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North Adams Transcript (Newspaper) - October 9, 1972, North Adams, Massachusetts NORTH ADAMS ADAMS WILLIAMSTOWN MASSACHUSETTS transcript Dina Minardi rei Brunette 19 wins crown as week opens at festival YEAR MONDAY OCT 9 24 12 CENTS Kissinger Tho may be discussing Thieu PARIS AP Henry A Kissinger scheduled another secret meeting in Paris today with the North Vietnamese and the future of South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu appeared to be the chief issue under discussion President Nixon's national security adviser and his top assistant Maj Gen Alexander M Haig Jr met Sunday with Le Due Tho of the North Vietnamese Politburo and Xuan Thuy chief of Hanoi's delegation to the Paris peace talks the White House announced It was Kissinger's 19th secret meeting with the North Vietnamese Presidential press secretary Ronald L Ziegler said another session was planned today He added there might be a third meeting on Tuesday Ziegler refused to disclose what was said at the meeting Sunday But Associated Press correspondent Gaylord Shaw reported from the White House that there were clear indications the talks were focusing on the future of Thieu whose resignation is one of the chief Communist demands Thieu again rejected the Communist demand Sunday that he quit and make way for a coalition government in- the Communists The White House also has termed news stories that Thieu would resign sheer speculation But the belief that Thieu's future was being discussed in Paris was heightened by the presence of Gen Haig It was his first appearance at the secret talks and he returned on Wednesday from talks in Saigon with Thieu and other ranking officials Kissinger's last meeting with Le Due Tho and Xuan Thuy was on Sept Secretary of Defense Melvin R Laird said Sunday the Paris talks were in a very serious significant and sensitive stage but there was nothing to indicate any early cease-fire in Vietnam He asserted however that Nixon's broad peace plans were a near reality and there's no question that we are on the road to peace Sen George McGovern the Democratic presidential candidate said in campaign appearances during the weekend that he does not find it that the peace rumors are ing as the campaign nears its showdown phase I don't believe that Mr Nixon is going to end the McGovern said I think the peace rumors are flying to coincide with the closing days of this campaign If I become the president there isn't any doubt at all that the war will end quickly Enemy troops still hold ham lets within 15 to 20 miles of Saigon By FRANCES BEDIM Minardi a pretty 19-year old brown eyed brunette from Adams wai crowned Mils Northern Berkshire 1172 amidst the glittering excitement of the Fall Foliage Festival Scholarship Pageant Saturday night The new queen who was very prised and happy will now preside over a week-long festival and then prepare to represent Northern Berkshire in the 1973 Miss Massachusetts Scholarship Pageant in Attleboro next July Miss Minardi who was gowned in a long yellow chiffon dress stated that I was very shaky my legs were shaking when the were being an- Sponsored by the First Agricultural National Bank the new queen shed happy tears as she took her triumphant walk down the runway in Drury High School auditorium and then posed for pictures and answered questions from various news media My shoes hurt she confessed while she received congratulations from various pageant officials and friends Miss Minardi the tenth contestant in the talent competition did a graceful portrayal of summer fading into fall Dressed in yellow leotards with a green flowing chiffon scarf Dina presented a ballet number danced to the haunting strains of Summer of Clearly one of the favorite contestants from the very beginning of the com- petition the new Miss Northern Berkshire is a sophomore at North Adams State College majoring in early childhood education One of six daughters of Mr and Mrs William Minardi of Adams Dina wants to con- her education and eventually go into a nursery school or the Peace Corps or in that order Her main interests lie in working with small children and also all kinds of sports activities The title Miss a title awarded to the girl who best exemplifies the spirit of the pageant and a willingness to help was accorded to year old Judith Owens of Whitman Accepting her silver trophy from Sherrie Crow last year's winner of that title Miss Owens stated This award this year is purely arbitrary All the SAIGON AP From 250 to 500 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong still held Huong Phuong village and three hamlets 15 to 20 miles north of Saigon today despite heavy air strikes The enemy force occupied the hamlets Friday and Huong Phuong on Saturday cutting Highway 13 between Saigon and a big South Vietnamese military headquarters at Lai Khe 30 miles north of the capital I don't think anyone regards the threat to Saigon itself as significant because of the relative capabilities of Soviets said frying to buy vast quantities of food WASHINGTON AP The food situation in the Soviet Union is so serious that Moscow reportedly is trying to buy huge amounts of potatoes and grain from Eastern Bloc countries in addition to the vast imports of wheat and feed from the United States the Agriculture Department said today Citing a number of the department's Foreign Agricultural Service said drought and delays in vesting 1972 crops have not only reduced grain supplies for food but have forced heavy sales of livestock because of dwindling feed supplies Drought in certain areas is being called the worst since the the slaughter of cattle is said to be taxing slaughterhouse facilities in some dis- the FAS said in a report Further planting of winter grain for harvest next year is running behind schedule the report noted The USDA said last week in other reports that crop harvests had been delayed and that fall planting was about behind schedule Today's report said Moscow may be planning to import more food from satellite countries because of the quickening seriousness of the situation Poland has reportedly agreed to ship a sizable tonnage of potatoes especially for the Moscow highly unusual step if the reports are the FAS said Arrangements are reported to be in process though not yet finalized whereby as much as one million tons of wheat barley may be sold to the USSR by the report said FESTIVAL'S Foliage Festival events began Saturday and Sunday Big crowd pleaser was children's parade led by this banner advertising the At left is Betty Lord and at right Jennifer Jones Transcript Dina Minardi girls were so warm and helpful that there should have been ten Miss Congeniality awards this year Miss Owens who was also