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   Evening Standard, The (Newspaper) - November 16, 1974, Uniontown, Pennsylvania                               Approved By Penn State Campus Mining Education Center Formal designation of a Regional Min- ing Education Center at Penn State Fayette Campus was approved yester- day by the university's Board of Trustees. The Center will serve as a focal point for specialized training and education programs designed to assist the Com- monwealth in taking a leading role in meeting the nation's energy demands. Dr. John W. Oswald, president of the university, said the Center "will provide a vehicle for consolidating facilities and faculty in an organized and systematic manner to efficiently and effectively develop the many new programs which will be needed in the future." The designation of such a he added, "emphasizes the University's commitment to continue its leadership in mining education and research and to strengthen and broaden its services to the people of the Commonwealth and the Nation as a whole." Under the plan, the Center will be an integral part of the Fayette Campus and will be administered by Hugh M. Barclay, director of the Campus. Current educational programs, in- cluding the first and second years of a baccalaureate degree program in Earth and Mineral Sciences and an associate degree program in Mining Engineering Technology, will continue. The Mining Engineering Technology Program, first of its kind in the state, has developed a national reputation for excellence in its seven years of opera- tion. More than 120 students are current- ly enrolled and the Campus is under pressure to expand the program. Other programs which will continue to be offered include electrical and mine inspectors certification classes, appren- tice miner orientation, mine machine mechanics training, in-plant manage- ment development for supervisory per- sonnel, and work-study programs with industry. Mr. Barclay said programs now being offered at other non-campus locations of the University could be immediately im- plemented at the Fayette Campus. These include mining management, mine machine operators training, assis- tant mine foreman training, expanded organized labor education and expanded work-study programs. Dr. Charles L. Hosier, dean of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences at the University, said that as the Center develops, additional potential programs will be proposed such as mine maintenance management; mining and environmental impact; and programs for fulfilling new federal and state cer- tification. Some of the proposed programs, it was explained, will be conducted in ex- isting facilities of the Campus. "Certain future Barclay said, "will involve the development of additional facilities such as a simulated, above-ground mine and mine support services, a classroom-laboratory building, offices, and supportive ser- vices. "These facilities will be equipped with such things as heavy mine machines, technical laboratory equipment, audio- visual and other instructional equip- ment, and administrative and office equipment." Capital funds for construction of facilities and operational funds for pro- gram support will be sought from federal, state and private sources, it was explained. OUR 86TH YEAR NO. 283 FINAL 'The Paper That Goes Into The Home" UNIONTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 1974 15 CENTS UMW Council Balking At Proposed Contract By ROBERT A. DOBKIM AP Labor Writer WASHINGTON (AP) .Regional leaders of the United Mine Workers have balked at a proposed new contract, assuring that the nationwide coal strike will extend into a third week and force additional layoffs. The union's 38-member bargaining council possibly will seek a reopening of negotiations on the tentative agree- ment. That agreement took 2% months to hammer out and raised hopes for en- ding the strike after two weeks. However, earlier in the day, Guy Farmer, the chief industry negotiator, said the coal companies "are not open to renegotiate the agreement." He said the proposed contract represents the in- dustry's "final offer." The council recessed Friday night and had planned to return to consideration of the agreement today. But a further note of uncertainty and delay was then thrust into the picture by the killing of one council member in a hotel robbery. Stunned officials canceled the SAM LITTLEFIELD UMW Leader Slain bargaining council session and schedul- ed a memorial service for Sam Littlefield, 54, of Bessemer, Ala. UMW officials said it was unlikely that any further meetings of the bargaining council would be held over the weekend. Littlefield, UMW district president for Alabama, was shot after walking into a hotel room as two Utah union leaders were being held up. The assailant fled. The council must approve the ten- tative contract before it can be sub- mitted to the union members for ratification, a process that will take about 10 days. "I think we're in for a three-week strike said UMW Vice President Mike Trbovich. Under the tentative agreement reach- ed Wednesday with the coal companies, UMW miners would receive wage in- creases of 9 per cent the first year and 3 per cent in each of the next two years, plus cost-of-living raises and a hefty package of fringe benefits. Miners now make between and a day. Union