Clearfield Progress (Newspaper) - January 7, 1966, Clearfield, Pennsylvania
Today's Chuckle Those who stretch the truth often find that it snaps back and hits them. The Reader's Tip Readers write. See Page 4. Vol. 60 - No. 5 Our 56th Year Clearfield, Curwensville, Philipsburg, Moshannon Valley, Pa., Friday, January 7, 1966 14,518 Copies Daily 16 PAGES TODAY Plot To Blast U S Billet Smashed Interim Committee Selected... Rural Areas Take School Control At Clearfield Borough, Lawrence Out-Voted Area Convention Questions Arise On Representation Of New Board Control of the Clearfield Area Schools moved into the more rural areas of the jointure last night as the two largest contributing districts . . . Clearfield Borough and Lawrence Township . . . found themselves out-maneuvered, out-voted and out-talked. The setting was the Clearfield High School cafeteria and the occasion was the state-required school directors' convention to select an interim board to conduct school business until July 1. At that time school district reorganization ' becomes the school law of Pennsylvania. Here is how it went in the Clearfield Area jointure. The following members were elected to the interim committee after two resolutions concerning representation proposed by the Clearfield Borough Board were defeated by a 20 to 14 vote: Kenneth Shirey, Bradford Township; Paul Silberblatt and H. Rembrandt Woolridge, Clearfield Borough; Thomas Krolick, Covington Township; James Lu-zier, Girard Township; Franklin Sankey, Goshen Township; Raymond Witherow, Knox Township; James Burnsworth and M. ANYONE FOR WINTER TREADS? - The demand for winter tread tires has been something less than a riot so far this season. The 1966 version of winter to date has been one of almost spring-like temperatures and no snow. (Progress Photo) * Here in Name Only... Where Is Winter? Please Turn to Page 6, Col. 6 I Winter tires? Who needs 'em? Much to the dismay of tire dealers, boot store owners and other suppliers of usually essential seasonal merchandise, there just hasn't been any demand - at least not yet. Although the Clearfield Coun-ty-Moshannon Valley area is in the 18th day of winter, there has been little visible evidence of its presence. There have been a few flurries and some freezing temperatures, but no heavy snow and not once has the thermometer dipped below the zero mark. It may be something of a rec- ord for an area which normally experiences winter's first punch by early December. But unseasonably warm temperatures have prevailed over wide areas of the Northeast. An occasional mild winter day is not uncommon, of course. But it was nearly 60 degrees on New Year's Eve and previous high temperatures for the date were surpassed in many of the metropolitan areas. Many found it hard to get into a holiday mood. Fluctuating temperatures also have been responsible for a rash of colds and the flu. On the bright side, drought stricken farmers have been able to pasture their livestock a lot longer, thus saving on critically low supplies of winter forage. Despite what seems 4o have been a lot of rain lately, only 7.85 inches have fallen in the past three months and have had little effect on depleted underground water supplies. Wells in many rural areas are still dry as the result of the fourth consecutive drought year in Penn sylvania. Municipal water supplies Please Turn to Page 6, Col. S State Using Provision Of Medicare Plan By LAWRENCE MARGASAK HARRISBURG (AP) - During the storm over Medicare before final passage in Congress, only six states seemed to be paying attention to an obscure provision of the new law. Pennsylvania was one of the six. The nearly unnoticed provision said that by Jan. 1, 1970, a state musit begin to provide the same medical assistance to needy persons under 65 as was being given to those over 65. Illinois, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota and Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania waived the 1970 deadline and their plans were approved by the U.S. government in time to begin their programs Jan. 1. Please Turn to Page 6, Col. 2 New Philipsburg f Calls For Action Program PHILIPSBURG - "We must make Philipsburg attractive if we expect to attract others," Mayor Clifford A. Johnston declared Wednesday evening at an adjourned meeting of Borough Council. He showed a film depicting many improvements needed in the community and stressed the urgent need for a major face-lifting project. 4-------------- The film pointed up the need for sidewalk improvements, new curbing, and the general cleanup of trash and litter in both the business and residential districts. The council president, members of the police committee, police officers, and justices of the peace were hosted by the mayor at a steak dinner prior to the meeting. At the time he outlined plans for the strict enforcement of borough ordinances. Traffic, littering and loitering laws, he emphasized, are all to be rigidly enforced. He stressed there will be no "ticket fixing.' Ministers and others in need of special parking privileges for business reasons may apply for permits, which must be properly displayed on vehicles, he said. Meanwhile, Gordon T. Gibson, newly-elected president of Council, announced the following Please Turn to Page 14, Col. 3 Windy and much colder tonight, low 10 to 20. Saturday partly cloudy and colder with snow flurries in the north portion. Sunrise 7:37-Sunset 5:01 Clearfield River Level Thursday 7 p. m. - 6.80 feet (falling). Today' 7 a, 'rn. '- 6.80 feet (stationary). 