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Clearfield Progress (Newspaper) - August 4, 1966, Clearfield, Pennsylvania .^TQDAV%'TOMJt>p|i^:.j Education in Focus Consider The Fair This being Clearfield County Fair Week, let's depart somewhat from the school administration-classroom theme of this series to consider the relationship of public school education and the County Fair. Not much relationship, you say? Well, perhaps not in the light of the Grandstand shows, harness racing, the Midway, and the food stands that are found everywhere you turn. But let's take a look at another side, one that' attracts far more patrons to the Driving Park than might be expected. The Educational Side This other side of lhe Fair is represented by the agricultural, livestock, poultry, home economics, art, floral exhibits and competition that form the backbone and real justification of The Fair. This is the educational side that has been emphasized not only by the Clearfield County Fair but just about every fair worth its salt since the earliest days of such agricultural expositions. Indeed, the original purpose of fairs seems to have been educational - to provide an opportunity for farmers to compare notes, see what the other fellow was doing and to compete for the viewing benefit of non-farmers. It is true that school exhibits and participation in the Clearfield County Fair, while much greater today than 20 or 30 years ago, still are only a fraction of the total educational side of the Fair. This is due principally to the fact that the Fair comes at the wrong time of the year - when school is not in session. This is-true, as a matter of fact, ^ith most fairs for even those held in September are still too early in the school year for really active participation by the schools. School Bands Participate Nonetheless, the estimated 15,000 persons who watched Monday night's Firemen's parade saw a direct participation by the schools in the appearance of 10 school marching bands - those of Clearfield, DuBois, Moshannon Valley, Marion Center, West Branch, Brock-way, Glendale, Clarion and Tamaqua High Schools and Osceola Mills Junior High. This represented long hours of musical instruction during the past school year and a continuation of that training during the summer vacation period. And without the school bands, the annual Fair parade would be a somewhat dull affair, especially in view of the decline of adult bands in the area. There are other tangible evidences of direct school participation in this week's Fair program. In the exhibition building are displays of Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapters of the Clearfield, Cur-wensvilte and Philipsburg-Osceola Area High Schools. The dairy, swine, poultry and beef exhibits include entries by individual members of the Future Farmers who are students in high school vocational agriculture courses in the area schools. Art, Home Ec Influence The Fine Arts and Handicrafts Exhibit, always one of the most popular at the Fair, has its Junior Section open to young folks under 16 years of age or attending school regularly and residing in Clearfield County. Most of the entries in this section are the direct result of or inspired by art classroom work in th��;�chools during the past school year. There are Junior Divisions in the Fair's Home Made Foods, Clothing and Needlework Exhibits for those up to and including high school age. While entries in these competitions are not directly sponsored by the home economics departments of the schools, it seems reasonable to assume that a lot of them are the result of learning-by-doing projects conducted in the schools or were inspired by the instruction in cooking, baking, canning and sewing provided by the public schools. And without any thought of detracting from the fine work being do.ne- by the 4-H- Club program sponsored by the County Agricultural Extension Office, the public school background, is reflected in the high calibre of exhibits and competition by the 4tH Clubs and their members at the Fair. The 4-H Club program is an educational project in itself, supplementing and qdding to the public school education its members receive. Adults Learn, Too The Fair, on the other hand, contributes its share to public school education in the very exhibits that it sponsors. The educational value of county fair programs is recognized by school officials and it is not unusual for schools in areas where fairs are held during the school year to set aside a day for the pupils to attend such fairs, just as many throughout the state approve and encourage visits by class groups to the Pennsylvania Farm Show held at Harrisburg in January. Matter of fact, the Fair contributes to adult education, too, through