December 17, 1987 LIVONIA GAzETTE', HONEOYE LAKE COURIER, LIMA REcORDER, HONEOYE FALl] riMEs' Page 7 Meekin Named Auxiliaristo Year R CMA Delegates Elect Officers, Discuss Issues Representati~es of 22,000 dairy farmers from eleven northeastern states gathered Dec. 11 at the Sheraton Inn in Liverpool for the first annual meeting of the Regional Cooperative Marketing Agency Inc. since the organization established an over-order premium on fluid milk and distributed $2.5 million members. During the mecting dairymen elected officers for the organization, which was established to get farmers a fair price of milk, and discussed issues facing the organization. For 1988, RCMA officers will include: William Zuber, president of Upstate Milk Cooperatives Inc., Le Roy, president; Norman Harvey, chairman of the board of Methuen, Mass.-based Agri- Mark and operator of Harvey Farms in Florence, VI., vice president; Pat Patterson, chairman of the board of Cabot Cooperative of Cabot, VI., treasurer; and William Murphy, an independent dairyman from Stamford, N.Y., secretary. .JACK MEEKIN - \With projected' major cuts in-the federal support price, RCMA is up and running at a key time for dairymen in the northeast. Our members are assured of an organization that will do its best to protect farm Andrew (Jack) Meekin of Livonia was named as Auxiliarist of the year at the Division IV Change of Watch awards dinner in Canandaigua in December. Jack has becn Commander of Flotilla 4-9 Conesus Lake the past two years and has been very active in the Operations, Vessel Examinations and Public Education segments of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteer program. Divislon\<IV comprises six flotillas in the greater Rochester area from Bald Eagle to Sodus Bay on Lake Ontario and includes Canandiagua and Conesus Lakes. In addition, Flotilla 4-9 Conesus Lake won an award for Publications and was runner-up for overall number of Vessel Examinations. Jack also won a personal award for the most Vessel Examinations. The U.S. Coast Guard projects that there will be one million new boaters in 1988. Statistics show that we, as Auxiliarists, are only reaching 10% of the current boating population with our Public Education courses. These courses are free, with materials at cost. The next Public Edu- cation course 'in this Urea will begin in late February or early March at the Lakeville Com- munity Church in Lakeville. Successful completion of this course often results in a 10-25% reduction in boat insurance fecs. For information, call Jack Meckin, 243-3479. New Basketball Rules in Effect Locally Threc point goal: The 3-Pt. arch is measured from the center of the goal out 19'9\. (This is the same as the college arch.) For a player to qualify for a . 3 Pt: goal he must start his allempt from behind the arch [ A plane including the air space, as used for the foul line is not used for the 3 Pt. goal.) Where the player lands docs not matter. Hasper Pushes for Money For Caledonia Hatchery On the attempt the official raises ihrec fingers to signify that he recognizes that a 3 Pt. attempt is being made. Upon a score the offficial raises both arms and hands in the \Touchdown\ pOSitIOn to communicate 3 Pts. to the official scorer. All technical fouls are two shot fouls this yw; Assemblyman John W. Hasper (R-Belfast) announced he will be a prime sponsor of an Assembly Republican program bill for the restoration of New York's fish hatcheries that would provide nearly 52 million to renovate the fish hatchery at, Caledonia in the first YC<U'. \The Caledonia Fish. Hatchery, in Livingston County, was built in 1870 and was the first facility of its kind in the nation,\ Hasper said. \The role played by the hatchery in preservation of the environment is stili important today.\ ,\New York state boasts a $3 bi Ilion a year sport fishing industry,\ Hastx:r added, \but currently the hatcheries have fallen into disrepair.\ Hasperco-signed a lelter to, Gov .. Mario Cuomo with Assembly Republican Leader C.C. \Rapp\ Rappleyea and his Assembly Republica!) c'olleagues proposing \The Fish Hatchery Restoration and Reconstruction Act.\ IL calls for a fopr-year investment of $20 million to renovate the stnte's fish hatchery facilities and increase production capacity. Hasper noted that despite increased demand, actual production has declined in recent years. And the most recent modernization plan went into effect in 1971, but fell on hard times and was not completed. Caledonia is slated to receive $1.85 million in the first year of the proposed program, according to Hasper. Hasper noted that he will be taking up the legislation with local government and Caledonia hatchery officials. \The governor, the state Legislature and the Department of Environmental Conservation cannot let their commitment to our environment and conser- vation lapse in this manner,\ Hasper said. \This legislation has rn y full support and I urge the governor to include it at the top of his own agenda,\ The \Coaches Seat Belt Rule\ has been modified to using a coaching box (as in the girls game and college game.) For high school boys basketball the coaching box will be approximately from the hash marks to the baseline. A coach may rise from the beneh in this area and coach his players. He may not use this mobility to chat with the official, or to approach the scorers' table. Play~rs are not