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Valley Independent, The (Newspaper) - November 1, 1975, Monessen, Pennsylvania Weather Variable cloudiness tonight and Sunday with chance of scattered showers tomorrow. Low tonight in mid-40s, high Sunday in low 60s. Chance of rain 20 per cent tonight and GO per cent tomorrow. 74th YEAR-NO. 106 The VALLEY INDEPENDENT The Daily Newspaper of the Mid-Monongahela Valley Area SATURDAY EVENING, NOVEMBER 1, 1975 Task force A black tusk force on education headed by a Monessen woman has been formed by the state NAACT. See Page II. 20'per copy 81.10 every week by currier 95.00 every month by motor route' Lunch costing more at some area schools By FRITZ HUYSMAN Students are paying between five and 10 cents more to eat lunch this school year in four mid-Mon Valley school districts. Increased food costs and-or pay increases for cafeteria em- ployes are largely responsible for increased lunch prices, ac- cording to spokesmen at Bentworth, Charleroi Area, Elizabeth Forward and Yough school districts. A Valley Independent survey reveals that Charleroi and Elizabeth Forward increased student lunches a dime, Yough a nickel, and Bentworth 10 cents for secondary and five cents.for elementary students. Student lunch prices are the same as last year at Bethlehem- Center, Belle Vernon Area, California Area, Ringgold, Frazier and Monessen school districts. Monessen, however, did increase the cost of faculty lunches from 60 to 75 cents. Overall, lunch at area elementary schools ranges in price from 35 cents cents and at secondary schools from 40 cents to 55 cents. Area teachers pay from 60 cents to Si for lunch. The daily elementary lunch prices in each district follows: Belle Vernon Area, 40 cents (35 cents if purchased by the Bentworth, 50 cents; Bethlehem-Center, 40 cents; California Area, 45 cents; Charleroi Area, 45 cents; Elizabeth Forward, 45 cents: Frazier, 40 cents; Monessen, SO cents; Ringgold, 40 cents; and Yough, 50 cents. Daily secondary lunch prices Belle Vernon Area, 45 cents (40 cents if purchased by the Bentworth, 55 cents: Bethlehem-Center, 45 cents; California Area, 50 cents; Charleroi Area, 50 cents; Elizabeth Forward, 50 cents: Frazier, 45 cents; Monessen, 50 cents; Mon Valley Catholic, 60 cents; Ringgold, 50 cents; and Yough, 55 cents. Although six districts held the line on lunch prices, cafeteria officials at two of the schools said their lunch prices probably should have been increased this year. They cited rising food costs, pay increases and-or cuts in government subsidies as the reason. One cafeteria manager noted the cost of a case ol canned corn has risen from to while green beans increased from to and fruit cocktail jumped from to A cafeteria dietician at one of the schools that didn't raise prices this year said her costs have increased more because of the increased price of cleaning and kitchen supplies than food. Supplies such as soap and cleaning cleanser and kitchen materials such as garbage bags, plastic wrap and paper napkins and plates have noticeably increased in price since last year. On the other hand, she said her overall food costs have jumped only about one or two per cent. When asked what is the answer to combating rising costs, one cafeteria manager suggested frugal shopping habits. "I must now watch for sales just like any other grocery shesaid. As for the outlook for food costs, she said a salesman recently told her to expect prices to continue to increase. In an effort to combat rising costs and oilier cafeteria related problems, Elizabeth Forward and Bethlehem-Center have hired Bus transportation on rise, too Pupil transportation costs have increased more than in the past three years at 10 mid-Mon Valley public school districts. The increased costs are due in large to the im- plementation of state Act 372 and the occurrence of the United States' first major gasoline shortage since World War II, according .to state Department of Education statistics. Act 372 requires public school systems to bus parochial and private students to any school within a 10-mile radius of their district boundaries. Just months after this controversial law went into effect, a fuel shortage caused the price of gasoline to skyrocket. These developments caused area pupil transportation costs to jump or about 17 per cent between 1972-73 and 1973-74. In Allegheny County, total transportation costs rose million or about 16 per Cent during this period, while Washington County increased or about 10 per cent in the same period. ______________________ The biggest increase in Washington County was recorded by Charleroi School District, where busing costs rose almost (25 per cent between 1972-73 and 1973- 74. Bentworth incurred the county's third highest increase at Ringgold and Bethlehem-Center were next at and respectively. Sparsely populated districts in Washington and West- moreland counties found that Act 372 enabled them to make more efficient use of existing bus service. They were able to increase the number of pupils they bused without incurring the added expense of expanding service. A comparison of transportation costs-for 10 area school districts between the 1972-73 and 1973-74 school years, as provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Education