 1976 Vermont deer hunting season, which started with light snow and crisp fall weather, has ended in springlike temperatures and rain. The 16 - day season wliidi ended at sundown Sunday was described as ' 'a good one" by state Fish and Game Department experts. Tlcy estimated the final tally will show hunters bagged more than 10,000 bucks, compared to about 9,500 killed in 1975. Bear hunters olso had better success this year, officials said. Some 252 black bear were taken throughout the state, compared to 149 killed last season. Spokesmen estimated about 140,000 hunters took to the woods this season. State police reported only one hunting - related fatality, that of a Canaan boy who was accidentally shot to death by his older brother. Probate Judge Catherine Betian court backlogs elsewhere in the Superior Court system. Currently, at least, seven of the IB probate judges are not attorneys, and cannot sit as j udges except in matters before the Probate Court. There has been emsiderable discussion, but no action , on systematic changes in the entire court system in Vermont, and the future of the Probate Court is closely tied into other court reforms which are under consideration by the legislature. Probate Court judges handle a wide variety of legal matters, including settling estates, adoptions and guardianships. The annual salary is SlUOfl. Miss Meagher, native of Quaker Springs, N.Y. , and a retlredemploye of the Korell Co. In MechanicviUe, N.Y., died Thursday at Putnam Memorial Hospital. She was a daughter of the late Michael and Delia (Farrell) Meagher, and was a communicant of St. Peter's Church. In addition to her brother in Eagle Bridge, she leaves two other brothers, Arthur M. Mahar and Richard Mahar, both of Stillwater, many nieces and nephews. Burial was in St. Peter's Cemetery, Stillwater. HENRY E. BROWN Funeral services were to be held this afternoon at 2 at the Hanson - Walbridge Funeral Home for Henry E. Brown, 60, a justice of the peace and lister in Pownal, who died Friday afternoon at Putnam Memorial Hospital. Also a private pilot and a licensed aviation mechanic, he was born in East Pownal June 14, 1908 to Fred and Susan (Leonard) Brown. He attended local schools and then went to an auto mechanical school in Cleveland, Ohio, and later attended the Aviation Mechanics School in Schenectady, N.Y. Keenly interested in bicentennial activities, he was a member of the Vermont Historical Society and the Park - McCuilough Foundation in North Bennington. He was also a Bennington County Deputy Sheriff and belonged lo the Veteran Motor Car Club. He leaves his stepmother, Sarah Brown of East Pownal, three brothers, Fred of Newington, Conn., Martin of Bennington and James of Enfield, Conn., and a sister, Lura Adler of East Powna! The Rev. Dr. Mary Burton - Beinecke, pastor of the Pownal Center Community Church, was to officiate at the funeral service and offer committal prayers at Towslee Cemetery In Pownal. The family has suggested memorial contributions to the East Pownal Fire Company. MARY M. BUCHANAN Private funeral services are scheduled for Mrs. Mary M. "Minnie" Buchanan, native of Nova Scotia, who died Saturday evening at the Bennington Convalescent Center after a long illness. She was 97. Mrs. Buchanan, who was employed in her earlier years in Boston, Mass.", as a nurse for several prominent families, was born Nov. 9, 1879. She was the widow ol William Buchanan, who died many years ago. After settling in Bennington, she made her home with her daughter - in - law, Mrs. Harry Cordes of 59 Pageant St., who survives, as do four grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. There are no calling hours at the Mahar : Son Funeral Home, which is in charge of arrangements. Burial will be in the family plot in Park Lawn Cemetery, Discharges Rachel Little, Arlington; Luclna Howard, Hoosick Falls, N.Y.; Kurt Speanberg, Melrose, N.Y. SUNDAY, NOV. 28, (976 Admissions Lorraine Esh, Cecils Roy, Bennington, Linda Dorman, North Pownal; Harold LaBatt, East Arlington; Shirley Howard, Veronica Johnson, Hoosick Falls, N.Y.; Genevieve Kclley, North Bennington; Guy Luczinskl, Manchester, N.H. Births Son to Mr. and Mrs. John Ciiilds of Bennington, Daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Scully of BusHrk, N.Y. Discharges Judith Harris and baby girl, Bennington, Harold Burk, North Bennington. Heart Fund, the Vermont chapter of the American Cancer Society or the Memorial Fund of Bethany Church. CARLTON E. GREEN Funeral services for Carlton E. Green, 70, of North Adams, Mass., husband of the former Ruth Bates of Hoosick Falls, N.Y., were held this