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Bennington Evening Banner (Newspaper) - January 13, 1955, Bennington, Vermont THE BENNINGTON EVENING BANNER FIFTY-SECOND YEAR—NO. 15,607 PRICE FIVE CENTS BENNINGTON, VERMONT, THURSDAY, JANI ARY 13, 1955 WEATHER: Cloudy, snow flurries tonight, Friday. Colder tonight. Uncle Louie Has Found Out That the Boss is a Man at the Office Who Is Early When You Are Late and Late When You Are Early. Local Man, Three Youths Car Victims Stroffoleno Killed Governor Proposes A 3 3 V* °Jq Hike In Income Taxes; Asks Corporation Tax Increases —    •    '    _    _    _     (Banner    —    Barschriorf) GRIM SPECTACLE—Tpr. Gordon Mooney, State Police, looks over the twisted heap of steel which is the ear iii which George E. Stroffoleno of Bennington was killed Wed ne .day noon. Scores of spectators arrived at the scene shortly after the crash and mumbled to themselves that they had never seen anything like it. The rear portion of the car was literally ripped from the front portion, shown wrapped around the tree, and thrown into the field in the background. 45-year-old Bennington man three Shoreham children jumped Vermont’s highway death toll from two to six yesterday in two separate auto crashes in Bennington and Shoreham. In what State Police at Shaftsbury termed the worst auto accident as far as damage to a car was concerned, George E. Stroffoleno of East Main Street died of injuries suffered when his car smashed into a tree on Rt. 67A on the North Bennington Road. Three children of Mr. and Mrs. Theron Rogers of Shoreham were ’tilled in the Shoreham crash . vhen the car in which they were riding also slammed into a tree. The children were: Linda, 5; Shirley, 7, and Theron Rogers Jr., IO. Their parents, and the couple’s youngest child, Mary, 2, were tal on to Porter Hospital in Middlebury. State Police said the Rogers’ car failed to make a turn and crashed into a tfee about 4:30 p. rn. on Route F-9 between Cornwall and Shoreham. Buzzell and Lo+her Are New Candidates ForWard 7 Seat Atty. Levin Gives Pres. Eisenhower Sends New Clarification Of Manager Ruling Village Attorney Reuben Levin today clarified why he has ruled that it would be illegal for Bennington Village Trustees to in- Army And Reserve Program To Congress For New Study Introduce Bills In Senate To Raise Salaries Wesley Buzzell A third and fourth    candidate have entered the fight    for    elec- Tpr.    Gordon    Mooney,    one    of    tion to the Ward 7 Village    trus three State Police officers who teeship. investigated the accident on Rt. Announcing their aspirations 67A, said, “the crash must have t0 the office today were' Wes ey been caused by excessive speed.” B uzze k. c '? 1 ?iT- act , or ’ t iu 3 _f Stroffoleno    apparently lost    con-    f o ^ et ’ „ a T V J    Bradford    street. They will oppose William J. trol of the vehicle after it came ^l** WASHINGTON UP) — President 100,000 men a year under this pro-Eisenhower sent to Congress to- gram. serT an article in the warning day military manpower plans de- 3. He could, before reaching 19. raise salaries of two officers who hold able enter the reserves direct under a  __around a turn just before the i _    ~    ,    <- arro    ann MONTPELIER t/B-The House junctlon of Rt . 67A and 7> he add-j ^“"thl FtenSnTofmC^ ook action on ith first two bills ed.    ridge    avenue.    Incumbent    Wallace today, advancing measures to I The car sideswiped one tree and hit a second tree almost head- requesting a    vote on the    manager! signed to attract and hold able    enter the reserves    direct under a    I have not had    a pay increase in system.     men 1° uniform and to build a    commitment to go    on full ac ^ vc    I half a century    was trailing towards Benning TNir,* wnI inwvprc havp Ais bigger civilian reserve for imme- duty, when called, for at least 24 !    ,     ton *    . actt-paH with    levin's ruling    diate    call    in    a national emer-    months in    the Navy or four    years     ( ne    kill. introduced by Rep.    After the    impact,    Mooney ex-    sought election    to a political of- The Village attorney said    Wed-    g pn( ’y-    in the Air    Force.    