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Clearfield Progress (Newspaper) - June 16, 1966, Clearfield, Pennsylvania  tomorrow ; BY GEORGE A.SCOTT, EDITOR OF THE PROGRESS Education in Focus The New District Plan (Third of Three Articles) Act 299, the school district reorganization law that becomes effective July 1, cuts down the number of school districts and school directors in the state, but it compounds, temporarily at least, the problem of school financing. There are other obstacles in the path of the implementation of the single administrative unit mandated by the Legislature, but the double-barrelled problem of budget and taxation is by far the major one. Taxes Will Be Uniform This is because the new administrative units mandated by Act 299 will take over the taxing power and levy uniform real estate and other taxes throughout the district, a function presently performed by individual districts, and there will be one single district-wide budget instead of individual district and jointure-wide budgets. In contrast, the present jointure systems have been administrative units without taxing power which have been supported by taxes and state funds received by their individual borough or township school districts. Keep in mind that Act 299 eliminates the individual borough or township school districts as they exist today and instead merges them into one single district effective July 1. Then, for example, the school districts of Clearfield Borough, Bradford, Covington, Girard, Goshen, Knox and Lawrence Townships that today make up the Clearfield Area Jointure will pass out of existence and the Jointure will become one single unit known as the Clearfield Area School District with nine instead of 39 directors. What the shift in taxing power means in the case of real estate taxes is that the tax millage in some areas of a new district will go up, in some areas will be reduced in the 1966-67 fiscal year. Again referring to the present Clearfield Area Jointure, whereas there now are six different millages in the seven districts, ranging from 22 to 28 mills, effective July 1 the millage will be the same throughout the seven former districts, or 26 mills. Such "extras" as per capita, wage or occupational taxes also will be levied by the new district on a uniform basis. This, again, will bring more tax payments for some residents of the new administrative units. Three of the districts in the present Clearfield Jointure, for example, do not have wage taxes at the present time; their citizens will pay such a tax to the new school district after July 1. Two County Complication A major problem involving real estate taxation faces five of the area's eight new districts whose taxable properties are located in two counties. These districts are Du-Bois Area, Glendale Area, Harmony Area, Philipsburg-Osceola Area and West Branch Area. It also faces the Purchase Line District of Indiana County, whose territory encompasses part of Clearfield County. The difficulty stems from the fact that assessment ratios of the various counties involved are not uniform. Clearfield County's real estate assessment ratio is 40 per cent of the market value as established by the county's own assessment program. Centre County, on the other hand, has a 33 1/3 per cent of market value ratio. Thus, it is obvious that some adjustment must be made to achieve a tax levy that will be uniform for property owners of both Clearfield County and adjoining counties. Complicating the problem even more is the fact that the school districts generally have been using the county assessment rather than figures of the State Tax Equalization Board, which are based on market values of real estate, in determining their tax millages. The State Legislature last year passed Act 566, which provides two alternate methods by which school districts crossing county lines can conform to the uniform tax clause of Pennsylvania's Constitution. Both, however, are based on the State Tax Equalization Board's market valuation instead of assessments made by the county government. Commissioners' Aid Asked The Pdilipsburg-Osceola Area School District has asked the Clearfield and Centre County Commissioners to "provide the market value of each parcel of property on the tax roll" of the boroughs and townships of the two counties that are part of the school district. Commissioners of both counties have taken the requests under advisement, even though they are bound by Act 566 to furnish such information. Clearfield County's Commissioners have pointed out that, aside from lack of time, the county's budget does not provide for the extra expense that would be involved in such a project this year, especially in view of that fact that similar requests can be expected from the other five districts which lie partly in the county. Although the problem has not yet been resolved, it is likely that for the 1966-67 school year some districts may be forced to impose a flat tax millage without regard to exact uniformity and hope that by 1967-68 the market valuation figures will be available for tax levy purposes. DuBois Area District did that this current year. Philipsburg-Osceola, however, is well on its way toward working out a tax levy based on a uniform assessment ratio. In any event, it seems likely, too, that the time may come when property owners living in school districts crossing county lines may receive two tax notices. One for county, borough or township purposes would be based on the county assessment; the other from the school district based