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Bennington Banner (Newspaper) - February 2, 1966, Bennington, Vermont Tai r fair and no important changes in temperature tonight and thursday. Low temperature tonight will be in the teens North and single numbers to near Zero in the South. Yesterdays High 30 Low 7. Today at 7 ., 13. Sunset 5 03 . Sunrise 7 07 Bennin Bennington Vermont wednesday february 2, 1966 i to on is House committee favors Hoffs Highway program in Viet Yoni Montpelier a gov. Philip h. Hoff a massive Bond Issue to finance Road improvements in the Western part of the state passed its first major test tuesday when the House Highway committee voted unanimously in favor at the legislation. But the Victory came Only after a proposed amendment to emasculate the Bill was Defeated on a close six to five vote of committee members who rejected the plan of House speaker Richard Mallary to eliminate provisions for four Lane construction on . 7. Rep. Joseph Caracciola of Bennington the Only county representative on the committee voted with the majority in keeping the program intact. The action puts the committee on record As favouring a $45 million acceleration program for southwestern Vermont and a $1 million a first aids program far emergency repairs to dangerous sections of Highway throughout the state. The program introduced by gov. Philip h. Hoff and endorsed by a caucus of cop House members would a a accelerated construction of four Lane highways from West Rutland to the new York line along . 4 and from Rutland to Pownal along . 7. It would also accelerate similar construction to a portion of the Beatline around Burlington a congested North end and to a Section of . 2, in the St. Johnsbury Danville area. The favourable vote was another stain on the already tarnished image of Mallary. Mallary who says he favors a course of a fiscal responsibility a has tried twice to eviscerate the program and eliminate the Bond authorization. His argument is that Only design and planning should be seeded up and that future Legislatures should decide whether to Bond for construction on a year to year basis after looking at both Highway needs and Revenue sources. He says that would allow the state to accelerate its Highway program a within our Means a and slow Down construction if the Burden on the states Economy should become too great. The Fairlee Republican has two More cracks at the Bill however and Hoff said late tuesday he expects him to make the most of them. Tile Bill must go to both the appropriations committee and Board ponders Village budget trustees of Bennington Village began serious work on their 19c6 budget tuesday evening but faced with incomplete figures and information they were unable to assign preliminary estimates to several general fund items. In fact the trustees expressed discontent with almost All of the general fund estimates actually submitted by the various committees and agreed a special meeting May have to be called to put their budget work Back on schedule. A decision on when to meet will probably be made shortly several facts about the new budget became Clear however. With varying degrees of certainty trustees thought they saw the possibility of increased expenditures in As Many As seven of the 22 general fund categories. In five categories they mentioned the possibility of decreased expenditures eight categories were seen As stable and no guesses at All were Ven tured in two cases the More important of which concerned health insurance. A a salaries and a social Security were two categories in which increased expenditures were seen Likely if not sure. Trustee Charles Bodine said the Village has done a a nothing about raising salaries of Village employees to a a proper Bodine dismissed the recent adoption of a pension plan for the employees As an action a which should live been done 20 years ago a and said a 5 per cent increase in some salaries would not be extravagant. Bodine cited the $1.75 an hour wage for Highway workers As an example of marked underpayment and said he wondered How persons could get by on that amount. Bodines remarks prompted some controversy among other Board members particularly see budget Page 12, col. 7 the ways and Means committee and Mallary can be expected to reiterate his pay As you go philosophies before both groups. Ways and Means chairman rep. Reid Lefevre r-25, of Manchester has already committed himself basically to the Hoff plan even though he wants More see House Page 12, col. 3 attacked and Komi Ikumi of$700 Searsburg a police today were searching for an unidentified Man who assaulted and robbed a retired Searsburg resident of $700 last night. The victim 65-year-old Harry j. Sherman told police he was in bed and answered a Knock at his door around Midnight. He said his assailant pretended his car had broken Down and needed help. He then struck Sherman with a Blunt instrument and Cut his head open. The robber took $700 from Sherman s Wallet and fled. State police were tight lipped regarding possible leads As to identity of the assailant and there were hints the unidentified robber May have been disguised. Sherman could not identify what weapon the robber had used to attack him. Sherman was treated at the w Lemington health Center for his head injuries and released. Sherman a Home a Wood Frame dwelling is located just off it. 9 in Searsburg near the intersection with it. 8. The Bureau of criminal investigation has been called in on the investigation. 