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Bennington Evening Banner, The (Newspaper) - January 13, 1955, Bennington, Vermont THE BENNINGTON EVENING BANNER FIFTY-SECOND PRICE FIVE CENTS BENNINGTON, VERMONT, THURSDAY, JANUARY 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 Sfroffoleno Killed (Banner Barschdorf) GRIM Gordon Mooney, State Police, looks over the twisted heap of steel which is the car in which George E. Stroffoleno of Bennington was killed Wednesday noon. Scores of spectators arrived at the scene shortly af- ter 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. Atty. Levin Gives Clarification Of Manager Ruling Village Attorney Reuben Levin today clarified why he has ruled that it would be illegal lor Ben- nington Village Trustees to in- 'sert an article in, the warning requesting a vote on the manager system. Two local lawyers have dis- agreed with Levin's ruling. The Village attorney said Wed- nesday that the trustees cannot insert an article unless a petition requesting a vote on the manager) week ago as "cornerstones of his system is presented by voters program to assure an adequate de- Pres. Eisenhower Sends New Army And Reserve Program To Congress For New Study WASHINGTON President Eisenhower sent to "Congress to- day military manpower plans de- signed to attract and hold able men in uniform and to build a bigger civilian reserve for imme- diate call in a national emer- gency. The President described them in his State of the Union message a bearing names equal to four per cent of the total vote cast for governor in the last general elec- tion. fense until the threat of aggres- sion has disappeared. He proposes a plan which in- cludes pay raises ranging up to about 16 'per and' measures to promote the welfare of service- men and 'their families. A second message was expected to ask an extension of the 24-month service draft and provisions for a trained and ready-to-fight civilian reserve of 'three million men, with an additional two-million-man pool of prior servicemen to back them up in time of all-out war. Brjjiad outlines of the program already have been disclosed by Pentagon officials. The pay raise for regulars would go to nobody with less than two years active duty and is- designed to make it unprofitable for any man to stay in uniform if he fails to win promotion within a reason- able time. But the program is de- signed to hold on to both officers and enlisted men who show prom- hse at periods in their service In every instance, the spe- 'when they might be most tempted cifically provides how. and in to get out of uniform. Thus lieu- what manner, a petition to insert j tenants and captains would get raises after two years' service, in- stead of waiting until after four One lawyer said the only time a petition is necessary is when the governing body of a munici- pality doc." not wetnt to insert an article. The other lawyer based his opinion on the fact that there is nothing in the law which pro- hibits trustees from inserting such an article. Levin's opinion is as follows: The law provides that when a petition signed by four per cent of the total vote cast for governor in the.town at the last election requests a vote on the matter of hiring a manager, an article shall be inserted in the warning to that effect. On all other matters, the law requires that the petition must be signed by five per cent of the voters of the municipality. articles in the warning shall be brought about. Ordinarily selectmen and trus- tees have the right to insert The .career incentive plan also articles in the warning on their There is nothing In the law which prohibits trustees irom so doing on the manager issue. Neither can I find anything which specifically says that they can do so. But it is my belief and opinion" that in view of the vote of the people which voted the system out last year and then by a wide margin at a special meet- ing, that it would be better judg- ment to revive the issue by 'an expressed desire and petition of the voters, with a subsequent op- years as at present. would include provisions to broad- en and extend medical care for servicemen's families, assure bet- ter housing for dependents, revise death benefits and extend the Old Age and Survivor Insurance pro- visions of social security to mili- tary men. The draft extension and the plan to build up a ready reserve of civilians would require some form of active duty or military training for virtually all able-bodied young men. Before reaching 19, or in some VVll.ll 01.1 MOCM I I, V'f I T. c i nn portunity to vote at the cas" 20th birthday, a polls. PAQUIN'S SUPER MARKET 116 North St. SPECIALS lor Fri. Sat. Sliced Bacon, 39c Ib. U. S. No. 1 15-Lb. PECK 44c POTATOES 50-lb. bag Short Steaks Ib. 49c -Chuck Roast Ib. 35c Smoked Shoulders Ib. 35c HOME MADE Sausage, Ib. 39c Del Monte PEAS No. 303 can, 2 for 35c TOMATOES, No. 303 can lOc OPEN SUNDAYS A. M. to P. M. youth would have a variety of choices: 1. He could volunteer for the service of his choice, serving three years as a regular in the Army or Marine Corps, or four- years in the Navy or the Air Force. His total. military obliga- tion including reserve would be eight years. 