News-Palladium, The (Newspaper) - September 8, 1966, Benton Harbor, Michigan
Michigan's Biggest Buy For Reader And For Advertiser BENTON HARBOR, MICH. THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 1966 SECTION TWO PAGE TWENTY-ONE LAST I 94 LINK TO BE COMPLETED IN FALL Paw Paw Eyes Merger With Lawton District SOUTH HAVEN HOUSE FIRE: South Haven firemen fight the Wednesday morning blaze that swept through the interior of the home of Ehvood Stain- brook, 410 Humphrey street. Tom Cornstalk, 19-year-old brother to Mrs. Stain- brook, was forced to jump to safety from a second floor window after he was caught sleeping in an upstairs bedroom. Cornstalk was not hurt. Mrs. Stain- brook and her two young children were also forced to flee the fire from the first floor. Cause was undetermined. (Dorothea Logan photo) RATES STAY LEVEL SouthHaven Township Alters Taxing System By JIM DONAHUE j South Haven Bureau SOUTH HAVEN In a complicated series of maneu- vers the South Haven township board last night changed some ordinary taxing procedures to conform with state laws. The board voted to spread the Toted extra two mills of town- ship assessed valuation for fire protection, plus an additional voted four-tenths of one mill tax on state equalized valuation for operation of the South Haven Community Hospital authority. A request from the South Haven Library board for the usual one mill tax was denied, after members discovered the tax was prohibited by state law without voter approval, How- ever members thp township's agreed to share of pay the library operation, amounting to some from the township general fund. To help make up the loss in the general fund, the board then voted to charge taxpayers a one per cent collection fee with this money be deposited in the general fund. The collection fee is allowed by state law How- ever the board has not charged it for many years. ONE IN, ONE OUT While it appears township taxpayers will be assessed an additional tax and fee this year, the payments, outside of the extra voted two mills for fire protection, will remain about the same. The one mill special tax that has. been charged in previous years, over and above he 15 mill limitation, will not >e assessed for library opera- ion. Board members quizzed ibrary. board secretary John Callaghan on an apparent lack of township representation on .he board. Supervisor James Schnake and Clerk Herbert Jang said they were concerned hat library board members are appointed only by the mayor of South Haven. Schnake said the board has lired Township Atty. Sheldon Rupert, of Paw Paw, to investi- gate the "new deal set up in 1957 without township consulta- tion." He said he felt the township, which has joint own- ership in the library with the city, has lost its right to appoint library board members or be on that board. LEFT OUT Callaghan explained that the old 12-member library board had to be broken up in 195' when it was learned that its size was illegal. At the time, he said, there was a five-member building committee working or the new library building, anc this group was later appointed as the library board. He said he felt this appoint ment was made as a matter o: co'nvcnience and said he didn'i understand why the township has been left out of reappoint ments to the board. Schnake said he had askec Rupert to look into the matter further and hoped to see J cooperative agreement reachet for future appointments, Ask Berrien Builders To Obey Law Group Urges All To Get Licenses B E H RIEN lome Builders Association of Berrien County last night went in record urging all building contractors in Berrien county to apply for a license under the new state contractors licensing iw. Said Jack Imbs, the associa- ion's executive secretary this morning: "Although this action in no way should be taken as a jlanket approval of all sections of this law, the membership felt :hat the law was on the books and until such time as it was amended or repealed it was to the contractor's advantage to comply." STOCK PURCHASE Hearing In AEP Case Is Postponed WASHINGTON (AP) The Securities and Exchange Com- mission has postponed a hear- ing scheduled for today on a proposal by American Electric Power Co., a New York City holding company, to acquire stock in the M i c h i g a n Gas and Electric Co. The postponement was reques- ted by American Electric Pow- er pending the filing of an amendment to its