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   Valley Independent, The (Newspaper) - January 9, 1986, Monessen, Pennsylvania                               Washington County in new industry lure By TERESA SOKOL A new computer system to index JBdustrial properties in Washington County and surrounding areas should be in operation by the end of the month. Washington County .Commis- sioners Prank Ed Paluso and Metro Petrosky yesterday unveiled this latest effort to categorize industrial properties with the goal of marketing the informa- tion to potential developers Through the computeriz- ed Regional Industrial Property potential will be made aware of the commercial or in- dustrial properties in the area which can suit the ir needs. The RIPS program was developed and funded by the Southwestern Pennsylvania Regional Planning Commission for the redevelopment agency Penn Southwest and the immediate six- county area. The SPRPC has provided Penn the industrial develop- ment office of each county and the city of Pittsburgh with computer ter- minals connected by telephone to a computer maintained at the SPRPC headquarters in Pittsburgh. Each participant pays dues to the SPRPC for the use of the com- puterized index. Total start-up cost of the program has been in excess of which has been paid for through grants to the SPRPC. The value of the accor- ding to the is its availability to an inven- tory of industrial and commercial properties in each county. industrial realtors and others interested in the southwestern Pennsylvania for potential development can obtain access to the information. Yesterday's press conference and demonstration took place in the county's industrial development of- fices where the computer is already operational. Some including Mon Valley industrial have been logged into the data banks. Between and sites are expected to be added to the listing Mascara said .RIPS is part of an ongoing effort by the county and SPRPC to the economy in the also fills the need for a regional industrial multi-list and provides for further cooperationbetween private and public entities in efforts to stimulate the economy of the Mascara said. In Washington County of- ficials worked with 90 firms con- sidering expansion or location into the county. Mascara also said that 25 new industrial projects were com- pleted or are now underway These projects brought about new jobs and represented an invest- ment of over million in Washington but Mascara said he hopes that the new computer system wUl allow county officials to Paluso pointed out that if the system results in only a handful of those incomes will for the start-up cost of RIPS. But he was optimistic that the system would be valuable to the county. another tool and white it won't solve all our it will certainly help us in marketing this who also heads the Greater Charleroi Industrial Page INDEPENDENT The VALLEY The Daily Newspaper For Everyone in the AAid-Monongahela Valley Area 84th NO. 163 684-5200 THURSDAY JAN- 1986 16 Pages Weather Outlook fair. Low in the mid 20s. mostly sunny. High near 40. PER COPY News At A Glance National Remedy for BOSTON A recently tested nasal spray containing laboratory-produced interferon stops the most common type of cold virus from sweeping through entir researchers said today. Two independent studies showed the spray prevented between 78 and 79 percent of colds caused by the virus. Smoking habits BOSTON Average smokers who kick the habit will gain about 10 even if they don't eat because nicotine is no longer forcing the body to burn Swiss doctors say. the researcher the weight gain will taper off after about three months. Shuttle grounded CAPE Fla. The luckless shuttle Columbia was bolted to its launchpad today while engineers straggled to fix a rocket engine propellant valve in time to allow a record sixth launch attempt Friday. Even if the valve is bad weather forecast for Friday raised the specter of another delay. Acid rain fight WASHINGTON A five-year program to fight acid drafted by top U.S. and Canadian has been submitted to President Reagan and Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. Probe of Texaco HOUSTON Pennzoil Co. is seeking a federal investiga- tion into leaks it claims Texaco Inc made about a possible settlement of a billion damage judgment that allegedly triggered wild swings in Pennzoil x-k prirps Chairman J. Hugh Liedtke also broke off talks with Texaco. International Seeks support Libya Libya accused President Reagan of that surpasses and sought support from U.S allies who have resisted Reagan's call for sanctions to punish Col. Moammar Khadafy. Khadafy met with Western envoys Wednesday night and called for cooperation in the Mediterranean. Fear in Manila Philippines Government critics today said they feared a reported assassina- tion attempt on President Ferdi- nand Marcps's daughter could lead to a reimposition of martial law and cancellation of Febru- ary's elections. Marcos enforced martial law from citing conspiracies to topple him. Meet with Botha South Afri- ca Members of a U.S. congressional delegation that met with President Pieter Botha Wednesday are pessimistic about prospects for racial reform in white-ruled South Africa. The six-member delegation flew to Cape Town for a meeting today with Allaj an opposition leader. _______ Inside Today Classified Ads.....................13.14 TV Family Hospitals.............................. Jack Anderwn...................... Sports..........................MMI.II Valley Weather Outlook.......................5 High speed rail plan seen enhancing area EARLY START Ryan Barnhart is only five-months but already he's an ardent basketball fan. His uncle. Joey is a member of the Mon Valley Catholic High School freshman team that defeated Beth- Center