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Carousels caught in vici'ous circle by Ink Mendelsohn Today, a fraction of these the demand for figures has carousel on tour and stopped their signature touches. Smithsonian News Service hand-carved wooden increased, whole operating at Richmond, Va. A group of Of course, in the true What is made of wood, is treasures of yesteryear carousels have decreased in boys gathered round, but American spirit, an idea was painted more colors than the remain. And the number significant numbers." instead of hopping aboard, "borrowed" now and then. rainbow, has thousands of legs diminishes yearly. Is there reason to mourn the pelted the carousel with "Carvers took styles from that never go anywhere, is For the last seven years, 10 loss of merry-go-rounds in stones. When Dentzel each other. They crept under found all over the United to 20 carousels have been lost America? Would a child's ride protested to police standing eanvases to see what others States and is disappearing? eachyear. In mostcases, they be that much missed? Thefact idly by, they informed him, were doing," says Nina '= The 284 hand-carved have been dismantled; the of the matter is, the carousel "Mister, if you want business, Fraley, a carousel restoration carousels left in America individual animals have been was not created for children, don't ever play 'Marching expert who began her career provide the answer to this sold off one by one. Barbara Kids and carousels got Through Georgia' in the atage 10 painting fences in her particular riddle. But the Fahs Charles, a Washington, together relatively late in the South." father's amusement park. subject of merry-go-rounds D.C., designer of museum carousel's long and colorful As new forms of power Carousel carvers had a raises more questions than exhibitions and an expert on history, became available, carousels greater job cut out for them b;l might be supposed, the history of the American The earliest known visual were turned first by steam, than sculpting the blocks of On the National Mall in carousel, calls the trend record of a "carousel" is a then by electricity. Once, they raw wood they faced. They Washington, D.C., a carousel "seven years of had luck." 1,500-year-old Byzantine wereeven turned by coconuts, were challenged to create is once again spinning in Most people love merry-go- hasrelief depicting riders On that occasion in 1894, an instant fantasy. Before celebration of thesunny days rounds because they rode swinging in baskets tied tea American merry-go-round choosing a steed, a rider of spring and summer. More them as children. Charles centerpole. Down through the salesman, Joseph D. Guinn, would decide what role to than a decadeago, acarousel became interested in centuries, the carousel was arrived in Tahiti with two play--knight, princess, was placed there by the carousels when she had one known by many names and in carousels powered by steam, cowboy, circus performer or Secretary of the Smithsonlin for a downstairs neighbor. She various forms in such far- only to find that no wood or hunter. The carvers created Institution, S. Dillon Ripley, livtgt for a time an an apar- flung parts of the world as coal was available to fuel the mounts for them all. as a "living extension of the tment over the Santa Monica India, Turkey, Europe, engines. In his memoirs, The special carvings on an museums." Pier carousel, made famous in Mexico and America. Gulnn wrote, "We fired with old wooden carousel are But even as the carousel in the movie, "The Sting." This The first carousel recorded coconuts. I stayed there 40 detailed, fanciful, often the nation's front yard whirls 1922 hand-carved piece of in this country was made in days and did very historically accurate and merrily, an ominous trend Americana is currently being New England around 1800. But well--taking in as much as always on the right side of the continues across the country, restored and will re-open soon. the carousel industry got its $625 in a single day." , animal. Because American =: Once, thousands of carousels Often, however, acarousel's real start, albeit a rocky one, The carousel business in carousels turn counter- were to be found on America's fate is quite different. "In the when young Gustav Dentzel America was indeed clockwise, the right side, or fairgrounds, playgrounds and past decade, carousel figures hung out his sign in profitable in its golden age "romance" side, faces the beaches. They were bright have become highly collec- Philadelphia--"G.A. DEN- from 1880-1930. In this period onlookers and the ap- may have carved this-eiegant lures dangled at the end of tible, easily tripling in TZEL, STEAM AND HOR- there were at least 19 proachingrider. There wasno streetcar lines, as trolley price--with the more unusual