CHILDREN GATHER in front of the Methodist Church in Newport for a photo session many decades ago.



Three area insurance agents will be recognized by the John Hancock Life Insurance Company this month. They are staff manager Oliver L. Zullo of Newport and agents Angelo A. Scelza of White River Junction, James F. Butler, Lebanon, and Richard W. Pariseau, Newport. Zullo was inducted into the vice presidents council for his15 years as an Honor Club qualifier.

The Claremont Opera House Restoration Committee heard disquieting but not disheartening news at its first fall meeting Monday night. Architect Paul Mirsky of Enfield reported funds would not stretch to cover all the restoration originally planned. He noted, however, that none of the cuts were related to “the actual functions” of the building. Appearing at the meeting, Angelo Nestor, Claremont, outlined plans for Greek dance Sept. 24 for the benefit of the Opera House project.

The City Council Wednesday night passed on final reading an “all-encompassing” ordinance for city parks. The ordinance, which covers everything from parachuting to drinking on city-owned land, was the product of city officials to increasing concern with vandalism. When the ordinance was first put before the council in May, Ward 3 councilor Carmine D’Amante asked for more time to study the laws, calling it a “very, very complicated motion.”

It’s time to start thinking about Claremont Winter Carnival 1978. To get going City Bank and Trust is sponsoring a winter carnival theme contest. The winner will receive a $25 savings bond, President Richard M. Berrio announced. Judges are Eagle-Times publisher Charlie Hewitt, Claremont Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Frank Wisinski and Berrio.


Cornish may eventually be able to make money on its old dump. “We really mean recycling makes cents—and sense,” said Jill Edson, chairman of the town committee to solve the solid waste problem in Cornish. The Cornish dump will reopen in grand style this Saturday—as a recycling center. If the idea catches on with townspeople, Cornish may be able to sell the glass and metals gathered at the recycling center and use the profits to pay for someone to manage the area.


Attorneys for Sandel Development Corporation, which proposes to build a 53-unit housing project for the elderly on the site of the Francis P. Edes home on North Main Street and Belknap Avenue, told Newport’s Zoning Board of Adjustment Sept.1 that neither the 5,000 square foot per unit nor the 3,000 square foot per unit regulations applied. Newport’s zoning ordinance requires 5,000 square feet per unit for new construction and3,000 square feet per unit for remodeling.

The Newport Hospital Board of Trustees is considering dropping the hospital’s maternity ward and replacing it with a skilled nursing facility, Gerald Usery, hospital administrator, said this week a skilled nursing facility is for patients who need more care than a nursing home but less care than “acute care” hospitalization provides.

A total of 3,552 students started school in SAU 43 Tuesday, six more than 1976, according to superintendent of Schools Gordon B. Flint. The largest increase of 122 was in the Newport School District.

The 1977Library Festival sponsored by the Friends of the Library Aug. 26 and 27 grossed more than $3,200 to benefit the Richards Library and Library Arts Center. For the first time a tent was rented and positioned on the library lawn for the book sale.

Kelly and Kerry Rochford, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Rochford of Dexter Avenue, raised $39 recently for the Muscular Dystrophy Fund. Assisted by their grandmother, Mrs. Addison Roe, they canvassed door-to-door solicitations and also took orders for food which their mother volunteered to make.


Commissioner of Education Robert C. Brunelle told teachers in SAU 43 here Aug. 31 they need to take a hard look at what they are doing, the results, and the costs. He told them no country in the world is doing what American education is doing for America’s children but warned them many Americans are not sure of the quality of their education.


The Unity Council on Parks is trying to get more mileage for its money. More than 35 cords of wood left over from one of the council’s projects have been cut, split and distributed to senior citizens and disabled persons without charge.


Approximately 50 members and guests attended the Rocky Bound Pond Association annual picnic Sept. 3. Host and hostesses were Mr. and Mrs. George Stein, and Mr. and Mrs. Melbourne Cutting. A business meeting was also conducted and Sally Stein was elected chairman and Beatrice Brasseau, treasurer.



Photo Caption—Claremont school buses began their fall rounds last week. A total of nine buses carry nearly 1,000 pupils to public and parochial schools. They are driven by teachers, custodians and a local minister. Here, Harold Weiner, left, vice chairman of the Claremont School Board, and Connie DeValk, president of Claremont’s Howe Motor Company, watched junior high school students boarding the newest addition to the bus fleet. This bus replaces a 1949 Reo bus and serves the Red Water Brook Road, the Pig Farm and Beauregard Village, Howe Motors was a low bidder.

