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Clearfield Progress (Newspaper) - June 9, 1966, Clearfield, Pennsylvania The Progress Today's Chuckle Any \oungster will run an errand for you if you ask him at bedtime. TODAY TOMORROW Vol. 60 - No. 136 Our 56th Year Clearfield, Curwensville, Philipsburg, Moshannon Valley, Pa., Thursday, June 9, 1966 15,155 Copies Daily 24 PAGES TODAY Hurricane, Tornadoes Strike BY GEORGE A.SCOTT, EDITOR OF THE PROGRESS Education in Focus _ The New District Plan Florida Hit Will Coordinate Basin's Future... (Second of Three Articles) History shows that acceptance of changes in Pennsylvania's public school system, as far as school district or administrative units are concerned, has been slow and the changes inevitably have been productive of controversy. The pattern has been one of seeking changes through voluntary local initiative, then through incentive payments and finally through mandate of the General Assembly. It is by legislative mandate, or order, contained in Act 299 of 1963, that reorganization of Pennsylvania's school districts will take effect July 1. Even Act 299 represents a second go-around on school district reorganization. A 1961 measure, Act 561, engendered so much controversy that it was repealed by the 1963 Legislature before its implementation was much more than in the talking stage. The Clearfield County School Board did submit a plan calling for a single administrative unit embracing all districts but it died with repeal of the act. Voluntary Action Failed Dr. Herbert E. Bryan, acting deputy superintendent for school administration, recently noted the unsuccessful attempts more than a century ago to establish school districts by voluntary action and, in this century, to secure consolidation or unification of schools by incentive payments.- In 1874, some 40 years after passage of the Free School Act, the Legislature, in order to get laggards into line, mandated that every borough, township, town and city must become a school district. Twenty years before, in 1854, the General Assembly passed the Joint. School Act, permitting two or more school districts 1o pool resources to jointly operate a school system on a pro-rata basis, yet it was not until 1906, 52 years later, that the first joint contract was signed. The Union District Act, passed in 1921, permitted the citizens of any two or more school districts to vote on unification, but this produced only five union districts in 15 years. The 1937 Merger Act also produced "little or no results," according to Dr. Bryan. Amendment of the merger act in 1947 required county boards to prepare and submit to the State Council of Education revised county plans of administrative units and offered incentive payments of $500 per teaching unit for jointures and $800 for mergers. The 1947 action. Dr. Bryan noted, resulted from "the apathy, indifference, outright defiance of local officials who feared loss of local control and of local electorate who feared loss of local identity.....Since the merger resulted in loss of local school district identity and the jointure retained it, the rush was to joint operation." Act 299 Already Tested Although it received only a brief challenge in the Clearfield Area, Act 299 already has had its share of tests through procedures outlined in the act. The State Board of Education, after 92 days of hearing appeals by school districts against plans proposed for their counties, denied 99 appeals and issued 46 orders amending the county plans. Forty-five appeals from the State Board decisions are now before the Commonwealth Court at Harrisburg, which has heard less than half of the 45 and will not resume hearings until July 1. The effect will be to delay implementation of the reorganization for 61 units in 22 counties at least until 1967-68. (Commonwealth Court ruled on Monday of this week that the State Board of Education has no power to revise county reorganization plans if they met the "automatic acceptance" provision of Act 299. The "automatic acceptance" provision specified that if the County Board submitted a plan originally approved in 1953 or one with fewer proposed units than the 1953 plan, the Council of Basic Education must approve it. The ruling came on the appeal of three Adams County Districts from the State Board action that changed a six-district plan to a one district covering the entire county. The Court ordered the six-district plan be implemented immediately. The effect of the ruling on other appeals remains to be seen.) Neighboring Clinton County presents an interesting example of what can happen in school district reorganization. Originally the County School Board decided on three administrative units, leaving the Lock Haven and Bucktail Area (Renovo) Jointures intact and combining Bald Eagle Nittany (Mill Hall) and Sugar Valley (Logan-ton) Jointures. Bucktail Area's Chapman Township Board appealed to the State Board for a single unit setup embracing the entire county and was upheld