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Sentinel And Enterprise (Newspaper) - September 26, 1977, Fitchburg, Massachusetts Weather More Rain SM Page 2 VOL 138 NO 236 online I anh MASS MONDAY SEPTEMBER Fitchburg EDA Projects Funded and Enterprise Photos bv Bob Lunenburg Fatal Accident Scene One Dead Three Injured In Lunenburg Accident A Leominster youth was killed and two others Seriously in- jured when the car they were riding in left Massachusetts Avenue crashing into a fence and a tree at about Sunday morning Linda LeBlanc 17 of 28 Boutelle St Leominster died at in the emergency room of Burbank Hospital where she was taken from the crash site by a Lunenburg emergency vehicle Nancy Mott 15 of 117 Hall St Leominster was also taken to Burbank Hospital but later to the New England Medical Center Boston where she was listed in poor condition by officials late this morning Steven V Skeehan 20 of 99 Vezina Ave Leominster is in the Burbank Hospital Critical Care Unit where he is listed in fair condition The driver of the car Julie Ann Shosey 18 of Terrace Drive Leominster was also taken from the scene to bank Hospital treated for various injuries and released According to police Miss Shosey was driving west along Route 2A when she lost control of her car car left the roadway hitting a fence and striking a tree near 1348 Massachusetts Ave Lunenburg Police and Registry of Motor Vehicle in- are investigating the incident Driving conditions were reported as wet and slippery all weekend Miss LeBlanc was born in Gardner Dec 7 1959 the daughter of Joseph E and Huguette LeBlanc LeBlanc She was a June graduate of St Bernard's Central Catholic High School Fitchburg and was employed at Tucker Manufacturing Corp Leominster Besides her parents she leaves a brother Steven LeBlanc of Leominster two sisters and Joanne LeBlanc both of Leominster her paternal grandmother Mrs Emma LeBlanc of N.B Canada and her maternal grandparents Hector and Elise LeBlanc of The funeral will be held Tuesday from the Simard and Son Funeral Home with a funeral Mass at 10 in St Cecilia's Church Interment will be in St Cecilia's Cemetery Calling hours are 4 and 7 to 9 p.m today at the funeral home By MICHAEL FINNERAN FITCHBURG More than in funds for storm drain and water main improvements has been earmarked for the city by the Economic Development Administration Mayor Hedley Bray announced today A second package of million for a parking garage and pedestrian improvements is expected to win approval in several days according to the mayor's office The money is coming under the Local Public Works Capital Development and Investment Act of 1976 Funding comes after the School Department failed in its bid for funds to convert the former Manpower Center on Road into an elementary school School of- had been asking the EDA for I'm very glad we got Mayor Bray said this morning in announcing approval of the funds This is awfully he said This will make it the first step for us to see to fruition our plans for of We're anticipating the second phase in a few he added The second million phase would include almost for improvements to sidewalks such as widening with the rest going for a downtown parking garage The remainder of the million approval would go for architectural engineering and inspection fees and a fund The way for a parking garage would be cleared through the demolition of several Main Street properties and the relocation of tenants there The city has already com- mitted in Community Development Block Grant funds for the acquisition of the 400 to 412 Main Street properties to make way for the garage The sewer and drain money already approved includes the reconstruction and relining of water mains Reconstruction totalling will be done to mains under Main Oliver Goddard and Ml Vernon Streets and Knowlton Terrace Relining mains for will be done to Main Street and Reservoir The water main projects have a contingency fund Another will be spent for in storm drain work will be done to Main Amiot King Phillips Woodland and Plymouth Streets Those projects have a con- The project is expected to create 44 jobs The second round for intown revitalization is expected to create 63 jobs The decision is a victory for Bray who has steadfastly refused to endorse creating a new school to serve South burg also refused to recognize the department's legitimacy as an applicant Now that the money has been awarded labor must start within about 90 days the EDA The EDA also stipulates that at least 10 per cent of the grant funds be used for minority business enterprises Rain Overloads Sewage Facilities In Leominster By ABRAM KATZ LEOMINSTER It rained more last week than it did all of last September overloading sewerage facilities and causing bacteria overflow into local rivers According to officials at the Graham Street sewerage treatment plant about 2.75 inches of rain fell between Sept 19 and 25 Only 1.62 inches fell in September 1976 The additional water has raised the Motown Reservoir by three inches and produced too much waste water for the treatment plant to handle A treatment plant spokesman