1970-08-12; Clare Sentinel
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CITY LIBRARY 4TH & a_E;vAN 4861? XX tHht Clare Sentinel FIFTEEN CENTS 12 PAGES WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12, 1970 OUR 92nd YEAR NEW SERIES VOL. 78 NO. 49 SMALL HALLWAYS—Narrow hallways and exposed pipes are two of the deficiencies noted by the Michigan Department of Public Health in the older portion of Clare Osteopathic Hospital. The hospital has been issued a warning unless these and ap proximately 46 other deficiencies are corrected the state may refuse to renew the hospital's operating license. A concerned citizens group ;is attempting to develop ways of financing the needed improvements which are expected to cost about $700,000. Drowning, Car Accidents Claim Lives Of Two Youths A car-truck accident claimed the life of a •Clare County youth for the second death as a result of accidents in the county during the last six days. Late last week a 15- year old youth died as a result of drowning while swimming alone on Arnold Lake in Clare County. The youth's death was the first drowning death in the county this year, compared to three last year. Killed when the car he was riding in collided with a tractor - trailer truck on US-27 in Gratiot County was Donald B. Bigelow, 19, of Route 4, Clare. The driver of the car in which Bigelow was riding, David J. West, was critically injured in the accident and .is listed in critical condition in the intensive care unit of St. Mary's Hospital in Saginaw. The accident occurred at 5:10 a.m. Saturday one and three-tenths of a mile from Jefferson Road in Pine River Township, according to troopers from the Ithaca State Police Post* Troopers said the West car collided with a truck driven by Donald E. Zimmerman, 31, of Port Austin. He and a passenger in the truck, Donald Zimmerman Jr., 12; were not injured. According to reports issued by the state police Zimmerman had just pulled onto the freeway from thfc rest area when the West Car collided with the truck. Both motor vehicles were traveling south when the collision happened. No tickets have been issued in the accident which is still under investigation by the state police. Bigelow is the son of Mir. and Mrs. Donald Bigelow* 8151 N. Mission in Clare and West is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold West Jr., 3346 E. Herrick Road in Clare County. Clare County registered its first drowning accident of the year when a 15-year old boy drowned on Arnold Lake in Frost township, last week. The county's first drowning victim was Joel E. Magnus, 15, son of Mr. and Mrs. John C. Magnus of Route 1, Clare. Clare County Sheriff Ray Lippold reported the youth jumped from a dock on shore and began swimming, to a raft anchored about 75 yards from shore. Lippold said witnesses reported the youth reached the raft, waited a few minutes and began swimming back to shore. He was swimming alone both times and failed to reach shore the second time. A summer resident at Arnold Lake, Paul Weber 23, of Mt. Pleasant saw the Magnus boy struggle and swam out to help. Weber pulled the youth back to the raft and began mouth-to-mouth resuscitation while onlookers from the shore called the sheriff's department. Lippold attempted to revive the youth with the department's portable resusicitator. Clare School Board Reduces Tax Levy Members of the Clare School Board voted to reduce school taxes by half a mill during their regular meeting at Clare High School Monday evening. The reduction in millage came in the area of debt retirement millage which was reduced from an annual charge of two mills to one and one half mills. Officials said the reduction was possible as a result of increased state evaluation. The higher evaluation on property in the school system generates the needed revenue at the lower rate in order to pay off past school building debts. School officials also voted to maintain the operating millage levy at 15.5 mills, the same rate as last year. Board members pointed out debt retirement millage was reduced by a similar amount two years ago, but property owners didn't feel the effect because additional millage was leveled by the former Clar e County Board of Supervisors. In a related action School Superintendent Richard L Snyder reported that the county election board approved the board's re quest for two separate elections. The board has scheduled an operating millage levy renewal vote for December 9 and a special bonding issue for March 1, 1971. Snyder reported to board members that the bonding proposal should be finalized by October 1 in order to meet state requirements to place the issue before the voters. Registered property and non-property owners in the school district will be eligible to vote in the elections. Board members also decided to meet With the Citizens Committee on Facilities prior to their next scheduled meeting September 14 for a joint