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n J c * S t a ^ t A l bb aa n y , N , ; e L i b r a r y L n y , K > X * 1 2 2 0 3 ' The Fatten! Growing Weekly Nrir*i>tttnr In WarehernDlotr York l.etei* f'omnt y 't M o . I M n i k r i j t l n e o LAMy S m t r a a l rn t d S t e p u b l t i r m t Fo af- i d ion t ’laimifieih 3 7 6 - 3 5 2 5 Serving the greater I.nr is County urea since 1830 m m TEAK NO. 2 5 L O V V I L L E , N. V . 1 3 3 6 7 T H I S W E E K 2 8 P A G E S ■ 1 5 C E N T S W e l f a r e C o s t s T o p $ 2 M i l l i o n The cost o f adm inistering the Lewis County Department of Social Services (w elfare) In 1972 exceeded the $2 million mark, according to the annual report by Com m issioner B e ryl w . F ree­ man, Lowvtlle. During 1972, the total cost of the w elfare program In Lewis County was $2,052,119.16, an In­ crease of $61,23C.49 above the *1,990,888.67 In 1971. State welfare assistance amounted to $559,030.55, a de­ cline of $14,885.55 from the $573,916.55 o f the previous year. Federal assistance, which pays the lion's share of the welfare program , amounted to $915,- 245,04, a n Increase of $87,573.02 above the $827,672.02 of 1971. The cost to the Lewts County taxpayer or, more appropriately, the amount r a is e d by local taxa­ tion for welfare p urposes showed an Increase of $34,380,58, with $566,209.77 being spent In 1972, as compared to $531,829.19 in 1971, The total costs of the various program s of the Department of Social Services and the amount borne by local taxation for each program , In that order, are as follows: Home relief - $68,990.15 total and $42,456.07 local cost; old age assistance - $110,594,66 and $26,977.74; aid to dependent children - $299,003,27 and $70,- 551.27; assistance to the blind - $4,121,26 and $1,133.45; aid to‘ the disabled - $79,193 and $20,- 184.82; Medicaid - $1 030,031.- 56 and $264,627.86; children in foster hom es - $68,876.54 and $20,992.71; children In private Institutions - $25,000.26 ano $ 23 , 000 . 26 ; payments to state training schools - $17,336.55 and $17,336.35; services for recipients - $34,482.71 and $ ! ,- 857.33; burials - $9,791.50 and $3,736.30; county home - $43,- 842.83 and $18,834.18; general administration - $228,273.82 and $56,617.53; Food Stamp Pro­ gram - $12,581.05, all of which ls federal. During the year. 881 persons were approved as eligible for Medlcatd, while during the same period, 1,307 were removed from the eligible list. There were 426 less persons open for Medlcatd at the end of 1972 than at tbe close of the prior year. It Is also noted that in 1971, 69% of the total payments for Medicaid went for hospital care and nursing home care, while In 1972, 74% was spent for these two types of c a r e . In order to show a comparison ln payments for the v arious types of care, costs in 1972 a re com­ pared with those made tn 1971 as follows: Services of physicians, $119,- 051.63 In 1971 and $109,498.48 ln 1972; dental care, $36,104.49 and $32,458.11; hospital care, $411,410.11 and $454,779.97; nursing home care, $226,532,46 and $309,227.76; clinic s e rvices, $2,632.97 and $1,351.15; home nursing service, $2,529,40 and $1,242.90; prescriptions and drugs, $103,691.02 and $99,418.- 95; eyeglasses and prosthetic ap­ pliances, $13,834.96 and $ 1 2,- 337.56; health insurance pre­ miums, $2,564.15 and $2,604.25; medical transportation, $2,822,- 64 and $1,862,70; laboratory s e r ­ vices, $1,925.85 and $2,321.06; other practitioners, $491 and $302.40; medical for children in private Institutions, $2,407,87 and 2,626.27; Total, $925,999.- 35 and $1,030,031.56. On December 31, there were 133 non-welfare families open to purchase food stam p s, and there were 167 public assistance fam ilies participating in the pro­ gram . In total, this was 33 less fam ilies than were participating at the end of 1971. Five banks ln the county sell food stam p s tn six different lo­ cations. The banks selling stam p s are Lewis County Trust Company tn Lowvtlle and Port Leyden; the National Bank 01 Northern New York tn Lowvlllt and Croghan; St. Lawrence Nat­ ional Bank In H arrlsvllle; th< Marine Midland-Northern In Co­ penhagen; Lyons F a lls National Bank ln Lyons Falls. The amount paid the above banks for handling 4,085 tran ­ sactions was $2,946.90. Total amount spent by persons pur­ chasing stam p s was $148,733.50. Total free (bonus) stam p s re ­ ceived by clients