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Bennington Banner (Newspaper) - January 12, 1966, Bennington, Vermont Continued cold fair followed by increasing cloudiness and continued cold tonight with Low temperatures Zero to five below. Thursday Cloudy followed by Snow and becoming warmer. Yesterdays High 22 Low minus 2. Today at 7 ., minus i. Sunset 4 36 . Sunrise 7 24 Bennington Bennington Vermont wednesday january 12, 1966 Anner weekly founded in 1841, daily 1903. No. 19,961 to cent Federal housing project sought in Viet Yam Bennington selectmen tuesday night said they will appoint a committee to look into the possible undertaking by the town of a Federal housing project for Low income elderly residents. Their action followed the presentation of a report by Guy Harmon president of the Southern Vermont association of retired persons who said that such a project was a certainly Quot needed for elderly Bennington residents. In his report Harmon reviewed some of the conditions and procedures involved in qualifying for Federal assistance for such a project and described such a project that has been carried out in Brattleboro. According to Harmon s report tie town would have to make no actual appropriation for such a project though voters would be asked to approve of a contract with the Federal government that would be involved. Funds from rentals of units in the project he indicated would pay off the retirement of Bonds taken out for the project. An initial objection to such a project was cited by at least one of the selectmen and by the Board s agent mrs. Alma Langue in response to Harmon s report regarding those persons who would be eligible to seek quarters in the project. Eligibility Harmon said would be limited to those persons Over 65 who have an annual income Between $2,000 and $3,000 if they Are single and Between $2,000 and $3,600 for married couples. Selectman Richard Van Sant Voorde and mrs. Langlois objected that this would mean that the people really in need of Low rent housing a those persons within come under $2,000 a could not obtain quarters in the project. Under current government standards Harmon reported the monthly rent to persons with $2,000 income would be $45. The rent would be $1 More per month for each additional $200 of annual hoist i Kays March 12 adjournment Montpelier up a the Vermont House passed by voice today a joint Resolution calling for an adjournment Date of March 12 for the special session of the legislature. The Resolution was passed in two minutes. It now goes to the Senate to i considered by the upper House. The Senate is expected to get the Resolution this afternoon. The Resolution had backing from both democrats and republicans in the House. If legislators stick to the goal of a March 12 adjournment the session will end in to weeks. Gov. Philip h. Hoff had said earlier he hoped the legislators could wrap up work of the session in 6 to 8 weeks. Income. The sponsoring housing authority he indicated could apply for a $10 monthly subsidy on rentals. When asked by selectmen Harmon who also serves on gov. Philip h. Hoff a committee on aging said there a certainly Quot is a need for such a project in the Bennington area. But when asked How Many persons he thought might be involved Harmon could not give any specific figure indicating that this is something that should be determined in an initial Survey for the proposed project. Initially Van Santoo rethought that an investigation of the project would be a Job for the town planning commission but the suggestion of selectman Joseph Higgins prevailed and selectmen instead will appoint a special committee which May include some of the planning commission members to look into the matter. As to the Brattleboro see housing Page to col. 6 at town meeting australians capture con Quot command Post Saigon up a australian troops reported today they had captured a three Story underground Viet Cong labyrinth believed to be the main communist political Headquarters for the City of Saigon and a guerrilla regimental command Post. The major discovery barely 25 Miles Northwest of Saigon came As b52 bombers from Guam struck two vie Cong areas in Western Pelkus province and in Central Quang Nam province 15 Miles Southwest of Danang. . Marines immediately launched an attack in the Danang target area. Other marines striking Only four Miles South of the Danang Airfield ambushed a group of Viet Cong and then used a tank to wipe out the unit. Five Viet Cong bodies were found and there was evidence from trails of blood that 12 other bodies had been dragged away. A . Air Force b57 Canberra Jet bomber caught fire and exploded on Takeoff at the Danang air base killing the two crewmen. The exploding bombs hurled debris hundreds of feet into the air. More than 30 minutes later 20 millimetre Cannon shells were still exploding but no injuries to base personnel were reported. Meanwhile american and see Viet Nam Page to col. 5 pro Hilt Jyh court denies Rich writ of Hareas Corpus expo 67 Pavilion proposed Montpelier up a the state development department today proposed a 70-foot memorial Pavilion for participation in the Montreal expo �?T67 that later could be turned into a ski Hall of Fame. State development commissioner Elbert g. Moulton appearing at a House conservation and development committee hearing said the exposition offers Vermont an a unprecedented Opportunity to Tell the Story of our vacation attractions to millions of canadians and Moulton said the Pavilion would Salute the 400th anniversary of the birth of Samuel de Champlain. In 1609 the explorer discovered Lake Champlain. The commissioner said the Vermont Pavilion As planned would include the worlds largest statue of Champlain. It would be carved from Vermont Stone