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Page 4-The Journal Opinion-July 29, 1981 NORTHEAST PUBLISHING COMPANY. Inc. Publisher of Journal I1 Opinion Woekl,/aewopepe pddkked h IkrHerd, Yement, SripgN mteo- Venmmt Nd Now Nemp,ldN. 19.00 pc, pNw; $6.00 for ,ix IN;  of mm. $11.N per feelr end $?.00 f' sia mNtk,; Semder citizen dN $1.U. $,€1r t IpNiqt p m |ndtl, V,nmmt 0$0SL Pidml b Ht Pvldlsk Cmmpe, inc.. P.O. Ilom 378, |mdfe*d. Robert F. Humimki President & Publisher Bradford 802-222-5281 Our (Letters to the Editor ) Likes sto00. but not newspaper Picture coverage of Mt. An Independent Newspaper Editorial Vermont's new juvenile law The new juvenile law enacted by the Vermont legislature in special session reflects the fact that Vermonters are fed up with the permissive attitude of the past 20 years that kids are kids and can get away with anything, even murder. The new juvenile code sets out some specific guidelines that, hopefully, will help put responsibility for keeping children out of trouble back in the hands of the parents, where it belongs, Parents who do not want to see their youngsters seriously en- tangled with the law will want to acquaint themselves with the new juvenile code so they can impress on their children the grave results that can stem from a violation. they can get away without seriouS punishment will also reflect on what the consequenc of rash criminal action can be. In brief, the new Vermont code lowers the age to 10 at which Juveniles can he brought before the bar of justice, and raises the state's jurisdiction to age 21. It also provides that offenders under the age of 16 can be tried as adults for serimm crimes such as murder, arson that causes Requiem for a newspaper For a newspaperman, the death of a newspaper is almost like the loss of a relative or aclose friend. Thus, we personally view the demise of the 128-year.old Washington Star as a sad event To newspaper readers, the folding of the Star or any newspaper means the loss of a littlebit more of their individual liberties. Why? Because newspapers are influential in carrying out your right to know what is going on in your nation, state and local community. Politicians and public officials pay close attention to what is printed in a newspaper and wise ones tailor their actions accordingly if they want to get reelected, as President Carter found out to his chagrin. The same goes for major city newspapers like the Washington Star down to small weekly community newspapers. If a newspaper reports a developing political dispute, or a pending decision on a controversial matter, it gives the public time to react and let their national or town leaders know what they think. / In the case of Washington, the Star's death removes a responsible conservative voice, leaving the field to the Washington Post with its more liberal view of the world. It's not that conservatives are always right and liberals always wrong, or vice versa. The crucial point is that both views be heard by the people so they can make up their own minds. This is par- ticularly important in Washington, The term/nation of the New To the Editor: photos•) To the Editor: fective. I did a rash and, as it turned And then, turning hack to Your coverage of the "Mt. We, as England River Basins Commission out, unproductive (unless another front-page story, I Knox Inn" burn Sunday, July do not know how what has led to the writing of read that Sally Blair has 19th is much appreciated. The the media in order to by GEOFF DATES this letter could be called resigned as a Groton member sequence of the burn in picture word to the public It's now a virtual corainty that the New England River "productive" ) thing from the BMU school board, form is interesting• It is constantly trying yesterday: I added 25 cents to giving as her reason (or realized that pictures of fire ourselves for its own Basins Commission (NERBC) will close up shop on Sep- the cost of my groceries by rather, with your reporter and smoke motivates people benefit. There is a tember 30 of this year. There are two reasons for this: I) buying a copy of your paper, giving as her reason) that to purchase newspapers. Yet, training being made NERBC (and the other 5 river basin commissions) is not As a South Ryegate "she and her husband have as I mentioned to you when and larg going to be funded after that date, and 2) the U.S• Water resident, my eye was caught decided to entroll their you phoned me, the fellow advantage of it. TI ..... Resources Council is expected to vote soon to legally ter- by your front-page headline, children in a private Christian operating the pumper down at will give you an  " minate river basin commissions. With NERBC's termination .." ,_ "Lightning jolts two S. school in September." Might the river is something of a that. This -   a foregone conclusion, I thought this an appropriate time to Ryegate families," followed one not be justified in won- forgotten man. He is out of about 250 Woodsville speculate on what this may mean to the Connecticut River by