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High Point Enterprise (Newspaper) - October 20, 1976, High Point, North Carolina Tragedy aftermath he is fighting losing Battle for Camp safety legislation by Lee Mortimer Enterprise sunday editor if americans Are turned off to politics and politicians this year Mitchell Kurman is probably the most turned off of All. The object of his cynicism is president Fords a flip Flop a on the Issue of youth Camp safety regulations. It s a crusade Kurman has been fighting for la years since the tragic death of his son in a canoeing Accident. The president was originally a supporter of Federal safety regulations for youth but the Camp Industry lobbyists have gone to work and Ford has now promised to veto any Strong safety Bill. Kurman. A Westport. Conn resident employed by cresent furniture co., was in town this week for the Southern furniture Market. His preoccupation with Camp safety began on aug. 5. 1965 a Rochester n Myca Camp telephoned to report his 15 4-year-old son David was missing following a Canoe mishap in Northern Maine. Kurman and his wife left immediately in the vain Hope that their son might somehow be found alive. The Camp director callously told the distraught parents the boys Accident was a probably the result of disobeying instructions a a Kurman pleaded for information from the Counselor who had accompanied the Canoe party a the does t have to answer the director snapped Back. A what do you mean a a a Kurman demanded. A there s a life at stake he remembers that the Camp s sole concern was protecting its Public image area residents were appalled that a group of Novice cancers would be led through the treacherous Penobscot Hiver. One Man was using a heavily weighted grappling Hook to drag for the body the Hook was thrown about in the churning rapids like a piece of Cork Kurman said. He said he feared for the search worker s safety just standing on the Bank. An entire Sawmill operation was suspended to facilitate the search two thousand workers were idled floodgates on the River dam opened were allowing the water level to drop six feet Many of the Sawmill workers assisted in the search after 3 4 Days the youth s lifeless body was dragged from the water. Kurman keeps a photograph As gruesome testimony of the need for More stringent safety requirements for Camp operators. A any incompetent can set up a Camp business and anyone at All can of a Counselor Quot Kurman said. Over too youngsters die each year in Camp accidents and another 250.000 sustain serious injuries requiring hospitalization. Kurman said perhaps the most outrageous example of negligence occurred near Fremont Calif in 1967 a Myca Camp transported 62 youngsters 200 Miles Over a High Speed freeway on an open flatbed truck the truck was forced to Stop suddenly causing the vehicle to four youngsters and an adult Counselor were killed instantly All the rest were taken to the Hospital with serious injuries Twenty were left crippled or maimed for life. During his years of crusading Kurman has chronicled countless other tragedies resulting from inadequate Camp safety. Since his own son s death he has fought with a single mindedness of purpose articles about his activities have appeared frequently in such National publications As the Wall Street journal. The Washington Post. The new York times the Christian science Monitor. Consumer reports Magazine family health. People. Binnacle a boating Magazine and Many others but Kurman is up against a powerful adversary. The Texas based camping Assn for Mutual Progress Camp lobby maintains a fierce and heavily financed Campaign to prevent enactment of regulations Camp has apparently brought president Ford Over to its Side. He is pictured with a Texas congressman on the front Page of Camp news the association s newsletter a caption predicts confidently. A president expected to veto Camp safety at one time Ford favored tightening safety regulations. While he was House minority Leader Ford expressed support for legislation in frequent correspondence with Kurman on three occasions Kurman visited Ford always receiving the minority leaders continued backing the change began when Ford became vice president by the time Ford became president Kurmann a letters were answered with a simple acknowledgement of receipt or not at All in 1971, a Bill containing Strong safety regulations sailed through the Senate on a vote of 51 to 0, but it bogged Down in the House after Camp Industry lobbyists geared up to defeat it Texas congressman j j Pickle was the Industry Man. Kurman said Pickle was Able to relace the Bill with a $300,000 study of needs for Camp safety other versions continue to be debated but none have made it to a vote in april 1975 Ford notified Congress he a strongly opposed Quot the Camp safety Bill and would veto it. Kurman now fears that any safety measures enacted next year will have to Start from scratch in the new Congress. Mitchell Kurman armed bandits Rob Branch of first Union by Howard Hayes Enterprise staff writer High Point police and agents of the Federal Bureau of investigation were searching today for at least two men suspected of robbing the first Union National Bank s Branch office at n main Street and old Winston Road. Officers said two armed men fled in a Blue car with an undetermined amount of Money. Nobody was injured the men were described As Black about five foot me or ten and wearing Green army jackets one was wearing police officers