Pennsylvania Towanda Daily Review in Towanda, Pennsylvania
12 Jun 1986

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12 Jun 1986

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Daily Review (Newspaper) - June 12, 1986, Towanda, Pennsylvania$34,000 problem found on Towanda s York ave. Page three two retirees get on their horses for trek Page 22 thursday j zi0udy inny m Page 2 Friday Sll a Complete weather o chuckle its Tough to he a political Leader. You never know when people have stopped following you and started chasing you. 106th year a no. 42,191 thursday june 12,1986 25 cent county prison plans tabled by sue Corie in an unexpected move at yesterdays commissioners meeting commissioner William Gannon made a motion which was seconded by commissioner chair Man Marilyn Bok and unanimously passed by All three members of the Board to a a table indefinitely the a whole jail program until further notice. See related Story on this Page this move followed a 2-1 vote in which the commissioners accepted phase ii of the jail documents with the understanding being noted that this acceptance completed the preliminary design phases of the architects contract. This action enables the Board to pay the architect the percentage of his fee due at this time. Commissioner Robert Horton cast the sole vote against acceptance of the phase 11 plans stating that before the phase was accepted he believed some adjustments needed to be made in the proposed new prison design it was noted however by Bok that acceptance of the phase ii work does not bar the Board from making further design changes that option continues to exist following this action she said. Horton in explaining Why he Felt the three commissioners should sit Down together and discuss this further before accepting completion of the second phase of this project said he believes the following areas Are excessive in size in the new prisons current design and should be studied further for possible reduction a gym Horton said that an estimated $210, Xhu in construction costs could be saved by reducing the size of the gym with the county still providing the necessary area for indoor recreation As the Law requires. Horton quoted a minimum of 15-Square-feet of space per prisoner being needed tor indoor recreation for a 100-inmate facility that would figure to be 1 a it to Square feet he pointed out. The current jail design includes an indoor recreation area consisting of approximately 52 h Square feet he said Guy Pelican of the new Jersey Bureau of corrections advised building a recreation area the size of which the county a can Atford a Horton said Pelican was contacted by Horton As part of an investigation Horton has been undertaking to see if the prison plans As they now stand contain the Bare essentials to meet constitutional requirements As indicated by Warden Thomas Powers or if there Are areas in the design which could be trimmed As a Cost savings move contacted following yesterdays commissioners meeting Pelican stated that he san advocate of providing As Large an indoor recreation As can be afforded by the governing body erecting a new prison. He expressed the opinion that its important to keep inmates a a Busy and Pelican noted that a gym area can be effectively used for Multi purposes such As weight lifting arts and crafts etc., As Well As for Normal recreation see a prison a Page let Horton is challenged to come up with new prison plan of his own by sue Corie in moving to a table indefinitely plans for a new county prison. Commissioner William Gannon called on fellow commissioner Robert Horton to come up with a proposal of his own a in Black and White which can be discussed and debated and compared to the proposal on which the prison task Force members and other interested persons have already worked a Long and hard a so that the plan proposed by Horton could be reviewed compared with theirs and acted upon accordingly. Horton asked if he saw this move As being a Challenge Given to him by commissioners Gannon and Marilyn Bok replied a a no. Horton described the move to halt further action on the new prison plans a until further notice As being a Good action and one which will provide the Board with the time and Opportunity to study questionable aspects of the prison plans As they now stand Gannon and Bok made note of the 18 months of detailed study which have already been devoted to the five stage plan for the proposed facility a two phases of which have been completed they referred to the individuals who have been part of this study including the prison advisory committee composed of the Board of commissioners judge District attorney prison Warden Public de Warden s resignation not cause of tabling of new prison plans commissioner William Gannon said yesterday that it was not the resignation of prison Warden Thomas Powers which prompted his motion to table further actions in regard to the planning process for the proposed new jail. He said however that As a result of Powers resignation the county will be losing a major talents the Warden possesses As Well As the experience Powers has in the building of new facilities. Gannon expressed the Hope that the commissioners can find someone with similar credentials or a consultant who can guide the Board should the commissioners in the future decide to move ahead with these plans. Regarding the wardens resignation Gannon commented a a in a losing a Good person in Tom his departure will be a real loss to the county Gannon indicated. Bok agreed that the resignation of Warden Powers should not be looked upon As being the a a hinge which caused the Board to shelf the plans. She admitted however that the resignation does pose one More stumbling Block in this planning process. She stated that perhaps those who Are in opposition to the current plans can come up with an answer As to How this void can be filled. The commissioner chairman joined with Gannon in expressing regret Over the loss of Warden Powers and his talents. Bok said its difficult to explain to people the complexities involved in the building of a new jail. To go ahead with the project at this time without the experience and knowledge Powers was Able to lend the Board would be very difficult to do at the present time. Fender bar association sheriff the state police probation office and a representative of the District Justice and others who chose to attend meetings and make recommendations the prison task Force members architect and general Public who have been invited to attend and offer comments on this project As the plans progressed presently Gannon said a we have come to a crossroad a a we As a Board of commissioners have come Down the Road together until we got the final go ahead now Marilyn Boothe task Force and i Are being told by Bob Horton that our work has been faulty and does not represent the Best interests of Bradford county a Gannon said. A now is a Heck of a time to decide that in that if we done to act now we lose 6 % Farmers Home construction Money As Well As one of the lowest interest rates in years in the Bond Market see a Challenge a Pagett from left county commissioners William Gannon Marilyn Bok and Robert Horton had a go round Over the decision made at yesterdays commissioners meet ing to table plans for the proposed new county prison indefinitely while other options Are studied. Daily review photo by sue Corie Reagan says Nasa complacent Washington a president Reagan on wednesday night blamed the explosion