41. Clearfield Weather Thursday low 35; High 38. Overnight low 32. Precipitation .36 inches. Mid - Stat* Airport Thursday low 31; High 3. Overnight low 29. Inside The Progress Classified Ads ...... 12, 13 Church News ............ 7 Comics ................. 15 News From Around World 14 Hints From Heloise ...... 9 Sports .............. 10, 11 Editorial, Columns ...... 4 Obituaries............... 14 Hospital News ........... 2 Social News ......... 3, 16 Today in History ........ 5 More Highway News ____ 8 NARCO Stock Is Sold ELTRA Corp. Gains Control With Purchases North American Refractories Company announced at its Cleveland headquarters today that as of Wednesday ELTRA Corporation of Brooklyn, N. Y., had purchased' more than 75 per cent of the 343,210 outstanding shares of NARCO stock. , The stock purchase gives ELTRA, a diversified company manufacturing automobile equipment, highly specialized machinery and Mergenthaler Linotypes, control of NARCO, which will become a ninth division of the corporation. Last Dec. 9 ELTRA Corp. made an offer to NARCO stockholders to purchase all outstanding shares of NARCO at $34.25 per share up to Jan. 1, 1966 and $34 per share after Jan 1. Those selling after Jan. 1 will be receiving NARCO'S regular 25 cent per share dividend while those who sold before Jan. 1 will not. NARCO stock was quoted last August over-the-counter at $29.50 bid, $30.25 asked. Today's announcement irom NARCO headquarters said EL-TRA's cash/ tender offer to purchase NARCO shares at $34.00 per share has been extended to the close of business next Tues day, Jan. 11. Originally the two firms had considered a merger involving an exchange of stock, but a law suit stemming from the merger of Mergenthaler Linotype Co. Please Turn to Page 6, Col. 7 If s free-Call 765-7813... Film on Viet Nam Fighting Available A 10-minute sound film on the current fighting in Viet Nam, made up of 200 still news photographs taken by Associated Press photographers, is now available to area organizations and schools as a public service of The Progress. Produced by The Associated Press staff, the 16 mm. documentary may be obtained without charge on a first come, first serve basis by calling The Progress News Room, 765-7813, to make reservations. Those using the film must provide their own movie projector, screen and operator. The film was produced before the death of Huynh Thanh My, AP photographer in Vict Nam, a battlefield casualty. He and Horst Faas, A Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, made many of the photos. Although made from still photos, the film is given a special mobility and fluidity that gives the illusion of a motion picture. The narration is by Frank Blair of National Broadcasting Company and was written by two of AP's old Asian hands: Relman Morin, twice Pulitzer Prize winner, and Robert Eunson, veteran of the Pacific and Korean wars coverage. In a sense, the film now is a tribute to all frontline writers and photographers in Viet Nam. The film opens with exquisite photos made by the late Jim Mills, an AP correspondent for many years, in 1938 and picturing detail of the Angkor Wat temples. The film shifts rapidly, with sound effects, to the pastoral quiet of modern Viet Nam, now scarred by war and under Red China's shadow. Faas is seen photographing a bombing in Saigon. My lies wounded last May in a rice paddy after photographing battle action. John T. Wheeler, AP writer, is seen on patrol. "The popular news and sports reviews of past years produced by United Press International were discontinued by the producers this year," said George A. Scott, editor of The Progress, in announcing the AP film. "Thus, we are happy that we have been able to secure this film that is as current as the front page of your newspaper and we hope that area organizations and schools will take advantage of the opportunity of seeing it." New Wave Of Terror Expected U. S. Marine Patrol Suffers Casualties In Red Ambush By JOHN T. WHEELER SAIGON, South Vict Nam (AP) - Police smashed a Viet Cong plot today to blow up a U.S. billet in downtown Saigon with the biggest plastic bomb ever used in the capital. Intelligence agents of the national police seized six terrorists two and a half miles north of Saigon as they were bringing a 265-pound plastic bomb in a large water tank into the city. Two of the terrorists were armed with 45-caliber automatics. Officials had already warned the capital to expect a new onslaught of terrorism in the next two weeks before the Vietnamese New Year - Tet - on Jan. 21. Thursday night they arrested five Vietnamese, aged 16 to 37, in an investigation of two explosions an hour apart at the military entrance to the Saigon airpprt and across town at a police substation. The blasts killed one Vietnamese and injured 16 persons, including four American servicemen. In the field, a U.S. Marine patrol sweeping a road for Please Turn to Page 6, Col. 4 End of Seasonal Changes in Milk Prices Is Urged HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa. (AP) -The elimination of seasonal milk price changes has been recommended by milk dealers and dairy farmers. Most of those testifying Thursday at a state Milk