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The Bangor Daily News from Bangor, Maine • 12

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977 If WALDO Referral program to aid state woodsmen Uyttmsuneerpruct dunng the 10 lo 12-week "mud Affairs the division to which the Recent Immigration Service president said of the unemployment on which Canadians are bonds a rwttJvfws 3a vj4 uv kn Job Service sends the results of its fieures show there are about 550 bond- benefits paid bv Maine "If the which are isas until laflt ariM By unnstopaer spruce Of the NEWS Staff from March to May when Affairs the division to which the Job Service sends the results of its figures show there are about 550 bond benefits paid by Maine "If the on which Canadians are bonds which are visas until Last spring and be said At that time the I most logging operations Maine are shut down Normand Rodnqi immigration vice identified the 1200 at the Job Sen ice said his Canadian visas they said I ine in woods jobs in Maine has made 15 referrals to Canadian visas to date in ed Canadian woodsworkers now laboring Maine forests Under law both the unemployed American woodsmen and the Canadian visa has the right to "bump" or take away the job of a bonded Canadian if the employer of the bond has not other job available Maine Woodsmen's Association President Wayne Birmingham who has been critical of the payment of unemployment compensation benefits to unemployed Canadians while Maine woodsmen allegedly have been unable to find good jobs praised Manpower Affairs for the new program "There's no question about it" be said when asked if he thought the program was a good development He said it would be even more significant after the first of the year hen mud season begins "Three-quarters of a million dollars went to Canada in 1975 for woodsworkers alone" the MWA system works I'd say it will cut that in half" Richard Hagan of the Job Service pointed out that although bonds who are bumped from their jobs by commuting visas will be out of work they nevertheless will be eligible to collect unemployment compensation benefits But Rodrique said he thought the program would result in a reduced amount of unemployment compensation money going to Canada based on early results Rodgrique said Manpower Affairs has been attempting for some time to start such a program particularly in the wake of the woods labor controversy in the state which has centered on the use of bonded and visaed Canadian workers But the agency had a difficult time trying to get information from the US Immigration and Naturalization service contact with referred visas has simply reviewed the cases to check on the individual's status according to Richard Bonenfant interstate office manager Should the worker in question refuse a job referral he would be disqualified indefinitely from collecting unemployment compensation benefits from the state Bonenfant noted Although the program to date hasn't resulted in any placement of unemployed visaed woodsmen Rodri-que said it has "let these people know we're here and that (collecting unemployment compensation) won't be a piece of cake" "As long as there are bonded workers on the job here they (the communting visas on unemployment will receive notices by certified mail that they have been referred" Rodri-que said "That'SThe way it will be as long as there is one bond in the state" AUGUSTA The Maine Depart ment of Manpower Affairs' Job Service Division hat begun a program that may result in either a reduction in the number of Canadian bonds working in Maine forests a decrease the amount of unemployment compensation funds going over the border every year or both Win help from the Immigration and Naturalization Service the Job Service has begun a program to refer commuting visaed Canadian woodsmen who are collecting unemployment compensation benefits from the state to jobs now held by Canadian bonds or temporary alien workers in Maine's wood harvesting industry Last year about $750000 in unemployment compensation benefits were mailed across the border to the homes of unemployed Canadian woodsworkers who had been laid off from their jobs in Maine Most of that money goes to Canada ing the Job Service to develop a computer program for referring visas Under a reciprocal agreement between the US and Canada eligible unemployed Canadian workers can apply for and receive unemployment benefits from the US Regular benefits drawn by unemployed Canadian woodsmen "are drawn from a fund fully paid by employers which allows the employer to pay up to $4200 of each employee's wage During certain periods of high unemployment a Manpower Affairs official has said the benefits program is extended with unemployment claimants receiving up to 13 weeks of unemployment wages halt of which are reimbursed by the federal the life of the six-week-old program and has yet to have a referral result in "a hire In each case he said the visa contacted by registered mail has indicated he is either going back to work or has other employment In one instance the individual indicated he was sick Under the referral program which is the same as that used for referring unemployed American woodsmen to jobs the visa referred by the Job Service must accept the job placement or face the loss of unemployment compensation benefits In the 15 cases to date the interstate office of the unemployment compensation division of Manpower Butler addresses Forestry Club Claims Longley fronted