an article written, as it dering what a "private sight a long way off. Without gather at Norwich , •  603-747-2016 Valley. First, though, some observations on the termination turned out, as an eye-witness Christian school" is and why his apparatus, knowledge and at Northfield to .... itself. account by Miche]le Arnosky, the enrollment of Mrs. Blair's skill, as well as of the two selves of over The President's proposed fiscal year 1982 budget contains a young BMU student with children in such a school others in the line supplying offered. no money to continue river basin commissions (RBC's) more journalistic sense, should necessitate her water, those at the nozzles During the last beyond September 30. This was largely a matter of funding apparently, than that resignation from the board of where all the action seems to September an priorities being elsewhere• Nothing against river basin possessed by the (adult?) a public school? I can't help he would be of little value, program planning at that time. The decision to legally terminate writers of some of the other but feel, again, that a step or The entire fireground will be held at St. RBC's is another matter, however. That means that even if the New England states wanted to continue NERBC, they articles in the issue, two in what constitutes ef- operation, to be successful, College in In contrast to the "act of fective communication has depends upon total teamwork, hoped the couldn't. The commission would have no legal status. God" event reported so beenleftout, from the firefighters at the include notice The administration's rhetoric concerning river basin • m 1 concisely, and yet so Suggestion: Why not give nozzle, or on the roof, or planning is interesting. In Secretary of the Interior WaR's thoroughly, by Miss Arnosky, more of your stories to the raising a ladder, all the way Thank you for words, the administration will "encourage the commissions I read through all the captions young and promising- Miss up to the person in command• have already done. to continue to serve as a regional forum under State auspices without the burden of federal sponsorship and control." What under what might be called a Arnosky to cover? That way, To the public it may seem to does that mean? It appears to say that the administration H-picture "act of man" photo the pext time I act on the be as simple as fire engines, thinks that RBC's are a good idea, but that federal funding essay on the burning by fire impulse to purchase one of lots of hose and a bunch of and control is a "burden" that ought to be eliminated. None departments of the Chaloux your papers, I might feel more strong hacks and weak minds of the NERBC member states have ever indicated that house in West Topsham like I was going to learn squirting water. Few realize it federal funding was a "burden" or that federal involvement without once learning why it something from, rather than takes untold hours of training Tri-Village! amounts to control• This aside, however, these words de was being burned• The closest be mystified by, your and attendance at schools for seem to indicate at least lukewarm endorsement of RBC's as I came to learning why was coverage of events in this neck advancement in very special regional forums, from one caption that stated, of the woods, knowledge and skills. Actions, however, are another matter. Interior Secretary "If a house has to burn, After nearly 40 years in the Watt has requested that RBC's be legally terminated ef- Sunday morning was a near- Lee Dawley volunteer fire service and 11in fective September 30. How willthe administration encourage perfect day." (Apparently, S. Ryegate the State Training Program, it W. TOP,  nonexistent entities to continue? If the administration thinks Sunday morning, while being EDITORS' NOTE: We're glad bothers me to see so little done Village Thrift Shop death, manslaughter, aggravated that the commissions should continue to serve as regional near-perfect for burners, was the writer enjoyed Michelle by the media to inform the in W. is assault, aggravated sexual assault, forums for the states and federal agencies, why is it ter- something less than perfect Arnosky's account of the public that there is so much Tuesda minating them? NERBC members and staff have been for photo-journalists who care lightning incident. There is "behind-the-scenes" work 4 p•m. and robbery with a dangerous weapon or trying to puzzle that one out with no success. What this points as much about their jour- something for everybody In being done by firefighters and , a•m _12 p.m. causing bodily injury, kidnapping, out, however, is a sizable gap between administration nalism as they do about their the JournalOpinlea. trainers to become more el- include fall rhetoric and actions. What's a little scary is that we are being clothing, household maiming, or burglary of sleeping assured by Mr. Watt that we will safeguard the environment collectibles. quarters at night, while we develop our natural resources. I sincerely hope the accepted. Under