Elsie A. Cowles of Thetford,    in-    plained. Stroffoleno    was thrown    floe. nesdav that    the trustees cannot    The    President described them    in    4. He could wait    until he is    draft- ! creases    from $1 to $10 a day    the     about three    or four    feet clear of    Lothcr    is 3~    years old and is nesday that    t ic tius    Union message    a    ed for 24    months    after which he    the wrecked    car. The    injured man    co-owner    of the Quality Paint insert an article unless a petition nis Mate or me i mon message a od lor monins, aner wmtn rn o{ an a ^ ent appo j nte( | bv the .    ♦ J *    nr renupstinp^ a vote on the manager week ago as “cornerstones” of his would remain in the reserves for    .    .    was treated at the scene by Dr. E. Mattison has announced he will not seek a third term. Buzzell has been a resident of Bennington for about 18 years, rhis is the first time he has (Vermont Press Bureau) MONTPELIER — Gov. Joseph B. Johnson called today for higher income and corporation taxes to balance a “bootstrap” budget he said is based on “stem realities” and faith in Vermont’s future. The administration laid before the 1955 General Assembly a record overall budget of $63,839,166 for fiscal 1956-57, including recommended appropriations of $40,-001,456 from the general fund. Johnson proposed a 33 1/3 per cent increase in personal income ; taxes and a 25 per cent hike in corporation franchise taxes to help meet expanding costs of operations. He estimated the individual income tax jump would raise an additional $3,450,000 for the biennium and the increased corporation tax would bring in another $1,000,000 for tho two year period. Together with an anticipated $1,250,000 surplus in the general Store on North street.    fund, the governor told the legis- Although active in civic activi- ; lature, his budget could be prac- YVinston Lot her ties, Lother has never been a can didate for political office. Really balanced. Estimated revenues actu ally He is a member of the Village - „     t    ,    .    * Committee for City Government. }\    „° f    . bal ™I the the American Lesion 40 and 8. budget but the administration ex- the Chamber of Commerce. Ben- pects f hls would be made U P ln nington Rod and Gun Cub and reversion of unspent balances to the Merchants Association.     1 bo s rnp ral fund account. He has two children and has Johnson s program proposes lived in Bennington most of his general fund appropriations of life.    $19,587,267 for the fiscal year starting July I, and $20,414,189 Incumbent Trustee Leon El- requesting a vote on the manager system is presented by voters P**ogi    i    bu    -    an adequate de- six wars.    ■■    , bearing names equal to four per    fense until the threat    of aggres-    The President’s plan    would p* 1 *’- j make town    road and bridge re-    ton and then rushed to Putnam cent of the total vote cast for    sion has disappeared.    mit the services to use    compulsion pairs when    the selectmen fail to    Memorial Hospital where he died governor in the last general elec-    He proposes a plan    which in-    in keeping reservists    actively in cn    of numerous injuries at 1:45 p. rn. tiun.    [eludes    pay raises ranging up to training. One lawyer said the only time a b°ut 16 per cent, and measures county road commissioners to William Flood of North Benning- *°    Tpr.    Mooney    saki    the    rear    por-; The other, sponsored by Rep. tion of the 195 2 Hudson landed; Graded School To Have One New Reading Teacher In Fall, a petition is necessary Is when to promote t ie welfare of service-    fOff! Yoilfrh the governing body of a munici- men an( ^ their families.    * pality dor ~ not w’ctnt to insert an I A second message was expected article.     as ^ an extension of the 24-month T I service draft and provisions for a The other lawyer based his j trained and ready-to-fight civilian opinion on the fact that there is (reserve 0 f three million men, with nothing in the law which pro- j an additional two-million-man pool hibits trustees from inserting, of prior servicemen to back them such an article. Levin’s opinion is as follows: The law provides that when a up in time of all-out war. Free As Judge Queries Attorney Leon Bus hey of Monkton, raises some r>0 feet from the rest of the    T- • I •    _    D    D ^C    fir, .n !,u ‘ pay 1,1 constables serving at car which was wrapped around!    I UlllOn    K3T6S    KGrnain    OaiTI© elections from $2 to $6 a day. In the tree. Pieces of the hood and reporting Busboy's bill. Rep. Ed- doors were found scattered in thej    Hiring of a    reading    specialist where    possible.    