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Greenville Record Argus (Newspaper) - May 24, 1986, Greenville, Pennsylvania Former roil town has Sweet future Altoona apr with a snip of a red ribbon by Gold scissors and the launching of hundreds of multicoloured balloons the Long awaited Boyertown Usa theme Park opened Friday amid Hopes the Candy land will boost the Economy of this onetime Railroad Hub. The $6 million venture on the site of the turn of the Century Lakemont Park is the brainchild of Anthony Forgione owner of Boyer Candy co. Of Altoona makers of the Mallo cup. Quot this is the fulfilment of a dream a Forgione told approximately 500 people gathered under partly sunny skies for the dedication ceremony. He said the dedication was a a touching moment a for himself and his wife Debbie Quot because its the Start for Central Pennsylvania on a new tourist program that hopefully will help us become a major tourist area in the Forgione apolo Zied that he did no to have a completed Park to show the visitors Many of whom live in the area and had watched Boyertown take shape Quot we have 30 rides in operation now and dozens of shops along Mai Street Usa open. But come Back again next week because you ainu to seen nothing Forgione said. He gave everyone a $3 credit voucher for the next visit to the Park which will be open every Day through labor Day. One of the features yet to open is the 1919 wooden rollercoaster which Forgione bought from a new York amusement Park. Boyertown general manager Scotty Macdonald said the Wyliner was toeing tested and should be in operation within two weeks. The Parks original rollercoaster an 1894 wooden Model that used to thrill riders with 8-foot drops and maximum speeds of 15 Mph would be ready by memorial Day Macdonald said. Strolling musicians and High school students dressed As Large Mallo cups smoothies and Peanut butter cups wandered up and Down Mai Street As a magician moved through the crowd. Quot Goodwill ambassadors a dressed in victorian gowns with parasols or Barbershop quartet style outfits were available to answer questions and direct visitors around the food stand and boutique lined Street. The Park employs 320 people most of them part time High school students. At the end of Mai Street in the renovated Gingerbread Woodwork Casino a the Minstre eters entertained visitors with vaudeville routines one of five shows they perform daily. Other attractions to be completed in phase one of Boyertown include a wanting Canay factory where visitors can see How Boyer Candy is made and a swimming Pool with water slide located on Quot fudge Island a Macdonald said. Forgione also plans a hotel and convention Center for the five phase project. Quot this area was the Best kept secret of Pennsylvania until this morning a said sen. Robert Jubelirer a Blair. A a you be got to be a dreamer and take risks like Anthony and Debbie Forgione because you la never succeed doing anything great. You be Given the people of Central Pennsylvania a new sense of esteem with local officials Hope the theme Park will boost tourism in the area and attract Industry. Once a booming Railroad town Altoona has been trying to recover from the Industry a massive cutbacks. Blair county a unemployment rate is 9.7 percent. Blair county commissioner John Ebersole who helped fight remnants of local opposition to the Sale of Lakemont Park thanked the Forgione Friday Quot for their dream and its record Araus your local newspaper serving upper Mercer county partly sunny saturday see forecast Page 2 137th year a to. 123 Greenville pa., saturday May 24, 1986 want ads 588-5000 25 cents daily by carriers $1.35 weekly first glance help available through Pheba Harrisburg a Pennsylvania higher education assistance Agency Pheba has begun the second year of its higher education loan plan help. Rep. Bob Robbins said today. Pheba help provides Access to credit for families through a single application package in order to help finance educational objectives the program is financed entirely by tax exempt funds obtained with the authorization of the general Assembly. It combines pm Eaas a supplemental loan with the guaranteed student loan program so applicants can borrow the amount needed at the Low est possible Cost a brochure with additional information on the program is available from Robbin s District office at 259 main Street Greenville the Tele a hone numbers Are 588-1323 Haron Mercer. 983-5047, and ail other areas. 800-222-8793holiday death toll the official Holiday traffic death toll As of la Friday for the memorial Day Holiday beginning at 6 6m Friday and ending at Midnight Ondov was found guilty of robbery Meadville apr a former state police trooper previously convicted in the beating and robbery of an elderly Westmoreland county couple was found guilty Friday of robbery a Crawford county jury of nine women and three men convicted John Sweeney. 