A downtown facelifting, certain to disrupt business entrances and impede pedestrian traffic, is bound to create difficult moments. Tremont Square Supervisor Doug Nelson will be the first to admit that, but he said Claremont’s $400,000 resurfacing project is running quite smoothly. But, “Bullpen” merchants are going to have to be patient, Nelson stressed, with the knowledge that the square’s appearance and probably its consumer turnout will improve. Each section of decaying concrete sidewalk is being replaced by a network of interlocking concrete pavers.
The City of Claremont and Connecticut Valley Electric Company ended 10 months of planning and promising at a press conference Thursday, signing a joint agreement to develop Sugar River hydropower potential and seek a Federal Regulatory Energy Commission permit aimed at a feasibility study. Claremont Mayor Charles P. Puksta said the alliance is one, which stresses “complete confidence in the unit rather than someone trying to outdo someone else.” Both James E. Griffin, CVEC president, and Puksta speculated this is the first municipal/utility agreement on hydropower study in New Hampshire and possibly New England.
Historic preservation and the freedom of private ownership came into conflict Wednesday night as citizens debated the proposed Historic District Ordinance in an hour-long public hearing. The ordinance provides for a zoned historic district protecting the building from demolition or exterior changes without first obtaining approval of a seven-member Historic District Commission. In addition to disagreements of philosophy, citizens and city councilors questioned the membership, boundaries of the district and the life of the commission.
A $25,000 emergency fund for town selectmen to combat energy costs got a cool reception from the Newport Budget Committee Wednesday night. The committee urged putting off granting money for three months until the next quarterly meeting when the budget picture is clearer. Selectman Ronald T. Pfenning proposed the fund to deal with expected cost overruns in energy ($15,000), salt ($10,000), and legal expenses ($2,000). The motion died for lack of a second producing suggestions where cutbacks can be made within the town’s present budget.
A variance request to establish a third kindergarten daycare center in town was affirmed Thursday, overturning an earlier 2-2 decision with a 5-0 finding despite the introduction of little new evidence. Owners Ronald and Molly Lemay, 36 Belknap Ave., appealed to the board comprised of three different members from the original hearing to grant the request as the zoning board has given two other town kindergartens in similar situations.
Mr. and Mrs. Warren Brissette, Summer Street, who have made their home in Newport for the past four years, will move to New Durham at the end of the week.
Peter Shackett, Madeira Beach, Fla., is visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wilfard Shackett, Third Street. Peter, a member of the Mad (Madeira) Beach Band and his group have engagements in the New England area.
The Fall Mountain Regional School Board spent a large part of its meeting Monday night discussing the pros and cons of busing students on field trips. The subject had been thoroughly discussed at an earlier meeting of the finance committee with administration and the general feeling was that transportation for extracurricular field trips is an administrative responsibility and should be viewed with an eye to budget management.
Mr. and Mrs. John French and sons, James and Christopher, Newburg, N.Y., are spending several days with Mr. French’s mother, Mrs. Hollis French, Main Street.
Midshipman 3rd Class Rene J. Chicoine is on leave from the U.S. Naval Academy. He arrived Aug.12 to visit his parent’s, Mr. and Mrs. Francis Chicoine, West Green Mountain Road. He reports back Sept. 8.
Mr. and Mrs. Merton Hayward of Grantham, formerly of Claremont, will be honored Saturday at an open house at the Knights of Columbus in Claremont in observance of their 50th wedding anniversary, which occurs Jan. 18, 1965.
Water level in the city’s reservoirs continued its steady drop this week, and now stands at155 million gallons, City Manager George Benway said today. The five reservoirs have a capacity of 242 million gallons. Benway said consumption has steadied once more between seven and eight million gallons weekly.
Photo Caption—Four Claremonters are presently undergoing basic training in the same company of the U.S. Army at Fort Dix, N.J. They are from left, Pvt. Ronald P. Morin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roland J. Morin of 25 Bellic St., Pvt. Bradley D. Root, son and Mr. and Mrs. John B. Root of 36 Forest St., Pvt. Alan G. Johnson, son of Mrs. Alan Johnson of 39 Central St., and Pvt. Lloyd F. Page, son of Lloyd F. Page Sr. of 25 Fremont St. Pvt. Johnson graduated from Stevens High School and Pvt. Morin from St. Mary High. Privates Root and Page attended Stevens.
Photo Caption—Claremont Country Club Champions, from left, Hank Leland, Class A, Mike Lessard, Class B, George Lambert, Class C, and Pudgy Franklin, Class D. The 1964 titleholders defeated Gary Bissonnette, Fritz Rosinski, Rocky Morrow and John Patch in the finals.
Richard Roy, Unity Road, is the new president of the Newport Alumni Association. He is a 1946 graduate of Towle High School. Louis Thompson, correspondent for the Daily Eagle, was elected vice president, succeeding Richard Parker. Christine Watling Tondreau of the Class of 1958 was elected secretary and Eve Spanos was re-elected treasurer.
