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Howland Bandwagon (Newspaper) - March 9, 1977, Howland, Ohio ‘Pay now or pay later’ is Collection Day theme HOWLAND—A Collection Day to finance the final fight in the Golden Triangle dispute will take place this Saturday, March 12, according to Thomas Hofstetter, president of the Howland Defense League. Volunteer firemen and citizen volunteers will be collecting donationd door-to-door as well as in front of local banks Saturday afternoon. Hofstetter said citizens must respond generously if they want to save Howland’s tax base and maintain the Township without forcing additional taxes on its citizens. The money collected will be used to pay legal costs for the case which is now awaiting an Ohio Supreme Court decision on whether or not they will hear it. Lawyers forboth sides have a 30-day Levy hotline HOWLAND—lf you have a question about the upcoming school levy, call the levy hotline at 806-7289. Your comment will be taped and a member of the Citizens for the Howland Schools will return your call within 24 hours. period in which to file briefs. Hofstetter estimates the appeal will cost the League 83,500 to $5,000. Anyone not contacted by volunteers can send a donation in care of the Howland Police Department. Inside Bandwagon There are several items of interest on the inside of today’s Bandwagon. You can read about the successful campaign drive by the Trumbull County YMCA on Page 14. On Page 16 is the story and artist’s drawings of the planned minimall at the Village Center, which is scheduled to open in the summer. Raymond Crawford’s column, “A Teacher’s View,” appears on Page 5 and our weekly column about plant care, ‘‘Soil and Sun,” appears on Page 4. In sports, Howland’s Bob Bolen was named to the second team on the Steel Valley Conference All-Stars and Craig Jennings earned a berth in this week’s state wrestling tournament. Read about these two athletes and other sports on Page 13. On today’s feature page appears the usual popular columns, Blue Kazoo, Gossip Column, and Mike Varveris’ Reflections. Also on the page is the seventh in the series on “Moral Choices in a Contemporary Society.” Today’s article deals with the international struggle for power. On today’s editorial page are the usual columns by Joan Cochran, Keith McKnight and Ralph Ingersoll, Sr. Mr. IngersolTs “On My Mind” column deals with the biggest polluter loophole in the United States.HOWLAND1977 Hooper Award WinnerTHE VOICE OF HOWLAND TOWNSHIP" Third Ywar, No. 51    36    Pages riwvvLAMNU, umVJ, WtUNtbUAY, Trustees to take action on abandoned houses HOWLAND—The Township Trustees have agreed to take action to determine ownership of a number of abandoned houses in the Bolindale area so that they can either be repaired or torn down. A Harvey Street resident, Mr. Lee Davis, told the Trustees at their meeting last week that several abandoned houses in the area, including one that is severely burned, are potentially hazardous to neighborhood children. Davis added that a vacant lot on the corner of Harvey and Broadway is the scene of pot and drinking parties and is also used as a dumping spot for garbage and abandoned cars. Zoning Inspector Harry Wolcott said he will determine ownership of the houses and the Trustees, fire chief, and police chief agreed to co-operate in pursuing action on the matter. Police Chief David M. Hartsock indicated that steps will be taken to curb the abuses at the vacant lot. In other business, the Trustees discussed putting a one— mill levy for the fire department on the November ballot. One mill would generate an additional $162,033 and would increase the overall tax rate for the Township from four to five. The oney would be used for new equipment for the department. (See TRUSTEES, Page 51 ‘Energy Today and Tomorrow March 24 set at high school HOWLAND—Energy doesn’t just pop out of the walls. But where does it come from? What is it? How do we use it? Why is it getting expensive? This is the subject of a special traveling program, “Energy Today and Tomorrow” which comes to Howland High physics classes Thursday, March 24. The program, developed and operated by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU), is sponsored by the Ohio Edison Company. It features an array of unusual electronic teaching devices, like an animated garbage can that demonstrates the value of recycling, a bicycle that generates electricity, and electrostatic precipitator to control pollution, and an electric motorcycle. The teacher-demonstrator, Ben Ross, uses this equipment and other devices to describe the sources of our energy today, methods we use for power generation,possible future sources of energy, and the social, economic, and environmental choices we face when we use energy. Another issue discussed will be conservation. Ross, who holds a Hawaii tour party March 16 An opportunity to learn all about the Hawaiian tours, sponsored by this newspaper, is available Wednesday, March 16 when the third in a series of tour parties is held at the Holiday Inn on Rt. 422 in Niles at 7:30 p.m. All interested persons are invited to attend the party to learn about the four scheduled tours, with the first set to depart on April 2. Harry and Kami Gentithes have been selected to lead that opening tour. The tours are being sponsored for the eleventh consecutive year by the Phoenix Publications group of seven newspapers and are being planned and synchronized by Pan Atlas Travel Service in Youngstown and Anlan Travel Service in Warren in cooperation with Northwest Orient Airlines and Cattan Travel Service in Hawaii. The second tour is set to depart on July 9 with Marve and Beverly Richards as tour escorts. The other tours will depart Oct. 22 and Dec. 3 and tour escorts for those two will be announced later. If you always wanted to travel to the beautiful 50th state and couldn’t quite manage it before, or you wish to travel there again, then join us March 16. bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee, has had special training from ORAU for teaching the complex subject of energy. (See ENERGY, Page 5) Set levy sessions HOWLAND—Two school levy information sessions have been scheduled by the Citizens for the Howland Schools. Group members will answer questions at a coffee scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 13 at the Howland United Methodist Church. And at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 16 at the Howland Community Church, Superintendent Powers, school board representatives, Howland Classroom Teacher Association members, and levy committee members will answer questions about