follows: Bentworth See an outside agency to handle their cafeteria operations. Both hired Interstate United Management Services Corp. of Turtle Creek. Elizabeth Forward Supt. Revetta sa id school officials are "very happy" with the company, which look over the district's cafeterias last year. Beth-Center hired Interstate last month. "It gets us out of the restaurant business, which we shouldn't be in anyway, and allows us more time to do what we're supposed to be here Revetta said. Like Elizabeth Forward, several area school districts operate a satellite lunch program whereby lunches are prepared at one building and then transported to outlying schools. Also, there are still schools in the area which don't have a hot lunch program. In these cases, students either go home, carry their lunch or at the Donora Division of Ringgold High Schools, students can purchase a prepared sandwich at the school, ac- cording to a district administrator. officials for the most part claim their cafeteria operations are sell sustaining with the help of state and federal subsidies. One noticeable exception is the Yough School District where losses totaled during the 1973-74 term, according to the Department of Education's Bureau of Educational Administration and Management Support Services. In previous years, the Yough cafeteria system was in the red by as much as but management practices improved in the past year with the employment of a new cafeteria manager, the state agency reported after visiting the district earlier this year. One cafeteria manager said the more children that eat the easier it is to keep costs down. However, cafeteria operators find that many children, especially on the secondary level, choose either not to cat lunch or carry their own depending on the cafeteria menu. State Sen. William E. Duffield has no intentions to resign his position. "I don't think I should leave office." Duffield said vesterday from Phoenix, Ariz., where he's staying while his wife, Eloise, is recovering from pneumonia. "There wasn't anything connected with Senate Duffield declared. "Most of whatever they allege occurred before I got" in the Senate." Duffield, 53, a Democrat from Uniontown, was disbarred or. his own request by the state Supreme Court last week rather than accept a two'-year suspension on seven counts of misconduct, in- cluding two instances in which he admitted converting to his own use nearly of clients'money. "I've had one thing on my mind, regardless of being persecuted back there, and that's trying to get my wife he said. Late yesterday Duffield was granted a postponement on his Senate hearing from Nov. 7 to Nov. 13. in he Duffield asked for the delay, he said, because he did not want to leave his wife. Duffield was stripped of his committee posts this week by the Senate. He said of that action: "I think with all the public pressure that was something that was necessary to do. I don't like it, but I feel that the Senate is on the spot on it and they had to do something." He emphasized his previous contention that none of his clients lost anything dealings with him, but declined to elaborate. "Let's say he ex- plained, "there was never anything missing from the accounts at all. The accounts will confirm that. I'm not saying the money was there, I'll have to explain that to the Senate investigating com- mittee. "There's no use trying this in the newspapers. I've been tried, convicted and sentenced already, according to the media in Pittsburgh. What more can I say? It's been a bigger issue than the (Frank) See 3 oes on Ford tv to testify MARCHING parents casting delighted looks, students at Crest Ave. Elementary School in Charleroi staged their annual Halloween parade yesterday. The students marched to nearby Meadow Ave, returned for a; traditional party. Meadow Ave. students also paraded to the Crest building before holding their parly. Among the Halloween displays at the school were parts of the Charleroi Lions Clubs Flipper parade iioat.__________-------- Stay out of Scene this morning Halloween mask parking meter in Donora. Speers woman preparing for son's Halloween party. Large frying pan dangling from trunk of car in Belle Vernon. Falloufield couple looking forward to 60th wedding anniversary gathering tomorrow. Preparations being made for Greyhound Day parade. Mixologist jogging in Charleroi. 75-year-old hula dancer showing off first prize at Halloween party held by Dunlevy Scouts. Charleroi Cub Scout fathers practicing new steps to Heaven they learned at Halloween party at Fallowfield church. area W.T. Grant has no plans for closing its store in Grant's Plaza, Rostraver Twp. This was apparent following announcement yesterday of a massive store closing program that will restrict Grant operations to the nor- theastern United States. Grant announced it will close 280 stores by the end of the year. All of the closings will be in the far west, mid- west and south. Two stores to be closed in Pennsylvania include one in Washington, Pa., and in Lansdale, Montgomery County. The Washington, Pa. store is located on North Main St. When Grant filed for bankruptcy it had stores in 40 states. It previously See Continental Bar Monessen Cold beer to go ori Sun., Ice 50c. Monessen Foodland customers; Third St. now open. Franco Vesting