yesterday afternoon. Holding the son of Bruce and Mary Jo Barnhart of is his grandfather Bill Zosky. The child's father is head football trainer at California University of Penn- sylvania. V alltj Independent Pholo I red u By BOB GARDNER Plans to establish a high speed rail system between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia with a stop at Greensburg would give the Mon Valley economy an added according to state Sen J. Barry Stout D are pro- posing that a minimum 75 percent of the construction and technology STOUT for such a system be produced by Pennsylvania explained chairman of the Pennsylvania Senate's Transportation who also serves as vice chairman of the state legislature's High Speed In- tercity Rail Passenger Commission. Wheeling-Pittsburgh has a rail mill and the system will run on they could bid on the project and. if could receive a contract which would provide more The proposed system is expected to cost between billion and billion to build and would be opera- tional sometime around the year 2000 Stout said a consortorium of consulting engineenng firms hired by the commission in 1983 when the high speed rail system study was first initiated have recommended one of two sites for construction of a system station in Pittsburgh at Station Square or at the old Penn- sylvania Railroad Station. Stout will appear in Greensburg this afternoon to publically an- nounce his commission's recom- mendations that the Greensburg sta- tion be constructed to the ex- isting Amtrak railroad station. there is no direct connec- tion to the Mon the Greensburg station will provide this area with access to Philadelphia and points in Stout said. Stout said another local advantage Four seeking Charleroi Board seat Fayette City Borough Cornell L the ott Only one item appears on the agenda for a special of Charleroi Area School Board next Monday I Jan. But it's a very important matter. The directors will meet at 7 p.m. in the library of the junior-senior high school for the purpose of filling a vacancy on the board. The opening was created last month when Lorraine Caruso resigned to become tax collector of Fallowfield a position she won in the November general election. Mrs. Caruso was in the middle of her second term as a school meaning the successor to be named by the board will serve the remaining two years of Mrs. Caruso's four-year term. That is. the new director will serve through December of when the board and will have to run in uie municipdi eietaioiia u he or she wishes to gain a full four-year term. Four persons have made applica- tion for the vacancy left by Mrs. Caruso. Deadline for submitting a letter of application was Dec. according to school board president William Cominsky. setting that deadline we allowed the board a couple of weeks to really consider a successor to Mrs. Caruso. We want a full board as soon as possible because we have some important things to get on with for the school Cominsky explained. Four candidates will be consid- ered for the position Monday. They include former Charleroi Council- man Fred Mrs JoAnn Teaford of Michael Rebich of Fallowfield Township and Mrs. Musatta Carrozza of Charleroi According to four candidates are considered uuaniieu uy school board. all have pretty good qualifications and would be good school directors. It's a shame we can only pick he commented. Briggs has at least 12 years experience in municipal govern- Mrs Teaford has a back- ground in education and has been been a part-time instructor in home economics at Seton Hill Rebich has taken an active role in the Charleroi Band Boosters organi- zation and Mrs Carrozza has an education background and is involved in a personal care facility in Charleroi The board has been considering applicants since its reorganization session in December. a veteran was elected to his third term as president of the board at that session. In addition to Cominsky. the all of whom won re-election last Robert who had been serving on an appointed basis and who also won a four-year term in '85 and holdovers Bruce Joseph Marshall and Joyce Yohe. Moody was elected vice president of the board at the reorganization session. The board's choice as Mrs Caruso's successor won't have to wait long to get into action. The board will hold its monthly informa- tional session Jan at p.m. and its regular monthly meeting Monday. Jan. at And that successor will be taking a board seat at an important time of the school year as the directors look ahead to preparations of the 1986-87 operating budget for the school district The board is also developing a me nieinoers 01 me Carroll. Robert and Kenneth junior-senior high school. Reagan steps up sanctions on Libya WASHINGTON Presi- dent still lacking a ing to link Moammar Khadafy to is embarked on an escalated campaign against Libya combining economic pain with the implicit threat of military attack. Delivering a one-two punch against Khadafy with economic sanctions and freezing Libyan government assets in this Reagan today looked to U.S. allies to strengthen an economic boycott designed to punish Libya for alleged sponsorship of terrorism. The administration also held out the prospect of additional unilateral to both increase pressure on Khadafy and demonstrate to ner- vous allies that Reagan is determin- ed to see his drive succeed with or without their help. The State Department stressed the steps taken to date be thought of as an of earlier moves to exert pressure on Libya and part of graduated course of is not the final said State Department spokesman Bernard Kalb. are prepared to consider additional When asked if military reprisals were among he have not foreclosed any Reagan turned the screws again Wednesday with his freeze on Li- byan government assets mostly funds held in U.S. banks