By this time next month, the city’s newest elderly housing project will be solar. Installation of 114 heat collectors on the north-facing roof of the Senior Congress Park, 67 Maple Ave., has begun. According to Howard G. Tolz, executive director of the 81-unit complex, the solar project should cut the building’s hot water bill in half. Construction culminates a nearly two-year effort to secure federal funds for partial solar heading of the elderly housing project.

President Jimmy Carter’s budget-cutting axe has frozen a $6 million phase to the city’s $25 million sewer treatment improvement project. Local and state officials agreed Monday the grant, mainly aimed at installing a sewer disposal pipeline for industry, will eventually be freed up. But the holding pattern of uncertain length could affect completion of the $2.7 million water treatment plant and come close to federally mandated deadlines for local factories. “It says don’t obligate, don’t do anything until you hear from us later,” said City Manager J. Edward Brookshire of a letter the Environmental Protection Agency sent the city officials last week.

Peter Costa, a member of Boy Scout Troop 318, sponsored by The First Baptist Church, has reached the pinnacle of scouting excellence, the rank of Eagle Scout. The son of Mr. and Mrs. James Costa, Unity, he is a senior at Stevens High School, where he is an honor student. He has been employed at Costa Tool and Gage Corporation. He was honored with a special Eagle Scout Court of Honor Saturday at the First Baptist Church.


Sister Carolyn, Saranac Lake, N.Y., will join her sister and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Woodard, Sunapee Street, for the Easter weekend.

Marine Cpl. Matt E. Millette, son of Peter and Patricia A. Millette, Elaine Street, was promoted to his present rank while serving with the 3rd Force Service Support Group on Okinawa. He received the accelerated promotion in recognition of outstanding performance, duty proficiency and demonstrated professional abilities. He joined the Marine Corps in August of 1978.

Orientation for four unit secretaries began March 30 at Newport Hospital. The position of unit secretary was created to reduce paperwork of ward nurses when primary care nursing is introduced in the near future. The secretaries, Elizabeth “Beth” Taylor, Carol Blaisdell, Barbara Spence and Yvonne Evans, will perform clerical work formerly done by nurses. Nurses are expected to have more time to devote to primary care nursing of patients, when one nurse is responsible for each patient throughout their stay in the hospital.

First Citizens National Bank President Lyman A. Cousens told shareholders March 28 in the bank that the facility had $2 million more in deposits at the end of 1979 than it had in 1978. Soterios A. “Sam” Saggiotes, Newport, was re-elected chairman of the board of directors.


Mr. and Mrs. G. Robert Grenier, Pillsbury Road, have returned home after spending a week with Mrs. Grenier’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph D’Acunto, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and a week in Las Vegas, Nev.

Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Dyer, Canaan, visited Mrs. Dyer’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Holmes, Sunday.


Hilary Jordan, Seth Ulinski and teacher Dorothy Goldbert celebrated their birthdays at the Village School. Becky Wetherill visited the school March 30 and played the guitar and sang songs with the children.

Liz Paddock, Mindy Atwood, Tanya Krajcik, Bonnie Caldwell, Mitchell Feeney, Ryan Dunn, Jason Montambeault, Jenny Merrill, Kristen Jonas, Kristen Ripley, Marie Lamere, Paul Cavicchio, Adam Clough, Scott Jones and E.J. LaDuke attended a story time recently at the Abbott Library.


The final obstacle to the proposed flood control and recreation project in Blood Brook was removed at the annual town meeting when residents voted 42-10 to abandon a section of Cross Road between the Harry Wasasier residents and Corner Cemetery. Abandoning the road was approved on the condition that the department has been trying since the 1960s to get permission to build 10 flood control dams in Sullivan county. It succeeded only with the Blood Brook site, except for a dam built with private funds at Eastman, Grantham.


A contour and watercolor drawing by Houston Thorson, first grader at Croydon Village School and son of Mr. and Mrs. William Thorson, has been submitted to the Youth Art Exhibition taking place this month in Phoenix Hall, Commission on the Arts, Concord, by Betty Ann Heistad, art teacher at the school.

A primary typewriter has been purchased for the Village School with funds provided by the Parents and Friends of Croydon Village School.


Herbert Holmes, Hampton, visited his mother, Mrs. Walter Holmes on Sunday.



