Sentinel And Enterprise, September 26, 1977

Sentinel And Enterprise

September 26, 1977

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Sentinel And Enterprise (Newspaper) - September 26, 1977, Fitchburg, Massachusetts FITCHBURQ-LBOMINSTER Weather More Rain SM Page 2 VOL. 138 NO. 236 online I anh FITCHBURG-LEOMINSTER, MASS. MONDAY, SEPTEMBER Fitchburg EDA Projects Funded fsuntirrel and Enterprise Photos bv Bob Jolllmore) Lunenburg Fatal Accident Scene One Dead, Three Injured In Lunenburg Accident ByDIANETOTTY LUNENpURG 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 a.m. 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 transfered 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 55A Terrace Drive, Leominster, was also taken from the scene to Bur- 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. The- car left the roadway hitting a fence and striking a tree near 1348 Massachusetts Ave. Lunenburg Police and Registry of Motor Vehicle in- spectors 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, Elmonde and Joanne LeBlanc, both of Leominster; her paternal grandmother, Mrs. Emma LeBlanc of Buctouche, N.B. Canada; and her maternal grandparents, Hector and Elise LeBlanc of Buclouche, The funeral will be held Tuesday from the M.A. Simard and Son Funeral Home with a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Cecilia's Church. Interment will be in St. Cecilia's Cemetery. Calling hours are 2'to 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 Wanoosnoc Road into an elementary school. School of- ficials 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 revitalizalion of MainSlreet." "We're anticipating the second phase in a few he added. The second million phase would include almost for predestrian improvements to sidewalks, such as widening with the rest going for a downtown parking garage. The remainder of the million awailing approval would go for architectural, engineering and inspection fees and a conligency 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 three-revel garage. The sewer and drain money already approved includes Sfi9fi.827.for 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 Falulah 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- tingency. 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 Fitch- burg. -Bray 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, accordingto 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 par- tially treated at the peak of the rains." Last Tuesday's inch deluge dumped more water, on the town than fell last Sep- tember, according to Depart- ment of Public Works head John F. Julian. The partially treated waste has no effect on drinking water supph'es, 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 pum- ping costs. "With the increased water supply, we don't have to pump from wells, and the Wachusett Reservoir." H costs about a month to pump from the reservoir, he ex- plained, 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 at721to729MainSt., 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 street-level 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 leg- islator 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 supple- mental state budget that would distribute part of the antici- pated surplus to communities now. The bill was scheduled for House action again today. The House voted to accept Weatherbee's provision last Tuesday, but reversed itself a half hour later. He hopes to see the amendment restored before the bill reaches the governor's desk. Weatherbee has accused the Dukakis administration and the House Ways and Means Com- mittee of "holding back" hon- est estimates of the surplus ex- pected in the budget for the fis: cal year ending June The Ways and Means Com- mittee and Administration and Finance Secretary John Buck- 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. M.A. of Leominster Placed This Classified me inside LEOMINSTER CITY Councilors are expected to give themselves and ihe Mayor a major increase in pay as they meet tonight to act on new salary schedules for elected officials. See 30 IN. G.E. stove, cop-pertone. 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 343-6911 Dally 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. Saturday 8 A.M. to 12 ENTHUSIAST takes a 100-mile 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 20-21 Bridge 14 2 CUnUled 28-2V-30-31 Suburban News 1HI Comics 14 Sylvia Porter 31 Crouword 14 Sporti Z4-25-28-27 Editorial ,y 4 TelevUlon 25 News Digest Economic Growth Stagnant WASHINGTON (API Antiinflation policies of industrial nations have slowed economic growth and kept unemployment at recession-levels, 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 openair 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 thereadlng 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 11-day 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 a.m. with the parties still deadlocked, aording to Joe Ferrari, a history Gas Debates Begin WASHINGTON (AP) Senate leaders are trying to halt a flllbus ter on a bill r egulating thepriceofnaturalgasinaneffortto 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 debate-limiting 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 Fltchburg's 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 mid-week. (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 street's 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, Sep- tember 16. With still nearly a week to go in the month, the rain accumulation is already well above the 30-year normal. As of the end of yesterday, the National Weafher Service reported 4.44 inches for Sep- 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 Niemi's weather in- struments in Lunenburg recorded about three quarters of an inch over Saturday, Sunday, and early Monday morning. Malcolm Stewart in Ash- 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 depart- ments were reporting few NOAH, Page 2 Chuckles The anti-treaty bunch In Washington Is saying, "There Is no Panama Canal. There's an American canal In Panana." And that's what Ihe Panamanians are laying, too, Alter last week's election, not one of New York City's newspapers wrote Ihe obvious headline: Voters To Beame: "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 card? The new father at triplet! cut either lit there shaking hit or get with It and order more diapers. ;