2. He could "volunteer to take six months of intensive military train- ing, and thereafter' remain active in the National Guard or reserve for an additional 9% years. He still could be drafted if he failed to maintain his standing in the Guard or reserves. Plans call for training service men a year under this pro- gram. 3. He could, before reaching 19, enter the reserves direct under a commitment to go on full active duty, when called, for at least 24 .months in the Navy or four years in the Air Force. 4. He until he is draft- ed for 24 months, after which he would remain in the reserves for six years. The President's plan would per- mit the -services to use compulsion in keeping reservists actively in Woodford Youth Free As Judge Queries Attorney An 18-year-old Woodford youth was released today from Wind- ham County jail after charges of grand larceny and breaking and entering in the night-time against him were dropped in Brattleboro Municipal Court, but his. 37-year-old California com- panion didn't get off so easy. State's Atty. John S. Burgess' move ta nol-pros the charges against Albert E. Davis of Wood- ford Road was granted with some reluctance by Judge Ernest F. Berry. 'George W. Prouty Jr. of Col- lax, Calif., however, is in jail awaiting his sentence. Davis and Prouty were charged with breaking into and looting the Esso filling, station owned by Merrill K. Green Tuesday morn- ing in Wilmington. The pair was- picked up later that day by Keene, N. H., police and were returned to Vermont after they waived extradition in Keene Municipal Court. Davis and Prouty were arraign- Wednesday afternoon in Brattle- boro Municipal court. Since the complaints had not been served on them until Tuesday afternoon, both availed themselves of the right to have 24 hours in which to plead. Judge Berry appointed Atty. Robert Chapman to repre- sent Davis and Atty. Douglas L. Tupper to represent Prouty, since both respondents told the court they were without funds. .The judge continued their cases until today under bail each. Prouty pleaded guilty, through his attorney, to both charges and was ordered held in Windham County jail without bail until next Wednesday. Davis, through his at- torney, pleaded not guilty to both charges, and shortly afterward State's Atty. Burgess moved to nol-pros the charges and Davis was discharged. Introduce Bills In Senate To Raise Salaries MONTPEL'IER House took action on its first two bills today, advancing measures to raise salaries of two officers who have not had a pay increase in half a century. One bill, introduced by Rep. Elsie A. Cowles of Thetford, in- creases from to a day the pay of an agent appointed by the county road commissioners to make town road and bridge re- pairs when the selectmen fail to do so. The other, sponsored by Rep. Leon Bushey of Monkton, raises the pay of constables serving at elections from to a clay. In reporting Bushey's bill, Rep. Ed- gar Bruce of Vernon said that the law was established in the 1890's and "in the race for higher wages, the constables were forgotten." Meanwhile, in the Senate, a third reading of a bill altering the method of indexing deeds by town clerks was ordered without de- bate. Action on the measure intro- duced by Sen. Angell of Orange County is not expected until' next Tuesday morning. The bill provides a uniform method of in- dexing names of grantors and grantees. Sen. Carleton G. Howe of Benn- ington, president pro tern, iindi- cated the Senate session tomor- row would be adjourned without any legislative action. A 45-year-old Bennington man and three Shoreham children jumped Vermont's highway death toll from two to six yesterday in two separate auto crashes in Benn- ington and Shoreham. In what State Police at Shafts- bury termed the worst auto acci- dent as far as damage to a car was concerned, George E. Strof- foleno 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 ol Mr. and Mrs. Theron Rogers of .Shoreham were cilled in the Shoreham crash .vhen the car in which they .were riding also slammed into a tree. 