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FORT COVINGTON SUN Fort Covington, N.Y. 12937 Second class postage pajd at Fort Covington, N.Y. 12937 m Established 1885 Fort Covington, New York 12937 Price 30c USPS 205-680 Edition 324 July 10,1986 Dennis Elliott Lives to Tell By Jennie Bartlett Dennis Elliott entered the \Twilight Zone\ at 11:30 p.m. July 1, 1986. While attending a confer- ence for elementary teacher science mentors, Dennis and his companions were returning to the Sheraton Inn in Ca- nandaigua, New York, at 11:30 p.m., having visited the Bo- tanical Gardens. Remembering that his car contained only a quarter of a tank of gasoline, and needed something from the conve- nience store they had past about two blocks away, he went to his car to take care of these matters before retiring for the night. He entered his car and proceeded out of the drive way. This is when Rod Serling would intone his words, telling the viewer that \Dennis was about to enter the Twilight Zone.\ A Horror Story A green pickup truck with three people in it appeared, pulling in front of the Elliott car, slammed on the brakes, blocking the driveway. One of the three left the truck and headed toward Dennis as though he were about to ask for directions. As the man approached the car, he pulled a knife, held it against Dennis' throat and ordered him out of the car. Still, with the knife against his throat, he then grabbed Dennis' hair and pulled him backwards back into the car. The green pickup truck and the two accomplices left the scene, leaving the man in the Elliott car. Never removing the knife from Dennis' throat, or re- leasing his graps of Dennis' hair, he ordered him to drive up and down various Canan- daigua streets in a maze like, Composite of assailant fashion, only lowering the knife from his throat to his side through the city where he might be seen. Dennis drove following the man's directions until he reached a wooded area. At thatitime, Dennis was ordered to pull his car over and hand over PROJECT '86 Class of '86 Graduation Committee wishes to thank the following for their support of the all night graduation party: Salmon River Central Board of Education, Robert B. Lewis, Supt. of Schools, W. Hasting Perkins, H. S. Principal, SRCS Custodial Staff, SRCS Cafeteria Super- visor, Renee Durant and also the following: Vaughn Aldrich American Legion Post #1418 American Legion Auxiliary #1418 American Legion Post #1479 American Legion Auxiliary #1479 Barrett Paving Materials, Inc. Bears Den George Bero's Hairstyling Ray & Donna Brosseau Bruso-Desnoyers Funeral Home CM Printing & Signs CSEA Kevin & ttfendy Cappiello Cappiello-McKenzie Funeral Home \^_y Chatland's Dairy Supply Lyle & Corky Crofoot Rick Ellis Ford Ellsworth News Fish'sIGA Fort Covington SUN Franklin County STOP DWI Indian Times Newspaper Jayne Lisa II Key Bank Knights of Columbus Sandy Kukie Latreille Feeds Leroux Oil Company Leroux Oil Service Bill Lewis Errol & Joanne McElwain Cal McNamara Malone Lodge of the Moose & Women of the Moose Manson's Insurance Company Mary Jo Motel Mills & Wells Law Office Mohawk Video Norre Bil Vaerksted (George Emery) North Franklin Sports Ohsarse Computer Systems Erwin Phillips Rhoades & Rhoades St. Joseph's Church St. Mary's Altar Rosary Society St. Patrick's Church St. Regis Mohawk Health Services St. Regis Mohawk O.F.A. Smith's Lumber Supply Stanley Stcfanowicz TaiBeferVArco Shirley Treptow Village Furniture & Appl. Village Greenery & Gifts Wil-Jays Speed 'n Sport all the cash he was carrying in his wallet. He wanted no credit cards from his victim, or any other valuables, only cash. Never once did the thief touch anything. (Afterwards, when the police dusted the car for fingerprints, only a partial print was found on the passenger door.) While still grasping Dennis' hair, he slammed Dennis' head against the door frame. After taking the cash, he ordered him to continue driv- ing around the clearing. Fi- nally, the thief released Dennis and jumped out of the automobile. Praying that there was still enough gasoline in the car which now registered an empty tank, Dennis drove away from the clearing towards the road. As he approached the turn to the road he saw a car parked at the side of the road. He slowed down so that he might stop to obtain help from the two occupants of the car, until, as his lights shown on the vehicle, he realized that it was the same green pickup truck he had first seen in the parking lot of the hotel. Dennis continued to drive, blindly taking roads, until after approximately twenty minutes, lie entered what appeared to be the main high- way, with, amazingly, a State Police station very close to where he had entered the highway. After talking with Dennis, the State FDlice drove him to the City