its many exhibits including those sponsored by commercial enterprises. And adult education is not solely the prerogative of public school education - it comes to us in many forms, including in this case the County Fair. New machinery, new ways of doing things, visual explanations of how things about us that we take for granted come into being, things we should do to protect our health, welfare, property and the land in which we live - these are some of the educational "classes" we can attend at the Fair. Of course, there is even education in the entertainment side of the Fair. Possibly not on the Midway, although there one can find a wild animal menagerie equal to the nearest zoo some miles distant from this area, learn about the tragedies of birth that provide the freaks of the Midway shows, and discover with one or two trips on the way-out rides some of the tortures that the astronauts must go through as they rocket into space. One can learn that too many hot dogs, combined with soda pop, cotton candy, French fries and hot sausage sandwiches, provide a gastronomic tragedy; that you can't beat the mathematic odds, no matter how much you want that blanket or giant bunny; and that the prettiest pacers or trotters in appearance sometimes finish last on the race track! No matter how you look at it, the Fair is an education! The Progress Today's Chuckle Getting up in the morning is largely a matter of mind over mattress. Vol. 60 - No. 183 Our 56th Year Clearfield, Curwensville, Philipsburg, Moshannon Valley, Pa., Thursday, August 4, 1966 15,155 Copies Daily 16 PAGES TODAY Fair Passes Halfway Point Report In Sniper Case Is Awaited Whitman May Have Been Influenced By Drugs; Pills Found By GARTH JONES AUSTIN, Tex. (AP) - An autopsy report today is expected to show whether Charles J. Whitman was under the influence of drugs when he killed 15 persons and wounded 31 others before police bullets cut him down. Justice of the Peace Jerry Dellana said he had instructed pathologists making the autopsy to search for dexedrine in Whitman's Blood. Dellana said such pills - goof balls - were found in Whitman's clothing after he was shot by Austin police Monday, on the 28th-floor observation tower of the University of Texas main building. From his lofty sniper's nest, Whitman, 25, killed 13 persons with a murderous spray of rifle fire. Earlier he had shot and stabbed his mother to .death and fatally knifed his young wife, Kathy, as she slept in their bed, police said. Dellana said Whitman's appearance after the shooting made imperative the autopsy search for possible drug-influenced behavior. Gov. John B. Connally, hunting for a deterrent to "heinous crimes," moved forward in his quest for laws that might prevent such slaughter as Whitman perpetrated here Monday. Whitman's body, along with that of his mother, was flown Wednesday night to Lake Worth, Fla., their home town, where Roman Catholic funeral services were to be held Friday. His wife, 23, was buried Wednesday near Rosenberg - in the Houston vicinity - during a steady rain after funeral services in a small, white frame church at Needville, her home town. \ Funerals of other victims were being held, too, as the wounded in Austin hospitals expressed sorrow, rather than hate, for the slain, apparently demented killer and his family. fair Schedule Friday - Farmer's Day Tractor Driving Contest- 10 a. m. Horse Racing - 2 p. m. 1. Fred B. Leavy Memorial Free for All Trot 2. Robert G. "Bob" Leavy Memorial Free for All Pace. Horse Pulling Contest, Lightweight Division-3 p. m. Horse Pulling Contest, Heavyweight Division- 7 p. m. First Grandstand Show, starring Bobby Rydell- 8 p. m. Second Grandstand Show -10 p. m. The James E. Strates Shows will be playing the midway area throughout the afternoon and evening. M THE FOOtl CONSUMED BY AH AVERAGE FAMILY IN THE IMITEL1 STATES AMOUNTS TDTWU AND A HALF TONS A YEAR IT INCtUQES n i � lilt1i ftfl rtdAitt urn* llll iiii fit) Al Hi Sewer Project On Clearfield Street OK'd The Clearfield Municipal Authority this morning approved the relocation of a sanitary sewer along Second Street in anticipation of proposed widening of the highway by the State Highway Department. The action was taken at a regular Authority meeting held in the New Dimeling Hotel. Benjamin R. Bodle Jr., Authority manager, reported that he had been informed by the Highway Department that the cost of the sewer relocation would be borne on a 50-50 basis, half to be paid by the Department, the remainder by the Authority. Approval of the proposition followed Mr. Bodle's report on existing facilities and the recommendation of Authority Engineer John R. Hallen-burg that the line be relocated. Engineering and cost studies on the project will