examine suspected escape vehicle from Bank robbery photo by att Richawn wet7 forces Are working handcrafting miniature furniture pleasing Hobby for retired pair by Pihl Speaks Enterprise staff writer Thomasville Glenn Finch or and Charles Everhart Are two retired men who do what pleases them and what pleases them most a sometimes a is handcrafting miniature furniture reproductions they both retired within the last five years from a local furniture manufacturing concern and they say the most appealing aspect of retirement is being Able to make their own schedules Finch and Everhart Haven t become inactive after retiring As is the Case with Many men their Hobby keeps them Busy when they want to be Quot it s not for the Money we do it. But to keep from sitting Down and rotting Everhart says Quot it keeps a fellow from rusting out Quot Finch added Finch has been making miniature reproductions of antique furniture for about six years and Everhart for about four years they plan to exhibit their wares at the Thomasville crafts fair tins weekend in Hauss gym and at the Carolina craftsmen s Christmas classic in Greensboro dec 4-5 in the coliseum a we try to make something a Little unusual Quot Finch says a and that is Why when we go to these Craft shows we done to have very much Competition a a both obviously take Pride in their Hobby judging from the Quality of the reproductions and the Way they sell at shows. A we took about 200 pieces to one of the shows Finch said Quot when the show was Over there were Only a few interested in producing pieces people will value. Finch said he Hopes his and Everhart s patrons will care for the furniture they produce and pass it along to future generations. Everhart and f Inch accumulated their skills in furniture while working in the furniture Industry. Both worked As machinists but eventually wound up in the lumber Yards As inspectors of Wood Quality so they Are familiar with All aspects of Quality furniture production. A a we re not in this for the Money Quot Everhart said. Quot we done to average $1 50 an hour for the pieces we make a their schedules Are an indication that Money is not the main consideration. A we Don t like to be on any Type of strict schedule and have to get things out. We done to like the pressure Quot f Inch said a we average anywhere from 20 to 22 hours a week and we done to work on f riday evenings Quot Finch said a if we feel like eating Quot five Chart said. A we take off to the House and get something to eat and when there is a ballgame on television we done to both complain of the rising Cost of their Hobby Quot it costs the fool out of you to make that kind of fat Erhart said a handcrafting on 90 a we be got some plans but we re not ready to make pm Public a a Richard Wood chairman of the citizens for a better High Point said today. Wood s group which got the Abc store Issue put on the nov. 2 ballot has not been in the spotlight much since then As the citizens for Christian action have moved to the forefront with their anti liquor Campaign but the wet forces have been Active. Wood says although their activities have not received much publicity a we did t see any sense in spending a lot of Money on advertising Early Quot Wood said Quot we do have bumper stickers and brochures. We be aimed most of our Campaign at the week before the election. A i m Happy with the Progress we be made Quot he continued a we be had a lot of contributions and a lot of people coming out willing to work Quot Wood said the citizens for a better High Point had done some voter registration work As did the Cha. A i was very Happy with the numbers of voter registrations we got from the Little work time we put into it. I done to know exact numbers but we turned in quite a few wet the local businessman would not comment on the recent controversy Over anti liquor television ads taped by mayor Roy Culler and City councilman Joe Patterson except to say the wet forces would not try a similar tactic. A i approached one City councilman and we discussed this and he told me he wished to remain absolutely Neutral a w Ood said a the More i think about this the More in a sure that s the Way it should Blue Tennis shoes and the other White. Both were wearing some Type of mask officers said the men both armed with pistols entered the Bank shortly before 11 30 a m one Man reportedly went directly to the tellers windows while the other went first to the manager s desk and took her at gunpoint to the Teller counter. The men then took Money from several Teller drawers and then fled to the car parked at the Back door. Officers said that a Blue Chevrolet was found behind Brunswick lanes still farther North on main from the Bank they said it was possible that this car was the same one used in the robbery and that the gunmen switched to a previously stashed vehicle. The robbery was fhe first Bank Holdup this year in High Point the last was at Wachovia Bank and Trust on n main Street. Other past robberies included a Branch Bank at Eastgate shopping Center on Greensboro Road before that was the robbery at a cab in College Village shopping Center when an employee was taken hostage and was freed when police cornered the suspect vehicle following a Chase High Point Enterprise City amp area wednesday afternoon october 20, 1976 Section i vice probe in City nets six arrests capt s t Myers said today that recent undercover vice investigations conducted by the High Point police dept had resulted in six arrests Myers said the Campaign was begun last week and was to last during the Southern furniture Market Quot we picked this time because of the Large number of visitors in our City this was a continuing Effort to protect local citizens from becoming victims of vice crimes and to extend the same Protection to visitors in the City for the Market a said Myers. The latest arrests were made tuesday night they were Christine Raynes. 