morning in North Adams at St. John's Episcopal Church, with the Rev. Lafayette H. Sprague Jr., rector, officiating. Mr. Green, native of North Adams, and resident of 107 Chantiliy Ave. there, died Thursday evening at home. A salesman for Berkshire paper companies for more than 50 years, he was associated with the J.B. Paper Co. of PltLsfield, Mass., at the time of his death. He was bom Nov. 5, 1B06 to Charles and Laura (Henwood) Green, graduated from Drury High School in 1925, and had been employed by the Noroorss - Etdridge Co. and the Mohawk Paper Co, He was a 35 - year member of Greylock lodge of Masons and was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church. He and his wife celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary the day before his death. Survivors in addition tn his widow Include a son, Robert, and a daughter, Marcia Doran, both of North Adams, two granddaughters, six great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Burial was bi the family plot in South - view Cemetery, North Adams, with Ft. Sprague offering committal prayers. Memorial contributions may be made to St John's Episcopal Church in North Adams. Sgt. FRANK J. HAHN Sr. The funeral of Sgt. Frank J. Hahn Sr. of Cambridge, N.Y., a retired 30 - year veteran of the Troy Police Furce, was held (his morning at St Paul the Apostle Church in Troy, where the Liturgy of Christian Death and Burial was offered. Resident of Cambridge for the last three years, he was a native of TToy and was long - time treasurer of the Troy Police Benevolent Association. He retired from the police force in 1967, and was a communicant of St. Paul the Apostle Church in Troy, before moving to Cambridge. Besides his widow, the former Anna Mary Paone, he leaves a son, Frank Jr., and two daughters, Cordelia M. Hahn and Donna Marie Hahn, all of Cambridge, several nieces and nephews. Burial was in St. Mary's Cemetery, Troy. HELEN MEAGHER The Liturgy of Christian Death and Burial was offered this morning at St. Peter's Raman Catholic Church in Stillwater, N.Y., for Miss Helen Meagher, 77, of Center Street, Stillwater, sister of John H. Meagher of Eagle Bridge, N.Y. The Bennington Planning Commission Wednesday night will confront two lone change requests, one of which provoked considerable discussion when it was first introduced several years ago. That proposal will come from Richard A. Skrnnan, who In 1973 sought a zone change to permit him to build a 12 - stnre shopping complex on 9. 1 acres on the north side of Route 9, between the Notch restaurant and the old Dropoff Road. Sleeman, a large landowner in Bennington, and chairman of the Bennington School Board, Is expected to make the same request far a zone change, from N.E. energy - topic for talk BOSTON - Robert Mitchell, regional administrator of the Federal Energy Adminislratiun. will be a featured speaker at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's fifth annual New England Citizen's' Briefing to be held Dec. 2. Mitchell will discuss New England's energy future. The briefing, which is open to the public free of charge, will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at the New England Aquarium. In addition to energy, speakers will . discuss the new federal solid - waste legislation and how it will affect New England communities, and the new Toxic Substance Control Act which gives the Environmental Protection Agency the authority to regulate chemicals in the environment. Twelve envirenmentaJ awards will be presented lo groups and individuals who have made a major contribution to the New England environment. Syria Continued from Page 1 and Kleia and up to Masnaa on the Syrian border. Although the report was carried in several Beirut newspapers, the Arab forces spokesman refused to confirm it, saying "the Beirut newspapers are specialized in making a lag thing out of nothing." If Arab forces moved into Marjayoun it would bring them south of the Litani River, about nine miles from the Israeli border. Sources also indicated that the collection nf heavy weapons from the warring groups in Ifbanon would begin with the arms that had belonged to the Lebanese Army before its disintegration during the civil war. Although the Christian rightists were reported to nave begun assembling some of their heavy weapons for collection by the peacekeeping troops, the Palestinians and their Lebanese leftist allies appeared to be more reluctant. leftist sources said the peacekeeping for ae had run up against "a brick wall" of resistance to the plan. Bennington Briefs 'Hie children's Christmas party far members uf VFW Post 1332 and its I - arfies