A 16.1 acre two-lot parcel on Winter Street Extension costing an estimated $65,000 was approved Thursday by the Claremont School Board as a proper site for the $5.5 million vocational skills center. The site choice no goes before city voters at a special school district meeting next Wednesday evening at 8 in the Stevens High School Auditorium. The announcement was preceded by a 50-minute executive session in which Superintendent Of Schools George Disnard informed the board of a sale of the property formerly owned by Mr. and Mrs. G. Gardner McLeay Sr.

About the time Clyde Brackett graduated from Stevens High School in 1904, the infant motion picture industry was getting off the ground. So, perhaps it is fitting that now 75 years later, the theme for the Stevens High School Alumni Parade is Great and Brackett will be attending his 75th straight alumni banquet.

Addressing the 27 students graduating from St. Mary High School Tuesday night in St. Mary Church, the Rev. Hector LaMontagne, pastor, stressed the discipline required in obtaining an education. Receiving diplomas were Doreen Adams, Mary Ann Adams, Kelly Burnash, Karen Cardozo, Sharon Colby, Suzanne Lariccia, Lia Leblanc, Ronda Marr, Janet Maynard, Christine Mills, Leann Ahern, James Belange, Dale Bellavance, Dale Decato, Timothy Paris, Joseph Frechette, Barry Goldberg, Glenn Johnson, Eric Jones, Kevin LaPlante, Todd LeBlanc, Jeffrey Perkins, Michael Ranney, Scott Sweet and Mark Young.

Newport athletes were honored at the Spring Sports Awards Night June 6 at the Newport High School Cafetorium. Sportsmanship Awards went to Lisa Davidson, girls track; Chris Yurgeles, boys track; Jodi Kelley, softball, and Jeff Cornish, baseball. Most Valuable Player Awards went to Suzanne Stoddard for girls track and to Terry Gagne for softball. The Victor Jasinski Trackmeister Award went to Dan Kimball, boys track MVP. The Joseph P. Gonyea Memorial Award for baseball went to Tim Bates, MVP.

Malcolm W. Rowell has been named 1979 Alumnus of the Year by the Newport Alumni Association and will be honored at the annual meeting an banquet June 16 at Mount Sunapee State Park. A testimonial in the banquet program cites Mr. Rowell for “passing on to us a heritage of music and friendship.” Mr. Rowell is a Newport native and a member of the Towle High School Class of 1932.

William and Heidi Bartlett, East Mountain Road, are involved in plans to fulfill a dream, a competition in the 1,200-mile Iditarod dog race in Alaska the last week in February 1980. They are training their 17 huskies and plan to enter a team of 12 to 14 of these mature racing dogs in the famed run on an old gold rush trail from Anchorage to Nome initiated eight year ago to commemorate serum run relays, which once had to be run during an epidemic.

United Construction Corporation, Newport, was awarded a contract by selectmen June 11 to build a combined town-school garage on Route 10. The United Construction bid was $49,579 less than the anticipated cost of $400,000 appropriated by March town meeting. All the bids came in at a lower figure.


A landing strip for private planes has received preliminary approval from the Grantham Planning Board. Barbara Briggs, speaking for Controlled Environment Corporation, outlined the subdivision as Lot A, a 62-acre strip of land along the Springfield Road to be leased for the airport.


Plans for a recreational lake project on Blood Brook Dam here are in the final stages, state officials told more than 70 residents at an informational hearing last night. The news prompted two hours of citizen questions, complaints and accusations about the project expressing fears it would cause widespread development at the expense of town environment. Vernon Knowlton, chief engineer for the New Hampshire Water Resource Board, which owns 10 sites for the Sugar River Watershed Project, said the legislature will decide within a week where to fund construction of the flood control dams in Newport and Goshen with a recreational facility in the latter town.


The American Optical Corp. has announced its Charlestown plant will be converted to manufacture of soft contact lenses this year. The Charlestown plant will become the company’s second domestic soft contact lens manufacturing facility, according to Francis J. Doherty Jr. The lenses are produced in Framinghm, Mass., but rapid growth has required additional production capacity, headed.


Among the 560 Keene State College students receiving degrees at the college’s 70th annual commencement recently were John Cloutier, Sherry Wentzell, Jeffrey Egbert, Victor St. Pierre, Ford Sanborn, Martha Aiken, Carol Williams, Kurt Normandin, Karen Novak, and Susan McLaughlin, all of Claremont.


The five top student at Fall Mountain Regional High School graduating class are Dennis Molesky, Jennifer Hayward, Janyce Havlir, Jean Graves and Julie Winzheim.


Receiving the highest honor bestowed upon a Boy Scout on Saturday evening was John Newton Jr., of South Cornish. Newton received his Eagle Scout medal in ceremonies conducted by Richard Breed of Claremont at the Cornish Town Hall. The son of Mr. and Mrs. John Newton Sr., East Road, he is the first scout in Troop 332 to reach this rank.


