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Norwich Evening Sun (Newspaper) - December 16, 1968, Norwich, New York
$300,000 fire destroys Lara be area farm implement Center a a a Todd Dythe even i it la Sun Story on Page 5 vol. 78. No. 182 monday december 16, 168 Norwich new York 13815 10<f per copy pow Trade looms As . Frees 7 Norwich Mills to be acquired in Stock Trade the proposed acquisition of Norwich Mills inc. By Champion products inc. Of Rochester was revealed today by a joint announcement by Edward h. O Hara president of the Norwich firm and Joseph p. Fox president of Champion. They said that both firms had agreed in principle to a proposal whereby Champion will Exchange some 150,000 shares of its common Stock for All outstanding capital Stock of Norwich Mills. Based on the recent Price of Champion Stock the transaction will exceed $4.5 million. Or. Of Hara said that the arrangement is subject to approval of definite agreement of the boards of directors of each company and the stockholders of Norwich Mills. He said the Norwich stockholder vote probably would not be before March. Or. Of Hara who would continue As president of Norwich Mills which would become a wholly owned subsidiary of Champion would become vice president of Champion and a member of its Board. He said the proposal is a a great thing for Norwich Quot where Over 400 persons Are now employed. He said that although employment would not increase immediately he expected it would increase should the transaction be approved. He said that the proposal has Quot a great potential for the future Quot As far As Norwich is concerned. A a we be had our peaks and valleys a he said a but this should Load our production organization to the or. Of Hara said that Champion products is not new to Norwich Mills noting that the City firm has been doing manufacturing for the Rochester company Over the past 20 years. He said that champions manufacturing facilities Are a not too great Quot and the merger would link the manufacturing plants of Norwich Mills with one of the largest direct sales firms in the silk screen business. He said that Champion makes athletic uniforms and other products in demand by schools and colleges. With the Way colleges Are growing or. Of Hara said a the future is Norwich Mills manufactures knitted sweatshirts Polo shirts and sportswear. These products Are marketed under the Trad names a skivvies Quot a Norwich Quot and the company is unlisted and its Stock has been closely held. It began aeration in 1907 As the Norwich knitting company and continued that identification until 1954 when the present name was adopted. Sales in 1968 Are expected to reach approximately $12 million. Other Norwich Mills plants Are located in Casa Grande Ariz. And in Clayton and Wendell . A sales office is maintained in new York City. Total number of employees is about 1,100. The company is an a integrated Quot Mill which Means it performs All the manufacturing procedures required to produce a final product from raw material. These manufacturing Steps include spinning yarn from raw Cotton knitting bleaching and dyeing and a Cut and sew Quot operations. Champion products is a manufacturer of screen printed athletic Campus casual and physical education Wear. The company Sells direct to schools colleges universities and character building organizations in the United states and Canada. Total Champion sales in 1967 were $18.7 million Coni pared with $17.5 million the year before. During the first nine months of 1968 company sales reached $16.8 million a 16 per cent increase above the previous year. Norwich Mills will be operated As a wholly owned subsidiary of Champion. No management changes Are contemplated. Commenting on the agreement or. Fox said a the rapid expansion of our company has created a need for greater manufacturing capability. A the addition of Norwich Mills will substantially increase our manufacturing base and will also provide diversification by broadening our product lines and Winter conies Early plans for cold encore by the associated press the Large coastal storm which dumped up to a foot and a half of Snow Over Central and Eastern new York state sunday was expected to bring More bitter icy air More flurries and some squalls today. Gradual Clearing was predicted for tonight and tuesday. Travellers warnings remained in effect overnight As the northwesterly winds gusting up to 40 Miles an hour in the Syracuse area and 32 Miles an hour in Al Bany a blew the Snow across highways and pushed drifts across the pavements. Poor visibility was reported sunday night in most of the storm area. Weather variable cloudiness Windy and cold tonight and tuesday with a few Snow flurries. Low temperatures tonight from a Road Zero