begin immediately. "'In other business, continued improvements to the water distribution system to correct low pressure problems were approved by the five. - member board. The remainder of the CENTER HILL GRANGE'S champion exhibit family consumes in a year is admired by noting the amount of food an average Paul Bowers of Clearfield. Center Hill Wins Grange Trophy for fair Display Center Hill Grange, a newcomer to the winner's circle, tonight will receive the prized trophy given by the Clearfield Merchants Association for the best grange exhibit at the County Fair. The trophy will be among those awarded in front of the grandstand tonight following the annual Grange Square Dance Contest. Center Hill scored its first Please Turn to Page 6, Col. 7 one- Please Turn to Page 6, Col. 6 Please Turn to Page 6, Col. 5 Budget Votes Slated Tuesday At Harrisburg HARRISBURG (AP) - Legislative leaders plan to present a $1,534 billion budget to the House and Senate for approval next week, clearing the way for an extended recess. That was the timetable laid down after a six-man conference committee resolved the three - month budget dispute Wednesday between the Democratic House and the Republican Senate. The committee report is scheduled to be presented to both chambers Monday with the vote probably coming a day later. Action on other major appropriations began as soon as the budget settlement was reached. Rescue Plane At Mid-State Disabled Too MID-STATE AIRPORT - This state-owned airport has taken on the appearance of an Air Force base. Three large Air Force planes .. . . x. , , . are on the apron here and it is ily.J!n-!!-,aL??...^e!vi!I.?r?wn Possible that there may be Mahaffey-Bell Twp. Authority Reviews Potential Water Sites MAHAFFEY - The Mahaffey-Bell Township Water Author- Memorial Community Center last night to review several potential water development sites for a community system. Authority members inspected four sites in the field prior to convening. Ray Hockenberry, president, read a letter from Ivan McKeever, state conservationist for the USDA Soil Conservation Service af Harrisburg. Mr. McKeever made a suggestion that, based on a recent survey of the Susquehanna River Basin, a number of sites north of Mahaffey might be investigated. Of eight potential sites, two were selected for further consideration at a meeting scheduled for Aug. 11 at 8 p. m. in the community center. more before the day is over. Airmen are everywhere. There are approximately 68 here-some 48 technicians and maintenance men who are due for a 60-day tour of duty in England and crews of two C-130's. Also here is a C-47 flown in for experimental work being done by the H-R-B Singer plant at State College. The airmen, whose C-130 made a forced landing here Sunday evening after three of the plane's four engines failed, expected to be picked up yesterday afternoon by another C-130 to resume their flight to England. The plane came in but they Attendance Boost Needed Weather, Events Should Recover Loss Due to Rain The second Children's Day, five harness races and a topflight rural entertainment pro-gram are expected to bring thousands to 'he Clearfield County Fair today. The 1966 Fair reached its halfway point today under sunny skies and the prospects of recovering from a rainy Tuesday that cut into attendance. A near sell-out of reserved and box scat tickets for tonight's big country style grandstand show is reported. It will feature the personal appearance of Hank Williams Jr. and his Band and the Fair's Grange Square Dance Contest in which seven subordinate granges and two juvenile granges will compete. The grandstand show had its premiere performance last night when the Bitter End Singers, a popular folk and Dixieland group, were starred in the revue. Yesterday also brought the start of the harness racing program with five races, including one postponed from Tuesday, on the racing card. Only one accident was reported on the grounds during the day. It occurred at the midway area where Dempscy Jackson of Charleston, W. Va., a worker in the Strates Shows, suffered cuts in an accident at one of the ferris wheels. He was treated in -he Clearfield Hospital and released. During the harness races one or the drivers was thrown from his sulky but he was not injured and the horse continued around the track until the end of the race. Five races of 11 heats are also on the racing program for this afternoon. The extra heat-is an elimination for the two divisions in the three-year-old pace. Today is another Children's Day at the Fair. The first, on Please Turn to Page 6, Col. 7 Florida Man Dies in County Road Accident Please Turn to Page 6, Col. 7 A Florida motorist was killed yesterday in one of three traffic accidents in the Clearfield County - Moshannon Valley area. Property damage amounted to $3,420. MUDDY VICTOR - James Byers, 15, of Mahaffey, is The dead man is Lester Praz-mud-covered but happy after winning the 4-H Calf mark, 67, of Miramar, Fla., Scramble at the Fair Wednesday. whose car went out of control _ and sideswiped a truck and another car on Route 322, three- Inside The Progress 'Zf� 'Jfpe Tlof Luthers- County Fair pictures, notes, Obituaries ............... 