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Smethport Mckean County Democrat (Newspaper) - March 19, 1970, Smethport, Pennsylvania Mckean county a picture newspaper established 1858mckean county Democrat Northwestern Pennsylvania a leading democratic newspaper published in the county seat of Mckean county a volume no. 112 Over a Century of service to the Public Smethport pa., thursday March 19, 1970 terms�?$4.00 per year single copy�?10c no. 12 taxpayers told Why zoning can to be put on ballot As referendum fire wardens honoured a int by throw fir wardens in my Koan county wort Bono Rad Tut Day evening at Tho annual Forast and water dinner hold in Tho american legion Homo in Smethport. Among those boing honoured for their service were from left Leland Burdick 20 years Mem t. Madison 20 years William g. Siegel 35 years and l. E. Howell 30 years. Looking Over one of the certificates of service is e. F. Mcnamara right chief fire Warden for the state department of Forest and Waters who was the guest speaker during the affair. Story on Page eight. Photo by Stewart commissioners attend state groups meeting Mckean county commissioners monday attended a one Day session of the Pennsylvania state association of county commissioners at the Holiday inn town Harrisburg to discuss upcoming legislation and its possible affects on the counties. Meeting tuesday at the court House the commissioners accepted with regret the Resigna ii1on a James k an8e11 is a charge of Possession animate Public defender. I of a dangerous drug hashish the commissioners also named George a. Carlson to the position of Annin township assessor to Complete the unexpired term of Milton Winston who resigned in january. Ninth suspect caught in police dope sweep state police undercover months of work by the state agents monday picked up a police vice detail operating ninth suspect in a Bradford out of Harrisburg Headquarters Roundup of alleged drug pushers. Richard Borowiak 20, of Emery Hall waived preliminary hearing before District Justice of the peace Carroll h. Clayton monday on and was released on $5,000 bail. He was bound Over to appear at the next term of Mckean county court. State police undercover agents some of them posing in other business the Eom Bradford men arrested by state police and Given preliminary arraignment before Bradford District Justice of the peace were William Jay Perry 20, of 158 main St. Gary Lynn Franklin 23, of Holley hotel. William James Mcewen 18, of Holley hotel. Douglas Earl Lattin 18, of 30 Avenue b. Charles Lamonte Brieant Iii 19, of Emery Hall. Gregory Scott Witchen 22, of As hippie drifters staged a missioners ordered Bills paid Roundup it of 8 push j let Ompson ave amounting to $473.93, including Quot it Carl Ferro 21, of 132 bar $247.90 for for two Secretar-1 a a a weekend. Eight were pick-1 ies of District magistrates. An de up.a11 were remanded to Mckean overtime request for the Secre j arrests police sources county jail in Smethport in lieu refused magistrate was climaxed Over three of $5,000 bail on charges of pos overpayment of property tax in the amount of $118 was re funded and an exoneration of $1.28 was allowed to a Bradford township resident by the com missioners. An accounting of expenses allegedly accrued by North Penn planning commission in behalf of Mckean county was tabled for further study. It was also announced that the North Penn planning commission scheduled for March 26 has been postponed to april 15. New broadcasting co. The Bucktail broadcasting co. Of Emporium will begin local broadcasting Over Channel 13 in the near future and will feature All locally originated programs. Bell will expand hew phone office the Bell Telephone company announced monday it has acquired additional land for expansion of its Community dial office building in the Village of hew. Bell manager Richard Mcafee said the property a 4s by 92 foot plot at the rear of the existing office May be needed by 1974 for a building addition. A last year a said mate a we spent some $15,000 to increase the serving capacity of the Rew office by 200 lines. We Forsee the need for still further increases in capacity As Well As other service 13 sign up for voting in Eldred the second special registration session was held tuesday night at the Eldred fire Hall with six republicans and seven democrats enrolling for the primary election on May 19. Mrs. Louise Brown of the Mckean county registration commission also reported one non partisan switched to the democratic party and that one change of address was filed during the four hour period. The next special session will be from 4 to 8 . Thursday at the port Allegany Hose House. Session and Sale of dangerous drugs. Later Brieant posted Bond and was released. Also arrested was David Jerom Lamorm 22, of 6 Bank St., Smethport who was arraigned before Smethport District peace Justice Edwar Rosenswie and also was remanded in lieu of $5,000 bail on the Possession and Sale charge. The arrests were actually made by officers of Bradford township Bradford City Foster township and state police and by officers of the Mckean county sheriffs department on information furnished by the undercover men of the vice detail. State police lauded chiefs William Neatrour of Bradford township Robert v. Zimmer Mann of Bradford City Earl Bridge of Foster