application on the stock purchases which would be made from a third company, Michigan Gaa Utilities Co. of Monroe, Mich. (Under the amended applica- tion announced last week, AEP and Michigan Gas Utilities will share o Electrii He said that it pointed put :hat the association's meeting last night at the Youth Memori- al building that there are sections of the law that could possibly place a contractor in financial jeopardy by not apply- ing for the required license, PROTESTS RAISED Strong protests against the licensing act we're sounded re- cently at a meeting of another area contractors organization, the Independent Contractors As sociation of Southwestern Mich- igan. At an Aug. 30 meeting at Niles, that group laid plans to contest the new act in the courts. Harry G a s t, Jr., Lincoln township supervisor, explained the new Berrien county sanita- tion ordinance for subdivision platting to the Berrien contract- ors group last night. Tha o rdinance becomes effective Oct. 1, and applies to all new property plats outside of areas serviced by publia water and sewage systems. Proposal May Be Revived Would Affect School Expansion PAW PAW The possibility of the eventual joining of the Paw Paw and Lawton school districts was discussed briefly last night by the Paw Paw board of education, as members started wrestling with the prob- lem of planning future expan- sions of the Paw Paw school facilities to take care of the exploding school population. Supt. Dan McConnell told the board that enrollment in the junior and senior high grades are expected to go over the 800 mark this year, while enroll- ments in grades K-6 have jumped from 983 last year to so far this week. The possibility of the Lawton schools joining the Paw Paw schools was discussed once before by the two boards of education, but no conclusions were reached and the matter was dropped. Whether the Lawton schools would join the Paw Paw district would have a bearing on how the expansion of the schools will be handled, according to board members. CITES COSTS McConnell told the board that to remodel the Michigan avenue school into a complete elemen- tary unit will cost an estimated Additional changes to make the unit into a junior high school would run the total bill to over he said. _ In addition, more classrooms are needed at other elementary schools to take care of the increase in students. This year, there are 56 kindergarten students at the Black River school, 60 at the Cedar street school, and G2 at the Michigan avenue school, he said. If the joining of the two districts were to be accomplish- ed, according to the discussion of the board members, other possibilities would be opened up for exploration. NO ACTION TAKEN No action was taken on the proposition. McConnell announced that all teaching positions have been filled, with the addition of Mrs. Patricia Westinghouse to teach first grade at the Michigan avenue school and Robert Mc- Ilhargie to teach junior high social studies as well as act as BODY FOUND: Body of boy believed to be David Leiter, 15, of Battle Creek is loaded aboard Berrien county's marine patrol boat Wednesday after it was found on Lake Michigan beach quarter mile north of Marquette Woods road, Lincoln township. Leiter drowned Sunday in area south of Benton Harbor's Jean Klock park. Loading body, from left, are Seaman Daniel-P. Fulton of the St. Joseph Coast Guard station, Sgt. William Bielman, Berrien marine officer; Sgt. Don Jewel and Seaman Leo Stoessel. Parents couldn't positively identify the body, according to Coast Guard. (Staff photo) Two More Bodies Are Recovered assistant football coach. Board President William Cut- ting appointed Paul Kaiser, Luther Daines and the negotiating McConnell committee for the board of education, to discuss teacher contract negoti- ations with representatives of the Paw Paw Education associ- ation. The board approved the pur chase of 40 new textbooks for junior high classes. industrial arts Land Auction Includes Two Cass Parcels offer for each Michigan Gas and stock. Earlier the two had paii per share. All three firm joined in the new applicatio: for the stock purchase.) The commission said s new hearing date will be fixed lat- ter. Last month, the commission said American Electric Power may have violated the Public Holding Company Act in ma- neuvering to obtain the com- mon stock of the small Michigan firm. It told its counsel to