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   Valley Independent, The (Newspaper) - April 9, 1975, Monessen, Pennsylvania                               Weather Partly cloudy tonight with two near 30. Variable cloudiness tomorrow with a chance of a few showers toward High in low 50s. 73rrf 240 The INDEPENDENT Tlie Daily Newspaper of the MM-Manonaafeefa Vatfey Area Tax collector Fayetie City has retained ttt collection agency foxes. .See story Page 19. Stcond Class Postage U.S Pott Pa. WEDNESDAY APRIL 1975 15e per copy 90c per week by carrier Charleroi is ready on elderly housing By JOHN BUNARDZYA Charleroi Borough Council is ready to proceed with a project it deems necessary to meet the needs for a growing segment of the population bousing for the elderly. The final legal barrier appar- ently was cleared last night when the last of three public hearings on the disposition of funds under the federal Hous- ing and Community Develop- ment Act of 1974 was held in the Community Room on the second floor of the Municipal Budding. The site of a proposed million loo-unit high rise to house the aging is the former Ninth St. which the mu- nicipality has acquired from the Charleroi Area School Dis- trict for a token with the pro- viso that it be used specifically for the intended purpose. Under the the borough was given one year from the date of signing to ini- tiate the project. the 78-year-old abandon- ed last year when Char leroi Area elementary schools were realigned under a long range building reverts back to the school district. Under the Community Devel- opment Charleroi will re- ceive an annual grant of for each of the next three years beginning in in 1978 and in 1979. Over the five-year the federal funding will total 000. The funds are to be used only for community develop- ment purposes. Charged with the responsibil- ity of preparing the h o u sing project council plans to use CDA funds to demolish the school building. It has already accepted a low bid of sub- mitted by Sanitary of Rostraver Twp. to do the work. In accordance with U. S. De- partment of Housing and Ur- ban Development regu- Charleroi is faced with an April 15 deadline to com- plete public hearings and file an application for review with the Southwestern Pennsylvania Regional Planning Commission and Pennsylvania C1 e a r ing House for CDA allocations. .At last night's with mostly senior citizens in a turn- out of about Community De- velopment Director Richard Galway of the Washington Coun- ty Redevelopment Authority reviewed the proposed which be said was mandated by the Washington County Com- missioners. He recalled that Charleroi has been seeking funds for aging housing least 10 or 12 but has been side- tracked by several last of which was a moratorium by former President Nixon in Jan- uary 1974 on spending for fed- eral projects. things coun- cil wants to do something about providing housing for the elder- said Galway. been talking about it for Dennis 71S Lookout wanted to know who de- termined Ninth St. School as a site and if any others had considered. think is a minute sum for this type of Paluso said. Galway explained that Char- leroi has qualified for CDA funds by initiating and carry- ing out some redevelopment projects during a five year period He said the building would be constructed and operated under a 40-year lease by the Washington Coun- ty Non-Profit Housing a political sub division of the county Redevelopment Author- ity. At the end of the 40 year management of the building would most likely be turned over to the borough. it would create a stronger tax base for both the borough and school Gahvay pointed out. Council President Fred C. Briggs interjected that al- though council had earmarked the entire first-year al- location of CDA funds for demo- only would be used for the work rest of the money will be used for other See 2 Denenber rejected by Senate HARR1SBURG The Pennsylvania Senate today de- feated the nomination of consumer advocate Herbert S. Denenberg to the Public Utility Commission The vote was 28- 22. Sens. A. J. and James Kel- voted for Denenberg. William Duffield of Uniontown voted against. All are The vote came in a session that took only 10 minutes. It means Denenberg will have to step down from the PUC and probably will leave state government service. It was a defeat predicted by Senate leaders and by Denen- berg himself. He was nominat- ed last year to serve an eight- year term on the regulatory agency by Gov. Milton J. Shapp was immediately opposed by many especially Senate Majority Leader Thomas Nolan The Senate Rules Committee Tuesday cleared the way for the confirmation vote by rejecting Gov. Milton J. Shapp's request for a delay and voting 11-5 to send the nomination to the Senate floor. accused Shapp of breaking a promise to see that the nomination would Dent says more Vietnam aid 'stupidity' WASHINGTON It would be for the U.S. to provide any additional mil- itary aid to the faltering Souti Vietnam accord- ing to U. S. Rep John D-Ligonier. Dent also is opposed to pro- viding humanitarian aid to Vi- etnam unless spending of the fir ov U. S. pe-sonnel on the scene. Ljnt gave his views on the de fcnorating situation in South- east Asia during an mteniew with The Valley Independent Washington Bureau. aw already spent billion in Southeast Asia and what do we have to show for said Dent. He cited reports that the South Vietnamese army had abandoned one billion dollars worth of S. piovided mili- tary equipment and airplanes in their headlong retreat. reports give you he added. is no way we can continue this pace of non-rewarding Dent was also sharply critical of South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu who has blamed the U. S. for the col- be held