The New Hampshire Tuberculosis Health Association has been conducting a Tuberculin skin testing survey this week at St. Mary Grade and High School. Grades 1-4 and 8-12 have been given the Heaf Test. This test is a case-finding program. If the test is positive, it does not necessarily mean that you have Tuberculosis, it shows that the reactor has been exposed to an active case of TB at some time and an X-ray should be taken to show whether or not any harm has been done.

Miss JoAnn Giguere recently spent the weekend with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Francis Giguere of 47 Sullivan St. Miss Giguere recently received her cap from the Capital City School of Nursing in Washington, D.C. She is a 1964 graduate of St. Mary High School.

Miss Ellen (Butterfield) Hawkins has returned to Claremont after living in Virginia. She plans to make her home at 104 Myrtle St., and will work for the My Ladies Beauty Salon in Windsor.

John Clouture was awarded first prize last evening for his prize-winning display, “Atoms,” in the St. Mary Eighth Grade Science Fair. Peter Fontaine won second prize for his “Bees and Bee Keeping,” display. Third prize went to Darlene Burr for her display on “Fish,” and fourth prize was won by Anthony Antonivich for his project, “The Skeletal System.” Those receiving honorable mention were Diane Matteau,, Patricia Caron, Susan Martel, Colette Therrien, Robert Coutu, Peter Bonaccorsi, Harold Parker, Jeanne Bellavance, Catherine Gearry, Carol Fontaine and Debra St. John.

The Claremont congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses will begin meeting at its new Kingdom Hall on Charlestown Road this week. A year ago a special building committee was formed with George Stanley as president; Howard E. Chattin, vice president; Charles H. Walker Jr., secretary and Albert Chicoine and Ronald Long, consultants.


Republican John J. DeMayo as elected to the board of selectmen at the annual town meeting, defeating Democrat Maurice H. Cummings, seeking his eighth term on the board, 877-664. He took the oath of office immediately after moderator Harry V. Spanos declared him elected. The town meeting authorized a study of possible changes of Newport’s form of government from a town to a city.

The target date for the opening of Newport’s new junior-senior high school is September 1966, Supt. of Schools Gordon B. Flint said this week after Newport voters approved the $695,000 bond issue for the school, 379-52. Apparently, without knowing it, many Towle High School alumni voted Towle High School out of existence when they voted for the new school, for the program they approved means the Towle building will be used for elementary grades and eventually may even cease to be used as a school.

Gordon Brenner, formerly with the sales department of Connecticut Valley Electric Company Inc., Claremont, has become a partner and general manager of Derby’s of Newport Inc. Brenner, who had been with CVS for seven years, had previously served seven years with the sales department of Derby’s of Keene. John Statt, who has been manager of the Derby’s store here, will continue in a sales capacity here.

Calista Teague, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Teague, Pine Street, won first prize in the 61st annual Fairbanks Junior Prize Speaking Contest in Chellis Auditorium, Towle High School, recently. Shirley Kanerva was second and Marilyn Maertens, third.


Wilfrid Dent, Croydon’s school district moderator, received a vote of confidence during the annual meeting when his pay was quadrupled. His annual salary of $2 was raised to $8 dollars. He might have received even more pay, but it cannot be raised above the town moderator’s, which is $10.


Sue Morgan, accompanied by Lewis Maynard, Newport, visited her grandparents, Mrs. and Mrs. Justin Nichols, recently.


Mr. and Mrs. Harold Sawyer, Malden, Mass., have bought the home of the late Dorothy Crandlemere from Mrs. James Simpson and Ms. Albin King. The Sawyers are the parents of Mrs. William Morse.


Mrs. Howard Pratt recently received the award of a supper for six from the Friends of the Library.

Mr. and Mrs. Melvin K. Knight and their children of Litchfield Corners, Maine, were guests of Mrs. Knight’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Shepard, this week.


Miss Susan Holmes won the overall prize at the Science Fair Friday evening at Vilas High School.

Mrs. Richard Burban spent the weekend in Staten Island, N.Y., visiting her daughter and family.


Mr. and Mrs. Alexander MacCormack attended the capping of their daughter at Mercy Hospital, Springfield, Mass., on Sunday.


Miss Diane Spooner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Spooner and a senior at Towle High School has been accepted at Plymouth Teachers College.

Mrs. Wilbur Reney has returned to her work for the Department of Public Welfare, Claremont.


Mrs. Frank LaVanture and family were Sunday guests of Mr. and Mrs. L.E. Smith and also called on the Reverend M.E. Corbett.