by the State Board of Education. Lock Haven Jointure then appealed to the Commonwealth Court, arguing that its inclusion with the economically-weaker other three districts would impoverish the entire educational program and contending there should be greater support from the State for poorer districts such as Bucktail Area. The court has not ruled on the Lock Haven appeal. Constitutionality of the Act was upheld by the State Supreme Court June 30, 1964. The method of selecting the nine-member Interim Operating Committee for new districts has also been the basis for legal litigation in Clearfield and other counties. The Houtzdale Borough and Woodward Township School Boards challenged selection of the Moshannon Valley IOC on the grounds it violated the "One Man - One Vote" requirement of the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution, but this suit was taier withdrawn. IOC Selections Controversial Even without court litigation, the selection of the Interim Operating Committees, which become the official school boards after July 1, has caused confusion and some mutterings of discontent. Members of the IOC were chosen from the membership of the present joint school boards, six to serve until the first Monday in December, 1967, three for terms expiring the first Monday in December, 1969. Under the law, the principle of proportionate representation according to population was to be taken into consideration in selecting the lOCs. Although they become the regular district boards after July 1, the lOCs are not necessarily the final answer to the problem of fair representation. .The new boards must set up in time for the 1967 elections a permanent plan of school board membership which may or may not follow the lines of the present lOCs. The Clearfield Area IOC is composed of two members each from Clearfield Borough and Lawrence Township and one each from the other five Townships in the reorganized district. Efforts to give Clearfield Borough end Lcwrence Township three representatives each and Bradford, Knox, Girord, Covington and Goshen Township the remaining three places in keeping with the popula- Please Turn to Page 8, Col. 3 By Alma; Susquehanna River 3-9JE�Lifi Compact Details Listed (AP)- Hurricane Alma, leaving a trail of at least 39 dead behind, thundered toward another landfall in the Florida Panhandle today after clawing the length of the state's west coast. As the hurricane whirled up the Gulf of Mexico just offshore, heavy tides rolled across the beaches in the storm's wake, but did not reach the dangerous proportions that had been feared. At St. Petersburg, where Alma came closest to the mainland, water running three to five feet above normal inundated beach roads and closed roads and bridges connecting a chain of offshore resort islands. The predicted tides of 7 to 10 feet above normal would have wreaked havoc along great stretches of gulf beaches. A curve to a northwest track apparently took Tallahassee, Florida's capital city of 60,000 Bv WILLIAM E. DEIBLER HARRISBURG (AP) - The terms of a proposed interstate-federal compact to coordinate development, management and use of the 27,500 - square -mile Susquehanna River Basin watershed were announced today. The compact would create a Susquehanna River Basin Commission with the states of Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, and the federal government as members with equal power and joint responsibilities. The commission's major re- sponsibilities would be developing comprehensive planning programs for flood control projects, pollution problems and insuring adequate water supplies for municipalities, industry and agriculture. It would also review and approve water projects on or crossing slate boundaries that would involve the export of water from the basin. Another major duty would be regulation of withdrawals and diversions in areas where water shortages threaten, or where Please Turn to Page 10, Col. 7 Quick Passage On State Fund HARRISBURG (AP) - An estimated $655 million in House appropriations bills were en route to the Senate today, but their chances for quick passage are slim. The 15 bills, most of them affecting public schools, represent-ted a major effort by House Democrats to clear some 200 separate appropriations measures. The 200 bills were introduced by Rep. Martin P. Mullen, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, as a substitute for the $1.29 billion general appropriation bill passed by the Republican - controlled Senate on April 19. Mullen contended that the Legislature could maintain tighter budgetary control over spending with many bills, but Gov. Scranton accused the Phil-adelphian of trying to hamstring the executive branch. Passage of the 15 bills on In letter to County Board ... Curwensville Committee Objects to School Site CURWENSVILLE - The Curwensville Joint School Committee today registered formal objections with the Clearfield County School Board to the site chosen for an area technical school and to