twp. And sheriff l. W. A a Tom Pendleton and county detective Robert Bamat for their co operation. Officers did not indicate what narcotics if any had been found in the arrests or where the arrests actually had been made. The no. I zoning question in Mckean county was answered tuesday night at a standing room Only crowd in the main court of the county court House at Smethport. The question a Why done to the county commissioner put the question of whether or not we want county zoning on a referendum on the next ballot and let the people decide a the answer a they no matter How the county commissioners feel about this there is no Legal authority for them to put this question up on a referendum Henry Graff Mckean county solicitor told the audience. Earlier tuesday afternoon or. Graff had telephoned several Legal authorities in Harrisburg and it was their opinion that there is no state authority permitting county commissioners to put a question of this Type to a referendum. A at this time a said or. Graff a it is my interpretation of the Law that we cannot do this Mckean county assemblyman Victor j. Westerberg of Kane who attended the meeting told the audience that zoning is not mandated by the state or Federal governments. He added however that a planning commission application is needed for some state Grants. A it could make a difference in some cases a he said. His answer was in reply to one of 30 questions read and answered by a panel consisting of himself the three county commissioners two members of the Mckean county planning commission the regional planer and the state health department representative from Bradford. On the stand with assemblyman Westerberg were Russell j. Weston chairman of the county commissioners Raymond Curtis and mrs. Loretta Harrington both commissioners William p. Wilson regional planner for the North Penn planning commission Arthur Johnson of Kane chairman of the Mckean county planning commission Robert Catlin of port Allegany seere tary treasurer of the county planning commission and Wardlow Wilcox state health dept representative and or. Graff. The audience in packed courtroom had assembled to attend the special meeting called by Claude Tanner president of the Mckean county. Taxpayers league the group that originally set the meeting. Or. Tanner announced earlier this week that the meeting would be opened to All Mckean county residents. Or. Tanner had prepared a set of 30 questions for the commissioners and the others to answer. He emphasized at the Start that the meeting was called to elicit factual information and that it was not to be an a argument the purpose of act 247, a Pennsylvania municipalities planning act a As explained by or. Westerberg is to make the Law equitable throughout the state and to give the local municipalities die authority to create their own planning agencies and enact their own Zon ing ordinances. Or. Westerberg said the act was passed by the state legislature on Jan. I 1969. He added that county commissioners and township supervisors could pass zoning ordinances but there is nothing in act 247 that gives the state this Power. With total Cost figures in mind one of the prepared questions pertained to the possibilities of several townships pooling resources in order to create a zoning ordinance that would cover them. Or. Westerberg replied that this is possible and in fact is now being done in some other countries. Or. Graff added that two or More townships can have a single zoning ordinance that covers both. The Fate of existing businesses at the time of enactment of a zoning ordinance also was discussed. Under the provisions of the proposed zoning ordinance any existing business could continue to operate regardless of what zone it might come under. However added or. Wilson who answered this question if the business should cease to operate it could not begin again if it were in conflict with its zoning. It was pointed out that townships could request that the zoning question be placed on a referendum that applied Only to their jurisdiction. If township voters decided not to have a zoning ordinance that ruling would apply Only to their township. Such a township would not ultimately be zoned by the state said or. Westerberg. This would take an amendment to act 247. Or. Curtis told the crowd that both Kendall refining co. And Quaker state Oil refining corp. Had planned As far Back As 1968 to put up service stations and perhaps a Motel and other tourist attractions in the Kinzua dam area in this county but would not do so without the Protection of zoning. Or. Weston implied that Zon i ing in the Kinzua dam area is a a a must if irresponsible development is to be kept out. Or. Johnson reminded the crowded room that the worlds population is mushrooming and that Urban areas Are even now adopting zoning ordinances a or regretting that they have not done so. He said that development and Industry is coming to this area and that the proposed ordinance would be a guide for the orderly growth of the county. Or. Wilson told the audience that the planning commission staff is available for advise and assistance to any group of township supervisors that May wish to set up their own zoning ordinance. With reference to township costs or. Wilson said that would be decided by each township and would be in accordance