9 The truck driver, Wallace L. and race results can be found Hospital News ........ 7, 14 Read, 48, of 707 McBride Street, , t>,,, a c h n io ia pji,^:,! r,,,_____, . Clearfield, and the other driver, on Pages 4, 6, 7, 9, 13 and 14. Editorial, Columns ...... 4 Vjncent Va,enlilIi alsQ 4g( of Bu�: - Social News .......... 2, 16 falo< N Y., escaped injury. Classified Ads 12, 13 School News ........... 13 Mr Prazmark, who became Hints From Heloisc lfi Church News ............ 7 lhe 12(h highway fatalitv of the Comics 15 Sun""3? Scho0' Lcsson 3 year in the county, died of ex- News From Around World fi AP State Spotlight ..... 5 _ Sports ............... 10, 11 More on Luci's Wedding 16 Please Turn to Page 6, Col. 6 Please Turn to Page 6, Col. 4 County Court Opens Aug. 29; Expected To Take 7 Weeks The September term of Clearfield County Court opens Monday, Aug. 29, and is expected to continue through seven weeks. The grand jury will convene and the first civil case start on Monday, \ug. 29. Civil court will continue through the weeks of Sept. 5, 12, and 19. Criminal court will start Please Turn to Page 6, Col. 5 Action in Air Strike Due Soon By WALTER R. MEARS WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate hopes to act by nightfall on a compromise plan aimed at getting striking airline machinists back on their jobs for up to six months. The proposal would divide responsibility between Congress and President Johnson in these three steps: 1. Congress would order the strikers back to their jobs for 30 days. 2. The President could ap- point a special airlines dispute panel to serve as mediators in contract bargaining. This action would freeze the situation and keep the men on their jobs for another 60 days. 3. If an agreement is worked out in that period, President could extend the pan el's efforts and the back-to-work freeze for another 90 days. "This is a proposal that seems to have the greatest amount of support," said Sen. Jacob not the it out Wednesday in a hectic series of cloakroom conferences and later described the compromise to newsmen. The Senate was to meet earlier than usual, in an effort to act before the day is out. "It will be the duty of the members to labor with this matter until we complete it," said Senate Republican Leader Everett M. Dirksen. But Sen. Wayne Morse, D- ln Grandstand Revue ... Bitter End Group Launches Show By WILLIAM F. LEE Progress Staff Writer The Clearfield Driving Park bears little resemblance to the Bitter End cafe in New York's Greenwich Village. But that didn't bother the five vibrant performers who make up a group bearing the name of the Bitter End. They loved it. The Bitter End Singers were the featured performers at last night's first showing of the grandstand revue at the Clearfield County Fair. K. Javits, R-N.Y., who helped turn Please Turn to Page 6, Col. 2 KENNETH SUTTON HODGES, one of the members of lhe Bitter End Singers, featured stars at last night's opening of the grandstand revue at the Clearfield County Fair, signs autographs backstage for Jackye Harber, left and Sharon Jones, right, both of Coalport. Huddled in the cold backstage underneath a post-show fireworks display, the members of the group explained how H all came about two years ago. More than 450 young performers were auditioned for a new group to be centered at the Bitter End and there were five selected: Vilma Viccaro and Tina Bohl-man, the attractive distaff members of the group, and Lefty Baker, Bruce Farwell and Kenny Hodges. It was these five, along with drummer Joey Gani-an, who will soon leave the they're hardly regular performers there. Vilma explained that they specialize in college concerts during the winter and country fairs during the summer. "But when we're home in New York, we're usually at the Bitter End," she said. "If we're not, we're rehearsing or working up new numbers." Vilma pointed out that ths group members recently enjoyed their first vacation in the two years they have been performing. And they don't antici- . , , pate another respite in the next iroup, who appeared on stage [WQ years at the Fair last night The group still makes its headquarters at the Bitter End, but The Bitter End Singers' per- Please Turn to Page 6, Col. 3
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