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   Evening Standard, The (Newspaper) - May 31, 1977, Uniontown, Pennsylvania                               OUR 89TH YEAR NO. 139 FINAL "The Paper That Goes Into The Home" UNIONTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA, TUESDAY, MAY 31, 1977 15 CENTS Lightning Strikes Electric Storm Batters District j. ;.J. Vs> "FAMILY MEMORIAL" Mrs. Catherine Hixson places Grand Army of the Republic wreath at Civil Wor Monu- menl in Uniontown's Oak Grove Cemetery during Memorial Day services yesterday. She's assisted by her sons, Clyde commander of Uniontown Post 47 of the Veterans ol Foreign Wars, and Neil, commander-elect of Lafayette Post 51 of the American Legion. Dist. Atty. Conrad B. Capuzzl was the speaker for services at both Oak Grove and Sylvan Heights Cemeteries, calling on dis- trict residents "to make whatever sacrifices and to bear whatever burdens necessary to keep America strong and free unless freedom lives, our deceased patriots will have died in vain." (Another picture on Page 18.) Four Dead In Traffic Traffic accidents took four lives in Ihis district over the Memorial Day. weekend, in one of (he worst holiday periods for accidents in the past several vea rs, Route 21 Robert L. Kermecy. 20, of Amend, died as the result of a crash between his motorcycle and a car at about 2 p.m. Sunday near Masonlown. State Police said the driver of the car was Fred McManis. 51, of Greensboro. Francis Allen Maust of Uniontown R.D. 3. a passenger on Kermecy's motorcycle, was in fair condition this morning in Presbyterian-University Hospital in Pittsburgh where he was taken after the accident. Troopers said Kermecy and his passenger were headed wesl on Route 21 Pictures on Page 30; Other accidents, Page 8 Child Killed By Vehicle Eighleen-inonth-old Ernest McCartney of the Oakland (Md.) area was killed at about 3 p.m. Sunday during a family outing at Appalachia Lake- Park campgrounds near Bruceton Mills, The child was reportedly run over by a vehicle driven by his father. The father was hospitalized for shock. The Preston County sheriff's depart- ment would release no additional infor- mation concerning the accident. when Ihe McManis vehicle pulled from a gas station along the road. The motorcy- cle struck the front of the car. ran off the north berm of Ihe road and struck an embankment. Both men on the motorcycle were thrown from the vehicle, according to troopers. Kermecy was taken to the West Virginia University Medical Center in Morgantown where be wes pronounced dead at p.m. (Continued on Page 8, Col. 1) Bullskin Twp. A Defiance, Ohio, man was killed yesterday morning when his motorcycle crashed on Quail Hilt in Bullskin Twp Harry E. Stark, 25, was dead on arrival at Connellsville Hospital. Slate Police said his motorcycle left a rural road, went through a field and smashed into a pile of logs. The accident occurred shortly before noon. Ml. Tabor Rd. Scott Washowich, 17, of Porlview in Allegheny County was killed in the crash of a pickup truck Saturday at p.m. on Mount Tabor Rd., Springfield Twp. Five other persons, including the driver. James H. Kish. 21. of Portview, were injured when Ihe vehicle over- turned. Douglas Menzies. 20. of Portview, who was riding in the rear of the machine, was admitted to C'otmcllsville Hospital, where his condilion was listed as fair. Another passenger, Joseph Trapana, 17. was taken to Connellsville Hopsitai and later transferred to McKeesport Hospital, where he remained in guarded condition early today. Others released after treatment at {he Yough Cily hospital were the driver. Kishi Karen L. Moon, 18, of Dravosburg, and another passenger Joseph E. Jones. 23, of Portview. The vehicle was demolished, with loss set at Rostraver Jeffrey Lee Kennedy, 21, of Belle Vcr- non. was pronounced dead on arrival at Charleroi hospital at p.m. yester- day after his car crashed on old' Route 981, 1V2 miles east of Belle Vernon in Roslraver Twp. State Police at Bolle Vcrncn said the car was traveling cast on old Route 981, failed to negotiate a sharp left turn, (Continued on Page 8, Col. 3) Runaway Truck On Escape Road 'OK Heavy traffic was predicted for the Memorial Day weekend, and it surely did materialize. If ever there was evidence of the need for completion of the Uniontown By- pass around to Hopwood. it was visible on Pennsylvania Ave. and Penn St. in the cily last evening. There was a solid line of cars, head- lights glued to rear