52, of Meadville in the sept 4, 1979. Armed robbery of a Security guard at Conneaut i Ake Park authorities say Sweeney and two other men got $55,000 in Cash and checks in the crime Sweeney has been imprisoned since August 1984, serving two concurrent 10-year terms for Federal convictions on charges of arson and interstate transportation of stolen goods he also is serving a term of seven to 15 years for his conviction in the March 1980 beating and robbery of the elderly couple in their Jeannette Home. Sweeney ended a 23-year career with the state police in july 1983 when he resigned after he was charged with the Conneaut Lake robbery. Sweeney a attorney Leonard Ambrose of Erie said be would Appeal fridays lotteries Pennsylvania daily.3 9 4 lotto 18 9 35 26 36 12 alternate.3 Ohio daily.0 7 3 pick 4 .7 8 7 7�? deaths mrs. Mathias Flora a Budd 68. Of Pittsburgh formerly of 395 Vernon re mrs. Gary w. Phyllis Foulk Agnew 42, of Harborcreek township formerly of Greenville. Mrs. Lowell t. Betty a Hoovler 65, of 209 College inside. Ann landers.5 business .2 classified.i2 comics.j3 i crossword.13 j deaths funerals.3 or. Donohue.13 editorial.4 family news. 5 Goren on bridge.13 heloise.13 remember when.4 sports.8< 9 to weather.3 in memory Paul be foot senior vice commander of american legion Post 140 in Greenville and his great grandson. Adam Paul Higbee travelled the area West of Green Ille to the Ohio line this week placing flags on Veter khad Afy a Dodo Bird 3rd-Grade students say Desplaines. Ill a libyan col Moa mar khad Afy was the Only world Leader to reply to letters from a third Grade class concerned with terrorism but the pupils think he a a Quot Dodo Bird Quot whose response was Quot dumb a pupils in teacher Donna Hennessey a class at the South school in this Northwestern Chicago suburb wanted to Telephone khad Afy after the . Air raid on Libya last month. Instead they wrote a dozen letters to khad Afy president Reagan and British prime minister Margaret Thatcher. In their letters to khad Afy most of the pupils regressed the same views As did Katie Stanko 8. Quot the world needs peace we want to be your Friend but we can to if you Are going to bomb us a she wrote. Hennessey said she never expected responses but last Friday Ana monday envelopes addressed to her and 12 pupils arrived at the school from Libya inside were messages full of called a and Anthony Kauffman 8, khad Afy s letter a dumb everything in it Quot a Quot be s a Dodo Bird a added Rachel Schwartz 8. Quot he should get a new life and change his attitude a Greenville record Argus uses 457-680 Heinz lawmakers easily replaceable by Kate Carlisle Washington Bureau Washington sen John Heinz r-pa., says he and other lawmakers Are easily replaceable and excess Security precautions should not be taken to protect members of Congress from terrorism. In a televised interview Heinz said tuesday that proposals to Fence in the . Capitol grounds would Send the wrong message to voters. Quot we re All frankly rather expendable a Heinz said. Quot if i get run Over by a car a either because its an Accident or ifs a terrorist my governor will within minutes appoint a replacement senator Ana the world will Little note nor Long remember. A the state s senior senator said he feels Safe on Capitol Hill which has been feared a prime target of terrorism since the . Air raid on Libya brought a surge of retaliatory threats. A a in a in favor of reasonable Security precautions on the Capitol grounds a Heinz said a but i done to think we ought to impose so Many barriers Between the Capitol Ana the office buildings and the people that they think there a some kind of siege mentality up on Capitol Hill. He said members of Congress Quot should live As open an existence As we can. A currently the Only barriers around the Capitol consist of a two foot High Granite Wall set in Failace during Tine 19th Century by landscape architect Frederick Olmsted two Security checkpoints where parking permits Are inspected and a few strategically placed dump trucks and Concrete urns at driveway entrances. Congressional staffers lawmakers and reporters with special passes can Park on the Plaza on the buildings East front. The Only Metal detectors Are inside the building. Proposals now in Congress would erect a Fence around the grounds eliminate parking and beef up Security measures at the doorways. Quot there Are some perfectly sensible precautions we can and do take but we get paranoid a Heinz said who dismissed As Quot hysterical remarks by sen. Gordon Humphrey. R-n.h., that he bring his family to Washington on a vacation because of the threat of terrorist strikes. Reagans to take part in Haa Washington ans Graves. At Bigler cemetery on route 58, the two place a Flag at the grave of Mary p. Hutchenson who died oct. 26, 1875 record Argus photo by Rich Mchale bluster anti americanism and errors in spelling grammar and capitalization. The messages began Quot dear Friend Quot and thanked the writer for the Quot kind letter in which you condemned the american barbarian aggression against our country and our people. We appreciate your deep feelings toward us. A the stationery bore slogans