2017-02-09 / Columns


THE TITANIC IS DOCKED on the Newport Common during the Newport Winter Carnival many years ago. — PHOTO COURTESY OF NEWPORT HISTORICAL SOCIETYTHE TITANIC IS DOCKED on the Newport Common during the Newport Winter Carnival many years ago. — PHOTO COURTESY OF NEWPORT HISTORICAL SOCIETYBill Monbouquette speaks at fifth annual St. Joseph’s Sports Night



One-hundred and seventy-five Sullivan County 4-H members and leaders took part in the annual 4-H Foods Day at St. Joseph Church dining hall. Thirteen 4-H clubs, representing five towns, brought meals representing various parts of the United States. Most of the 4-H members were dressed in costumes representing the part of the country their food represented. This bicentennial Food Day was arranged by Katherine Killam, Sullivan County 4-H Program Assistant, assisted by 4-H leaders from Charlestown, Claremont, Acworth, Plainfield and Washington.


Four Stevens High School seniors were feted on Feb. 3 at the 20th annual St. Joseph’s Sports Night. Featured speaker Larry McElreavy is assistant coach at Yale University, and a 1964 Stevens High School graduate. Robert Easter was master of ceremonies. Male and female student athlete awards went to Chris Kinson and Andrea Prudhomme. Unsung hero awards went to Ralph Lamphere and Jennifer Pomiecko.

Mr. and Mrs. John Castonguay, residents of the Marion Phillips Apartments, were happy winners of $10,000 in a Concord sweepstakes drawing. Castonguay held a $5,000 ticket and doubled his winnings by being present at the drawing. The Castonguays came to Claremont from Providence, R.I., 28 years ago. He worked around the Boston area, and she worked at Shulins for 23 years. What does the couple plan to do with the money? “Spend it,” Castonguay, 78, chuckled, and added, “that’s all you have to do when you’re old and retired is spend money. If you have it.”

One of a number of projects throughout Claremont schools observing Children’s Dental Health Week is a display featuring “Big Teeth,” put together by Gary Lambert’s fifth grade class at St. Mary School. Pictured with the display are Christine Mills, Karen Cardozo, Glenn Johnson, Eric Jones, Michael Ahern, Timothy Ferris and Kenneth LeClair.


Boston Red Sox catcher Carlton Fisk, a Charlestown native, and his wife, Linda, were guests of President and Mrs. Ford at the White House, attending a state dinner in honor of visiting Israeli Prime Minister Yitzak Rabin. Fisk was invited to participate in television’s Superstar Competition in Rotunda, Fla., but turned down the offer to be with his wife when she gives birth to the couple’s third child, due this month.


Walter Ryan, Newport, a professor at Claremont Vo-Tech College, will be the speaker at the meeting of the Friends of the Library at the Olive G. Pettis Library, Goshen. He will be speaking on “History in Your Local Library.” Ryan teaches drafting and also has classes in Colonial and Revolutionary history at the college.



With Bill Monbouquette, Red Sox pitching star, featured on the speaking program, and Leo Cloutier, sports editor of the New Hampshire Sunday News, master of ceremonies, the fifth annual Sports Night, sponsored by the St. Joseph’s Holy Name Society, was held Feb. 8 at the church hall on Elm Street. For the third year, the two top scholar-athletes at St. Mary and Stevens were honored. St. Mary’s Ronald Garneau and Arlene Pinard and Stevens’ Scott Fitz and Carmella Marro were this year’s honorees. They succeed Leon Pare, Theresa LaCasse, Stanley Pietrusewicz and Janyce Beland, who succeeded Andre Carter, Ghislaine Gerland, Michel Jangel and Marilyn Garceau. Victor Szalucka was chairman of the Sports Night committee, which also included Stanley Rosinski, Roger Paris, Nick Marro, Tony Lewko, Rocky Rachel and Bernard Rosinski. Al Godek’s Orchestra provided the music during the evening.

The annual Lincoln Day Dinner was held Feb. 6 at the Colonial Hotel under the auspices of the Claremont Women’s Republican Club. Principal speaker was Rep. John Pillsbury with Stuart Lamprey, speaker of the New Hampshire House. State Senator Marion Phillips is president of the local club. Bert Teague, Newport, was the master of ceremonies.


While the high school’s dance played dinner music, more than 600 townspeople broke all attendance records at the annual Teacher’s Association Scholarship supper. Proceeds will go to a Towle graduate planning to enter the teaching profession. Last June, the scholarship went to Judy Ryan. Other winners have been Carolyn Hurd and Jackie Sargent. Top grade school ticket sellers were Milton Hastings, fifth grade; Howard Avery, fourth grade; Gordon B. Flint Jr., sixth grade; and a two-way tie for fourth place between fourth grader Diane Young and fifth grader William Hoy. Hosts of the event were Superintendent Gordon Flint, A.J. Soucy, teacher, with the following committee chairmen: Henry Buinicky, Gladys Roe, Howard Kimball, Martha Swain, Ruth Kimball, Mary Lord, Miriam Von Dreden and Helga Ketchen. Mrs. Flora LaCroix was chief chef, assisted by Florence Hurd and Oliver Bushaw.