the old law, all offenders actions on this are consistent with Mr. Watt's assurances. I've written several of these columns on NERBC's ac- under age 16 had to be tried as tivities in the Connecticut River Basin. Much work has been juveniles, done to come up with sensible strategies for using, The new law also ends the secrecy developing and protecting the natural resources of the Valley. However, much remains to he done. FAIRLEE--Rev. provision for children convicted of Saying that something ought to be done (in bureaucratic felonies in juvenile court to the extent terms: developing policy) and getting it done are two dif- Eucharist at ferent things. We've got plenty of policy• What's needed now Chapel on Lake that victims may obtain the name of is action! For example, in the case of the salmon restoration East at 9:30 a.n. the offender, program, the feds, the states and the private sector acted Aug. 2. "I believe the legislature made real together to get hatcheries and fish ladders built, conduct necessary research, keep track of returning fish, and ac- progress and it is the first, step to complish all the other myriad tasks that needed to be done to strengthen Vermont's criminal restore the Atlantic Salmon to the Connecticut River. That's justice system ; with more to be done action. And there are some hasinwide problems that requiremore action. The Pages of Benton and East Haverhill in the 12 session," Rep. John The Connecticut River Valley stretches from the Canadian Zampieri of told the Jourltal Bwde Z to Loeng Island So und It win.ds its way through taking care of not only his University of Grenoble. on the north Pa.geBrothers' stone house father's farm, but also his Norman Page became Oliverian Brook, ,i+ +t  Cen.OrY+Fm'm,.183S  /' g +n. f++UD+, wmNewHamlslire through his  Atty. Gen. John Easton, who ' mountalnravelrn]JSidk hrld educt|onal  irCles dtwihg his idcent+ to largest New England river basin are b6fifil together by The old stone house in forth in all kinds of weather, career as supervising prin- had a pasture for had called the old juvenile code "a water running off our land into the tribLitaries, into the West Benton where James which may have permanently cipal atschools throughout the which they say in Connecticut River, and ultimately, into the sea. And what we Page lives was built by his damaged his health. He also state, concluding with 19 years used to he license to kill," said of the new law, do with our land and water here in the Upper Valley will "This will make my job easier." impact the areas downstream. If we fill in a floodplain, the great-grandfather, James J• taught school locally, besides as superintendent of schools in trailing arbutus. Page, on land which he had. holding public offices, but he the Haverhill-Bath district, family stories, It is especially tragic that it took the water normally stored there during high flows must go bought from Miles Doty in felt chronically tired and until his death in 1930• From "never got somewhere else, perhaps: downtown Springfield, sadiStiC murder of a young girl by two Massachusetts. Fill in more floodplains and more water is 1835. Stone blocks for the overburdened -- and 1916 on, he and his wife owned pletely finishing house walls were drilled by despaired of ever fulfilling his the family's stone house in never placing a teenagers to convince the people and displaced. Taken together, these individual actions will have hand and split out from literary yearnings. His West Benton and made their the front door, the legislature that if parents cannot a cumulative impact. If we choose to construct a hydro- nearby granite outcroppings, frustration was probably the summer home there. power dam, then we will alter the flow of the river. If we upstairs as an prevent their children from per- construct I0, the flow of the river will be determined by I0 Drill holes can still be seen out cause of his violent Norman and Helen's in which quilts behind the present barn. A disagreements with his children inherited not only the afford some forming criminalacts, then the poiice separate operators. What guarantees that they will little house down in the field mother. After two years of 200-acre farm and the stone for sleeping• and the courts must. cooperate with each other, so the flow somewhere else is that the Pages had been living typhoid fever, pneumonia and house, but also their parents' Silvester's willadequatethe impactsf°r spawninghe on flooding?fish or swimming, or canoeing? What in was moved closer to the "catarrhal consumption," he broader interests and talents Florabelle and new house site, to live in while died at age 44• Barbara as C,). rge Kimball There are many water resource development proposals in they were building, and later -- a the Connecticut River Basin. We may need them all. But we During James's years of schoolteacher, Lincoln and as Kim) remai became the shed-end of the illness he had instructed Olive James as geologists, Miriam home place, as also need to judge an individual project on the bases of its stone house. It took five years in the management of the as a social worker, and Fred Leslie Jeffers impaCtother projects.