Melody Fadden, W. Kent Dickinson, and Jeffrey Trow were named Sunapee High School’s three top honor pupils in the senior class, according to Principal David Sherburne. Miss Fadden will attend the University of New Hampshire, Durham. Dickinson will study pre-law at Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, N.C., and Trow will be a business administration student at Whittemore School of Business, University of New Hampshire.



A young German girl will become a “Claremonter” for a year, and will attend Stevens High School next fall. The Rev. Michael G. Ireland, pastor of the First Baptist Church here, has announced that an application to sponsor a student from overseas under the auspices of the International Christian Youth Exchange has been approved. Miss Christiane Herm of West Berlin, Germany, will arrive in Claremont July 19, Ireland said. and will remain in the city for approximately a year before returning to her native land.

A young Claremont girl who says she “once almost burned the house down during a chemistry experiment,” this summer will be the first girl—and one of the first high schoolers—to attend a summer session at the Canaan (N.H.) College of Advanced Sciences. Marya Keegan, 16, the oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Keegan of 260 Pleasant St. here, is a sophomore at Stevens High School and alumna of St. Mary Grammar School.

Dixon’s Super-Duper Market has just completed a major remodeling and redecorating project. There is a 50 percent increase in frozen food display cases and the meat display cases and a similar boost in refrigerated display of produce. Now, 100 percent of all fruits and vegetables are refrigerated.

Photo Caption—A $1,000 check from the St. Mary PTO was presented last night to the Right Rev. Msgr. John McCarthy by president of the local parent-teacher organization, Dr. Marcel Coutu, left. The money collected through several fundraising activities this year, will go toward a continuing PTO project to update and renovate St. Mary Grammar School classrooms. This year’s money is earmarked for desks and new flooring in one room. Looking on are Mrs. John Hawley, PTO secretary, and Mrs. Mark Benjorno, treasurer, right.


Four of the 47 Towle High School students on the honor roll for the school year 1963-64 were high honor students. They are Thomas Ferriter, senior; Linda Snyder, junior, and Cynthia Harlow and Regina Louden, sophomores. They had no grade below 90. Honor students with no grade below 85 for the year were John Maxfield IV, Jennifer Twiss, and Terry Walker, seniors; Cheryl Demetrakopoulos, Judith Hodgman, Maureen Hollinshead, Rachel Huot, Mary Jasinski, Arnold Kranko, Andrew Miller, Linda Oldham, Carol Spaulding and Robert Winter, juniors, and Bonnie Fortune, Kathleen Pavlik, Laura Pinkney, Roxanne Smith and Diane Wirkkala, sophomores.

Coach Robert K. (Bob) Underhill, Newport director of physical education for the past four years, was released from his contract this week so that he could accept a similar position at Stevens High School. In his two terms in Newport, his clubs in football ran up a 37-15-3 record and twice his teams won the Division IV title.

Cynthia Harlow, a Towle High School sophomore, received three of the American Legion awards on Class Day Monday in Wheeler Gymnasium. The awards are given to top-ranking students in seven subjects. She had the top average in French, Biology and Mathematics. She is the daughter of Mrs. Harry Harlow, Summer Street.

“What we need is not security but a touch of adventure and a little risk in our lives,” valedictorian Thomas Ferriter told a Towle High School graduation audience at Newport Junior High School last night.”


Mr. and Mrs. Guy Alexander attended the commencement dinner at Holderness School, Plymouth, Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Alexander and their daughters, Chris and Cathy, attended commencement exercises at the school Sunday. Their son, Sandy, was one of the graduates. He returned home with them on Sunday to spend the summer.

Peggy Licht and her roommate, Kathy Froyd, University of New Hampshire, Durham, were recent guests of Mrs. Ernest Rainey. Miss Licht will return to Woodbine Cottage as a waitress again this summer.


There were 14 children registered for first grade at the Goshen-Lempster Cooperative School on Saturday, eight from Goshen and six from Lempster.


Raymond Reid, Newport, has purchased the Helen Brigham house. Mr. Reid has re-roofed the house and will make extensive repairs to the property.


The children of the North Grantham School, accompanied by their teacher, Mrs. Towne, and Mrs. Ronald Hastings, recently enjoyed a field day in Claremont where they visited the Dartmouth Woolen Mill, the Post Office, Library, Fire Station, Goodwin Community Center, Goddard Bakery, and the Daily Eagle.


Loren Patten, accompanied by his mother, Mrs. Vera Patten, and his daughter, Mrs. Natalie Duford, New London, went to Norwich, Conn., recently and brought his daughter, Mrs. Diane Charles, and her son, Brent, home to stay while her husband is in Scotland on submarine duty with the U.S. Navy.


Pvt. Maurice Nelson Jr., Fort Dix, N.J., spent the weekend with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Nelson, Croydon Flat.