take that position at the hearing. Donald Cook, a former SEC chairman, is president Amer- ican Electric Power, LANSING State Highway Department will offer 26 parcels of excess land at public auction at Battle Creek Sept. 27. Eighteen of the pro- perties are in Calhoun County, two in Cass County and six in Barry County. FIRST MEETING NEW TROY PTA of the New Troy branch of the River Valley schools hold its .first meeting of the year in the all-purpose room of the New Troy school on Monday, Sept. 12, at 8 p.m. The women of the executive hostesses. board will serve as Dowagiac Church Is Moving Services Sunday In New Building will he held Sunday for the first time in the Calvary Bible church's new building at Dowagiac. All this week Pastor Roy F. Heimbecker and others have been moving articles from the old church on Prairie Ronde to the new building one-half mile east on the sajne road. The new building was necessi- tated by rapid growth of the congregation. The old church, built 24 years ago, had seating capacity of 175 in the Sunday school and 200 in the main audi- torium. The new church seats 500 in the Sunday school and 632 in the main auditorium Services Sunday will be at the regular times, a.m. for Sunday school and a.m. for the church services. A pray- er service and reception of now members will be held at 7 p.m. The new church building will be dedicated on Sunday, Oct. 123. Weekend Drowning Victims In Lake The bodies of two persons who drowned over the Labor Day weekend washed ashore minutes apart yesterday, one at Grand Mere and the other at Lakeside. The bodies of Stanley Garb, 22, of Chicago, and David Leiter, 15, of Battle Creek, were the last to be recovered of the five out-of-state persons who drowned in Berrien county over the weekend. Garb's body washed ashore at at Lakeside, one-and-one half miles from where he was sucked under by undertow at Harbert Woods beach Sunday afternoon, New Buffalo state police reported. The body was discovered in the waves by Mrs. Mildred Wood Lake Shore drive, Lakeside. BODY IDENTIFIED Troopers waded out to recov- er it and had it taken to the Smith funeral home in New Buffalo, where relatives made the identification. The body was later sent to Chicago. Garb had spent the summer at the Marine Corps Officer Training school and was a lifeguard in Chicago. Leitcr's body was found on the property of Dr. T.C. Muozak- eotis of Notre Dame avenue Stevensville, near Marquette Woods road, at p.m according to Berrien county Sheriff's deputies. Leiter drowned Sunday after noon while playing with two younger brothers in an area jus south of Jean Klock park according to Benton township police. STRONG CURRENT Leiter's body was carried six miles by the strong lake cur rent. It was taken to Memoria hospital in St. Joseph and identified by relatives. As an extra precautionary measure deputies said the boy's denta records are being sent for to make absolute positive identifi cation. The body of another holiday drowning victim washed ashon Monday at Harbert. He wa Leroy Bonnell, S3, of Cairo Ohio, who drowned Sunday a Weko beach in Bridgman. HI and the drowning of Garb an Leiter brought to' 20 the numbe of water deaths in Berrie County so far this year. In all of last year, there wer only 11 drownings. Others drowning over th weekend were Joy Ellen Jur czyk, 18, of Hickory Hills, 111 who went under at a prlvat beach at South Haven an Robert Addison, 23, of Pcndlc ton, Ind., who drowned a Covert township park along th lake, NEW OWNERS: Mrs. Lucille Mann of Hartford (left) and Mrs. Donald (Nola) Allen of Lincoln Park recently purchased the Hub restaurant in Coloraa. They will hold a get-acquainted open house this Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. (Marion Leedy photo) HUB CHANGES HANDS Sisters Buy Coloma's Oldest Restaurant COLOMA ty's oldest This commun- eating place, the Hub restaurant, has been pur- by two sisters, Mrs. Mann of Hartford and chased jiicille rtrs. Donald (Nola) Allen of Lincoln Park, a Detroit suburb. The sisters took over the lusiness on Sept. from Mr. and Mrs. Nate Smith. The restaurant has been in operation for 33 years. A get-acquainted open house will be held Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. at which time free coffee and donuts will be served. The lome-made donuts are one of the specialties of the restaur- ant's new cook, Mrs, Betty Dean of Hartford. The