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   Clearfield Progress (Newspaper) - May 5, 1966, Clearfield, Pennsylvania                                TODAY  TOMORROW BY GEORGE A.SCOTT, EDITOR OF THE PROGRESS School Construction The State Public School Building Authority - the construction arm of state education - has had an important impact on educa'ion in the Clearfield Area since 1951 and will continue to be a dominant influence, especially in school financing, for many years to come. The Authority has particular Clearfield County ties for it was sponsored in 1947 by the Hon. A. H. Letzler of Houtzdale, then serving as State Senator from the Clearfield-Centre Counties District. One of the early top aides in the Authority was Rex T. Wrye, Morrisdale native who is now secretary of the Public School Employes' Retirement Board at Harrisburg, and presently three Clearfield County natives are serving in top positions with the Authority. They are Edward W. Mills of Houtzdale, assistant executive director of the Authority; Cyrus Gordon of Clearfield, building finances administrator; and Lee Edwards, a graduate of Osceola Mills High School who is purchasing agent. In addition, Elmer S. Milliron of Ramey is a building construction inspector for the Authority. Letzler Was Sponsor Mr. Letzler, who served 16 years in the State Senate from 1938 until 1954, introduced his bill to create an authority which could build schools and lease them to local districts April 15, 1947 and the measure was passed by that session of the Legislature. It was not until three years later, June 22, 1950, that the first SPSBA project, a school building at Belle Vernon Borough in Fayette County, was started. Mr. Letzler had a personal interest in schools and education, foV he had been a high school and college teacher, secretary of the Board of Education in Kenil-worth, N. J., and, after his return to Houtzdale in 1920, a member of the Houtzdale School Board until 1938 when he was elected to the Senate. While on the Houtzdale Board, he served a year as president of the Clearfield County School Board Association. "As a member of the Houtzdale School Board, I had long seen the antiquated conditions of many of our schools," Mr. Letzler recalled recently. "Many still had pot-bellied stoves, water buckets with not-always-clean dippers, and outside toilets. I made a personal survey of school building conditions in about five counties, including Clearfield, Centre and Jefferson before introducing the school building authority bill." Bill Met Opposition Mr. Letzler remembers running into opposition to his proposal, even though Dr. Francis B. Haas, then state superintendent of public instruction, had endorsed the bill as being one way of helping to solve "a very definite problem." Dr. Haas noted that "probably for 10 years very little school building has been done because of the financial problem." "The first draft of my bill called for an appropriation of $25 million to meet immediate needs for new buildings," Mr. Letzler recalled. "I canvassed my colleagues in the Senate and they told me that if the $25 million appropriation was removed they would vote for it. As the measure finally passed, it merely authorized the State Public School Building Authority and provided $100,000 to implement its organization. "After the program got under way, I received letters from all parts of the,state saying this was just what was needed. There also were a few who wrote that 'you are trying to kill us with taxes'!" Created for the purpose of constructing, improving and equipping public school buildings, the SPSBA is authorized to sell bonds to finance its projects, which are then leased to the school districts for terms not exceeding 40 years at annual rentals calculated to repay the project cost over the lease term. Its bonds, bid competitively, have sold at net interest costs ranging from 4 per cent in 1960 to a low of 3,06 in 1962 and 3.60 per cent in a sale last November. The school district secures the money to pay the annual rental to the SPSBA from two major sources - subsidies or reimbursements from the State Department of Public Instruction and from local taxation. Federal aid also is now available for vocational technical school construction and for the purchase of furnishings and equipment under the National Defense Education Act of 1938 (NDEA) and the Federal Vocational Technical Education Act of 1963. Local Taxes Involved An important factor for school boards considering building construction, it is obvious, is the actual dollar amount it must raise from local taxes over and above state reimbursement or federal aid to pay the annual rentals. The district's tax potential - the amount and value of its taxable real estate, the probable income from other sources such as wage and per capita taxes - naturally figures into this consideration. As of March 11 of this year, the Authority reported financing 604 projects and $376,603,000 in outstanding bonds. The step-by-step procedure for securing SPSBA financing - steps