was $94,828,- 00. Lewis County is reim b u rsed In full for adm inistering the Food Stamp Program , The BSDA (United State Department of Agri­ culture) paid $2,682.99 for the cost of adm inistering the program for non - welfare fam ilies. USDA also provides supervision of the various s to r e s who sell food under the Food Stamp Program . The social s e rvices report also Included a resum e of welfare fraud cases as follows: Number of cases of fraud o r alleged fraud discovered, 42; number in­ vestigated, 42; dumber cases closed as a r e s u lt of Investigation, 24; number referred to the district attorney, 13; number a c t­ ed upon by the d istrict attorney, 10. At the end of the year, three cases were pending a tth e d lstrlct attorney's office. This depart­ ment also has nine cases under (Continued on Page 6-B) O f f i c i a l s S e e k M i s s i n g C h e c k s AGENCY BILL -Legislationpro­ posing to establish a Lewis County Development Agency was simultaneously Introduced re­ cently in the New York State Senate and Assembly by Sena tor James H. Donovan, R., 46th D istrict, left, and Assemblyman Donald L. Taylor, R., Watertown, right. Senator Donovan ana as * semblyman Taylor said thetr legislation would enable the County of Lewis Industrial De­ velopment Agency to issue in­ dustrial revenue bonds and there­ by provide an important tool for the county io a ttract new industry and create many new Job op­ portunities. Both legislators were op­ tim istic regarding the success­ ful passage of their bills. Just last year, these same two legislators autliored a b ill estab­ lishing a Town o f West Turin Industrial Development Agency, which is now Chapter 93 of the Laws of New York State, 1972. In 1969, the L e g islature passed comprehensive legislation which set up the vehicle and p rocedure whereby specific a c ts , such as the legislation presently introduced by Senate r Donovan and As­ semblyman Taylor, would estab­ lish local industrlai development agencies. F e e d G r a i n P r o g r a m S e t R e d C r o s s P r e p a r e s F o r U . S . P O W ’ s Amos Dykeman, county execu­ tive director for the Lewis County ASC Office, has announced that the 1973 feed grain sign-up tim^ is here. The opening date for enrolling was February 5 and the last day to enroll is March 16, All farm e rs with feed grain bases are eligible to enroll. There are two options available to the farm e rs. No set-aside acreage Is re- qufred for producers who choose toe first option to limit the 1973 total feed grain acreage to the 1972 certified acreage. These producers will earn payments on one half o f their feed grain base at 15? p e r bushel for corn, 14? per bushp! for grainsorghum and 12? per bushel for barley, multiplied by the farm establish­ ed yield. S e t-aside acreage required under the second option ts 25^, of the feed grain base. Payment rates under this plan a r e 32? per bushel for c a m , 30? per bushel for grain sorghum 26? per bushel for barley multiplied by the program yield (Continued on Page 6-B) F o r m ore than a year, the m ilitary services have made very comprehensive plans for the re­ turn of prisoners from Southeast As l a . TTie Am erican Hod Corss is prepared to assist in what­ ever way is needed at such time as U.2. prisoners, both military and civilian, are released. As Is true of the United S lates Govern­ ment, the prim a ry concern of th* Red Cross Is to be of all possible assistance fo both the men them­ selves and to their families. M ilitary hospitals overseas, designated receive prisoners as they are released, are staffed •with Red C ross personnel. Com­ fort klis have been stockpiled by the Red C r o s s at key lo­ cations on m ilitary installations in foreign countries to be made avatilcil'ie to th*- m-n should the opportunity arise to distribute them. It is expected that, upon re­ lease, the form er prisoners will enter toe norm al m ilitary medical pvneuattor* system andbe returned to designated hospitals In this country as rapidly as is consistent with their medical needs. The m ilitary's plan to bring tho TOW'S home once they are released Is sim ilar ip all branches of the service Is known as \EGRESS RECAP” (now ap­ parently called, ‘‘OPERATION HOMECOMING” ). Although there has been extensive planning, many things depend on the moment of release and how and where the prisoners are released. The planning begins at the time the rov.'s a tv direct BIGGEST TAXPAYER - Lewis County's large! taxpayer has de­ livered a check for $413,151.94 to Lewis County T reasurer Ur­ ban Karcher In payment of its 1973 local real estate taxr.