of the space shuttle challenger on nasal a complacency and a a carelessness that grew out of Success a and said he would propose construction of a replacement orbiter at his first nationally broadcast news conference in More than a month Reagan said he has not yet decided How to pay for the new shuttle which will Cost an estimated $2 8 billion. He said he is studying the Rogers commission report on the Jan. 28 challenger Accident before deciding whether to order the space Agency to adopt its recommendations but he said a yes i think we should go Forward with another in blaming the nations worst space disaster on complacency at the space Agency Reagan said he does not believe a that there was any deliberate criminal intent on the part of Reagan also confirmed that earlier in the Day the soviet Union had offered to american negotiators in Geneva a new proposal to curb nuclear weapons. But the president also said he could not discuss its details. He said his goal is a a fair and balanced Accord. He paid soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev a rare Public compliment saying he apparently is the first soviet Leader to voice interest in reducing nuclear weapons. Reagan said he still is hoping to arrange a second Summit this year with his soviet counterpart. A the wants a Summit and i want a truly shuttles should be been grounded Washington apr nasal a new shuttle director Richard truly said wednesday that . Manned space missions should have been halted in 1981 when Booster Seal damage was discovered after he piloted Columbia on the second space shuttle flight. Nasa should have dealt with the problem then As a major technical defect and if it had the challenger Accident could have been avoided truly said. Truly told the House science and technology committee which is following up on the report of the Rogers commission earlier in the week that astronauts had not been told that part of a rubber like of ring Seal had been eaten away in an aft joint of the ships right Booster rocket. The Rogers study showed that the seriousness of the of ring problems did not reach top officials or astronauts before August 1985 the commission criticized the Marshall space flight Center which supervises the Booster rockets for deficient communication with the rest of the Agency about such a subject of vital concern. Rep. James h. Scheuer asked if the problem would have been corrected before the third flight had it come to the attention of the proper people. Truly who assumed the Nasa Post of associate administrator of space flight after the challenger Accident replied a if this had been worked properly earlier i believe this Accident could have been avoided. A see a shuttle a Page 7 Summit and i believe its going to take place a he said Reagan defended his decision to conclude that the United states should no longer feel constrained to abide by the limits of the a ratified Salt ii arms control treaty with the soviet Union. A the soviet Union for seven years has been violating the restraints of the treaty a Reagan said the president said he hoped his decision could persuade the soviets to get involved in negotiations to reduce nuclear arms not simply restrain their growth a a we re not seeking to achieve superiority Over them but we re not going to let them go on achieving superiority Over the president opened his news conference with a prepared statement in which he repeated his longstanding vow to veto any tax Bill that crosses his desk a threat he said stands for the balance of his term. He also warmly embraced the tax simplification Bill that is pen Ding in the Senate and called on the House to hold a Quick a up or see a Reagan a Page 7 Why am i writing this Why Are you Reading this any questions the whole world is trying to get attention. Products Are screaming for our attention via to commercials and newspaper ads. Politicians Are shaking our hands and kissing our babies demanding just enough of our attention to put them in office. Movies records and television shows Are All striving desperately to catch our Eye in order that we May partake of whatever it is they have to offer. Our school boards Borough councils an boards of township supervisors de sire attention so they can enjoy some of that dwindling Grant Money from Harrisburg and Washington. In Short much of life seems to be a struggle to get the attention of someone or everyone. Newspapers Are no different. We want you to read us. If you Are Reading us then we want you to read the various articles columns and photo captions. That a Why we put headlines on our articles and features. They hopefully will get you to take a second glance maybe a Little longer glance and then its up to the writer to do the rest even though a headline May entice you into a Story it can to get you to continue Reading the Story that a where the Lead comes in the Lead is essentially the opening of a newspaper article it is usually the first sentence or first paragraph of an article but a Lead can be comprised of a number of sentences and a number of paragraphs. Some leads seem to go on forever. Others Are merely a word or two. I done to know if there is a technical definition for a Lead but i suppose it could be described As the Hook of the article a the thought providing the momentum that carries your attention into the Story. The old school of journalism taught us to stick a lot of things into a Lead a namely the who what when where and Why. It tends to get a Little repetitious when All the stories is the newspaper Start out in such a manner a a Shunk Man who was arrested what yesterday when by state police at a Speed trap where in Sci Tavale for driving without an operators License Why a this approach still often holds True for hard news stories but modern journalists have been Given a Little More leeway with which to launch their news sagas. For instance there Are All kinds of ways to write leads most reporters have their favorite approaches caution must be taken however not to get carried away with one particular style. For example the easiest Lead to write is the question Lead you can introduce the Reader to the subject matter by posing a question should plans for the proposed Bradford county jail be scrapped will real estate taxes by raised in the Northeast Bradford school District Why is there so much construction going on in Towanda question leads of course must be Given some kind of answer for example typical responses to the three previously posed questions might be not if the Bradford county commissioners have anything to say about it. Not this year thanks to a slim 5-4 vote against such action. That s a Good question. The trouble with question leads is that writers who favor them tend to get stuck on them that can Lead to multiple question leads which can be very distracting do we really need a new Brad Ford county jail Why Are the commissioners in such a hurry to build one if they do How Long will it take to build it is the present prison really that overcrowded is there really such a thing As rehabilitation have you Ever been in jail where the Heck did i put my car keys. You see this interrogation and in Fin Tum can Start to get quite silly if overdone. Thus care must be taken not to run these things into the ground Short Snappy leads Are generally preferred Over Long tedious ones mostly because most readers have attention spans approximately As Long As a mimes vocabulary see a skill a rage 12.

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