to their own zoning ordinance. Or. Tanner closed the meeting by stating that if there was sufficient response a similar meeting could be organized in the near future. Nurses. Assn. Will meet at Dubois the professional nurses of District 8, Pennsylvania nurses association will hold a luncheon meeting at the Dubois country club Dubois on thursday March 26, at 12 30 . W. E. Grill . Will be the guest speaker and his subject will be Board members will Mee at 11 30 . No one bids on Kinzua Bridge state Park Job Harrisburg no bids were received by the general state authority for development of Park facilities at Kinzua Bridge state Park in Mckean county As of the wednesday deadline said a Gas official Here. Construction allocation is set at $37,000 and was originally scheduled for completion in october. Projected work was to be done adjacent to the present picnic area and was to include a Small information Booth some signs paths paved parking area and re decking of the walks along the old Railroad Bridge. A Scenic Trail system with rest areas is also to be constructed Gas said. The Gas will re advertise for new Warren co. Schools the Warren county school Board gave its approval to two construction projects including an estimate of $1,235,000 for South Street elementary school and a $2,560,000 estimate for the vocational technical school. Mencer named to Commonwealth court Mckean county judge Glenn e. Mencer was one of seven judges named to the new Commonwealth court by gov. Raymond p. Shafer tuesday. The Senate unanimously confirmed All seven nominations immediately after the governor made his choices known. The governor now must name a successor to judge Mencer for the 48th judicial District Mckean county to serve until Jan. 6, 1972. The appointee would be subject to the primary and general elections of 1971. The constitutional convention of 1967-68 provided for the Commonwealth court to come into being on Jan. I 1970. However a dispute Over How the judges were to be chosen held up appointments. It was resolved by having the governor name four republicans and three democrats to staggered terms. Each judge will then have to run in a general election for a full term when his appointment expires. Judge Mencero a term expires in 1974. He is a Republican. The new president judge will be judge James s. Bowman of Dauphin county court who will serve until january of 1978. His salary will be $35,000 a year. The associate judges who will receive $34,500 a year Are besides judge Mencer James c. Crumlish jr., Democrat-1978a Philadelphia attorney Roy Wilkinson or. R-1976of Bellefonte an attorney in Centre county Harry a. Kramer d-1976of Pittsburgh a former Allegany county judge Louis l. Manderino d-1974of Monessen Dean of Duquesne University Law school and common pleas judge Alexander f. Barbieri r-1972of Philadelphia. The Commonwealth court originally functioned As part of the Dauphin county Harrisburg court. However con con established the new judicial body As an appellate division to hear in particular suits instituted by and against the Commonwealth and its boards and commissions such As the workmen a compensation Board milk marketing Board unemployment compensation Board and various state financial bodies. The new court will be the third appeals court in Pennsylvania. The other two Are the state supreme court and the state Superior court whose duty is mainly to hear appeals in matters arising out of lower court decisions or to ride on state constitutional matters. Judge Mencer told the local papers tuesday that he has no plans to move from his Smethport Home in the immediate future. He said the new court is authorized to sit in Harrisburg Philadelphia Pittsburgh or wherever else the judges feel their presence is required. He said he understands the new judges will not be sworn in and receive their commissions until april giving them time to wind up official duties in their present jobs. The judge added a i will miss being Here but i think this is a challenging Opportunity. I leave Here however with judge Mencer took his seat on the Mckean county court on Jan. 6, 1964, succeeding the late judge Charles g. Hubbard who retired after Mare than 30 years As county judge. Born May la 1925 in Smethport. Judge Mencer is the son of Glenn h. And Ruth l. Rice Mencer. He was graduated from Smethport High school received his Bra degree from the University of Michigan in 1949 and was graduated with an lab degree from the University of Michigan Law school in 1952. He also attended the National College of state trial judges in Reno Nev. Judge Mencer served in the associations. Married to the former Hannah j. Freyer judge Mencer is the father of three children. Judge Glenn e. Mencer infantry in world War ii and was discharged As a private first class. He served As county District attorney from 1956 through 1964. He is a member of the Mckean county Pennsylvania and american bar four injured in Trio of Auto mishaps Kane a Kane based state police investigated three Auto accidents in Mckean county saturday that resulted in four persons being admitted and treated at he port Allegany Community Hospital. Police said that a car operated by Joseph c. Connolly 26, of re 2, Eldred was travelling South on route 446 at about 6 40 . Saturday when it crossed into the northbound Lane and struck