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Intelligencer (Newspaper) - May 6, 1990, Doylestown, Pennsylvania May weather today partly sunny with rain late in the Day. High 66-69. Monday mostly sunny and Breezy. High 63-65. Details Page a 2. C edition vol. Too no. 107 1990 Calkins newspapers inc. Doylestown a. For Home delivery Call 345-3020 abortion Issue expected to loom Large in elections by Edward Levenson staff writer with few primary contests in Bucks county the abortion Issue has not been in the local spotlight this Spring. After the May 15 primary however abortion is Likely to take Center stage As one of the key issues in the general election Campaign. While legislative and congressional candidates in Bucks county say they do not intend to run one is sue campaigns they acknowledge that a certain number of voters will cast ballots based solely on a candidate s stand on abortion. In addition groups on both sides of the abortion debate Are gearing up to support candidates who represent their respective positions. Some Bucks county candidates Are labelled pro which Means they support a woman s right to an abortion. Others Are pro life and favor a to Tal or near total ban on abortion. Democrats and republicans Are in both Camps. Carolyn Marks president of the Bucks county chapter of the National organization for women Buckingham Asphalt recycling queried by Robert Benincasa staff writer Buckingham township manager Beverly Curtin said she will recommend that township super visors reject an informal bid by a Warwick township paving com Pany to use an old Stone Quarry near upper Mountain Road for an Asphalt recycling operation. This is not going to be feasible As far As i m Curtin said about the idea from the Al Vin h. Cornell company of Jami son. It s just not the area the roads won t take Curtin who said she met with a group of concerned Quarry area residents last week said the residents heard rumours about the proposal and wanted to hear it the inactive water filled Quarry East of York Road is owned by bituminous services co. Of West Chester and would require a Zon ing change to accommodate the recycling Plant Curtin said Cornell Secretary Scott Cornell said his company had been hold ing an informal dialogue about the proposal with township officials and we were just trying to hear their we Don t want a Cor Nell said if it involves that i will not do it. I m not opting for a curative amendment Battle or anything like that. That s the furthest thing from our Buckingham is an Environ mentally Active Community Cornell said and Asphalt Recy cling helps the environment by saving used materials from being dumped into landfills. Cornell said his company would probably not move its entire operation there and said in response to resident concerns about truck traffic that the Recy cling Plant would not be a very Busy supervisor Janet French said she was not aware of Curtin s meeting and said the idea of Recy cling the paving materials is in some ways very whether or not it is a process we want to take place in Buck Ingham is what our residents will have to look she said. New Brcak president Bush has racked up plenty of Points bashing the colombian cocaine traffickers. Now the colombians have brought Over a to Crew to see what s being done on the White House s Home turf to choke off the de Mand that drives the drug Trade. It s not a pretty picture. The Crew has visited Washington . Bridge port Conn. And Prince ton . Americans like to talk a problem to death. Our political leaders think a problem can be solved with slogans. What the colombian to Crew is finding out is that slogans have done Littleto end the problem. It also is finding out thankfully that there Are Many aver age americans who Are dedicated to making a big Dent in the insatiable de Mand for dope. Robert e. Bradley running for the roses jockey Craig Parret raises his crop As unbridled crosses the finish line to win the 116th running of the Kentucky Derby saturday at Churchill Downs in Louisville. Story Page b l. Cap photo said abortion May Well be the deciding Factor in several races in Bucks county. The pro Choice group plans to target fund Rais ing and Campaign efforts for democratic state House candidates Lucille m. Trench in the 142nd District and Patricia a. Zajac in the 18th District Marks said but supports pro Choice candidates from both parties in other districts. Now also will work on behalf of . Rep. Peter h. Kostrna yer d-8, who is or. Arthur m. Hennessy jr., vice chairman of the 6.2 Mills trimmed Bucks county chapter of the pro life coalition said members of the group place flyers supporting pro life candidates on the windshields of cars of people attending services at Catholic and Evangeli Cal churches. They also distribute literature at poll ing places. We have to keep the majority in har Hennessy said. The group also will sup port Audrie Zettick Schaller the pro life Republican candidate who is opposing Kostrna yer. See candidates on Page a 9 cd still trying to Cut million by Jan Murphy staff writer members of the Central Bucks school Board have spent the past two months wrestling with next year s s69 million spending plan in Hopes of finding ways to Cut a 27-Mill tax increase such spend ing requires. To Date their efforts have reduced the necessary increase to 20.8 Mills the largest increase in real estate taxes in at least a decade. The District will not know until this week what its employee health insurance will Cost next year so that could increase or decrease the 20.8-Mill rate. The Board is scheduled to con Sider final adoption of the budget at its meeting thursday at 8 . In. The Community room at Cen trial Bucks West High school. The reduction in millage is mostly the result of using nearly million of the District s million fund balance to reduce the tax increase by 6 Mills. But Gene p. Abel the District s business manager strongly advised the Board against using the District s savings account to re Duce millage. Such a move results in under funding the budget and should Only be done when the next year is expected to bring growth on the Revenue Side of the budget he said. That is not Likely to occur next year when Abel predicts the Board will be in an even tighter budget crunch and could face More than a 27-Mill tax hike. The millage reduction achieved so far has resulted in no cuts to District programs services or positions. However the Board is consid ering a list of budget adjustments that would result in some cuts to reduce the millage increase by 4.5 Mills and the