which have been followed many times by area school boards - calls initially for determination by the local School Board and its architect of the type of school desired and the estimated cost. Next must come approval by the State Board of Education and the Department of Public Instruction as to the need, facilities to be included, the site and the ability of the School District to repay the estimate/d cost. The SPSBA reviews financing, plans and specifications for the building before allocation of funds. The Authority then advertises for competitive bids, enters into contracts with the low bidder for each prime contract: general construction, heating, plumbing, electrical, etc., and assigns an on-the-site Project Inspector to Insure that plans and specifications are followed by the contractors. This inspection service continues throughout the construction of the building and covers furniture purchased through the SPSBA. A follow-up inspection even after the contractors' and furnishers' performance bonds have expired is carried out to provide assistance on building and furniture maintenance and to check the manner in which various building materials and furnishings are standing the test of time and use. The Authority also provides a Furniture and Equipment Service, which at the request of local school districts drafts specifications, invites bids and completes the purchase of school furniture and equipment; Legal Services including prosecution of cases arising from failure of contractors to carry out their contracts or the deterioration of materials used in the buildings; and Financing experts who assist and advise school officials in preparation of applications and in understanding the complicated financing and reimbursement factors of a building program. Sandy Twp. School First The value of the SPSBA's legal service was brought home to the Clearfield Area School Board just this year when the Authority obtained a settlement of $400,000 Please Turn to Page 18, Col. 3 Curwensville Sole Starts Friday The Progress Today's Chuckle A psychiatrist is a guy who, when you are going crazy, helps you. Vol. 60 - No. 106 Our 56th Year Clearfield, Curwensville, Philipsburg, Moshannon Valley, Pa.,  Thursday, May 5, 1966 14,518 Copies Daily 24 PAGES TODAY U. S. Faced With New Problem Finds It Difficult To Obscure Fact War Is Spilling Over By JOHN M. H1GHTOWER AP Special Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) - The war in Viet Nam has been spilling over into Laos and Cambodia and the United States is encountering more difficulty in obscuring the fact. Two unusual official disclosures in the last three days have thrown fresh light on the involvement in combat actions of territories in both Laos and Cambodia. In Washington, the Defense Department reported for the first time .on casualties in air operations over Laos. The reports showed that in the past two years 11 U.S. flyers have been killed there and somewhat fewer than 20 others have been listed as missing or captured by Communist forces. And in Saigon, a U.S. spokesman confirmed accounts from news correspondents on the scene that last Saturday American artillery fired across a boundary river into Cambodian jungles to silence enemy guns when U.S. troops ran into heavy Please Turn to Page 10, Col. 7 Inside The Progress Classified Ads ...... 20, 21 Comics 2.1 News From Around World 8 Sports ............... 16, 17 Obituaries ................ 8 Hospital News .......... 1.1 Editorial, Columns ...... 4 Social News ............21 Your Aching Back ...... 14 Area Men Retire  . 2, 15, 19 Curwensville Sale Starts Tomorrow CURWENSVILLE - You can stretch your paycheck by shopping at Curwensville this weekend. A community-wide Bargain Days Sale featuring $100 in cash, free parking and tremendous savings on virtually every family need for spring and summer will be held tomorrow and Saturday. The two-day event, sponsored by the Retail Committee of the Curwensville Community Association, is the first of its kind here in years and nearly 40 participating merchants plan to make the most of it by offering shoppers a multitude of items Please Turn to Page 10, Col. 5 Shapp Visit To Clearfield Is Delayed � Milton Shapp, a candidate for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, was due to make a helicopter stop at Clearfield at 11 a. m. today but had not yet arrived at noon. Mr. Shapp's schedule called for a landing near The Captain's Table Restaurant and a small motorcade to his area headquarters in the former Clearfielder Hotel. His visit here was expected to last about a half hour. Some 20 persons were waiting to meet him at the landing site for the drive into town where he is to meet area residents. Last night, Mr. Shapp made an informal, handshaking tour of Erie. Shapp arrived at the end of Please Turn to Page 10, Col. 2 Lawrence Board Asks Truck Bids Supervisors Also Adopt Ordinance On Sewer Tap-Ons The Lawrence Township Board of Supervisors voted to advertise for bids on a new fire truck and adopted an ordinance to regulate sewer