The rainfall yesterday deposited only 33/100ths of an inch on the parched Newport-Lake Sunapee area, and failed to break the drought which has existed since early May. Farmers are faced with a recurrence of circumstances, which resulted from the 1963 drought, the worst to strike the area in 23 years. Town Manager Alvin Heidner reported yesterday that Newport residents were cooperating with the Board of Selectmen’s ruling that restricts lawn watering to a three-hour period between 6 and 9 p.m. He expressed appreciation for this cooperation. He reported, however, that consumption of water in the three-hour period has far exceeded normal consumption since the restriction was imposed.
More Newport Republicans would vote for President Johnson than for Sen. Goldwater for President, but even more are undecided how they would vote, an Argus-Champion public opinion poll showed this week. Asked “If Lyndon Johnson and Barry Goldwater were the presidential candidates, for which would you vote?” Thirty-seven said they were undecided, 33 said they would vote for Johnson and 25 said they would vote for Goldwater. Five said they wouldn’t vote for either one.
The six children and 12 of the grandchildren of Walter R. Nelson gathered for a reunion Sunday at the Burford cottage on Rands Pond. Members of the family present were Mr. and Mrs. J. Franklin Towle and their three children from Chichester, Mr. and Mrs. John Newman and one child from Goshen, Mr. and Mrs. Harlow A. Nelson and one child from Ormond Beach, Fla., Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Nelson, Concord, Mr. and Mrs. S. Austin Nelson and two children from West Barrington, R.I., and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Burford and their five children from West Hartford, Conn.
Cindy Cheney accompanied Wanda Rollins, Sunapee, on a trip through the White Mountains Friday.
Mr. and Mrs. George Murphy, Chicopee, Mass., and their son, Stuart Murphy, and his wife, visited Dale and Jacquelyn Murphy at the YMCA Camp in Croydon Sunday.
Pvt. E-2 Edward G. Couitt, 18, son of Mrs. Almon Clark, Lempster, and Philip Couitt, Newport, left for Germany July 29 for a two-year tour of duty with the U.S. Army. Pvt. Couitt received his basic training at Ft. Gordon, Ga., he is now stationed in El Paso, Texas.
Miss Carol Eastman, Quincy, Mass., spent the weekend with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Eastman.
Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Schwarm, Manchester, Conn., spent several days at Ben Mere Inn. He is the nephew of Mrs. Fred Emery.
Attending the World’s Fair in New York City last week were Lois Buckley and her brother, Airman 2/C Thomas Buckley, who is stationed at Keesler Air Force Base, Biloxi, Miss.
Miss Edna Bowles, RN, of Boston, spent the weekend at her home on Barnes Street.
Mr. and Mrs. Zigmund Smolnik have moved from the Gellis Block to 265 Grove St.
Mrs. James Taylor is vacationing two weeks from the Claremont Paper Company office.
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Late visitors to Monadnock Park are to be prohibited, it was learned this morning. City Manager Philip L. White said gates are being placed at each entrance and that they will be locked at night when no athletic activities are scheduled.
Charles L. Bowlby, physics teacher at Stevens High School, 1942-1944, has been elected superintendent of Supervisory School Union 38. Following faculty membership here, Mr. Bowlby served as headmaster at Henniker High School and as principal of Amesbury, Mass., High School.
The U.S. Civil Service Commission has announced an examination to fill the position of fourth-class postmaster at West Claremont. The salary is $1,478 annually.
The Rev. Louis Demers left yesterday for his parish at West Point, Neb., after spending his vacation with his mother, Mrs. Mary Demers of Pleasant Street.
Jack Barry, Towle High School athletic director, said one reason he turned down an offer to become Spaulding High School basketball coach is that he prefers to continue to coach all three major sports. Mr. Barry turned down a position at the Rochester High School paying considerably more than he receives at Towle. Mr. Barry, who is pitching this summer for the Brattleboro, Vt., Northern League team, coaches football, baseball and basketball at both Towle High School and Richards Junior High School.
Miss Philomena Pitraszkieweicz and Donald Spear Spear are new employees at Condon’s Market.
Miss Joanne Radford of Washington, D.C., is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.E. Radford of Winter Street, during a week’s vacation.
The dining room at the Newport House reopened Monday after having been closed since last December during the construction of the new moving picture theatre in the hotel building. Peter Latchis, owner of the Newport House, said that the dining room has resumed its full schedule of service.
Final plans are being shaped for the four-day Sullivan Grange Fair to be held in Newport Aug 24-27 at Sportsmen’s Park on Claremont Road. On Wednesday, Aug. 24, there will be a judging of canned goods, fruits, vegetables, flowers and the like at the midway on the fairgrounds. All citizens of Newport and surrounding towns are invited to submit their homegrown or home-prepared produce for competition.
Even the thermometers couldn’t take it during the recent heat wave. Placed in the sun at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Radford on Newport-Unity Road, a thermometer hit 120. When the mercury couldn’t get any higher, it blew the tube apart.
Miss Mary Lou Davis has returned home from New London Hospital, greatly improved in health.
Mrs. J.O. Fleming is working at Russell’s Inn this week.
Mrs. John MacAdams has been confined to her bed a few days because of a severe cold.
Mrs. Emily Green has been at her father’s home the past week.
Dene Hoyt went home to Newport from his visit with his grandparents, L.R. Nichols.
Harris Nichols, Bob Olds, G. Pinkney, John Wirkkala, H.C. Hartwell worked at the fire at Sand Pond.