Clearfield Progress (Newspaper) - May 12, 1966, Clearfield, Pennsylvania
BY GEORGE A. SCOTT, EDITOR OF THE PROGRESS Education in Focus Era of The Jointures (First of Three Articles) Beginning July 1 of this year, the terms "School Jointure" or "Joint School System" will be outmoded, but for the past 15 or 16 years these have been pretty familiar words to Clearfield County Area residents as they watched the area's school districts move, sometimes slowly, sometimes painfully, from individual operations into joint systems composed of from four to as many as nine districts. From 48 to 9 Twenty years ago, during the 1946-47 school years, there were 48 separate school districts in Clearfield County and only two joint school systems, each involving only two districts. At the start of the present school term last fall, there were 34 individual districts under the jurisdiction of the County Superintendent's Office, all involved in one of six joint systems. Five Clearfield County districts also were involved in a joint system (Purchase Line) under the jurisdiction of the Indiana County Superintendent of Schools. In addition, there were two single school districts composed of 16 onetime individual districts of Clearfield, Cambria and Jefferson Counties. These are the DuBois Area District and the Glendale Area District, which were set up last summer a year in advance of the effective date of Pennsylvania's school reorganization act of 1963 that takes effect July 1. The new "District" setup will be discussed in a later article. The "Era of the Jointures" - from 1946 until this 1965-66 school year - deserves attention at this point because "jointures" paved the way for the statewide reorganization that is taking or will take place under Legislative Act 299 adopted in 1963. Pooled Resources, Pupils Under the Joint School System, individual districts have pooled their financial resources, pupils and teachers under a single administration to provide broader curricula and services for all pupils, plus new, modern junior-senior high school buildings and in some cases elementary school buildings. The joint school administration has been responsible, subject to the approval of the joint board, for hiring of teachers and other personnel, building construction and expansion or improvement of the educational program. Through joint operation, such programs as instruction and supervision in music, art, health, physical education, vocational education, homemaking, industrial arts, guidance, use of audio-visual aids and library serv-vice have been provided schools where none of these enrichments of the basic courses of instruction existed before. Where they did exist before the jointure, such programs or services have been expanded. D. A. Yingling, then Clearfield County Superintendent, summed up the jointure possibilities in 1949 when he said that "primarily, the chief advantage of joint school systems is that they bring better educational opportunities to the children concerned. The joint school district can provide many more and better services such as music instruction, etc. than the individual districts could ever hope to do." The ill-fated Chestquehanna Jointure which was formed with the start of the 1949-50 school year and lasted only two years before a building site dispute caused its breakup, provided a startling example of what could be accomplished. This jointure operated with high schools at three different sites - Mahaffey, Westover and Cherry Tree - yet in its second year was offering band instruction to 126 pupils, chorus groups were being trained in the three high school centers, all elementary pupils were receiving music instruction, 49 boys were enrolled in a new vocational agriculture department, a school nurse service had been provided for the first time, every pupil was receiving systematic instruction in handwriting and hot lunches were being made available to 140 more pupils than the year before. One of Earliest in State Jointures were permissible under state law as early as 1922 and Clearfield County must have had one of the first in Pennsylvania with the operation of a joint system by Beccaria Township, Coalport and Irvona Boroughs in the early 1920s. Although this did not survive, one formed by Coalport and Irvona in 1924, originally for high school grades only, endured until just last year when the two districts and Beccaria Township became part of the new Glendale District. Houtzdale Borough and Woodward Township school districts formed the area's second jointure and its first full grades 1-12 system in 1946, but it was not until 1949 that the "Era of Jointures" really began. This was sparked by increased financial aid from the state in the form of supplemental appropriations to school districts becoming members of a joint system. Whereas prior to 1949 the financial incentive was small, state reimbursements beginning that year on what one area school administrator remembers as a "cost-plus" basis provided the extra money to make joint systems more attractive. The 1951 Legislature chcfhged the appropriations encouraging formation of jointures to the "unit" systems, which prevails today. State Incentives Offered Under the "unit" system, the state has given each school district an extra $500 multiplied by its reimbursement fraction per school year for each elementary unit of 30 