the process in which the selection was made. In a four-page letter to the county board, addressed to Superintendent Fred E. Sweely, the Curwensville Committee cited development costs and accessibility as its primary objection to the site itself. The committee also declared that the method used in selecting the site, located near Clearfield, was in violation of an agreement between the county board and the participating school districts. - Swimmers Warned At Curwensville Dam Please Turn to Page 10, Col. 3 Two-Year-Old Boy Is Struck by Car Near Osceola Mills OSCEOLA MILLS - A two-year-old Scotch Hollow, Osceola Mills R. D., boy was taken to the Philipsburg State General Hospital late this morning after being struck by a car on a road here. Gregory Butterbaugh. son of Mr. and Mrs. James Butterbaugh. was struck by a car near the home of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Patterson, according to Mrs. Patterson. A spokesman at the hospital said the boy was being x-rayed for injuries. An ambulance was dispatched to the scene just before 11 a. m. A state police patrol car from Clearfield was sent to the scene but no details on the accident were available at noon. The committee emphasized its complaints are directed to "that group of board members who have acted in bad faith . . ." adding: "If it was not bad faith, it certainly was not goo'd judgment." At the same time the committee expressed its continued support and participation in an area technical school, regardless of the location. "But also let there be no doubt that we intend to let the public know when something is under a rock. Too many have been undisturbed in the past." the letter concludes. The compiete text of the letter follows: "Gentlemen: "Recently the County Board announced its recommendation of the Moore property near Kerr Addition as the site for the new area technical school. Although it has been kept quiet, we understand that the Clearfield Foundation has a 120-day option to buy this land for $30,000. Using these funds donated in part by citizens and industries of Curwensville, the Foundation plans Please Turn to Page 10, Col. 5 CURWENSVILLE - Swimmers in the Curwensville Dam have been advised to stay clear of the intake channel leading to the control tower at the dam. A representative of the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers today called attention to a dangerous undertow in the channel which is created when any of the flood control gates are open. The spokesman said swimming in the intake channel is strictly prohibited and served notice that anyone found in the area will be prosecuted. shortages of emergency proportions exist. In addition, it would assist in developing recreational facilities; preserving fish, game and scenic and historic areas: developing hydroelectric power plants; and soil conservation projects and watershed and forested land management. Before becoming law, the proposal must be enacted by the legislatures of the three states and the Congress. The compact is to be submitted to the lawmakers in 1967. Initially, the compact would have a 100-year lifespan. It would be automatically renewed for additional 100-year periods unless one or more member states served notice through legislative action between the 75th and 80th years of a compact period that it intended to withdraw from the agreement. Congress would have the right to withdraw the federal government at any time. Commission members would be the governors of the participating states, or their designees and a federal representative to be appointed by the President. The commission's jurisdiction, under normal circumstances, would be \imited to the basin area. However, it would be permitted to act on matters outside the watershed when such action is deemed necessary, provided it gained the consent of the non - basin stale involved. Gov. Scranton said Wednesday that he endorsed the compact in principle and urged its rapid consideration and general approval. "I believe it is one of the most important documents in the entire history of our Commonwealth," he said. He said that 21,000 square miles - more than 46 per cent of the state's land area - lie within the basin's boundaries and 2',i million people live there. By assuring adequate supplies of good water the year around, he said, the compact would Please Turn to Page 10, Col. 2 Karthaus Man Injured In Snow Shoe Mishap SNOW SHOW - A Karthaus man, Wayne B. Potter, is a patient in the Philipsburg Slate General Hospital today as a result of severe scalp injuries suffered when his pick-up truck collided with one driven by another Karthaus resident, Martin Barnyak, Tuesday at Snoe Shoe. State police said the accident occurred when Mr. Barnyak, traveling south, attempted to stop in a line of traffic, skidded into the opposite lane and struck the Potter vehicle which was traveling in the other direction. Damage was estimated at $1,-300. Admit War Needs... Buddhists Retreat In Proclamation By ANDREW BOROWIEC