2017-02-16 / Columns


Scott Sweet, Charlestown, pulls friend from icy waters of Ox Brook


Anne “Bambi” Udall, daughter of Representative Morris Udall, D-Arizona, was expected to attend the Sweetheart Dance sponsored by the League of Women Voters on Valentine’s Day. Rick Bloomingdale of Tucson, Ariz., Sullivan County coordinator of the Udall campaign, was to be Miss Udall’s escort to the dance. Committee members in charge of the event were Carol Bennett, Diane Bellesimo, Lorraine Boardman, Linda Buckley, Raella Bueno, Shirley Clarke, Mary Disnard, Jill Edson, Christine Hawkins, Karen Lanzer and Alice Sprague.

If you know the difference between a cardinal, a tufted titmouse and a mockingbird, you are asked to participate in a bird census for the Monadnock group of the Audubon Society, Feb. 15 and 16. Alice Sprague, Bible Hill, is asking those with bird feeders to observe and report time of sighting, location and number.


Susan Trenholm, 17-year-old Newport High School senior, reigns today as Queen of the Newport Winter Carnival. Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Trenholm, East Mountain Road, she will use the $1,000 scholarship with goes with the title when she enters Westbrook College, Portland, Maine, in the fall. Lori Hemingway and Lori Pratte were first and second runners-up.

Theodore F. Merrill, Towle High School graduate, has received his master of science degree in civil engineering from the University of New Hampshire. Merrill is the nephew of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh E. Merrill, 49 Myrtle St. He and his wife, the former Patricia Whitney and daughter, Heather Lauren, make their home in Londonderry. He is a structural engineer with Hoyle, Tanner and Associates Inc., Manchester.


Greg Root’s fifth grade class from Maple Avenue School, Claremont, passed up a Valentine’s party to bring some cheer to residents of the Sullivan County Home. Bridget Kelly, 11, daughter of Mrs. Eileen Kelly, 14 Oakland Park, and Mia Alves, 11, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Alves, 9 McKenzie Avenue, are pictured presenting handmade flowers to Mary Fields. Also, Mamie Therrien is pictured receiving flowers from Todd Morse, 11, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Morse, 6 Bavier St., and Kenneth Fowler, 6 Bavier St., and Kenneth Fowler, son of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Magoon, 153 Maple Avenue. “The patients enjoyed the children’s visit very much,” said home co-administrator Rose Ahern. Amy Keane, Rhonda Davison, Bridget Kelly, and Mia Alves wrote a poem for the occasion. Mr. and Mrs. Morris Goodrich and Tom Maley provided music and Newport resident Earl Badger entertained with a song.


Best friends Jeffrey Surrell and Scott Sweet were sliding in frigid weather when Jeffrey,13, fell through thin ice. Scott, three years his friend’s junior, helped his playmate out of the freezing waters of Ox Brook and back to the nearby house of Jeffrey’s grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Surrell. “I was just so scared. I went out there and gave him a hand,” Scott said of his successful aid. The two are St. Mary School students and had been cautioned not to play near Ox Brook because of the ice, but on that day, decided to cross the brook for some better sliding on the other side. Would they plan to do that again? The answer is an absolute “no!”


The plastic industry has a definite place in our economy,” William Peterson told Claremont Rotarians. The head of Peterson Plastics, located in Claremont since 1958, sketched the history of the industry over the last two decades. Speaking of the Claremont plant, Peterson said, “we are considered to be the leaders in toy manufacture in the blowing field, the latest processing method for thermoplastics. Right now the market for bowling pins is growing. But actually there are no new toys. It’s a question of applying new materials to old ideas.”

Fiske Free Library has again laid out an eye-catching feast for its patrons. In its reading room, it has hung 10 oils and a pastel by Claremont artist Paul W. Lewis of Green Mountain Road. Lewis, who is reported to have been a pupil of Arthur J. Hutcheon, appears to have been happiest in his portraits, although his seascapes, of which there are several, would bring bring nostalgia to anyone who knew the sea well. Outstanding among his portraits are oils of Henry Wing of Twistback Road, Claremont, and of Leonard Bernstein, New York Philharmonic conductor.