SEPOWER CAROUSSELL carousel-carving shops. Each point in wasting all that work made by W.H. Dentzel Co. of companies built amusement or finely carved rising the BUILDER--1867." shop had its unique style, and on the sidenobodvwouldsee. parks to encourage riders, fastest," Charles says. "As ln1870, Dentzel took his first its individual carvers had (please turn to page 4A) "The Flying Horses" of Watch Hill, Rhode Island, has thrilled children for over I00 years. I0 s .Serving Over 48 Communities in Northern New Hampshire and Vermont ,July 1, 1981 Extreme caution urged II project Fireworks can be fun Every Fourth of July, -- tlaving fun was the roman candle misfired in a Tobacco and Firearms in the not be an to and except to the two held 16d used, physical f , Next, cut the legs to length and add them to the frames by' using glue and carriage bolts in the positions shown in the drawing. If you wish you can use two carriage bolts per bearing instead of the single one shown. Just be careful not the nails used to drill through 1 in the frame assemb y. Cut the surface boards to length and attach them to the top frame with glue and 16d nails. Start with the rear board and work forward. If clamps are available, use them to bold the boards tightly together as you drive the nails. An extra (not shown in the drawing) is to top the boards with a sheet of %" or I/4" tempered hardboard. This will provide a smooth, replaceable surface if you hold it in place with small nails only. Final step is to add the 3/4" plywood she00, se00ng., glue andTd nails. A gooa nms can be applied by brushing two coats of sealer, allowing for drying time and doing a sanding job between coats. I L children ask the same old questions, and parents grapple or some new answe.rs and reasons why fireworks are off limits to youngsters. "You're spoiling our fun. What harm can a firecracker do anyway?" "When you were a kid, you did everything you wanted. What's wrong with fireworks? Why can't I have fun like you did?" Before surrendering to their pleas, you might want to explore some evidence of why fireworks can be dangerous: It was May, 1976, in a New Jersey high school. A prankster had tossed an illegal fireworks device into a glass cabinet in a corridor. Seconds later, two teenage girls passed within three feet of the cabinet, as the device exploded. One glrl died when glass cut her jugular vein. reason two boys gave for setting eli a firecracker in a tree stump in Walnut Creek, Calif., in June, 1979. When firemen finally put their hoses away, two persons were hospitalized and three homes gutted; damage was put at $330,000. -- In the aftermath of new year's celebrations in January, 1980, some children on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, gathered pieces of firecrackers and put them in a small glass bottle. One lighted the powder. A three-year-old girl died and six companions were hospitalized for injuries from the explosion. Bystanders are often in- nocent victims of explosions. Last July 4, an I8-year-old Bremen, Indiana, man died from a fireworks accident... a four-year-old East St. Louis, Ill., boy was killed ,when a Understandin home insuran Apartment insurance and the like are not covered in full. You may want to look into purchasing additional in- surance for these items. The Tenant's Form insures your belongings against 17 perils The perils range from fire and lightning to sudden and accidental injury from artificaliy generated currents to electrical appliances, devices, fixtures and wiring (TV and radio tubes not in- cluded ). Naturally this policy does not cover damages to the structure. Another feature of the policy is the provision for additional living expenses, should your home be damaged enough by one of the perils listed in the policy, to force you to move out. The insurance company home lireworks'celebration. U.S. Department f the sgecil'cattv, 9ertormnce . art oa the preceding da, a Treasurj has risctn 'er rexrevaea aaael\\;a. Montana man died when a the licensing of companies Consumer protection mortar shell exploded, engaged in the production of against dangerous fireworks Many thousands of explosives, including became a federal respon- fireworks' displays on fireworks. Regulations cover sibility in 1966 when Congress Independence Day are all aspects of manufacture, enacted the Child Protection uneventful except for the security, personnel safety and Act. With that law, the so- festive holiday spirit that storage, called "blockbuster" results from "the bombs -- The U.S. Department of fireworks were declared bursting in air." Cities, towns Transportation regulates illegal. Cherry bombs, M-80 and villages across the nation interstate transport of salutes and the giant stage the displays because fireworks, including firecrackers containing more residents