for paper firms Tit" HH rS rat ti jffni paper companies during the fall 1975 strike Butler read from an affidavit signed by Augusta attorney Donald Fontaine who represents the woodsmen In it Fontaine says that he was asked by Judge David Roberts and an attorney for the paper companies to return a call to Gov Longley Longley was apparently calling to ask Fontaine to make arrangements for MWA President Wayne Birmingham to fly with the governor to Millinocket to meet with officials from Great Northern Paper Co Fontaine said that during the conversation with Gov Longley "he said that the Maine Woodsmen Association had to end their strike and stop trying to close down the mills He said he as governor could not allow thousands of Maine workers to become unemployed because of the Maine Woodsmens Association and he said that if the woodsmen did not return to their jobs very soon that he would bring in thousands of bonded Canadian workers to fill the vacant positions" Butler said the conversation occurred on Friday Oct 10 1975 He said that the MWA was in court as a result of a request by the paper com panies that the court order an injunction against any picketing on company land But Butler said the case was carried over to Tuesday Oct 14 as a result of the Columbus Day holiday The MWA was not under any restraining order or injunction at the time Longley made the statement Butler said He added that he believed it is illegal to bring in bonded workers during a labor dispute It was on a Tuesday that Govt Longley made his controversial call to the judge urging him to take account of the violence in the woods and act quickly on the case The governor's Saturday trip to Millinocket with Birmingham had failed to resolve the issue Gov Longley has maintained that his second call was not improper because it did not deal with the merits of the case Judge Roberts said on the record however that he thought it improper And Butler said Monday that since the basis of the paper company complaint seeking the injunction was the violence in the woods and since the very nature of an injunctive hearing is that matters proceed with all due speed that Longley did discuss the merits of the case with the judge and tried to persuade the judge to take certain action based on the merits He told the students that he was bringing out these facts because there continued to be politics involved in the long-term labor dispute And Butler said since the matter is being brought up again and the state is letting paper company attorneys argue for the state all the "ancient history" of the MWA case should be brought out On the subject of forest management Butler told the students that they should learn the "real value of a cubic foot of wood" It is not sawlogs or veneer or energy production Butler said but pulpwood because the paper companies will always be able to pay a higher price for wood if demand increases He said the companies run their woodlots to keep the paper machines going and said the paper company domination of the woods industry affects the land taxes paid by forest companies the stumpage prices paid to small woodlot owners the wages paid to Maine woodsmen and "the af-fordability of desirable silvicultural practices" By David Bright Of the NEWS Staff ORONO The vice president of the Maine Woodsmen's Association (MWA) charged Monday that Maine Gov James Longley had threatened to bring in "thousands of bonded Canadian workers" to break a strike by MWA members two years ago William Butler of Aurora used the incident as one example to support his theory that Gov Longley was "fronting for the paper companies" in intervening in the labor dispute He addressed the Forestry Club at the University of Maine at Orono a club made up of students who plan forestry as a career Butler spoke at the invitation of the group and said he was telling them about his group's struggles to illustrate the situation which exists between corporate forest owners and the men who harvest the trees Butler also told the group that they would likely find when they go to work for the paper companies that they will be forced to make decisions based on corporate economic policy rather than good forest management And he repeated his charges that Longley had "meddled" in a court case involving the MWA and the Favor Boisits claim sustained that claim and the Kingf ield man will have his electricity service restored This was Ms Carrigan's first meeting since being confirmed to the commission in September (AP Photo) Public Utilities Commission Chairman Ralph Gelder (left) and Diantha Carrigan voted in favor of Bruce Boisits' claim that his electricity had been disconnected improperly Gelder and Carrigan's votes the Maine page Electricity restored homeowners anxious for hot showers again Kill-link theory arouses lawyer found in Acquin's car were "compatible" with hairs from Miss Spellman's dog Miss Spellman had been hitchhiking with a dog from Vermont to Maine Williams said other murders in the United States are committed every week by righthanded persons using blunt instruments And he said the alleged link between dog hairs in the car and Miss Spellman's dog was absurd "This non-story is so flimsy so utterly without any factual basis and so predicated on false assumptions I am distressed the media is pouncing on it" Williams said Hingham Mass whose body was found in a garden in Northeast Harbor Maine Acquin has been charged in the July 29 slayings of nine persons including