sources said the bar- gaining council probably would recom- mend that the negotiating team go back to the bargaining table to seek a redistribution of benefits, as opposed to any attempt to fatten the settlement. The steel and railroad industries already have announced about layoffs and the government estimates that a four-week coal stoppage could idle workers; and an eight-week stoppage, about 1.7 million. The biggest coal users outside the steel industry are the electric utilities. Most have a two-to-three month supply, but some have less and the Tennessee Valley Authority has already appealed for voluntary reductions in electric use in its seven-state power service area. A long strike also could prompt a ma- jor confrontation between the govern- ment and the mine workers. Ford ad- ministration officials have indicated that a rejection of the proposed contract would bring governmental intervention, possibly the invoking of the Taf t-Hartley Act to order the miners back to work for an 80-day cooling off period. Citizen Participation Asked In Planning Bicentennial Fayette County Development Council is seeking citizen participation in plan- ning for the nation's bicentennial obser- vance in Fayette County. "We have to get you and your neighbor to add ideas on program Council President Ira B. Coldren Jr. said today. "To obtain popular support of programs and projects, we have to strive for popular participation. The Council is coordinating efforts in OK When will it end? Every utility now has asked, or has in- creased, rates in this district water, natural gas, electricity and phones. What else is there unless someone begins to tax the fresh air we breathe? County welfare errors and suspected fraud on the decline. That's great for the cost for welfare is high enough without having to pay the chiselers. Cost of welfare per month in Fayette County, using August as a basis, was a sizable monthly payroll, if you want to look at it as money coming into the county. Good news for a spell. President Ford has again rejected a gasoline tax increase. It was felt that higher gasoline costs would reduce driv- ing and therefore reduce the need for energy. But the automobile industry is facing massive layoffs due to the lack of new car sells and the President stopped that gasoline tax boost quickly, as he should. How about that, sugar for 50 cents or 60 cents a pound. Wonder what Mom will do during the holiday season with so much sugar need- ed to bake those Christmas season cookies? Shop for bargains probably. Well, the word is finally out. President Ford says he will be a can- didate for the presidency in 1976 because he likes the job. Good for him. That's be- ing honest about it. Go to church tomorrow. the cities, boroughs, and townships to create Bicentennial Committees, and in- vitations have been extended to the county's 42 municipalities to become in- volved in Bicentennial planning. Committees have been selected and general chairmen elected in the follow- ing communities: Connellsville, James K. Wagner; Uniontown, John Dunn; Belle Vernon, (in process of selecting a committee and electing a Dunbar, Peter Lapista; Everson, Den- nis Leighty; Fairchance, John Hiscar; Fayette City, Emma Williams; Markleysburg, John Spear, Masontown (committee selected, but chairman not yet Newell, Martin Swietzer; Ohiopyle, J. Stuart VanNosdeln; Perryopolis, James Blair; Point Marion, Mickey Titus; Smithfield, (hi process of selecting a committee and electing a chairman; South Connellsville, William Kimmel; Vanderbilt, Arthur Cumberland; and In- dian Creek Valley, E.S. Colborn. The three thematic areas of the bicentennial provide a vast opportunity for the "man-in-the-street" to add something to the planning of projects and events in his community, Mr. Coldren said. "These themes, "are Heritage '76 (preserving the Festival U.S.A. (understanding and celebrating the genesis and genius of our and Horizons '76 (commemorating the past by looking to the Once the Committees are formed in the various communities, a town meeting will be convened, probably in January 1975, at which time the coor- dinating of the planning for the Bicentennial will begin in earnest in the three thematic areas. The general chair- man of the Bicentennial Committees in Fayette County's municipalities will serve on the County coordinating com- mittee. The council's invitation to the various municipalities to appoint Bicentennial Committees is but another attempt to obtain grass-roots support for celebrating the nation's 200th birthday Earlier in the year, the Council sent out 800 questionnaires in a cross-sampling of Fayette Countians to determine how they wished to celebrate. Of the 800 per- sons surveyed, 162 responded and most of them favored "County-wide and in- dividual community celebrations." American Revolution Bicentennial Administration has officially designated Fayette County as a "Bicentennial Com- munity." However, in accordance with the recommendation of the American Revolution Bicentennial Administration the Development Council is suggesting that each municipality in Fayette County develops its program and become similarly designated. During December Chrysler May Close DETROIT (AP) Chrysler Corp., with a four month supply of unsold new cars, is considering closing most of its plants for the month of December, throwing