bumper, heading down out of the mountains through town. The storm slowed things down, too. That was a humdinger of an heavenly electrical display iri Uniontown last night. A Maryland man escaped serious in- jury yesterday by using the runaway truck ramp on Summit Mountain when the rig he was driving tost its brakes. The driver, Boj'd Fisehbacn, 25, of Glcnarm was treated in Uniontown Hospital. The tractor trailer truck stopped near the top of the ramp, drifted back and finally overturned, causing damage es- timated at State police said the incident occurred at p.m. Hopwood firemen, on Ihe scene with two pumper trucks and an ambulance, said Ihe rig was hauling mine machinery. Work crews righled the overturned rig by 10 p.m. Firemen remained on the scene during the entire operation because of the possibility of a spark ig- niting the fuel oil.. Traffic on Route 40 was slowed down somewhat by numerous spectators, although the accident itself did not block the road. Lightning bolls danced about the dis- trict last night, knocking out police com- munications in Uniontown and playing havoc with electrical service over a wide area. Hail was reported by some observers as the intense electrical storm moved through the Uniontown area about 8-30 City police lost the use of their base station transmitter, located behind East End Fire Station on Connellsville SI. when lightning struck the tower there during Ihe storm. Officers on patrol late this morning were still being dispatched through the county communications center in the courthouse as repairmen worked on the East End installation. Rafter Safe In Yough A thunderstorm in the Connellsville area last evening caused a rafter lo become separated from his companions, but he was located a short time later un- harmed. Seven rafters were on the Youghiogheny River at South Connellsville. near the pumping station, when the storm forced them lo head for shore. State Police at Uniontown were notified when only six of (he seven rafters assembbed'on shore. 11 was feared the seventh person might have drowned, having fallen down the steep hillside at the river's edge. A search was called off when the rafter turned up at the Connellsville police station at about midnight and in- formed officers of his plight. He was taken there by a passerby who had picked him up when he became separated from his companions and made his way to the roadway. City Has Warning: Cut Weeds Property owners in Uniontown got their annual warning today it's lime to cut ihe weeds. City Health Officer Francis Speshock gave Ihe word: "You are hereby notified to cut weeds and brush and remove rub- bish from vacant land owned or con- trolled by you." And the deadline to get the job done is June 11. After that dale, those with uncleared land will face prosecution under City Or- dinance 909, Speshock said. Violators face fines of up to or jail terms of up to 10 days, plus costs. And the ordinance also permits Ihe city to have the work done if the owner does not comply, and bill him for the costs. The ordiance forbids "any weeds, bushes or deleterious, unhealthful growths or other noxious matter that may be growing, lying or located" on properly within Ihe city. The city health officer can serve notices of violation either In person or by registered mail to Ihe property owner "or his agent" at his last known ad- dress. Once notices are served, property owners have five days to get their lots cut after that, cily crews or contrac- tors may be called in to do the work. Speshock added that all grass plots in front of sidewalks are Ihe responsibility of the properly owners. The lightning was flashing and bang- ing all over Ihe place, and it wasn't over on the horizon someplace it was right here. Cut the weeds. That's the annual warning from the city authorities, and today is Ihe day that they're issuing it. Deadline is June 11. Don't pul off till tomorrow that which you didn't do yesterday. When climbing Ihe ladder of success, be sure it's a friend who's holding it for you. If your breakfast cereal is extra- crunchy, you've probably chomped on the plastic prize. NURSES GRADUATE At commencement ceremonies for Ihe Class of 1577 at the Uniontown Hospital School of Nursing, from left, are Edith Oebadlo, associate director ol nursing; Thelma Sandy, director of nursing; Dr. Robert Rupp, of the hospital board of trustees; Cheryl Ann Tikey of Connellsville, valediclorian; Anita Clausner of Mount Pleasant, salulatorlan, and Catherine