on market valuations. State Subsidies Shifted In addition to the revenue it will receive from local taxation, the newly-established single administrative units will receive from the state reimbursements and subsidies that have been going to the individual districts in the past. The districts, in turn, used these state funds to pay their proportionate share of the jointure operations as well as their own disrict expenses. These state reimbursements and subsidies represent more than half of the annual income for a school district. The Clearfield Area School District, for example, anticipates receipt of approximately $1,427,800 or 60 per cent of its 1966-67 income from the state. This will include, in the Clearfield District's case which is typical of the other newly-orgnnized districts: Subsidy for elementary units of 30 pupils and secondary units of 22 pupils $1,017,400; incentive subsidy of $500 per unit times the district's reimbursement fraction $72,100; extension (adult) education and recreation (playground supervision) subsidy $11,000; homebound instruction subsidy $3,000; subsidy for one-room schools closed in the district $12,200; pupil transportation $120,-000; vocational education $6,900; rental on new buildings in the district $106,000; for driver education' $3,000; medical and dental expense refunds $4,800; nursing service $18,500; federal funds $7,000; and tuition of foster children paid by the state $5,900. The Progress Today's Chuckle Salesman: "Are you sure your boss isn't in his office?" Receptionist: "Are you doubting his word?" Vol. 60 - No. 142 Our 56th Year Clearfield, Curwensville, Philipsburg, Moshannon Valley, Pa., Thursday, June 16, 1966 15,155 Copies Daily 24 PAGES TODAY inside The Progress Senate Democratic Leader... Classified Ads ...... 20, 21 _____ Hints From Heloise ____ 24 S-^i Direct U. S.-Red China Talks Obituaries .............. 22 Hospital News ........ ^^g^. m a q mm mmgm^ m^mm^ m K-lHr. On Viet Nam Peace Proposed Harrisburg News ....... 11 ._,_______ � School News ............ 12 ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ 111 11 PI Bfl(|^^HH|HHflHHHHHHHH|HH|^ W__r MflV rDfl _________ _^_______________________hb____________________________________________ ^^^^ ^^^^^^ Secretary of State Dean Rusk and Red China's Foreign Minister Chen Yi t.o discuss a peaceful settlement of Lhe Viet Nam war. The Senate Democratic leader said In a speech prepared for Yeshiva University graduates that the war threatens to become in the end a U.S.-Chinese conflict, just as in Korea. "What is needed most, at this time and in the light of that danger, is an initiative for a direct contact between the Peking government and our own government on the problem of peace in Viet Nam and Southeast Asia," Mansfield said. "This problem is of such transcendent importance," he added, "that it is a fit question for face-to-face discussion between China and the United States at the highest practicable level. "Our secretary of state. Dean Rusk, confronted the Chinese foreign minister, Chen Yi, across the conference table at Geneva in 1961-62. It may be that a similar meeting now would be useful in this critical situation." He said such a conference could be confined to the two na- By GEORGE MCARTHUR SAIGON, South Viet Nam (AP) - Premier Nguyen Cao Ky pushed his radical Buddhists opponents farther into a corner today by sending his paratroopers into Hue and slapping a 9 p.m. nightly curfew on Saigon. The paratroopers opened fire on dissident Vietnamese soldiers who tried to stage a march with Buddhist banners in the northern city. The marchers fled after a heavy burst of fire, and some blood on the street indicated casualties. Apparently confident of crushing the Buddhist rebellion, the junta moved firmly ahead ag;.inst its opponents. A story of U.S. Marine battlefield valor unfolded on a hillside 325 miles northeast of Saigon where 30 U.S. marines held off 300 Viet Cong for five hours during the night. When the Leathernecks ran out of ammunition, they fought on with bayonets and finally rocks until Marine helicopters, planes and reinforcements helped drive the Communists off. A U.S. spokesman said all but two of the Marines were killed or wounded, but the platoon killed 32 of the attackers. U.S. jets continued heavy attacks on North Viet Nam, flying 66 missions during which they dodged nine Soviet-made surface-to-air missiles. Two planes were lost to conventional groundfire, bringing the number of American planes shot down over the Communist north to 265. One of the pilots was rescued by helicopter. Ky's 500 paratroopers rolled into Hue at dawn to a chorus of jeering, drum-beating Buddhists, but they quickly hauled buddhist altars off main streets Workers from a Penelec line crew and other volunteers attempt to free body of victim in wreck this morning.  *  - Miners! Springs *cno�'Bonus ^Passes * * * Driver Killed House Democrats Plan Near Clearfield To OK More Troopers Charles Conrad, 41, of Mineral Springs, was pronounced dead on arrival at the Clearfield Hospital late this morning after his pick-up truck and a tractor-trailer collided on Route 322 about two miles west of Clearfield. The driver of the tractor-trailer, Richard Conway of Frenchville, was not injured. No details of the accident were available from state police at noon today. The tractor-trailer is owned by Clearfield Truck Rentals. Please Turn to Page 10, Col. 2 142 Americans Die in Battle With Cong Force SAIGON. South Viet Nam (AP) - American combat dead climbed to the third highest level of the year last week, reflecting in part the cost of the victory over a North Vietnamese regiment in the central highlands. The U. S. military command said 142 Americans were killed, 741 wounded and one missing or captured last week compared with 109 killed. 