SAIGON, South Viet Nam (AP) - Buddhist foes of Premier Nguyen Cao Ky's regime came out today with a statement bearing marks of a full-fledged retreat. They disavow, ed neutralism and said any peace talks now would mean surrender to the Viet Cong. The presence of American troops in the country is obviously needed temporarily, said a 15-point proclamation by the Unified Buddhist Church, which speaks for a For Nurses, Lab ... Building Sites Picked At Philipsburg Hospital PHILIPSBURG - State officials met here yesterday with Philipsburg State General Hospital officials to determine the best locations for the new rehabilitation center and for an extension to the nurses home and the new hospital laboratory and X-ray building. It was agreed that the extension to the nurses home would be added to the east end of the building and that the two-story building to house the laboratory and X-ray facilities would be constructed on the site now used as a physicians' parking lot. However, no agreement has been - reached on the best location Rep. Gerald ford To Speak At Philipsburg Rally PHILIPSBURG - Congressman Gerald R. Ford of Michigan, minority leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, will be the principal speaker at the second annual GOP picnic and rally to be held at Black Moshannon State Park Saturday, Aug. 13. The Republican outing is being jointly sponsored by the Moshannon Council of Republican Women and the Philipsburg Area Men's Republican Club. The two presidents, Mrs. Edward Ix)ng and Ronald R. Corio, said that Rep. Ford was secured as speaker through the efforts of Congressman Albert W. Johnson of Smethport. Inside The Progress Kansas Hit Professional Football Lea- _ _ . _ . gues merge. Turn to Page 16 U.�.b�J I tof Hard; Lives Classified Ads ...... 20, 21 * 4 a . Hints From Heloise ...... 7 | li 1 J I �*s>-| | |" t | injured residents. About 4,500 I hsn rvnortof! wcre left homeless. I IIQII LAUWUvtl Manhattan, home of Kansas Slate University, 60 miles west By VINCENT P. CAROCC1 of Topeka, suffered heavy prop-HARRISBURG (AP) - Gov. crty damage. About 65 persons Scranton said todav the admin- "ere injured. Tornadoes also istration expected to finish the caused damage at Wolcott, Jar-current fiscal rear with a re- halo, Baschor and Lansing, venue surplus higher than the JIaj. Gen. Joe Nickell, ad.iu-$105 million it Ltd projected lant general of the Kansas Na-earlier tional Guard, said the funnel Wi will have an additional appeared to bounce off Bur-amount of monev over what was nel .s Mo(und' � landmark in he budgeted in Fcbruarv. Scranton ^vest action of Topeka. told his weekly news conference. ll,lef foppG/ 1",0I a llcavi ;v f�p- ulated residential area. It then He added, however, that the rakcd Washburn University, final figure would not be ready causing extensive damage to for another week or so. a]mosl every building on the Other administration officials 160-acre campus, indicated the additional surplus The funnel, loaded with debris may be $6 million or higher, de- and moving ponderously, next pending upon revenue collections hit near the statehouse on the in June and the amount of lap- fringe of the downtown area, ses - or unspent funds - at the knocking out windows in all the end of the fiscal year June 30. major buildings and blistering Questioned about the budget the streets with rubble. It con-fight between the Republican ~:r: ~ - , ,n ~ i o Senate and Democratic House, Please Tur" to Page 10' CoL 8 Scranton commented: "We're not as far apart as you kilApAfJlfV% I 3CA might think. The only question CUllll vQjW is what to do with the reserve. "I feel we ought to have an T I f\tt understanding of how much, and |A||Pm�C I if T then determine according to IvUvllvJ VII need how the money should be ' I Scranton also chastised the 1^611101113 MCnCII House Democratic leadership 1^ for its posture in the budget By bob GILBERT hassle. He said: SENATOBIA, Miss. (AP) -"We have all kinds of state- Tne jamcs h. Meredith Missis-menls coming from the House... sjppi march has led to a related that they're going to cut the bud- protest. in Memphis. In New get by $50 million to $70 million York, Meredith pledged to re-a year..that they're going to cut turn L armed if necessary, taxes. None of this has mater- Footsore after adding 6^ ialized. miles t0 tne 27 Meredith walked "Actually the House is going before he was shot, many of the to increase the budget by $40 NCgrocs staged another three-million with the passage of their m[\e wark Wednesday night ($34 million) school bonus bill." from a Memphis church to the "We've got such an unbelieve- hospital where Meredith was able situation there that I hope treated. They cl?iir.ed Bowld Please Turn to Page 10, Col. 7 ��sPital Ts\re*\ed the 33-year- old law student in his two-day slay there. On returning home, Meredith told newsmen: "I will be armed when I return unless I have positive assurances that arms are not needed. "I believe in law and order, but if the whiles continue to