Malloy Kuchta, coordinator of nursing at Duquesne University and a former Unlonlown resident, the speaker. The graduation was held at laurel Highlands High School. (Herald- Standard Photoi A boll struck the bell tower of Christ United Methodist Church, Fay cue St and S. Becson Blvd., at p'm. Cily firemen were called. But there was no blaze, although a number of bricks were knocked loose from Ihe structure. Lightning also reportedly damaged the concession stand at Bailey Park. Soon after Unionlown firemen went to the church, Hopwood firemen were call- ed lo the home of Mrs. Roy Latta on Barnes Rd Lighlning blew fuses in Ihe home's fuse box and may have caused additional damage to wiring and appliances, firemen said. There was no fire found in the smoke-filled house. At last night, city firemen responded when lighlning apparently caused a malfunction in electrical wir- ing at Laurel House. 197 W. Main St. But there was no fire damage. Wesl Penn Power officials reported a total of 500 customers without power for various periods last night and earlv to- day. The biggest outage occurred in Ihe Pennsville area north of Connellsville when lightning struck the top of a high- tension power pole. The resulting (ire knocked out power to 375 homes. Bullskin Twp. firemen were called to the scene about p.m. A spokesman said power io most of the customers affected was restored by p.m. The rest had service by a.m.. Other outages were reported in the Martha and Sullivan Sts. area of Hopwood, in the Heritage Hills and Drownfield Rds. area, around Connellsville Airport, in the Flatwoods and Star Junction areas and at other scattered points north of Connellsville. Crews worked all night, replacing four pole transformers and some 18 to 20 transformer fuses. GIVING COMFORT James Dwyer Is comforted by Rev. Ed Murray outside temporary morgue in Ft. Thomas, Ky., yesterday after Dwyer identified the bodies of his mother and two sisters. The Lexington, Ky., man was overcome as he left the morgue after making the identification, i The three were among at least killed in the Beverly Hills Supper Club fire at Southgate, Ky., near Cincinnati. (Stories on Page 9.) Gas Cutback To Be Eased Natural gas curtailment levels for large industrial and commercial cus- tomers of Columbia Gas of Penn- sylvania for the 1977-78 winter period be- ginning Nov. 1 will be lower than last year, it was announced today. H.H. Rohr, Columbia's Unionlown District manager, said notification is being sent lo 185 large volume in- dustrial and 604 commercial gas users throughout the state lhat use more lhan a million cubic feet of gas in any month. "We are encouraged by the most re- cent supply figures. Those customers in the curtailed categories who have al- ternate fuels available should be able to operate at normal or near-normal he said. Curtailment levels anticipated on Nov. I are: per cent of non-critical industrial and commercial loads. per cent of large non-critical in- Weather Showers and thunderstorms are likely tonight and tomorrow, after a partly cloudy and hazy day today with a chance of thundershowers developing later in Ihe afternoon. Low tonight is lo be in the upper 50s lo low 60s (13 to ISCelsius) and high tomorrow In Ihe low lo mid 30s (21 lo Yesterday's high recorded at the observation station at the Uniontown Wastewaler Treatment Plant was 85 (29C> and the low 59 Temperature at 8 a.m. today was 62 Rainfall yesterday and during Ihe night measured .16 of an Inch. dustrial and commercial boiler loads. Curtailment levels set on Nov. 1, 1976 were: per cent of large industrial and commercial loads, except schools. per cent of large schools. (Continued on Page 8, Col. 5) Mean Thieves Steal Flags Thieves partially spoiled a Memorial Day observance when they took 50 American flags from the lawn of the Fairchance borough building. The recently purchased flags were placed Sunday morning along a sidewalk. They were the type used on graves. By Sunday night, the small nags were gone. "It makes you said Borough Secretary Dora Miller in reference to the theft. She said Memorial Day decorations have been placed at the same locations without incident for many years. Today's Index Bridge........35 Hospital News 9 Class 30-31-32-33 Personals.....17 Comics.....34-35 Sports 22-23-24-25 Deaths.......33 StarCmer___35 Dr. Crane......4 Television ___34 Earl Wilson 20 Theaters..... 20 Editorials......4 Women.....28-29   

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