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Bennington Banner (Newspaper) - July 18, 1967, Bennington, Vermont Cloudy variable cloudiness tonight with lows 55 to 60. Partly Cloudy wednesday and Little temperature change with Chance of widely scattered showers. Yesterdays High 81 Low 58. Today at 8 ., 62. Sunset 8 30 . Sunrise 5 26 Bennington to m Bennington Vermont tuesday july 18, 1967 Anner weekly founded in 1841, daily 1903 no. 20,436 to cents school building needs aired by Elizabeth Dwyer the future use of the present Bennington Catholic High school building seems to pose the big question Mark in the educational planning in Bennington. Until the continued rental or possible Sale of the building to the Public school system is spelled out one Way or the other the chances of Overall Public support of Bond issues for school building Here Are fairly dim. That was the consensus of a meeting held last night in the it. Anthony cafeteria attended by representatives of school districts in the surrounding area together with the it. Anthony Union Board which called the meeting to explore space needs and Board member opinion in these districts. Also on hand was George Allard As the representative of the parochial school Board. After More than two hours of verbal Ping Pong the problem was just As Clear As before the meeting but the solution remained clouded. Of All the districts that feed into it. Anthems Only the Bennington school District inc. Is in dire need of space and it. Anthony with the unexpected influx of about 350 extra students As the result of the closing of chs also needs 20 new classrooms to provide efficient education. A Bond Issue for a new elementary school on the Stark Street site was Defeated last i february by a three to one margin. A Bond vote in june for a 20-classroom addition at it. Anthony to House the influx of 350 students As a result of the chs closing was also Defeated by voters although by a lesser margin with the concentration of a a not votes in Bennington Village. School Board representatives at the meeting last night express new tenants at chs moving in the freshman class at it. Anthony Union High school will be housed next year in the Bennington Catholic High school building. In answer to a direct question As to the a present status of negotiations Between the Union Board and chs officials a John r. Morrissey chairman of the it. Anthony Board last night said a it looks like we be made a he noted that signing of an actual agreement for the rental remains pending until the lawyers for the two groups get the necessary papers ready. Morrissey added the it. Anthony administration is working out the details but supt. Howard Kelley is on vacation and would be better Able to announce these details on his return to duty. However Morrissey said a Only the formal signing of the agreement remains to be taken care of which is a Good thing because or. Heir Charles Keir it. Anthony principal is already starting to move into the chs de the opinion that a until we get an answer on the possibility it our future use of the chs building we re not going to get any Bond vote passed Allard was asked Point Blank whether or not the former parochial High school building was for Sale. He said he give the answer last night but a i can Promise you that ill get an he said that he recently attended a meeting of the Burlington diocesan school Board which is responsible for parochial school education in the state and said that the future use of the chs building by the parochial schools will depend largely on the Stringency of minimum standards for elementary schools being set up by the Vermont state Board of education. A if they enforce these standards rigidly requiring physical education instruction a gym Large Library facilities the parochial elementary schools sacred heart and St. Francis will have no Choice but to move into the chs building where these facilities Are available Allard explained. He added that it was his feeling and that of Many people with whom he had talked that a the state Board Vermont a state Board of education is geared in its thinking toward the wealthy with Little interest in the Workingman or the Small taxpayer who is being hard hit to pay the necessary Cost of these state education Board Allard explained that he was speaking Only As an individual and not As the official voice of parochial education forces either locally or at the diocesan level. He said that he would a get an answer As to whether the chs building could be purchased. A if you indicate an interest i can even get an answer As to the possibility of Selling you three school buildings and two convents a Allard added. Anthony Pello of the bad Board said that of Bennington people knew that the chs building was for Sale he Felt the air could be cleared and some constructive action taken. He said he Felt that with a definite affirmative answer on this Point perhaps it. An see school building Page 12, col. 6 mediation Board named railroads returning to Normal operation president Johnson meets with members of his Cabinet knit strike and congressional leaders at the White House sunday on the rail strike. Among those present were rep. Gerald Ford House minority Leader and House speaker John Mccormack at the presidents right. To his left is sen. Mike Mansfield Senate majority Leader. Up pro and con testimony heard on billboard Law Montpelier a Large turn out appeared monday in the Capitol to testify on Vermont billboard control Laws before a committee named to study these Laws appointed by the legislative Council and under the chairmanship of rep. Theodore Riehle or. Of Burlington. The morning session devoted