% Niagara Moahwk Power Cor­ poration, represented by Paul V. fo r te , right, manager, of the Carthage-Lowville District for the utility,deliveredthebigcheck to Mr. K a rcher, l*ft. Aerording to I nrl«-, !?.»* siring of hydro utaHons <w the Jleaver f(jv/-r a r*d the a riirondarl- porter 230,000-vMI trviSfnlsMoii lire whfMl t ravi-mi'’' the from north (/■ «ouUi .in- sj erf:?f Installations which account for a great percentage of the utility's high real estate levy in theCoynty, Mr. Karoher estim ates that the Niagara Mohawk payment for J773 ref.resmLs (-1.9 per cent of the town and county's total annual tax revenues, estimated at $2,792,7^5.10 for the current year. Forte said that throughout Its Central Division, the company will pay real estate taxes of about $27 million this year* up from $22.5 million tn 1972. .System- wide, tin- utility anticipate*; total real estat*' tav payments of $65 million In 1973. control of American Personnel. At this point there is an Im­ mediate report back to the UJS. through the Casualty Branch In Washington, D.C. Each branch of the m ilitary has a Family Survivors Assistance Officer stationed tn the area of the next of kin* He is in frequent contact with the next of kin and often gets to be a close friend. The officer keeps abreast of changes as they occur and Informs the family. When a POW Is received a t toe release point he Immediately comes under the control of that country’s Commanding Officer, He is given a welcome, medical attention, food, drink, clothing, a briefing and his photograph ts taken. At this time he may make a long distance call to his next of kin. Next he is air-evacuated to the C e n tral Processing Center in the Philippines, Okinawa, o r Guam.. Officers at these locations will give the POWs information on their fam ilies to prepare them to rejoin family life. These officers have been in constant touch with the POW’s fam ilies and can readily give information on b ir th s , d p a thsandotherlm p o rtant changes in the family, even pro­ viding pictures of said family. Unfortunately, at this stage It Is possible to encounter many dif­ ficulties. Such difficulties m ight Include the rem a rrying o f a wife, the death of parent o r child, changes tn appearance (1fseveral years nave eiapseo/. occasion­ ally a family may not accept the POW because they have learn­ ed to live without him. The Red C ross may be able to assist In this area by \smoothing out” problems. POWs will have a thorough examination at the Central Pro­ cessing Center the Initial examination having been much iesfi thorough. They will rem ain at the Processing Center for be­ tween one and five days and get a partial pay of $250 while there. Personal needs are provided for, religious counseling ts available, and special foods that might have been dream ed of while confined are available. In addition to a y>hone rail to the next of kin, • o p()W will have access to tel e - (C. ~>nHnued on Page 6-B) ENJOY MYSTERIES - The fourth grade class in M rs. Snyder's room at Lowville Academy has been enjoying mystery stories. When they discovered that Miss Irene Bowen was an author of mystery stories, they *w*»reeager to talk with h er. Miss Bowen ac­ cepted an Invitation to visit the class and gave an interesting explanation o f how books are printed, Thr class asked Miss Bowen about \her books and was thriUed to have- talked to a \re a l , live\ author who llw s right her«° In L.owvtlle. STUDY LIBYA - Recently Mrs. Bernadlm' S(‘h.wart 2 .t’ntrub»ir*s primary class at Lowville A- cademy did a unit on deserts. M rs.Schw artientruber .is sT'fwn wearing an outfit warn by thr women of w 5;Rnr:m town tn Llbyn„ None* Libyan erUf-trtx are shown on the table. These were obtained from her sister who served In tft*^ Peace Corps in Libya* The class presented i progrr. rti to Miss Catherine JterveyM oh nnd enjoyed a file, on life in thn Sahara, Gerald F„ Steiner, Beaver Falls, brought to toe surface to­ day in an \open letter” to the people of the Town of Croghan a controversy which has been brewing In the township for several months now o v er the mat­ ter of a large number of state and county aid checks to the town, through Its