Media personalities stumping for presidential candidates is an ancient political strategy still popular in the 1980 campaign. But actor Martin Sheen who visited Claremont Thursday, gave the role a new twist in his support of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy…if you like me well enough maybe you’ll start thinking of him. Sheen discouraged right from the start penetrating questions about Kennedy’s positions, preferring more to talk about himself and his acting career which may well be as accomplished as anyone’s who’s 39.

The CETA axe has fallen on the staff at Claremont Opera House, but three affected employees have a proposal for city adoption, albeit risky, to keep programming afloat. On the first working day after their job termination, Oug Coe, Mara Bowin and Cynthia Fisk made public their offer to operate programming and maintenance of the grand theater in exchange for free office space.

Claremont Mayor Charles P. Puksta, known by the highest ranking New Hampshire congressman as the “dean of mayors,” led the support of four Republican mayors for GOP presidential hopeful George Bush Wednesday. At a press conference with Bush, U.S. Rep. James C. Cleveland, R-N.H., joined Puksta, Stuart Tracey, Franklin; Leo Ouellette, Berlin, and Karen Wadsworth, Lebanon, in completing a sweep of Bush’s party mayors in the Second Congressional District.

Lack of snow has caused a two-week postponement of the Sixth Annual Claremont Carnival to Jan. 31, Feb. 1, 2, 3. Two events, however, will be held this weekend because they cannot be rescheduled. Saturday, if ice conditions permit, the ice show performed by the Dartmouth Skating Club will begin at 1 p.m. on the Monadnock Park ice. The official winter carnival dance will be held Saturday night.

Someone was overcome during the night by the itch of patriotism or the lust for possession. The 35 by 20-foot American flag which has flown hugely over the Burger King the last three weeks was removed from its 80-foot pole and transported elsewhere. Roger Small, one of the managers, said the spotlighted flag disappeared at some unknown hour, leaving the Burger King $300 out and without what could have been the largest flag in the area.

Edward C. “Pete” LaPointe said Saturday, “I’m expecting my first grandchild in April, so it shouldn’t take too, much guessing what I will do with the $5,000.LaPorte, totally blind, had just learned that he won $5,000 in the New Hampshire Tic-Tac-Dough Instant Sweeps Game. He purchased his ticket from an old friend, Sam Nahill, in the Hotel Moody Barber Shop in the Square.


Photo Caption—Monica Partlow, 6, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Seldon Partlow, Fairbanks Road, Newport, was out for the first time on her new double runners during a visit to Lilly Pond on Sunday.

The Newport Ambulance Service has moved into its new quarters in the old town garage on Meadow Road. “It’s a good location,” said Royal Wallace III, director of the service. “It’s easier for some of the crew to get to.”

Chairman of the Newport Board of Selectmen, Arnold O. Campbell, has announced his candidacy for a third three-year term on the board. There are a lot of interesting things brewing, and I’d like to be a part of them.” Campbell said. Campbell said he is “quite interested” in he shopping center being built on Claremont Road and the proposed improvement of the Elm Street Bridge and intersection.

The Town of Newport has finished the 1979 fiscal year with a budget surplus of $87,200 or 6.5 percent, according to trial balances released by Town Manager William Dugan Monday.

Roland “Gus” Taylor has resigned his $10,200 a year job with the Town of Newport and will begin work Jan 28 with Bruce C. Otis, General Contractors, South Newbury. Mr. Taylor, a Newport native, was hired June 6, 1978, as town accounting supervisor and deputy tax collector after the accounting firm of Plodzik and Sanderson, Concord, said Newport needed an accountant to avoid overspending its budget. The accounting firm recommended a full-time auditor, but Newport selectmen said the two jobs—accounting supervisor and deputy tax collector—were so closely related as to be nearly one job.

A request for money in the school budget for a professional negotiator to argue for the Newport School Board was defended by Supt. of Schools Gordon B. Flint before the budget committee Jan. 3. In the 1979-80 school budget, the board asked for $3,000. This year, it’s asking for $7,500. Mr. Flint said the money may or may not be used, but he said school board members lack the expertise to negotiate with professional negotiators.