normally' MADRID, Spain (UPI) Generalissimo Francisco Franco "rested normally" through the night and then received com- munion today from the priest who gave him the last rites of the Roman Catholic church a week ago. a medical bulletin said. Although his condition remained grave, the bulletin said, Franco received communion with his family and his civilian and military chiefs at his beside in El Pardo Palace. Tax break for working parents WASHINGTON (UPI) The House Ways and Means Committee has voted to increase tax breaks for millions of working parents. The committee Friday wrapped up final details of a tax revision bill. It included a provision under which parents who must pay expenses for child care or for care of an incapacitated relative in order for both to work could subtract 20 per cent of these payments directly from lax bills. So could single heads of households who must pay similar expenses. Guam shaken by earthquake AGANA. Guam (UPI) A mild earthquake rumbled Ihrough Guam at mid-morning today, breaking water pipes, knocking down power lines and shattering plate glass windows. No one was reported injured and police said property damage was light. Syria told By United Press International Israel's chief of staff and diplomatic sources in Washington have warned if Syria intervened in the Lebanese civil war, Israel would have no choice but to launch a military attack. In Tel Aviv, Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Mordechai Gur said Friday that "presence" of Syrian military in Lebanon would be a drastic geopolitical change, and Israel, including the Israel Defense Forces, would have to answer." Diplomatic sources in Washington were more blunt. They warned that Israel has concluded it would have no alternative except to invade Lebanon if Syria intervened in the current fighting between Moslems and Christians. The sources said the United States has sent word to Syria to stay out of Lebanon unless Damascus wants to trigger Israeli military action. WASHINGTON (UPI) President Ford, complying with a judge's order, gave unprecedented test imony today which may be used in the trial of a young woman accused d d oof trying to kill him in Sacramento almost two months ago. Ford's appearance before a judge, lawyers and television cameras in the Executive Office Building this morning represented the first time an incumbent President had testified in a criminal proceeding, according to Library of Congress researchers. Ford complied with a judge's order that he give sworn testimony on videotape in the criminal case of Lynctle Alice "Squeaky" Fromme, who is charged with at- tempting to assassinate him Sept. 5. Ford agreed to submit to questioning under oath before the cameras by Miss From- me's attorney, John Virga, in a third floor conference room of the Executive Office Building. U.S. District Judge Thomas McBride of Sacramento, Calif., who ordered the session, flow to Washington to preside over it. Scheduled to altcnd for the prosecution were U.S. Attorney Dwayne Keyes and Assistant Attorney General Richard Thornburgh. chief of the criminal division of the Justice Department. The sworn deposition was requested by Miss Frommc's lawyers. The tape will be shown to the the jury in her trial, opening Tuesday in Sacramento if the defense sc requests. Ford already has submitted a written statement for use in the trial. In it he said he recalled little of what hap- pened when she allegedly pointed a loaded .-15-caliber pistol at him as he walked toward the capitol in Sacramento. McBride ruled Oct. 21 that Ford would have to submit to videotaped d e I" e n s e questioning in addition to his written statement. On Sunday, Ford will fly to Jacksonville, Fla. Football Scores Beth-Center 41, Brenlwood 8 Bentworth 62, West Green 0 South Allegheny 15, Brownsville 0 Monessen 56, Belle Vernon Area 20 Thomas Jefferson 14, Ringgold 8 East Allegheny 6, Yough 0 Swissvale 14, California Area 0 German Twp. 30, Frazier 6 Dunmore 35, Tunkhunnock 8 (See details on Pages 8-9) THEY'RE NO. Monessen High School's unbeaten football team, which finished its regular season with a 9-0-0 record last night by defeating Befje Vernon Area, Honored today in a parade which kicked off Greyhound Day'in the city, the Big 10 Conference champions will open their bid for WP1AL Class AAA honors next Friday when they face Castle at the BVA Stadium. The Greyhounds include: Front Row (left to Freado, Dave P'eehan, Eugene Gladys, Ray Sutton, Bruce Destefano, Herman Mihalich, Terry Dzimiera, Bill Bailey, Ralph Brautigan, Michael Koval, Bob Rechichar, Jo Jo Heath, Jeff Hill, Delvin Miller. Second Row Hill, Scott Myshin, Dean Gilman, Leroy Majors. Dave Bucci, Dave Santoro. David Grogan, Andy Grogan, Mike Kuvinka, Andy Yartin, Anthony Lom- bardo, John Persico, Jimmy Scott, Van West. Third Row (I- Smith, Billy James, Vernon Holmes, Dave Ferguson, Mark Colombo, Brian Lane, Mark Tobacco, Ricky Yuschak, Richard Williams, Tom Floyd, Brian Chulig, Mike Tarquinio, Jeff French, Joe Mascetta, Kevin DeSalle. Fourth Row Coccari, Daryl Johnson, Reggie Roger Brandemarte, B.J. Veschio, Ralph Pacy, Brian Hill, Dan French, Don Seroko, Jeff Stark, Vince Jarabeck, Steve Major, Benny Zajack, John Hill, Bird Billy, Jim Floyd.
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