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Weather Forecast Variable cloudiness, warm and humid, chance of a few thundershowers this afternoon, tonight and Wednesday. Highs today upper 70s to mid 80s, Low* in the 60s tonight. Wednesday highs upper 70s and low 80s. Brunswick Is County B'C Champion Page B 1 VOL. 87--NO. 194 Today FREDERICK, HD., TUESDAY, JUKE 2, 1970 two SECTIONS 18 PAGES FIRST SECTION WHOLE COPY 10e « ·Y CMUtlBft 42e FCTA Council Studies Budget No Hike In County Tax Rate By RANDY DODSON Staff Writer The executive council of the Frederick County Teachers* Association met Monday night to evaluate effects on teachers' demands of the tax-rate adopted by the county commissioners. FCTA negotiator Eugene Leyh said information was sent to teachers advising them that the exact amount of money available to the Board of Education remains uncertain, and that there is no solid information yet on which to base further FCTA action. Leyh said the executive council .will continue to meet regularly to evaluate the situation until the budget is finalized by the commissioners. That action must come before June 30. Leyh said teachers and the Board of Education hope the commissioners do not take that long to finalize the budget. "It places the Board of Education and tea- chers in an awkward position, with contracts to be signed and new teachers to be hired," he said. After the budget is finalized, either the board or FCTA can ask for re-negotiations, Leyh said. "We believe that all three parties want to do what is right," Leyh said, adding, "It's just a matter of getting the three parties together to come up with satisfactory solutions." Superintendent of Schools John Carnochan said Monday afternoon that he has not received any official word from the commissioners on further budget restorations reported in the press and to the FCTA. Carnochan said he has received notification of $125,000 restored since the commissioners released their initial cuts from the board budget. The total restored funds reportedly total more than $200,000. Power Line Reversal Sought In Petition A petition was filed Monday in Circuit Court asking for a reversal of a Maryland Public Service Commission's approval for a SOOkv power line to be constructed south of Urbana connecting the Doubs substation and the Conastone substation. The three-page petition was filed in behalf of the Frederick County Interveners by their attorney, Herbert D.Morrison,and seeks to set aside the April 29 ruling by the Public Service Commission (PSC). Eleven items are listed in the petition which asks thatthe court: (1. set this matter for a prompt hearing to accept new and additional evidence, (2. reverse and revoke the PSC order and (3. remand this matter back to the PSC to explore acceptance of alternate routes for the proposed power lines from Frederick County to Harford County. A brief summary shows that the Frederick County Interveners feel the PSC ruling was: (1. a violation of the rights of property owners in the county by not notifying them of the unilateral changes made in the proposed line. (2. the PSC exceeded its authority in unilaterally amending the route without prior notice to parties involved. (3. the PSC exceeded its authority in allowing the power companies (the Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. and the Potomac Edison Co. to pur chase land prior to any approval of this route, (4. the PSC wr9ngfuUy restrict? ed the testimony by not allowing various witnesses to testify of possible conflicts of interest on the Frederick County Planning Commission which "would have a direct effect upon the (PSC) Commission's duty to judge the effect of such conflicts upon the recommendations of local 'governing bodies' to be considered by the (PSC) Commission." (5. the PSC misinterpreted solWe facts and testimony as presentea toit. (6. the PSC did not consider the environmental, ecological aesthetica elements of the case. (7. the PSC allowed the line to pass within 500-feet of the site for a seismological study. (8. the PSC accepted the general testimony of the power companies witnesses on property values and disregarded the testimony of local witnesses on the difference in cost of a proposed ine south of Urbana as compared to north of Urbana. (9. The PSC decision is in violation of recent court decisions regarding consideration of reasonable alternative routes. (10. No testimony was presented on economics, aesthetics and possible damages to the scientific site on the Little property (11. The PSC decision was supported by a mass of general unsubstantiated claims and half- truths.