tap-ons at a regular meeting last night. Bids for the fire truck, to be assigned to the Lawrence No. 1 Fire Company, Mill Road, will be opened at the supervisors' Wednesday, June 15, meeting. The sewer tap ordinance, officially Ordinance No. 41, stipulates that all taps are to be made by the supervisors upon receipt of a written application by the property owner, this to be accompanied by a tap fee. Trenching and line openings are to be made by the applicant. The ordinance includes a fee schedule, as follows: A 4-inch tap from a single residence, $25; 4-inch tap from a multiple residence of single commercial building, $30; 6-inch tap from commercial building or multiple residence, $35; all 8-inch or over Please Turn to Page 10, Col. 2 Judge Cherry Chosen For Tennessee Event Clearfield County Judge John A. Cherry has been chosen as one of the leaders for the Tennessee Judicial Seminar to be held at Chattanooga, June 7-10. He was selected by the Na tional College of State Trial Judges in which he was enrolled last summer. At the Tennessee conference he will lead a seminar on '"Evidence." 21 Americans Die in'Copter Crash ... Red Force Trapped As Viet Lull Ends By ROBERT B. TUCKMAN SAIGON (AP) - The U. S. 1st Air Cavalry Division flushed the first sizable enemy force in three weeks today, reporting it killed 100 Viet Cong with possibly 300 to 400 more trapped in a valley. The fighting broke out 11 miles north of Bong Son, 280 miles northeast of Saigon ----------------------.-------------------j near tne scene of heavy fight- Situation Called Serious ..  Senator Charges Bomb Rationing WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican Sen. John J. Williams said today the United States is "rationing bombs" in Viet Nam. He coupled that with a charge the administration "allowed the situation to deteriorate in Viet Nam" during President Johnson's 1964 campaign against Republican challenger Barry Goldwater. �*--�------- 'Why have the American peo- | _ _ _ Late News Superior Court Splits Decision: In Two Cases The Pennsylvania Superior Court has upheld the denial of a writ of habeas corpus to one prisoner from Clearfield County - but has dissented with the lower court in another appeal and ordered that the prisoner be given a hearing. The order upheld by the Superior Court judges was on a petition filed by Kenneth Maines, prisoner, in the Allegheny County Workhouse. Maines was sentenced on March 2, 1965, to two to four years in the workhouse for larceny. Shortly after beginning his term he filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus, claiming his constitutional rights had been violated when he entered plea of guilty to the larceny charge. He claimed that when he signed a waiver giving up his right to legal counsel he did not do it intelligently nor with knowledge of what he was doing since he has only an eighth grade education. In denying the writ of habeas corpus, Judge John A. Cherry July Draft Call For State Totals 1,325 sylvania's draft call for July is 1.325 men, according to the stale Selective Service Board. The board said Wednesday the July national call is 26,500. The state's June call is 653 out of a national call for 15.000. In May the state is to furnish 1.507 out of a national call of 34,600. Please Turn to Page 10, Col. 4 County Commissioners Discuss Philipsburg Area Tax Changes BELLEFONTE - Revision of eal estate assessments in the part of Centre County included in the Phiiipsburg-Osceola Area School District was discussed Tuesday by the County Commissioners during their weekly business meeting. A letter from Attorney David I.. Baird of Philipsburg, solicitor for the school district, was read requesting the Commissioners to determine next market values for the parcels of land included in Rush Township, Philipsburg and South Philipsburg in order that laxes may be equalized following the state-mandated reorganization of the school districts July 1. Five of the eight municipalities included in the Philipsburg - Osceola Area Schools are in Clearfield County and three are in Centre County. The requested step. Mr. Baird staled, is necessary due to the school district being in two counties and the current tax structure being different in the counties. Following a discussion, the matter was referred to the county solicitor and slated for action at a later date. $127,000 for DuBois Area Flood Control Project Recommended WASHINGTON (AP)-A $127,-000 allocation for engineering and design of the Sandy Lick Creek Flood Control Project in Clearfield County, Pa., is imperative, Rep. Albert W. Johnson, R-Pa., has told a House appropriations subcommittee. The project, is two-fold, he said Wednesday. It would stem annual "devastating floods" and thereby enhance industrial expansion in the area of DuBois, one of persistent unemployment, he said. Business expansion "must therefore be encouraged and assisted in every way" to provide new jobs, he said. One firm had expanded and several others planned to do so on the basis of Congressional authorization of the flood control