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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 25, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 32 THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD Wedneidoy, April 25, 1973. Pennsylvaniaiis still digging out Trasic aftermath lies By WILLIAM YVasliington Star-News looms, muck-coated upstairs bedrooms, floating coffins from a river-gouged cemetery; the V.'ILKES BARKE, Pa. bl.ooding sense of irreplacable "When it rains, the people losi even homes that have are said Marian Chis- nar. brewing coffee her husband Joe the other morning in one of the govern- ment-issue mobile homes that still dot Pennsylvania's flood- scarred Wyoming Valley. "You she quietly added, wiping her hands, "sometimes in the middle of the day I'll sit down on the couch there, and I'll just cry. I'm not out of it yet." Neither are thousands of other victims of tropical storm Agnes and the resultant great flood of June 23, 1972. Even now, after 10 months of intensive clean-up and renova- tion, schoolchildren pick their way home past piles of con- struction debris on the tree- lined sidewalks of south Wilkes- Barre, squinting ES April gusts whip up the dried Susque- hanna river slime which still coats many yards. Everyone here agrees it will be years, several years, and bean gleamingly refurnished; (he sagging reality of n e w monthly loan payments to coyer the repairs these are the im- ponderables that haunt this proud old coal-mining valley as the eternal Forsythia blooms again. "It's a well-known fact that people frequently don't react to catastrophic events right remarks Dr. Lydia Kopernik, superintendent of the Retreat State Psychiatric Hospital near here. Admissions to the hospital, which had been running at 15 to 20 a month, underwent "a very sudden upsurge" four months after the flood, she says In January alone there were 60 new admissions and month's total was 40, more than double the normal. "I would hesitate to attribute all of it to the Dr. Kopernik says, "But I can cer- tainly see the connection." hundreds of millions of dollars I One survey of these new pat- before these physical scars ients most of them, younger are finally healed, before the sprawling "disaster housing" trailer parks are dismantled and families like the flooded- otit Chisnars can find apart- ments they can afford. But the mental scars the nightmarish memory of wail- ing sirens, waterlogged heir- or middle-aged people suffer- ing from depression or, in some cases, schizophrenia showed 60 per cent of "has some flood losses or lived in thte area and witnessed flood she says. Kopernik wants to believe the worst of the mental shock is over for Wyoming Valley's residents. After all, the upsurge in mental hospital admissions seems slowly to be retreating. And the number of suicides here in Luzerne County doesn't seem remarkable 19 in the first half of last year, 19 in the post-flood half, only four thus far this year, according to the coroner's office. But Dr. Kcpernik would be surprised if the forthcoming anniversary of the June 23 flood does not trigger new and ser- ious cases of the sort of incal- culable anxiety and melan- choly that still send Marian CMsmar into tears. Jack McGraw, a 29-year-old bachelor minister from West Texas, presides over HUD's million Pennsylvania Dis- aster Relief Program from a carpeted office on Wilkes- Barre's south main street. He sees "steady progress" in moving the homeless from temporary to permanent hous- ing, and says HUD has re- duced the number of tempor- arily housed fanrilies in Wyom- ing Valley from to "We're very definitely thinking about a two to three years transition he says. Under what he ternjs real fair govern- ment trailer residents will have to start paying rent when their one-year's rent-free stay is up, but the rents will be on a sliding scale according to the tenant's other housing costs (some are still meeting regular payments on flood-dam- aged homes) and will in no case total more than one-fourth of the tenant's monthly in- come. McGraw says both the state and federal governments are trying to spur the develop- ment of new housing in the val- ley, although he notes that "ren- tals in new buildings run con- siderably higher than many people here are used to." Everybody in Wyoming Val- ley knows, or knows of, Min Matheson, a 64-year-old retir- ed organizer for the Interna- tional Ladies' Garment Work- ers' Union. Living quietly with her 76- year-old husband when the flood hit, she suddenly emerg- ed as vocal leader of what be- came the flood victims action council. Her criticism cf the federal relief effort, resulted in Presi- dent Nixon's sending then HUD Secretary George Rom- ney here on an inspection trip. Now moved out of a HUD trailer and into a new town- house (her daughter, who has four children, is still in a ti Mrs. Matheson hasn' toned