A Henniker man’s westbound car went out of control on Washington Street, jumped a three-foot snowbank, missed a tree and hit the corner of the Roger Filion home at the corner of Washington and First Street. The driver was uninjured. Mrs. Filion, who had been ironing in her front room just before the accident, said she had just left the room when the car hit it. “I thought the furnace had exploded,” she said. A window was broken and some siding was damaged, but Mrs. Filon said damage to the house was not serious.


Brenda Thibault was crowned First Lady at the Newport Junior High School at the postponed Inauguration Ball held Feb. 10. Last year's queen, Nita Kimball, did the honors. The First Lady contest had been planned to coincide with the national inauguration ball in Washington in January. Other candidates were Robin Startwell, Diane Hooper, Katherine Mosley, Sandra Morrow and Joanne Murdy. Judges were Towl High Schoolers Sandra Goyette, Tina Zukauskas, Nita Kimball, Sandra Sampson and Diedre Dane. Committee in charge was: Peter Shackett, publicity; Mary Jasinski, tickets; Mary Howley, refreshments; Leslie McCain, decorations; Sandra Zullo, Queen Committee.

A private telephone circuit, installed at Newport's Junior High School by the New England Telephone and Telegraph Company, is being used by students of Leland Churchill's ninth grade general business course to learn proper telephone techniques. Robin Startwell and Becky Chase are pictured talking to each other from across the room, while Sharon Gebo operates the switchboard and loudspeaking equipment.



Stevens High School students who took over the offices of town officials last Friday following a week campaign and election, are Lorraine Houpis, overseer of the Poor; Muriel Scher, Town Clerk; Pauline Desnoyer, Tax Collector; Barbara Houpis, Tax Assessor; Leston Barrett, Chief of Police; Kenneth Hodge, Selectman; Alvin Scher, Walter and Sewer Commissioner; Richard Bourdon, Selectman, and Robert Hague, Fire Chief.

The Business and Professional Women's Club sponsored a benefit Valentine dance at the Colonial with music furnished by the Yacht Club. President Elizabeth Goodrich was chairman, assisted by Mrs. Eunice Hebert, Mrs. Barbara Wagner, Miss Aleta Bowles, Mrs. Ruth Baker, Mrs. Ella Darrah, and Mrs. Unah Huntley. Proceeds will be used for the Girl's Camp fund by which underprivileged girls of Claremont are sent to camp at Lake Morey, Fairlee, Vt., during the summer weeks.

Troop 2 Girl Scouts held its regular meeting at the Goodwin Community Center with six girls and leaders, Mrs. George Sammon and Mrs. Roland Pratt, present. Mrs. Ernest Kidhardt, who was a leader of Troop 2 last year is now training for chairman for the Girl Scouts and was also present. Lorraine Bell was welcomed into the troop. Camp craft badges were presented to Stella Polizou, Janice Egbert, Pauline Shute, Jaska Sammon, Susan Pratt, and Jane Stoughton.

Miss Madaline Stone, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G.A. Stone of 12 Melrose St., appears in a Technicolor film displaying her sculptures in Boston. She is a graduate of the Vesper-George school of art in Boston and has attracted wide interest in her ice sculpture. Miss Stone was a basketball star at Stevens High School. The film will be shown at the Magnet Theatre Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.