Police so that they might handle the matter whieh fell into their jurisdiction. Dennis arrived at the City Police station at 1:15 a.m., remaining there talking and attempting to identify his abductor in a police line up until the police returned him to the Sheraton Inn at 4:30 Wednesday morning. After spending what was left of the night unable to I sleep, Dennis attended the morning session of the con- ference, the subject of which was observation skills. Fol- lowing the session, Dennis returned to the police station to look at books of mug shots, after which a police artist was called to assist Dennis in putting together a com- posite picture of his abductor, using plastic overlays, until the final picture was com- (Continued on Pg- 7) Fort Sewage Project Passes 143 to 56 On Monday July 7, 1986, qualified voters of the Town of Fort Covington approved the resolution adopted by the Town Board on Nov. 2, 1983 to establish a sewer district in which a sewage system would be constructed. There was a total of 209 votes with 143 in favor, 56 opposed and 10 dis- carded, since they were improperly marked. Fort Covington's proposed sewage system has been a run- ning issue for many long years and many local residents expressed surprise in learning the high number of affirmative votes. The sewage referendum has been defeated several times on previous occasions. Opinions as to the reason for the reversal varied from the DEC crackdown, fear of losing funding, to \the Fort needs a decent sewage system.?\ \The next step,\ said Fort Town Supervisor Smith,\ will be Phase 3 which involves planning and construction.' He expressed optimism in that the town might be able to obtain additional grant monies now that the project has been approved. (PWM) Mark Gorrow Injured in Bridge Fall Mark Gorrow, 26, formerly of Bombay, recently fell from a bridge in Rochester where he was working as an ironworker. He had been working with the Jim Frederico Wrecking Co. which is dismantling the 96 year old Driving Park Bridge in Rochester. Moving: along the bridge girder, he loosened his safety wires and fell off the girder about 50 feet to a gorge and then slid down the embank- ment another 40 or 50 feet. He struck the ground where there were no rocks and just missed impaling himself on a rod which was protruding from the ground. He was caught in a small tree at the embank- ment's ledge which drops sharply about 130 feet to the river below. Another worker rushed to his aid securing him with safety ropes. During the hour long rescue, firefighters and emer- gency medical technicians tied him in a rescue basket and pulled him to safety. Mr. Gorrow suffered head and internal injuries and is in guarded condition at the Rochester General Hospital. He is the son of Allan Gorrow of Bombay and Yvonne Tier- nan of Waddington. Holly Davis Awarded Scholarship Holly Davis, daughter of Glen and Jean Davis of Fort Covington is the recipient of a scholarship from the New York State Department of Health and the State Health Services Corps program. This scholarship will cover the 86- 87 and 87-88 academic years and will pay up to $15,000. for each of the two years. Holly Davis will be entering her junior year at Ithaca College where she is studying physical therapy. The scholarship was awarded to individuals in certain health related fields and is based on academic achievement and previous work experience in the chosen health field, plus a demon- strated interest in working with institutionalized population. Miss Davis is currently working as a physical tnerap) aid at Alice Hyde Hospital During the school year she has been working with s mentally and physically handi- caped person in addition. Miss Davis has been s cheerleader for Ithaca College and has been on the Dean's List for the past three semesters. She will return to the Ithact campus in September anc in May of '87 she will attenc classes for the next twelve months at the Bronx camput of Ithaca College, as well a* interning in Jacobi Hospital. Holly Davis was one o thirty three physical therap students from nearly a thou sand applicants to be awardet this scholarship. The scholar ship was awarded followinj a twelve page application am a personal interview. Connie Gerow Appointed AGE Head The Salmon River Satellite Center for NCCC and Adult Community Education has appointed Connie Gerow as Advisor/Coordinator for the 1986/87 school year, effective June 30th. Mrs. Gerow is readily avail- able to assist present and perspective NCCC students, as well as preparing for the fall program for the Adult Community Education. She has advised that, just as in '85-86, familiar seasonal pro- grams (wreath making, candy and pastry making) will be (Continued on Pg. 3)

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