Renovations at Charlestown Elementary School are expected to be completed by the end of this month, according to David Cantwell, principal at the school. School officials have played down the problems resulting from the renovation work, but some teachers and students have been unhappy with what they have had to put up with since the work began in September. “We’ve all had a lot to put up with,” said Cantwell. But this is the price that has to be paid in such a situation.


The Goshen Historical Society elected new officers at its first meeting of the year. They are Mrs. John Killoran, president; Philip Mygatt, vice president; Mrs. Arthur Nelson, secretary; Arthur Nelson, treasurer and Mrs. John Newman, director for three years.


Spec. 4 Harold Reney has returned to Fort Bragg, N.C., after spending the year-end holidays with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. David Reney.


This town has no new fire house, but if roast beef dinner, dances and the determination of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Croydon Volunteer Fire Dept. counts for anything, one my be under construction this year. Barbara Newcomb is president of the four-year old auxiliary; Jean Holmes, vice president; Marie Newcomb, treasurer, and Elsie Dearden, secretary. Other members are Colleen Hughlock, Bea Brassaw, Marion Macie, Marline Dearden, Gail Archambault, Frances Chartier, Elaine Nelson, Veronica Newcomb, Norma Dodge, Rose Palmer and Grayce Webb.


The snow goose, which visited Sunapee Harbor for 10 days has gone, but now 75 wild mallard ducks are at the harbor who welcome handouts any time of the day.

Libbie and Victor Laro, Sargent Road, traveled to Lebanon, Pa., over Christmas vacation to visit Libbie’s family.

Ann Schroeder was elected lay leader by the Sunapee United Methodist Church at the annual charge conference of the Sunapee, Georges Mills and Springfield Methodist churches. The Rev. Robert Schrader, pastor, will appoint a parish council to consider consolidation of the three churches during the winter months.


Mr. and Mrs. Frank Larmie, Newport, and Mr. and Mrs. Henry Barton and sons, Todd and Jamie, Pillsbury Road, spent the Christmas holiday with Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Earle, North Grantham.

Meg Gourley, a student at the University of New Hampshire, Durham, is spending the Christmas holiday with her mother, Ruth Gourley, Walton Heath Drive.


Unity School officials are learning how bad a fiscal year can be, they face more than a 15 percent budget increase for 1980 despite the fact teacher salaries have dropped. The Unity School Board is expected Tuesday night to adopt a budget, representing 16.6 percent above spending in 1979. The biggest single budget leap is in tuition where Unity will pay $83,745 to Claremont; $66,952 to Newport, and $26,792 to Sunapee schools. The total increase is $20,149 more than in 1979.



The Trustees of Tufts University and the Trustees of The Boston Floating Hospital for Infants and Children have jointly announced the appointments of Dr. Sydney S. Gellis, Claremont native, as Chairman and Professor of the University’s Department of Pediatrics, and Pediatrician-in-Chief of the hospital. Both Appointments will become effective on July 1, 1965.

Photo Caption—Newly-elected officers of the Claremont Mens Garden Club are, from left, Guido Baldacci, treasurer; George Trafton, secretary; Harold Fletcher, president, and Vernon Field, vice president.

President D. Kearns Gilbert of the Claremont National Bank announced today that Ralph V. Crosby, executive vice president, has been elected to the Board of Directors at the annual stockholders meeting. Other directors re-elected to the board were Gilbert, Henry M. Weston, Irving A. Agel, J. Park Goddard, Dr. Charles F. Keeley, Albert D. Leahy, Leonard W. Lewis, Paul Pelletier and Edward B. Williams.

Kiwanis officers recently installed were President Roland Morrow; First Vice President, Larry Keane; Second Vice President Maurice Wernick; Secretary Pete Williams and Treasurer Dick Breton. The Youth Services Committee chairman for 1965 is Bob Agel. His committee members are Amos Russell, Larry Guay, Mike Prozzo and Carl Lundgren.