first runner-up for the Miss Northern Berkshire title Continued on Festival pageant Page 3 Children's parade Page the two said one U.S source The South Vietnamese territorial forces units have good defensive capabilities The North Vietnamese units are still under strength from previous combat They are still capable of terror attacks by fire sapper attacks and perhaps small infiltration efforts but the likelihood of any main attack on Saigon is rather remote Other American and South officers thought the small-scale attacks might be designed to keep government troops busy while larger enemy forces slipped past to attack such important targets as the big base at Bien Hoa Saigon and its Tan Son Nhut Air Base U.S bombers attacked troop positions base camps and infiltration routes on all sides of Saigon Some of the raids were only four miles east of Huong Phuong and of Highway 13 Despite the secret Vietnam peace talks in Paris the United States also kept up its heavy air strikes across North Vietnam and the Communist forces showed no signs of pulling back from battlefields in South Vietnam The dropped nearly tons of bombs Sunday and today on munitions stockpiles troop positions and supply lines near the North Vietnamese cities of Vinh and Dong Hoi and around Saigon Mrs wins match Nixon praises AFL-CIO leader By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS President Nixon Sen George McGovern and Sargent Shriver have been seeking votes from Columbus Day crowds as the presidential election campaign approaches its final four weeks Of the top four candidates only Vice President Spiro T Agnew did not campaign Sunday but he planned to resume campaigning tonight at a rally at Anaheim Calif One Sunday campaigner Eunice Kennedy Shriver wife of Democratic vice presidential candidate Sargent Shriver won a tug-of-war for a microphone before making herself heard in Baltimore President Nixon praised labor leaders and paid tribute to ethnic groups at a Columbus Day dinner sponsored by organizations in Washington i Millions have learned Nixon said that America is a country in which a man or woman has an equal chance at the starting line and an equal chance to get to the top Let us be proud to be he said to cheers He praised AFL-CIO President George Meany as among labor leaders who stand up for America Nixon's only other announced appearance this week is a quick trip to Atlanta on Thursday Sen McGovern the Democratic candidate for president headed for New York City today for the annual Columbus Day parade He was to go to Detroit later in the day on another campaign swing McGovern taped Sunday a television speech on his proposals for a Vietnam peace Scheduled for viewing Tuesday night the speech is said to contain a plan for U.S withdrawal from Indochina Shriver participated in a Columbus Day parade in Providence Sunday winning a belated endorsement from state Democratic Chairman Lawrence McGarry Mexican rail wreck takes 204 lives SALTILLO Mexico AP Rescue crews have finished their work at the site of Mexico's second worst rail disaster and authorities put the number of confirmed dead at 204 and injured at Police Chief Genaro Gutierrez Devila said Sunday the teams had also collected parts of bodies maimed beyond recognition that could have be- longed to 10 more victims but he said there was no way of confirming this The engineer Melchor Sanchez Echeverria and at least one other member of his crew face charges of homicide Officials said blood tests showed they had been drinking before eight of the 24 cars hurtled off a downhill curve at more than 70 miles an hour Thursday night Four cars caught fire Tho crew claimed the brakes failed but officials of the Mexican National Railways said an investigation by experts disproved this Six of the crew are under arrest and police are searching for the seventh Deputy Celso Delgado head of a congressional commission investigating the wreck said he would call the railway chief Victor Manuel Villasenor to testify before his group N Vietnam's 1972 offensive greatly improves its position SAIGON AP Although falling well short of the shattering victory that apparently was its ultimate goal Hanoi's 1972 offensive in South Vietnam has greatly improved the Communist strategic position for a military or political And while battlefield reverses have forced numerous changes in the original plan there are no signs the North Vietnamese campaign is letting up Instead it is moving into a new phase The lull that followed the recapture of Quang Tri City by the South Vietnamese last month has ended in a new surge of Communist attacks The center of as one senior American officer phrased it has shifted south to the region around Saigon Military commanders expect a rising level of enemy attacks in the vicinity of Saigon and perhaps even on the capital itself timed to coincide with the U.S election in an attempt to embarrass President Nixon But officials say they find no indications that North Vietnamese regulars elsewhere in the country are pulling back from the areas which they have seized in the last six months The Communist units arc rebuilding their former base areas to maintain their presence and to declare we're said one U.S of- ficer They arc here to stay As soon as they are refitted and resupplied the North Vietnamese could launch another major offensive push This time they would have the advantage of starting from positions far forward of where they were when they launched their offensive last March 30 Viewed politically the control the Communists have won of large areas of South Vietnam and a sizable number of its people would be a crucial factor if current maneuvering produced a standstill cease-fire This apparently is why President Nguyen Van Thieu recently that any cease-fire must cover all of Indochina it must be inter- nationally supervised and the North Vietnamese must pull all of their forces back within their own borders Some persons were officially listed under Communist control at the end of August the most recent month for which such figures have been disclosed This is only 2.1 per cent of South Vietnam's total of 19 million but it is 11 limes more than were listed under enemy control when the of- fensive began And U.S experts say many areas where the South Vietnamese claim to have re- gained the edge arc actually no man's land One official cited coastal Binh Dinh Province where three heavily populated districts were lost in the early days of the Communist drive He said government troops made a token recapture of one district headquarters and then pulled out If anybody is there now it's the other he said The Weather warning tonight Clear lo cloudy low ltd mostly sunny high In 50s
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