°n the entireA "basinwidefiVer systemperspectiveand its impaCtis needed.relativeThist° to build the stone house and it farm, which she carried on for (Norman F•) as senior vice- and his wife Frspecti.ve crosses political boundaries -- state, county, was completed in 1846. ocm arm even national. NERBC has historically provided In earlier times, this land 25theYearshelp ofaftertheirhiStwodeathsonsWithand AmericanPresident andExpressdirectorcompanyOf the burnedliving hereto the when this perspective, particularly in the Connecticut River Basin. had been the property of an occasional hired hand. She in New York. After Around 1950, And it has given the people in the Valley a say in how their James J. Page's father-in- augmented the family income retirement, Fred established another descend resourees will be managed, law, Nathan Mead, who had by taking in sewing and by his well-known antique car Jeffers, bought This is what the recent actions by the Reagan ad- first come to Benton and boarding teachers. Olive was restoration business in built a house where newspapers influence national ministration will eliminate. What will take NERBC's place in perhaps to this same land noted for her hospitality, and Haverhill Corner, Page's cellarhole, and the Valley? That's uncertain at this point. I,ll explore some of around 1788, then spent a few when she saw company Model A Garage. In 1950, become thehome officials in the Vehite House and the options in future columns, years in Landaff and in coming up the rnad would pop James returned to Benton to Miriam page. Congress. Peacbam before returning to a batch of biscuits into the the stone house to manage the remembers the Benton and buying this land in oven, then serve them to her nearby Page Hill Farms, later house, says it The deathof the Star is one in a long 1801 (parts of Lots No. 2 and guest with boney. All this was joined by his son Jeff• house with a chain of deceased newspapers, in-  No. 5). Around 1808 he built abruptly interrupted one day The stone house and the Fred tells a cluding the Chicago Daffy News just the house which for many at EastHaverhillvillagewhen original 200 acres are now he first years was the home of his her horse shied and she was owned by Fred, Lincoln, tenant house two years ago, that results from e|lalll0000"-"u descendant Theda Page thrown from her carriage onto changing patterns of lifestyles of Brigham, the stone steps of the store JamespartnershipandofficiallyMiriamentitled_ a UPmerinandthemademiddle readers and from the major economic It was only four years building, breaking her hack. "Page Brothers." (Miriam forSidShallowtO¢ 0 b later, in 1812, that Nathan Fo r weeks she lay in the was outnumbered•) old cellarhole. considerations involved, froze to death in a blizzard. Hanson family home opposite In spite of the non-status sketched on the Time Inc., which bought the failing This left his wife Mary with the store, the doctors not given her by the partnership's calling card a five children to take care of, daring to let her be moved, name, Miriam has taken an the house. He Star for $20 million three years ago but she kept them together She lived for more than 20 active role in its activities, for back up here and poured another $85 million in by Wilson S. Johnson and managed the farm until years after that, but was a number of years taking Day to get unsuccessfully trying to improve its her sons were old enough to permanently affected to some charge of the Sugaring started, but he l take over. Parts of the farm degree by the injury, as well operations. They made 100 to and was dela falling circulation, apparently did its were sold off to Niles Doty and as by a heart impairment 150 gallons a year and shipped months best but couldn't keep it afloat, others, eventually all of it which was blamed on her long it all over the world, once even he What is particularly sad is that the "DEATH KNELL FOR DEATH TAXES" being sold, but 200 acres of it hours at the sewing machine, filling an order to be sent to gone ahead and was brought back into the We cannot help wondering the Queen of England• house. Fred Star was considered by others in the Mead family and into the what James and Olive's lives Miriam, too, has her own the place in industry, even the competing A small-business man I know spends 20 percent of his Page family when it was would have been like had they home on a Century Farm, discovered that profits for life insurance to be certain [here will be bought from Niios Doty by gone to California as they down the hill and across the a single closet in Washington Post, as one of the best enough cash for his survivors to pay estate taxes and still James J. Page, who had yearned to, or even if they had town line in East Haverhill. When he newspapers in the United States. hold on to the family lumber mill married Fanny Mead, a been able to fully utilize their it, he said • daughter of Nathan and Mary. intellectual talents closer to Miriam Page place, 1813 any closets in the But newspapers are business en- Another man who owns a soap manufacturing plant in James and Fanny built home. terprises, too, and the Star just a small, eastern city says his heirs would have to sell out if their stone house and raised Miriam Page's house in didn't build Perhaps we find the an-East Haverhill is on land the situation, couldn't hold its own in advertising he didn't spend thousands for insurance now. The soap their family, but all their swer in their son Norman. Left which goes back to her an- build one revenue against the larger plant is the major source of employment for the town, hopes for continuing the farm fatherless at 11 years of age, cestor John Jeffers, who and if another company bought it, the plant would prob- rested in James, their own he must have had a large bought it in 1813. John was a Sid and his son. James, however, had share of farm chores to take resident of Plaistow, N•H. and been pretty Washington Post. ably be closed and the business consolidated elsewhere, other plans. He attended care of, but he persevered never lived in the North handiwork, The death of the Star adds 1,427 One of the dreams of any person who has built asuc- Haverhill Academy and with his schoolwork, Country, but hebought LotNo. says that employees to theunemploymentrolls, cessful business during his or her lifetime is o pass that Newbury Seminary and graduating from Dartmouth 14 and part of No. 78 in one or two although many are well-known business along to other members of the family--a spouse became a schoolteacher. He College with honors in 1895, Haverhill from John Osgood in the house and writers and editors who willdoubtless or surviving children and grandchildren. A business is a and his wife Olive, also a having worked his way 1813, then deeded No. 14 to his floor or the legacy. • • . California,SChooiteacher'whereWantedthreet°ofg°hist° through college by teaching son Josiah in 1815. With three dows find jobs elsewhere. Today federal government policy is forcing tle liquiaa- / sisters had gone, besides school. He earned his Master's of Josiah's brothers and Besides the The big loss is that all Americans, tion of hundreds of successful, privately-owned busines- numerous other relatives, then later spent several nearby, this became known as farmland is, tgree at Boston University, numerous descendants living in the family whether they read the Washington ses because of the negative impac offestate or "death" Some of these relatives were summers in further graduate the "Jeffers neighborhood," and used by Star or not, have lost another voice taxes. To many people, estate taxes are perceived as a in a position to make study. While serving as later known as "Number Six" Pa dedicated to maintaining the means of forcing the redistribution of enormous amounts arrangements for teaching supervising principal at from the name of the school Sources: of money when wealthy people die. But the truly wealthy positions in California for James and Olive. Never- Henniker High School he district, and Miriam Freedom "of the Press which war have sophisticated ways of estate planning which help tbeless, they were persuaded, themarriedteachersHelenonWhite'his faculty,°ne of son Insi|vester1841 Josiahpart deededof No. his14, dantSAppendixOf by forofathers so wisely wrote into the them avoid estate taxes. The law hits squarely the small, probably by his parents, to and they spent their where he built a house, then in Brigham; UnitedStates Constitution. family business when government policy ought to be to remain in Benton. (please turn topage5) James fulfilled his duty, honeymoon in Europe doing 18,56 built and operated for Register graduate work at the more than 30 years a sawmill Page 4-The Journal Opinion-July 29, 1981 NORTHEAST PUBLISHI NG COMPANY. Inc. Publisher of Journal I1 Opinion Woekl,/aewopepe pddkked h IkrHerd, Yement, SripgN mteo -Venmmt Nd Now Nemp,ldN. 19.00 pc, pNw; $6.00 for ,ix IN;  of mm. $11.N per feelr end $?.00 f' sia mNtk,; Semder citizen dN $1.U. $,€1r t IpNiqt p m |ndtl, V,nmmt 0$0SL Pidml b Ht Pvldlsk Cmmpe, inc.. P.O. Ilom 378, |mdfe*d. Robert F. Humimki President & Publisher Bradford 802-222-5281 Our (Letters to the Editor ) Likes sto00. but not newspaper Picture coverage of Mt. An Independent Newspaper Editorial Vermont's new juvenile law The new juvenile law enacted by the Vermont legislature in special session reflects the fact that Vermonters are fed up with the permissive attitude of the past 20 years that kids are kids and can get away with anything, even murder. The new juvenile code sets out some specific guidelines that, hopefully, will help put responsibility for keeping children out of trouble back in the hands of the parents, where it belongs, Parents who do not want to see their youngsters seriously en- tangled with the law will want to acquaint themselves with the new juvenile code so they can impress on their children the grave results