including Quot wage workers Are a Type of slave. The letters ended Quot with Best regards. Colonel Moa mar the pupils were not pleased with the response Quot he s still the same colonel khad Afy a said Shannon Buyze 8. He has t changed much a hands across America was rerouted across the White House grounds Friday and organizers hoped that president Reagan a decision would encourage millions More late Comers to join. The project Hopes to raise $50 million or More by getting about 5 million people to contribute at least $10 to help form a line sunday from new York to California a it is not too late for anybody to join hands across America a organizer Ken Kragen said after the White House announcement. Quot everyone is Welcome whether they have made a donation or not. A we Hile there has been concern about gaps in the line in the desert fastnesses of California Arizona. New Mexico and Texas Kragen predicted that the line will to people deep when it begins in new York. Kragen predicted that half or More of those who get in line w ill wait until sunday morning to make up their minds. Quot the line is infinitely expandable Quot he said. For those who decide too late to pledge Money in Advance organizers Are armed with to million pledge envelopes which can be returned at Leisure about $25 million to $30 million has been pledged so far and the Money keep coming said Dave Fulton a spokesman for the organizers in los Angeles. He had no breakdown on corporate and individual pledges but Kragen said thursday that donations of Cash and services from about 1,000 Cor rations were Worth about $20 million a More than enough to cover the event s budget of around $14 million. The work pointing toward the 3 . Edt linkup on sunday continued on dozens of fronts not Only in the 17 states crossed by the line but As far away As Japan according to the organizers. In Rural Cecil county md., about Halfway Between Baltimore and Wilmington de organizers were working to line up boaters and divers to Span the Susquehanna River. State officials refused to permit people to stand on Bridges along the route the new route extended the hand holding link by 1.2 Miles requiring 1.400 additional people said state Field director Jan Walker inmates at the Green Haven state correctional facility raised the most of any prison in new York by contributing $1,050, while inmates at the minimum Security prison in Fallsburg raised an average of $2.15 each the highest per capita in the prison system. Wisconsin gov Anthony Earl jogged along Friday morning with runners from Minneapolis St Paul who Are part of a 225-mile relay to link up with the hands line in Springfield. 111. In Indiana organizers expect 369,000 people to join hands along the route that stretches from Lawrenceburg to Indianapolis to South Bend and across to Hammond but they have All but Given up on a solid line. Lew Mumford the Indiana project logistics coordinator said some intersections will be linked with rope and ribbon for safety reasons. In a separate event the crowds at the Indianapolis motor Speedway will be asked to join hands and sing the National Anthem just for the Start of the indy 500 race mayor Earl Martin of Rocky River Ohio said some of his family would be in the line but he objected to spending $3,000 in City funds to provide 20 employees for the event. The City also paid for eight portable toilets a a it a not that we Are against helping the hungry and the homeless although the press has painted us with that Brush. Its just that this thing is so idiotic and poorly organized a Martin said. Michael cull spokesman for the Ohio organizers estimated Friday that about 85 percent of the 800,000 people needed to Complete the Ohio link had signed up Illinois had about 250,000 people signed up. But was still missing about 150,000 links in its Chain on Friday organizers said. Honolulu organizers gave up on holding hands because they could t line up insurance said organizer Richard Collins. Instead volunteers will collect canned goods and donations. Reagan s decision to extend both hands followed a family discussion thursday night with his wife his older daughter Maureen and her husband. Dennis revel said presidential spokesman Larry Speakes Quot this is a uniquely american Way to help our fellow Man. The Reagan family will do its part a Speakes quoted the president As saying Reagan created controversy earlier in the week by telling a group of High school students Quot where there is hunger you have to determine that that is probably because of a Lack of knowledge on the part of the people As to what is critics pointed out that a program to provide information about food Aid had been killed in the Reagan administrations budget slashing. Thornburgh also joins Chain Harrisburg a gov Dick Thornburgh will be one of the links in the human Chain of the hands across America project that will swing through Pennsylvania this weekend a spokeswoman said Friday. Thornburgh and his Wile. Ginny Filan to join hands on sunday outside Independence Hall in Philadelphia