*' Showers Expected To Cool Hot Air The mercury is expected to climb into the middle 80s again today as the weather remains hot and humid. Cooler air masses will move into the Frederick area on Thursday, but until then the outlook on the weather scene is for above 80 degree temperatures. Thundershowers are expected to cool things off this afternoon and tonight The probability of precipitation today is 30 per cent, increasing tonight to 40 per cent and rising on Wednesday to 60 per cent; More showers and thunderstorm activity is expected Wednesday though the mercury will rise into the 80s. Thursday will be cooler with showers continuing. The high temperature Monday was 84 degrees. The overnight low was 54 degrees and no precipitation was recorded locally. Stock Market NEW YORK (AP) - Stock prices edged ahead broadly in active trading early today. By 10:30 a.m, the Dow Jones average of 30 industrials had advanced 1.65 points to 712.01. The New York Stock Exchange tape ran two minutes late shortly after the session's start By MARGARET fflNDMAN Staff Writer The county commissioners held the tax rate for Frederick County at the same figure as currently set, but now they have other problems. They still face the prospect of finalizing a budget for fiscal 1971. The tax rate was set, by majority action, at $2.54 per $100 assessed valuation, the same figure as for fiscal 1970. The previous year the tax levy hadjump- ed 24 cents. According to Commissioner Charles Collins, there is currently a $21,095 deficit in the budget. Balance must be achieved by either cutting appropriations or finding additional revenues. "There's no politics in this at all," Collins said. Commissioner Wallace Hufr- ton, opposing the adoption of the current property tax rate, commented, "I don't see how a tax rate can be adopted when you don't even have a budget." Button argued that some problems could be met with only a modest tax rate increase. Allocations in the operating budget to date, including "the Board of Education and Frederick Community College, total in excess of $17.8 million. A detailed breakdown was not given Monday but it is expected that no major changes in the proposed budgets for FCC of $1,2 million and for the county of more than $1 million have been made. Since the announcement of the final budget proposal last week, more than $125,000 has been added to the Board of Education operating budget, for a tentative total of $15.6 million. Discussion of the school board budget and possible restoration of some funds in response to requests made last week by local teachers, occupied the commissioners' afternoon session prior to actioft on the tax rate. No definite action was taken on suggestions by Hutton that $77,500 be restored to instructional salaries so that all currently employed teachers and aides could be funded and that $32,600 be restored for funding of eighteen 12-month employees, not including teachers, currently employed in that program. Horman suggested that rather than full funding of the aides, which would require a tax hike, partial funding be given by taking approximately half of thfe money allocated for the life insurance for teachers to hire more aides. He pointed out that the insurance was not high on the priority list submitted by the teachers while funding of aides ranked near the top. Collins commented that he would be opposed to any additions unless funds could be taken from another partof the Board of Education budget. Woi.» on the budget is expected to continue this week though the commissioners are not bound to complete this work until June 30. Collins last week stated that he would not favor setting a tax rate prior to finalizing the budget, but pointed out that this practice is followed in many counties. 2 Cosmonauts In Earth Orbit MOSCOW (AP) - The first manned Soviet space flight in eight months put two cosmonauts in orbit Monday night, but there was no indication any "firsts** were planned. The launch at 10:09 p.m. Moscow time-- 3:09 p.m. EDT- was hailed by the Soviet radio and television as "another glorious step in space exploration." The mission was "an extensive program of scientific and technical research," "the Soviet news agency Tass said. Tass said the Soyuz 9 crew, men, in their first seven hours aloft, "adapted themselves well to the conditions of weightlessness and are carrying out the flight program." But the program was not spelled out in any detail. The Soviet news agency said the two cosmonauts began an eight-hour rest period at 6 a.m. Moscow time--11 p.m. EDT Monday-- after completing