to five below highs tuesday 15 to 25. Temperatures at 7 . Today ranged from 19 in Rochester to below Zero in some Adirondack areas. In the Norwich area tile official snowfall was Only two inches but High and Gusty winds piled the Snow into drifts in Many exposed sections. The hard packed Snow made Many highways in Chenango county hazardous but police agencies reported few if any traffic mishaps due to the Slippery roads. City county and state High Way Crews were on the Job Early As the Snow began to accumulate threatening tray Al safety. Only one school Georgetown in the county sole supervisory District was reported closed today because of the storm. The Albany Airport was closed overnight. In new York City a which got its first real taste of Winter this season with four inches of Snow by late evening a Kennedy International Airport was closed almost seven hours. Winter s web is spun Snow clings like spun sugar to of leafless tree in Norwich area during weekend snowstorm which blanketed the area with a new coat of White. Scenes like this one captured by the camera of Casey Jones help make residents forget the freezing temperatures the misery of Winter driving and the shovelling of show. Nixon says of big a Hoover j flu closes chief of Cia plan to stay Washington apr president elect Nixon Here to Confer with Republican congressional chiefs announced today that j. Edgar Hoover has agreed to continue As Fri director and Richard Helms will remain on the Job As director of the Central intelligence Agency. Shortly after Nixon a arrival Here from new York for a visit of several hours press spokesman Ronald l. Ziegler told newsmen Nixon had talked secretly and face to face with both Hoover and Helms in new York and had asked them to retain their posts. He said they had agreed to do so. The two men apparently will stay on their jobs indefinitely. In addition to meeting w Ith gop congressional leaders Nix on plans a trip to Walter Reed army medical Center for his third postelection reunion with former president Dwight d. Eisenhower before returning to new York. Aides said Nixon could hardly talk seriously about the policies and programs Las administration will push sine task forces studying major problem areas a and recommending programs for the future have yet to report to him. The president elect will begin receiving these reports this week. While in the capital Nixon also will announce he is retain ing 73-year-old j. Edgar Hoover As director of Hie Federal Bureau of investigation. By Feder a1 Law Hoover would have been forced to retire in 1964 at age 70 except for an exemption granted him by president Johnson. Nixon will continue to Honor the exemption. It was not certain however that Hoover would remain at the Helm of the Fri throughout the new president s term. Some sources said he was considering retirement in the next few years. The Nixon meeting with Republican leaders of Congress was a bit unusual in that one outsider was included among the conferees Ray Bliss chairman of the gop National committee. Once in office presidents nor finally do not invite their party chairman to such sessions. But at this pre inaugural meeting it was apparent that Nixon and those meeting with him would have to give particular attention to partisan strategy in the coming congressional ses Sion where democrats will outnumber republicans in both houses. On sunday Nixon and Daugh ter Julie attended morning services at the Marble collegiate Church and heard a prayer by the minister the Rev. Or. Norman Vincent Peale for Johnson and the president elect. Julie will be married in or. Peale a Church next sunday to David Eisenhower grandson of the former president. In the afternoon Nixon walked up fifth Avenue from his apartment through streets covered with ice arid Snow to Temple Emanuel for memorial services for Arthur Hays Sulzberger retired publisher of the new York times. Lie s unhurt alter Span tails thousand Oaks Calif. Apr fourteen year old Alfred Streit took a shortcut sunday across a massive steel reinforced overpass under construction in thousand Oaks when the Bridge collapsed with a Roar. Iii the tons of steel girders and Wood pilings the boy was found with Only a broken Heel. The 35 f o o t i Ltd n g Bridge crashed onto Hillcrest drive just missing two cars As it fell 15 feet. Young Streit was taken to co Nejo Valley Community Hospital. His foot w a put in a cast and he was released. Authorities immediately say what caused the Bridges downfall. But a califor Ilia Highway patrol spokesman said sunday night that no one should have been on it since the ends of the Bridge had yet to be connected permanently to Concrete abutments. By the associated press Hong Kong flue has caused three More universities to begin