1,500 con Quot casualties in a operation Masher thoughtful president president Johnson who today asked Congress for increased . Health and education Aid to foreign countries returns to his office in the White House with Bill Moyers his press Secretary after making a to speech to the nation monday. Up Saigon up �?. Jets bombed North vietnamese targets for the third consecutive Day today but bad weather saved the communists from greater devastation. In the ground War communists forces were trying to flee into the mountains from deadly Allied ground offensives. Troops of the 1st cavalry division who have killed an estimated 504 communists in their massive sweep through Viet Cong coastal regions 300 Miles Northeast of Saigon suffered one dead and nine wounded today when . Helicopters accidentally fired 2.75 Inch Zuni rockets at them. An Allied spokesman said the 1st cavalry division carrying out a operation Masher with the Aid of South koreans and vietnamese had inflicted More than 1,500 casualties on the Viet Cong including dead wounded and captured. The americans with artillery and air support killed 504, the South koreans 75 and the lbs asks Congress to increase foreign health education Aid Washington up a president Johnson today asked Congress to increase by More than 50 per cent the total of . Health and education Aid to foreign countries. The special message was a followup to the request Johnson sent the lawmakers tuesday for $3.4 billion in military and economic assistance for the fiscal year 1967. Johnson was scheduled Send a third Aid message world food problems to lawmakers thursday. Today a detailed formal quest for the health education aspects of the Overall Aid package includes a 50 per cent increase in education Aid. Raising it to an annual level of More than $200 million. It also asks a two thirds increase in to on the re and health programs $150 million. The president tuesday message would be aimed Quot the benefits of France rejects . Intervention seeking Viet War settlement United nations up a France joined communist North Viet Nam today in rejecting United nations intervention in the War in Viet Nam. The soviet Union also opposed . Action. The United states already had run into delays in its efforts in the Security Council to get Neutral nations to i. Anthony voters approve school land Sale to cd pc thirty voters of the it. Anthony Union school District gave unanimous approval last night to the proposed Sale of an acre of school property to Central Vermont Public service corporation. Permission was thus Given the it. Anthony Union school Board to proceed with a transaction that will allow Central Vermont to build a sub station at the end of Lyons Street that will Supply needed electric Power to the school. The vote came after explanatory remarks from Leonard Donohue of Central Vermont Public service and a Brief question period that saw a safety Issue raised by mrs. Reba Mon Inger a teacher at Bennington elementary school. Mrs. Moninger questioning Donohue about the extent of the electric Power that would be produced at the sub station asked if it would be a Safe a especially in View of the stations proximity to the school. Donohue replied frankly that no station could be guaranteed to be inaccessible to trespassers but said precautions would be taken make it a a unlikely that any on the inside an editorial comments on Progress in the legislature of the Highway program a Page 4. 1965 fire losses revealed in annual report a Page 5. Hazards would be presented to the school. A High Fence will be Well lighted in full View of the neighbourhood. Safety equipment will be used in the station itself he added. Donohue also reviewed his company a need for new Power to Supply both the school and the area and listed the advantages which the station would afford the school avoidance of unsightly Power poles and lines a a improvement of unused property and encouragement for the . Army corps of engineers to build a flood Wall along the roaring Branch. No negative votes followed school Board atty. Eugene v. Clarks motion to approve the transaction. Work on the sub station will presumably begin this Spring ensuring completion by the november target Date for it. Anthony Union High schools opening. Mediate and today a French announcement appeared to kill Hopes for such action. A French government communique issued after a Cabinet meeting in Paris presided Over by president Charles de Gaulle first expressed its a regret and disapproval of american re its official six More of of inter Punxsutawney a. Up a this Mountain City a famed groundhog came out of hibernation today just Long enough to predict six More weeks of Winter. The groundhog saw its Shadow on