their fifth orbit. The report said the orbit ranged between 129 and 137 miles above the earth. Soyuz 9 is commanded by veteran Soviet cosmonaut Col. Andrian Nikolayev, 40, who participated in the world's first group space flight in 1962 as the pilot of Vostok 3. He is married to the Soviet Union's only woman cosmonaut, Valentina Nikolayeva- Tereshkova. They have a 6- irear-old daughter. Nikolayev has not made any space flights for the past eight ears, but has been training other cosmonauts. Witt him in Soyuz 9 is 34- ear-old Vitaly Sevastianov, former aircraft designer making his first space flight. , There was speculation that the space shot was intended as prestige booster, timed to coincide with a space conference being held in Leningrad and the visit of American astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, who has been attending the conference. The Soviet Union, after it's in- tial lead in the space race, has een outpaced by the United States for the past five years. The last major Soviet space triumph was Alexei Leonov's pioneering space walk in 1965. Shipley Seeks New Orphans Court Term G. Raymond Shipley today announced he is seeking re-election to a second term as a judge of the Frederick County Orphans Court Shipley, a Democrat, a native of Frederick County, was born in Frederick City and is a graduate of Boys High School, class of 1918. He also studied at the Sales Analysis Institute in New York. He was named chairman of the Housing Authority of Frederick in 1961, having been a member of the Commissioners of Authority since 1938. Shipley has been active in numerous community projects. He is a veteran of both world wars, having studied with the Army Training Corps during World War I and serving with local Company "A" of meMary- (Continued On Page A-5) G. Raymond Shipley CREW OF SOYUZ NINE - The Soviet Union launched its first manned spacecraft in eight months Monday. Official newscasts identified the two-man crew of the Soyuz 9 spacecraft as Col. Andrian Nikolayev, commander, and Vitaly Sevastianov, right, flight engineer. Photos from official Soviet news agency, Tass. (AP Wirephoto by cable from Moscow) Air Strikes Over Cambodia May Follow Troop Pullout Blood Unit Plans Two More Visits Only two more visits to Frederick remain on the schedule of the Red Cross Bloodmobile. They are Tuesday, June 9 from 10 a,m. until 3:30 p.m. and Wednesday, June 17, from 11 a.nv until 4:30 p.m. Both visits will be at the Evangelical Lutheran Church, East Church Street Participating groups still have time to achieve their 20 per cent goal before July 1. The Red Cross is a member agency of the United Givers Fund. The Red Cross Bloodmobile collected 128 pints of blood on its visit to Frederick last Thursday at the Evangelical Lutheran Church. There were 143 persons appearing to make a donation, 14 of them were deferred for medical reasons and one person was unsuccessful, making 128 pints credited to Frederick County's annual quota of 3,600 pints. Credits for group blood banks were given to the following: American Association of University Women, 6; Post 282, American Legion, Woodsboro, 7; (Continued On Page A-5) Barbara Fritchie's Home Featured In Celebration By MONICA MAIN Staff Writer The home of the famed Barbara Frifchie, whose legend is a tangled tale of fact and fantasy, will be among the highlights of the tour offered during the Bell and History-225th city anniversary celebration to be held next week. Barbara Fritchie is one of Frederick's contributions to the long list of heroes and heroines of American history. The famed heroine of John Greenleaf Whittier's poem is noted for the loyalty she displayed in the face of danger. The legend of Barbara Fritchie began on a dry, dusty afternoon, Sept. 10, 1862, when confederate soldiers under Gen. Stonewall Jackson were marching by her house in Frederick. The troops were marching down Bents Road (street) when they saw a small Union flag hanging from the window of a cottage. Living in the cottage was the 96-year-old widow of a glove maker, Barbara Fritchie, a women noted by her neighbors for her devoted patriotism and "sharp tongue." Barbara was immortalized in Whittier's poem, which started in part: "Shoot if you must this old gray head, But spare your country's flag," she said. Most of her neighbors had shuttered their windows and tried generally to become as unobtrusive as possible. But Barbara who lay sick (Continued On Page A-5) OLD GLORY ON EXHIBIT--Among the historical preservations to be exhibited at Barbara Fritchie's home and museum during the celebration of the city's 