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February 10, 1966

Mrs. Hallie Vanosdale, of Boyer, suffered some broken ribs in a fall on icy steps at her home last Thursday.
Young Miss Ann Burns, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Burns, Jr., broke her arm in a fall at her home last week.

R. Luster Shrader was in Friday and reported a most unusual occurrence. The snow had blown over the top of the hill on John Hively’s land and capped in a big drift about twenty feet high. Last Wednesday that snow began to move and came down the hill, taking out a wire fence, posts and all, crossed the road and took out a rail fence on Mr. Shrader’s side. The mass of snow stopped when the fence wrapped around some locust trees. It would have been too bad for anything traveling along the road at that time. Mr. Shrader has lived there 50 years and has never seen anything like that.

Boys and Girls in Service
Airman Second Class Sidney Jack, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Jack, of Marlinton, has arrived in France for a tour of duty.
Sp4 Harry J. Kelley spent a few days leave with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ward R. Kelley, of Huntersville. He has been stationed at Fort Sill, Oklahoma for two years and is now being sent to Viet Nam.
Wayne Beverage was in for the weekend from the Navy Base at Patuxent, Maryland, where they had 15 inches of snow one night and 17 inches another, with winds of about 40 miles an hour. He was isolated for two days at a testing station. The whole base shut down for six days.

Washington, D. C. – U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd (D-W.Va.) announced today that special engineering studies are underway at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory at Green Bank that may lead to the design and construction of the “world’s largest steerable radio antenna.”
Byrd said he learned of the studies during a review of the $6.7 million proposed expenditures by the National Science Foundation in West Virginia during Fiscal Year 1967. A total of 6.3 million was spent in FY 1966.
Of the 6.7 million, Byrd said the NSF expects to spend $5.2 million with the remainder used as grants to schools and individuals.
“I was informed that the studies on new ratio antennae are of a long range nature and may never result in construction,” said Byrd.
“However, it is interesting to learn that West Virginia may possibly be the site of the ‘world’s largest steerable antenna.’ Not one estimate has been made on the size of the structure but it is to be large enough to measure radio-emitting bodies in the skies to a fraction of one degree.
“The scientists hope that it may permit measurements to the extent of 1-3,600 of one degree.”
Byrd said a second research project at Green Bank concerns another design to make the same measurements of bodies in the sky. It is known as the “Very Large Array” and would employ a series of smaller antennae. Although this, too, is a long range study, there has been mention of as many as 37 antennae, each having a width of about 80 feet.
“I am naturally aware of the unsuccessful attempt to construct a ‘Big Dish’ radio scope at Sugar Grove which had to be abandoned,” Byrd stated.
“However, the scientists at the National Science Foundation assure me that they are considering all the data in that study and the apparent problems that were encountered. They hope to have solved all the problems that faced the Navy on the ‘Big Dish’ before construction is recommended on the ‘world’s largest steerable antenna.”

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Harper, of Huntersville, a son, named Bradley Michael.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. James E. Carroll, of Durbin, a son, named Edward Andrew.

Mrs. Verna Dilley Harah, 62, of near Marlinton.
Alfred Edgar Boblett, 81, retired farmer and lifelong resident of Hillsboro. Burial in the Oak Grove Cemetery at Hillsboro.
Harry M. Taylor, 89, of Dunmore; a son of the late Jacob and Clarissa Taylor. Burial in the Dunmore Cemetery.
Walter D. Burner, of Marlinton; a son of the late Lee and Rebecca Burner. Burial in the Mountain View Cemetery.
Edward C. Freeman, 73, of Durbin, a retired businessman; worked at the tannery and was a policeman and constable at Durbin for twenty-five years. Burial in the Arbovale Cemetery.
Tolbert Harter Sharp, 63, of Clover Lick; a son of Amos and Iva Waugh Sharp. Burial in Fairview Cemetery.
Maggie Jane Hollandsworth, 83, of Renick. Burial in the Mountain Gate Cemetery near Renick.
Mrs. Andrew Warwick (Brownie Yeager) Gatewood, 81, of Pulaski, Virginia; a daughter of the late Brown McLauren Yeager and Harriet Arbogast Yeager. Burial in Mountain View Cemetery.

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