meeting to discuss the bonding and millage elections. It was announced Clare Schools will open September 9 while teachers will gather one day earlier for meetings and planning sessions. Board secretary Forrest Sogge will represent the school board at a meeting Wednesday evening of the Clare County Historical Society. Sogge will officially present to the society the deed to the Old Dover School which was recently restored by the historical organization. In other business board members awarded a contract to supply milk for school children at a rate of 5.98 cents per half pint furnished by Seal- test Dairy of Clare. Other bidders were the McDonald Dairy Company at 6.1 cents and Saniseal at 6.35 cents per pint. Board members rejected bids for gasoline to operate the system's 24 school buses and other motor cars because required specifications were not furnished by one of the two bidders. Approximately 35,000 gallons of gas are used annually by the school system. A decision was made to postpone action of surfacing the north parking lot at the high school until the ground is graded and settled. In another related property matter board members tabled for further consideration a proposal to purchase the former Schug property near the school. The board hopes to purchase the land which amounts to approximately one half a city block, to use for future parking facilities for school buses. RULING COSTS SCHOOLS $8,500 While the total effect of the recent state supreme court ruling requiring free textbooks for all students is still not known for the Clare School System, the total cost could run as much as $100,000 if the ruling is applied to its fullest extent. The $100,000 estimated price tag was pointed out to members of the Clare School District Board of Education by Richard L. Snyder, superintendent of Clare schools during the board's regular meeting Monday evening. The ruling in question concerns a case involving the Ann Arbor School District which fought for nearly four years a loosing battle to maintain authority to charge book rental fees and other fees for students enrolled in the Ann Arbor system. The state supreme court's decision struck down what was an established practice in many school districts throughout the state as a method to obtain supplemental operating fund's to help pay for the costly school book budget line item. In Clare, the court's ruling will have the effect of costing the school system approximately $8,500 the amount required to furnish textbooks free to secondary school students in grades 7 through 12 and to abolish the current events reading material charge in the elementary and junior high grades. The additional cost is nearly "equal to the salary of one teacher in the system. Textbooks are furnished to elementary students, without charge. Previously Clare school students at the secondary level were charged an annual fee of $7.50 for Few Contests Slated In Township Elections Republican candidates will be opposed by Democratic candidates in the November general election in seven of Clare County's 16 townships, according to a report issued by Clar e County Clerk Louis Becker. The report was compiled by the Clare County Board of Canvassers 'from inform-atfon submitted by the individual election canvassing boards in the various townshiips. The township governmental candidates were .elected in the primary election last week which saw incumbents Don Holbrook Jr., state representative from the 99th District, and John F. Toepp, state senator from the 36th District, renominated. Clare County voters also nominated on the Republican ticket Ray Lippold to seek the remainder of the four-year term left vacant when former Sheriff James Darling re signed in March. Lippold was appointed then by a three-man committee to fill the vacancy until the November election. Voters also elected Alex Strange, probate judge, from Clare County to run against George Johnson of Gladwin for the probate judgeship seat for the recently combined Clare - Gladwfn Cbtinty Probate Court District. In the city of Harrison voters nominated on the non-partisan ticket Cecil Phillips to oppose Dan Sullivan for Harrison mayor. Harrison voters also nominated , on the same ticket, to run for the city council Arthur G. Foote, Kirk A. Nigro and Robert E. Roth. The townships in which there will be Democratic challengers are Franklin, Freeman, Hamilton, Hayes, Lincoln, Redding, Surrey and Summerfield. The candidates, the ticket and the office they are seeking are listed ac cording to townships below: ARTHUR TOWNSHIP— All Republicans, Norman D. Myers, supervisor, Glen L. Newman, clerk, Agnes M. Davis, treasurer, Jack S. Richards, trustee and Russell R. Sanders and Clark Walters, both, constable. FRANKLIN—Nial D. Tr.esseq_.ie, (R) supervisor, John W. Sincic (R) and Joyce Campbell (D), treasurer, John Malone, (R) trustee, Earl Town- send (R) and Kenneth Campbell and