225th anniversary and Bell and History Days, June 8-14, will be the flag she waved from the sill of her upstairs bedroom in defiance of Stonewall Jackson's troops who marched through Frederick. Jefferson, Lewistown Rezoning Cases Heard WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House has raised the possibility B52 bombers might be used in Cambodia after June 30 if such missions are felt necessary to protect American troops in South Vietnam. But, officials have ruled out any tactical air support for the South Vietnamese in Cambodia after that deadline for the withdrawal of American troops. This word came as President tfixon worked on a Cambodian progress report to be carried on lationwide television and radio Wednesday at 9 p.m. EDT. Presidential press secretary tonald L. Ziegler told reporters n San Clemente, Calif., Monday all U.S. troops, as well as logistical and air support for the outh Vietnamese would be withdrawn from Cambodia June 30 as President Nixon had said earlier. But Ziegler emphasized that 'U.S. air action would be in re- ation to the security of the U.S. 'orces in South Vietnam" and he did not rule out the use of the strategic bombers in this role. It was not known whether President Nixon would get into he question of air support or protective bombing in the Wednesday speech. White House aides have said the 15-minute address will relate to accomplishments in the month-old Cambodian campaign and will not produce any dramatic announcements or new decisions. Nixon returned Monday night from a four-day Memorial Day holiday in California, working on his Cambodian speech aboard Air Force One on the cross-country trip. He planned to put in more time on it today after morning welcoming ceremonies and a meeting with visiting Venezuelan President Rafael C alder a. The President will make the speech in prime broadcast time to present what he says are encouraging reports from military commanders on progress in Cambodia and Vietnam. The speech also comes within a few hours of when the Senate takes its first important test vote on proposals to curb Nixon's powers to use U.S. troops in Indochina. Senate Democrats and Republicans predict, however, Nixon's talk will not cut into the expect- ed support for the Cooper- Church amendment to bar funds or Cambodian military operations after June 30. As the President worked on his speech, a new move was started in the House, led by Rep. Charles A Vanik, D-Ohio, :o limit military Southeast Asia by curb on Nixon's proposals to increase 'the debt limit from the present $377 to $395 billion. spending in attaching a The County Commissioners this morning heard two re-zoning requests filed by Frederick Business Properties, both of which received negative recommendations from the Planning and Zoning Commission at previous hearings. The commissioners deferred decisions on both cases pending further discussion. Attorneys Richard E. Zimmerman and David Auldridge, representing the applicants, presented the requests to rezone three ad joining par eels of land in Jefferson to allow construction of a service station and motel and to change the designation of a property near Lewistown to allow construction of a service station and neighboring shopping area. The three lots at Jefferson, totalling 2.37 acres, are located at the northeast quadrant of Lander Road and U.S. 340, the site of the old Jefferson elementary school. The application requests change from R2 residential to R3 high density and B2 commercial. Opposition to the request was registered by two Jefferson landowners and a petition signed by 87 Jefferson residents opposing the B2 designation was submitted. The argument of the petition was that the road is currently a safety hazard and a service station would add to an already bad situation. The property in question joins a fire station and Ruritan Club. Zimmerman stated that improvements to the road allowing ac- ess to the fire station would bfe granted and listed other benefits tie applicants would offer the Ruritan Club. The Ruritans opposed a previous similar appli- ation on the property but voted to remain neutral in the pending case. The previous request made in 1969 was denied by the Planning and Zoning Commission and the county commissioners. The 9.27 acre tract located at the northeast quadrant of Leamerman and Fish Hatchery Roads off U.S. 15 is currently zoned Al agricultural and Rl residential. The request asks change to B3 commercial. The Planning and Zoning Commission decision to deny the request was based on the contention that such a change would not be in the best