Christmas holidays Early but several others tentatively scheduled reopening this week. Among the victims of the illness in Richard Cardinal Cushing archbishop of Boston. In Many hospitals visiting privileges have been cancelled or drastically restricted to avoid further spread of the malady. Classes at George Washington University were ordered sus Pended today As about 50 per cent of the schools 2,500 undergraduates were reported ill. The Holiday at tile Washington . School had been scheduled to to get Gin Friday. Four Virginia colleges which normally would have closed later this week shut Down last wednesday and thursday. Starting today three Central Virginia hospitals began discouraging visitors to protect a. Tents from the flu. Central Michigan University cancelled All classes until Jan. 6, while Northern Michigan University also closed a week Early because of a flu like illnesses. Two Maryland schools closed last week planned to resume classes this week in View of no significant outbreaks Over the weekend. Iii Cleveland Ohio three Catholic schools closed last week will open today. In Wisconsin health authorities said blood tests showed Type a incidence of the flu up As much As 17 per cent. High court rules on draft Case no direct word on flier release Saigon apr the United states today returned seven civilian seamen to North Vietnam and radio Moscow con firmed that Hanoi has announced it will release some american pilots at Christmas. A . Spokesman said the re. Lease of the seven North vietnamese was arranged in Vientiane the laotian capital. He said Hanoi a representatives had Given no immediate indication that their government planned to release any of the hundreds of american fliers it has captured. But a spokesman for Moscow radio confirmed a broadcast by the soviet radio saturday which said a radio Hanoi stated today . 14 that a group of amen can pilots who were taken into Captivity when their planes were shot Down Over the territory of the democratic Republic of Vietnam will be released at a Tokyo Monitor reported a similar announcement broadcast by Hanoi saturday in the japanese language. But in the absence of official word from the North vietnamese it was thought then that both the Moscow and Tokyo reports might have been the result of faulty translations. The report relayed by Moscow gave no indication exactly when or How the fliers would be re. Leased. The . Command in Saigon said the release of Lim North vietnamese seamen was an a action of Good will which it hoped would a Lead to further release of the men were released offshore about 13 Miles Northeast of Vinh a coastal City 145 Miles North of the demilitarized zone. A spokesman said the . And North vietnamese diplomats in Vientiane who negotiated the release a gave assurances that the operation would be Safe from military but no cease fire was declared because president Johnson a order halting All Aerial naval and artillery bombardment of North Vietnam on nov. I made that unnecessary the spokesman explained. Last oct. 21 the United states and Hanoi declared a 36-hour cease fire covering a 288-Square-Rmle area along the coast to return 14 North vietnamese Navy men. At that time the United states said it held no other prisoners of War. North vietnamese prisoners usually Are turned Over to South vietnamese authorities. . Navy spokesmen said the seven men released today were rescued in 1967 from a a Small boat in International Waters in the Gulf of Tonkin after an attack by . Aircraft on North vietnamese cargo boats suspected of supplying the enemy in the North Vietnam has released a few american fliers captured after being shot Down in combat but not on the scale of . Releases. North Vietnam had announced earlier arrangements would be made to Forward Christmas packages from the United states to prisoners in the North. Meanwhile in South Vietnam . B52 bombers kept on pounding infiltration corridors North of Saigon seeking to Blunt the enemy Winter offensive which some officials expect. But Only Light scattered ground fighting was reported. The air Force s biggest bombers flew four More raids against Jungle enemy hideaways troops and Supply depots in an arc from 50 Miles Northwest of Saigon to 70 Miles North of the capital. About 25 of the b52s dropped 750 tons of bombs. The Viet Cong and North Viet Yaniese were reported mane vering through the Jungle Iii groups of to to 30 men. The b52 pilots reported their bombs set off 10 secondary explosions indicating hits on ammunition de. Pots. Since last thursday the b52s have x under the arc North of Saigon with More than 5,000 tons of explosives. In Washington defense Secretary Clark Clifford said sunday there have been a some indications that there is a military buildup in 3rd