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Bennington Banner (Newspaper) - January 13, 1966, Bennington, Vermont Snow warning provisional heavy Snow warning beginning late this afternoon or Early evening continuing tonight and then changing to Snow flurries during Friday. Snow accumulations probably four inches or More. Temperatures rising into the 20s All sections tonight but turning colder again on Friday. Yesterdays High 9 Low minus 6. Today at 7 ., minus 4. Two inches of Snow on ground. Sunset 4 37 . Sunrise 7 23 Benning Bennington Vermont thursday january 13, i960 to cents group to fight ii Oad sign Laws a group of aroused Bennington and Pownal businessmen met wednesday with Federal and state officials Over the current government Campaign to Clear state Highway rights of Way of signs and other structures. The group while it did get an Extension of time on the deadline for sign removals a something it probably already had anyway came away however sufficiently concerned about current and proposed additional sign controls that a statewide group May be formed to seek appropriate legislative action. All this at least was the report of former Pownal rep. James w. Lounsbury who headed the group of eight which met with officials of the Secretary of states office the state department of highways and the Federal Bureau of Public roads As Well As with a number of Bennington area state legislators. Lounsbury de scrolled the two hour meeting As a quite a he said however that he did not mean this in a derogatory sense a a a it a just that there were no answers. It was very one thing however that did emerge clearly according to Lounsbury is that owners of signs which presently stand in Federal Aid Highway rights of Way will have until next july i to remove or relocate them. The Secretary of states office and Highway department is jointly responsible for the current Campaign to Clear out the rights of Way and Are acting under a 1963 Vermont Law calling for such clearance. The real rub according to Lounsbury came in the discussion of the recent Federal Law setting up even More stringent Highway sign controls which if not adopted in turn by the states could mean their loss of to per cent of the Federal Highway finds. Under this new Law signs would have to be moved outside a minimum 660-foot limit from primary Highway cent Erlines and that the necessary Legal controls according to the Federal Law Are to be established by Jan. I 1968, and the signs cleared by july i 1970. According to Lounsbury h25 is a Bill already introduced at the current session of the state legislature which could establish these and other More stringent Roadside controls in Accord with the Federal Law. A for one thing a Lounsbury said a it seemed Clear that those signs having to be removed now under the 1963 Law might just As Well be stored since they would just have to be moved again in 1968.�?� but what Lounsbury said be definitely established is whether or not the Federal government would in fact Cut off some of Vermont a Highway funds of the state did not adopt the stricter sign controls standards. Lounsbury said he put this in the form of a direct question to Albert r. Purchase of the Bureau of Public roads. Purchases reply he said referred to Only additional a a pressure that would be placed on the state. The upshot of the meeting Lounsbury said is that an attempt will be made to form a statewide group that would protest against passage of h25 and would also seek repeal of the 1963 Law calling for clearance of signs from the present Highway rights of Way. The group Lounsbury suggested could also seek clarification of the 1965 Federal Highway beautification act through Vermont a congressional delegation. State officials at the meeting Lounsbury reported were Secretary of state Henry Cooley state billboard administrator Joseph Moore who works out of the Secretary s office and Beach Bly of the Vermont department of highways. Area legislators on hand for some or All of the meeting in see Road signs Page 16, col. 3 in new York City settlement reached transit strike ends a dresses Congress president Johnson delivers his state of the Union message wednesday night before a joint session of Congress. Seated behind the president Are House speaker John Mccormack left and president pro tem of the Senate Carl Hayden. Up lbs offers North Viet Olive Branch or sword Washington up a president Johnson has Given North Viet a Choice Between an Olive Branch and the sword. In his state of the Union message to Congress the president emphasized this country a desire to reduce rather than expand the scale of hostilities in Viet Nam. He invited the communists to move toward a cease fire with or without a formal peace conference and promised that a we will respond if others reduce their use of but in almost the same Senate approves Wilson for Highway Board Post Montpelier a Robert m. Wilson of Bennington won unanimous approval from the Senate yesterday for a Post on the Highway Board. His appointment to the Board by gov. Philip h. Hoff throws the