New Castle News Weekend in New-Castle, Pennsylvania 25 Nov 1998
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New Castle News Weekend (Newspaper) - November 25, 1998, New Castle, Pennsylvania
A charmed a life with Superb animation and a Story that kids and adults will find Clever Disney so a bugs life is a Holiday feast for the eyes. Film review Page 8 canes souvenir poster follow the red Hurricane i to three Rivers stadium with our full Page full color team photo and player autographs see Page 17 Castle news 119th year no. 65 Rny a new Castle a wednesday november 25, 1998 thanksgiving 1 998 Matthew s. High news when Croton primary Center kindergarten teacher Sandy Graham retires at the end of the school year it will mean an end to her thanksgiving feasts she has organized since 1970. Final feast after 30 years kindergarten teacher retiring along with her traditional classroom thanksgiving by Judy Hruska news correspondent today Sandy grahams kindergarten class will enjoy its last annual thanksgiving dinner. The Croton kindergarten school teacher will retire at the completion of the school year. The traditional dinner shared by students in Pilgrim and Indian garb which Graham has become known for began 28 years ago at Thaddeus Stevens school. A Nancy Myers and i started it simply a said Graham 52. A one class would dress up like indians and the other like pilgrims. They would make their outfits for the dinner and sing later Graham carried the Holiday Celebration to West Side school where she coordinated the festivities with Donna Malinak and Beth Drespling Necastro. A after that it became an event that was anticipated by children and parents a said Graham who has been teaching kindergarten for 30 years. Graham has been holding the dinner at Croton school since she began teaching there. Over the years she a collected some faithful helpers who return again and again. Grahams husband Richard has helped every step of the Way for the last 28 years. Sam Bonfield has been among the volunteers since his granddaughter was in kindergarten at least 10 years ago please see feast Page 7 inside a three local teens will March in a Parade they be watched on to since they were Little girls a the Macy a thanksgiving Day Parade. A local youngsters Are talking Turkey. Specifically How to prepare the big Bird for a thanksgiving feast. A see pages 2, 9 various factors push up insurance Cost a increases in premiums for managed care plans expected to Rise 5 or 6 percent next year by John k. Manna new Castle news health care costs Are increasing. That a no Surprise but depending on the particular situation some premiums Are rising More than others. Some Consumers Are seeing their 1999 premiums increase by nearly 20 percent Over this year. Managed care plans have held the line the last 10 years according to Kimberly Kockler executive director of the managed care association of Pennsylvania. A a that a not going to last forever a she said. Increases in premiums next year will be 5 or 6 percent on average for managed care plans Kockler said. Increases have been averaging about 2 percent. Pete Sitter director of Market management for Highmark Blue Cross Blue shield said 40 percent of companies who have traditional fees for service plans with Highmark Are receiving increases of 11 to 16 percent. About 40 percent of companies with managed care plans with Highmark Are seeing increases of 6 to 11 percent. Sitter said insurance costs Basi Cally reflect actual health care costs that Are incurred. A if utilization goes Down then insurance costs go Down a he said. Essentially How much a Premium increases depends on what a covered and the claims experience of the individual or group. But generally a variety of factors is responsible for increases across the country. One reason Sitter noted is higher costs for prescription drugs. According to an annual report by the health care financing administration spending on pharmaceuticals increased by 14.1 percent in 1997 on top of a 13.2 percent the year before. Sitter said one Factor driving copyright 1998 new Castle news single copy 35 Tom in ii m Simmav no tax hike no Job losses in City budget by Nancy Lowry new Castle news an $11.4 million budget that has no tax or fee increases and no layoffs was introduced last night by mayor Tim Fulkerson. The proposed 1999 spending plan was increased by $108,838 without raising taxes. This was made possible through a variety of Grants received by the City for next year of Wilkerson said. He estimated it has been 11 years since the City has had a property tax increase. New Castle is at its Legal limit on property tax. Taxes will