pupils or secondary (grades 7-12) unit of 22 pupils affiliated with a joint school system. The income from this supplemental appropriation was considerable and provided the means for expanded school programs. It was estimated in 1956, for example, that Lawrence Township District was receiving approximately $14,000 annuallly in supplemental funds for having its grades 1-6 a part of the Clearfield Area Joint System. Until the "Era of the Jointures," it should be remembered, the individual districts either operated their own high schools with programs necessarily limited by finances, teaching staff and enrollment, or paid tuition for their pupils attending junior or senior high schools of other d'stricts. Some' districts provided only elementary, grades 1-6, programs, others had programs extending through eighth grade. S. F. W. Morrison, retired superintendent of the Clearfield Borough, later Area, Schools, recalls that most tuition pupils entered ninth grade at Clearfield High generally at a disadvantage because their earlier training had not been along the same lines as the ninth graders who had attended the borough's schools. Jointures, he noted, as they gradually took in all 12 grades provided a coordinated program that put all pupils on an equal footing. The Progress Today's Chuckle One butcher reports that he'd much rather wait on newlyweds - they don't remember what prices used to be. Vol. 60 - No. 112 Our 56th Year Clearfield, Curwensville, Philipsburg, Moshannon Valley, Pa., Thursday, May 12, 1966 14,51 8 Copies Daily 24 PAGES TODAY U. S. Toll Exceeds Viet Losses Conflict Claims 82 Americans Girl',17, Abducted Near Huntingdon By Armed Man HUNTINGDON, Pa. (AP) - State policemen using bloodhounds worked their way back and forth through heavy woods today searching for a 17-year-old school girl abducted by a man armed with a lever-action rifle. The police said the man matched the description of a "mystery sniper" who has prowled this area for two years. The sniper has wounded two people and shot several Houtzdale Man Convicted Of Three Charges Vaughn William Phillips of Houtzdale, accused of taking part in a burglary at the Lithuanian Club at Osceola Mills last Sept. 14, was convicted yesterday of burglary, larceny and receiving stolen goods. Phillips is the first of three young men who will go to trial during the current Clearfield County criminal court term in connection with the burglary. The jury of 11 women and one man was out about an hour and a half before finding Phillips guilty as charged. The Commonwealth's case was based mainly on a signed statement made by Phillips about six hours after he was arrested and on testimony given by his girl friend, Mrs. Betty Hurd. Mrs. Hurd had originally stood on her constitutional rights and refused to testify. At her request, the court appointed Carl A. Belin Jr. as her attorney and after conferring with him, Mrs. Hurd took the witness stand. She told the jurors that Phillips had brought cigarettes, beer and whiskey to her home on Sept. 15, and told her he had stolen them from the Lithuanian Club. After Phillips was arrested State Police Troopers Paul Shapanus and Norman Gantz went to Mrs. Kurd's home and she turned the remaining beer and whiskey over to them. Later that day she talked to Phillips and according to her Please Turn to Page 2, Col. 5 Injury Trucker Escapes in Crash At Luthersburg A Curwensville man, 29-year-old Allen Abrino, escaped injury this morning when his tractor-trailer truck snapped off a utility pole at Luthersburg. Mr. Abrino, who was driving for Harbison - Walker Refractories, was en route to Warren, state police from the DuBois Substation reported. They said that when he stopped for the stop sign at the intersection of Routes 410 and 322, his truck went into a skid. It traveled about 150 feet before hitting the pole. Philipsburg borough police investigated a hit-run accident this morning and a Wednesday afternoon accident. Damage totaled $735 in the two mishaps. There were no injuries. Sgt. Mathew F. Gowland reported a parked station wagon belonging to Richard Simcox had its left rear fender dam others. The girl, Peggy Ann Brad-nick, of Shade Gap R.D. 1 accompanied by three younger sisters and two brothers, was on her way home about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, police said, when the man jumped out of the woods, seized her and dragged her away. She was wearing a red jumper, white blouse and suede shoes. James Bradnick, 16, next oldest in the group, ran the quarter - mile distance home and alerted the father. James and his father, armed with a shotgun, returned to the spot but all (hey found were fresh footprints in the soft earth of a trail leading into the woods, police said. James said the group of six brothers and sisters had trudged about one-half mile along the dirt road toward home after alighting from their school bus when the incident occurred. James was quoted by police that the man, wearing a thin mask and carrying a rifle, stepped from the woods and commanded: "I don't want any sass from you kids; I'm taking this girl." WIN BEAUTIFICATION CONTEST - Nelson Parks, a member of the Clearfield County Beautification Committee, presents checks to the winners of the committee's slogan contest. From left are: Martin J. Sedlak of Winburne, adult and grand prize winner; Jill Keiser