are less inclined to packaging, marking, labeling than two grains of explosive set off their own fireworks and plicarding, powder werehanned. after having their fill of the -- The U.S. Consumer In 1973, when the CPSC was pabliccelebration. Product Safety Commission established, fireworks safety In spite of this, untold regulates tbosefireworksthat became a priority. Three Americans risk life and limb may be sold to consumers, years later, fireworks safety every year in an effort to including chemicals that may (plense turn to page JA) create their own explosive devices. On July 3, 1979 three persons diedwhenhomemade Tornado reaction fireworks exploded in the basement of a West Philadelphia, Pa., home; three explosions ripped llf_ through the structure. A few may save days later, a t6-year-ofd Texas youth died when his One of the most frightening I. People in single-family homemade firecracker ex- phenomena about tornadoes is dwellings in tornado prone ploded, that they often strike suddenly areas should identify and What is being done to and with little or no warning, reinforce somc interior combat these fireworks How you react if a tornado portion of their home as a related injuries and deaths? strikes your town may shelter. Working cooperatively, determine whether you sur- 2. Mobile-home parks agencies at the local, stateand rive the almost certain should provide a community federal level are enforcing devastation, says the shelter far their residents. prevailing laws governing the Insurance Information 3. All public buildings sale of illegal fireworks, and Institute. should have clearly stepping up inspections of The Institute stresses the designated tornado shelters. contraband fireworks ex- importance of. staying inside 4. People in motor ported to the U.S. or during the storm and cautions vehicles should seek shelter manufactured domestically motorists to never try to flee immediately when they hear a by unlicensed firms, from the path of the tornado in tornado warning. Some states have closed an automobile. Tornadoes are their borders to fireworks of too swift and erratic. any kind. Fifteen states have SAFETY TIPS banned everything except the Prepare Before the caps used in toy cap pistols; 14 Tornado Season states allow caps and Citing findings from a sparklers, but prohibit recent study by the Bureau of everything else. The Epidemiology at the Federal remaining 21 states have Center for Disease Control in differing laws, but they Atlanta, the Institute offers essentially ban all fireworks the following recom- except throe which meet the mendations: requirements of the federal government. The Institute suggests that homeowners, businesses, (please turn to page 8A) FOR SALE Boxer Puppies, some brindle. Ready July 27. 603-27z.5826 so you've decided to move into a new apartment. The movers are ready. The utilities are connected. Even the phone has been installed. What about insurance? Many people are misin- formed when it comes to in- suring a home that is rented. They think that the landlord's insurance policy covers their personal possessions, It doesn't. His policy covers his property--namely the house or apartment building. What can you do to protect yourself from the loss of or damage to furniture, ap- pliances and clothing? The answer to this problem is a policy called Ha-4, (The Tenant's Form) says the Insurance Information Institute. Ha-4 is a package policy that insures your personal belongings against loss and covers your liability to others. Your personal belongings are covered whether at home or away. Your insurance com- pany will pay for your losses, minus the deductible, up to the limits stated rin your policy. Items, such as. furniture, appliances, and clothing were insured to their actual cash value at the time of the loss. However, furs, jewelry, silver will reimburse you for the At the national level, three difference between your Washington agencies are normal living expenses and committed to reducing in- those incurred while staying at a hotel and eating in restaurants. You should make a list of all household contents, noting prices and date of purchase when possible. This will give you a good idea of what your possessions are worth and how much insurance to carry. { Next: A Condominium Policy) juries from fireworks ac- cidents. The Bureau of Alcohol, .s o,$eLSot-C=et " ,,, , " ,txit" $,. " HAVE YOU HEARD... Lunch is now being served on the deck of BONNIE OAKS overlooking Lake Marry... ... DELICIOUS Your ad, this size, on page 1 of the Second Opinion is only $10.00 ,r Your ad, this size, on page 1 of the Second Opinion is only $5.00 12th FLEA MARKET East Corinth, Vt. Old Fairgrounds July 9, 1981 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. FREE ADMISSION WEST FAIRLEE CENTER CHURCH MIDDLE BROOK ROAD SUNDAY July 