Miss Sheila Pierce, daughter of Mrs. Ethel Pierce, formerly of10 Chellis St., Claremont, has been named to the Dean’s List at Salter Secretarial School, Worcester, Mass., for the first ranking period. Miss Pierce is a 1964 graduate of Stevens High School and is enrolled in a one-year stenographic program.


The Newport House, a 90-year-old landmark, has been bought for $20,000 by two Newport businessmen, brothers, James and Soterios “Sam” Saggiotes, who announced the purchase last night. The Newport House is a four-story brick building at the corner of Sunapee and Main streets on the east side of Newport’s main business district. The property includes the Latchis Theater and a taxi stand in addition to limited hotel facilities. For the last decade, the building has been known as the Newport Inn, but the Saggiotes brothers say they want to return the building to its traditional name of the Newport House.

Mrs. Ruth Y. Kimball, general chairman of the annual Newport Teachers Association scholarship supper, met with her committee this week after school at Newport Junior High School. Plans were formulated for the late January event which is conducted to swell the association’s fund to aid Towle graduates who plan to enter the teaching profession. Mrs. Kimball’s committee includes Principals John Sokul, Al Juris and Pauline Maynard; assistant principals, Donald J. LaPierre and William Orman and Mrs. Ruth Worrad, Mrs. Estella Stears, Mrs. Joan Willey and Mrs. Priscilla Hastings.

Heavy demand on Newport’s school bus system will be lessened when the school district accepts delivery of a new 66-passenger GMC bus. The bus has been delivered to Dartmouth Motors and is now in the process of being readied for delivery, said Supt. of Schools Gordon B. Flint Monday. The new bus cost $7,135.

Photo Caption — Newport’s first New Year’s Baby was Jeff J. Waterman who was born Jan. 2 at Newport Hospital. His parents are Mr. and Mrs. Marshall (Patricia Coburn) Waterman, RFD 1, Claremont, who have four other children. His grandparents are Mrs. Flossie Coburn and Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Waterman, all of Newport.

Louis Thompson, former president of the Newport Rotary Club, has announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for the three-year term on the Board of Selectmen. He said, “As a registered Republican for more than 10 years here, I shall seek the nomination through the party caucus in the weeks before town meeting.

Brampton Woolen has added a third shift of 50 persons and is now operating at its full capacity, Homer Aldrich, general manager, reported this week. He anticipates this condition will continue indefinitely. The plant is now operating around the clock five days a week and is conducting a training program for employees.


Mrs. Alden Pillsbury was in Beebe River Sunday to visit her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lester Moulton, and her brother and his family, Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Moulton.

Mrs. Wilbur Reney has returned to her work at the Claremont office at the New Hampshire Department of Welfare after a leave of absence.


Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Bartlett, Sanborn Hill, moved to Lebanon Monday. Their oldest son, Floyd, was a first-grade pupil at Memorial School, and their oldest daughter, Diane, attended the Mushroom Kindergarten.


Mr. and Mrs. William Gilchrist and their daughter, Robin, and their son, Scott, of Newport, spent Christmas with Mr. and Mrs. Howard Pratt.

Mr. and Mrs. John Wiggins have moved into a new apartment on the campus of the University of New Hampshire, Durham.


Conrad Manor was filled to capacity the New Year’s weekend with skiers from Dayton, Ohio, and New York City.


Spending the Christmas holiday with Mr. and Mrs. Robert MacWilliams and family at Ryder Corner was Julia Thompson.


Holiday guests of Mr. and Mrs. Wilfrid Dent, Croydon Flat, were Mr. and Mrs. Harry Lees, West Springfield, Mass.; Mr. and Mrs. Joseph LeDuc and their family, Londonderry; Mr. and Mrs. Grerald Dickerman and their family, Goshen; Mrs. Edith Sperry, Springfield, Vt., and Mrs. Doris Kibbey and her son, David, Croydon Flat.



Two former Claremonters, Walter Rogel and Clayton Boddy, were recently presented awards for distinguished newspaper service by Lincoln O’Brien, former Daily Eagle publisher, now president of the New Mexico Newspapers Inc. Mr. Rogel, former Eagle sports editor, is now managing editor of the Farmington, N.M., Daily Times, while Mr. Boddy, former head of Station WLOB, is its advertising manager.