Claremont General Hospital this week launched a Hospital Benefit Drive, the first in what is hoped will become an annual affair. Arnold Shulins of the hospital trustees and Dr. Edward Kane of the medical staff said most hospitals have an annual “giving” program to augment endowment income. The local hospital is low in endowments and in addition has no community fundraising programs.

Claremont’s net valuation is now $37,656,210, an increase of more than $8 million over the 1961 figure, Tax Assessor Robert Nahil told the City Council last night. “I feel the revaluation has taken care of the many inequities that were there,” Nahil said.


Charlestown High School students have held their election of class presidents for the senior high school as follows: Carl McAllister, senior; John Hoskings, junior; Tom Herzig, sophomore; Harold Smith, freshman; Joanna Mandinarch, eighth grade and John Gates, seventh grade.


Bert Teague swept Newport more than 5-1 Tuesday in his bid for the Republican nomination for Congress, although he lost the nomination to State Sen. James C. Cleveland who edged him in New Hampshire’s Second District, 14,623 to 13,890.

Dedication of a Civil Defense Police Range in Newport will take place at 12:30 p.m. Sunday. The range is located on the property of Alexander Lewko on the Bradford Road. Use of the land was donated by the Lewko family.

Mrs. Natalie Perkins, 106 South Main St., her son, Harold, and daughter, Dorothy, have returned from a trip through Ohio and Indiana. Another son, Leonard, returned to Indiana State College with them.

Richard D. Kelley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Parker, Old Goshen Road, will matriculate at the University of New Hampshire in Durham in the College of Liberal Arts Sept. 21. He is a June graduate of Towle High School.


Fifteen pupils entered the first grade at Goshen-Lempster School Sept. 3. They are Roxanne Field, Deborah Galpin, Bonnie-Jo Stevens, Doreen Miller, Nina Thurber, Sherry Caron, Steve Lamery, Richard Baker, Brian Wright, James Ash, Ricky Caron, Leonard Caron, Dan Whiting and Timothy Reed.


Among those returning to high school are John Handley senior at Sunapee Central School; Muriel Beals, Marsha Derby, and Carol Stowell, seniors; Cynthia Currier, Benjamin Kezar, James St. Martin, and Sharon Stowell, juniors; Ward Anderson and Michael Cole, sophomores, and Marion French, Cathy Ann Howard, Richard Waddell and Janice Jillson, freshmen, at New London High School.


Enrollment dropped from 123 to 110 this year at Unity Elementary School, which opened Sept. 3. The teaching staff members are Mrs. Elizabeth Nelson, Grade 7 and 8; Mrs. Frances Wirkkala, 5 and 6; Mrs. Mary McCullough, 4 and 5 and Miss Nancy Buswell, Claremont, 1 to3. Mrs. Dorothy LeMere is supervisor of the hot lunch program that started Monday.



More than 11 tons of newspapers and magazines were collected by a crew of 30 members of the Junctioneer Skating Club in their townwide drive held yesterday. Trucks were donated by Agel Corman Furniture Company, Robert Lewis, Hector Roberts, Claremont Metal and Paper Stock Company, Leo Lawrence and Joseph Martell. Proceeds of the drive will be used for the production of the Ice Capers of 1948

Political Ad—Nominate Edward J. Tenney Jr., State Senator, District 8; practicing attorney, lifelong resident of Claremont, family man, graduate of New England College, law degree at Wake Forest College, veteran of World War II, treasurer of the Sullivan and Windsor County Mounted Posse and member of Sugar River Shrine Club.

Mrs. Agnes Stone of 45 Hanover St., presided over the New Hampshire Cosmetologist Association held Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at Wentworth-by-the-Sea. Also attending from Claremont was Mrs. Clayton Stevens of 5 Grove St.

Playing at the Latchis Theatre: Living in a Big Way starring Gene Kelly and Marie MacDonald.

The Goodwin Community Center reopened yesterday for general attendance of school students with a large number flocking in despite the good weather. Registration of Crafters, Boondogglers and Fun and Frolic Clubs were reported good. The students found the center completely repainted and redecorated with equipment in the best shape since the building originally opened in April of1944.