A selected group of students of the Northrup Dancing School presented their second show at Lovell General Hospital, Fort Devons, Mass. On Sunday, Feb. 20. The group entertained there on Dec. 9 also, with arrangements made through the Clinton Corliss and the American Red Cross at Fort Devons. Those who participated in the program were Miss Louise Crane, Beverly Perry, Barbara Butler, Eleanor Morrill, Marie Reed, Joan Shaw, Gwen Devenger, Leatric Roy, Merrilou Fitts. Billy B. Van acted eas master of ceremonies. The program was devised by Miss Jill Northrup, Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Corliss, and son, Sargent robert Corliss, who accompanied the group. Transportation was provided by Spiro Condos.



State Forester John Foster issued a warning today to property owners to use caution in the care of valuable shade and fruit trees and to watch out for the bootleg tree trimmer and incompetent experts. Foster has said that many valuable trees have been killed or seriously injured by bootleg tree doctors, and urged the citizenry to ask to see the state arborist license when hiring a man.


Miss H. Lillian Hewitt, supervisor of penmanship in the schools of Claremont, is in town this week paying her monthly visit. Miss Hewitt will inspect the work being done here by teachers and students using the Houston system. In the opinion of school officials, who has brought penmanship in the local schools to a high degree of perfection.

An organ recital by Richard Phelps was given at the Methodist Episcopal Church on Sunday at 5 o'clock. He was assisted by Mrs. Alys Prescott, soloist, and Winifield G. Farr, violinist and cellist. Mr. Farr will be remembered as director of the orchestra at the Magnet Theatre a few years ago. Mrs. Prescott is well known to the public as a singer, teacher, and director of music. Mr. Phelps is supervisor of music in the public schools in this town.


A “French Evening of Music” was the subject of the MacDowell Club, held at the home of Mrs. Goldina Lewis Silby on Tuesday evening. The program, arranged by Mrs. Florence W. Fogg, began with the singing of French folk songs by pupils in the fourth grade: Elise Clement, Phyllis Wright, Kathleen Sobluesky, Arlene Clement, Frances Kennedy, Elizabeth Trask, and Joan Zielonko. Miss Esther Ricker played on the piano. Other vocalists were Mrs. Isaac Budnitz and Miss Esther C. Dyer. A paper on the French Troubadours was read by Helen E. Howe.

The first annual winter carnival for the students of the Richards School was held Feb. 14 at the Newport Playground. Miss Gertrude Rowe was the choice of the pupils for the carnival queen and was chosen owing to her popularity. She was crowned by Harold Kenerson, president of the athletic association of the school. It is hoped by the students that this will be a yearly event with the Senior High School students joining in the near future. The students were helped by the Outing Club and the merchants of the town, also by parents and friends. Winners in ski races were: Adike Makey, Margaret Maley, Bertha Rowell, Victor Charles, Phyllis Sanborn, Frank Winter, and Barbara Hyatt. Snowshoe race winners were Betty Jordan, Lucille Nelson, Harold Kenerson, and Bertha Rowell.

Three hundred people participated in the gala masquerade dance sponsored by the Claude J. Brewster Post, American Legion, at the Opera House. Music for dancing was provided by The Cavaliers. At 10, there was a grand march for those who were masked and in costume, led by Leonard F. Dudley and Mrs. Welda Maxham, who were garbed as an old-fashioned gentleman and lady. First prize for most unique costume was awarded to Miss Margaret Carrigan, who was becomingly dressed in a pirate's “rig” of bright red and black. Philip Conroy was presented a prize for the funniest outfit. He was dressed as a girl, and made a most attractive appearance in a green silk dress of up-to-date style and a black hat. The judges were Mrs. Harold G. Fairbanks, Robert E. Gould, and Samuel H. Edes.


Charles Ring of Nourse’s Rexall Store successfully passed the examination before the Vermont Board of Pharmacy at Montpelier, and is now a full-fledged registered pharmacist.

Hamlin and Spooner have opened a law office in the post office block, Mr. Hamlin studied law with Judge Richardson of Claremont and has been practicing since 1924 being admitted to the bar in that year. Mr. Spooner studied law while being employed by the Boston and Maine Railroad Company. He was admitted to the bar in 1928.

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