5, 7:30PM : Rev. Gary Wait Carousels caught in vici'ous circle by Ink Mendelsohn Today, a fraction of these the demand for figures has carousel on tour and stopped their signature touches. Smithsonian News Service hand-carved wooden increased, whole operating at Richmond, Va. A group of Of course, in the true What is made of wood, is treasures of yesteryear carousels have decreased in boys gathered round, but American spirit, an idea was painted more colors than the remain. And the number significant numbers." instead of hopping aboard, "borrowed" now and then. rainbow, has thousands of legs diminishes yearly. Is there reason to mourn the pelted the carousel with "Carvers took styles from that never go anywhere, is For the last seven years, 10 loss of merry-go-rounds in stones. When Dentzel each other. They crept under found all over the United to 20 carousels have been lost America? Would a child's ride protested to police standing eanvases to see what others States and is disappearing? eachyear. In mostcases, they be that much missed? Thefact idly by, they informed him, were doing," says Nina '= The 284 hand-carved have been dismantled; the of the matter is, the carousel "Mister, if you want business, Fraley, a carousel restoration carousels left in America individual animals have been was not created for children, don't ever play 'Marching expert who began her career provide the answer to this sold off one by one. Barbara Kids and carousels got Through Georgia' in the atage 10 painting fences in her particular riddle. But the Fahs Charles, a Washington, together relatively late in the South." father's amusement park. subject of merry-go-rounds D.C., designer of museum carousel's long and colorful As new forms of power Carousel carvers had a raises more questions than exhibitions and an expert on history, became available, carousels greater job cut out for them b;l might be supposed, the history of the American The earliest known visual were turned first by steam, than sculpting the blocks of On the National Mall in carousel, calls the trend record of a "carousel" is a then by electricity. Once, they raw wood they faced. They Washington, D.C., a carousel "seven years of had luck." 1,500-year-old Byzantine wereeven turned by coconuts, were challenged to create is once again spinning in Most people love merry-go- hasrelief depicting riders On that occasion in 1894, an instant fantasy. Before celebration of thesunny days rounds because they rode swinging in baskets tied tea American merry-go-round choosing a steed, a rider of spring and summer. More them as children. Charles centerpole. Down through the salesman, Joseph D. Guinn, would decide what role to than a decadeago, acarousel became interested in centuries, the carousel was arrived in Tahiti with two play--knight, princess, was placed there by the carousels when she had one known by many names and in carousels powered by steam, cowboy, circus performer or Secretary of the Smithsonlin for a downstairs neighbor. She various forms in such far- only to find that no wood or hunter. The carvers created Institution, S. Dillon Ripley, livtgt for a time an an apar- flung parts of the world as coal was available to fuel the mounts for them all. as a "living extension of the tment over the Santa Monica India, Turkey, Europe, engines. In his memoirs, The special carvings on an museums." Pier carousel, made famous in Mexico and America. Gulnn wrote, "We fired with old wooden carousel are But even as the carousel in the movie, "The Sting." This The first carousel recorded coconuts. I stayed there 40 detailed, fanciful, often the nation's front yard whirls 1922 hand-carved piece of in this country was made in days and did very historically accurate and merrily, an ominous trend Americana is currently being New England around 1800. But well--taking in as much as always on the right side of the continues across the country, restored and will re-open soon. the carousel industry got its $625 in a single day." , animal. Because American =: Once, thousands of carousels Often, however, acarousel's real start, albeit a rocky one, The carousel business in carousels turn counter- were to be found on America's fate is quite different. "In the when young Gustav Dentzel America was indeed clockwise, the right side, or fairgrounds, playgrounds and past decade, carousel figures hung out his sign in profitable in its golden age "romance" side, faces the beaches. They were bright have become highly collec- Philadelphia--"G.A. DEN- from 1880-1930. In this period onlookers and the ap- may have carved this-eiegant lures dangled at the end of tible, easily tripling in TZEL, STEAM AND HOR- there were at least 19 proachingrider. There wasno streetcar lines, as trolley price--with the more unusual SEPOWER CAROUSSELL carousel-carving