Control Commission hearing said the commission should stop the practice of cutting prices in the summer when milk is plentiful and boosting them in the winter. No consumers testified at the hearing for marketing area No. which covers 13 counties in Please Turn to Page 6, Col. 7 / V I 0; Luzerne, Carbon and Monroe, 39.51. Now under, construction are sume 140 miles across the state, including 32 miles in Clearfield County. Of the 34 counties through which the Shortway will pass construction has been completed or is under way in all Please Turn to Page 14, Col. 7 Pomona Grange Gets Data On Two Programs CURWENSVILLE - Two county programs, Operation Medicare Alert and the functions of the Soil Conservation Service, were given special attention at the Clearfield County Pomona Grange meeting yesterday in Susquehanna Grange here. Fred Rhoades, director of Community Action in Clearfield County Inc., and Miss Janet Tritt, Clearfield County Extension home economist, explained the Medicare educational program and said that action must be taken on this program by March 31. The subordinate granges were asked to offer their halls for public meetings and in some cases, for office space so that the elderly in each particular area may readily come in for Please Turn to Page 6, Col. 1 Wafer Authority To Present facts At West Decatur WEST DECATUR - All pertinent facts on the proposed water service system for this community will be presented at the West Decatur Authority's regular monthly meeting scheduled for Monday evening. Interested residents have been asked to attend. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p. m. in the Boggs Township Elementary School and will be the authority's last officitiI session before the loan transactions are completed and the in The meeting was the first regular session of 1966. On Monday night Council met at a special session called only for the purpose of reorganizing and electing new officers. The appointments to the standing committees were made by William F. Anderson who was re-elected to the council presidency at the Monday meeting. The personnel of these committees includes: Finance: H. R. Pearson, chairman; Dr. Walter Thorp, Roy E. Wise, Joseph V. Marino, Clarence J. Pearson. Fire and Police: Clarence J. Pearson, chairman; Joseph Spinella, Walter Johnston, Dr. Thorp, H. B. Blessing. Buildings and Grounds: Mr. Marino, chairman; Harry E. Mellott, Kenneth Pearce, Clarence J. Pearson, Philip Reano. Streets, Sidewalks and Sewers: Mr. Wise, chairman; Mr.-Reano, Mr. Pearce, Mr. Mellott, Mr. Johnston. Planning and Zoning; Dr. Please Turn to Page 6, Col. 3 Government In Dominican Weathers Crisis SANTO DOMINGO, Domini-can Republic (AP) - The Dominican Republic's provisional government appeared today to have weathered the threat of a new explosion but the capital was in a state of confusion. A new crisis reached its climax Thursday night with a proposal by provisional President Hector Garcia-Godoy to send key military figures, including some who had been rebel leaders, out of the country on diplomatic assignments. The armed forces in this revolution-ridden country moved to block the maneuver, but it remained unclear whether the military had planned to overthrow the provisional government painfully installed through the efforts of the Organization of American States (OAS.) President Garci a-Godoy stressed his intention to remain in office as long as he had the support of the OAS. Armed Forces Minister Francisco Rivera Caminero, one of those whom the president wanted to send out of the country, Please Turn to Page 6, Col. 5 BULLETIN WASHINGTON (AP) - Pres-ident Johnson will deliver his State of the Union message to a joint session of Congress at 9 p.m. (EST) next Wednesday. County Treasurer To Lead 1966 Canw Crmate Treasurer has above, Clearfield County Louise Mahaffcy, -accepted the chairmanship of the 1966 Cancer Crusade to be conducted in April. Miss Mahaffey, a lifelong resident of Mahaffey, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Emery C. Mahaffey. She has been serving as county treasurer since .1 miliary 1904. Miss Mahaffey is a graduate .....� --- -..... ... . ---...... ........... , (jiiiUMIIll Please Turn to Page 14, Col. 2 ' Please Turn to Page 6, Col. 5 Houtzdale Driver In fair Condition After Accident A 17-year-old Houtzdale driver injured in a two-car collition last ni^ht near Houtzdale, is listed in fair condition in the Philipsburg State General Hospital where he is being treated for a head injury. Stale police were unable to interview the victim, Mike Trot-ta, last night and as yet have no details on the accident. They said, however, that it involved another car driven by John. Beirlair, lit, also of Houtzdale. Mr. Beirlair was not injured but damage to his 1959 car was estimated at $250. The collision occurred on Route 53 at 7:30 p. m. The accident was one of two in the area yesterday. The other happened at the intersection of Presqueisle and Third Streets at Philipsburg at 3:15 p. m. and caused some $500 damage to two cars. Philipsburg Borough Police said the accident involved vehicles operated by Dorothy Mae Simcox, 42, of Philipsburg;, and Richard W. Pry, 22, df West Decatur R. D. No injuries wera reported. According lo police, the Simcox vehicle was westbound on Presqueisle Street and was mid- Please Turn to Page 6, Col. 1 ..