supervisor, Everett V. L a llier, which a r e unaccounted for and cannot be located. In ths letter, Mr. Steiner posed the question to the taxpayers of the town: \When a r e you going to wake up and see where your money is being spent, or is it being spent?” Mr. Steiner continued: \I made a public statement tn June 1972 that the taxpayers of tbe town of Croghan had a lot of dirty linen to get rid of and get some new. In my opinion, we had better get more than was anticipated. “ The state auditor made a public report last fall about now many thousands of dollars were In outstanding checks. Ap­ parently, everyone thought the town had enough money, so why worry about tt? Our supervisor didn’t care either, as he mis­ laid or lost the checks. The state auditor came back Ln November and found they were still un­ accounted for. “ After a few interested citizens heard about this, we a t­ tended a board meeting on Dec. U, 1972 - Melvin M artin, Gene Demo, Gerald C h a rtrand, Ger­ ald Steiner and Pauline Steiner. The meeting progressed very well until the supervisor, Mr* Lallier, was asked by Ralph F a r­ ney, a board m ember, If he had found the checks and had tried to cash any. His answer was yes, he found som e of them , but toe boerd had not seen any yet. There were outstanding checks for the amount of $37,217.22 for the y ear of 1970. These a r e m iss­ ing or lost. Also for the year 1971, there were checks in toe amount of $12,354*66. T h is makes a total of $49,571.88 unaccounted for. Do banks cash (State) checks after ninety d a y s? “ Ralph Farney, a new member or the board, asked Mr. Lallier why he deposited, the petty cash and not the checks. He stated “ T hai's the way I do b u siness.” Mr. Farney asked Mr. L a llier to resign by Jan, 1 1973, a s he saw no need to have the books in toe sam e shape for the coming year, Mr. Farney was fighting a losing battle as the rest of tbe board would not support him. After considerable discussion it was decided to give Mr. Lallter until Jan. 20 to gel the books In shape for the state auditor, “ If you rem em ber back in the late 60’s when M r. L allier de­ feated Clarence Kelley, he made many p rom ises, especially to the people of Toyiown a rea in Beaver Falls. He said money would be appropriated for a black top road Heart Appeal Underway A goal of $f,500 has been set for the 1973 fund drive of the Lewis County Heart Association to reduce deaths from heart and blood vessel diseases. A c c o rd, tag to Homer Myers, Heart Fund campaign chairm an, these dis­ eases kill more people than all other causes combined. Citing tlm epidemic scale of the problem, the chairm an said, \H e a rt and blood vessel d iseases afflict one out of every eight Americans and wilt claim more than a million lives this year, 53 per cent of all deaths tn the U.S.” The Heart Fund drive will be conducted during February which has been designated Heart Month by an Act of Congress,' Theme of the 1973 campaign will be, “ Beat Uie Big One- — Heart attack.” The nation's num ber- one killer,heart attack, wlHclalim an estimated 675,000 lives this year. During Heart Month m o re than 400 volunteers In Lewis County will Join an army of more than two million throughout the nation. Their Job will be to distribute heart-saving information among friends and neighbors and collect funds for rofucaUorialpragramala (Continued on Page 6»B) If he was elected, it has had oil put on It In recent years. “ T he town board agreed to have disability insurance for Its em­ ployees to take effect June 1968. This was In effect until March 1969 when It was cancelled by the Insurance agent for the lack of payment. How long this went on before It was brought to anyone’s attention I do not know, but at this meettng on Dec. 12, 1972, It was put Into effect again. Again, Mr. Farney was looking out for the town employees. The rest of the board agreed to this. In that period of no Insurance I know of one employee who c e r ­ tainly needed It and will need it for an undetermined period, but it Is to Ute to receive It now. “ In my opinion the town board atong with the r e s t of u s a re just as much at fault as Mr. Lallier for letting the books get In the shape they are ln. The state auditor slated he could not straighten them out ln one month or three months. “ Each and everyone of you should stop and think how much Interest money could have been drawn In a savings