budget by More than is million. The list prepared by administrators was prioritized and would mean reducing the current level of programs and services said superintendent Robert h. Winters. Among the programs and ser vices on the list Are the Opportunity school pre first Grade some staff conference attendance Stu Dent athletic insurance the out door education program Field trips late buses and the planetarium. See vote on Page a 7 poll shows plan lacks backing by Jan Murphy staff writer if the Central Bucks school Board were to vote today on the million budget that requires a 20.8-Mill tax hike the majority would vote it Down. Of the eight school directors contacted Only Sandra k. Neher said she would give her endorse ment to the spending plan. Board member Elizabeth a. Yonson was unable to be reached for comment last week. The rest of the nine Board members said they could endorse some or All of the items on the administration s prioritized list of budget adjustments that would result in cutting More than million Worth of District programs services and positions. The first 13 items on the list starts with a savings on diesel and fuel Oil bids that came in lower than expected and using of the District s budget Reserve. It continues with cutting five new bus Drivers a new Mechanic and a new transportation clerk see proposed on Page a 7 pet owners warned saliva carries rabies by David j. Gilmartin staff writer it seems Marilyn Wagner did All the right things to protect her dogs from rabies. Her two German shepherds both had up to Date shots and were kept within a fenced por Tion of the family s Warwick township property. Even when a Raccoon managed to get inside the Fence Early last month mrs. Wagner was Able to Call the dogs off before they were bitten by the animal although they did tangle with it for a min Ute or two. Then since it was unusual to see a Raccoon in the Daylight and since it had been in a confrontation with the dogs she had her son shoot the animal. They took it to a veterinarian to have the head removed and had it tested for rabies. She also did what any pet owner would do by instinct she checked her dogs for bites or cuts and comforted them. Likewise her husband and son William or. And jr., petted the dogs when they came Home. It was that innocent and Loving petting and handling of the dogs that led the Wagner physician and veterinarian to recommend Wagner and his son take these Ries of rabies shots designed to stave off rabies infection. Rabies health officials say can be transmitted by saliva from an infected animal. The Raccoon did test positive for rabies. The Wagner dogs had some of the Raccoon s saliva on their fur and Wagner and his son May have risked infection through cuts on their hands when they handled the dogs. Health officials say the chances of transmission this Way Are slim but cannot be ignored. It s sort of a minimal Chance but with a fatal disease like rabies you Don t want to even take a minimal said or. Lew is d. Polk director of Bucks county s health department. Mrs. Wagner who has not had to take the shots because she re see checking on Page a 6 animals not always shot police in Central and upper Bucks county report Sharp in creases in the. Number of Calls they receive about possible rabies infected animals. Chiefs from three depart ments say they always Send an officer to respond to such a Call but do not automatically destroy the animal. Doylestown township chief Stephen j. White Sam any Ani Mal that has had human con tact or is acting suspiciously is destroyed by the officer. White estimates the depart ment has gotten Between 15 and 20 Calls during the last couple of months about suspicious animals. Often people report seeing a Raccoon in the Daylight an unusual occurrence for the nocturnal animals. Perkasie chief David a. King said his department has been getting three or four Calls a week about suspicious Ani Mals but officers kill Only Ani Mals that Are acting strangely. See municipal on Page a 6 enjoy stage director Peter in epic Story into two mov e Sean co Chaery and Bobert a Samurai and miss seeming of 10 business .-1, detailed Index appears on Page a 2. Inside sunday mixers race past Cavaliers to Clinch series in final game sports b i contras agree to begin laying Down arms news a 11 50 years ago British evacuated Dunkirk perspective a 21 new proposal on recycling Means business business b 17 area hospitals braced for medicaid stoppage by Diane Marczely staff writer hospitals in Central and upper Bucks probably will be operating with tens of thousands of dollars less than usual begin Ning this week. The state s medical assistance fund will run out of Money forcing medicaid pay ments to Stop. If the payments Stop the hospitals prob ably will have to do without the Money for at least two weeks and maybe As Long As six weeks. Because medicaid patients those who rely on state Money to help pay their med ical Bills make up a Small percentage of the patients area hospitals treat Hospital officials say they will be Able to continue As usual until a new state budget is passed the end of june. No patients will be turned away no hos Pital employees will be Laid off and no ser vices will be eliminated. But Hospital administrators say they Are concerned about hospitals that treat a larger proportion of patients who use medical assistance primarily hospitals in Urban areas. They say those facilities May plunge into financial crisis because of actions taken in Harrisburg. In april gov. Robert p. Casey a demo crat asked the legislature to approve million in additional spending to carry the state through Jun Etso the end of the Fis Cal year. Among the requests was More than million to reimburse hospitals for services to medicaid patients. The Democrat controlled House passed the Bill. The Republican controlled Senate How Ever approved an amended Bill that included More than s37 million in additional spending claiming Casey was under Rund ing hospitals and other programs. Casey and the House leadership say the state cannot afford the extra Money. The Senate amendment would require the House s approval before the Bill is sent to the governor for his signature and both House and Senate Are recessed until May 21, leaving the Issue unresolved. In the meantime medicaid Money for inpatient services is expected to run out monday according to Rod Snyder a spokesman from the governor s budget of fice. Funding for outpatient services will run out May 18. See hospitals on Page a 7

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