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Wellsboro Gazette (Newspaper) - April 21, 1982, Wellsboro, Pennsylvania Snakes to Rattle During Morris Hunt June 12-13 THE WELLSBORO Per Copy After nearly three months of adr vice from the Pennsylvania Fish the Morris Fire De- members decided day evening to hold the 27th an- rattlesnake hunt this year According to Morris Fire Chief Dean the membership at- meeting unanimous in making its decision to have the hunt at least one more following the new rules and regulations laid down by the Fish Commission limits the daily catch to two snakes per hunter and prohibits the buying and selling of the Kreger said that many of the de- tails of conducting the hunt were and jointly sponsoring the que with the firemen on Sunday The other food stands will also be open along with some carnival game craft and Kreger and Amos Osborn are chairmen of the snake hunt which attracts a large crowd every year uf snakes turned into the snake Kreger said that he expects a of hunters and that there should be enough snakes ed to make a formidable Snakes turned in for display will probably be killed after the festivities and the rattles ex- changed for the one dollar bounty offered by the snakes for each hunter that is to participate in the Kreger said that if the hunt works this that is. if enough snakes are turned in to make a good display to draw the the snake hunt would probably continue to be If the new with MANSFIELD 107TH YEAR NO. 22 APRIL 21. 1982 674 120) each hunter would have to pay a registration fee of and that trophies would be awarded in- stead of forthe snakes as has been done in the Categories of prizes might include a trophy for the longest snake or for the longest combined length of both snakes brought in by a Another prize may be given for the most rattles as in the a cash award will probably be given to the hunter traveling the furthest to come to the The hunt will be held the and the other usual events be held on the Last a flea market was held which seemed to please the and said they would repeat event with even more items for The chicken will be held Saturday and Sunday with the Catholic and Methodist Churches of Morris 1 feast on the day ers or to laboratories for the duction of snake bite but this practice is now ed. Fish Commission rules will mit the display of snakes in the pit if there are no more than two Wellsboro Cops Plan Open House The Wellsboro Police ment will hold an Open House this Saturday and April 24 and between noon 4 p.m. each day at their 28 Crafton Street Wellsboro citizens are invited to Residents will be able to see the recently com- at the police department offices in the Wellsboro Borough Municipal The are planning a display of equipment and will answer citizen Mergenthaler Linotype Consolidates Operations The Mergenthaler Linotype an operating unit of Allied announced April 16 the reorganization of its U.S. domestic The Group's two domestic the thaler Linotype Company of Long New and the Company of have been consolidated into one operating company with headquarters in Stan president of will serve as president of the new Anthony J. who had been president of the U.S. Mergenthaler Linotype Company has been reassigned to the Group's staff in where he will assist in the con- The Mergenthaler Linotype Group's worldwide headquarters will remain in as will U.S. engineering The font manufacturing and sales as well as the parts and service center in North Long are unaffected by the entire ting industry has experienced severe pressures in the last several Mergenthaler type with its considerable strengths in the world has consolidated these com- panies to increase the scope and depth of its U.S. sales and service operations to meet the challenge of these new market Robert C. Group Vice said this consolidation will permit us to move more into new markets and new technologies where Tek has made significant in- he acquired in 1980, makes specialized micro- computer systems and software including typesetting systems for newspapers and commercial it new product lines including equipment for the fast growing cable power and industrial and educational vidio Last Mergenthaler Linotype Group consolidated its worldwide research and engineering activities to provide unified product development The centralization of U.S. operations in Wichita will result in a reduction of about 70 jobs at the Melville The termina which will start June 1. involve redundant staff support including financial and marketing DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME BEGINS April 25 A.M. Turn Your Clock Ahead One Hour Affected employees will receive severance pay and benefits and will be assisted in their search for new Duncan Water Authority Meets The newly organized Duncan Township Water Authority met April 20 with the tation of having a Department of Environmental Resources representative present to help clarify problems existing with the management of the water the DER failed to have any personnel at the In the township supervisors appointed a new replace the five members who resigned at the end of 1981 After a town meeting in January the following were appointed to the Steve John Walter and Ruth and Phillip Zuchowski Authority members have be- come aware of the fact that tain Environmental Protection Agency ments in relation to bacterial and turbidity have not been fulfilled since last The new members are taking steps to have these tests performed in a timely effort to com ply with the