a vehicle operated by Elaine m. Moshier of Coudersport. Both operators were slightly injured police said. Also injured were two passengers in the Connolly vehicle Carol a. Seeley 19, of Coudersport and Dwina Mae Fry 20, also of Coudersport. Or. Connolly has been charged by police with failure to keep to the right. At about 4 50 . Saturday a car operated by Leanna h. Schleicher 21, of Kane was westbound on route 6 in it. J Jewett Borough when it crossed the Highway and struck Headon a car operated by Robert f. Dahler 50, of it. Jewett police said. No injuries were reported but state police estimated damage to the Schleicher vehicle at $400 and to the Dahler vehicle at $250. Kane based state police also investigated an Accident that occurred at about 5 . On route 6, two Miles East of Smethport. A car operated by Patricia a. Fink 21, of Smethport was travelling East on the Highway when it Slid on the icy Road and struck the guard rail before coming Back onto the Roadway police said. Police estimated damages to the Fink car at $1,500. No injuries were reported. Two in stolen car held for authorities Kane state police of the local station were conducting a routine traffic Check tuesday afternoon on route 6 East of Here when they halted a Sedan containing two 15-year-Olds. The vehicle had been stolen in new Jersey officials stated. The operator was fined $10 for being an unlicensed operator by magistrate William f. Bunce and the pair was remanded to Mckean county jail pending arrival of new Jersey authorities. Humanities a teams due in Smethport the second and third teams of the National humanities series will visit Smethport in april said or. Dominic Bourandas acting superintendent of Smethport area schools. The first team made a two Day visit Here on March 5-6 under the leadership of or. Fred Schroeder. Scheduled for april 2 and april 3 is the team to be led by professor Maurice Brown of the department of Art at the state University of new York at new paltz . Their theme will be a the human Community and will Deal with Many a relationship to society. Appearing before local audiences on april 27 and april 28 will be the third humanities series team headed by professor Wallace Kaufmann of the University of North Carolina. The theme of their two Day visit will be a the Good life and will explore Many a relationship to his environment. On april 25 there will also appear in Smethport eight members of the faculty of Juniata College at Huntingdon j pa., who will present a two hour play entitled a the lion in win-1 the troupe will be directed by or. Esther Doyle of the department of English at Juniata College. She has a in Oral interpretation from Northwestern University there is no admission to any of these presentations said or. A Bourandas and the area Public j is cordially invited to attend one or More of them. It. Jewett chamber will enter contest the it. Jewett chamber of Commerce held its dinner meeting tuesday evening at the commercial hotel. The group voted to enter the Pennsylvania Betta Community development contest for 1970-71 under the category a recreational projects to include swimming pools Parks youth and senior citizen centers. They also voted to sponsor a Swedik summer festival this year. A committee for this project will be announced by Clyde Jack president. Laws affecting county signed by gov. Shafer Harrisburg under terms of legislation signed into Law by the governor Mckean county commissioners now May establish maintain and operate their own fire training school or Center or they May join with another county in maintaining a regional school or Center. In the Case of establishment of a regional program in conjunction with me or More counties the new Law provides that when two or More counties Are involved the county commissioners of each county May appropriate funds to the sponsoring association. The training schools according to the act would be a for the purpose of giving instruction and practical training in the prevention control and fighting of fire and related fire department emergencies to the members of paid fire departments and Volunteer fire companies in any City Borough town or township within such another measure signed into Law by the governor and pertaining to Mckean county would apply to the 15 second class townships within the county stipulating that the township auditors shall file their report with the clerk of court of the county or the prothonotary. As May be provided by local rules of the court a instead of with the clerk of Quarter sessions court As heretofore provided. Two measures have also been signed into Law by the governor affecting the City of Bradford and other third class cities a one requiring that the City controllers report shall be filed with the clerk of the county court or prothonotary the other authorizing the City to appropriate Money annually toward a nonprofit Community ambulance service. Easter service or. James Carraway of Pittsburgh director of the program Council of the Western Pennsylvania conference of the United methodist Church will be the speaker for the Cook Forest state Park Sunrise service on blaster morning. High traffic toll accidents in the United stat Al killed 116,000 persons in 1969 and Cost the nation More than $23.5 billion

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