he said. Moulton said the display would be returned to Woodstock after the exposition where it could serve As a ski Hall of Fame at the site of the nations first ski Tow. Moulton a testimony was on a Bill that would appropriate $400,000 for the Vermont display. Some $125,000 would be used to prefabricated the Structure in Vermont Moulton said. The commissioner said the plans Call for a sculptor to be carving the statue of Champlain throughout the expo so visitors can watch his daily Progress. R inter killed an american sergeant turns to the sound of the shot that felled a rioting dominican civilian who was attacking an Soldier in Santo Domingo monday. The shot . Paratrooper. Up other american was fired by a shed bypassed sen. Marcoux resigns Kennedy named by Hoff Montpelier a a continuing controversy Between gov. Philip h. Hoff and democratic senators serving in executive department positions ended yesterday with the resignation of sen. Hector t. Marcoux of Burlington As chairman of the Board of social welfare. And As in the earlier Case when sen. Frederick a Fayette of South Burlington resigned As chairman of the Highway Board the Power of the governors office prevailed. Marcoux reportedly was not unwilling to resign As Board chairman under Hoff s Rule that it is a conflict of interest for Board members to serve in the legislature but he wanted to name his successor. The Chittenden county senator reportedly was holding up his resignation in an Effort to have Hoff name George e. Shea of Bennington will vote on regional planning the warning for Bennington a annual town meeting March i began to take shape tuesday night at the regular meeting of town selectmen. One article to be included will ask town voters if they want Bennington to participate in a proposed regional planning program with other county towns. Selectmen accepted a report from the Bennington regional planning commission recommending that this question be put to voters. The commission Felt that it would be to Bennington a advantage to be involved in the development of a regional plan not Only for the general benefits that could be derived but also to protect the comprehensive plan now being developed by the Bennington commission for the town and its three incorporated villages. The Bennington commission however recommended that the article put to voters stipulate that Bennington be committed to participating in the regional planning Effort Only if four other key county towns a Manchester Arlington Shaftsbury and Pownal a also vote to participate. The commission made Clear that the participation of these four towns and Bennington would be a minimum and that the More towns in addition to these that voted to take part the better would be the resulting regional plan. The main question that the commission was unable to answer at this time was the amount that would be Bennington a share of the costs at a regional planning program. The commission in its report did however discuss some of the factors involved in allocating total costs among the participating towns. It concluded with the recommendation that selectmen accept As the amount to be presented to voters for their approval the figure finally developed by an and hoc county committee which has been working to promote a regional planning Effort and to collect information on what it will Cost. Selectmen set tuesday Jan. 25 As their deadline for receipt of the needed Dollar figure. They noted that by that Date they will also have to have any other requests for town meeting articles. The final draft of the warning they said will have to go to the printers no later than feb. I along with the annual town report of which it is traditionally a part. At least two other special articles Are Likely to be included selectmen indicated both having to do with the Transfer of town land. One would relate to the Bennington Little leagues interest in obtaining a tract of town farm land As the site for new league playing Fields. The see selectmen Page to col. 2 Shaftsbury As Board chairman a move that Hoff opposed. Yesterday Marcoux resigned and Hoff almost immediately announced his intention of appointing his one time aide and former legislator or. James n. Kennedy of Island Pond As Board chairman. In another development the Bennington county Central labor Council at a meeting tuesday night according to its president Kenneth e. Clayton of Arlington objected a overwhelmingly Quot to the possibility that George Shea of Shaftsbury might be named to the chairmanship of the social welfare Board. Shea is president of the incorporated furniture making firm in North Bennington bearing his name where an extended strike took place in 1964. The Council Clayton said Felt it was not up to Marcoux but to gov. Hoff As to who should be Marcoux s successor. The Council s views Are to be incorporated into a letter to the governor Clayton said. In a letter to Hoff on tuesday Marcoux said he resigned not because he wanted to but because a the governor of our state believes that the separation of Powers principle requires Marcoux s letter said a i am proud to be a Democrat and my loyalty to the party and the governor prompted my Marcoux and fellow sen. Frederick Fayette a Chittenden grand Isle were involved in a break with Boff last week. Fayette told the governor last monday that he would resign from the state Senate before he would leave his Post on the Vermont Highway Board. Fayette later changed his mind and announced his resignation on the floor of the upper House. Marcoux according to Hoff had been holding out on his resignation because he wanted to on the inside an editorial comments on the Pat panel on a creative rebellion Quot a Page 4. Sen. Aiken suggests the Viet Nam War should a die of old age Quot