Bennington dem other Nehs of the legislature on Page 16. Socrat into the thick of a legislative Battle Over Highway improvements for Bennington Rutland and Addison counties. Wilson Defeated in a old for re election last november to the Senate succeeds sen. Frederick j. Fayette on the Board. Fayette resigned last week under pressure from the governor. His appointment gives southwestern Vermont a Strong voice on the Board. James Marro of Rutland is chairman and the other member is Ralph Ross of Danville. Wilson in his 1964 and 1965 campaigns plugged strongly for Highway improvements in this Section of the state and he comes to the Board strongly supporting the governors Highway bonding program that is now before the legislature. Wilson said this morning a the issues Are simple a we need better highways in southwestern but he said he had an open mind on details of How the improvements should be made including whether the improvements should be two Lane or four Lane and whether or not . 7 should be built in a new location. Hoff is asking for a $34 million Bond authorization to finance an accelerated construction program on . 7 from Pownal to Burlington and on . 4 from the new York state line to Rutland. Hoff a proposal stipulates construction of four Lane highways. In testimony yesterday to the Senate highways and Bridges committee Highway commissioner Russell a. Holden said that it would take about 20 years for Vermont to build a four Lane Highway on the stretches proposed by Hoff if the state decided to wait for Federal Matching funds to finance the construction. Present plans Call for two Lane modernization of some stretches along . 7 and 4 by 1972, but Holden said that if the state wanted four Lane roads it will take an additional $34 million in state funds. The entire Hoff program a which also includes construction of a Belt line around Burlington a would Cost in total about $45 million Holden said but Federal funds of about $11 million Are expected to help finance part of the costs in the next six years. To Holden a comment that it would take 20 years to build the four Lane highways if the state were to wait for Matching Federal funds sen. John of Brien Democrat of Burlington replied a those people can to wait that the Highway bonding program is expected to be among the most controversial to come before the special legislative session. House speaker Richard Mallary Republican of Fairlee has been Only lukewarm to the proposals and the House chairman of the Highway committee rep. Walter Kennedy of Chelsea has expressed reservations about the huge Bond Bill. Wilson will have his first Board meeting Friday. Breath he reaffirmed the . Commitment to stay in Viet Nam a until aggression has stopped a even if the War drags on for years. And he called on Congress to put muscle into the commitment by boosting . Defense spending $5.8 billion during the next fiscal year to a new total of $58.3 billion. That would be an increase of nearly $10 billion in military spending Levels since last january. The chief executive estimated total Federal spending in the 12 months starting july i at $112.8 billion but said the current Prosperity would bring in $111 billion in Revenue leaving a deficit of Only $10.8 billion. He called this the smallest deficit in Many years. Johnson assured the lawmakers that this country is wealthy enough to carry the extra defense Burden while continuing to a build a great society at accordingly he outlined a massive Agenda of Domestic legislation including new civil rights Laws an expanded War on poverty and a National drive to clean up polluted Rivers. To pay for his guns and butter program he recommended that Congress wipe out the cuts which took effect Jan. I in Federal excise taxes on new automobiles and Telephone Calls. He did not ask any increase in income tax rates but he proposed that larger amounts be withheld from paychecks to put More tax pay on the inside an editorial comments on the presidents state of the Union message a Page 4. Youthful hands help prolong life of a Manchester dog a Page 8. Hoosick Falls Industry names three co chairmen a Page 8. Ers More nearly on a pay As you go basis. He also called for a Speed up in collection of corporate taxes As a break on inflationary pressures. Johnson expressed the Hope that these measures would be sufficient to finance the government and keep the lid on inflation. A but if the necessities of Viet Nam require it a he warned a i will not hesitate to return to the Congress for additional appropriations and additional revenues a in other words higher taxes. The tax proposals were not enthusiastically received. Republican congressional leaders said the excise tax cuts which took effect Only 13 Days ago will prove to be a the shortest lived tax Relief in history if Johnson has his Way. Even on the democratic Side of the aisle there was grumbling about the idea of increasing taxes in an election year. New York up sub ways and buses rolled today for the first time in 12 Days. A strike by 36,000 transit workers ended at 6 24 ., est when chief