at least workers off the job before Christmas. The auto maker is expected to close all but one of its six auto assembly plants, idling almost assemblers. One source said plans are to shut the plants from Dec. 2 to Jan. 6. Those shutdowns could force layoffs throughout the Chrysler system, sources said, throwing another or more workers off the job. Chrysler would neither confirm nor Outlook Bleak For Economy By JEFFREY MILLS Associated Press Writer Government statistics showing reduc- ed industrial output and reports of a December shutdown of most of Chrysler Corp.'s car assembly plants indicate a bleak Christmas season for factory workers. The Federal Reserve Board reported Friday that industrial production dropped last month for the fourth lime in five months. The drop of six-tenths of 1 per cent was the sharpest drop since February. And the board's analysis of the latest figures showed that last month's drop is not likely to be the end of deterioration in production. The Federal Reserve Board another decline in industrial output in November because of production cut- (Continued on Page 2, Col. 1) deny the reports, but a source who asked not to be identified said the firm ordered "zero" parts from suppliers for next week. A spokesman for the nation's No. 3 automaker said mounting inventories of unsold new cars had reached a "critical level." One of the firm's six assembly plants was closed indefinitely Friday. And an unknown number of white collar workers also were laid off indefinitely, sources said. Chrysler's stockpile of 1975 models is estimated at as of Oct. 31. That would supply Chrysler dealers for at least 110 days. Chrysler car sales during the first 10 days of November were off 34 per cent from a year ago. Industry-wide sales were off 22 per cent. All U.S. auto plants close between Christmas and New Year's as specified in contracts with the UAW. The planned layoff would rob the Chrysler workers of paid vacations dur- ing that time, and according to a UAW spokesman, would save Chrysler million. About of a total of about auto workers remained on layoffs industry-wide this week. Safety Buttons Found Unsafe THINK WASHINGTON (AP) The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is recalling lapel buttons promoting toy safety because the buttons have sharp edges, paint with too much lead and clips that could break off and be swallowed by children. The yellow buttons show a toy brown bear and black lettering proclaiming: Think Toy Safety." The buttons were sent to the commission's 14 field offices to be distributed to groups interested in toy safety. The commission said none of the buttons reached con- sumers. A spokesman said the buttons would be destroyed and the com- mission would probably pay the bill for the buttons to the Lewis Co. of Washington since the agency didn't specify in its con- tract that the buttons be safe. Routine safety tests by the com- mission revealed that paint on the buttons contained 1.97 per cent lead. The federal law policed by the commission limits lead in paint to 0.5 per cent. Fort Gets New Superintendent Robert L. Warren has been named as the new superintendent of Fort Necessi- ty. National Battlefield. The appointment was announced to- day by Gen. Supt James R. Zinck of the Western Pennsylvania Group, National Park Service. Mr. Warren, 34, comes to Fort Necessity with 12 years of government serive. Yule Plans For Manor Plans for Christmas gift giving, carol- ing and decorating at LaFayette Manor are being geared to best suit the needs of the Manor's 98 residents. Groups or individuals interested in "personal touch" gift giving are asked to telephone Mrs. Eugene Hilton at 438- 2281. Christmas caroling, which is always appreciated, should also be scheduled in advance by telephoning Mrs. Hilton. Christmas tree decorations, either handmade or store bought, are needed for decorations. Persons or groups wishing to donate these items are asked to telephone Mrs. Hugh Barclay at 438- 1633. Mia Recovers LONDON (AP) Actress Mia Farrow is recuperating from a burst appendix that a London newspaper said nearjv killed her. He has had permanent assignments at Dinosaur National Monument in Colorado, and most recently as super- visory park ranger at Gettysburg National Military Park. Prior to his first permanent appointment in January 1967, Mr. Warren worked as a seasonal park ranger in Yellowstone and Petrified Forest National Parks. A native of Virginia, Mr. Warren received his education at Bridgewater College, majoring in biological science. He and his wife. Iris, and three children, Stacy 13, Darrin, 7, and Douglas, 5, an- ticipate arriving in the Farmington area the latter part of November. Mr. Warren replaces Robert E. Davidson, who recently was transferred to Gettysburg National Military Park and Cemetery as chief ranger. Weather It's to be partly cloudy today with highs in the low to mid 40s and in- creasingly cloudy tomorrow with a chance of showers late in the day. Weather Observer Earl Bierer said yesterday's high was 36 and the low 18. It was 32 at 8 a.m. today. Today's Index Bridge........17 Hospital News 9 Class Personals......3 Comics.....16-17 Sports 10-11-12 Deaths .......15 Star Gazer 17 Dr. Crane......4 Theaters......2-3 Karl Wilson in Television 16 Editorials......4 5   

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