25. Of by i Thomasville Kanoy Road and Brenda Lee Miller 22, of Rosewood drive in Lexington Myers said they were arrested on charges of massaging private parts of clients at a local Massage parlor. Two persons were arrested last f riday and charged with prostitution they were Martha Chamberlain Morton 56. Of Juanita Street and Delores of Zabeth Keck. 43, of e Shell Road in Thomasville Rion new president of furniture Library labor commission hopefuls tangle at candidate forum by Bill Collins Enterprise staff writer Greensboro the already heated North Carolina labor commissioner race failed to Cool tuesday night As incumbent Republican t Avery Nye and Democrat John Brooks attacked each other vigorously Over the administration of the occupational safety and health act Osha. Brooks and Nye met at a candidates forum sponsored by the Greensboro chapter of the Carolina Brown lung Assn. Brooks criticized Avery s enforcement of Cotton dust standards in the textile Industry Quot no permanent standards for Cotton dust have been set Quot he said a Only seven health inspectors Are available statewide to measure Cotton dust Levels and these inspectors must Monitor every other health Hazard in the state As the democratic challenger noted that the co Tori dust level enforced in the state is one tenth that recommended by the National Institute for occupational safety and health nosh. He also pointed out that 75 per cent of North Carolina s textile Mills have never been inspected Nye accused Brooks of promising workers he will eliminate Brown lung disease Brooks denied Ever having made such a sweeping statement. Incumbent Nye defended his Osha efforts he noted that fines on Law breaking employers Are 90 per cent higher under his administration than they were during the tenure of hts democratic predecessor the late Billy Creel he assured textile workers that a we re doing More to protect you against Cotton dust than any other state a a Nye chided Brooks who he initially referred to As my Liberal opponent a for proposing nothing that he had not already accomplished in office. Brooks said that under Nye s leadership a the Fine that Are being Given for Osha violations Are insults a Brooks called for a greater service orientation in Osha enforcement with final health and safety goals rather than fines As the main emphasis when asked about the adequacy of the Osha enforcement staff Nye said he will soon add one More health inspector he praised his seven health workers for making great Progress in the textile Industry a i think he Nye is talking out of both sides of his Mouth a Brooks said noting that Nye unsuccessfully sought to reduce his departments staff by 17 last year Brooks declined to make specific promises but said he would either reshuffle the existing staff or hire new people to get More health workers in the Field All but one of the questions asked of the candidates dealt with Osha enforcement and Brown lung disease one Young textile worker attacked Brooks Contention that the interests of textile workers and null owners Are the same in response to the Man s question Nye defended the states Righi to work Law which outlaws Union shop agreements. Brooks was not Given tune to answer the question but has maintained a Neutral position throughout the Campaign claiming that the labor commissioner should not take a stand on the sensitive labor management Issue fount la bion. President of f Lorida furniture industries at Palatka. Fla. Was elected president of the f furniture Library at the annual meeting of theft furniture Library Assn. Tuesday bion a past president and now Board chairman of the Southern furniture manufacturers Assn., succeeds Tom a Finch president of Thomasville furniture industries f Inch has held the office for the past two years during which time the Library Here became a Center for recommending books on Interior decorating throughout the United states f Inch. In his concluding report said during the past year Branch libraries have been completed in Dallas at the Southwest Home fur fire damages residence the resident at 716 Hilltop St. Had to flee her Home today shortly before 12 30 when a fire started in the front portion of the Structure. Her name was not immediately available fire extensively damaged the front portion of the Small one Story Frame House it was Uncertain How the fire started a things building and in Atlanta at the Atlanta merchandise Mart those additions double the number of Branch libraries being used by students and designers the Library has also become an adviser and supplier to Many schools and libraries f Inch said a drop in income Here from the Sale of books has now been offset by mail order sales to schools and libraries and sales through Branch libraries he explained he reported further that with the current Market the Southern furniture Market Tenter had Given space on the third floor of the passageway Between the Commerce and Wrenn Street wings Tom Finch greets fount Rion or. Photo by Sonny Nedy Ecock

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