of Grampian, grade school winner; and Susan McCloskey of Clearfield, high school winner. (Agricultural Extension Photo) Please Turn to Page 10, Col. 6 Hope Fire Company Conducts Ambulance Membership Drive PHILIPSBURG - The Hope Fire Company of Philipsburg is currently conducting its 26th annual ambulance membership drive in Philipsburg, Osceola Mills, Chester Hill, Pleasant Hill, West Decatur and Wallaceton. The Morris Township P-TA and the Cooper Township P-TA are conducting the Hope campaign in their areas. The drive will continue through June 15 when current membership expires. The firemen's committee explained that the same $2 membership fee will continue to prevail for families or immediate households. The holder of the card is entitled to trips up to 25 miles without additional charges. In summarizing calls during 1965, the committee noted that the two ambulances answered a total of 501 calls and traveled 16,532 miles. CountiansMove In Fight For Beautification The Clearfield County Beautification Committee last night noted that county residents arc rapidly moving on their own in the drive to beautify the county. But, said Willis Baumgardner of Cooper Township, this is not a program which can be accomplished "in a day, or a week or a month." It is one, he added, which must be continued throughout the year. He said that much of the beautification effort in the townships depends to a great extent on the cooperation of township supervisors. Among some of the things people are doing include an incident at Kylertown where a group of neighbors cleared an overgrowth of brush and old trees off the lot of an elderly woman in a ncighbor-to-neigh-bor project. Another was a stream cleaning project conducted by a group of 4-H boys near a road at Mt. Zion. Others concerned Inside The Progress Classified Ads 20. 21, 22 Hints From Heloise ... 24 Comics ............... 23 News From Around World 10 Sports ............ 3, 16, 17 Obituaries ............... 2 Hospital News ........... 3 Editorial, Columns ...... 4 Social News 11,13, 24 Today in History ........ 22 School News ........ 18, 19 Church News ........... 13 Sunday School Lesson - 8 State News Briefs ....... 15 Your Aching Back ...... 6 Area Servicemen ........ 8 Please Turn to Page 10, Col. 4 Please Turn to Page 2, Col. 7 Cloudy and a little warmer with occasional showers and scattered thundershowers this evening. Showers ending later tonight, low mostly in the 40s. Friday partly cloudy and cooler. Sunrise 5:57-Sunset 8:21 Clearfield River Level Wednesday 7 p. m. - 5 feet (falling). Today 7 a. m. - 5 feet (stationary). Clearfield Weather Wednesday low 31; High 50. Overnight low 43. Precipitation .18 inches. Mid State Airport Wednesday I o w 20; High 46. Overnight low 42, Philipsburg Mayor Named to Committee PHILIPSBURG -Philipsburg Mayor Clifford A. Johnston has been selected to serve on the executive committee of the Association of Mayors of the Boroughs of Pennsylvania for the term of 1966-68 as the representative for Centre County. Media Mayor Frank T. Wiltshire, president of the association, selected Mr. Johnston on the proposal of Mayor Max Shope of Snow Shoe. The committee usually meets three times a year, in the spring, fall and at the annual convention in June. Meetings Meeting Canceled Today's scheduled meeting of the Clearfield County Commissioners has been canceled, it was announced this morning. Edward Friedman, 65, Punxsy Native, Named Acting Atty. Gen. HARR1SBURG (AP)-Edward Friedman. 65. has been sworn in as acting Attorney General to replace Walter E. Alessandroni. "I only regret the circumstances that brought this about," Friedman said Wednesday at the swearing in. He was referring to the plane crash Sunday which took the lives of Alcssandroui, his wife and two other persons. Friedman, a 20-year veteran of the state Justice Department, has been first deputy attorney general since 1962. He is a native of Punxsutawney. A 1925 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Friedman lives in Harrisburg with his wife Margaret. Two of his sons, Charles, 31, and Richard, 28, are members of the law firm which he operates here. County PSEA Told of Moves In Education Advances in education under the Scranton Administration were outlined for members of the Clearfield County Branch of the Pennsylvania State Education Association at their annual Legislative Dinner held last night in the New Dimcling Hotel at Clearfield. The speaker was Fred P. Hare, assistant executive secretary of PSEA, who said that Scranton stands tall education-wise for the progress made during his tenure. Candidates for slate offices who gave their views and philosophies on education were Sen. Daniel A. Bailey and James B. Reese, for senator, and Austin M. Harrier, for the House of Representatives. In discussing the major advances made by the General Assembly last year, Mr. Hare Please Turn to Page 10, Col. 3 At Spring Event... Homemakers Urged To Take on Interests By ROSEMARY MILLER Progress Social Editor DUBOIS - Today's homemaker still centers her attention on the welfare of her family, but with the advent of labor-saving devices she now has the time and energy to look around outside her home. Yesterday at the Spring Homemaker's Day at DuBois, some 175 Clearfield and Jefferson counties homemakers were urged to work for better protection for the consumer and to do something for com--f---------------------------...... munity beautification The program arranged by the Agricultural Extension Service of The Pennsylvania State University featured such speakers as: Mrs. Anne Sterling, American Institute of Laundering, are usually held on Saturday at Joliet. 