regulations Because of the expense in- volved in the operation of the system and the additional cost of the necessary the author ity as been discussing ways to raise sufficient revenue to cover the increased ing to the authority's Wellsboro attorney James it appears that water rates will have to be raised to meet ex He noted that the present authority was trying to comply with regulations in an effort to provide a reasonable quality of water for the lowest cost possible If a new rate schedule is to be legal advertisements will appear in the newspaper by the authority Judge Hears Guilty Not Guilty Pleas Richard L. 20. of 101 Con Elkland pled not guilty before Tioga County Court of Common Pleas Judge Robert M Kemp to charges of solicitation to commit forgery and receiving len property filed against him and stemming from a January 4. 1982 incident in which it is alleged that in his possession and dis- posed of a check made able to Robbins of RD 2. Carola County Lot 22. James Alton 28. of 212 Pattison Elkland pled guilty April 20 before Judge Kemp to a charge of possession and de- livery of a controlled substance filed against him and stemming from an August incident in which it is alleged that Smith de livered 273.2 grams of marijuana a Schedule 1 con trolled to an under- cover Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Ronald C Houck for the sum of Kemp ordered a investigation to be done by the Tioga County tion hinder the snakes for a decent this may be the last snake hunt to be held in Kreger said was too late in the year to plan any other event to raise money for the fire so we decided to have the snake hunt at least one more time to see if it will Search continues For Harold Brace State Police conducted another aerial search in the Tioga area last Thursday in a continuing fort to locate Harold Brace who has been missing since March 25th. 74. left his Painter Run home to walk the ten miles to Tioga and has not been seen State Police portions of Tioga Lake on April 8 they plan to search again Poor visibility under water hampered their first efforts and they want to make sure that Brace's body is not in the The State Police helicopter accompanied by reported seeing nothing Ground combed the area where they believed Brace to be lost on the day after he re- ported KIWANIS members solicited signers forthe Vial of Life program on Sunday in Morris and Kiwanian William watches as three Blossburg residents fill out the necessary from left Marian Rita and Leontine Lappine Another up day will be held in Riverside burti on May 4 and may call for 638-3366 up 3-7 The Wellsboro Council the week of May 3 through 7 as Spring Clean-Up The borough crew will pick up all trash and appliances left at the curb on the regular day of garbage pick Residents are asked to have trash bagged or tied for easy handling and to have all refuse on the curb on the same day that gabage is normally Gypsy Moth Public Seminar Set Next f Thursday in Tioga v The Tioga County Commis X in cooperation with the v v Pennsylvania Bureau of For will be conducting a pub information seminar on The meeting Xbe held on April 29.X the Courtroom of the Tioga vat 7 p.m. Major topics to be discussed v vare the history and life cycle gypsy the County Xing and control v methods to be used by the property x Finds Trucker 3 Charges in Vehicle Deaths A Tioga County jury found Franklin E. Safrit 51. of guilty of three counts of vehicular homicide following an all-day trial held April 19.i a fourth count of vehicular homicide involving the death of Rebecca C. age 5. killed in the same accident on December 16, 1981. the jury returned a verdict of not driving a tractor-trailer rig south on Route 15, attempting to make a left hand turn at the intersection of Route 287, two miles north of struck a northbound automobile driven by Charles V. 41. of his wife 41, and Nellie E. 90. were dead at the scene and the daughter Rebecca was dead at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Nathan 15. son of the dead suffered severe head injuries and another senger in the Jones 15, RD 2, sustained abrasions and Safrit received a head tion and his a passenger in the was The Jones vehicle was demolished and the tractor had moderate damage in the near head-on col- Testimony on Monday was received from several witnesses including Jon Tioga County Deputy Medical Dennis a Tioga Ambulance driver on the Nathan and State Police Officers investigating the cident Carl Brion and Cpl Kenneth Tioga County District Attorney James E. Carlson conducted the case for the Commonwealth be- fore Tioga County President Judge Robert M. Kemp while Wellsboro attorney James Rague defended Each count of vehicular homicide carries a maximum penalty of five years ment fine since it's a misdemeanor 1 lar homicide is described as un- intentionally causing the death of another while engaged in the violation of any law or ordinance applying to the regulation of Rague said that he would be fil- ing motions within ten no decision had been made by his client concerning an Sentencing will be held after consideration of the trial motions and Rague said he would wait until after sentencing turn to page 2i 2 Charged in Adult Book Store Caper are Proposed Changes in Sewage Regulations Opposed A group of 35 county real estate agents and contractors involved in the installation of sew age systems met in Wellsboro Monday evening to formulate a resolution in opposition to the proposed changes in the Sewage Facilities Act which are due to be- come effective May 1. 