FORT COVINGTONSUN Fort Covington, NY. 1293* Second class postage pajd at Fort Coving ton, N.Y. 12937 n Established 1885 Fort Covington, New York 12937 Price 30c USPS 205-680 Edition 331 August 28,1986 BOCES Installs Mainframes at SRCS • Small But • IS Help It Was No Bluff By Jennie Bartlett Imagine an air condition- ed 8x12 room completely filled with vacuum tubes and miles and miles of wire, with the exception of two 12\ wide aisles to allow access to the tubes. Imagine further, plac- ing this room carefully in a compactor and squeezing until the 8x12 room is now reduced to the size of a typewriter. Understand that the 8x12 room and the typewriter size piece of machinery are capable of performing exactly the same function. You will now under- stand the advance made from early computers to those of the mid 70's. Next, imagine the typewri- ter size machine of the 70's performing 62 times more and you will have the technology of the 80's. You will then have one of the two new microhosts at Salmon River Central which was installed fnll w^elPBy Instructional Systems. (ISI). This system has built into it, by changing a few computer chips, the. capability for each of them to do 1000 times more, or 62,000 times more than the 8x12 room. Although Plattsburgh BOCES is the regional CAI (Computer Assisted Instruc- tion) center for Northeastern New York, Salmon River Cen- tral, with its computers, and with Chateaugay Central's computers, will have more computers on line than Pittsburgh. Sitting in the enviable posi- tion of being years ahead of other schools in the area, solely because of far sighted adminis- trative direction, SRCS has mapped out a comprehensive computer assisted instruc- tional program for its students. The CAI program is three faceted; remedial, average and advanced. The remedial program will start, for the first time this semester, with 8 terminals in Robert Revoir's remedial math classroom. Up to now, a \System 80\ has been used, requiring students to proceed step by step through any given program, regardless of the individual ability of the child. The new computers, on the other hand, will allow a stu- dent to start at whatever level he has already attained and proceed at his own rate to wha- tever level he can reach, skip- ping whatever steps he already knows along the way. Already institued reme- dial programs in grade 6,7 and 8 will contine to carry PSEN tPupnV withSpeeiai ^&tomm tional Needs) students to higher levels. For example, during the past school year, remedial math students gained an average of 1.49 years in one year, based on the IOWA tests. On the average, remedial students, by definition, never gain a year in a year. (A reme- dial student is a student who is 2 or more years below grade level.) Beginning its third year, the high school program carries on with those students who are still below grade level. In assisting the average stu- dent - all students in grade 4,5 and 6 spend 20 minutes every day on a compute^ terminal; 10 of which are on reading skills (Continued on pg. 10) By Pat Musante It was no bluff when it was mentioned at a recent SRCS board meeting that petitions were being curculated in the area towns protesting SRCS's hiring of a new administrator. The list of names grows longer as local residents express their concern over the precarious economic local developments. If many residents felt that eight administrators for 1600 students was \a bit much\ previously, the effects of the GM phase-out added more consternation. Right now, apprehensive local eyes are now focused on the future of ALCOA and Reynolds. The petitions are very real. They are placed in several area businesses and some people are going door to door. \We already have quite a few signatures,\ said one organizer, \especially consid- ering that many people cannot sign due to various reasons, however, we urge those in this position to make their feelings known to their school board representatives.