restaurant will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day but Sunday when hours are 8 a.m. fo 3 p.m. KEEPING NAME "We won't change the name of the restaurant, it's too mucli a colorful part of said the women. Mrs. Mann, a widow, la the mother of four daughters, in eluding Ronna, Peggy, Jo Ann and Sheila who attend school in Watcrvllel. Mrs. Allen, whose husband Is Jetroit area, has a married daughter living at Detroit. The women's mother, Mrs. Jllian Eswine, a brother Nor- man and a sister, Mrs. A.J. Tranchelle, all live at Hartford. truck driver working in the 275-Mile Highway Spans State New Buffalo To Port Huron; Other Road Projects LANSING (AP) plans to open million worth of new highways this fall, in- cluding the last link in a free- way clear across Michigan from Port Huron to New Buffalo. Ardale Ferguson of Benton Harbor, chairman of the State Highway Commission, said 40 miles of freeway would open to traffic Ihis fall, bringing the state past the 800-mile mark in interstate freeways and giving it more than miles of state and interstate freeways. He said completion of a million, seven-mile segment of 1-94 in Macomb County by mid- November would allow motor- ists to drive nonstop from the Blue Water Bridge at Port Huron to New Buffalo, 275 miles. FERGUSON REPORT This would complete Mich- gan's portion of 1-94, he said, except for 1.5 miles near New iuffalo which can't be used un- il Indiana builds Us connecting ink. The section extends from Vernier Highway in Harper Woods through East Detroit and Roseville to 14 Mile Road. Another major segment, also scheduled for completion in mid-November, is eight miles 1-75 southwest of Detroit. The million section, an extension of the Detroit Toledo Free- way, extends from Pennsylvania R o a u in Taylor Township through Southgate, 'Allen Park and Lincoln Park fo Schaffcr Road on the Detroit-Melvindale City Limits. FREEYWAY OPENINGS Other freeway openings sched- uled: miles of the Flint-Port Huron Freeway at Port Huron, million, Oct. 19. 9 miles of U.S. 127 from Mason to 1-96 southeast of Lan- sing, million, mid-October. miles of Pontiac-Mount Clemens Freeway (M59) east of Pontiae, million, early Oc- tober, miles of 1-94 Freeway, Battle Creek, million, late October. miles of 1-75 in two sec- tions from WA Milo Road to Eight Mile Road in Oakland County, million, late No- vember. miles of U.S. 131 south of Cadillac, million, Sept. 8. southbound lanes on three miles of M-47 southeast of Midland and widening of 8.4 miles of M-47 from two of five lanes from the end of the free- way southeast to Saginaw, million. of eight grade separations on U.S. 127 between Jackson and Mason and on U.S. 27 in Crawford and Roscommon counties, million, early No- vember. OTHER ROADS Nonfreeway projects sched- uled for completion this fall: of four miles of U.S. 2, Wakefield, early October. of 0.7 miles U.S. 12 at U.S. 23 south of Ann Arbor, million, late Novem- ber. of 11.6 miles of U.S. 23, Tawas City, and in Alcona and Alpena counties, million, Mid-November. of 4.9 miles of Paw Paw Motorcyclist Hurt In Crash PAW PAW A rural Paw Paw youth was taken to Lake View Community hospital yes- terday after he was involved in motorcycle crash on South LaGrave street in Paw Paw. Village officers said witness- es told them Phil Fleming, 15, route 2, was attempting to do a "wheclie" (make his motorbike stand on one wheel when he up- set with the cycle falling on his leg. Fleming received a deep puncture woniid to the right leg, according to officers. No one else was involved in, the accident. U.S. 24 in Wayno and Oakland Counties, million, late No- vember. miles of modernization on U.S. 41 from Dagget to U.S. 2 at Powers, Menominee Coun- ty, million, early October. miles of modernization of M-35 from U.S. 41 in Glad- stone to Perkins, million, late October. miles of modernization of M-57 from 1-75 west to Chcs- aning in Genesee and Saginaw counties, million, mid-No- vember. MODERNIZATION miles of modernization of M-57 from Greenville west, million, mid-November. miles of modernization of M-72 from Acme northeast of Traverse City east to the Kal- kaska County line, million, mid-November. of 7.2 miles of M-99 from near Frontier north to M-3-1 southeast of Hillsdale, million, late September. The commission also an- nounced the start of moderniza- tion projects totaling mil- lion on U.S. 12 (Michigan Ave- nue in Wayno County.