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Daily Kennebec Journal (Newspaper) - October 9, 1972, Kennebec, Maine f-ave to I luniphrey, Nixon Established 1825 Vot. No. 242 Monday, October 9, 1972 20 Poye-s plus Augusta, Maine Price fifteen ask us J column Got a question or complaint of general public Interest? Write or telephone Ask Us! after 2 p.m. and we'll try to find the answer. Please include full name and address as evidence of good faith although this information will not be printed unless you request it. Unsigned letters or anonymous tele- phone calls will be ignored. To forward a personal reply, we need the address of the woman who wrote regarding her experience at Windsor Fair. Old-time iirm The name of Charles M. Sturgis, 193 Water St., Augusta, used to be on a yardstick advertising carpets, curtains, furni- ture, room paper, undertaking supplies, caskets and robes. When was this business operating. A. T., Augusta Ruth Briggs of Lithgow Library put'in some research for us and found Mr. Sturgis listed in the 1886-7 Augusta, Hallo- well and Gardiner directory. His home was given as 119 Grove St., Augusta. No other information was included. Prices uncontrolled I thought there was price control. Why is it that I can go into a store one day and buy an item, then return the next to find the price has gone up 40 per cent. I suppose they have some out, such as being exempt, but food has been going up 10 to 40 per cent. Shrimp went from 46 cents to 57 cents in 24 hours. F. T., Hallowell Vegetables and seafoods are exempt on the initial sale by the farmer or fishermen, says Thomas Libby, stabilisation man- ager for the Internal Revenue Service. As a result, middle men and retailers are allowed to go up on the new price by the same percentage of mark-up they normally use. Subsidized rent The housing being built around here for elderly and low income families usually rents for f 125 or more a month. That market's tough and having children makes it tougher. We usually end up in the slums paying the same rent. I hear an eight-story apartment house has been built in Sanford rent- ing for a month. Anything like that coming our way? M. P., Winthrop Not only coming but, in one case, already here. The rent you mention is for apartments without federal money to supplement the cost. Most of those under way here have 20 per cent of their units eligible for this supplement, which brings the cost down considerably. The ARCH alpha project on Sewall street, although now filled, had six of its 30 two-bedroom units eligible for this supplement. Its second project, 100 units, will have 20, rent- supplemented apartments. Eben Elwell, director of the Maine Housing Authority, said the supplemental apartments will rent from to depend- ing on their size. For example the planned Riverview apartments of Hudson street will rent for with the supplement. This project has 30 apartments, half of them supplemented. Winterhaven development, now under construction, has 21 apartments available for supplemental rent. The cost for a four-bedroom apartment with the subsidy will be including heat and lights, said Elwell. A development still in the planning stage, the Environ- mental Associates project off Hospital street, will have 150 units, 30 of them rent-supplemented. Other recourse After appealing to the town of Manchester to do something to the street we live on, pot holes, ruts, etc., and not getting any results, is there any other recourse we can take in- order to have the town make the necssary improvements? Also is the town liable in any way for damages injuries incur- red while traveling on said road? M. N., Manchester John Salisbury, executive secretary of the Maine Municipal Assn., says he doesn't believe the town is liable for damages or injuries. He said if the party has talked with selectmen, without satisfaction, an alternate route is to petition that an article be included in the warrant of the annual town meeting for appropriate action. Ten per cent of the votes cast in the last gubernatorial election are required for the petition, Salis- bury said. Bridge paint Why isn't Memorial Bridge painted every year as it once was? When there were toll booths there it was painted an- nually. T. G., Augusta According to Martin Rissel, engineer of maintenance and state aid highways for the State Dept. of Transportation, Mem- orial Bridge was never painted annually. The railings may have been touched up, he said, by toll collectors. His depart- ment intended to contract to have the whole bridge painted this year, he said, but didn't feel it was wise with construction taking place on the downtown bridge. Rissel said Memorial Bridge would be painted in another year or two and that a bridge like that is normally painted every five to 10 years depending on the location. Funeral cortege Boes a funeral cortege have the right of way? One of these cut us off at a yield sign. C. P., Belgiade Sgt. Gene Pierce of the State Police Traffic Division says there is not a written law giving an automatic right-of-way to a funeral cortege, but believes it's a matter of courtesy" (Cc On Pare Z CeL Top political donor has problems BRYAN, Tex. (AP) The years biggest listed political contributor gave hundreds of thousands of dollars first to Hu- bert H. Humphrey, then to President Nixon at the same time he had trouble paying bills faced legal federal