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Titusville Herald (Newspaper) - August 17, 1994, Titusville, Pennsylvania DRAKE WELL TITUSVILLE PA Established June 14 1865 Oldest Daily Newspaper in Northwestern Pennsylvania WEDNESDAY MORNING AUGUST 171994 Chance of Rain Today mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms High 77 35 CENTS Casey Axes Church Run Project Money To Build Dam Flood Control Channel by JOHN YATES Herald Editor Gov Robert Casey canceled funding for a flood control pro ject on Church Run The Herald has learned The Department of Environmental Resources had put the project on the upcoming construction funding cycle and included the money in its 1994 95 budget request officials con firmed But it didnt make the gov proposal Director of the DER Flood Protection Bureau Mike Conway said However Conway said the funding request will be placed in next years DER construction budget and will receive a higher priority rating State Rep Teresa Brown con SWINGSET IN USE This swingset at the Titusville Housing Schwartz LanP complex was completed with funds from the authority by the Wes End Resident Council such as car washes and operating the hot dog stand at Riverside Market by the hard work of John Hummer 1 and Jack Gadsby who donated their time to construct the The apparatus was constructed from scratch Hummer had a chance to enjoy the fruit of their labor as an appreciative group the to good Shown in the picture are 1r Deana Brittany Proctor Amy Copley Donald Copley and Nick Barker Herald photo by J Larsen Said To His Staff HARRISBURG AP Former state Supreme Court Justice Rolf Larsen ordered his onetime secretary to take home and destroy any documents that might link the justice to impro the secretary testified Tuesday Barbara Roberts also said Larsen sent his employees on errands for gourmet cakes out fruit and pornography to satisfy his varied appetites I did what he told me to do she testified Roberts a key witness for the prosecution in Larsens im trial worked for Larsen for nine years until she was fired in 1990 On one day Roberts said at torney Richard Gilardi came into Larsens office and presented cover sheets of two cases to the justice Roberts testified she was also given copies of the doc which were marked sep with the words no and yes The prosecution is trying to prove that Larsen worked to get both cases before the Supreme Court as a favor to Gilardi Larsen and Costopoulos ar gued however the documents have been tampered with and should be viewed with suspicion Roberts testified she believed that someone retraced words on some copies of the documents to make wording more visible Roberts depicted Larsen as a hotheaded boss who kept staff members on edge by insulting them and by ordering them to perform strange tasks She said she was uncomfortable buying such personal items as athletic supporters and jock itch powder for Larsen She expressed exasperation at once being told to stop work ing on a legal document and go buy cigars for Larsen Nader Happiness IsA Good Cause YATES Herald Editor Whats the secret to happiness Fighting for justice nationally known consumer activist Ralph Nader told a crowd of about 170 in Oil City Sunday Nader spoke at a meeting organized by STORM which is short for Stopping the Organizations that are Raping Mankind People seeking also obtained a formula for human happiness Nader said In short Nader said social activists are the happiest people hes ever met In contrast he said people who believe its hopeless to fight city hall are living a prescription for valium Nader said his organization Public Citizen recently did a study of women who are activists The study found that they were overworked underpaid threatened scared browbeaten and insulted But when Nader asked the researcher his dominant im pression of activist women the answer was Theyre very Pleasantville Turns Garbage Into Black Gold In todays Herald you will find advertising supplements from Fagana If your copy is missing any of these call The Herald and ask for circulation The inserts will be delivered 8273634 by JON SHERMAN Herald Staff Writer America is too rapidly being submerged in garbage the waste products of the good life Much of that worthless sludge can help create a much richer soil through composting A dedicated group in Pleasantville the recycling committee is working diligently to educate borough residents to the importance of composting a simple natural process which cuts down on garbage to the landfills and literally turns trash into soil The recycling group has arranged a meeting on composting to be held Aug 24 at 7 pm in the fireball Jerry Fowler Venango County extension agent will present a brief program and answer questions Displays showing different bins and methods of composting will be available for public examination All residents from the area are welcome to attend Juana Kleck recycling committee chairman stated This informal meeting will provide you with enough information to get your own backyard compost started Youll be on your way to better gardens free potting soil and envious neighbors Recently the committee sent an informational letter to each borough household It was included with the water At the bottom was a blank to fill out to determine interest in recycling Tania a member of the committee and also an instructor of biology at Clarion University reported that only about 50 residents had responded favorably to the concept The letters were sent she said in the hope of participating in a state program This would have provided composting bins for individual households and related educational materials Due to the disappointing response however said it was unlikely that the borough would qualify for the program She estimated that approximately 100 favorable responses would have been necessary I hope though she said that the combination of the letters and the public meeting will generate some public interest in composting Composting is the natural process of decomposition and recycling of organic materials food and yard waste into a soil known as compost According to statistics 30 percent of the trash generated is yard clippings and kitchen scraps see GARBAGE page two firmed remarks and said the Church Run project is expected to be