636 wounded and 13 missing in the week of May 29-June 4. A total of 156 Americans died In the week nf March 7-13, when a Monday through Sunday reporting period was being used: and 146 in the regular week of May 15-21. The latest loll brought the number of U. S. servicemen reported killed by enemy fire since Jan. 1 to 1.956 and to 3,804 since Jan. 1, 1961. The unofficial count of American wounded for the year climbed to 12,213. The allies reported 1,240 Com- PHILIPSBURG - Three persons suffered minor injuries in a head-on collision of two automobiles yesterday at 4:40 p. m. at Gearhartville. Damage amounted to $1,100. Duane L. Schnarrs, 19, Carol J. Kephart, 22, and Russell W. Kcphart, 2, all of Philipsburg R. D.. were taken by the Hope Fire Company ambulance to the Philipsburg State General Hospital where they were treated and released. The accident occurred on Legislative Route 17058, one-half mile west of Chester Hill. Trooper Ronald C. Tyger reported HARRISBURG (AP) - House Democrats plan to give the State Police additional manpower, but less than half of what the police had requested. Rep. Ronald G. Lench, chairman of a special committee investigating the 2,100 - man organization, introduced a bill Wednesday proposing the addition of 250 troopers. The State Police had asked for 600. Lench's bill highlighted action Wednesday in the General Assembly. Both the House and Senate were in recess today, until June 27. The bill was sponsored by three other Democrats and three Republicans, a LI members of the committee whose investigation of wiretapping charges resulted in the resignation of the Stale Police commissioner and the court - martial of two detectives. A fourth Republican member, Rep. William G. Buchanan. R-Indiana, had offered a bill on Tuesday authorizing a 600-man increase in the force. It was similar to one that has cleared the Senate. Lench, a Beaver County Democrat, said the committee would recommend in an interim re- port that a team of independent consultants be employed by the stale to determine if more troopers are needed. "We agreed to 250 because we felt this was the most the State Police could effectively train in a year without cutting the training time from 16 to 12 weeks," he said. "We're not even sure they can train that many." The House and Senate also continued the partisan struggle over the 1966-67 fiscal budget as recommended by Gov. Scran-ton. Please Turn to Page 10, Col. 4 Please Turn to Page 10, Col. 2 Please Turn to Page 10, Col. 2 Please Turn to Page 10, Col. 4 County Laurel Tour Promotion Under Way The Clearfield County Development Council's annual Laurel Tour gets under way Monday with the laurel expected to be in bloom until about July 10. The Council has published a colorful brochure outlining roads in the county from which the bright mountain flowers may be seen. A free copy of the brochure may be obtained by writing to the Council at 8 E. Market St., Clearfield. The tour, in addition to being advertised in area newspapers and on radio stations, has been promoipd through newspaper advertising at Pittsburgh. Cleve-1 a n d, Philadelphia and New York City. Mountain Laurel, the state's official flower, is a broad-leaved evergreen. In late spring and early summer the lovely flowers appear in clusters, ranging in color from rose to pure white. LBJ's Favorite Beagle, 'Him', Killed by Car By DOUGLAS B. CORNELL WASHINGTON (AP) - President Johnson's friendly, frisky beagle "Him" is dead. "Him" had spent a good bit of his three years chasing the squirrels that inhabit the While House grounds. And that's the way he lost his life. Johnson's daughter. Lynda, burst into a meeting the President was having with some congressmen Wednesday night to tell him about another tragedy in the dog part of the family. "Him" had darled between the front and rear wheels of a White House car on the driveway out back while ya.pping after a squirrel and was struck and killed. Johnson told associates "It's a sad night tonight at the White House." "Him" had the No. 1 dog lag in the capital and was registered as the pet of the Johnsons' younger daughter, Luci. But he really was the President's dog. Every morning Johnson Starts Monday... New General Secretary Named at Clearfield Y James E. Brouse, Associate executive secretary of the Roxborough Area YMCA, Philadelphia, for the past two years, has been named general secretary of the Clearfield YMCA. Mr. Brouse, a native of Harrisburg, will assume his duties at Clearfield next Monday, according to the Y's board of directors. He succeeds Paul Bernholdt, who resigned to become a staff member * * * of Rotary International. , , , , , . Following his graduation from South Williamsport High School as valedictorian in 1950. Mr. Brouse served two years in lhe U. S. Marine Corps. He then enrolled in Springfield College, Springfield, Mass., where he graduated cum laude in 1957. He also fttended graduate school at Temple University and took an extension course in community planning from The Pennsylvania State University. His first position was associate physical director of the Central Branch YMCA at Philadelphia. He left there in 1961 C. G. Fleck, SO, Businessman At Philipsburg, Dies PHILIPSBURG - Conrad Grover Fleck, 50-year-old partner of the De Shong and Fleck Oil Distributing