emerging above ground at 7 21 ., est and scurried Back in its Hole. Members of the Punxsutawney groundhog club were not As impressed As in past years however because to a Man they were sure the groundhog could make no other prediction. Sumption of bombing North Viet Nam. It rejected . Intervention and called for a Viet Nam solution based on agreement among the United states soviet Union Britain France and communist China in line with the 1954 Geneva agreements. The immediate question of whether the . Security Council should seek a Settle ment appeared to rest with the Arab kingdom of Jordan with the possibility of French and soviet vetoes in the background. At the Arab nations request tuesday the 15-member Council ended Daylong debate by postponing until today a decision on whether to put the Viet Nam conflict on its debating Agenda. The decision was postponed until at least 3 pm est today. The United states requested the move after resuming bombing in North Viet Nam ending a 37-Day Lull. But on the basis of sentiment expressed in tuesday debate the Council could Muster Only eight of the nine affirmative votes required. Dorset names Ian a Page 6. A new Library Arlington and Shaftsbury caucuses report line for town meeting a Page 6. Proposal explained Eugene v. Clark attorney for the it. Anthony Union school Board explains the proposal for Sale of a portion of the school property to the Central Vermont Public service corporation while members of the Board look on. The proposal was approved by voters at the special meeting tuesday evening. Hamilton to More than said in his the increases at spreading education to every Corner of the Earth and curbing some of the diseases which plague Mankind. Quot nothing is More critical to the future of Liberty and the Fate of Mankind than efforts to combat ignorance Johnson said of the education program. On health the president asked for a extensive new programs at Home and abroad that would Quot eliminate smallpox from the list of Many a natural enemies and eradicate malaria in Large portions of the world. Johnson a Overall Aid requests tuesday called for authorization of the program on a five year basis. This Drew approval from chairman j. William Fulbright d-ark., of the Senate foreign relations committee. Pello seeks re election As trustee Joseph a. Pello jr., a Bennington Village trustee from Ward 3, for the past nine years announced tuesday evening that he will be a candidate this March for a fourth three year term on the Board. Pello wont run for Village president. It had been widely rumoured that he was interested in the chief executives Job. During his years on the Board Pello has been Active in Many areas of municipal government. Most recently he was instrumental in setting up a pension plan for Village employees. He has also served on the unification study committee and has been a Strong advocate of combining the town and its three villages into one municipality with a single government. To Date trustee Henry Mallory of Ward 5 is the Only announced candidate for Village president. Richard Hollister who retired last week As Bennington fire chief has indicated that he is a thinking about running but he has yet to commit himself. Arthur j. Toge Theberge former Village Street superintendent and John j. Devito have also indicated that they Are a thinking about throwing their hats in the ring. Former Village president James b. Dash Gib Ney says he will definitely not be a candidate this year. The incumbent Salvatore Santarcangel announced several weeks ago that he will not run again. Santarcangel is moving to old Bennington and therefore does not feel he is eligible to preside Over the affairs of the lower Village. He was also recently elected to the state Senate and it would be difficult for him to serve in both posts at the same time. Leo Nash Veteran trustee from Ward 2, announced two weeks ago that he will be a candidate for re election. Vietnamese 118 for a total of 697. Reports from the front indicated the mauled communist units were trying to flee into the Jungle mountains Inland from the sea. In fighting Only 15 Miles from Saigon . 1st infantry division forces overran and wiped out two Viet Cong machine gun bunkers that had inflicted moderate casualties on one company of about 180 americans. The sounds of Battle and the Flash of artillery fire could be seen and heard from rooftops in the capital. . Air Force planes Range Over communist North Viet Nam for the third straight Day since president Johnson ordered the bombing of the North resumed. Details of the raid were not immediately disclosed. A . Military spokesman said the Jet bombers conducted 20 armed reconnaissance missions Over the North. B52 bombers of the strategic air command Sac pounded suspected communist positions in support of the 1st cavalry division troops involved in a operation Masher near Bong son. It was in this Region that the american helicopters accidentally fired on the 1st cavalry troops. The Aerial artillery helicopters were on station preparing to attack Viet Cong targets along the coast. A plume of yellow smoke