here and abroad A senior U.S. official .estimated the amount at Scene This Morning of millions of The move came just one day after in a similar executive severed all commercial con- tacts between the United States and Libya. Related Stories On Pages 2 And 8 As consultations with foreign capitals the prospects for a unified Western drive to isolate Libya remained doubtful. White House spokesman Larry Speakes insisted after a round of diplomatic contacts Wednesday that number of important coun- none of them identified were studying the U.S. moves deep are pleased and we believe we have caught their attention on what we consider to be a very impor- tant Speakes said far so good on our underscored the need for allied solidarity case is so he told a group of reporters from independent television net- if we could all stand together and isolate that that country would then have to change its ftigiit. BVA junior Ugh wrestlers looking good. One year of happineu lor Dayaa and Jeff. Tennis buffo in looking for a court. MoMwgahela Dmtevy bard brightening the day M. TIME TO SPARE Jeff Nelson of Monessen balances a bowling tenpin at Brunswick SI Lanes in Rostraver where he serves as chief mechanic. Owners and operators of area bowling estab- lishments have little time to spare as they face busy sche- dules. Details of those activities for area bowlers are on Pages 10-11. ViNey IMtymfeM PkoM By Fni In a further bid to marshal world opinion against the State Department released a report alleg- ing Libyan involvement in 58 previously known incidents of ter- rorism between 1979 and 1985 were any new details of alleged terrorist training camps in Libya or conclusive proof of Libyan involvement in the Dec. 27 airport attacks in Rome and Vienna laid to pro-Libyan Palestinian renegade Abu Nidal that promp- ted Reagan to seek retaliation against Khadafy Reagan asserted Tuesday that the United States had to link Khadafy and Nidal. But in discussing the a State Department official conceded. is no smoking gun. We are obviously convinced. What con- vinces us it but we think very of the high speed rail system is that it would be operated by electricity and that electricity could be produc- ed by coal mined in the area with the result that more coal mining jobs could be opened. When the high speed rail system could carry passengers the 300 mile distance between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh in as little as two hours about an hour less than conventional rail travel and an hour more than by air at speeds of between 200 and 250 miles an hour. The commission's rail study is in Rail. Page Area jobless count shows downs The unemployment picture in the Pittsburgh labor market for Novem- which includes the. Mid-Mon Valley darkened slightly with the only bright spot being improve- ment in Washington County. The Pittsburgh labor market area includes Washington and Westmoreland counties Joblessness in Washington County in while it rose in Fayette. Washington and Westmoreland according to statistics released Wednesday by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. Figures show that Washington County's unemployment rate decreased to 99 percent of the civilian labor a .5 percent drop from the 10.4 percent the county recorded for October. Fayette County recorded the largest increase in the unemploy- ment rate of the four jumping to 12.4 percent. This represents a 2.1 percent increase in November from the 103 percent reported for October Westmoreland County recorded a i- r I _ JOLJlbab laiC Ul 3.9 t v sentmg a 4 percent increase from the 9.5 percent recorded in October. Also recording a .4 percent increase was Allegheny with the unemployment rate rising from 7 3 percent in October to 7.7 percent in November. Figures for individual communi- ties in the Mid-Mon Valley are not available since the department does not record statistics for municipali- ties with less that according to department spokesman Mike Acquaviva. The department did that the Novem- ber unemployment rates for most municipalities and counties in the greater Pittsburgh area increased. The figures for the four county despite increases in are better than for the same period a year ago when Allegheny County reported an unemployment rate of 9.1 percent. Fayette County a rate of 15.2 Washington County 13 percent and Westmoreland County 111 percent. The increases in the jobless rate last November for Jobless. Gaydos seeks new term in Congress U.S Rep Joseph M. Gaydos will seek re-election to Congress this year. who represents the 20th Congressional which comprises sections of Allegheny and Westmoreland including Rostraver Twp and other areas of the mid-Mon said he will file for the Democratic nomination in the Primary Election May The' incumbent legislator holds several key national positions in Congress. Me is the ranking majori- ty member on both the House Education Labor which handles some of the most sensitive and important legislation in and the Administration which authorizes and monitors spending for the House of Representatives. In addition. Gavdos is chairman of the Subcommittee on Heaitn ana responsible for legislation dealing with on-the-job safety for and the Subcommittee on which has jurisdiction over funds allocated most House committees for studies and investigations. The local lawmaker also is dean of Pennsylvania's 23-member congres- sional delegation and serves as chairman of the executive commit- tee ot tne Congressional Steei Caucus. As Health and Safety Gaydos consistently fights for improved protection at the work site for all particularly those engaged in high risk occupation. he is conducting hearings on the dangers faced by persons involved in the production and Page   

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