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manhunt may find remains of earliest man to enter did they What did for tools may lie of a central to two Scientists. lust finished a excavation and by the and the me their Dr. Russell D. may well turn of Alaska." Africa has for November a native of and attended am married, daugh- that attend and a and attends for the Deaf. to visit you I am taking to ask your that I can do anyone on give me a rny ability? support ' bY Logretha provided a rich lode of bones of prehistoric man. found largely by the Leakey family in work substantially supported by the National Geographic. Helped by the Sun Dr. Guthrie, a zoologist, and Dr. William R. Powers, an anthropologist, will return to Dry Creek next Junp when the sun is warm p-,,.%L u olten the permafrust. 1'hey will expand the excavations and widen their search for future digs over an area that may eventually cover several thousand square miles. The money, being provided over three years in equal shares by the two sponsoring organizations, makes the Dry Creek projects one of the biggest archeological endeavors ever under- taken in the United States, emphasiz- ing the increasing importance given to the search for signs of early man. The two American scientists are comparing notes and dug-up bones and artifacts with other early man anthropologists, including Russians working in Siberia and Canadians in the Yukon Territory. Most anthropologists say that early man wandered from Siberia to Alaska over a wide land bridge- actually the floor of the shallow Bering Strait, exposed as sea levels dropped and the world's water supply was frozen into the Ice Age glaciers of the time. Early Man Arrives The last time these glaciers melted and drowned the Bering land " ONE TO SUIT EVERYBODY'S NEED Holly Park Windsor Norris Freedom Double-Wide Homes BEST SERVICE MOVE AND SET UP OPEN S DAYS A WEEK SUNDAY 1-5 BELKNAP MOBILE HOMES. INC. Phone 364-5608 Rt. 4 Just off !-79 Take Gassa ay-Sutton Exits "roward Gassaway Gassaway WV Opposite Braxton County Armory bridge-and just before the last time it could be crossed by foot-was about lO,O00 years ago. Some scientists believe that early man may have begun arriving as long as 70,000 years ao during the first of several times the land bridge emerged, and then disappeared, across the Bering Strait. Anthropologists think these early immigrants to the New World were probably skilled hunters who wander- ed in pursuit of wild bison, mammoth, musk ox, caribou, and other animals. The persistent killing may have exterminated some of the animals. The hunters probably never were aware they were crossing between continents. The land bridge was 50 miles long but 1,500 miles wide. Countless generations passed, scientists theorize, as these people gradually moved across Alaska, through a natural corridor between the huge glaciers that covered Canada, to the ice-free country that is now the United States, and eventually into South America by way of the Isthmus of Panama. Over the last 50 years, signs of early man have been found in at least eight other places in Alaska and the Yukon Territory, But the jointly sponsored excavations at Dry Creek and the surrounding valley are expected to prove the most rewarding of all, for two reasons. First, the region has not been bulldozed by the Ice Age glaciers for the last 70,000 years and possibly longer ago, leaving the area undisturbed since early man lived there. Second, parts of the area have been heavily covered with windborne loam geologists call loess. Through the thousands of years, this has buried the clues of early man just as he left them: charred remains of campfires as they burned out. bone and stone tools and weapons left where they were dropped or lost, and discarded bones of slaughtered animals. 11,000-year Clues The first summer's excavations reached the bottom of aout seven feet of loess layers, and artifacts uncovered have been dated, indicating that the people who used them lived there about 11,000 years ago, Other areas of the valley, where the accumulated layers of loess are much deeper, are expected to reveal much older early man evidence to the excavators. No remains of early man himself have yet been found; scientists point out that the tools and'campfires he, used are cone:lustre, stand-it, evidem:e that he was there. However. they feel that future, ex(:avations may woll turn up bones of early man, who belonged to the family of modern man. ttomo sapiens. Part of a lower jawbone has been found along another early man migration route near the Old Crow River in Yukon Territory. Dr. William N. Irving of the University of Toronto, in charge of the dig, estimates the jaw's age at "more than 20,000 years," but points out its origin is unknown because the river washed it ashore. Early man remains and artifacts that some say are still older have been found in the United States and Latin America, but their dating is not universally accepted. :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Q. My church participates in a student exchange program to provide better educational opportunities. Dur- ing 1975 1 maintained a student in my home. Am I entitled to any deductions? A, You can deduct up to $50 a month for the amount you paid to maintain a student in your home providing the person is not your dependent or relative, but is a member of your household and was placed there under a written agreement between you and the nonprofit organization to provide educational opportunities for the student. The student must be full-time in the 12th or lower grade. Amounts paid for books, tuition, food, clothing, and a reasonable amount for entertainment qualify for the deduction. But, if you are reimbursed or receive any compensa- tion, you will not be allowed the deduction. 00IIl NOVEMBER 2 October 2X, 197l; t,lcnvillc I)cmorrat/ Pathfinder Page 11 II III Straight Answers From Your Power Company This is one in a series of replies to questions being asked by our customers. Answering is Elizabeth Wilson, District Account- ing Clerk in Gassaway. QUESTION: Why is my electric bill always higher than my nei0hbor's? We have the same appli- ances. ANSWER: The electric meter accurately registers the amount used by a particular individual or family and has no relation to any other user of electricity. Comparing electric bills with friends and neighbors may be no more helpful than comparing grocery, clothing, gasoline, insurance or any other household bills. Why? Because two families are seldom identical in age, needs, and living habits. Usually, the larger the family, the more elec- tricity it uses, and living habits and needs vary with different age levels. Also, the types of appliances and how often they are used may have more effect on your electric bill than the number of appli- ances. The efficiency of these appliances will also vary with design and age. Another reason for varied use of electricity is the size of the home, its age, type of con- struction, type of heating system and the extent and type of insulation. Monongahela Power has several con- sumer booklets called "Reddy Facts" which offer many tips on how to reduce your elec- tric usage. You may obtain a copy of any of them at our business offices or by writing to our Customer Services Department, P.O. Box 1392, Fairmont, West Virginia 26554. Monongahela Power "  Part of the Allegheny Power System 1376 I 4 The Moneyed Class from the Northeast has advantage of West Virginia for years... Robbed our natural resources.... Ridiculed us in national magazines.... Wrote ugly books about us. Now we are asked to elect one of them as our Governor.... Surely, we know better.... i ] Paid for by Citizens for Un,