eight children in Prospect Maine state police had also said however they did not intend to question Acquin until his trial in connection with the alleged Connecticut killings was completed No date has been set for the trial "There are a number of serious deviations from reality in this story" said Williams "It is premised on the assumption that Acquin is guilty of the Prospect killings The analysis is that there are similarities between the Prospect case and the Maine case The assumption is then made that Acquin is guilty in Prospect and therefore is connected with the Maine case "Once it is assumed that Acquin is" guilty in the Prospect case it must also be assumed he will not get a fair trial" Williams said Mandell had said the similarities in the two cases included indications the victims all suffered blows to the head from a right-handed person using a blunt instrument In addition Mandell said dog hairs HARTFORD Conn (UPI) The attorney for Lome Acquin said Monday a Maine state police corporal should be fired for suggesting his client was tied to a homicide without formal accusation "Whoever made these charges in Maine should be dismissed" said Attorney John Williams of New Haven "I'm even more upset that the media has seen fit to print this It's a classic non-story" Det Cpl Edward Mandell of the Maine state police had said Acquin 27 is wanted for questioning in the June slaying of Leslie Spellman 27 of By Steven Rosenf eld AUGUSTA Maine (AP) Bruce Boisits says he can hardly wait to start taking regular hot showers again The Public Utilities Commission broke a deadlock Monday and ordered electricity restored to Boisits' Kingfield home for the first time since June 23 Asked what he missed most the 33-year-old maintenance man said "I'm looking forward to reading under an electric lamp in the evening and to hot showers" He had been using kerosene lamps for light and a wood stove to heat water in his electric-heated home since his power was shut off because of a dispute over unpaid bills In other action the PUC was informed that the Hampden Telephone Co will voluntarily seek a $56000 rate reduction Guv Twnmhlv Environmental stands defended Co should restore power at once to Boisits' home without assessing a reconnection fee or requiring a security deposit He said that Boisits was led to believe that his attempts to meet more than six months of accumulated bills were adequate to keep his electric service even though he had not entered into a formal plan for paying his debts Commissioner Lincoln Smith disagreed saying CMP was not prevented from disconnecting the electrical service just because it decided not to act on several earlier disconnect notices CMP had said it followed all PUC procedures for disconnecting service Boisits had been waiting for weeks for a tie-breaking vote to be cast Ms Carrigan sided with Gelder on Monday ending the stalemate The order will require Boisits to agree to a plan to repay his debts to CMP Boisits attended the session and apparently was confused about the outcome believing he had lost his case After the commission had acted he left the hearing room and told a reporter he was disappointed and didn't think the PUC could decide any case But he later learned that he had mixed up the commissioners and misinterpreted their vote He said he'd be more careful about making statements in the future The Hampden Telephone rate reduction request stemmed from PUC staff assertions that the utility with 1925 customers in Hampden and Etna had excessive earnings Officials of the telephone company and the PUC staff had several meetings this month on the issue Twombly said the utility had cooperated with the PUC and had informed him it would file a formal application this week to reduce its rates He recommended thaL basic monthly charges for business and residential service be cut so that the lower rates could be immediately passed on to customers without the need for complex calculations on more refined adjustments tric project on the upper St John River in Aroostook County The senator also said environmentalists oppose nearly all types of energy projects and probably would be against harnessing the tides of Passamaquoddy Bay if it had a chance of passage Christian Herter III head of the NRC who complimented Muskie on his "shining environmental record" during his years as a lawmaker criticized the senator for leveling charges "that could not possibly be true" Herter said "With regard to nuclear power the NRC does not classify itself as an opponent Nuclear power is with us and future development may be a necessity to meet valid energy needs We do have questions about nuclear safety particularly about means by which high-level radioactive wastes can be stored" AUGUSTA Maine (UPI) The executive director of the Natural Resources Council Monday defended his organization against criticism of its environmental positions made by Sen Edmund Muskie DMaine Muskie in published reports over the weekend accused environmentalists in the state of downgrading and misstating the economic benefits of the proposed $690 million DickeyLincoln hydroelec chief engineer for the PUC said that under the company's proposal monthly rates for single-party residential service would drop 33 per cent from $9 to $6 Monday's meeting was the first attended by Diantha Carrigan who was -confirmed to the regulatory agency on Sept 17 but who had been sidelined by pneumonia It was her vote that broke a 1-1 standoff