approved in the governors budget next year It will move up in priority Conway said He said this year was the first time the project was sub mitted to Casey and that the fact that it was passed over was not unusual The million proposed pro ject would rechannel the stream and include construction of a dam and reservoir above the city near the head of Church Run Church Run has caused mod flooding in Titusville for many years and often crests at just under flood stage during periods of heavy rains The small stream has gone over its banks at least twice this year Conway said DER has done a preliminary feasibility study on the project and developed the idea of the dam and reservoir A map shows that the dam would be located just north of the city line in Oil Creek see FLOOD page two Hutchinson Takes Stand On President Land Controversy by JOHN YATES Herald Editor State Rep Scott Hutchinson told The Herald Tuesday that he now supports the efforts of about 70 leaseholders to gain title to their home and cottage sites as part of transferring the rest of the 11300acre tract to the Game Commission Hutchinson County was inter viewed on the even of a hearing in Oil City by the House Republican Policy Committee an in formal but influential caucus of GOP members of the legislature Until now Hutchinson has played a neutral role of mediator in the dispute between the leaseholders and the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy which purchased the land for transfer to the Game Commission The transfer has been snarled by the dispute Tuesdays statement was an apparent shift to a more partisan role on the issue His opponent in the election Ray Beichner was launched into politics by the President dis pute Beichner is chairman of the Concerned Citizens of President Township a citizens group of leaseholders and former leaseholders who op pose the Game Commission which has refused to sell the remaining 70 lots to their occupants Beichner has criticized Hutchinson for not taking an advocacy role for the leaseholders in the dispute I do believe that the vast majority of this tract should become Game Commission prop public use Hutchinson told The Herald Tuesday But an accommodation should be made for the small number of homeowners who have not purchased their property yet The see LAND page two Criminologist Says Gun Bans Wont Work PITTSBURGH AP Assault weapons grab headlines but banning the weapons wont reduce gun violence according to a Florida criminologist Better enforcement of gun laws and instant background checks for prospective gun buyers would be far more effective Gary Kleck of Florida State University said Tuesday Testifying at the first of a series of statewide hearings on guns Kleck said many people rely on lazy logic in blaming violence on assault weapons It is politically easy to pick on the more un usual types of guns Practically no criminals use assault weapons he said Klecks testimony met with skepticism from some members of the state legislatures special select committee on gun violence The legislature set up the committee led by state Sen Vincent J Fumo to investigate gun violence By October he said the committee would propose legislation on the BUSTED BARN GETTING BETTER The hay is outside instead of inside Dearl Hines barn and the foundation still needs a little work About a month ago the barn floor caved in and Hines suffered minor injuries when he caved in along with it Repairs are under way and Hines hopes for favorable weather so his hay isnt ruined See related picture on page two Herald photos by Jon Sherman Collapsed Bam Going Up Again by JON SHERMAN Herald Staff Writer Its been an inconvenient and expensive time but Dearl Hines barn is going back up again On July 18 Hines 76 of the Buells Corners area was using a to load large bales of hay into his barn something he had previously done more times than hed care to count There was a twist or rather a fall to the chore on July 18 The floor collapsed sending Hines and the plummeting about 10 feet downward narrowly missing serious contact with the heavy hay bales which also fell The cause Hines was able to determine was a faulty support beam Not only did the floor cave in it completely ruined the concrete block foundation on one end of the barn Hines wasnt seriously injured as a trip to the emergency room of Titusville Area Hospital revealed see BARN page two criminal misuse of guns Gun control advocate Daniel of Handgun Inc said even a handful of deaths from assault guns is too many Philadelphia Assistant District Attorney Arnold Gordon said instant background checks would be useless if they didnt include finger print checks Gordon questioned Klecks suggestion that po lice step up searches of suspects believed to be il legally carrying concealed guns He said the searches could violate constitutional protections You run into the same problems you do with searching suspects who fit the profile for drug couriers he said Kleck acknowledged other academics have crit his studies But he called those critics hacks ideologues and On Tuesday Kleck told the committee his study of Pennsylvania crime statistics shows that less than 2 percent of the violent crimes in 1992 involved the military weapons Crime Rises Again WASHINGTON AP President Clinton and Democratic leaders floated mod est changes in the anticrime Tuesday scouring the House for converts to pass the measure and reverse last weeks stunning setback Four lawmakers said they would consider coming over to Clintons side if some changes were made to the Clinton needs to switch at least eight votes While there was some indication he was gaining ground Republicans said they expected to reclaim a few of the 11 GOP lawmakers who had sided with Clinton last week Speaker Thomas Foley D Wash said he expected the House to revisit the billion on Friday or Saturday and pre it will be passed Were consulting with mem bers of both parties about possi ble minor modifications not rad ical not dramatic but some mod in the that might provide opportunities for neces sary support Foley told re porters at a news conference in his office Among changes being consid ered by Democratic leaders are the reduction in some crime pre vention measures
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