account, tf on for a month. This money has been lying Idle Since 1970. The question Is why the state o r county has not asked for their outstanding checks. \On January 8, 1973, Pauline Steiner, Wilfred proulx, J r . , and m yself attended the hoard meeting expecting to find everything in ord e r. Much to our s u rprise, the only thing that had been done was the books were put in the town’s attorney’s hands. I asked M r. L a i­ der if he ever recorded the checks for 1970 and 1971.Hesald yes. I also asked him If he lost or mislaid them. He also said yes. For a man to take care of your money and getting $3,(NX) a y ear to do the Job, u se your own opinion on the Job he has done. \Everything that I have written Is true and can be verified by your town b o ard who you and my­ self elected. The members of the town board a re: S u p ervisor E v e r­ ett Lallier Justice, Roger B rana­ gan, Justice Gerald Edwards, Councilman Clint Bachman and Councilman Ralph Farney. All figures were reported In the s tate audit report last fall. 1 believe that the town clerk has a copy of that audit and it can be viewed at h e r office. \T h is report was w ritten solely by myself to try to explain how your tax money, which you receive back Is being handled by your elected offlcais. I sug­ gest each _ and every taxpayer try to help get this m ess straightened out or we will be losing our state revenue and more. 1 think our offlcals have had long enough, Over two years, to do the Job. I have lived ln Beaver Falls all my life, ex­ cluding Army time and never b e­ lieved that this could happen ln our town. It did and I’m going to be one of the tax payers to help get tt straightened out regard­ less of whose toes we step on.” U n i t e d F u n d T o p s R e c o r d At the annual membership meeting of the Lewis County United Fund, General Campaign Co-Chairmen Richard G, Riant and Wifltarn Hunt gave their r e ­ port, The total pledges and contributions to date stand at $36,089.46, eight percent above last year, and three percent over the goal of $35,000. The breakdown of the varl- ous divisions as compared to 1971 Is as follows: Industrial: Corporate - Increase of 20%; In­ dividual - Increase of 14%; Pro­ fessional - Increase of 39%; Mer­ chants and Business » decrease of 1%; Schools - decrease o. 17%. Residential: LowvUle - decrease of 21%; county - de­ crease of 16%. Total, Increase of 8%. As noted In the c o -chairm a n 's report, the Industrial Division continues to be the big supporter of tbe Fund. The winners In tbe per capita giving ln their divisions w e re, A.M.F, for the fifth straight year in a row, Latex Fiber, and Niagara - Mohawk. The Early-Blrd award went to the Lewis county Trust Company. The co-chairm e n of the industrial Division were Jlm S h ea and Paul Forte. Out-gotag President Doug Brodie commented that this year’s campaign was the smooth­ est operating and by the r e s u lts, the most successful tn many years of the United Fund. BanksClase Lewis County Trust Com­ pany, Lowvllle, and Its branch offices af Port Ley­ den, and Carthage, National Bank of Northern New York a t Lowvtlle and Croghan, Lyons Falls National Bank and the Jeff-Lewls Savings and Loan Association, Low­ vllle, will be closed Monday, Feb, 12, and Monday, Feb. 19, in observance of the birthdays of Abraham Lin­ coln and George Washington. BOY OF MONTH - Mike Bos. hart, son of M r. and M rs. Rob­ ert B o shart, T u rin, K.D., was honored by being selected “ Boy of the Month” of the Lowvllle Wwnols Club at its regular meeting January 23. Left to right In the photo are M r. Boshart, M rs, Boshart, Mike Boshart and Klwanls President Jim Burt, Boshart, a senior at Lowvllle Academy and Central School, has been active In Student Govern­ ment In his ninth, eleventh and twelfth years. Is currently Senior Class president, was a Consltutlonal Convention d e le, gate, played football ln his f ir s t, third and fourth years of high school, received * letter of re ­ commendation for m e r ltscholar- ship, received a New York Re­ gents Scholarship, and has been on the honor roll most of his academic career. He ls also president of the Young Peoples at (he Methodist church In Glen­ fleld, and serving In an administrative roll in thedlstrlct of the Methodist Church. He has applied a t Colgate University and plans to m ajor In psychology. i >

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