Auxiliary will be held Dec. 11. The party is for children age 13 or younger, and the deadline for signing them up is Thursday, Dee. 4. The winner of the "Win a Bird at Bird 's" drawing was Mrs. Lillian Newburg of 212 Pleasant St. in Bennington. Mrs. Newburg win a 15 - pound fresh Vermont turkey. The drawing was part of a recent Elton John record and tape promotion. There will be a meeting of the Altar Rosary Society of St. Francis de Sales Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the parish center. This will be the monthly meeting and club Christmas party. Members are reminded lo bring gifts for the grab bag. Dessert will be served. Persons who wish to contribute to the bottle drive of the Bennington Assembly of Rainbow Girls may call 442 - 6630 if they have not already been (nntacted. The Rainbow Girls held their drive Nov. 27 & 29 and wish to thank all who gave. There wili be a Recreation Commission meeting tonight at 7:30 It the Recreation Center on Gage Street. Former state treasurer George H. Ainidon uf Montpelier was pronounced dead on arrival Sunday at Central Vermont Hospital, where he was taken after suffering a heart attack at his home at 147 State St. early in the morning. He was 72. First elected treasurer in 1950, he was turned out of office after 15 years, in the Democratic landslide of 1964, when the so - called "Three A's" era in Vermont politics was brought to an end. For years Howard Armstrong was secretary of state, David Anderson was auditor of accounts, and Mr. Amidon was state treasurer, and all three were turned out of office in' the GOP debacle. Mr. Amidon later became a director, vice president and trust officer of Montpelier National Bank, which then became the Vermont National Bank. He was also vice president and director of the Vermont Mutual Insurance Co. of Montpelier and a director of Vermont - New Hampshire Blue Cross & Blue Shield, and was treasurer of the Calvin Coolidge Manorial Foundation. He was a native of LitUclon, N.H., born July 12, 1904 to Freeman and Mary I, Walker ) Amidon, attended Dartmouth College and graduated from Boston University in 1926. Besides Ms widow, the former Theresa Liddle, whom he married July 1, 1929, he leave.s a son, Thomas, of Stowe, three grandchildren, four brothers, a sister, nieces, nephews and cousins. A memorial service will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Bethany United Church of Christ. Crenation of the remains will follow. Calling hours are scheduled for tonight from 7 to 9 at the church parlor. Memorial contributions may be made lo the Vermont ALICES. GALL A WAT Mrs. Alice S. Gallaway, native of Bennington and former resident of South Cambridge. N.Y., died Sunday at the age of 73 at the home of a daughter, Jane Kldred of Potter Hill, N.V., with whom she had made her home in recent years. F'uneral services will be conducted Tuesday at 15 a.m. at the Mahar Funeral Home in Hoosick Falls, N.Y.. by the Rev. Donald Oulette of Johnsonville, N.Y. Born Jan. 4, 1903, she received her education in the Bennington schools and maried Ralph Gallaway, who died Aug. 24, 1974. In addition to her daughter in Potter Hill, she leaves another daughter, Betty Jordan of Johnsonville, eight grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, a brother, Frank Snow of Bennington, and many nieces and nephews. The family will be in attendance at the funeral home today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Burial will be in Island Hill Cemetery, Buskirk, N Y. Eagle Notes Officers of FOE, Aerie 1661, will meet tonight at 7 at the Eagles rooms. All past worthy presidents are requested to attend, Initiation ceremonies will be held this Saturday afternoon at 2 at the Eagles rooms. Applicants are asked to be at the rooms at 1:30 p.m. Children of members of the Aerie and the Ladles Auxiliary are now being signed up for the Eagles Christmas party, scheduled for Dec. 11. Children age 12 or younger are eligible to attend, and the deadline Is Dec. u, Members of the Aerie recently donated a sum of $250 to the Bennington Rescue Squad Building Fund Drive. Hospital Notes FRIDAY, NOV. 26, 1919 Admission Leon Tntro, North Bennington. Birth Daughter to Mr, and Mrs, John Rogers of Wilmington. Dlchrge Guy Cameron, Howard Tripp, Bennington, Lisa McDermott, Arlington. SATURDAY. NOV.27.W6 Admissions Helen Cone, Bennington; Billy Joe Clayton, Vergennes. Birth Daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Emeet Wilkinson of Bennington. Daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Peter Allen of Manchester Center.

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