Trustees Anthony g.ii Bruce of Vernon said that the field arjacent to where the crash    at the elementary school    level    was law was established in the lS90’s tru-it niarn    I    approved    here    Wednesday    evening 18, of North by trustees of the Graded School District. A proposal to employ a fulltime physical education director at the elementary level was postponed for at least another year in an economy move. School officials said they 56 budget would not allow increased personnel expenditures. Action taken by the trustees is took place. and “in the race for higher wages, Allen Goodrich, a fellow worker An 18-year-old Woodford youth]the constables were forgotten.” ! 0 f stroffoleno’s at the Cushman was    released    today from Wind-j Meanwhile, in the Senate, a    Manufacturing Company in North ham    County    jail after charges    third reading of a bill altering the    Bennington, was about one-half a Br^ad    oqtlines    of    the    program     Q f grand larceny And breaking    rnethod of indexing deeds by town    mile in back of Stroffoleno’s car already    have    been    disclosed    by     aP( i    entering    in the night-time    clerks was ordered without de-    when the mishap occurred, petition signed by four per cent Pentagon officials.    against him were dropped in bate    Goodrich    said Stroffoleno was of the total vote cast for governor The pay raise for regulars would Brattleboro Municipal Court, but    measure    intro-    alive when he was taken to the f'a^edThe"Wt^fbutTtte 1955- m 'ne 'own at the last election co to nobody with less than two his 37-year-old California com- ^    Orange    hospital and asked: “WE- h»n. -     P -- P    -    ■ requests a vote on the matter of years active duty and is designed panion didn’t get off so easy.     y    -    a    „en 01 ur« ngc    what hannened**’ hiring a manager, an article shall to make it unprofitable for anv State’s Atty John S. Burgess’ ou y ls n expected until    • be inserted in the warning to that man to stay in uniform if he fails move to nol-pros the charges .next Tuesday morning. The bill A ,    vnmnnt'e first hiah. effect.    to win promotion within a reason- 1 against Albert E. Davis of Wood- provides a uniform method of in- ' * a    ‘     p    v ,    .    expected to cut an estimated bud- On all ether matters, the law    able time. But the program is de-    ford Road was granted with    dexing names of    grantors and '' a >'     a    a 1 ?'    °    L:    ‘ pcV , m get increase of $17,000 for teachers’ requires that the petition must    signed to hold on to both officers    some reluctance by Judge Ernest    grantees.    < -     North    p owna i be signed by five per cent of the and enlisted men who show' prom- F. Berry.    Sen.    Carleton    G.    Howe    of Benn- '    ’ .    ’ voters of the municipality.    ise at periods in their service    George W. Prouty Jr. of Col-    ington, president    pro tem, *indi-     ear    s    ay ‘ In every instance, the law spe-    when they might be most tempted    lax, Calif., however, is in jail    pated the Senate    session tomor-|    - cifically provides how. and in to get out of uniform. Thus lieu-J awaiting his sentence.     row would be adjourned    without what manner, a petition to insert tenants and captains would get Davis and Prouty were charged an y legislative action, articles in the warning shall be    raises after two years’ service, in-    with breaking into and looting    ] brought about.    stead of waiting until after four    the Esso filling station owned by Ordinarily selectmen and trus- > rcars as at present.    Merrill K. Green Tuesday morn- tees have the right to insert Thc career incentive plan also    ^ai^wfSnicked un later -    .    ,    .  .    „    ,    .    would include provisions to broad- L, . ® p * picked up later amoles in the warning “on their cn and extend medica , care for ! that day by Keene N. H police (See Stroffoleno) (Continued on Page Three) own . There is nothing In the law servicemen s families, assure bet-1 ar ’ % '’ l ' re ret V r "f d l ,° y ( ' rn ' ,l,n ’ which    prohibits    trustees    .rom    so, tcr housing for dependents, revise I f. tcr ll ?