allowed to leave the bench unless they are eniering the game or are making a spontaneous cheer for outstanding play. Closely guarded rule now extends into the backcourt and the offensive man does not have to penetrate the ha~h mark. GARAGES • POLE BARNS Roof Tops • Additions • Decks • Storage Sheds Vacation Homes • Vinyl Siding • Overhead Doors '\\~,. Ii For All Your Building Needs: \' I !' G.A. WARDInc. , ',43 East Main St., Honeoye, NY 14471 \ ~l 229-2333 lOaJiJ FINANCING AVAILABLE A NAME YOU CAN TRUST-A BUll.DING YOU CAN BE PROUD OF. income. It's our job to be sure non-members recognize RCMA is in their best interests. I urge dairymen to talk with their neighbors and ask them to join RCMA. Many of the premiums non-members are receiving are due to RCMA,\ Zuber said. Also during the day- long mecting, RCMA delegates authorized suits to be filed next weck by the <:)'Hara & Hanlon law firm of Syracuse against two fluid milk dealers who have not paid RCMA premiums and two other handlers whose payments are disputed by the. dairymen. The names of the four milk dealers will be released when court papers are filed, Zuber said. . Also discussed were negotiations with Kraft, Inc. of Chicago regarding payment of premiums for fluid milk and the supplying of shipping records for RCMA farmers. The two organizations are not publicly discussing terms being considered, but have reported progress in iheir talks. Meanwhile, RCMA plans to hold a meeting of independent farmers from across the northeast : who ship to Kraft next Friday in Canton, N.Y. During that sesson farmers will be updated on the situation and RCMA will issue checks from its milk pool to any Kraft farmer presenting a September milk check stub that lists total shipments to Kraft. Edward Anna, executive director of RCMA, noted that just recently the organization issued the first over-order premiums to dairymen. \It was a while in coming, but I think everyone connnected with RCMA recognizes the significance of those first checks. We have kept our commitment to our farmer members and will continue to work towards obtaining a' fair price for farm~rs,\ he said. Checks totaling $2.5 million were distributed for September milk by RCMA. RCMA was established • so that far'11ers, who have been hard hitin «fcent years by cuts in the federal minimum price of milk, could have a reasonable- chance of getting a fair price for their products. The federal price support has been cut by $1.50 per hundredweight in the'last few years. Further cuts in that -minimum price are expected during 1988. At the same time, expenses on the farm have increased and a shortage of milk has developed in the northeast. During a twelve month period in 1986-87, over 2,000 northeastern farm families left the business. News & Views of Wildlife Management by Dan Carroll, Sr. Wildlife Biologist Wildlife personnel from Region 8 operated five decr check stations to collect biological data on harvested animals during the 1987 big game season. . A total of 753 deer were checked at these stations compared to 732 in 1986 and 760 in 1985. Approximately 82% were checked on opening day and 18% were on the first Saturday. These figures, while . interesting, are meaningless until figured into the full statewide picture. The calculated harvest statistics for. the whole state will be available sometime in FebfUlliy . Regional biologists anticipate that the Region 8 de~r harvest will increase approximately 73% from' the 1986 harvest of 27,374. This.is primarily due to an increase in Decr Management permits, from 32,460 in 1986 to 77,565 in 1987. Deer check stations are the main source of biological information on which to base future big game management decisions. These stations arc set up at appropriate highway locations throughout the state to obtain an adequate sample of deer from successful hunters. Biological information is also collected at road blocks, freezer lockers, hunting camps, private residences, and taxidermists. In 1986, biologists checked 18,336 deer in NYS or 10.3% of the statewide harvest: When biologists check a deer, they record the following information: Big Game or Deer Mangement Pemit license number, town of harvest, county of harvest, age, number of points, beam diameter and hunter zip code. . The license number, . along with the town and county :of harvest, provides biologists 'With data which allows them to calculate the harvest for each township and county in the state. The number of points' and beam diameter of the antler provide an index to deer habitat conditions. Generally speaking, yearling deer living in prime .habitat will have beam diameters of 20-25mm and quite often 8 poin~s. However, yearling deer· living in poor habitat may have beam diameters of 15mm or less . and only short spikes. WAREHOUSE TOWEL SALE ************** ••••• *.**** BRAND NEW LARGE TOWELS 100 for $25 (25¢ each) Fantastic, beautiful, gorgeous, out-of-this- world assorted colors, unwoven cotton that is manufactured into beautiful and lov~ly 70% cotton towels, with 30% added rayon. Beau- tifully pressed in assorted colors: blue, pink, green, yellow, etc.' Send check or money order to: McVicker Towel House , 203 Pine Street Johnstown, PA 15902 Please include $7.50 for postage and handling. With your towel order, we will send you information about our cash prize contest. You could win fifty thousand dol/ars In cash!