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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 1975 LONG ISLAND TRAVELER-WATCHMAN PAGE SEVEN Letters To The Editor Colonial Ball Ushers The Rising Sun R e ligious P e rsecution Editor: Once again comes the saddening news of brutal persecution of dedicat­ ed Christians known as Jehovah’s Christian Witnesses in Malawi, Africa. What makes it more disheart­ ening is that one of the men re­ sponsible, Ur. H. Kamusa Banda, has been referred to by Dec. 8,1972 Times magazine article as “ a staunch elder in Malawi's Presbyterian Church of Central Africa.” How can one who professes to be a Christian allow men to be beaten, woman violently raped and children to be taken from their parents? No wonder Jesus at Matthew 7:23 called some who professed to prophecy, expel demons and perform powerful works in his name, “ workers of lawlessness” . True, Jesus said Christians would be persecuted for his name sake, because they would not compromise on genuine Christian principals, but such brutal actions should be denounced by fellow be­ lievers in Christ and the hypocrites exposed for their hypocrisy! if you are concerned, why not write the government of Malawi and ex­ press your righteous indignation at thingssimilartowhatoccurred in Nazi Concentration Camps under Hitler! Thankyou. F. Born Minister B iblical R e m i n d e r Editor: Early in our history, the influence of Christ was evident. When the Pilgrim Fathers drew up the May­ flower Compact on Nov. 11, 1620, they stated: “ Having undertaken for the Glory of God, and Advancement of the Christian Faith, and the honor of our King and Country, a Voyage to plant the first colony in the Northern parts of Virginia...” The late Senator Styles Bridges said: “ All citizens of our Republic must constantly be reminded that our American heritage is a Biblical heri­ tage; that the American present is a Biblical present, and the American destiny is a Biblical destiny.” A good reminder would be to write to our Congressmen in Washington, asking them to introduce a Resolution officially designating 1976 The Year of the Holy Bible. Our Founding Fathers were God- believing men who daily sought in­ spiration and strength from the Word of God. How else could our Nation be conceived in Liberty, and given the Right to Life? The Holy Bible is of vital importance in teaching Free­ dom. We can restore the true Spirit of '76 - let everyone set aside 15 minutes each day to read and meditate on the Word of God. Life is worth living, with God’s guidance! Respectfully yours, Winifred Gunnison Southold N u c lea r P la n t Editor: 1 must admit when 1 first heard about the proposed nuclear plants in North Jamesport, they struck me as being the best thing that ever hap­ pened to Riverhead’s tax base. But like a lot of other people, I ’ve reversed myself 180 degrees after months of no satisfactory answers to very grave environmental questions, not to mention the visual pollution of a 17 story cooling tower and deadly power lines severing our remaining farmlands. The most damning commentary to date has come from none other than Business Week, a journal noted for lack of sympathy for industrial caus­ es. The cover story on its November 17th issue is entitled, “ Why Atomic Power Dims” . From seven chilling pages on this subject, I ask that your quote this one excerpt which applies all to alarmingly to Riverhead (if not the whole North Fork). “ For years the nuclear power industry has insisted that the chance of a reactor meltdown - a calamity that would spew radioactive gases for miles around a nuclear power plant - is negligible. Indeed, safety systems upon safety systems are built into these plants to prevent such a disaster. But last March 22 the impossible almost happened at the Tennessee Valley Authority’s three- reactor Browns Ferry (Ala.) plant, designed by General Electric Co. Says Stephen Hanauer, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's top techni­ cal advisor: ‘It was the worst acci­ dent in light-water reactor history.' “ The incident started soon after lunch, while an engineering aide was making a routine check beneath the plant’s control room for air leaks that could carry radioactive contamination from the reactors to the outside world. As usual, he was carrying a candle, counting on its flame to flicker with the slightest breath of air. Suddenly it did. Air, he discovered, was escaping from a hole through which many of the plant’s 2,000 electrical cables passed. \He tried to block the leak with polyurethane foam, then lit the candle again. This time the draft sucked the flame right into the hole, igniting the foam. Yelling ‘fire!’ the technician started beating at the flame with a flasjilight but to no avail. Next he tried to smother it by stuffing rags in the hole. No luck. Then another worker handed him a carbon- dioxide extinguisher. Then a dry- chemical extinguisher. Another one. By now the fire was moving down the cables. “ Above, control room personnel were beginning lo realize how serious the situation was. Though the cooling system pumps had triggered auto­ matically in the two reactors that were operating, ‘panel lights were changing color, going on and off’, recalled one operator later. ‘I was sent to bring back flashlights. When I returned there was smoke in the control room.’ “ At 12:51 an engineer shouted ‘Let’s scram the unit!’ and the operators inserted control rods be­ tween the fuel rods to halt the fission reaction. But as they waited, one was jotting down some increasingly om­ inous notes on the performance of one reactor: ‘Pressure on the vessel rose to max of 1,000 psi...relief valves were popping...lost the ECCS’ - meaning that the emergency core cooling system, the very heart of the safeguards, had conked out. The fire had burned through the system’s cables. “ Without power, water could not continue to ttow through the core, and the decay heat quickly started to evaporate the water that was already there. ‘The control room was filled with smoke and fumes’, said one engineer. ‘It was obvious the control room would have to be evacuated in a short time unless ventilation was provided’. Despite the pandemoni­ um, TVA personnel managed to jury- rig pumps normally used to drive control rods into the reactor to pump water instead. Now the problem seemed under control. “ But at 6 p.m. the emergency pressure relief valves failed and pressure began to build up again. By 9:50 the water level dropped from 12 feet to within 48 inches of the fuel rods, when a worker was finally able to repair the valves. Had he been unable to do so, the reactor core could have melted, the containment struc­ ture would probably have ruptured and nearby Decatur, Ala., might have been decimated.” Sincerely, Lindsay Schepmoes Riverhead lt'\ a matter o f Ufi’ and hfcath! G i v e m o r e t o I C h r i s t m a s S e a l s In Bicentennial Year Let’s be realistic. This photograph wasn’t taken 200 years ago. But as IVIrs. Joyce Slater, the new secretary of the Southold Town Bicentennial Committee, “ looms” before the fireplace in her authentically furnished Cutchogue colonial home, the Jenny Horton House, it shouldn’t be difficult to imagine she is dreaming of how she’ll look at the Colonial Ball in Mattituck on New Year’s Eve. Little Dawn Zito of Southold, her “ daughter” , won’t be attending. Photo by Peter Stevens In at least one spot in Southold Town, when the Bicentennial year of 1976 is born, the witching hour will become the bewitching hour. As midnight nears at Mattituck Manor, the music will stop and 300 guests will raise glasses of chanipagnc. Down from the lofty ceiling will come a cloudburst of red, white and blue balloons. And when the band, at the proper moment, strikes up “ Auld Lang Syne” the cheering throng will drink a toast lo America's 200th birthday. By that time the Colonial Ball, as colorful and gay a New Year's party as anybody could wish, will be three hours old with a couple of hours more of holiday festivity to enjoy. The happy occasion will be the official opening of a year-long cele­ bration which cannot help but bright­ en the lives of every township resident. Before 1976 is over, if the Southold Town Bicentennial Com­ mittee has its way, the entire perma­ nent population and summer visitors as well will have had a hand in some part of the massive program. The ball itself, first item on the Bicentennial menu, is sponsored by the Rotary, Lions and Kiwanis Clubs of Southold Town. It is expected lo draw its guests, at S25 per person, from every part of the township, from every age group and every social segment. Dress will be optional. There will be celebrants in business clothes and tea gowns, black tie and evening dresses, home-grown or rented Colonial costumes. On the way toward a midnight crescendo, the party will start low- key at 9 p.m. with a string-quartet • Riverhead ,'Continued from Page 1) several Riverhead Police officers. Further, the board urged the State Comptroller to invest state retire­ ment funds carefully and not in ques­ tionable bonds of New York City or the Municipal Assistance Corp., es­ tablished to aid the city. The board rejected bids for con­ version and renovation of the heating system of the old Jamespoi t School, now town-owned, and hopefully one day to be a community center. Previously the board advertised for bids, but there were none. A second advertisement resulted in a bid of $7,190 from Herbert A. Tuthill of Riverhead, and a $14,800 bid from Bain Industrial Service Corp. of Amityville. However, the board re­ jected the bids, Supervisor John Leonard explaining that Tuthill failed to sign the non-collusion certificate as the instruction to bidders required. Mrs. Roger Nicosia, one of many Jamesport residents who are working to renovate the building with their own time and funds, urged the town to advertise for the needed work once again. Board members said they will go over the needed work with a local plumbing contractor in the near future, adding she will be invited to attend. The town received word from consulting engineers Holzmacher, McLendon and Murrell, that federal funds of $131,250 are now available for a study on the expansion of the Riverhead Sewer District - the first step in the long range expansion and modernization of the sewer district, to be aided by up to $29 million in federal funds. The town board did file for the federal monies, by resolution. playing while guests gather at the open bar (all drinks free) and hors d'ouvres arc passed. Seating will be al tables for 10 or 12, to be assigned as reservations are received or, says the commiticc: “ We will endeavor to seat you with others of your choice if you will list the names on the back of this card.