'The children were: Linda, 5; Shirley, 7, arid Theron Rogers. Jr., 10. Their parents, and the couple's youngest child, Mary, 2, were taken to Porter Hospital in Mid- dlebury. State Police said the Rogers' car failed to make a turn and crashed into a tree about p. m. on Route F-9 between Corn- wall and Shoreham. Tpr. Gordon Mooney, one of three State Police officers who investigated the accident on Rt. 67A, 'said, "the crash must have been caused By excessive speed." Stroffoleno apparently lost con- trol of the vehicle after it came around a turn just before the junction of Rt. 67A and 7, he add- ed. The car sideswiped one tree and hit a second tree almost head- on, Tpr. Mooney said. The car was traveling towards Benning- ton. After the impact, Mooney ex- plained, Stroffoleno was thrown about three or four feet clear of the wrecked car. The injured man was treated at the scene by Dr. William Flood of North Benning- ton and then rushed to Putnam Memorial Hospital where he died of numerous injuries at p. m. Tpr. Mooney said the rear por- tion of the, 1952 Hudson landed some 50 feet from the rest of the car which was wrapped around the tree. Pieces of-the hood and doors were found scattered in the field arjacent to where the crash took place. Allen Goodrich, a fellow worker of Stroffoleno's at the Cushman Manufacturing Company in North Bennington, was about one-half a mile in back of t Stroffoleno's car when the mishap occurred. Goodrich said Stroffoleno was alive when he was taken to the hospital and asked: "What hap- pened? What Richard Ryan, 18, of North Adams was Vermont's first high- way fatality of the year when he was killed in an auto crash on Rt. 346 in North Powna) on New Year's Day. Governor Proposes A Hike In Income Taxes; Asks Corporation Tax Increases Buzzell and Lother Are New Candidates For Ward 7 Seat Wesley Buzzell A third and fourth candidate have entered the fight for elec- tion to the Ward 7 Village trus- teeship. Announcing their aspirations to the office today were Wesley Buzzell, contractor, of 826 Gage street, and Winston W. Lother of 121% Bradford street. They will oppose William J. Burton of 933 Gage street and Kenneth J. Fleming of 124 Cool- idge avenue. Incumbent Wallace E. Mattison has announced he will not seek a. third .term. Buzzell has been a resident of Bennington for about 18 years. This is the first time he has sought election to a political of- fice. Lother is 32 years old and is co-owner of the Quality Paint Winston Lother Store on North street. Although active in civic activi ties, Lother has never been a can didate for political office. He is a member of the Village Committee for City Government the American Legion 40 and 8 the Chamber of Commerce, Ben nington Rod and Gun Cub and the Merchants Association. He has two children and has lived in Bennington most of his life. Incumbent Trustee Leon El dred, Ward 1, has announced he will seek re-election to the only other trustee post coming up for a vote this year. Each will seek the nomination at the Citizens' Caucus to be held Jan. 22 at 8 p. m. at the Armory. Graded School To Have One New Reading Teacher In Fall, Tuition Rates Remain Same (See Stroffoleno) (Continued on Page ThreeT Welfare Commissioner Speaks On Buckley's Bill To Raise Old Age Assistance Funds (Vermont Press Bureau) MONTPELIER "Approximate- ly 33 per cent of Vermonters re- ceiving old age assistance pay- ments from the state have needs' that are not met under the present law." Social Welfare Commission- er W.' Arthur Simpson said today. Simpson told the Senate commit- tee on social welfare and repre- sentatives of the House that about recipients of assistance under the present law, which sets a max- imum monthly payment of for single persons and for mar- ried couples, have average needs of not covered by current legislation. GREATLY REDUCED The Rest of This Week COKNEK CRAFT SHOP SEE WOODFOKD (Continued On Page Seven) SOCIAL SATURDAY NIGHT, 8 P. M. White Chapel School MARCH OF DIMES DANCE B. P. O. ELKS SATURDAY NIGHT, 842 Buffet Lunch The welfare commissioner tes- tified before the committee at a 'hearing on a bill introduced by Senator Thomas G. Buckley of Ben- I nington which -would raise maxi- mum monthly paymnts to for -individuals and for married couples. He estimated that the increased maximum rates proposed by Sen. Buckley would require an addition- al yearly. The federal gov- ernment which contributes approx- imately of the monthly payments, would nof contribute above per month