With a total of 900 pupils enrolled in Supervisory Union 5 at the opening of schools on Wednesday, Superintendent of Schools Henry J. Hastings reported conditions are “especially critical” in the Unity Center and Farwell Schools. All towns in the District with the exception of Cornish and Goshen show increased enrollment, a total jump of 57 students over last year. A breakdown of enrollment shows the following: Charlestown Village, 264; Charlestown High School, 83; Farwell, 61; Acworth, 38; Cornish, 148; Goshen, 67; Croydon, 43; Langdon, 46; Lempster, 59 and Unity 105.


Those getting 100 in arithmetic at Cornish Flat School so far are John Morse, Shirley and Ernest-Ferrault, Arthur Hayward, Ruth Densmore, Gordon Gagnon, Wayne and Warren Spencer, Roger Bean, Dorothy Shepherd, Eugene Crosby, and Charles and Elbert Bannister. Those getting 100 in spelling Friday were John Morse, Fred Mark and Rosalind Bailey.


The Barrell in the Country Store will be shipped to the Church World Service Center in Boston next week. You have until Saturday the 13th to put in your donations of food and clothing for the starving children of Europe.

The tax rate this year is $5.78 per $100.


The following pupils are attending high school this year: Elsie Pillsbury, Shirley Sanders, Margaret and Edith Holmes, Howard Pillsbury and Ronald Dunbar in Lebanon; Jennett Sherman, Ann Kimball, Barbara Jennings, Evelyn Pillsbury, Joyce Sherman, Walter Reney and Maurice Hastings in Newport and Janice Spooner in Claremont.

Vernon Spooner had a cellar dug last week for his new house, which he plans to build next to his parent’s home.


Mr. and Mrs. Leland Grenier and baby have moved in their newly-purchased home on Syndicate Street.

John Durgin, local lumberman, entered his horses in the pulling contest at the Cheshire Fair Saturday and took third honors in the 2900 class. The horses were driven by Mr. Durgin.

Photo Caption—Members of the Claude J. Brewster Junior Legion baseball team lined up prior to the banquet at which they were feted at the Veterans, Front row, from left, John Waldo, Francis Gonyea, Charles Willey, Bob Rollins and Herbert Smith. Back, Coach Joe Willett, Wilfred Chartrand, John Willett, Harold Campbell Jr., Gerry Martin and Louis Willett, post commander. Photo by Mahoney.

Mr. Blanche Gould and two daughters, Gertrude and Jane, and Mrs. George Page, spent the weekend at Wells, Maine, as the guests of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Gould and Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Page and family.

The Eighth Annual Moose Convention here today, tomorrow and Sunday will have 2,500 in attendance. Bert Marcus, Governor of the Newport Lodge 1236 and president of the Northeast Moose Association, will preside.

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Mrs. Fred S. Richardson is not in her usual health and is under the care of a doctor.


Lt. and Mrs. Harry Crowder and their son, Steven, spent the weekend with Lt. Crowder’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Crowder. Lt. Crowder was commissioned at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Md., Aug. 29. After several weeks of further training he will be assigned to Germany.

Photo Caption—The four men above averaging over 80 year of age were photographed viewing the Sunapee Fair Parade on Labor Day in front of Cecil Muzzey’s residence. Mr. Muzzey, right, is 86. Next are Fred Sargent, 84; John H. Bartlett, 78, and Fred Colford, 75, all adjoining neighbors.


Ray Colbeth had the misfortune to lose one of his work horses last week.


Mrs. Frank Berquist and Mrs. C. Stark Newton attended the Grange Fair at Charlestown on Saturday and acted as judges for the fancy work.


C.W. Crane was unable to work for a couple of days this past week but is much better now.


At the annual meeting of the Universalist Society, the following officers were elected: Lucius H. Nichols, president; Christina Richardson, clerk; Harold R. Nichols, treasurer; George L. Richardson and Frances L. Wirkkala, executive committee, and Lucy Smith, janitor. Mr. and Mrs. Lucius Nichols will be delegates to the General Convention to be held in Claremont, Oct. 7.


Bambi, Steele, and Bernard Davis stayed with their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John Philbrick and the David Barry family while their mother, Mrs. Fred Davis, attended a three-day school lunch workshop in Hooksett.

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