Melvin C. Rowe and Harold Winer were elected president and vice president, respectively, of the Claremont Chamber of Commerce during a meeting of the board of directors last night. Richard W. Eddy, assistant manager of the Colonial Hotel, was elected secretary-treasurer, succeeding Robert E. Hasham, who resigned yesterday from the post he had held for 10 years.

As of Dec. 31, 1949, uncollected 1949 property taxes in Claremont amounted to $65,390 as compared with a total warrant for $761,382, Tax Collector Edward R. Bosley reported this morning.

Mr. and Mrs. Willard Rollins will be guests at a regular meeting of the Kupples Klub in Trinity Parish House tomorrow night and instruct in square dancing following the meeting.

Miss Martha D. Bressell of 152 Elm St., a graduate of Houle’s Beauty Academy, is employed at Child’s Beauty Salon in Littleton.

The son of Mr. and Mrs. Irwin H. Bly of 13 Davis St., today appeared to be the winner of Claremont’s 1950 Baby Derby sponsored by the Daily Eagle and 27 local merchants. The New Year’s Baby was born at Claremont General Hospital at 3:40 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 8, weighing eight pounds and two and three-quarter ounces. His name is Richard Hugh.

Time may no longer hang heavy on Claremonters hands, if two men from the Howard Clock Products have anything to say about it. They arrived here today to work on the City Hall tower clock, motionless for the last two months. If all goes well, they’ll have it ticking by the weekend.


It was learned late yesterday afternoon that two high schools, Towle of Newport and West Lebanon, basketball opponents of St. Mary, have requested a ruling from the eligibility committee of the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association regarding the status of Sophomore Johnny Bentley, sensational center for the Omer Rousseau-coached quintet. Bentley last year went to Stevens High School and transferred to St. Mary at the opening of the present school year in September. He competed on the Marian football team last fall and has been the outstanding scorer and playmaker for the basketball team.

John E. Rowe and William Stevens were business visitors in Boston yesterday.

Donal Eggleston, a senior at the Massachusetts School of Pharmacy, spent the weekend with his family on Cheney Street.

Richard B. Roy was a business visitor in Manchester yesterday.

Thomas LaClair left for Chicago this week to study insurance underwriting for the United Mutual Fire Insurance Company.

Mr. and Mrs. Francis Collins moved into their new home on Cheney Street last week.

Sullivan County’s new records building here will open for public inspection all day Saturday, Jan. 21, the Sullivan County Board of Commissioners announced today. The new building, authorized in June of last year at a cost of approximately $80,000, was completed and accepted in November. It provides offices and quarters for Probate Judge Kenneth Shaw, Register of Probate Bernice M. Sawyer MacWilliams, and Register of Deeds Clinton K. Barton, all of whom have already moved from the former county courthouse.

Miss Barbara A. Butler, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard B. Butler, 103 Laurel St., has been selected buy the Kappa Pappa Gamma Sorority at Middlebury College, it was learned today. Miss Butler, a freshman at Middlebury and a graduate of Towle High School, was one of 108 women chosen for seven different sororities.

Harry Spanos has returned to his studies at Harvard Law School after spending the holidays at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Vaios Spanos, Sunapee Street.


The twin sons of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Southwick, born at Springfield Hospital on Dec. 16, are now at the home of their parents.


Mrs. Lizzie Rollins passed a few days last week with her daughter and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Starkey in Lempster.


Corporal Chase has returned to Fort Lewis, Wash., after spending the holidays with his parents. Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Chase.

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Mann and their family of Claremont were Monday callers at the John Robitilles.


Hugh E. Odell, Seaman First Class Designator, U.S. Coast Guard, was at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Odell Sr., for the holidays.

Miss Mary Davis is spending a vacation from St. Maria Academy at Biddeford Pool , Maine, with her mother, Mrs. Pansy Davis.


Mr. and Mrs. Martin Chworowsky and Mrs. Grace Brackett of New York City were at their local home for Christmas.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Winter were dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Warren Winter in Newport Christmas Day.

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