® y walv f d „ ex / a di Uon ln doing    on the    manager    issue,    death benefits    and extend    the Old, K g ne . Mu ", IC i P , Neither can I find anything     Age and Survivor Insurance    pro-1 D? vlsand    a bra;gn- whieh specilically says that they     visi(>ns o{ social security    to    m ili-    W^nesday afternoon    in    Brattle- can do so. But it is my belief and     t ,, rv rn ,, :1    -    boro Municipal    court. Since the opinion'that in view of the vote    fh P draft extension and    the    elan     : COmplaintS had    not    served of the people which voted the I to Lid un a ready ^se^f ^3 them until Tuesday afternoon, system out last vear and then bv 1    leady    reserve    of     botb aV ailed themselves of the,.    .    __ a wide margin at a special meet- T'T     some    form    right to have 24 hours in which! ly . 33 Per cent of Vermonters re- margin at a sp     of active dutv    nr m.htnrv    teaming to plea d. Judge Berry appointed    ceding    old    age assistance pay- young Atty. Robert Chapman to repro-     mcnts    from    ,he state    have needs Welfare Commissioner Speaks On Buckley s Bill To Raise Old Age Assistance Funds inc that it would be bS er S t    ?, Uty    ,? r    to plead. Judge ^ app^inte^ merit Bi rev^e the i^ue by an ^ y    yoUnB expressed desire and petition of.    _ the voters, with a subsequent op- Hefore reaching 19, or in some Tupper to represent Prouty, since l avv •” Social Welfare Commission- by Simpson in the department port unity to vote on same at the casc , s before the 20th birthday, a both respondents told the court crW - Arthur Simpson said today, ennial report. However, today he polls. PAQUIN’S SUPER MARKET 116 North St. SPECIALS for Fri. & Sat. Sliced Bacon, 39c lh. u. S. No. I 15-Lb. PECK 44c POTATOES 50-lb. bag $1.39 Short Steaks lb. 49c Chuck Roast lb. 35c Smoked Shoulders lb. 35c HOME MADE Sausage, lb. 39c Del Monte PEAS No. *303 can, 2 for 35c TOMATOES, No. 303 can l(k* OPEN SUNDAYS 9:00 A . M. to 1 :00 P. M. in would be eight years. 2. He could volunteer to take six c barges, and shortly afterward months of intensive military train- State’s Atty. Burgess moved to ing, and thereafter remain active nol pros the charges and Davis in the National Guard or reserve ^ a ^ discharged. for an additional 9L- years. Ho still •    -__ could be drafted if he failed to I maintain his standing in the Guard or reserves. Plans call for training 1 granted with dexing names of grantors and vva y fatality of the year was killed in an auto crash on Rt., on New pay by about $3>50 °* Supt. Allan J. Heath’s recommendation of the reading specialist, who will function as a remedial instructor, was supported by other administration officials and won the full backing of the board. Heath and Graded School Principal Miss Ruth Bodine said a poll of teachers showed that a minimum of 50 pupils could immediately benefit through specialized training in reading. They termed reading a basic subject to all learning, and said benefits will eventually mean savings in taxpayers’ money since retarded pupils will be aided and will not be held back in various grades. School directors were told the present workload placed upon the high school physical education instructors is too heavy to allow them free time for teaching at the elementary level. These instructors presently act as consultants to the elementary teachers, but are unable to work with the pupils directly- Heath said a physical education instructor would enter his teaching Around health training and that such training is needed. School officials agreed with him, but said expenses must be cut (Vermont Press Bureau) MONTPELIER — “Approximate- summed the situation by saying that “A lot of people are not getting enough to live on.” The increased maximum rates proposed by Sen. Buckley were not sent Davis and Atty. Douglas L. I ,h at are not met under the present among the recommendations made Tupper to represent Proutv. since l avv '.” Social Welfare Commission- by Simpson in the department’s bi youth would have a variety of they were Without funds.    