transport workers Union negotiator Douglas Macmahon announced that Union leaders had accepted the recommendations of mayor John v. Lindsay a mediation panel for a new two year contract providing a 15 per cent wage increase. The strike was estimated to have caused a loss of $1.2 billion in business in the nations largest City. Macmahon said it was a $70 million settlement but the City transit authority said $60 million would be More accurate. Observers said an increase in the 15-cent subway and bus fare was inevitable and predicted a 20 or 25 cent fare which would be More in line with fares in other Large american cities. All the principles in the bitterly fought dispute gathered at City Hall two hours after the settlement was announced to receive commendations from Lindsay for agreeing to a contract that was a Best for the workers Best for the City and Best for the a for the first time since i took the office of mayor of the City of new York i have Good news to report a said Lindsay his Youthful features eroded by fatigue As he confirmed the settlement. A the agreement represents the Triumph of reason and Good will Over this was an obvious slap at judge orders Quill s release new York up a new York supreme court Justice Abraham n. Geller today ordered the release of transport workers Union president Michael j. Quill and eight other Union leaders jailed for civil contempt of court in ordering the transit strike. He discontinued proceedings to Fine the Union $322,000 a Day. The Twu and its jailed Leader Michael j. Quill who picked a feud with Lindsay before the mayor took office and called him a a juvenile Lindsay estimated that the contract will Cost $52 million but warned against a playing the numbers he also came up with his own estimate of How much the strike Cost the city�?$500 million in 12 Days although the Commerce and Industry association of new York has been estimating losses at $100 million a Day. The strikers who received no benefits during their two weeks unemployment will get an average paycheck hike of $21.60 per week. They will be earning 40 cents an hour More than City garbage collectors but 28 cents an hour less than City labourers and $1.26 less than City truck Drivers. Transportation began to Roll even before the settlement was announced. The buses were on the streets first with 80 per cent of the 4,000-bus Fleet in operation by 8 30 Subways were slower to move because of technical complexities and Only 20 per cent of the 6,619 cars were on the rails for the morning Rush. Former nazi accused of Anne Frank death Munich up a police today announced the arrest of the former nazi general they blame Tor the death of Anne Frank. They said Wilhlem Harster and two aides one of them a woman will be tried for complicity in mass murder in nazi occupied Holland. A Harster carries the responsibility for the death of Anne Frank a prosecutor Benedikt Huber said. Police said Harster is accused of launching the mass Roundup of dutch jews that resulted in the 1944 arrest of the author of a the diary of Anne the girl died later in the nazis Bergen Belsen death Camp. Harster a 62-year-old pensioned civil servant is held on charges of complicity in 83,000 murders prosecutors said. Also arrested were his alleged aides both a aged Over 60,�?� mrs. Gertrud Slottke who is accused of complicity in 93,328 murders and or. Wilhelm Zoepfl accused of complicity in 94,328 cases. The Trio was arrested Early this morning. Prosecutors said they plan to try them pm the War crimes charges somewhere in West Germany. Three Day truce to be observed in Viet for chinese new year proposed and adopted unification package tied up Bennington s unification package wednesday night was tied up with a Bright red ribbon and will be Given saturday to area legislative representatives for presentation to the state legislature Early next week. The ribbon was tied by the Bennington unification study committee with a formal vote of adoption of the final draft of a proposed consolidation charter under which if approved by the legislature the town and its several incorporated municipalities May merge their separate governments into a single unified town government. Before the knot was tied however the committee did make several relatively minor changes in the draft s wording. Most of a a co involved the change in or deletion of certain isolated phrases. But in its final review the committee did make one significant change relating to the adoption of ordinances and also approved two other key changes which were part of the final draft but which have not been previously publicized. The change made related to the listing of ordinances which the unified town s selectmen would have authority to adopt on their own without a vote of the town. Deleted from this list was an ordinance a establishing systems or regulations for signs and billboards the change was made at the suggestion of town counsel Norton Barber who said that some people might object to select men s having this authority by themselves. He said the town could still adopt billboard