interest of the transportation of the county. The 1959 land use plan calls for residential development in the area* access to U.S. 15 denied by the State Roads Commission, and there are presently 16 commercial parcels along U.S.. Inmost of which have not been developed, according to the planners. Zimmerman argues that the applicants have a present use and should not be penalized because of other rezonlngs. He stated that the location is the safest Intersection along me highway and contended that the area could be developed to serve Lewistown as a neighborhood convenience area. The county commissioners promised prompt action on both cases. North Viet Troops Overrun South Viet Artillery Base SAIGON (.AP) - North Vietnamese troops overran part of a South Vietnamese mountaintop artillery base today, inflicting one of the heaviest casualty tolls suffered by the Saigon government's forces in such an attack. Field reports said at least 46 South Vietnamese troops had been killed, 84 were wounded and 15 others were missing. There also were some casualties among American and Australian advisers at the outpost in the northwest corner of South Vietnam, the reports said. At least 57 North Vietnamese were reported killed in the fighting, which began before dawn. At midafternoon enemy forces were still holding part of the firebase. The outoost is a former U.S. Marine base named Tun Tavern, after the Philadelphia inn where the Marine Corps was founded in 1775. The enemy force, believed to be from the 66th North Vietnamese Regiment, hit the base with small arms, rocket grenades and satchel charges. The attackers broke through the perimeter and captured some of the bunkers on the east side of the base, then used them to fire on the defenders in other parts of the camp. v Although allied operations in Cambodia have curtailed enemy attacks in the southern part of South Vietnam, there have been a series of fierce North Vietnamese attacks recently against bases in the northernmost provinces, where South Vietnamese forces have taken over the ma- jor burden of combat. Two South Vietnamese battalions have been operating in the Da Krong valley since mid-April in efforts to clean out North Vietnamese base and supply areas built up since the last major allied operation mere, the highly successful Operation Dewey Canyon in early 1969. There has been considerable fighting in the valley, but it has been largely unreported by the government in Saigon. One of the two battalions was occupying Tun Tavern as a night bivouac position when the* base was attacked. The South Vietnamese casualties were the worst reported in any attack on a government force since late March, when 67 were killed and 115 wounded at Firebase Schroeder in the Mekong Delta. Myers Honored On Golden Anniversary In Bank Business Fire Log Fire calls reported during the 24-hour period ending at 10 a»m. CITY 663-4400 None. COUNTY 662-6333 RT. 40, 11:26 a.m., auto fire, Independents responded. Ambulance calls: Emergency - 3 Routine-0 Arthur V. Myers, a prominent native of Frederick, has been honored upon achieving his golden anniversary of banking service with the Frederick County National Bank. A testimonial dinner was held recently at the Red Horse Steak House and present were his wife, the former Miss Anna Margaret Diffendal, their three children and their spouses - Mrs. Henry V. Chase and Dr. Chase, a Frederick physician; Mrs. Thomas C. Lee and Or. Lee, a surgeon at Georgetown Hospital, Bethesda; their son, Arthur V. Myers Jr., a vice president of Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, and Mrs. Myers. Also present were members of the Board of Directors of the Frederick County National Bank and their wives, officers and personnel and their spouses, Myers, the son of the late Mr. Arthur V. Myers and Mrs. Thomas F. Myers, has devoted his entire career to banking. Born and reared on the family farm, immediately southwest of Frederick, he attended local public schools and graduated from the Boys High School, class of 1920. Immediately upon graduation he accepted a position with the Riggs National Bank in Washington, t. C., but shortly thereafter returned to Frederick to accept an appointment with the Frederick County National Bank on Oct. 15,1920. In January, 1923* he was elect* ed bookkeeper and in January. 1925, he was named teller. Myers* advancement to important posts was steady. On Jan. 13* 1931, he wat elected asairtant cashier; on Feb. 13, 1*H he was chosen vie* president; on (Continued On Fife A-Q 4 1EWSP4PERS 1EWSP4PERS

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