and thus could not be called upon to bear part of the cost of the proposed increased maximum, he said. Noting that the deficit in some assistance recipients was based on departmental, budgeting and not on the -true needs of the 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 among the recommendations made by Simpson in the department's bi- ennial report. However, today he indicated general approval of the measur. Committee, discussion of the fi- nancial aspects of the proposed increase in maximum payments was tentative. However, it was brought up that the old age assist- ance tax initiated in 1935 pays into the general fund an amount ap- proximating the estimated cost of the proposed increases in the old age assistance program. The -tax, in reality a tax of per person between the ages of 21 and 70 (with a few ex- last year netted the state in revenue. In the biennial report of the So- cial Welfare Department Simpson' declared "that the unmet needs of assistance recipients, was the great- est problem in the program aside from medical care and hospitali- zation. He noted then that 53 per cent of the old age assistance cases were receiving the maximum. The average grant under the pro- gram has increased from a month in July 1952 to an average of a month. Simpson estimat- ed that the number to receive ben- individuals' concerned, Simpson 900. efits this month would exceed Hiring of a reading specialist at the elementafy school level was approved here Wednesday evening by trustees of the Graded Schoo] 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 favored the proposal but the 1955- 56 budget would not allow increas- ed personnel expenditures. Action taken by the trustees is expected to cut an estimated bud- get increase of for teachers' pay by about Supt. Allan J. Heath's recom- mendation of the reading special- ist, 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 Prin- cipal Miss 'Ruth Bodine said a poll of teachers showed that a mini- mum of 50 pupils could immediate- ly benefit through specialized train- ing in reading. They termed read- ing 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 var- ious grades. School directors were told the present workload placed upon the high school physical education in- structors is too heavy to allow them free time for teaching at the ele- mentary level. These instructors presently act as consultants to the elementary but are un- able to work with the pupils direct- ly. 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 Films On Mooseheart To Be Shown Here "The story of Mooseheart" and "Where Life Begins two movies depicting the history and life at Mooseheart, 111., and Moose- haven, Fla., will be shown at Gen- aral Stark Theatre Sunday" after- noon. The Officers of the Loyal Order Moose, Bennington, are extend- ing a cordial invitation to all mem- bers and to the general public. These films are being shown as part of the eighth anniversary cel- ebration 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 see- ing where possible. Trustees Anthony Pello, Floyd Harmon and J. Henry Mayhew supported a motion to postpone hiring a physical educa- tion teacher for another year. Trus- tees Robert Hayes and J. Goodall Hutton opposed the motion, and Trustee Philip Knapp abstained from voting. Bennington High School tuition rates, now set at will remain at that figure for the school year 1955-56. School Trustees were told that per pupil costs are approxi- mately on the high school level, but Supt. Heath said the dis- trict already charges the highest tuition in the state. Heath circulated mimeographed copies of a State Department of Education report on tuition rates which showed that Bennington's charges were from to higher than those of seven other high schools of similar enrollments. Suggesting that there is a limit as to "how far in front of the pack you can Heath recommend- ed that the tuition rates be held at their present levels. The State Department report shows that Bennington rates lead Springfield's charges by a mar- gin. Benhi, however, also has the highest per pupil costs of Trustees unanimously voted to keep the rates at their present levels. Architect James Britton, Supt. Heath and Miss Bodine, the latter representing teachers of the ele- mentary' schools, will comprise' a committee to select the color schemes for the interior of the new elementary school building. Britton was present at the meet- ing to review color schemes and discuss other phases of the con- struction project. He said substan- tial progress on the project was believed possible