The Rev. Joseph L. Sullivan, minister of the Second Congregational Church of Hartford, Vt., was guest preacher at Temple Meyer-David last night. Rev. Mr. Sullivan, who is studying at Dartmouth College to graduate with an A.B. degree in June, was formerly minister of the First Universalist Church here.

The newly organized Claremont chapter of Kiwanis ratified its officers and set Thursday, May 20 as the date for its charter presentation banquet during a meeting in the Colonial Hotel Thursday night. The local slate of officers will be headed by H.I. Jacobsen, president.

Green Mountain Circle 608, Companions of the Forest, held initiation ceremonies at its meeting in Moose Hall Wednesday night. Initiated were Mrs. Julia Patenaude, Mrs. Carolyn Edmonds, Miss Mary Savoie, Miss Elaine Mainville, Mrs. Bertha LaChance, Mrs. Edna Butman, Mrs. Georgina Cloutier, Mrs. Madeline Butterfield and Mrs. Priscilla Brunelle.

Mrs. Helena C. Aiken, who has been working the past 18 months for the Long Lines Division of American Telephone and Telegraph a Cleveland, Ohio, and studying at Western Reserve University and Hruby Conservatory of Music, is now residing at 69 Pearl St.

Bernard Fontaine of High Street left Tuesday to accept a position with the General Electric Corporation at Schenectady, N.Y., as draftsman and machine designer. Mr. Fontaine is a graduate of Franklin Institute of Boston.

Advertisement—Green Meadows Lunch, Charlestown Road, Meat Loaf with tomato sauce, French Fried potatoes, string beans, hot brown bread, silver cake with chocolate sauce, 60 Cents.


With little or no regard for the serious financial situation now existing in Newport, voters at the recent school district and town meeting went on record at both as favoring almost every article printed in the respective warrants. As a result of these meetings, the tax rate for the coming year is conservatively estimated to be in the neighborhood of $64 per $1,000 of valuation. On a vote of 640-437 it was decided not to abolish the town manager form of government.

Possibly for the first time in the history of New Hampshire town meetings, a town went on a record vote to collect one citizen’s garbage. After listening to Towle High School teacher Orimer Bugbee explain that he had to carry his garbage and swill in the back of his car to the town dump, the meeting voted for an additional $1,000 appropriation for town garbage to the effect that the garbage collection route on Maple Street be extended to include Mr. Bugbee’s home, some distance from the present limit of collection. The vote was unanimous.

Town businessmen will contact the auctioneers for the Gordon Mill in he near future to see if businessmen of the town may purchase the building and land of the mill, Kenneth E. Shaw said yesterday. Judge Shaw was named to appoint a committee to interview the Brown brothers of West Swanzey, owners of the mill, at a recent combined meeting of the directors of the Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club and Rotary Club.

Formation of a Connecticut Valley High School sports league was discussed Wednesday night at Towle High School by coaches and headmasters representing eight towns in the valley area including Newport. Those present investigated possibilities of creating a league for basketball, baseball and track. Towns represented besides Newport were Hanover, Lebanon, West Lebanon, Hartford, Windsor, Claremont and Franklin.


Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Howard entertained relatives from Massachusetts over the weekend.

Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Pedersen and friends from Claremont called on her father, C.H. Smith, Sunday afternoon.


Mr. and Mrs. Burton Cady and daughters, Beatrice and Eden went to Springfield, Vt., last Sunday to call on Mr. and Mrs. Earl Martin and daughter, Peggy.

Mrs. Lillian B. Ross returned to her home Thursday after an extended vacation spent in New York City and Baltimore, Md.


Miss Jeannine Riley is at home from Towle High School with German measles.

Mrs. Winsola McGuire and children are visiting Mr. and Mrs. Francis Frye.


Unity Center school news—The scores for the spelling teams this week are: Margery Trobley’s team, 100 percent; Ivan Simoneau’s team, 96 percent; Doris Strout team, 95 percent; Stanley Lumbra’s team, 94 percent, and Nathalie Forest’s team, 93 percent.


The names of the Red Cross canvassers in this community are Mrs. Leroy Jordan, Mrs. Vera Gardner, Mrs. Dorothy Conroy, Mrs. Blanche Gould and Mrs. Helen Michaud.


A meeting of the Civil Air Patrol Group was held at Holden High School on Thursday evening. Those taking part were Albert Fisk, Forrest Horner, Edward Kinson, Ormand Buswell and George Parsons with Charles Morgan in charge of the group.

(Editor’s Note—Some of the Items for this week’s Past-Time were taken from Argus-Champion newspapers in the month of March and April.)

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