remain at current Levels including property tax at 25 Mills and debt fund at 6.54 Mills. The Library will continue to receive .75 Mills and the recreation fund will remain at 1.42 Mills. Of Wilkerson said Grants for the police department will enable the officers to obtain More equipment including Laptop computers for the patrol cars three Vascar units two video cameras for vehicles More guns and seven alcohol breathalyzer. A we expect to maintain the same level of services including Spring cleanup and the autumn Leaf pickup a he said. A a we re also paying off some of the City a debt including workers comp claims from the please see budget Page 6 mayors thoughts a a when i ran for this office i said i wanted to run the City like a business. I think that in be done that. We be kept up. Services and kept taxes in line so people Don t leave the Tim Fulkerson your thoughts the budget will be on display in the City clerks office at City Hall and at the Public Library for 30 Days. A hearing to solicit Public comments has been scheduled for 7 . On dec. 8. Council is expected to vote on the spending plan at its dec. 22 meeting. Stadium funding Bill stalls in House after Senate of spending on drugs is advertising encouraging people to ask their physicians about certain drugs such As viagra. A a you be got Consumers driving demand for these Brand name drugs a which he referred to As a lifestyle improvement Sitter noted that in 1992, two billion prescriptions were written nationwide. This year it is estimated 2.8 billion will be written and in 2000, the number is expected to increase to four billion. And analysts said that More insurance companies Are picking up the Tab for prescriptions lowering consumer costs and increasing please see Cost Page 7 Harrisburg apr gov. Tom Ridge has one shot left at getting his stadium financing plan through before the general Assembly adjourns its 1997-98 legislation session and his chances Are Uncertain. The Senate agreed yesterday to set aside hundreds of millions of dollars to help build new stadiums for major league sports teams in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh but after hours of fruitless negotiating and last minute attempts to get votes the House left Early today without voting. Republican Mary to White and Democrat Gerald la Valle both of whom represent Lawrence county in the state Senate voted against the Bill. At a 1 30 . News conference following the houses departure Ridge with Pittsburgh mayor Tom Murphy at his Side tried to sound optimistic about the eventual outcome. A a there a Good news and yet to be determined news a he said after failing to secure the needed votes from a handful of democrats for an Issue he made his top priority Fol lowing his re election on nov. 3. Ridge said he will ask speaker Matthew j. Ryan to Call the House Back after thanksgiving to consider the measure if he can get enough votes by the weekend. With House republicans Only willing to put up about 45 votes democrats were expected to provide the rest for the 102-vote majority and had about 50, but democratic Leader h. William Deweese could not convince the 14 members of the legislative Black caucus to support the measure. A they want to give hundreds of millions of hard earned taxpayer dollars to millionaires and i think that a a bad policy a said rep. Andrew Cam a Philadelphia one caucus member. The two year legislative session ends at Midnight monday which gives Ridge a narrow Opportunity to win passage. But members of the Black caucus which Ridge did not begin courting for votes until late last night did not seem receptive to changing their minds. Please see Bill Page 7 today s obituaries Alexander j. Betley 69, 511 Sumner ave. Emilienne Buzard 77, Newport news a. Or. Edward Cafruny 73, Milburn . Catherine h. Casuccio 74, Ellwood City Anne Dethomas 76, Dale City a. Richard d. Fogel 55, Ellwood City John b. Loudon 88, 205 e. Garfield ave. Louis s. Montabon 814 Meegan ave. See Page 5 the Quick read a attorney general Janet Reno says there a no need to probe Al Gores fund raising activities. See Page 3 a a Man serving a life term for a 1975 murder in Pittsburgh can be free on bail pending his new trial a judge rules. See Page 2 a if the county commissioners continue to drag their feet on reassessment it May Cost taxpayers in the Long run. See Page 4 weather Cloudy thursday. High 45 to 55, Low 35 to 45. Partly Cloudy Friday. High 45 to 55, Low 25 to 35. Index classified .19-23 comics 24 daily record 5 entertainment.l8 horoscopes 20 living 9-12 money.7 obituaries 5 sports 13-16 tomorrow Holiday edition
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