The Gad-a-Lots met last night at the home of Mrs. Walter Ainsworth on Woodland Street. Following bridge, a lunch was served by Mrs. Ainsworth and Mrs. Anton Pedersen.

Five motor vehicle for which the City Council appropriated roughly $10,000 are to be purchased for $8,468. They include a cruiser, two-door Ford sedan, $425; garbage truck, heavy-duty Dodge, $2,534; Park Department dump truck, $1,902, and Sewer Department dump truck, $2,253.

Bids for construction of a $9,000 field house at Barnes Park will be received by City Manager Philip L. White up to 11 a.m., Saturday. The field house, which will be 40 by 48 feet, will be constructed of cement blocks. The main room will be used as a sort of “shelter room,” Mr. White said. It is expected to be used as a voting place for Ward 3, a warming hut for skaters in winter, a play room for children on rainy days in summer and by sports participants and others using the park during the baseball and football seasons.

One hundred reservations for the 78th annual alumni banquet reunion at Stevens High School June 18 have been received, Mrs. Vera Chellis, '49, Alumni Association secretary-treasurer, reported this morning.

Fifteen Stevens High School seniors were inducted in the National Honor Society at an assembly of the school this morning. Membership cards were presented to Robert Angier, Barbara Chase, Edward Chick, Margaret Eastman, Richard Fish, Elma Griswold, Martha Heller, Robert Hildreth, Donald Hodge, Philip Kaminsky, Philip Ledoux, Robert Marshall, Carolyn Papps., Carl Steinfield, and Doris Wadleigh.


The approximately 70 maples and elms on Newport's beautiful Common were sprayed last week by local tree surgeons, who protected the trees from infestation by insects. The work is done annually by the town.

Mother won hands down as heroine of Towle High School's graduating class this year, according to a poll taken of the Class of 1949 by the staff of the high school yearbook. In the class of 64 graduates, mother polled 25 votes as heroine. Father topped the vote for heroes with a vote of 10, the largest for any individual. Forth-eight different candidates for hero were listed by the class. Sad Sack polled two votes to run second to father. Two Towle instructors, Coach Jack Barry and political science teacher Orimer Bugbee were named as individual heroes.

Harold E. Perkins, Towle High School senior, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Perkins of South Main Street, has been awarded a four-year full tuition scholarship in the College of Liberal Arts at Boston University. An announcement made this week by Ernest M. Perkins, Towle High School Headmaster, revealed that young Perkins has attained one of the highest scholastic records at the high school with an average of 94 for the four years of attendance.

Photo Caption—M.J. Harrington, local jeweler, poses beside a Watch Master, an electronic brain that tells a jeweler in two minutes what once took him five days to find out. With the new machine, Harrington can time a watch in a matter of minutes. Previously, a customer was required to leave his watch at the jeweler's for five or six days so that daily adjustments could be made. The Watch Master tells the jeweler in 30 seconds exactly how the watch will perform in 24 hours. The machine, which is accurate to one one-thousands of 1 percent, can also tell the jeweler when the watch needs cleaning and what parts are broken.


Paul Gamsby has completed a year's work at New Hampshire University and returned to his home on Thursday.


With more than 200 Goshennites attending, graduation exercises for seven members of the Goshen Corner School were held in the Goshen Town Hall last Friday evening. Graduating were Miss Jean Richardson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Richardson; Miss Mary Michaelson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Michaelson; Miss Melisande Pertusio, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rene Pertusio; John Tenney, son of Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Tenney; Charles Lund, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Lund; Edwin Chartier Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Chartier, and Gordon Berquist, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank I. Berquist. All plan to enter Towle High School in September. The children were led by their marshal, Virginia Hodgman, a pupil in the third grade.


The latest report on George Blanchard's condition is that he is much better. Mr. Blanchard's operation has been pronounced a success.

Mr. and Mrs. Orren Pillsbury enjoyed a motor trip to Hampton Beach Tuesday.


Mr. Harold Leavitt started to work in North Charlestown last week. He is enjoying the work very much and hopes to gain a good deal of educational information from it.

Mrs. Ernest Leavitt is feeling much better this week after a siege of the grippe.


The East Unity baseball team lost a had-fought game at Rands Pond in Goshen. The score was 10-2 in favor of Goshen. John Newton pitched and struck out 13 while walking nine.


Graduation exercises will be conducted this evening at 8 with retiring Superintendent of Schools Henry Hastings delivering the main address. Eighteen seniors who will be receiving their degrees include George Austin, Howard Bemis, Hilda Brown, Bonita BurneyBurney, Athena Caragiania, Norman Cobb, James Davidson, Beverly Davidson, Norwood Davis, Marion Hill, Betty Holden, Richard Kinson, Winona Loveland, Patricia Maltais, Harry Nelson, Cassie Rice, Shirley Walker and Irene Welch.

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