shops. Each point in wasting all that work made by W.H. Dentzel Co. of companies built amusement or finely carved rising the BUILDER--1867." shop had its unique style, and on the sidenobodvwouldsee. parks to encourage riders, fastest," Charles says. "As ln1870, Dentzel took his first its individual carvers had (please turn to page 4A) "The Flying Horses" of Watch Hill, Rhode Island, has thrilled children for over I00 years. I0 s .Serving Over 48 Communities in Northern New Hampshire and Vermont ,July 1, 1981 Extreme caution urged II project Fireworks can be fun Every Fourth of July, -- tlaving fun was the roman candle misfired in a Tobacco and Firearms in the not be an to and except to the two held 16d used, physical f , Next, cut the legs to length and add them to the frames by' using glue and carriage bolts in the positions shown in the drawing. If you wish you can use two carriage bolts per bearing instead of the single one shown. Just be careful not the nails used to drill through 1 in the frame assemb y. Cut the surface boards to length and attach them to the top frame with glue and 16d nails. Start with the rear board and work forward. If clamps are available, use them to bold the boards tightly together as you drive the nails. An extra (not shown in the drawing) is to top the boards with a sheet of %" or I/4" tempered hardboard. This will provide a smooth, replaceable surface if you hold it in place with small nails only. Final step is to add the 3/4" plywood she00, se00ng., glue andTd nails. A gooa nms can be applied by brushing two coats of sealer, allowing for drying time and doing a sanding job between coats. I L children ask the same old questions, and parents grapple or some new answe.rs and reasons why fireworks are off limits to youngsters. "You're spoiling our fun. What harm can a firecracker do anyway?" "When you were a kid, you did everything you wanted. What's wrong with fireworks? Why can't I have fun like you did?" Before surrendering to their pleas, you might want to explore some evidence of why fireworks can be dangerous: It was May, 1976, in a New Jersey high school. A prankster had tossed an illegal fireworks device into a glass cabinet in a corridor. Seconds later, two teenage girls passed within three feet of the cabinet, as the device exploded. One glrl died when glass cut her jugular vein. reason two boys gave for setting eli a firecracker in a tree stump in Walnut Creek, Calif., in June, 1979. When firemen finally put their hoses away, two persons were hospitalized and three homes gutted; damage was put at $330,000. -- In the aftermath of new year's celebrations in January, 1980, some children on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, gathered pieces of firecrackers and put them in a small glass bottle. One lighted the powder. A three-year-old girl died and six companions were hospitalized for injuries from the explosion. Bystanders are often in- nocent victims of explosions. Last July 4, an I8-year-old Bremen, Indiana, man died from a fireworks accident... a four-year-old East St. Louis, Ill., boy was killed ,when a Understandin home insuran Apartment insurance and the like are not covered in full. You may want to look into purchasing additional in- surance for these items. The Tenant's Form insures your belongings against 17 perils The perils range from fire and lightning to sudden and accidental injury from artificaliy generated currents to electrical appliances, devices, fixtures and wiring (TV and radio tubes not in- cluded ). Naturally this policy does not cover damages to the structure. Another feature of the policy is the provision for additional living expenses, should your home be damaged enough by one of the perils listed in the policy, to force you to move out. The insurance company home lireworks'celebration. U.S. Department f the sgecil'cattv, 9ertormnce . art oa the preceding da, a Treasurj has risctn 'er rexrevaea aaael\\;a. Montana man died when a the licensing of companies Consumer protection mortar shell exploded, engaged in the production of against dangerous fireworks Many thousands of explosives, including became a federal respon- fireworks' displays on fireworks. Regulations cover sibility in 1966 when Congress Independence Day are all aspects of manufacture, enacted the Child Protection uneventful except for the security, personnel safety and Act. With that law, the so- festive holiday spirit that storage, called "blockbuster" results from "the bombs -- The U.S. Department of fireworks were declared bursting in air." Cities, towns Transportation regulates illegal. Cherry bombs, M-80 and villages across the nation interstate transport of salutes and the giant stage the displays because fireworks, including firecrackers containing more residents are less inclined to