from a flare was to have been the signal marking the communist positions for the . Aircraft. A radio operator accompanying col. Harold g. Moore commander of the cavalry a 3rd brigade accidentally dropped a smoke grenade while cutting through some Brush. The pin dropped out and the nearby troops froze As yellow smoke Rose into the sky. The air suddenly was filled with the Roar and explosions of the Zuni rockets and before the helicopter gunners could be warned of the mishap one i was dead and nine others wounded. Moore was unhurt. A operation Masher a which began last Friday already is estimated to have Cost the Viet Cong 750 dead 508 confirmed by body count. Ground fighting slackened in the area today As the guerrillas fled into Jungle mountains West of the Battle zone. At least 13 air strikes were flown before the area was secured. Airport project put in warning a proposed municipal Airport runway Extension project thought by town selectmen to be grounded for this year at least is being warmed up once again for presentation to town voters. At the request of the town Airport commission selectmen will include an article in the warning for the March i town meeting asking voters if they approve a 10-year borrowing program to meet the local costs of the state and Federal aided project. The new article slightly revised from similar articles which have appeared in the warnings for the last three annual town meetings will propose a runway Extension project costing an estimated total of $180,000, of which the Federal government would be expected to pay 50 per cent or $90,000, the state 25 per cent or $45,000, and the town itself the remaining 25 per cent or $45,000. If approved the airports main East West runway would be extended to 3,500 feet according to the Airport commissions recommendation. This is too feet Shorter than last years town meeting article indicated but a length the commission said which would be accepted by the Federal government under its revised specifications. Present to make the recommendation for the articles inclusion were Thomas p. Kinney chairman William h. Morse and Lynn Woods jr., members at the Airport commission and Kenneth r. Clayton a former member and chairman of the commission. The runway Extension project has been put to voters three times. In 1963 the project was Defeated by about a three to one margin. In 1964, however it lost by Only 56 votes a margin of defeat that increased again last year when the proposal at that time calling for a $50,000 local outlay was turned Down 632-784. Selectmen told the commission and Clayton that they had acted on the advice of state aeronautics commissioner Edward f. Knapp in deleting the Airport project article from this years warning. They said he thought it would be better a to let it lies this year and also noted that Knapp had not budgeted the states share of the project this year in any Case. Clayton Felt that the Extension a has to be carried out some time and thought that the longer the town Waits be see warning Page 12, col. 6 Senate advances Bill on legislative pay raise Montpelier up a the legislative pay Bill moved one step closer to Complete passage today in the Vermont Senate. The measure which originated in the House became the subject of numerous verbal arguments. At times questioning of senators became so involved that Senate president John Daley who also is lieutenant gov no Hearse for Quill Drivers strike new York a Michael j. Quill founder and president of the a Al Cio transport workers Union which tied up bus and subway traffic Here with a 12-Day strike went to his grave tuesday in a make shift Hearse because of a strike of Drivers. The teamster Union is conducting a strike by 500 Hearse and funeral limousine Drivers against two employer associations. So a Black station Wagon with a Twu Man at the wheel by permission of the strikers served in place of a regular Hearse. Error forgot that he was supposed to ask the question if the Bill should be read for the third time. But in the end a proposed amendment by sen. Daniel buggies r Washington was Defeated on a 19-11 Roll Call vote. And the Bill itself was advanced to third Reading on a 22-8 vote. Ruggles amendment proposed to change the effective Date for the pay raise to begin from Jan. 5 of this year to july i. The Bill would pay legislators $30 a Day and $1,200 for the session. Ruggles contends that to adopt the pay raise and make it retroactive to the first Day of this session is a morally indefensible and is in violation of the conflict of interest clause in the House and Senate rules. But sen. Flore Bove Dburl in ton said he would serve a for Only 98 cents a Day of necessary. He said it makes Little difference How much legislators Are paid just As Long As they do the Best Job they can for the people of the state. Bove quoted the late president Kennedy a statement a ask not what your country can do for you but Rathel what you can do for your country in stating his feelings about the pay Bill. Aimer j weekly founded in 1811, daily 1903. No. 19,98

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