The Young Republicans of Newport met at the home of senior advisor, Miss Marion Richardson. The group discussed the advisability of joining with the state group of Young Republicans. No decision was made. Also discussed was a proposed trip to Concord to visit with Governor Powell at the State House during February vacation, and a trip to New York City during spring vacation. Mrs. Leonora Waite, librarian and book shop proprietor, organized the group last October, at the urging of Governor Powell.


The Meriden branch of the Royal Scottish Dance Society will hold its second annual Open House on Sunday, Feb. 12 at Kimbal Union Academy gymnasium. Rev. Hemenway is in charge of the program; Gardner MacLeay for invitations, Mrs. Frank Chapman for publicity and Mrs. Lafayette Noda, refreshments.



The American Legion Auxiliary held its meeting Monday in the Memorial Home on Broad Street with President Mrs. Olive Ayer presiding. A Lincoln’s Birthday program in the charge of Americanism chairman, Mrs. Eva Racine, was presented. Those participating were Mrs. Ethel Fontana, Mrs. Rose Plant, Mrs. Clara Carr, Mrs. Emma Blodgett and Mrs. Olive Keyes.

A dinner and meeting for members of the executive staff and employees of the Ideal Laundry were held at the Colonial Monday evening, with a general discussion of problems of plant operation. The affair was under the direction of the laundry executives, Charles Little, Clifford Davis, Mrs. Christina Davis and Kenneth Davis, and included supervisors, route men and members of the office staff.

The regular meeting of the Universalist Men’s Club was held in the vestry Monday evening with a good attendance. President Herman Buss presided at the business meeting and it was voted to sponsor a whist party with proceeds used to refinish and redecorate the office and study of the church for the use of the pastor, Rev. Joseph Sullivan. Norman Wright was appointed chairman, with Ralph Dustin, Arthur Sweetser and Walter Ainsworth, committeemen. They will be assisted by Goardon Bartlett, Phillips Hall and Harrell Elmer.

Area winners of the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizenship Award were Miss Beverly Brown, Claremont; Miss Marie Reed, Newport; and Miss Ellen Kinson, Charlestown. Each was sponsored by their local chapter of the DAR.

Newport’s 30th Annual Winter Carnival was held Feb. 1-3. Miss Rita Eastman, 16-year-old daughter of Mrs. Rose Eastman, 16 Pinnacle Road, was crowned queen. Other contestants were Constance Bennett, Lorine Walters, Jeanine Lamoureaux and Siegrun Hill. A unique lighting effect was featured at the opening Carnival Dance held at the Newport Opera House, with a capacity crowd in attendance. “The Storm of Colors,” a huge ball suspended from the ceiling of the town hall, showered spectators and dancers below with 28 different colored mythical snowflakes.

With perfect conditions, the first day program of Newport’s Winter Carnival opened with skiing events on Fairbanks Hill. Sled dog races were held with nine teams of the New England Sled Dog Association participating. Figure skaters from Bob and Lil Larbarge’s skating school performed on the Common rink.

A major attraction at the Newport Winter Carnival was the Vox Pop radio show, opening with Billy B. Van, Newport’s mayor, followed by the comedy routine of Parks Johnson and Warren Hull, contests and interviews. More than 1,000 people lined the front of the town hall at 6 p.m. awaiting the 7:30 p.m. show. At the conclusion of the program, the crowd exited to participate in the Mardi Gras and torchlight parade.


Latchis Theatre

Amos and Andy” the radio favorite of millions

Magnet Theatre

D.W. Griffith’s “Abraham Lincoln” starring Walter Houston, Kay Hammond, Una Merkel and Jason Robards


The census bureau reports that the Town of Claremont, with 3,030 families, owns 1,266 radio sets, or 41.8 percent, are radio owners. In a related article, it was written that an experimental radio set is being installed in the music room at the Way School to give the students the benefit of the special educational programs which increasingly form a part of the daylight broadcasts from various stations. The radio installation at the Stevens building is already in used by the Junior High pupils weekly and a group of volunteers from the Senior School is listening in on the Damrosch broadcasts on Fridays as a course in music appreciation.

Claremont radio broadcast station WI-ATJ on Main Street was named among the best in New England and broadcaster Vernon Hodge has won the recognition of the Navy Department by being commissioned as Army Amateur Radio Operator and Navy Ensign.

Students spending a few days at home with their parents recently were Kenneth Bateman of RPI, Donald Ewing of Dartmouth, Cary Wilson of WPI, Worcester, Mass.; Merton Fletcher of Wentworth Institute, Boston; Samuel Farrington and James Grela of UNH, and Carolyn Cowles of Leslie College, Boston.

Miss Irene Foisy was given a surprise party at their home in honor of her 15th birthday. A large number of friends were present and games were played, followed by refreshments. The party broke up at a late hour.


A meeting of the YMCA Camp Committee was held last week with Fred Newcombe, George H. Stoughton, Howard A. Lincoln, Jesse R. Rowell, Dr. B.D. Thorpe, and secretaries Brigham and Davis in attendance. Plans for the 1931 camp season were discussed at length with the possibilities of some much needed added equipment.


The jurors for the next term of court are as follows: Grand: U.S. Tolman and Clayton Brown; petit: Frank J. Wright, Hugh Burns and L.J. Barry.

Dr. Charles Spooner of Dartmouth College was home over the weekend.

Paul McNamara and friend of New York University were guests of his parents over the weekend.

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