in committee until he had the 54 votes necessary for confirmation. called the nomination up in the Rules Committee despite his state- ment to newsmen Monday that no action would be taken on Denenberg's nomination this week. Nolan said he changed his mind after meeting with Shapp Tuesday morning it became apparent to me that the governor is trying to use the Senate by putting the pressure on us to vote Mr. Denenberg Nolan was asked by reporters if he thought the governor wanted to get rid of Denenberg and thought the Senate would do it for him he replied. See DENENBERG-Page 2 'WE'RE THE TOPS' Actor Art Carney won the best actor and Francis Ford who won three Oscars for smile happily as they hold up their awards received at the 47th annual Academy Awards presenta- tions last night. Beginning of battle for Saigon SAIGON CommuEist troops pushed into two province capitals within 40 miles of Saigon today in what could be the beginning of the trended battle for the South Vietnamese capital Field reports said the Cum- munists pushed to the center of Xuan 38 miles northeast of SP 4 the south end of Tan 25 miles southwest of the capital Backed by heavy rocket and mortar the Communists also overran Binh Khanh district six miles west of Xuan Loc The fate of the 300 troops at Binh Khanh was unknown. The officers told UPI the Communists were attempting to lest the ouier Saigon defense perimeter by massing troops and attacking Xuan Loc At Tan on key Highway 4 See 2 Monessen delays buy of school supplies By FRITZ HUYSMAN Due to a change in the state's subsidy payment schedule this school Monessen School District has had to postpone the purchase of all or major por- tions of instructional equipment and furniture need- ed for the 1975-76 term because of a lack of money. Last Monessen School Board did approve the pur- chase of a partial list of sup- plies and equipment totaling Dr. Joseph J. said purchases in some areas would have to wait until summer when the distnct has more state mon- ey coming in. The Monessen board normal- ly purchases the supplies and equipment needed for the next school year at one time as explained by Dr. Pallone last the state's change from four to three annual subsidy payments has hurt school districts across the Commonwealth Dr. who along with other district superintendents had forecast the current finan- cial problems soon after the state announced its new ment schedule last said the change bad cost Monessen alone about in lost in- vestments. Under the old payment sched- school district had the lux- ury of investing excess state monies until they were needed. with the payments now coming more many districts are finding it necessary to take out a loan to meet their which are due before the next state payment. In the bidders -wanted payment in 30 or 60 days but due to the current financial at- mosphere they demand imme- diate payment or tack on a two or five per cent financial charge Scene this Dent explains African trip lapse of his military forces. ''That's an said Dent. See 'STUPIDlTY'-Pagc 2 Inside Classified 25 Dear Abby 22 Editorials 4 Feature page 27 Hospital registers 26 Obitnarles 26 Sports 14 Television news 22 Theatre paie 23 Women's para 7 By RICHARD J. MALOY The Valley Independent Washington Bureau WASHINGTON U. S. Rep. John Dent has just returned from a two-week trip to Africa which took him to South Afri- ca and to Rhodesia. Dent said a primary purpose of the which took place during the congressional Easter was to examine a pi- oneering facility in South Afri- ca which converts coal into oil and gasoline. He was accompany by Reps. Richard and Harold D-N. M. a Ligonier Dem who represents part of the Yon said this was the first overseas trip he has taken in two years and that he went be- cause of his long-time interest in the coal convert ion prooest. South Africa claims to have the only commercially viable coal conversion plant operating anywhere in the world. It is located hi Sasolburg and provides about 17 per cent of all the gasoline consumed by South Africa. That nation is now building a second coal conversion with ten times the capacity of the original at a cost of billion. Dent said the South African which turns coal into oil and uses scientific and technical principles developed by the U. S. He has been critical of the failure of the U. S. to forge ahead with massive coat con- version plants of its noting flee 2 Female office workers in Monessen oohiug and aahiog over sheer yellow flowered top for gown. Charleroi neighbors dis- cussing tardy garbage pick- up. Two men changing oil in car as they enjoy day off at their Carroll Twp. homes. Movie buff in Charleroi being kidded on how he miss- ed Ellen Burstyn and Ingrid Bergman as Oscar winners. California State College coed jogging to class after discovering flat tire on her bicycle. Two boats passing each other on Monongahela River near Charleroi Monessen Bridge. New cars arriving at Eastgate garage in Mones- sen. Rostraver couple enjoy- ing first look at pictures of new granddaughter. Donora women raving about good spaghetti dinner cooked for them by a friend last night. Women boarding tras in front of St. Michael's tor trip D.C. of delayed payments which Monessen can't Dr. Pal- lone said. done the best we Dr. Pallone said areas will have to wait. We have no more money coming in until June Dr. Pallone indicated he thought Monessen would be able to get through without taking a loan this year. Concerning the delay in pur- chasing needed supplies and equipment until they are need- Dr. Pallone said it may be necessary to ask for new bids if the amount of the materials is Over Director Gene Malarbi asked if it had not been discuss- ed that the 17 member districts of Westmoreland Intermediate