spokeswoman Jeanne Schmedlen said. The Thornburgh will fill two of the estimated 400,000 slots for the two sections of the line through 298 Miles of Pennsylvania. Hands across America spokeswoman Linda Santoro said she was informed thursday that Thornburgh would participate in the Chain a there were rumours he was going to be in Pittsburgh to clasp hands with the governor of Ohio on the Border of the two states she said. Thornburgh instead will Likely have mrs Thornburgh on one Side and an actor dressed As Benjamin Franklin on the other is. Santoro said. Thornburgh Friday issued a proclamation declaring sunday hands across America Day. A unfortunately even today there Are people who still Are unable to participate fully in the american dream because of a Lack of adequate food clothing or shelter a the proclamation said. Money donated during hands across America will be used to help the homeless and hungry. Starting at the Pacific Ocean in los Angeles the human Chain will proceed through the Southwest and Midwest and enter Pennsylvania near Beaver Falls. It will continue through Pittsburgh and leave the state near Waynesboro on its Way to Washington. Do. In the West the line will go through Beaver Falls. Aliquippa Mckee rocks Pittsburgh Greensburg Ligonier Westmont Johnstown Ferndale Hooversville Everett Mcconnellsburg Chambersburg and Greencastle. From Washington d c. On its Way to the final destination of new York City the line will hit Chester. Prospect Park Glenolden Darby Yeadon Philadelphia Croydon Bristol Levittown and Morrisville. French hostages Send out letters Paris apr four members of a French television Crew held hostage in Lebanon since Early March have sent letters and photographs indicating for the first time that they Are Well their to station announced Friday. Color snapshots show the four men unshaven Reading a May 14 edition of the lebanese newspaper la Orient be Jour said Paul Nahon Deputy director of the Antenne 2 editorial department. The station said the letters were being Given to the families and would not reveal their contents. The first reported communication from the French captives also was believed to be the first from any of the foreigners held in Lebanon since four americans sent letters to the Public and their families in november. Nahon said Premier Jacques Chirac a office turned the letters and photos Over to the station. He did not elaborate. Officials in Chirac a office said the material was Given to the television station thursday night but refused comment on How it was obtained. Pierre Henri Arnstam editor in chief at Antenne 2, said Quot its a Good sign we feel sources said the letters were Short notes assuring that the four were in Good health and Only one bore a Date May 14. Gunmen seized the four March 8 in moslem West Beirut As they returned from covering a meeting of the Hezbollah. Or party of god an extremist shiite moslem group Allied with Iran. France has been striving recently to improve relations with Iran. Relations had deteriorated since the French began Selling sophisticated military equipment to Iraq which has been at War with Iran since september 1980. Deputy Premier Ali Reza Moayeri the highest ranking iranian to visit Paris since the fundamentalist shiite government took Over in 1979, said Here thursday that talks with French officials had been Quot positive on the he denied Iran had contacts with those holding hostages in Lebanon but said his government would use its influence to help get them released. French authorities also said Chirac had a Telephone conversation with president Hafez Assad of Syria which informed sources said occurred late thursday night or Early Friday. The Hezbollah is based in Lebanon a Bekaan Valley which syrian troops control the Antenne 2 television Crew went to Lebanon after islamic holy War a shiite group believed to be Allied with the Hezbollah claimed it had killed captive French researcher Michel Seurat 37. His body never was found nine frenchmen including the television Crew and Seurat Are missing in Lebanon thursday was the first anniversary of the researchers abduction. A Telephone caller who said he spoke for islamic holy War which had taken responsibility for kidnapping three other French hostages besides Seurat claimed it had seized the four men from Antenne 2, but the shiite organization later denied it. On March 14, a group calling itself the organization for revolutionary Justice said it was responsible Ana made photocopies available of two of the men s identity papers. Members of the television Crew Are Philippe Rochet Georges Hansen Aure Cornea and Jean Louis Normandy. Twenty one foreigners Are missing in Lebanon including the nine frenchmen and five americans. Greetings a Marty Mallo greets theme Parks opening Marks the 50th an Boyertown .a. President Anthony Niv Ersary of Boyer Brothers Candy a Forgione and family during Boyertown a major employer in Altoona. A laser grand opening Friday in Altoona. Hie photo

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