on Boisits' case PUC Chairman Ralph Gelder had held that Central Maine Power Hermon voters 1 60-88 favor plan to buy land for firm's use Thaxter Trafion Thaxter Trafton ends campaign Bangor's Parks and Recreation Director Thaxter Trafton who last Thursday announced his candidacy for the US House of Representatives for Maine's Second District said Monday he was pulling out of the "in making his announcement last Thursday the candidate said he wasn't wealthy but did have financial support for the campaign That financial support apparently made as verbal commitments fell through on some fronts Trafton said Monday "It's been a rough weekend" Trafton said explaining the decision to pull out of the race "It looks now like I can't do what 1 thought I could do because of the lack of financial support" He said he thought it would be best to pull out before he got into the race too deep and spent some of the money put up for his campaign He said he couldn't use people and their support while knowing some commitments fell through There are other reasons for pulling out Trafton said but the financial one is the main reason Asked if he was considering campaigning another year Trafton said "I'm not looking foreward to it right now" Deputy sheriff's widow awarded benefit payments The widow of a former Penobscot County Deputy sheriff has been awarded $50000 in benefit payments by the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration the LEAA has announced Mrs June Wilson will receive the benefit payments under a new law administered by the LEAA The law allows the payments to eligible survivors of police officers who die in the line of duty under the Public Safety Officers' Benefit Act of 1976 Part-time Deputy Sheriff Charles Wilson of Bangor was killed on Interstate-95 near Old Town while assisting a motorist on March 2 of this year The late Deputy Wilson 79 was working with the Department of Agriculture checking potato loads at the time he went to assist a motorist with a flat tire He subsequently was struck by a car in the southbound lane as he attempted to help change the tire Wilson was a retired railroad worker at the time of his death and had been a part-time deputy sheriff for several years He also was a former chief of the Bangor Police Reserves CORRECTION CORNER in moving its administrative and service buildings to Hermon At that time the company asked for a tax break On Oct 12 the Hermon council turned down the request on the grounds that it might be illegal At a subsequent council meeting on Oct 15 however it was decided to pursue the matter further A three man committee met with company officials Oct 17 and worked out the agreement which was presented to the voters Monday night In return for the land purchase MLOTOR Truck and Trailer agreed to relocate its "registered office" in Hermon before January 1978 and said it will pay all fleet excise taxes on its trucks to Hermon According to the agreement it will pay thesetaxes to Hermon at a rate of approximately $60000 a year for the next five years nearly doubling the town's excise tax take The company further agreed to place $5000 a month in escrow with the town during two time periods "as evidence of good faith of this agreement" The escrow is to be applied to future excise tax Under the agreement the town is entitled to recover the land if the company does not build $600000 worth of structures within 36 months Dr Bernhoff Dahl the Bangor pathologist who is developing Freedom Industrial Park estimated that his company will have invested between $75000 and $100000 in roads water mains and sewer lines by the time the 13 acres is ready for the trucking firm's use By David Piatt Of the NEWS Staff HERMON By 160 to 88 voters approved a proposal Monday night that the town purchase a parcel of land for a trucking firm which wants to move there from Brewer The purchase which actually will be handled through a newly-established town development corporation will provide Motor Truck and Trailer Corporation with 13 acres in Freedom Industrial Park The company has signed an agreement with the Town of Hermon stating that it will build a headquarters and a terminal on the property "as soon as practicable" Bangor officials in a sharply worded letter last Friday had opposed Hermon's proposal as an "unethical" way to attract business Monday's special town meeting had been called for the purpose of voting on a single article authorizing the town to borrow $55000 "to assist in industrial and commercial development" Hermon council chairman Ralph Carr who presided at the town meeting said after the -vote that he thought financing could be arranged within a week He said he expected the town to seek bids from various banks before negotiating a loan According to Royce Wheeler chairman of the Hermon Economic Development Corporation (the former Industrial Development Committee) the trucking firm approached the town two weeks ago and expressed intrest Readers are encouraged to call the NEWS' attention to tactual errors by telephoning the Managing Editor 942-4881 extensions 201 or 307 between 2 and 5 pm or by writing the NEWS editor at 491 Main St Bangor Maine 04401 It was reported in Monday's Aroostook County edition that the custody of two children affected by the divorce of Robert Blanchette and Solange Blanchette both of Madawaska were given in custody to the father Custody was given to the mother by the court.

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