Simpson    told    the Senate commit- indicated general*approval of the choices:    ,    The    judge    continued    their    cases     tee    on    social    welfare and repre- measur. I. He could volunteer for the until today under $2,000 bail each, sedatives of the House that about committoe dkm^inn of tho fi- scrvice of his choice, serving    Prouty pleaded guilty, through \ 2:m recipients of assistance under nanciaI aspects of the proposed three years as a regular in the bis attorney, to both charges and present law, which sets a max-    J,    •    7 , « ♦ I increase    ^    nnumnnrc Army or Marine Corps,    or    four    was    ordered    held    in    Windham    irnum    monthly    payment of    $55    for I the Navy or    the    Air    County jail    without    bail    until    single    persons    and    $110    for    mar-     hrnilty u t    th .’ f    Qccict ‘ is total m i lit a r»,r    next    WcdnPsHav    HOH nonninc    ---brought    up    that    the    old    age    assistance tax    initiated    in    1935    pays into fund an amount ap- vears Force. His total military obliga- next Wednesday.    ried couples, have average needs tion including reserve service Davis, also* through his at of $15.30 not covered by current     iaA    !    *! tomey. pleaded not guilty to both I legislation.     !    general SEE WOODFORD (Continued On Page Seven) » & ends SOCIAL SATURDAY NIGHT, 8 P. 31. White Chapel School GREATLY REDUCED The Rest of This Week CORNER CRAFT SHOP MARCH OF DIMES DANCE B. P. O. ELKS SATURDAY NIGHT, 813 Buffet Lunch proximating the estimated cost of The welfare commissioner tes- the proposed increases in the old tified before the committee at a age assistance program, hearing on a bill introduced by The tax, in reality a heqfj tax Senator Thomas G. Buckley of Ben- of $3,000 per person between the rung ton which would raise maxi- ages of 21 and 70 (with a few ex-mum monthly paymnts to $75 for ceptions), last year netted the individuals and $135 for married state $488,780 in revenue, couples.    In    the biennial report of the So- He estimated that the increased cial Welfare Department Simpson maximum rates proposed by Sen. declared that the unmet needs of j Bu kley would require an addition- assistance recipients was the gfeat-i a1 $412,000 yearly. The federal gov- est problem in the program aside »eminent which contributes approx- from medical care and hospitali-imately twcvfhirds of the monthly zation. payments, would not contribute He noted then that 53 per cent above $35 per month and thus could of the old age assistance cases not be called upon to bear part of were receiving the $55 maximum, the cost of the proposed increased The average grant under the promaximum, he said.    gram    has increased from $40 a Noting thnt the $15.30 deficit month in July 1952 to an average in some assistance recipients was of $44.93 a month. Simpson estimat-based on departmental, budgeting ed that the number to receive ben-and not on the true needs of the efits this month would exceed 6,-individuals concerned, Simpson 900. Films On Mooseheart To Be Shown Here “The story of Mooseheart” and “Where Life Begins Again,” two movies depicting the history and life at Mooseheart, 111., and Moose-haven, Fla., will be shown at Gen-?ral Stark Theatre Sunday afternoon. The Officers of the Loyal Order nf Moose, Bennington, are extending a cordial invitation to all members and to the general public. These films are being shown as part of the eighth anniversary celebration of the Moose lodge. The movies are in Technicolor and will last about two hours. The pictures will be shown free of charge and the officers feel sure that every family, will enjoy seeing them. dred, Ward I, has announced he the following year. This is rough-wili seek re-election to the only ly $5,000,000 more than appropria-other trustee post coming up for tions for the present biennium. a vote this year.    Against this are anticipated Each will seek    the nomination    revenues in the general fund to- at the Citizens’    Caucus    to    be    taling $34,064,118 for the bien- held Jan. 22 at    8 p. rn.    at    the    nium, the expected surplus of Armory.    $1,250,000. and the tax increases of $4,450,000 Johnson proposed to the Assembly. The budget also presented highway fund appropriations of $22.-600,000 over the two year period, and another $1,237,710 from the fish and game fund. These are “pledged” funds not connected with the general or basic operating revenue of state government. Johnson listed five courses Bello, Floyd Harmon and J. Henry ope n to the administration and Mayhew supported a motion to the legislature in adopting fiscal postpone hiring a physical educa- policies, including a cut back in tion teacher for another year. Trus- expenditures to the level of rev-tees Robert Hayes and J. Goodall enue s, a “middle-income sales Hutton opposed the motion, and tax” plan, patchwork taxation. Trustee Philip Knapp abstained deficit financing or adjustment of from voting.    