project, he added. "It is now necessary that the funds be provided by Congress so this authorized flood control project can proceed," he told the committee. Names of Two Oft GOP Ballot PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The names of Democrats Juanita Kidd Stout of Philadelphia and Clinton Budd Palmer of Easton cannot be placed on the Republican ballot in the May 17 primary for judges of the Pennsylvania Superior Court, the State Supreme Court has ruled. The two are on the Democratic ballot but sought to cross-file-a privilege granted by law only to judicial candidates. The high court Wednesday rejected their appeals and upheld a Common Pleas Court ruling by a 5-2 vote. Justices Michael A. Musmanno and Herbert B. Cohen dissented. Musmanno wrote the only opinion. He said the two judicial candidates were being deprived of their constitutional rights by "the sands of technicality." Mrs. Stout, now a judge of the Philadelphia County Court, and Palmer, a Northampton County Common Pleas Judge, sought to cross-file but their petitions were rejected by the state Elections Bureau on the grounds they were defective and incomplete. Commonwealth Court first turned down the a.ppeals April 19. The court upheld the elections bureau ruling that the petitions were invalid  because pie not been told the truth about the seriousness of the situation in Southeast Asia?" Williams asked in a speech prepared for a conference of Republican women. "Shortages have developed. We are now rationing bombs and other military supplies," the Delaware senator said. "Why did (he administration fool the American people? Was the election of any public official more important than the life of an American boy?" Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara has denied U.S. forces in South Viet Nam face supply shortages. Williams said that during the campaign Johnson "accused Goldwater of being a trigger-happy warmonger for proposing some of the same military steps that he took immediately after the election.!Ai----- Goldwater addresses the GOP women after Williams today. Williams said he was not passing judgment on the wisdom of the military steps ordered by Johnson in the Vietnamese war. "But why were Goldwater's suggestions denounced so viciously during the campaign and then after the election adopted by President Johnson?" he asked. Williams did not say what Please Turn to Page 10, Col. 5 Please Turn to Page 10, Col. 1 Driver Critical After Port Matilda Crash James R. Thompson, 26, of Warriors Mark R. D. is in critical condition today in the Centre County Hospital at Belle-fonte as the result of an accident near Port Matilda last night in which he demolished his car. Slate Trooper Daniel Spang of Philipsburg reported the one-car accident occurred as Thompson was driving south on Route 220, I1.!! miles north of Port Matilda. The car ran off the road, struck three guard rail posts, traveled 300 feet, crossed the highway to the left, and hit a bridge abutment. The car struck the abutment with such force that the auto was almost broken in two. The car was valued at $250. Two cars collided at Morris- WASHINGTON (AP)- Barry Goldwater accused Sen. J. W. Filbright, D-Ark., today of carping criticism "that lends aid and comfort to our enemies" in Viet Nam, and said Fulbright should resign as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Goldwater said Fulbright "could do no greater service for his nation and the American fighting men in Viet Nam." HARRISBURG (AP) - Gov. Scranlon announced today he is postponing his planned trip to Viet Nam because of pending legislation to increase the penalties for rape. HARRISBURG (AP) - William B. Tollen, state commissioner of public assistance, collapsed and died today while on military training with the U.S. Army Reserve at nearby Indian-town Gap Military Reservation. The public information office at the reservation said Tollen, a captain in the reserves, was stricken about 9:30 a.m. while serving in the base dispensary. NEW YORK (AP)- Secretary of the Treasury Henry H. Fowler said today the Johnson administration won't hesitate to request an increase in taxes if it feels one is needed as a hedge against inflation. But he said no definite pattern requiring an increase has yet developed. Please Turn to Page 8, Col. 7 Retired Postmistress At Sandy Ridge Dies SANDY RIDGE-Mrs. Joseph Cowhcr, 67, who retired last year after serving as postmistress for the past 25 years, died at 12:55 p. m. yesterday in the Philipsburg State General Hospital. She had been in poor health for the past few years and had been hospitalized for several days. A daughter of George and Adeline (Peters) Shipley, she was born at Unionville Jan. 9, 1899. She was a member of the Methodist Church, Circle No. 2 of the Women's Society of Christian ing earlier this year. A division spokesman said two rings of troops were deployed on high ground around the valley, with the enemy digging in. apparently for a fight to the finish. By late tonight, the division reported it had captured 30 