\ The card referred to is a reserva­ tion application, which can be obtain­ ed from John Pietrodangelo (Box 74A. New Suffolk, 11956. or 734- 5293) or from any member of the service clubs or any member of the Bicenlcnnial Committee. The cards should be returned in an accom­ panying envelope with checks made out to \Southold Town Bicentennial” , and the applicant will receive souven­ ir tickets For the ball. \Those tickets will have to be shown al the tables,” says Arthur Avcdon. the Bicentennial Committee chairman, \but they needn't be surrendered. They will be nice mem­ entoes for grcai-grandchildren to have when America’s tercentenary is celebrated.\ Music for dancing, which will start at 10 p.m., will be provided by Bob Stevens' Orchestra, a highly-touted New York group which is being imported for the occasion. Nobody should go home hungry. Not only will there be a smorgasbord earlier, but the shank of the evening will be observed with a prime-ribs- of-beef dinner. At 2 a.m. the coach will turn into a pumpkin. Cinderella will sluff off a glass slipper and everybody will liaslen home to snatch a few winks before the football games start. Or maybe attend an ecumenical church service - who knows? Later, Town Justice G. Richard Manning, explaining the project, revealed Suffolk County has yet to pay a bill of about $35,000 due since last January for its use of the sewer district via a hook-up to the county facilities south of Riverhead. An angry Manning explained that \they have found another reason for delay­ ing.\ Also the board approved the dona­ tion of $500 to the Better Riverhead Association, lo aid the association in its holiday project, which includes planting of live trees in planter boxes and Christmas lighting. And finally, the board approved the hiring of Thomas L. McKay, Jr., as a temporary laborer in the high­ way department at a salary of $3.85 an hour. Robins Island (Continued from Page I ) development of 25 acres in Bayview, Southold, of 20 lots and another parcel of 60 plus acres for 51 lots. Outlining the use of a swale system on the Bay View Road site, he tangled with chairman John Wickham, who slated “ we have strong feelings about this one, a large slice of it is filled land and I don’t believe there is any possibility to get water service to these homes.” . Stankevitch took issue with the statement. Wickham stood firm say­ ing “ we will not allow this develop­ ment without public water.” Stanke­ vitch stated he had brought up the question of water with Robert Villa of the Suffolk County Health Depart­ ment and there was “ a good solid Over 100 years ago, the rising sun of Japan crossed the horizon of the modern world for the first time. It was in the autumn of 1868 that the emperor who became known as Meiji formally became ruler of the Japan­ ese nation. The accession of the 18 year old emperor marked the return of sovereignty to the Imperial Throne after being in the hands of others for centuries. The royal power had been usurped by military clan rule, known as the shogunate. The enthroning of the emperor also opened a century of one of the most remarkable transformations ever achieved by any nation in history. Emperor Meiji ruled 44 years, until 1912. During his lifetime, Japan’s ruling group exercised determined and far-sighted leadership in his name. And the rulers converted the nation from a poor, isolated, feudal, agrarian country to a modern, power­ ful, centralized nation. The rulers eagerly sought and absorbed in­ formation from the west, to the extent that they made Japan the only country in Asia capable of competing with the west on its own terms. The momentum of the Meiji re­ volution, as it is often called, carried Japan to military parity with the west, to a respected role in the community of nations, to empire, defeat and nuclear catastrophe in the Second World War. But even defeat and destruction could not snuff out the flame lit one century ago. In the years since the war, Japan’s growth has accelerated until she now ranks as the third industrial nation in the world - out-paced only by the United States and the Soviet Union. The Japanese observed the cen­ tennial of the Meiji revolution, and to many it evoked the same kind of spirit Americans feel on the Fourth of July, but other, including some historians and most left-wingers, were sharply critiral of the ceremonies. The left- wing opposition parties charge that the conservative government of Pre­ mier Ei.saku Sato used the centennial observance to revive dangerous na­ tionalistic and military sentiments. The young people born since the war know little about the Meiji era. And many say they could care less, but many Japanese, stirred by the centennial, are coming to grips with their own history for the first time since the war and are attempting to relate history to the present and future. In the middle of the last century, Japan was a stagnant hermit land that centuries before had closed the door against all foreign intrusion and social progress. It was only 15 years before the beginning of the Meiji era that United States warships under Commodore Matthew Perry had ap­ peared off the little known islands and demanded the right to trade. To the Japanese, the foreigners, with their formidable modern weap­ ons, represented super-powers. The Japanese bowed to superior force and allowed western trade missions in Japan. Later Japanese were forced to conclude treaties with several Eur­ opean nations which granted the Europeans special trading privileges and extra-territorial rights. A group of young Samurai became infuriated by the weakness of the clans and the unfairness of the treaties with the foreigners. The young warriors revolted and turned to the