in the next few weeks and reported workmen have begun laying structural tile cover- ings in the kitchen, toilets, and health room. A subsidy of for the em- ployment of the services of a train- ed social worker mental and dental hygiene problems was voted by the board. The money would be turned over to the Health Council if it successfully -develops a plan to hire a trained worker in con- junction with several community agencies. Principal Harold S. Rising in- formed the board that a reduction of some 60 students in the fresh- man class in 1955, pupils who will remain in the parochial school sys- tem, will afford the district "slight relief but will not make possible any cuts in the high school facul- See GRADED SCHOOL on Page Six) (Vermont Press Bureau) MONTPELIER Gov. Joseph B. Johnson called "today for high- er income and corporation taxes to balance a "bootstrap" budget he said is based on- "stern reali- ties" and faith in Vermont's fu- ture. The administration laid before the 1955 General Assembly a rec- ord overall budget of for fiscal 1956-57, including recom- mended appropriations of from the general fund. Johnson proposed a 33 per cent increase in personal income taxes and a 25 per cent hike in corporation franchise taxes to help meet expanding costs of op- erations. He estimated the individual in- come tax jump would raise an ad- ditipnal for the bien- nium and the increased corpora- tion tax would bring: in another for the two year period. Together with an anticipated surplus in the general iund, the governor told the legis- ature, his budget could be prac- ically balanced. Estimated revenues a c t u ally 'all shy of balancing the budget, but the administration ex- pects this would be made up in reversion of unspent balances to :he general fund account. Johnson's program proposes general -fund appropriations of for the fiscal year starting July I, and he following year. This is rough- y more than appropria- ions for the present biennium. Against this are anticipated revenues in the general fund to- aling for the bien- nium, the expected surplus of and the tax increases if Johnson proposed to :he Assembly. The budget also presented high- .vay fund appropriations of over the two year period, and another from the fish and game fund. These are 'pledged" funds not connected .vith the general or basic operat- ng revenue of state government. Johnson listed five courses >pen to the administration and he legislature in adopting fiscal policies, including a cut back in xpenditures to the level of rev- nues, a "middle-income sales ax" plan, patchwork taxation, .eficit financing or adjustment of ndividual income and corporation ranchise taxes. He chose the latter course on he thesis an income tax is easiest nd cheapest to administer and alls on those best able to pay. Specifically, he called for an in- rease on all rates of the graduat- d income tax and hiking the cor- oration tax from four to five er cent. The income rates would ise from 1.5 to 2 per cent for the irst 3 to 4 percent on the ext 4. to 6 per cent on he following and 5.5 to .5 per cent on amounts over 00. The corporation increase would aise an estimated more nnually. The new Income tax ates would produce about 00 more per year. Johnson did not shut the door ompletely on a sales tax, com- menting that he and many legis- ators are on record against this ype of levy and "we should ex- aust every other possibility be- ore considering this a revenue ource." The governor said his budget uthorizes no new departure nor ncrease of services unless it con- ributes to the planning for the uture of the state. In addition to the regular budg- t, the chief executive proposed onding for to carry ut a three year highway pro- ram and issuing additional bonds or major building program. He particularly recommended wo new armories in the state, novation of the Bennington Bat- e Monument, an auditorium- attle room at the state school of griculture in Randolph, and ad- tion to the state library. New uilding construction should be mited to for the bien- jum, he said, then added that he also concur in the the findings the state prison commission Dout the eventual need for a new rison." Johnson said he had cut de- artment requests substan- ally" but said it would be ex- remely difficult if not unwise to o further. The major cuts in requests of- ected the health department, ed- cation and institutions. He did ot go along with the education epartment's request for a change See GOVERNOR (Continued on Page Six) 'SPAPERl 'SPAPERl
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