Viet Cong and seized 268 suspects. In the air war, high-flying B52 bombers plastered a Viet Cong stronghold near the Cambodian border for the fifth day in a row. The American Stratoforts dropped their 750-pound bombs on a suspected Communist arms factory and training area 75 miles northwest of Saigon. Over North Viet. Nam. U.S. Air Force and Navy, fighter-bombers renewed their attacks in force after a two-day lull during which their flights were almost washed out by monsoon rains. In the renewed aerial assaults in the north, a U.S. spokesman reported that an F105 Thunder-chief was shot down by enemy ground fire 65 miles northeast of Hanoi. The pilot parachuted and was seen on the ground but a rescue attempt was thwarted by heavy antiaircraft fire. It was the 229th U.S. plane reported lost over North Viet Nam. An Air Force F4C Phantom jet ditched off the coast of South Viet nam near the Cam Ranh Bay air base, 170 miles northeast of Saigon, after it ran out of fuel Wednesday. Both crewmen ejected and were rescued. All 21 U.S. servicemen aboard a U.S. Army CH47 Chinook helicopter were killed when the helicopter caught fire and crashed Wednesday night in heavy jungle 110 miles northeast of Saigon. It was one of the worst helicopter disasters of the war. A spokesman said the big helicopter "burst into flames in the air but there was no evidence of enemy action." Aboard were an Army crew of five and 16 soldiers. U.S. and other allied combat Please Turn to Pa.ge 10, Col. 3 Authority Hears Report on Water Pressure Survey Finances and regular operating reports occupied the Clearfield Municipal Authority members' attention at a regular meeting this morning in the Dimeling Hotel. Among the reports was that of Authority Manager Benjamin R. Bodle Jr. of waler pressure surveys under way at present. The Authority's waler system has been plagued with low pressure spots since the closing of Moose Creek Reservoir in the summer of 1964 due to highway construction on its watershed. Mr. Bodle added that final inspection of the Authority'.! new  office  building on    East Please Turn to Page 10, Col. 5 1  Please Turn to Page 10, Col. 1 Acting on Charter... Churches Moving Toward Unity By GEORGE W. CORNELL AP Religion Writer DALLAS, Tex. (AP) - A specific charter of principles for uniting a host of American churches today seemed headed for clear-cut approval by their representatives. Part of it was overwhelmingly adopted Wednesday night, and the rest was being acted on today, with the tide of affirmative votes rolling in* without a hitch. Pledging their commitment to a unified church, the mixed company of Christians set forth the basic tenets for it, and declared: "What we shall find in this venture, we believe, is nothing less than the lost greatness in the church's life." It was the first time in five years of work that the Consultation on Church Union (COCU) had agreed on a concrete set of guidelines. Eight   denominations,   with more than 24 million members and a wide range of traditions, customs and systems, are involved. Avowing that "the people of God exist as one people" and that "they have been made so in Christ," the assembly said: "We resolve to attempt, under God, a more inclusive expression of the oneness of the church of Christ than any of the participating churches can suppose itself to be." Please Turn to Page 10, Col. 1 Fair and not so cool tonight. Low 42 to 52. Friday partly cloudy and not much change in temperature. Sunrise 6:04-Sunset 8:14 Clearfield River Levels Wednesday 7 p. m. - 5.40 feet (rising). Today 7 a. m. - 5.78 feet (rising). Clearfield Weather Wednesday I o w 34/ High 60. Overnight low 46. Mid - State Airport Wednesday I o w 30; High 52. Overnight low 24. Series Starts Saturday... Medicare Plan Covers 20 Million By EUGENE MILLER Newsday Economic Analyst Special Writer for The Progress Under the new Medicare Bill some 20-million people age 65 and over will be automatically covered by the basic hospitalization plan. This plan not only covers hospitalization, but other services, including nursing home care, outpatient diagnostic services, and home nursing services. All are valuable benefits which could cost you thousands of dollars if you had to foot the bills yourself.      ---------------------.....- ---- Since the first article in this series discussed hospitalization insurance, this article will discuss the other three basic benefits. Nursing Rome Care. You are permitted up to 100 days of care in a nursing or convalescent home. All your normal expenses at the home will be paid, including nursing care, drugs and accommodations in a semi-private room. To be covered by Medicare, you must have been hospitalized for three days pre-\ ious to your stay in the nursing home. Also, your stay mujt be okayed by your doctor and the nursing home has to be on the approved list. You must pay $5 for each day you stay over 20 days. This means that if you were in a nursing home for 30 days, you Please Turn to Page 8, Col. S   

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