packaging, marking, labeling than two grains of explosive set off their own fireworks and plicarding, powder werehanned. after having their fill of the -- The U.S. Consumer In 1973, when the CPSC was pabliccelebration. Product Safety Commission established, fireworks safety In spite of this, untold regulates tbosefireworksthat became a priority. Three Americans risk life and limb may be sold to consumers, years later, fireworks safety every year in an effort to including chemicals that may (plense turn to page JA) create their own explosive devices. On July 3, 1979 three persons diedwhenhomemade Tornado reaction fireworks exploded in the basement of a West Philadelphia, Pa., home; three explosions ripped llf_ through the structure. A few may save days later, a t6-year-ofd Texas youth died when his One of the most frightening I. People in single-family homemade firecracker ex- phenomena about tornadoes is dwellings in tornado prone ploded, that they often strike suddenly areas should identify and What is being done to and with little or no warning, reinforce somc interior combat these fireworks How you react if a tornado portion of their home as a related injuries and deaths? strikes your town may shelter. Working cooperatively, determine whether you sur- 2. Mobile-home parks agencies at the local, stateand rive the almost certain should provide a community federal level are enforcing devastation, says the shelter far their residents. prevailing laws governing the Insurance Information 3. All public buildings sale of illegal fireworks, and Institute. should have clearly stepping up inspections of The Institute stresses the designated tornado shelters. contraband fireworks ex- importance of. staying inside 4. People in motor ported to the U.S. or during the storm and cautions vehicles should seek shelter manufactured domestically motorists to never try to flee immediately when they hear a by unlicensed firms, from the path of the tornado in tornado warning. Some states have closed an automobile. Tornadoes are their borders to fireworks of too swift and erratic. any kind. Fifteen states have SAFETY TIPS banned everything except the Prepare Before the caps used in toy cap pistols; 14 Tornado Season states allow caps and Citing findings from a sparklers, but prohibit recent study by the Bureau of everything else. The Epidemiology at the Federal remaining 21 states have Center for Disease Control in differing laws, but they Atlanta, the Institute offers essentially ban all fireworks the following recom- except throe which meet the mendations: requirements of the federal government. The Institute suggests that homeowners, businesses, (please turn to page 8A) FOR SALE Boxer Puppies, some brindle. Ready July 27. 603-27z.5826 so you've decided to move into a new apartment. The movers are ready. The utilities are connected. Even the phone has been installed. What about insurance? Many people are misin- formed when it comes to in- suring a home that is rented. They think that the landlord's insurance policy covers their personal possessions, It doesn't. His policy covers his property--namely the house or apartment building. What can you do to protect yourself from the loss of or damage to furniture, ap- pliances and clothing? The answer to this problem is a policy called Ha-4, (The Tenant's Form) says the Insurance Information Institute. Ha-4 is a package policy that insures your personal belongings against loss and covers your liability to others. Your personal belongings are covered whether at home or away. Your insurance com- pany will pay for your losses, minus the deductible, up to the limits stated rin your policy. Items, such as. furniture, appliances, and clothing were insured to their actual cash value at the time of the loss. However, furs, jewelry, silver will reimburse you for the At the national level, three difference between your Washington agencies are normal living expenses and committed to reducing in- those incurred while staying at a hotel and eating in restaurants. You should make a list of all household contents, noting prices and date of purchase when possible. This will give you a good idea of what your possessions are worth and how much insurance to carry. { Next: A Condominium Policy) juries from fireworks ac- cidents. The Bureau of Alcohol, .s o,$eLSot-C=et " ,,, , " ,txit" $,. " HAVE YOU HEARD... Lunch is now being served on the deck of BONNIE OAKS overlooking Lake Marry... ... DELICIOUS Your ad, this size, on page 1 of the Second Opinion is only $10.00 ,r Your ad, this size, on page 1 of the Second Opinion is only $5.00 12th FLEA MARKET East Corinth, Vt. Old Fairgrounds July 9, 1981 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. FREE ADMISSION WEST FAIRLEE CENTER CHURCH MIDDLE BROOK ROAD SUNDAY July 5, 7:30PM : Rev. Gary Wait