Co., died unexpectedly in his home on South Ninth Street yesterday at 1 p.m. following a heart attack. Although he had been seriously ill for more thin a year and had been hospitalized much of that lime in the Philipsburg State General Hospital, the Gcisingcr Hospital at Danville and (he Veterans Administration Hospital at Altoona, his condition had shown marked improvement. He was in his office yesterday until 11:30 a.m. and had intended to return to work in the afternoon. His company owned the Mobil and Kendall franchises and formerly also owned the Sinclair distributorship. A veteran of World War II, serving as a gunner's mate in the Navy, he participated in the D-Day invasion of Normandy and later, in the Pacific theatre, participated in the initial assaults and occupation State Hospital Officials Meeting At Philipsburg PHILIPSBURG - William C. Lawson, director of the Bureau of State General Hospitals, Pennsylvania Department of Welfare, is meeting here today and tomorrow with the administrators of the 10 state-owned general hospitals. Twenty persons, including the hospital administrators or their representatives, were present for the opening session this morning in the nurses' home. A noon luncheon, an afternoon meeting, and a dinner this evening will round out today's program. The conference, will end tomorrow afternoon following a morn- Please Turn to Page 10, Col. 7 Mitchell Seated On Boro Council At Philipsburg PHILIPSBURG - Robert Mitchell was seated last night as a new borough councilman from the First Ward. He succeeds the late Fred Gieseke. Mr. Mitchell was administered the oath of office Monday by Mayor Clifford A. Johnston. Council, during last night's special meeting, entered into an agreement to lease a tract at the Cold Stream recreational Area to Thomas Ellis and Thomas Boyd for the operation of a refreshment stand. Requiring the major portion Please Turn to Page 22, Col. 8 James E. Brouse Please Turn to Page 22, Col. 1 Please Turn to PaEe 22, Col. 8 Please Turn to Page 10, Col. 3 Clearfield Jaycees To Sponsor Talent Show on July 4 The Clearfield Area Jaycees Annual 4th of July Amateur Talent Show will be held at 7 p. m. in the Driving Park. The competition will be open to strictly amateur talen of any type with no age limit. Vocal groups or soloists must furnish their own pianist or organist. A piano and organ will be available. Interested persons should contact Arnold Shaw, chairman of 27 From County Among Students In Of 0 Program LOCK HAVEN - Ninety high school juniors and seniors, 45 boys and 45 girls, will arrive at Lock Haven State College Sunday to begin an eight-week pro-gram under the "U p w a r d Bound" project. These high school .students were selected from 250 applicants from a nine-county area, including Clearfield County with 27 students. The selectees will participate in a program designed to give worthy students experience in the educational, social, recreational, and cultural influences of a college campus. The "Upward Bound" Program, sponsored by Lock Haven State College, is funded by the Office of Economic Opportunity. The major purpose of the project is to provide encouragement to college potential youth who have limited financial resources available for post-secondary education. Bucktail Is Host... Five Chilean Scouts To Visit Area in July DUBOIS - Scouts of the Bucktail Council will embark next week on "Operation Amigos Santiago," on international goodwill project that will bring five Boy Scouts of Santiago, Chile, to the Council Area for a month's visit during July. Designed to promote a better understanding between this country and Chile, "Operation Amigos Santiago" calls for the Bucktail Scouts to host their five Chilean guests at the Council's Camp Mountain Run and also in their homes during their visit.----- Please Turn to Page 22, Col. 7 Please Turn to Page 22, Col. 6 The South American boys will have an opportunity to get acquainted not only with Scouting activities in this country but also with (he American Way of Life by living with the Bucktail Council Scouts, visiting points of interest and mingling with other young peopk of the area. In order to help finance the visit of the Chilean Scouts, all of whom are from low or medium-low income families, the Scouts of the Bucktail Council area of Clearfield, Elk, Centre and Jefferson counties will sell "shares" in "Operation Amigos Santiago" beginning next Monday. One or more "shares" can be purchased at 25 cents each and a certificate will be given each share purchaser. Trophies will be presented to the troop and individual Scout in each of the Council's four districts selling the most "shares" Public Invited To Open House At Bradford Coal BIGLER - The public is invited to a unique art show and open house Saturday and Sunday from 2:30 to fi p. ni. to mark the official opening of the new office building housing the Bradford Coal Cn. and its subsidiary companies. The show is umlrr iHp direr-lion of Mrs. Kathy Bell and Miss Sylvia Brcth, well known Clearfield art instructors, and will include the work of artists from Clearfield County and the western part of Centre County. The art exhibit is unusual since all pictures entered in it will depict some phase of the coal industry. The art show uiil hp presented in the large conference room located in the basement of the one-story office building This room will eventually include kitchen facilities and will be available to the public for civic meetings and banquets. Please Turn to Page 22, Col. 2 Please Turn to Page 22, Col. 2 871981 ;