controls but could do so under the general statutory authority relating to zoning. Under this authority any proposed billboard or zoning regulations must be put up to the voters for adoption. The town currently does have a billboard ordinance. As the Section was left selectmen Are Given the authority to a adopt Amend repeal and enforce ordinances regulating parking and operation of motor vehicles regulating the storage and accumulation of junk cars and other kinds of waste or refuse regulating bicycles and relating to the keeping of dogs cats and other Domestic animals a in settled areas of the town the latter phrase was added in the final draft. In another Section the types of special ordinances which the town itself meaning its voters could adopt Are spelled out. Added to this list in the final draft was authority to adopt an ordinance a relating to the use of firearms in settled other types of authorized ordinances included in the list Are those relating to collection of garbage and refuse by the town and the establishment of rates to be paid standards to be used in construction of buildings packaging marketing and handling of foodstuffs and prevention of water pollution. The zoning and billboard ordinances since they see unification Page 16, col. 5 Saigon up �?. Forces in Viet Nam will join South Viet Nam government troops in observing a three Day cease fire during tet the chinese lunar new year which begins Jan. 19, a . Embassy spokesman announced today. The Viet Cong previously said in a radio broadcast that communist troops planned a four Day truce during the new year Holiday. The american spokesman said the 190,000 american soldiers in South Viet Nam a will certainly go along with the the government run news Agency Viet Nam press earlier in the Day quoted armed forces chief of staff it. Gen. Cao Van Vien As saying South vietnamese forces would be ordered to hold their fire during most of the Holiday period three Days at least. A lunar new year truce has occurred for the past several years. All have been informal. An accidental Granade explosion killed three american soldiers and wounded two others today during the continuing . Operation Matador North of Plesku in the Jungle Central Highlands near the cambodian Border. On the same operation a 1st cavalry helicopter Pilot ferrying troops lost his bearings and crashed when the aircraft stirred up a blinding Cloud of dust during a Landing. The helicopter burst into flames but Only two persons aboard were injured both Only slightly. The cavalrymen recovered two captured american 105mm howitzers and 90 rounds of ammunition. Both guns were inoperable one apparently knocked out by . Air strikes the other by the Viet Cong. There had been grave concern at loss of the guns. Can Rahr a hrs Nanh rav coh casualty figures meanwhile added 31 Viet Cong dead to the total slain by 8,000 american and australian troops involved in a operation crime 25 to 30 Miles Northwest of Saigon. During the five Days of the operation in the Hobo Woods the Allied task Force has killed 138 Viet Cong captured 80 and detained 796 suspects. At the . Air base in Danang wednesday night two terrorists threw a grenade at an american military Billet but it exploded harmlessly against a Wall. A guard discovered a bomb planted outside an american motor Pool near Saigon Stan in Nhut Airport but it was quickly disarmed. Prosecutors told up the arrests resulted from investigations into the trios activities in nazi occupied Holland. Harster bossed the Natl Security police in Holland until 1943 when he was reassigned to Verona Italy. Harster worked As an aide to Adolf Eichmann in rounding up Europe a jews for Adolf hitlers deadly a final solution to the jewish vocational Center proposed Troy . A a $2 minion or More vocational Center for Rensselaer county Sio school districts is seen As a must within the next five years As the result of a Survey made by a team of management consultants. The Survey made in Rensselaer Albany Schenectady and Schoharie counties was made by a team hired by the school districts of the four counties. A committee of educators from the participating districts assisted in the Survey. Similar training centers Are also recommended for each of the other three counties. Rensselaer county s Center the Survey suggests should be located at the Border of the Brit to kill and Averill Park school District. It would offer not Only vocational training for in school youth but also occupational training and retraining of dropouts and adult workers. The county s to school districts include in addition to Troy Averill Park Berlin Brit ton kill East Greenbush Hoosic Valley Hoosick Falls Lansing Burgh Rensselaer and Chodack. In Soufl t i lit it All 7 r pm a is v Rio flood a fireman leads a brazilian family through a rain flooded Street wednesday in Rio de Janeiro. The heaviest rainfall in the history of the City caused the flood in which 200 Are. Reported dead and hundreds missing. Anner j weekly founded in 1841, daily 1903. No. 19,965

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