School Unit pool their resources and make a joint bid for sup- plies and equipment. Joseph Monessen IU said the matter has been discussed but mem- bers have been unable to solve several i n c 1 uding See MONESSEN-Page 2 'Godfather' top winner of Oscars LOS ANGELES Godfather Part IT1 completed an unprecedented one-two Academy Award sweep Tuesday night Ellen Burstyn won a close contest for the best actress Oscar and television comedian Art Carney climaxed a night of surprises by taking the Oscar for best actor. Godfather Part IT was named best picture first time an Oscar-winning movie was followed by an Oscar- winning sequel outdis- tanced all rivals with a total of seven awards. It was a night of triumph for Francis Ford who won an Oscar himself as best director for and shared the Oscar for writing the film with Mario author of the best-selling novel that began it all. Coppola saw his own family do as well as his powerful fictitious with his father Carmine Coppola taking an Oscar for the movie's a rare and possibly unprece- dented father-son victory. It See OSCARS-Page 2 Cost of living went up WASHINGTON The government's hypothetical family of four needed 12 to 14 per cent more money during the 12 months ending last October just to keep up with its living style in the previous year. The Bureau of Labor Statis- tics published its annual au- tumn budget for three levels of living Tuesday. The data is built around a model family in an urban area. Everything in the autumn 1974 budget cost more than the autumn 1973 and the added income needed meant significantly higher taxes. The impact of recent tax legislation will show up in the autumn 1975 family budgets.' The Labor Department's hypothetical family includes a SB-year-old man employed full a nonworking a boy 13 and a girl 8. If such a family were to have an life it would require up 13.5 per cent from the previous year. At the low standard of the hypothetical family of four needed a year to match the 1973 an increase of 12.4 per cent The- high budget was up 14.2 per cent The intermediate-level family would spend a for up per cent. Housing would cost a up per cent. Within this housing house furnishings and operation costs See OOSV-Ptge 2 In Charleroi New way of money borrowing Charleroi Borough Council has discovered a new method of money to meet current ex- penses without going to the At its regular monthly meeting last council ratified the transfer of more than from two separate accounts to the general fund for operational purposes. The transactions involved transferring from the off-street parking account from receipts received in January and March and from the transportation account to help meet payrolls and pay life insurance and retirement premiums for bor- ough employes. The amount of the transfers totaled Councilman Hirera Little questioned the transfer of funds from the transportation stating they should be kept intact since the revenue is de- rived from a borough-operated bus and used only for maintenance and driver salaries. It was explained by President Fred C. Briggs and Councilman Armand A. finance chair- the transfers averted the need of borrowing money from a bank to meet financial at the same time negating the payment of interest on a loan. an economic move that saves the borough said F. Briggs. Councilman Theodore H. bus assured Little that transportation account records are kept on a monthly and yearly basis to comply with Pennsylvania Department of Transpor- tation regulations since the borough is reimbursed for providing transportation under a senior citizens program. Balsano also pointed out that revenue from off- street parking was available since an annual bond payment of for the parking plaza at Seventh St. and Fallowfie'd Ave. does not come due until Council took no action on a request by Execu- tive Director David Sweet of the Mon Valley Coun- cil of Governments to become affiliated with a regional code enforcement program to be admin- istered by the agency. According to COG will provide the man- power to enforce the four basic codes of See 2 News in brief Conflict on orphan I iff WASHINGTON There were conflicting accounts concerning whether more Vietnamese or- phans will be flown to adopting parents in the United States. An official for the Agency for Inter- national Development said he expects up to more children to arrive. But a spokesman for the agency handling said his group knows of no more flights leaving Saigon. Hong eight in Koreo SEOUL The South Korean government hanged eight men today on charges of organizing student demonstrations to overthrow President Park Chung-Hee. Shortly about students took to the streets of Seoul to protest Park's repressive rule and several clashes with police were reported. Portugal restricts U.S. LISBON Portugal's leftwmg government has barred the United States fiom using an Ameri- can base in the Azores Islands to supply Israel during any new Middle East war. But Prime Min- ister Vasco Goncalves has promised to honor all of Portugal's past commitments to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Protest strip mine bill WASHINGTON Hundreds of Appalachia coal miners and truck drivers donned their hard waved picket signs and rumbled their rigs past the Capitol and White House yesterday to start lobbying against a bill to regulate strip min- ing. They complained the bill is so restrictive it would effectively end strip mining in their hill country and throw them out of work. Lost hikers found PINKHAM N. H. David Cor- and Jane were located shortly after noon yesterday after surviving a blizzard by huddling in a lean-to for four The young couple got lost while hiking on Mt. Washington Sat- urday.   

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