individual income and corporation Bennington High School tuition franchise taxes, rates, now set at $300, will remain He chose the latter course on at that figure for the school year the thesis an income tax is easiest 1955-56. School Trustees were told and cheapest to administer and that per pupil costs are approxi- falls on those best able to pay. mately $357 on the high school Specifically, he called for an inlevel, but Supt. Heath said the dis- crease on all rates of the graduat-trict already charges the highest cd income tax and hiking the cor-tuition in the state.    poration tax from four to five Heath circulated mimeographed per cent. The income rates would copies of a State Department of rise from 1.5 to 2 per cent for the Education report on tuition rates first $1,000, 3 to 4 percent on the which showed that Bennington’s next $2,000, 4. to 6 per cent on charges were from $15 to $65 higher the following $2,000, and 5.5 to than those of seven other high 7.5 per cent on amounts over $5,-schools of similar enrollments.    OOO. Suggesting that there is a limit The corporation increase would as to “how’ far in front of the pack raise an estimated $500,000 more you can run,’’ Heath recommend- annually. The new income tax ed that the tuition rates be held rates would produce about $1,725,-at their present levels.     ( 000 more per year. The State Department report    Johnson did not shut the door shows that Bennington rates lead completely on a sales tax, com-Springfield’s charges by a $15 mar- menting that he and many legis-gin. Benhi, however, also has the lators are on record against this highest per pupil costs of $339.83. type of levy and “we should ex-Trustees unanimously voted to haust every other possibility be-keep the rates at their present fore considering this as a revenue levels.    source.” Architect James Britton, Supt. | The governor said his budget Heath and Miss Bodine, the latter authorizes no new departure nor representing teachers of the ele- increase of services unless it con-mentary schools, will comprise a tributes to the planning for the committee to select the color future of the state, schemes for the interior of    the    in addition to the regular budg- new elementary school building. et, the chief executive proposed Britton was present at the meet- bonding for $12,000,000 to carry ing to review color schemes and out a three year highway pro-discuss other phases of the con- arain and issuing additional bonds struction project. He said substan- for major building program, tial progress on the project was H e particularly recommended believed possible in the next few’ two new armories in the state, weeks and reported workmen have renovation of the Bennington Bat-begun laying structural tile cover- tie Monument, an auditorium-ings in the kitchen, toilets, and cattle room at the state school of health room.    ; agriculture in Randolph,    and ad- A subsidy of $1,000 for the em- dition to the state library. New ployment of the services of a train- building construction should be ed social worker on mental and limited to $1,500,000 for the bien-dental hygiene problems was voted nium, he said, then added that he by the board. The money would be “also concur in the the findings turned over to the Health Council of the state prison commission if it successfully develops a plan about the eventual need for £ new to hire a trained worker in con- prison.” junction with several community Johnson said he had cut deagencies.    partment requests “very substan- Principal Harold S. Rising in- tially” but said it would be exformed the board that a reduction tremely difficult if not unwise to of some 60 students in the fresh- go further. man class in 1955, pupils who    will    The major cuts in requests of- remain in the parochial school    sys-    fected the health department, ed- tem, will afford the district “slight ucation and institutions. He did relief” but will not make possible not go along with the education any cuts in the high school facul- department’s request for a change See GRADED SCHOOL (Continued on Page Six) See GOVERNOR (Continued on Page Six)