to speakers in favor of Strong control was started off by former . Senator Ralph e. Flanders president of the Vermont Roadside Council an organization sponsored by the Federated Garden clubs of Vermont the Vermont federation of women clubs the Vermont farm Bureau the state Grange the West River Valley development Assn. And the Southern Vermont artists. Flanders came out forcefully not against billboards but billboard blight urging the councils position for control and suggesting a substitute for outdoor sign advertising in the for in of folders to be Given out designating the businesses services and Points Lane jury hears first testimony Manchester the trial of Ronald Francis Lane 26, of Bennington got under Way this morning for murder in the second degree of mrs. Rose e. Thibodeau 42, on july 21, 1966 to which he has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. A locked up jury of seven women and five men who were lodged last night at the worthy inn not far from Bennington county a North Shire court House where the trial is being held has been told by Superior judge Robert w. Larrow that court will sit saturdays until the trial is Over. Defense atty. Joseph of Neill of Rutland had said m. Re . Seeks Queen Mary for floating High school new York a the City May have a floating High school if its proposed old of about $2 million for the liner Queen Mary is accepted by the Cunard line. The Purchase and conversion of the 31-year-old British ship which will make its last voyage in september was declared a definitely feasible by a committee of Marine architects selected by mayor John v. I Lindsay. The mayor is a enthusiastically interested in the plan according to officials in his office and will recommend the Purchase at a meeting of the Board of education wednesday. The mayors committee estimated it would Cost another $3 million to convert the 1,019-foot-Long liner to a school designed for 3,000 students. The ship which has a theater three swimming pools and a gymnasium would be anchored at the old Brooklyn Navy Yard and could be ready for use by september 1968. A conventional High school to serve the same number of students would Cost More than $10 million and would require about four years to construct. The giant liner which held the trans Atlantic Speed record from 1938 to 1952, could become the second ship used As a new York school. Since 1947, students from the food and maritime trades High school have used the ship John w. Brown a a former Liberty ship berthed in the Hudson River at Morton Street a As a floating classroom for students interested in maritime careers. The Queen Mary on the other hand would be used As a general comprehensive High school. The architects recommended that All classrooms be constructed inthe liners Central Cabin area above the waterline. The floating school would not replace any existing school but would be used to relieve overcrowding in present buildings according to administration sources. They estimated that conversion work a which would include removing the ships engines and taking out Cabin partitions to make classrooms a could begin in october or november and would be completed within six months. Gently that the trial could take up to three weeks. On the jury Are mrs. Muriel Linde of Arlington mrs. Duncan Campbell of Bennington j. Bennett Beattie Don b. Otis Roy w. Barstow and mrs. Janet Van Loon of Manchester mrs. Lorraine Kelton of Peru John Lund quist of Sandgate mrs. Antoinette Mattison of Sunderland mrs. Daisy Myers of Woodford John l. Hawkes of Dorset and mrs Bertha Snow of Shaftsbury. Two alternates drawn today Are mrs. Barbara Rosencrantz of Dorset and mrs. Kent Crane of Manchester. Assisting judge Larrow is assistant judge Howard Estes of Bennington. Bennington county s second Side judge Clyde h. Bryantsr. Of Manchester is not assisting because he was a member of the grand jury that indicted Lane last summer. Deputy atty. Gen. Hilton Dler of Brattleboro and states atty. John Carmody or. Are prosecuting. Atty. James Carroll of Rutland is assisting defense atty. Of Neill. On monday atty. Dier said the state would present a a substantial number of witnesses a including four doctors and six Law officers. Today in his opening remarks for the jury he said the evidence of those witnesses will a tend to prove i. That Lane and mrs. Thid Beau went out together from late 1965 to june 1966 2. That they secured a marriage License in Bennington in april 1966 3. That Lane picked up mrs. Thibodeau in his car on the afternoon of the alleged murder 4. That lanes car was seen parked in the Buck Hill Section of Shaftsbury the Day of the murder 5. That a search of Buck Hill was made following a tip and that Lane was seen driving away from Buck Hill two Days after the murder while a search to locate him was in process 6. That the sole cause of death was manual strangulation. State police sgt. John Poljacik see Lane Page 12, col. 8 of historical and geographical interest along each state route. Mrs. Norton Barber of Bennington vice president of the Federated Garden clubs of Vermont and chairman of their Roadside development committee also spoke in favor of a substitute but in the form of an information panel and Racks of brochures at Gas stations necessary and Safe places for people to Stop and much less expensive for the state to provide than would be state manned information turn offs. Her argument was that the Vermont Law of 1965 As amended in 1966 and 1967 is a with a few exceptions a a Good Strong Clear Law which does not As the billboard interests assert need major revision let alone Complete rewriting. Others supporting this position included mrs. Howard