Emperor as a rallying point to unite the nation and restore its pride. The Emperor was upgraded from figurehead to ruler. The progressive Meiji era followed. Japan today is an exciting, invig­ orating country. It is a land with roots extending deep into the past and visions soaring far into the future. That’s all for today. God Bless This is Patricia Wood reporting. Coffee Break B y Sherley K a tz The day they put those caps on household bottles, designed to foil the attempts of tots, was my undoing. Passing through the dining room. I noticed a couple of the chairs had the outline of someone’s fanny and decided it was time to dust. It was either that or pull the tlinds and pluiiige thC| rbon^ into darkness. Directions on the bottle were explicit. Push the white tab in and turn the cap in a counter-clock circle. That in itself took some reflection. When I finally had the thing going in the right direction, 1 found the trick was to lean on the top at the same time. Maybe kids can do it, I can’t. Fifteen minutes later, completely frustrated, I gave the chairs a quick swipe with the dustcloth and tossed the bottle into the closet. The cap promptly fell off, it gurgled and presto, the closet floor was polished. Part of my difficulty is a natural reluctance to take the time to put on the specs 1 need for reading. I ’m not above stashing a bottle on the shelf, backing off a few feet and reading the directions. Deciding I had a headache one fine morning, I found a bottle of Anacin in the medicine chest and making like a dying swan, feebly tried to open it. Apparently the moans and groans were convincing and help came. It looked easy. So 1 tried it. But it’s too much like the old game of rubbing your head and stomach at the same time in different directions. I never could do that either. Life was much simpler in the days when all that was needed was brute force. A lid stuck? You had a choice, bang it against the kitchen cabinet, hold it under the hot water or hand it to someone else to open. Many a bottle cap was removed effortlessly. It’s absolutely amazing, the small things that defeat me. Dying of thirst one day, I announced to anyone who’d listen I was going to get some gingerale. When 1 strolled back into the room with a can of beer, eyebrows went up. How could 1 explain the resistance of the cap on the gingerale bottle? It looks so simple when someone else does it. A twist of the wrist and it unscrews. With me it's different. 1 twist. First in an upright position, gradually sinking lower and lower until my hand is tired. The bottle remains securely capped. Someone grumbled over the ragged edge of my coffee can and I warily kept my mouth shut. You see, can openers were designed to thwart, not to open. We have one hand gadget you push into the top of the can. Then it’s supposed to wind its way around the can as you gracefully turn the handle. With me it works differently, 1 zip around the can and when I ’m finished, it’s intact, just the way it came from the grocer’s shelf. There’s a wall type which grabs hold of the can and cuts off the lid. It’s a very iffy situations with me, sometimes it works, most of the time it doesn't. In the back of the cutlery drawer, there’s a beat up, old-fashioned can opener which lost its cheery red coat of paint a long time ago. Like me, it still works. strata of water coming down.\ John Wickham replied, “ We still feel, although you have Suffolk Coun­ ty Health Department approval, the Southold Planning Board has re­ sponsibility beyond that,” and talked about salt intrusion problems in Nassau Point. Other items touched on included park and recreation area and review of plans, main dwellings to include attached garages. Sound Road Estates Hearing The preliminary hearing on Sound Road Estates of 28.657 acres had no one appearing to speak against it and Steve Tsonlakis, principal in the subdivision, said all changes recom- Your Opinions Please THEOUESTION: Do you think the Mascony ferry will damage Green port? THE PLACE: Green'porl DONALD MILLER, policeman, Greenport: Yes. 1 don't think we can handle the traffic. It's rough enough in the summer without it. J.J. BOND, retired, Greenport: It would be good for the village. With all the additional people, it would add to business. JOSEPH PURCHA, restaurant employee, Greenport: It would be good for the village and take people off the employment line. TONY SCHIAVONI. cobbler, Greenport: Yes. 1 don't think this is the place for it. Let it stay up there in Orient where it is and they can park the cars. mended by the planning board and town engineer will be implemented. Discussion On San Simeon Representatives of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church met with the board to discuss tentative plans for San Simeon, the planned subdivision of the church. It was determined that any vari­ ances granted would hold up only as long as the church had possession of the land. The church elders were advised all standing rules and regula­ tions applying to subdivisions would have to be followed, including 5 percent of the area for parks and playgrounds: density computation should exclude roads which reduces the overall by 20 percent. MARY ANN RICAPITO, stable owner, Greenport: No. I liiink it will be great. More business and 1 think the village board can handle it and find an acceptabic route for traffic. (The Long Island Traveler- Watchman will consider questions sent in for (his column.I

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