corps a the Saigon area and the enemy a May be contemplating a Winter South vietnamese president Nguyen Van Thieu also said the enemy May launch a new offensive against Saigon and other key cities before the lunar new year feb. 17. But Gen. Creighton w. Abrams the commander of . Forces in Vietnam is said to be prepared and Coli Al Dent his forces can turn Back any enemy offensive. The Viet Cong and North vietnamese Are believed to have about 25,000 regulars deployed along the cambodian Border and in adjoining areas North of Saigon. Astronauts getting checkups for flight Washington apr draft boards May not use a Odelin Itlen. Cyl regulations to take away tile exemptions of divinity students and groups of other Young men shielded from Ute draft by Congress the supreme court ruled 6 to 3 today. At the same time. However the court held that draft Resis. Ters who do not have a conjures s Iona i exemption must in order to test their i a classifications a Chance prosecution for draft evasion. The first ruling protecting exempted Young men from forced induction if draft boards Dis a. Prove of their behaviour was Given in the Case of James j. Oestereich a ministerial student at a Doper Newton the of logical shoo. Newton Center mass. Oestereich of Cheyenne wye., was one of 357 people Olio returned their draft cards to in Justice department in a protest oct. 16. 1967, against . War action in Vietnam. Three weeks l iter he was de. Dared a delinquent stripped of his Ivd theological exemption and put into i a. Tin court in a derision delivered by Justice Willi in o. Douglas declared that Congress had made divinity students draft exempt and unit Oestereich was entitled to a Chance to contest his reclassification in court. That is in court said he did not have to refuse in draft chancing a jail term to get a ruling. Besides Douglas said exempt Young men cannot be declared delinquent and pushed up to the la Slot for activity that has nothing to do Veitii the functioning of the selective service system. Draft boards he said cannot make themselves a free wheel. Me till cd in out their vim arte suction Deal with in agencies by my of just in the Oestereich Douglas said a we conduct of a local Board that is basically besides divinity students. Congress has Aupiu sized exemption of i persons under 19 2 veterans of military service 3 members of the National guard Aud the reserves 4 sole surviving sons. Chief Justice Earl Warren and associate justices Hugo l. Black atle Fortas and thur Good Marshall supported Doug. Las s opinion. Justice John m. Harlan also voted with the majority but wrote a separate opinion. Eau lev important Ujj tin Regii 1-a cent a us by left ids exec it cannot Challenge classification in court in two difficult ways by refusing induction and thereby becoming a defendant in a Federal prosecution that could Lead to jail or in the extremely difficult procedure. Cape Kennedy. Fla. Apr with the countdown for their Moon voyage smoothly under Way the Apollo 8 astronauts today received the final major physical examination for the flight. Space Agency doctors began examining air Force col. Frank Borman Navy capt. James a. Lovell or. And air Force maj. William a. Anders in a session scheduled to last four or five hours to make certain the spacemen Are in excellent shape for the Mission. The astronauts Are scheduled to rocket into space at 7 51 . Est saturday heading for a Christmas eve orbit around the Moon. The lengthy countdown for the launching of the Saturn 5 rocket started on schedule at 7 . Sunday when electrical Power was fed to the Apollo 8 ship atop the 36-Story-tall Booster. Experts began systematic Check ing to make certain All elements of the $55.m Lullion Moo be raft Are functioning. The National aeronautics and space administration reported Iii Early stages of Hie count proceeded normally. A primary reason for the Long physical exam was to gather data on heart beat respiration and other readings for in flight and Ikis flight comparison. The doctors also examine for any sign of colds like those which plagued the Apollo 7 As. Tro nauts throughout their flight in october. If one of tile astronauts contacted a severe cold the flight could be postponed or he could be replaced by a backup Pilot. Earlier this month Borman Lovell arid Anders received inoculations against Hung Kong flu As did about 1,200 persons at Cape Kennedy who Are associated with launch preparations or who work closely with the astronauts. Tocayo a chuckle said the weary businessman a that efficiency expert charged me so much to Tell me How badly i was running my business that i afford to pay him even of i were doing so Well that i did no to need shopping Days til Christmas
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