Marsden president of the Manchester Garden club Willard Higgins of the zoning commission of land Grove and Carleton Howe president of the Southern Vermont Art Center who also testified that the Center uses no billboards but attracts thousands of visitors through advertising in guide books travel bureaus and the Vermont development office in new York. Fairfax Ayres of Shaftsbury pointed out that 65 town and villages in the state frequently by Large margins have passed ordinances to control position size and Quality of signs. He urged the legislative councils committee to set Vermont Law according to the pattern desired by citizens of these towns not by a pattern desired by the billboard companies. These companies according to mrs. . Mayforth of Burlington past president of the Federated Garden clubs Are All out of state companies or subsidiaries of out of state companies. She also urged keeping the present Law with minor exceptions to plug loopholes. At the end of the morning attorney general James Oakes addressed the committee about five loopholes. These include needs for further control of High Rise signs a which Are totally against the spirit of our Law a size limitation for on premise signs class ii under Section 3683c of title 9, chapter 93, a heading omitted in the published 1967 leaflet on outdoor advertising further definition of commercial and Industrial zones and Points about restricting Vermont advertisements across the Connecticut River in new Hampshire and about possibly extending the Legal distance for signs from the interstate roads beyond 750 feet. The afternoon session devoted to speakers opposing Points in the present Law or to strengthening the Law was led off by Arthur Gibbs of the natural resources committee who spoke As he said a with two first As a member of the scenery preservation Council he stressed the need to avoid throttling legitimate bus on the inside a columnist Carlo Wolter takes to Burlington Page 4. Iness advertising while preserving Vermont scenery. His proposal from that Council was a series of joint meetings of business and Industry and Scenic preservation proponents a proposal which has been sent into the state planning office. Second he said the present Law needs a total revision because it has grown like he believes a new approach can be More a a imaginative and can provide for a legitimate business he quipped that the zoning ordinance in his Village Weybridge works Fine because no one see billboards Page 12, col. 3 Washington up a president Johnson today named a Blue ribbon panel headed by sen. Wayne Morse to seek settlement of the Long standing railway labor dispute. He said he was a very hopeful we can get agreement Between the Johnson took the action under the legislation he signed monday ending the two Day old rail strike. In addition to Morse an Oregon Democrat members of the mediation Board Are Frederick Kappel former president of the american Telephone and Telegraph co. George Meany president of the Al Cio former Republican sen. Leverett Saltonstall of Massachusetts and Theodore Kheel Veteran mediator who had a key part in rail negotiations in 1964. Johnson announced creation of the panel at a hastily called news conference. He said he assumed the members would tackle the problem right away. The Board will administer provisions of the anti strike legislation that Congress rushed to passage monday. The Law ordered striking members of six shop Craft unions to return to their jobs for a 90-Day period during which new efforts will be made to Engineer an agreement on a new contract. Should those efforts fail the workers would be kept on their jobs until Jan. I 1969 under a form of compulsory arbitration. Previous mediation in the dispute a involving 95 per cent of the nations rail service have gone for naught. Declaring that a the Public interest must prevail a the president signed the Bill into Law monday evening halting the first nationwide rail walkout in 21 years. Passenger and freight trains a with a few except lexis a began rolling on Normal schedules today carrying commuters to work and cargo including that vital to the Vietnam War Effort to its destination. A few Wildcat holdouts marred the otherwise smooth transition in the pre Dawn hours from supervisory personnel readying of the trains to the takeover by Union Crews belonging to the six shop Craft unions that ended the first general rail strike since 1946. Most of the picket lines began coming Down after Congress rushed anti strike legislation to president Johnson for his signature monday night. The strike had been in effect a Little less than 48 hours. Frank j. Balistreri chairman of the Milwaukee Road Branch of the International association of machinists Iam appealed to members of his Union staging a Wildcat strike in Milwaukee to pull Down their picket lines and return to work. Passenger and freight trains were stalled in Milwaukee a Union station when other Crew members refused to Cross the lines. Kenneth s. Jaworski general chairman of District five of the i am had threatened to keep his District on strike but today backed Down from his threat and told his men to return to work. The District includes sections of Missouri Arkansas Kansas and Illinois. Jaworski claimed the return to work order was a a unconstitutional and said the legislation was a taking our Freedom away from us that was Given years Back under the Railroad labor some spots along the Seaboard coastline at Raleigh n.c., were still being picketed today. Most of the rest of the railroads appeared to be returning to Normal operations today and Many had reported Normal schedules shortly after Dawn. Up to 95 per cent of the