kill Negroes, then the Negroes will Insects Swarm Into DuBois for the rehabilitation center. After tours and inspections of the grounds and discussions as to most suitable locations in relation to utilities and services, it was decided that the architect should continue studies and submit sketches and recommendations. Yesterday's group of state officials included Floyd Kefford of Harrisburg, director of the Pennsylvania Bureau of Rehabilitation, and architects and Please Turn to Page 10, Col. 4 DUBOIS - Hordes of what were described as "flying ants" swarmed into downtown DuBois yesterday and literally upset the normal routine of the city. Merchants had to close their doors, motorists cursed as the insects alighted on windshields and seemed to stick there, and pedestrians slapped at themselves and tried to shake them off before finally scampering for cover. "For a while it looked like everyone on South Brady Street was doing the Watusi," said one observer. There was no immediate explanation for the sudden appearance of the insects and most had disappeared by today. Please Turn to Page 2, Col. 4 Contest Site Changed CURWENSVILLE - Tonight's public program for competition in the annual beauty contest sponsored by the Rescue Hose and Ladder Company will be held in the Elementary School No. 2 cafeteria. The location for the 8 p. m. program was changed from the high school gymnasium. Ten semi-finalists will be chosen from the 26 contestants. militant minority of South Viet Nam's Buddhists. Among developments attending the proclamation: -South Vietnamese troops reported they and supporting warplanes killed 250 Viet Cons after heating off a Communist ambush Wednesday 48 miles north of Saigon. -Military spokesman announced 244 allied servicemen died in combat last week. Of these, 109 were Americans. The Viet Cong wore reported to have lost 902 killed, 120 captured. -The Buddhist Institute's moderate chairman, Thich Tain Chau. called on U.S. Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge. In Hue, militant Thich Tri Quang went into the second day of a hunger strike protesting the Ky government and American support of it. On paper at least, the declarations of the Unified Buddhist Church formed a tougher stance than that of the U.S. administration, which favors negotiation with the Communists, Please Turn to Page 10, Col, 1 Clearfield Parking Lot Will Open Tomorrow Clearfield's new off - street parking lol in the downtown section formally opens at 8 a. m. tomorrow. Entrance to the lot. which will accommodate 50 vehicles, is from either Cherry or Bell streets. (Bell is an alley between Cherry and Market streets.) Mayor Edward A. Clark said the lot will be in operation 24 hours a day. Each parking space is metered and provides 30 minutes for a nickel, 60 minutes for a dime and three hours for a quarter. Police have asked that motorists pull into the meter stalls and not back into the stalls. Beautitication Plan Result Aired, Programs Set The Clearfield County Beau-tification Committee last night took a look back over progress made in the first few months of its existence and then began making plans for upcoming programs. A report from the May cleanup subcommittee emphasized the forward steps taken by many organizations during the month. On the most recent fronts, it noted the junk ordinance passed by Irvona Borough Council and the Clearfield Creek bank cleanup conducted by the Coalport firemen. The subcommittee said it hopes that rocks placed along the West Branch of the Susquehanna River at Clearfield will be straightened out to present a pleasant appearance now that the tourist season is here. The contest subcommittee said it is working on plans for Please Turn to Page 2, Col. 3 Cloudy with showers and scattered thunder-showers tonight and not quite so cool, low 55 to 65. Turning cooler Friday with showers ending by late afternoon. Sunrise 5:39-Sunset 8:43 Clearfield River Level Wednesday 7 p. m. - 3.70 feet (falling). Today 7 a. m. - 3.70 feet (stationary). Clearfield Weather Wednesday I o w 56; High 79, Overnight low 61. Mid - State Airport Wednesday I o w 45; High 77. Overnight low 55. Philipsburg Union Board Exonerates Tax Collectors PHILIPSBURG - The Philipsburg Union School Board in its final meeting last night heard reports from tax collectors Madeline White of Philips-burs Borou"h and I. e o n a O'Brien (if Smith I'hilipsburg Borough and exonerated them of the per capita tax duplicate for 1965. Mrs. White, in submitting figures amounting to S'.!.357.25, broke her li.st down into the following categories: 13 duplicates and under age: 32 deceased: 106 change of address; PS granted previous exoneration; 78 Presbyterian Home: and 152 uncMIectablr Mr? O'Brien li?ted 50 deceased and RO unrollectable for a total of tin In other matters regarding tax collection, the board passed a motion that the tax collectors' bond for the year 196R-67 be Please Turn to Page 2, Col. 2 213
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