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Evening Standard, The (Newspaper) - May 31, 1977, Uniontown, Pennsylvania OUR YEAR NO 139 FINAL The Paper That Goes Into The Home UNIONTOWN PENNSYLVANIA TUESDAY MAY 31 1977 15 CENTS Lightning Strikes Electric Storm Batters District j J FAMILY MEMORIAL Mrs Catherine Hixson places Grand Army of the Republic wreath at Civil Wor menl in Uniontown's Oak Grove Cemetery during Memorial Day services yesterday She's assisted by her sons Clyde commander of Uniontown Post 47 of the Veterans ol Foreign Wars and Neil of Lafayette Post 51 of the American Legion Dist Atty Conrad B was the speaker for services at both Oak Grove and Sylvan Heights Cemeteries calling on dis- residents to make whatever sacrifices and to bear whatever burdens necessary to keep America strong and free unless freedom lives our deceased patriots will have died in vain Another picture on Page 18 Four Dead In Traffic Traffic accidents took four lives in district over the Memorial Day weekend in one of he worst holiday periods for accidents in the past several vea rs Route 21 Robert L 20 of Amend died as the result of a crash between his motorcycle and a car at about 2 p.m Sunday near State Police said the driver of the car was Fred McManis 51 of Greensboro Francis Allen Maust of Uniontown 3 a passenger on motorcycle was in fair condition this morning in Hospital in Pittsburgh where he was taken after the accident Troopers said and his passenger were headed wesl on Route 21 Pictures on Page 30 Other accidents Page 8 Child Killed By Vehicle Ernest McCartney of the Oakland Md area was killed at about 3 p.m Sunday during a family outing at Appalachia Park campgrounds near Bruceton Mills The child was reportedly run over by a vehicle driven by his father The father was hospitalized for shock The Preston County sheriff's ment would release no additional mation concerning the accident when McManis vehicle pulled from a gas station along the road The cle struck the front of the car ran off the north berm of road and struck an embankment Both men on the motorcycle were thrown from the vehicle according to troopers was taken to the West Virginia University Medical Center in Morgantown where be wes pronounced dead at p.m Continued on Page 8 Col 1 Bullskin Twp A Defiance Ohio man was killed yesterday morning when his motorcycle crashed on Quail Hilt in Bullskin Twp Harry E Stark 25 was dead on arrival at Connellsville Hospital Slate Police said his motorcycle left a rural road went through a field and smashed into a pile of logs The accident occurred shortly before noon Ml Tabor Rd Scott Washowich 17 of in Allegheny County was killed in the crash of a pickup truck Saturday at p.m on Mount Tabor Rd Springfield Twp Five other persons including the driver James H Kish 21 of were injured when vehicle over- turned Douglas Menzies 20 of who was riding in the rear of the machine was admitted to Hospital where his was listed as fair Another passenger Joseph Trapana 17 was taken to Connellsville and later transferred to McKeesport Hospital where he remained in guarded condition early today Others released after treatment at Yough Cily hospital were the driver Kishi Karen L Moon 18 of Dravosburg and another passenger Joseph E Jones 23 of The vehicle was demolished with loss set at Jeffrey Lee Kennedy 21 of Belle non was pronounced dead on arrival at Charleroi hospital at p.m day after his car crashed on old Route 981 miles east of Belle Vernon in Twp State Police at Bolle said the car was traveling cast on old Route 981 failed to negotiate a sharp left turn Continued on Page 8 Col 3 Runaway Truck On Escape Road OK Heavy traffic was predicted for the Memorial Day weekend and it surely did materialize If ever there was evidence of the need for completion of the Uniontown pass around to Hopwood it was visible on Pennsylvania Ave and Penn St in the cily last evening There was a solid line of cars lights glued to rear bumper heading down out of the mountains through town The storm slowed things down too That was a humdinger of an heavenly electrical display iri Uniontown last night A Maryland man escaped serious in- jury yesterday by using the runaway truck ramp on Summit Mountain when the rig he was driving tost its brakes The driver 25 of was treated in Uniontown Hospital The tractor trailer truck stopped near the top of the ramp drifted back and finally overturned causing damage at State police said the incident occurred at p.m Hopwood firemen on scene with two pumper trucks and an ambulance said rig was hauling mine machinery Work crews the overturned rig by 10 p.m Firemen remained on the scene during the entire operation because of the possibility of a spark ig- the fuel oil Traffic on Route 40 was slowed down somewhat by numerous spectators although the accident itself did not block the road Lightning bolls danced about the dis- last night knocking out police com- in Uniontown and playing havoc with electrical service over a wide area Hail was reported by some observers as the intense electrical storm moved through the Uniontown area about City police lost the use of their base station transmitter located behind East End Fire Station on Connellsville SI when lightning struck the tower there during storm Officers on patrol late this morning were still being dispatched through the county communications center in the courthouse as repairmen worked on the East End installation Rafter Safe In Yough A thunderstorm in the Connellsville area last evening caused a rafter lo become separated from his companions but he was located a short time later un- harmed Seven rafters were on the River at South Connellsville near the pumping station when the storm forced them lo head for shore State Police at Uniontown were notified when only six of he seven rafters shore 11 was feared the seventh person might have drowned having fallen down the steep hillside at the river's edge A search was called off when the rafter turned up at the Connellsville police station at about midnight and in- formed