Delbert Riske, both (D), constable and Velma Davis (D) clerk FREEMAN—Leo Harris (R) clerk; Grace Lee, (R) treasurer: 'v: Kenneth Marhofer (R) and Ross M. Howard and Justin L. Bain both (D), constable; Keith Blain, (D), supervisor; and Frank Sarkozi (D) trustee. FROST--A11 Republicans, Leo Cooper,supervisor, Lanora Schulz, Continued on Page-12 textoook rental and the elementary grade publication charge was $1 per year. Board members agreed to abolish book rental fees and supply free textbooks to all students in compliance with the court's ruling. However, board members also agreed to postpone other fee charges until further interpretations of the court's ruling are made- certain fees may be collected but if ordered to do so the board will refund them. The $100,000 price tag to the school system would occur if Clare schools were required to furnish other school-related materials. Some of these materials might include pencils, paper, pens, musical instruments for participation in bands and orchestras, gym suits and athletic equipment, yearbook, student newspaper, material costs for art and shop classes, caps and gowns for graduation, class rings, graduation announcement cards and many other items. School officials emphasize that the matter of charging fees for these items is not clear as yet and may not *be for a month or longer. Officials indicated until school systems are prohibited from charging these fees by the courts past practices will continue under close examination. The annual fees for art and shop classes at the secondary level of $5 each do not pay the entire cost of materials for the classes but only supplement the costs. Payment of all costs could only add additional costs to the program and perhaps reduce the quantity of materials used by each student. Farwell To Observe Centennial ^■4^ &M m'Jifa* FARM EXPERIMENTALIST-.-Josiah Littlefield and his wife stand beside a stalk of corn grown by Littlefield as one Of his farming experiments during the early days of Farwell. Littlefield's contributions to the Farwell area and other early settlers will be relived during the Farwell Centennial Celebration September 2 to 7. Plans for the Farwell Centennial are being finalized in preparation for the community's 100th anniversary celebration September 2 to 7. Throughout the 100-year history of Farwell, the village has compiled an impressive history of events and personalities, both of which will be recalled during a special centennial pageant as part of the week's activities observing the birthday of the community. A six-man committee has developed most of the plans for the celebration assisted by several civic and service organizations in the area. Chairman of the event is Don Luce, assisted by Albert Eisenhauer as co-chairman and chairman of the parade committee. Other members of the centennial committee include Harold Eleribaas Jr. secretary, Al Howard, financial secretary, Bernard Schofield, treasurer Marilyn Pitchford, talent show chairman, Mrs. El- enbaas, pageant committee chairman and the Far- well Teacher Club which is sponsoring an ox roast. The teacher's club also is attempting to forma Far- well area historical society. A special centennial book has been published with much of the area's history written by Mrs. Hazel Littlefield Smith, daughter of one of the first settlers in the Farwell area. A picture on page 4 points out a past industry of the area, the Portland Cement Company. It was started by Josiah Littlefield as an attempt to provide continuing industry in the area after a decline began in the lumbering industry. The business failed after a few years when better natural supplies and manufacturing methods were perfected elsewhere. Centennial activities will get underway August 29 with the crowning of the Centennial Queen during a ball in the Farwell High School gymnasium, Activities will move in high gear with a special centennial church service September 2 at 8 p.m. in the high school gym. On September 3 a carnival will begin its week- long run highlighted with the centennial talent show that night at 8 in the gym. The main attraction of the festival September 4 will be the presentation of the centennial pageant at 8 p.m. in the high school parking lot, performed by local talent. A pony pulling contest is scheduled for the afternoon of September 5 with the opening of- an antique display area in the high school, a little league baseball game and an r'Auld Lang Syne*' banquet at the high school beginning ar 6:30 p.m.
|Title||1970-08-12; Clare Sentinel|
|Publisher||R. G. & F. A. Jefferies|
|Description||An issue of a Clare, Michigan newspaper. Published weekly. Began publication in 1896. Previously known as Clare Sentinel and the Democrat-Press. In 1923, absorbed the Clare Courier.|
|Subject/Keywords||Clare (Mich.) - Newspapers; Clare County (Mich.) - Newspapers;|
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