dif- ficulties. Walter T. Duncan, a land specualator who was unknown to political and little known even to his neigh- bors, burst into prominence in June as a contributor to the Minnesota senator's pres- idential primary campaign. Two months after Humphrey lost the Democratic nomi- nation, Duncan snowed up on Nixon financial reports as con- tributing a total of to dozens of the President's fund- raising committees. Repeated efforts to interview Duncan failed. He did not re- spond to telephone inquiries left at his office and with associ- ates, nor did he reply to a writ- ten inquiry and interview ques- tions left with an office secre- tary. Duncan's lawyer, Henry Haltom of Houston, said, after being apprised of the questions, "I don't think he'll talk to you." Dozens of interviews with persons in six states and an ex- amination of public records in locations from bustling Houston to the west Texas cowtown of Marfa show: days after Duncan handed a check to a Humphrey fund raiser in June, a 220-acre parcel of land he owned on the outskirts of Aus- tin was sold on the courthouse steps because Duncan failed to make all of a in- stallment payment. He had paid of the amount due. Duncan was distributing checks to the Nixon com- mittees in August, he was sued in state court at Dallas for million arising from the same land deal. The suit is (Continued on Pare 5) Fans drenched by 2.5 inches of ram Saturday saw Hall-Dale lose, 26-6 KJ Photo by Roach McGovern will detail end-war proposals Tuesday By EDMOND Le BRETON Associated Press Writer Sen. George McGovern Sun- day recorded a speech to be televised Tuesday as a major campaign effort: his detailed proposals for ending the In- dochina war. President Nixon, addressing a Columbus Day banquet in Washington sponsored by Ital- i a n-American organizations, thanked the nation's labor lead- ers for their support of his Viet- nam policy, specifically naming banquet honoree Peter Fosco, head of the Laborers' Inter- national Union of North Amer- ica, anoVxAFL-CIO president, George Meany. Nixon also paid tribute- to Italian-Americans and other immigrants who came to Amer- ica, he said, to "ask only for the opportunity to work." McGovern's speech was ex- pected to repeat, but with spe- cifics and a timetable, bis promise to end the bombing of Vietnam immediately and to withdraw U.S. forces from Indochina within 90 days if he is elected. Democratic vice presidential candidate Sargent Shriver traveled to Providence, R.I., and received an endorsement of the Democratic national ticket from a state party leader who had held off since a dispute flared over the composition of the Rhode Island delegation to the Democratic National con- vention.. "I support the Democratic ticket top to state Democratic chairman Law- fence McGarry said after a conference" with Shriver. Mrs. Eunice Kennedy Shriv- er, wife of the vice presidential candidate, touring the Balti- more area in behalf of the Democratic ticket, invoked the memory of her assassinated brothers. She said John F. Kennedy ran for the presidency "to get the country moving draw out from all of us what was best within us." Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, she said, sought the presidency "to establish justice especially for the poor, the forgotten ones." The present Democratic ob- jectives, she said, are to end the war, help the homeless and jobless and "make families strong once again." In other developments: Gallup poll reported that (Continued on Page-2 CoL 5) Secret peace talks extended WASHINGTON (AP) Pres- idential adviser Henry "Kissin- ger conferred in Paris Sunday with North Vietnamese negotia- tors and arranged to continue the talks on Monday, the White House said. Press Secretary Ronald L. Ziegler also said, in response to questions, that the secret talks might continue "possibly a third day." Ziegler said Kissinger had cabled reports to President Nixon, but refused to provide any indication on the substance of Jhe talks. However, there were indications that the ses- sions were centering on the fu- ture of South Vietnamese Presi- dent Nguyen Van Thieu. Kissinger's latest journey to Paris, this one with his top as- sistant, Maj. Gen. Alexander M. Haig, was announced by the White House early Sunday while Nixon was at his Camp David, Md., retreat. The extension of the talks was disclosed after the Presi- dent returned' to Washington Sunday night to address a Co- lumbus Day dinner sponsored by Italian-American organ- izations. Haig just returned from four days of talks with Thieu in Sai- gon. Secretary of Defense Melvin R. Laird said Sunday there is nothing to indicate an early cease-fire in Vietnam but de- clared the Paris talks are in "a very serious, significant and sensitive stage." He said he could say no more on that sub- ject. But he asserted "There's no question that we are on the road to peace" and that Nix- on's broad peace plans are a "near reality." Laird was interviewed on the CBS TV-radio program "Face the Nation" a few hours after the White House announced the latest Kissinger mission. As usual, neither White House press secretary Ronald L. Ziegler nor the U.S. embassy in Paris would give details of the other than reporting that Kissinger and Haig were meeting with Hanoi politboro member Due Tho and the (Continued On Pare 3) HENRY KISSINGER Mount Vernon vote creates watershed district Maine wafer