said the plant has been laboring at its 5 million gallon a day capacity and a couple days the water went right off the charts The official said the plant is processing up to 15 million gallons a day There are hydraulic overloads and water was going through treated at the peak of the rains Last Tuesday's inch deluge dumped more water on the town than fell last tember according to ment of Public Works head John F Julian The partially treated waste has no effect on drinking water but may cause ecological damage to local rivers We're doing all we can dp Chemicals and bacteria left in the water may delete oxygen from streams it is dumped into That's why we need a new plant There's nothing we can do the plant just isn't big enough The torrential rains have proved a boon to this city's drinking water supply he said and are actually saving ping costs With the increased water supply we don't have to pump from wells and the Reservoir H costs about a month to pump from the reservoir he ex- and a month to run several smaller well pumps A lot of people don't realize the cost of pumping Normally area reservoirs are low at this time of year Julian said glad to see the rain come because financially it's a good thing Recent heavy rains have also acted to conserve water by preventing people from watering their lawns and cutting down on laundry Many who dry clothes outdoors are 2 Former Lyric Theater Building Will Be Razed FITCHBURG The Quinlan Building which houses two Main Street shops and the shuttered Estre Theater will soon be no more than a memory It will be razed Located the building will be pulled down by the end of the year The Estre was once better known as the Saxon Theater and before that was a legitimate stage show and movie house called the Lyric The theater was adjacent to the Fitchburg Theater once owned by Joseph P Kennedy but always managed to compete with its larger neighbor for its share of the public's en- tertainment dollar Until television anyway when all theaters were hit hard As the Saxon it survived for a while under the operational management of Boston's Ben Sack The name was then changed to the Estre and it embarked on a policy of showing only family pictures and going no deeper into the MPAA rating scheme than showing G and PG rated films The idea was unsuccessful Two tenants now occupying floors Frederick Card Shop 721 Main St and Hanslin Travel Service 725 Main St have been given until the end of November to relocate according to owner Lewis Perlstein of Leominster Perlstein said he would help the tenants if they are faced with hardships brought on by the sudden need to move Weatherbee Continues Fight To Boost Aid To Cities Towns BOSTON AP A state who waged a one-man filibuster in the House last week says he will continue his efforts to channel an extra million in state funds to cities and towns Rep Bruce Weatherbee D- Pepperell is trying to add a provision to the pending mental state budget that would distribute part of the pated surplus to communities now The was scheduled for House action again today The House voted to accept provision last Tuesday but reversed itself a half hour later He hopes to see the amendment restored before the reaches the governor's desk Weatherbee has accused the Dukakis administration and the House Ways and Means Com- of holding back est estimates of the surplus ex- in the budget for the cal year ending June The Ways and Means Com- and Administration and Finance Secretary John ley have projected a surplus of million to million Last year's surplus was million Weatherbee however points out that revenue collected so far this year has been climbing at a record rate up more than 40 per cent for July and August He claims the administration and the legislative leadership oppose the idea of distributing the money now because they would prefer a larger budget surplus at the end of the fiscal year a few months away from elections of Leominster Placed This Classified me inside LEOMINSTER CITY Councilors are expected to give themselves and Mayor a major increase in pay as they meet tonight to act on new salary schedules for elected officials See 30 IN stove 2 years old Excellent condition Best offer fares ia the latest way to fly to London It's a long wait for tickets six hours at a U.S Travel Center and six hours in London but the price is right See Page 31 Ordered 7 Days Cane filed 3rd Day Ad coit To place a Sentinel ft Enterprise Classified Ad DIAL Dally 8 to 5 P.M Saturday 8 to 12 ENTHUSIAST takes a ride in 10 hours and Is now the proud recipient of a National Century batch a kind of Olympic gold medal He did the grueling trip at age 36 See Page 31 A CONNECTICUT DOCTOR defended himself on a stroll in Boston's Public Garden with a knife that two muggers planned to use to rob Mm State Board which governs doctors now say that no Massachusetts patient on welfare can be turned away and emergency medical care is mandatory See Page 3 23 Family Pagei Bridge 14 2 Suburban News Comics 14 Sylvia Porter 31 14 Sporti Editorial y 4 25 News Digest Economic Growth Stagnant WASHINGTON API policies of industrial