1982. Tioga County Commissioners O Richard Bartlett and Van Em Sr. endorsed the resolution and intend to notify the proper officials of their opposition to the The Department of mental Resources was supposed to have been represented at the Monday evening but cording to Charles County nobody from that agency Balleine said that the new regu lations as proposed by DER would require a test prior to installing any alternate system of Balleine explained that install ation of a standard sewage system requires six feet of soil cover before as a seasonally high water or if this re- can't be an alternate system must be in- The most frequently used alternate method is termed an elevated sand mound and under present a test is not A test in- holes in the proposed drainage field and tim ing the percolation of a quantity of water into the tests have been required for the in- of a standard system but the cost of the test is set by the relatively low cost of in- stalling the standard system Balleine said that an alternate system usually costs more than a standard system and to add the cost of a test is not ically Since the current state government is on record as being against increases in costs due to Balleine has urged the commissioners to go on record as opposing the new Also included in the is the requirement of a pressurized distribution another increasing Present regulations permit the flow of fluent from a septic tank to a drainage field The posal calls for a pump to push the waste through the distribution pipes or have the system built to use a siphoning effect Included in the resolution is the statement that this type of system is unproven lent experimental conditions which do not take into tion the soil conditions which exist in much of the Balleine said that the new will tend to limit and economic growth in Tioga County and the state be- cause of the increased costs in the installation of approved systems and the necessary testing re quired before installing the age He also notes that people might attempt to install illegal systems if the new lions increase installation costs Balleine said that several groups of homebuilders and other interested parties may join forces to bring suit against DER for an injunction if the new regulations are allowed to go into effect May 1. Two 25-year-olds. James P. Steiner and Robert L. both of were acquitted Tuesday of charges of conspiracy and robbery filed against them in connection with the December 10, 1981 robbery at the Adult Book Store in Lawrence Township ing which in cash stolen The decision to acquit the duo was made by a 12-member composed of 10 women and 2 following about three hours of deliberation at the Tioga County Court House It was alleged that Knapp and Steiner had robbed the Adult Book Store at gun point and threatened book store manager Raymond M. Durrwachter with a Durrwachter had been told not to move while two individuals took in cash from the cash register and in quarters from a shelf beneath the cash register The manager was forced into an adjacent room where his hands and feet were bound with black electrical Tioga County District Attorney James E. Carlson presented four witnesses for the R. accused of being the driver of the vehicle in the December 10th Adult Book Store incident and State Police Troopers William A Herbst and John Toner who conducted the investigation into the Book Store incident also charged with conspiracy and robbery in con- with the Adult Book Store testified Tuesday that Steiner and Knapp were sengers in his car the day of the robbery and that he had gone across Route 15 to a car wash. He then picked the duo back Book Store manager Durrwachter testified to the events that occured during the robbery and said he could identify Knapp as one of the rob bers because his face had been partially He said he could not identify Steiner because the second man's face was No witnesses were presented on either Knapp's of Steiner's be- Counsel for Knapp was Tioga County Public defender Robert Dalton and for appointed counsel William One of the jurors interviewed following the trial stated that the had been instructed by Tioga County Court of Common Pleas Robert M. Kenp to find the duo beyond a reasonable and she were too many facts missing for us to do She noted thata photograph of tire tracks was presented as evidence but were not matched to the get away car and that graphs of the footprints in the snow were presented as evidence but not linked to either of the The main issue for the jury became the fact that there were no fingerprints when testimony had been given that the duo who had committed the had rifled through items in the Book Store including the cash box In the gun used dur ing the based on testi had been left there and the bullets emptied from it but there were no Although one of the troopers testified that one of the Knapp had a tatoo on his the relationship of the tatoo to the robbery was not made clear and the jury felt that it was possible the officers had become aware of the tatoo after Knapp's arrest Set for April 29, 30 and May 1 Don't forget to buy your for the Wellsboro Hieh School production of to be performed next April 29. 30. and May 1st at the Wellsboro High School Auditorium The show be- gins at 8pm nightly and is sure to provide a entertaining for all who attend April 14 15 16 17 18 19 2ft High 56 51 61 69 73 62 66 Low 31 26 29 43 37 33 38 tr. 0 0 0 23 0 0 Total for April 1.53 NE
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