The Cobbossee Watershed District will save Maine's lakes and prevent eutrophi- cation, proponents say. MOUNT first watershed became a reality Saturday when this town voted 81-1 in favor of the Cobbossee Watershed District. Four- more towns will vote this month or next on the proposal. Mount Vernon was the deciding factor, becoming the neces- sary sixth town to vote for the key to forming the inter-community regulatory body. Already in the district with Mount Vernon are Winthrop, Wayne, Manchester, Readfield and Monmouth. John Forster of the Southern Kennebec Valley Regional Planning Commission said "the overwhelming results indicate that people recognize the problem of water jieterioration and want to deal it." Forster said Litchfield has scheduled its vote Oct. 24 and action is scheduled on general election day in Gardiner and Richmond. West Gardiner has yet to set a voting date. These four towns, Forster said, have until April of 1973 to join the district, but the Regional Planning Commission had asked that the votes be taken this fall. Even if any of these four towns defeat the proposal now, they would have until April of 1973 to reverse their action and join the district. The advantage of joining, he said, is that decisions will be made affecting these towns and if they aren't represented as members of the district, they won't have a vote on these decisions. The district created by Mount Vernon's positive vote will consist of trustees appointed by each member community who will be charged with responsibility of improving water quality within the numerous inter-connected ponds and lakes west and south of Augusta. The lakes, for years subject to unchecked algae growth, have deteriorated until some are hardly fit for recreation. A coordinated inter-community attempt to cut the flow of pollutants and otherwise improve water quality may arrest the deterioration, backers of the Watershed District believe. While watershed districts, are common to the western part of the United States and- in some other parts of the country, there are few in New England and, until Saturday, there were none in Maine. The watershed-proposal, which was sanctioned by the Maine Legislature last May 13, has met with little opposition as one community after another has registered its vote. Only one town approved the district by less than a two-to-one majority. In several, the vote ran 10 to one in favor of the measure. While cost of the Watershed District will depend upon decisions of trustees, ground rules for the plan call for an as- sessment of each town in the district based on the values of land and within 600 feet of the body of water. Winthrop automatically picks up a third of the cost with .Monmouth, Manchester and Readfield taking io to 15 per cent each. Other communities pay less with Mount Vernon at the end of (he list paying about one Wf of one per cent Fraud is a danger with natural foods By SUSAN CALDON KJ staff Fraud is a major danger in the natural foods movement, so certification of organic fanners is necessary to protect the pub- lic as well as the producer. These opinions were voiced Sunday by representatives of the Natural Food Associates (NFA) which met here at the Today's chuckle Vocational adviser to young man: "Your apti- tude test indicates your best oppoi Unities will lie in a field where your father holds an influential position." om.n rttv i en.pj Central Maine Power Co. build- ing. Kenneth Stone, president of the associates, said there is no law to prevent a man from spraying bis vegetables and sell- ing them as organic. And Mrs. Dorothy Hull, a New York or- ganic food store owner, said she can't possibly check on all the companies she buys from. Certification status of the she said. The know what he retailer would a fraudulent farmer could price for his would raise the whole industry, consumer would was buying, the be able to spot product and the command a fair food. "Once fete papu- Stafee said, "the fast back artiste set into it. I have beard of people lelHnf water from their tap as spring water. There are lot enonftt laws te prtteot us." Mid the Troth in Paek- Law should be more strictly enforced. Stone said a younger natural foods group, Maine Organic Foods Assn., (MOFA) is espec- ially active in pushing certifi- cation of natural food farmers. Certification, however, would require not only" inspection of the farm, but also soil tests which take much time and ex- pense. MOFA doesn't have the money, Stone said. Next weekend the NFA will meet with various conservation groups including the MOFA to plan cooperative action on sev- eral fronts. The Natural Food Associates, with members'who look as es- tablishment as the PTA, has bean saying since 1953, "Amer- ica is a sick nation. We need the 'proper nutrition and it can only come from natural foods." NFA members disagree with the accepted notion that country is healthier today than it was 50 yean ago. Stone cit- ed the high Incidence of cancer, heart disease and arthritis as well as the high rejection rate from the armed services. Gaod health, say, can only be people (Continued On Page 2 Col. 7) I J in a filly TODAY'S WEATHKR Fair, windy Pate Index Pace 14 Social I dew 17 Sporte II, 11 Comics 17 Sportimen 9 Sty t 15 IV 8 rell 15 Wtnthrop 12, 13 NOTICE AUGUSTA STORES OPEN ALL DAY MONDAY Si SPAPERfl fi CHIVE
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