the levy. Publicity chairman of the levy group, Bill Lisby , said the sessions are designed to clear the air and answer any remaining questions citizens have about the levy. The public is invited to both sessions. BEN ROSS, will speak at    power generation, environmental Howland High March 24, using special    choices, and conservation. Ross is a devices to describe energy sources,    specially-trained demonstrator who travels to Ohio high schools to present his program “Energy Today and Tomorrow. TWO OF the Boliadale area houses the. Township Trustees will take action on are (above) a burned-out house on the comer of Deforest and Both aud (below) aa abandoned bouse on Harvey Street. Aa area resident complained that abandoned bouses in the area are a hazard for children. The Trustees will determine who owns the houses and try to get them tora down or repaired.UniServ-the area’s teachers’ pet ByBARBARA G. BETZ Throughout area teacher contract negotiations, the apparently mis-typed name UniServ contently crops up. Members of the negotiating team or an impasse panel are labeled “UniServ consultants.” The spokesman during* the negotiations is often similarly labeled. But UniServ is not a typographical error. It is a' professional service provided for willing members of the Ohio Education for an additional charge of about $12.50 per year per teacher in a UniServ region- The additional, voluntary service of the OEA was created about three years ago to expand field service facilities. Through UniServ consultants local teachers’ associations receive help around the bargaining table, assistance in processing individual binding arbitration and fair dismissal. All but four of of the 21 school districts in Trumbull County are members of a one and a half unit region manned by consultants Alan Adair and Frank Frankovich. Consultants receive, on the average, $19,000 a year. They are required to be former teachers and have master’s degrees and some years of experience in the collective bargaining process. For the UniServ region operated out of an office above the Howland Plaza, the budget is about $70,000 per year. For a single unit, which would represent 1,200 teachers, $15,000 of a $45,000 annual budget would come from the $12.50 levied from each teacher member. That teacher must also be a member of the local association, the OEA and National Education Association, all with additional dues, to be part of the UniServ unit. ents about 1,800 teachers in the county and in one district in neighboring Mahoning County. UniServ was formed three years ago mainly to help local bargaining units have additional expertise in negotiations and to facilitate dealings with boards of education in dealing with grievance procedures. Across the state, there are 65 UniServ units in 33 offices with 63 consultants, Adair said. The local school district teachers' associations which are not now a part of the UniServ system are considered to be in the transitional stage. They will become members within two or three years. According to Frankovich, those districts which are not now members just have some difficulty understanding the purpose of the region and providing funding for the unit. Frankovich says each teachers’ association within the unit retains its autonomy. The UniServ region is directed by a local council comprised of teachers from the local groups on a one representative to one hundred teachers ratio. It is the council, according to Adair, which determines what actions, what uses the region will have. Other local units, part of the UniServ region, for example, only become involved in other districts’ strikes if the locals want to. The UniServ consultants aid local associations primarily in the bargaining process. They can serve as chief negotiator for the association or as a consultant at the table. An association may also chose to keep UniServ in a more remote resource role in its negotiations. At present, the local UniServ region is promoting acceptance of master contracts by boards of education rather than the customary board policy agreements, which are less legally binding. The issues of fair dismissal and binding arbitration are also key contract stands, according to Adair, to protect teachers’ rights. Adair notes that since all contracts may be taken to court in a dispute, he believes all districts with agreements have, in fact, binding arbitration through the court. The difference in putting it in the contract would be considerably smaller costs shared by both parties, the consultant said. Through a group policy the UniServ units also provide legal assistance to help teachers accused of wrongdoing by boards, administrators or parents. An organization like UniServ, according to Adair, is necessary now to help teachers since “the golden days of yesteryear’’ where parents supported teachers, school boards, teachers and administrators were good guys and there was no powerstruggle for the schools, are gone. Frankovich said the OEA organizational unit is “an extension of professional educators. Being an educator myself, I am placed in a position here where I can speak for and act on behalf of teachers and those in the field of education individually and collectively.” Most administrators and school boards accept the UniServ organization as just that, an advocacy group for teachers. But sometimes, those on the opposite side of the table don’t always like what the consultants are saying for the teachers. UniServ has garnered many names, accurate and not, in its three years of existence. Many of the names are not complimentary, such as “outsiders,” “provokers of teachers’ strikes.’’ and “something up from the swamp to be hacked away.” Short for “unified service,” UniServ is a professional consulting branch of the Ohio Education Association. Consultants Alan Adair and Frank Frankovich operate one of 33 UniServ    % offices across the state, in Trumbull County. Most teachers seem to feel they are well-served by them. In the last three years since the inception of UniServ, base salary in the county has gone from a range of $7,200 to $7,800 to $8,200 to $9,000. Adair claims teachers would have “damn little” of that increase without UniServ influence. The state-level lobbying by OEA to raise state-(See UNISERV, Page 3) grievance complaints, help in setting up professional study days, lobbying strength in state and federal legislatures and a cushion from local boards and administrations in demanding policies on issues like The NEA contributes about $8,000 of the $45,000 unit budget, according to Adair, and the OEA an additional $25,000. The Trumbull County office repre ;