nations have slowed economic growth and kept unemployment at and now must be decisively the head of the International Monetary Fund said today Major reductions in unemployment are possible only if industrial nations pursue markedly higher rates of economic Managing Director H Johannes Witteveen said in remarks prepared for the opening of a week-long annual meeting of the IMF and World Bank Cease-Fire Approved BEIRUT Lebanon AP The Lebanese and Israeli governments and Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat have tentatively approved a cease-fire in South Lebanon arranged by the United Stales Beirut Radio reported today A spokesman for Arafat's high command said contacts were under way to work out final details of a cease-fire that will preserve Lebanon's territorial integrity Steve Biko Buried KING WILLIAM'S TOWN South Africa AP Black leader Steve Biko was buried after five hours of speeches condemning South Africa's while government at an funeral meeting attended by nearly persons There was only one brief scuffle during the long meeting in the local sports stadium Sunday But afterward police reported a crowd of mourners on their way home stoned two black policemen to death and went on a rampage in a black township outside East London 30 miles east of King William's Town Bible Reading Questioned NEW ORLEANS AP seven-year court fight over whether a Florida school board can allow and distribution of the Bible and the teaching of Christian virtues in public schools is again before a federal appeals court All 14 judges of the 5th U.S Circuit Court of Appeals were to begin hearing testimony today on an appeal from the Orange County School Board which takes in schools in Orlando Vance Sells Treaty WASHINGTON AP Secretary of State Cyras Vance is opening the Carter administration campaign to sell the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the wisdom of the new Panama Canal treaty The committee opened its hearings today amid repeated forecasts that the Senate would reject the pact if a vote were taken this fall Bargaining Parties Deadlocked FRANKLIN Mass AP mounting pressures against striking Franklin teachers negotiations broke off this morning without a solution to the walkout Representatives of the teachers including five people released from jail cells for the bargaining met Sunday night with Franklin School Committee negotiators in Boston But the bargaining session adjourned shortly after 1 with the parties still deadlocked to Joe Ferrari a history Gas Debates Begin WASHINGTON AP Senate leaders are trying to halt a ter on a r pave the way for a vote on a proposed compromise The natural gas issue is expected to tie up Senate floor action a 11 week despite the Senate efforts today to kill the filibuster by invoking cloture i September In The Rain It's another dismal dreary depressing September day as have been most of the month's days of late The unidentified woman above strolls along Main Street huddled under her umbrella not even casting a glance toward the bridal mannequin next to her But there Is hope as an older tune goes about getting married in September In he rain And the weather forecasts give a ray of I sun light as partial clearing is predicted for Sentinel and Enterprise Photo by Bob Noah's Got Nothing On Us Except A Few More Weeks By JOHN HELYAR FITCHBURG I don't wanna say it's been raining a lot but the guy down the building an ark Well now really it's not that bad There's still another three weeks before we get our 40 days and 40 nights But with the exception of last Thursday there has been rain every day since Friday tember 16 With still nearly a week to go in the month the rain accumulation is already well above the normal As of the end of yesterday the National Service reported 4.44 inches for tember The average Is inches It's still no cause for arks compared to September 1954 though when there was 8.65 Inches accumulation for the month or September 1938 when there was And despite a lot of weekends ruined and even a football game twice postponed Fitchburg High School at St Peter's in there really has not been that much precipitation in this lo n g g ray st retch Walter weather in- in Lunenburg recorded about three quarters of an inch over Saturday Sunday and early Monday morning Malcolm Stewart in burnham had recorded only a total of 1.5 inches in about the last week There should be one last burst today and tonight however to bring it all to a proper end After possibly thunder showers tonight a clear warm Tuesday should follow As of Monday morning area police and highway ments were reporting few NOAH Page 2 Chuckles The bunch In Washington Is saying There Is no Panama Canal There's an American canal In And that's what Panamanians are laying too Alter last week's election not one of New York City's newspapers wrote obvious Voters To Drop The fight over Howard Hughes will Is going to a Jury trial In Lao Vegas Wouldn't It be more fitting to cut a deck for high The new father at cut either lit there shaking hit or get with It and order more diapers
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