a Page 5. Larger water pipelines Are needed in Hoosick Falls businesses say a Page 6. Pick his own successor on the Board and he wanted that successor to be named chairman. The governor had wanted to name one of the current Board members As chairman. Montpelier up a the Vermont supreme court today dismissed a petition for a writ of Hareas Corpus in the controversial Case of 18-year-old Ronald Rich. However the court ordered Rich returned to the weeks school. The youth became the Center of a state wide controversy last september after democratic former rep. William Blachly of Calais charged he saw Rich naked beaten about the face and in solitary confinement at the Windsor state prison. In its decision the court noted that Rich was without a guardian in Legal proceedings had no counsel and was never informed of his right to counsel. Rich originally was sent to the weeks school in 1962 after he was found to be allegedly contributing to the delinquency of another i4-year-old youth. The court maintains that Rich was not necessarily entitled to the appointment of a guardian and item at his hearing in Franklin county juvenile court in 1962. The court says it a failed to find defects of substance in the absence of counsel or guardian and a items a in the Rich Case. The court noted that the Windsor House of correction is considered a a penal institution Quot while the weeks school is regarded As a non punitive institution primarily concerned with the welfare of the child. A to this end we hold that any Transfer from weeks school to a penal institution must be founded upon a criminal prosecution and conviction attended by the constitutional guarantees appropriate to such a proceeding Quot the court said. Rich was transferred to the weeks school last March on an executive order signed by gov. Philip h. Hoff. The order said that the youth had escaped from the school twice and had stolen a car on both occasions. The court said it is aware that a recalcitrant weeks school inmates usually Are not transferred to the House of correction without engaging in behaviour chargeable As but the court said a this Rul see court Page to col. 6 lower possible if peace probe succeeds Albany . A tax reductions in new York state Are possible gov. Nelson Rockefeller said tuesday if president Johnson a peace offensive in Viet Nam is successful. Speaking at a meeting of the new York state joint women s legislative forum Here the governor expressed the Hope of tax reductions but declined however to Deal with specifics. The cast of the Viet Nam War has risen to such proportions Rockefeller said that it has affected much of the Federal government s Aid programs in the state As Well As the state s own programs. He discussed Federal state programs in connection with narcotics addiction education crime mental retardation taxes and the state budget adding that state and local governments have had to meet costs a in these Fields without help from the Federal government to a Large a if the presidents peace offensive is successful Quot Rockefeller said a there May be some tax reductions Quot but declined to specify in what areas such reductions might be made. Businessmen protest sign relocation several owners of business establishments located on . 7 in Pownal Are in Montpelier today to Confer with Joseph Moore billboard administrator from the office of the Secretary of state and with area legislators. Accompanied by other interested businessmen from Bennington they Are being represented by former Pownal rep. James w. Lounsbury As their spokesman. The group is protesting a Jan. 14 deadline for removal of signs located on Highway rights of Way notification of which was received to Days ago. The removal orders Are in accordance with the state Law passed in 1963, and the Highway department is now conducting a stepped up Campaign for compliance to retain Federal Aid funds under the 1965 Highway beautification act passed by Congress. Pownal owners Are asking for a stay of time due to the extreme weather conditions and Are recommending an amendment to the present state Law. They contend that the loss of business due to Lack of visible billboards would far exceed any Federal remuneration to Highway development and that with an average relocation of 80 feet from the Center of the Highway most Pownal signs would not be seen because of the terrain. Headed by Lounsbury the principal purpose of today a discussion was a clarification of the Issue. According to a Story in tuesdays Banner the procedures involved in the state s ordering of sign removals begins with Moore s notice requiring a removal to be made in to Days. If according to the Banner s information Moore does not receive notice of compliance within the 10-Day period he then forwards orders for a sign s removal to the state Highway department for execution. As a practical matter however local District Highway engineers have been Given a certain amount of discretion in carrying out the orders. Ivor s. Pelsue Highway Engineer for District no. I which covers Bennington county and certain neighbouring towns in Windham and Rutland counties said that because of the problems posed by Winter sign removals he generally is giving sign owners until next june i to remove or relocate their signs outside of the Highway rights of Way. Even this Extension of time however would presumably not satisfy the Pownal businessmen in their objections to the Basic idea of their signs relocation farther away from the Highway. Widows grief Lalita widow of indians prime minister Lai Bahadur Shasta weeps As she embraces the body of her late husband when it was returned to new Delhi tuesday from Tashkent in soviet Russia where the prime minister died monday

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