111.; Homer Mazer, Altoona, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh Clearfield County agent; and or Philadelphia. Craig Oliver, extension orna- mental horticulturist, The Pennsylvania State University. As director of consumer education for the institute, Mrs. Sterling told of the new advances in the textile industry, offered home care tips and discussed ready-to-wear items. "Wise selection through Pene/ec To Match $750 Won By Clearfield Club Five of the Pennsylvania communities, including Clearfield, named cash award winners this week in the State Chamber of Commerce's annual Community Development Contest are in for bonuses provided by the Pennsylvania Electric Co. Penelcc will match the contest prizes, which total $4,000, as an added incentive "for communities to plan and execute sound development programs," according to Ernest L. Petersen Jr., director of the utility's System Economic Emphasis Department. Communities which will benefit from the Penelcc matching funds program this year are: Oil City, winner of $1,000 for Please Turn to Page 2, Col. 4 Please Turn to Page 10, Col. 1 Woodland Man Is New Deputy Sheriff Clearfield County Sheriff Bill Charncy announced today the appointment of John Dixon of Woodland as deputy sheriff. Mr. Dixon succeeds John Sherkosky of DuBois. who is now serving as warden at the county jail. 61 Vietnamese Lose Lives; Allies Renew Activity By ROBERT B. TUCKMAN SAIGON. South Vict Nam (AP) - More Americans were killed in combat last week than troops of the South Vietnamese government, allied military spokesmen announced today. It was the second lime that American combat dead exceeded the Vietnamese in the five years of American involvement in the war. Spokesmen announced 82 Americans died in battle last week compared with 61 Vietnamese, although the si7.e of the government armed forces is nearly triple thai of the 255.000-man U.S. force here. It was also the lowest number of Vietnamese battle deaths this year. During the politically turbulent week of April 3-9, 95 Americans were killed in combat compared with 67 government troops. The 82 Americans killed brought the number of U.S. combat dead to an unofficial total of 1,386 for the year and 3,-234 since Jan. 1. 1961. The Vietnamese report 3,334 killed for the year. Viet Cong losses were reported as 456 killed - the same figure as the previous week's - and 121 captured, an increase of 23. As the war continued today, U.S. Marines and airborne troops battled the Viet Cong in three operations while American planes continued to pound targets in North Vict Nam. A U.S. spokesman reported Navy planes from the Carrier Enterprise came two miles closer to Haiphong, North Viet Nam's major port, to hit a Soviet-built missile site Wednesday. The site was 10 miles from the port city, and the spokesman said smoke billowed 2,000 feet into the air after the attack. The closest previous attack to Haiphong was 12 miles. Three missiles were fired from the site before American bombs struck it. None of the planes was hit. But near the North Vietnamese town of Dong Hoi an F105 Thunderchicf was shot down by antiaircraft fire, and its pilot was reported missing. It was the 236th U.S. plane lost in raids on North Vict Nam. Ground action picked up Please Turn to Page 2, Col. 5 Grampian Lions Club Names New Officers; Bloom Is President GRAMPIAN - A new slate of officers was elected at Tuesday night's meeting of the Grampian Lions Club. Officers elected were: Lawson Bloom, president; Darrell Spencer, first vice president; F. W. "Twigg" McDonald, second vice president; Jack Walburn, third vice president and William McFadden and Thornton Cleaver, director. Other officers named include: Paul Hartzfcld, tail twister: Don Lcarish, lion tamer; F. C. McDonald, secretary; and Richard Flynn, treasurer. The Lions Club agreed to conduct the ambulance drive in the Grampian area with memberships priced at $1.50 for an individual and $3 for a family. Please Turn to Page 2, Col. 7 Woodland Man Is Governor Of District Lions WOODLAND - Here at Woodland, when someone mentions the Lions Club, the name of Clifford Murray is almost bound to come into the conversation. Mr. Murray is and always has been one of the Woodland Lions Club's outstanding members. He is a charter member, a past president and currently serves as a director. In addition, he is a past zone chairman and deputy district governor of Region 2. But Mr. Murray's greatest honor thus far in Lionism came at the annual district rally recently when he was elected governor of District 14-J of Lions International, succeeding Paul F. Johnston of Gallitzin. Please Turn to Page 10, Col. 8 NOW IT'S GOVERNOR MURRAY - Three members of the Woodland Lions Club offer best wishes to one of their own, Clifford Murray, at right, who has been elected governor of the 41-club District 14-J of Lions International. Shaking hands with Mr. Murray is Eugene Conklin, retiring president of the Woodland club. At extreme left is Robert Graffuis and standing beside him is President-elect Charles Palmer.