officers of his plight He was taken there by a passerby who had picked him up when he became separated from his companions and made his way to the roadway City Has Cut Weeds Property owners in Uniontown got their annual warning today it's lime to cut weeds City Health Officer Francis Speshock gave You are hereby notified to cut weeds and brush and remove bish from vacant land owned or con- trolled by you And the deadline to get the job done is June 11 After that dale those with uncleared land will face prosecution under City 909 Speshock said Violators face fines of up to or jail terms of up to 10 days plus costs And the ordinance also permits city to have the work done if the owner does not comply and him for the costs The forbids any weeds bushes or deleterious unhealthful growths or other noxious matter that may be growing lying or located on properly within city The city health officer can serve notices of violation either In person or by registered mail to property owner or his agent at his last known ad- dress Once notices are served property owners have five days to get their lots cut after that cily crews or tors may be called in to do the work Speshock added that all grass plots in front of sidewalks are responsibility of the properly owners The lightning was flashing and ing all over place and it wasn't over on the horizon someplace it was right here Cut the weeds That's the annual warning from the city authorities and today is day that they're issuing it Deadline is June 11 Don't pul off till tomorrow that which you didn't do yesterday When climbing ladder of success be sure it's a friend who's holding it for you If your breakfast cereal is extra- crunchy you've probably chomped on the plastic prize NURSES GRADUATE At commencement ceremonies for Class of 1577 at the Uniontown Hospital School of Nursing from left are Edith associate director ol nursing Thelma Sandy director of nursing Dr Robert Rupp of the hospital board of trustees Cheryl Ann Tikey of Connellsville Anita Clausner of Mount Pleasant and Catherine Malloy Kuchta coordinator of nursing at Duquesne University and a former resident the speaker The graduation was held at laurel Highlands High School Standard A boll struck the bell tower of Christ United Methodist Church Fay cue St and S Becson Blvd at Cily firemen were called But there was no blaze although a number of bricks were knocked loose from structure Lightning also reportedly damaged the concession stand at Bailey Park Soon after firemen went to the church Hopwood firemen were ed lo the home of Mrs Roy Latta on Barnes Rd Lighlning blew fuses in home's fuse box and may have caused additional damage to wiring and appliances firemen said There was no fire found in the smoke-filled house At last night city firemen responded when lighlning apparently caused a malfunction in electrical ing at Laurel House 197 W Main St But there was no fire damage Wesl Penn Power officials reported a total of 500 customers without power for various periods last night and day The biggest outage occurred in Pennsville area north of Connellsville when lightning struck the top of a tension power pole The resulting ire knocked out power to 375 homes Bullskin Twp firemen were called to the scene about p.m A spokesman said power io most of the customers affected was restored by p.m The rest had service by Other outages were reported in the Martha and Sullivan Sts area of Hopwood in the Heritage Hills and Rds area around Connellsville Airport in the Flatwoods and Star Junction areas and at other scattered points north of Connellsville Crews worked all night replacing four pole transformers and some 18 to 20 transformer fuses GIVING COMFORT James Dwyer Is comforted by Rev Ed Murray outside temporary morgue in Ft Thomas Ky yesterday after Dwyer identified the bodies of his mother and two sisters The Lexington Ky man was overcome as he left the morgue after making the identification i The three were among at least killed in the Beverly Hills Supper Club fire at Southgate Ky near Cincinnati Stories on Page 9 Gas Cutback To Be Eased Natural gas curtailment levels for large industrial and commercial tomers of Columbia Gas of sylvania for the winter period be- ginning Nov 1 will be lower than last year it was announced today Rohr Columbia's District manager said notification is being sent lo 185 large volume in- and 604 commercial gas users throughout the state lhat use more lhan a million cubic feet of gas in any month We are encouraged by the most re- cent supply figures Those customers in the curtailed categories who have ternate fuels available should be able to operate at normal or he said Curtailment levels anticipated on Nov I per cent of non-critical industrial and commercial loads per cent of large non-critical in- Weather Showers and thunderstorms are likely tonight and tomorrow after a partly cloudy and hazy day today with a chance of thundershowers developing later in afternoon Low tonight is lo be in the upper 50s lo low 60s 13 to and high tomorrow In low lo mid 30s 21 lo Yesterday's high recorded at the observation station at the Uniontown Treatment Plant was 85 and the low 59 Temperature at 8 today was 62 Rainfall yesterday and during night measured 16 of an Inch and commercial boiler loads Curtailment levels set on Nov 1 1976 per cent of large industrial and commercial loads except schools per cent of large schools Continued on Page 8 Col 5 Mean Thieves Steal Flags Thieves partially spoiled a Memorial Day observance when they took 50 American flags from the lawn of the Fairchance borough building The recently purchased flags were placed Sunday morning along a sidewalk They were the type used on graves By Sunday night the small nags were gone It makes you said Borough Secretary Dora Miller in reference to the theft She said Memorial Day decorations have been placed at the same locations without incident for many years Today's Index Hospital News 9 Class Sports Dr Television Earl Wilson 20 Theaters 20
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