\ The newest in CAI technology: So new, in fact, they were not available 3 months ago. Capable of \stand alone\ operation, these Atari color com- puters installed this week in the high school CAI lab are capable of one megabyte of individual disk storage. St. Regis, Quebec Man Arrested A 37-year-old St. Regis, Que., man was arrested on a charge of third degree assault, felony driving while intoxi- cated, and felony unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle jifter he allegedly struck Another man near the Mohawk Bingo Palace Saturday night. Massena state police said David Jacobs, Second Street, St. Regis, Que., was charged after he allegedly struck tow- tnick operator Floyd Guyette, Massena, who had pulled Jac- obs' vehicle from the mud between the Mohawk Bingo Palace and Buddy's Truck Stop. He is also alleged to have refused to pay Mr. Guyette for his towing services. Jacobs was arraigned before Fort Covington Town Justice James Rhodes and committed to the Franklin County Jail in lieu of $1,000 bail. He is sche- duled to appear in Bombay Town Court Sept. 2. Congressman Martin Relays Thanks to Local Farmers The disks: on tbe right the 5V4\ floppy disk and on the left, die new ZW disk which holds one meg- abyte of information, approximately 20 times the storage capacity of the floppy disk. St. Mary's Altar and Rosary Society Blood Clinic Forty seven donors com- bined to contribute 47 units of blood at the Red Cross blood clinic held at St. Mary's Parish Center in Fort Co- vington this past Monday, according to day chairman Janice Fullum. Sponsored by the Altar Rosary Society of St. Mary's Church, the clinic resulted in four first-time donors. Multiple gallon donors (those who have donated a gallon or more of blood over their lifetimes) included Glen Davis, nine gallons; Chris Cooke, three gallons; and Diane Bonefant, two gallons. Red Cross Blood Services Chairman Leona DeBeer ex- pressed her appreciation to those who attended the clinic as donors. % She especially congratulated the lay and medically-trained volunteers, members of the Altar Rosary Society who helped recruit donors, and the area media for helping to publicize the event. DeBeer also recognized area churches and businesses, the bloodmobile crew from the Albany headquarters of the Northeastern New York Red Cross Region, and Diane Bonenfant, Earl Prue, Ted LaFave, and Tammy Leahy, all of whom contributed to the success of the clinic. Chairman DeBeer issued an urgent request for Reg- istered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses who are willing to help with future blood clinics, even on a part time basis, > Nurses who wish to vol- unteer in this capacity should call Tammy Leahy, 529-6536, and register their names on an available list of medically- trained people who play an essential role in the smooth operation of any Red Cross clinic. The lay volunteers for the Fort Covington clinic were Bernice Lamica> Delia Brock- way, Janice LaPage, Joanne Laraby, Phyllis Gratton, Lo- dene Allen, Linda O'Jida, Theresa Quenville, Georgette Lauzon, Janet Stevens, Beulah Bigness, Brandy LaPage, Rose Rhoades, Harriet Snyder, Joyce LatuMppe, Jerri LaPage, Janice Fullum, Bctt f L*Brake and Mildred Eldred. The four medically-trained volunteers who helped were Margaret Lowell, Haleyon Davies, Colleen Moquin and JudyGenaway. Volunteers were: Gerald Ryan, John Ellsworth, Patricia Leroux, Don Ellsworth, Ko- rleen Crofoot, Marcel Almond, (Continued on pg. 10) A communication from Congressman David O'B., Martin, stated that, \Farmers throughout the 26th Congres- sional District who provided hay for the drought-stricken farms of the south this summer deserve special commenda- tion. Several of my House col- leagues from North Carolina have apporached me in the House chamber to express their appreciation for these efforts. \Those sentiments were echoed by a former House col- league, North Carolina Gov- ernor Jim Martin, who in a tel- ephone conversation with me gave high praise to the men and women from our area whe came to the assistance of theii less fortunate fellow farmers. \If there is anything to be gained from a crisis of the sor experienced in the South, it if perhaps the spirit of coopera tion and generoisty which a: been so examplified by ou own farmers at home in Nev York. Summer Remembered After the Malone Fair, it is time to bank the house. Even if the Malone Fair isn't held when that expression was in vogue, this past Sunday when the temperature reached a high of 48° and gusts of wind were upwards to 50 miles per hour, it certainly didn't seem as though we were approach- ing the last weekend before Labor Day, but more like the weekend before Thanksgiving. Thanks to an intense store system which moved acros southern Quebec, the area wa once again treated to a wee kend of rain and miserabl weather. In fact, all of the weekend of summer, with the exceptio of one in the entire July an August period have had signii icant amounts of rain. c Whatever happened to tb lazy, hazy days of summer?