down a bit. :'There's been so little co- ordination between the feder al agencies, as well as be- tween them and the state am local she charges. It's Beaver's big Spring Sale with extra special buys on do-it-yourself improvement and repair items for your home, cottage or farm! Shop early for best selection! Who is holding whom? With 13-month-old Jen-nifer Scott at one end of the leash and a ,170-pound St. Bernard at the other, the problem of who is holding whom appears to be de- finitely in the dog's favor. The St. Bernard, owned by Mf. and Mrs. W. J. Daker of Richmond, B.C., was unperturbed when little Jennifer decided to take leash in hand. Role of the military changing UU1 T DO An economical buy. 90 Ib. ROLL ROOFING 36" wide mineral surface roof- ing. One roll covers approx. 100 sq. ft SPRING SALE... Ready to install gyproc WALLBOARD OPEN A HANDY BEAVER Easily painted or wall papered. Do-it-yourself and save on 4' x 8' x Vz" sheets. SPRING SALE... 959 EACH The panel of 1001 uses! ASPENITE Great lor r-rrof rpiijtsnt. 4' x c. SPRING SALE......... sum First-quality Asphalt 21 Olb. SHINGLES Make sure your roofing is in top condition now and avoid costly, repairs. You'll be readyforallkindsof weather with new 3-tab strip shingles. 3 bundles will cover 100 sq. ft. SPRING SALE............... HALIFAX CCP) The role of the military is changing. The iight now is for peace, say newspaper and magazine ads. But how has the change af- fected the old salts? Extremely well, thank you, if it happens to be the war veteran Sackville. With two U-boat or so-called German submarines kills to her credit, the corvette Sackville is the only survivor of Canada's wartime fleet. Now, however, she is described by Canadian Armed Forces officials as "more intellectual than mili- tary." The Sackville was built at Saint John N.B., in 1941 when the submarine crisis threatened to strangle Britain into submis- sion. She soon sailed to St. John's, Nfld., where she joined the fa- mous Barber Pole Brigade, so- named because of the configura- tion of their camouflage. It was with this sub-hunting squadron that the Sackville reg- istered her two Mils. But that didn't prevent the infirmity of a temperamental boiler leading to an early retirement from active wartime duty. Almost two decades of rela- tively inglorious cable-laying duty off the coast of Nova Sco- tia followed. But in the late 1950s the Sackville was finally rescued from obscurity. With new boilers installed in Montreal, she began a new car- eer in oceanography. Since then she has logged thousands of miles from the Labrador Sea to the Caribbean, all in the cause of science. Researchers from the Defence Research Establishment, the Bedford Institute of Oceanogra- phy, earth sciences department, the Nova Scotia Research Foun- dation, the Fisheries Research Board and Dalhousie McGill and Laval universities, have all walked her deck. Projects have included ice surveys, gravity measurement and seismic studies, bottom pro- filing, sonar experiments and the development and proving of electro-mechanical devices for marine studies. On one cruise to Bermuda a number of species of fish were boated and examined including 41 sharks. Twenty of the sharks were tagged and released. One of them later turned up in wa- ters off the coast of Norway. Yet it isn't all the heady pur- suit of science. The proud cor- vette still sees the occasional bit of action. Back in 1967 the Sack- ville was credited with render- ing invaluable service in the rescue of several people whose lives were endangered in the Green Island area off the south- ern coast of Nova Scotia. OPEN MONDAY TO FRIDAY a.m. to p.m. SATURDAY A.M. TO P.M. BUNDLE Save now on FIR SHEATHING Just the panel for home, farm or cottage do-it-yourself projects. 4' x 8' x sheets. SPRING SALE... EACH Sanded G1S FIR PLYWOOD Beaver's got it all plywood for building and remodelling at home, farm or collage. See Beaver today and save! 4" x S' sheets. w 6.59 10.88 13.79 Insulate now wish FIBREGLAS INSULATION Ad comlorl summer and winter. It's you keep summer cool an and w.nler cold out. in 135 SQ. St balls or 190 :-q. 11. rolls. i97 ROLL........ PER BATT............8.05 Save on "Alsynite" CORRUGATED PLASTIC PANELS Colorful 26' jr 25" pancis arc great lor fences, privacy SCTCSIU. didders, tic. 4 37. VI, hi. Jn while, or SPRING SALE n tyt yH tow. 347 W UCH 3rd Ave. 17th St. S. Phone 328-4461 sc Towfte Turnituiff another DISCOVERY VALUE This attractive, well made, three piece bedroom suit is ideally suited for the smaller bedroom. Consists of 48 inch double dresser, four drawer chest and headboard finished in Spanish oak. Plus Adjustable Metal Frame Discovery Price Identical style featuring 64" double dresser and five drawer chest. headboard, plus adjustable metal frame. Discovery Price, 4-pieces Budget Terms Towfle Turnituiff 542 13th Street North Phone 328-1511 ;