Industry was stilled by the strike idling at least 69 of the nations 76 major railroads and 700,000 Railroad employees. . Team stands watch along Suez Britain to reduce far Eastern forces London up a Britain announced today it would withdraw most of its soldiers from the far East and abandon its aircraft carriers by the mid-1970s despite Strong american objections. The labor government of prime minister Harold Wilson fighting to save the nations Economy today released a White paper on British defense for the next to years and outlined plans to pull out All of its troops Froh Singapore and Malaysia and most of its forces elsewhere in the far East. The United states had issued Strong appeals to Wilson to keep British military presence East of Suez for a while longer. But the White paper said Britain would Cut its armed forces by 75,000 and abolish its entire aircraft Carrier Force by the Middle of the 1970s. In Washington . Officials said they were concerned about the psychological Impact such an announcement by Britain would have among nations in Asia. Informed sources said the cutback reflected both Britain a concern Over the Economy and its emphasis on future cooperation with european countries. The . Officials said that such a Long Range projection of Force Levels would be somewhat unrealistic since Britain had no Way of knowing what might happen in Asia in the intervening years to alter its strategy. The White paper said half of the British troops now in Singapore and Malaysia would be Cut by 1971. The government said it expects to save about $800 million annually from its cuts in the armed forces. The paper also touched on Britain a previously announced plan to pull out 5,000 of its present 50,000-Man army of the Rhine in West Germany. It said that a since a soviet attack in Europe is unlikely in present circumstances a some of the British forces now in Germany could be held else Friendly where provided they could be returned promptly in a crisis. Jerusalem up a United nations observers stood watch on both sides of the Suez canal today and reported both the israelis and egyptians were honouring the Middle East ceasefire. In Cairo the authoritative newspaper Al ashram said the presidents of Algeria and Iraq flew to Moscow for a political talks of major importance following their week Long conferences with egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser. The newspaper said the Moscow talks would Deal with a an analysis of the general Middle East situation from the viewpoint of the Arab states which participated in the Cairo meeting and these states assessment of All in Moscow algerian president Houari Boum Dienne and president Abdel Rahman Aref held several hours of talks with soviet Premier Alexei a Kosygin and communist party Leader Leonid i Brezhnev. There was no official word on the talks expected to end late today or wednesday. But the arabs were reported asking for even More military Aid than the Kremlin is supplying. The russians were said to be demanding More control Over Arab policies in Exchange for additional armed Aid in new York the . General Assembly had 48 hours to reach agreement on any further Middle East resolutions. The Assembly president said he swimming a splash in Page 6. Art and music reviews Svac activities Page 6. Pool opens with Hoosick Falls of wrong window a National guardsman left of a meat Market somehow a mannequin had been displayed. Is on the Alert in front of what a in riot torn Newark n.j., where turned up where the tenderloin up would definitely terminate the month old emergency session thursday. Highly placed israeli sources said Israel would defend its boats in the Suez canal against egyptian attack. They said a Elf Cairo interferes with our boats sailing the canal we shall do likewise to Israel has been sending Small Craft manned by troops along sections of the East Bank of the Suez canal As a Symbol of its intent to insist on unhindered passage for its ships when egyptians reopened the waterway. Egyptians have fired on the israeli boats and claimed they captured one two Man Crew. The sources said it was understood the . Observers would report any firing on israeli vessels. Four Man . Truce teams took up their posts at 6 . Monday night and said All was quiet on both sides of the waterway across which Israel and Egypt traded heavy fire last week in the most serious breeches of the cease fire that terminated the june 5-10 Arab israeli War. The observation posts picked out by . Personnel sunday Are situated along the canals Banks and at roads along the waterway. A . Spokesman said there would be no direct communications Between the two teams. Communist strikes fail in Hong Kong Hong Kong up a communist attempts to sabotage by strikes Hong Kong a vital import Export Trade failed so badly today that even red chinese merchant ships sailed in for business As usual. Officials of this British Crown Colony said Harbor operations were almost Normal despite the communist Call for a general strike by seamen and Harbor workers. Marine department officials said 94 ships were anchored in Hong Kong Harbor. They said 17 sailed today including nine with 50 to 60 Man chinese Crews. On a Normal Day 16 to 20 ships sail. The Harbor officials said that among 25 foreign ships arriving since the strike Call went out were communist chinese vessels. Loading and unloading went on As usual they said. The Trade by which Hong Kong lives carried on while the Colony enjoyed one of its calmest Days after weeks of communist led violence aimed at humbling British authorities. Police dismissed As minor today a disturbances

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