that can stem from a violation. they can get away without seriouS punishment will also reflect on what the consequenc of rash criminal action can be. In brief, the new Vermont code lowers the age to 10 at which Juveniles can he brought before the bar of justice, and raises the state's jurisdiction to age 21. It also provides that offenders under the age of 16 can be tried as adults for serimm crimes such as murder, arson that causes Requiem for a newspaper For a newspaperman, the death of a newspaper is almost like the loss of a relative or aclose friend. Thus, we personally view the demise of the 128-year.old Washington Star as a sad event To newspaper readers, the folding of the Star or any newspaper means the loss of a littlebit more of their individual liberties. Why? Because newspapers are influential in carrying out your right to know what is going on in your nation, state and local community. Politicians and public officials pay close attention to what is printed in a newspaper and wise ones tailor their actions accordingly if they want to get reelected, as President Carter found out to his chagrin. The same goes for major city newspapers like the Washington Star down to small weekly community newspapers. If a newspaper reports a developing political dispute, or a pending decision on a controversial matter, it gives the public time to react and let their national or town leaders know what they think. / In the case of Washington, the Star's death removes a responsible conservative voice, leaving the field to the Washington Post with its more liberal view of the world. It's not that conservatives are always right and liberals always wrong, or vice versa. The crucial point is that both views be heard by the people so they can make up their own minds. This is par- ticularly important in Washington, The term/nation of the New To the Editor: photos•) To the Editor: fective. I did a rash and, as it turned And then, turning hack to Your coverage of the "Mt. We, as England River Basins Commission out, unproductive (unless another front-page story, I Knox Inn" burn Sunday, July do not know how what has led to the writing of read that Sally Blair has 19th is much appreciated. The the media in order to by GEOFF DATES this letter could be called resigned as a Groton member sequence of the burn in picture word to the public It's now a virtual corainty that the New England River "productive" ) thing from the BMU school board, form is interesting• It is constantly trying yesterday: I added 25 cents to giving as her reason (or realized that pictures of fire ourselves for its own Basins Commission (NERBC) will close up shop on Sep- the cost of my groceries by rather, with your reporter and smoke motivates people benefit. There is a tember 30 of this year. There are two reasons for this: I) buying a copy of your paper, giving as her reason) that to purchase newspapers. Yet, training being made NERBC (and the other 5 river basin commissions) is not As a South Ryegate "she and her husband have as I mentioned to you when and larg going to be funded after that date, and 2) the U.S• Water resident, my eye was caught decided to entroll their you phoned me, the fellow advantage of it. TI ..... Resources Council is expected to vote soon to legally ter- by your front-page headline, children in a private Christian operating the pumper down at will give you an  " minate river basin commissions. With NERBC's termination .." ,_ "Lightning jolts two S. school in September." Might the river is something of a that. This -   a foregone conclusion, I thought this an appropriate time to Ryegate families," followed one not be justified in won- forgotten man. He is out of about 250 Woodsville speculate on what this may mean to the Connecticut River by an article written, as it dering what a "private sight a long way off. Without gather at Norwich , •  603-747-2016 Valley. First, though, some observations on the termination turned out, as an eye-witness Christian school" is and why his apparatus, knowledge and at Northfield to .... itself. account by Miche]le Arnosky, the enrollment of Mrs. Blair's skill, as well as of the two selves of over The President's proposed fiscal year 1982 budget contains a young BMU student with children in such a school others in the line supplying offered. no money to continue river basin commissions (RBC's) more journalistic sense, should necessitate her water, those at the nozzles During the last beyond September 30. This was largely a matter of funding apparently, than that resignation from the board of where all the action seems to September an priorities being elsewhere• Nothing against river basin possessed by the (adult?) a public school? I can't help he would be of little value, program planning at that time. The decision to legally terminate writers of some of the other but feel, again, that a step or The entire fireground will be held at St. RBC's is another matter, however. That means that even if the New England states wanted to continue NERBC, they articles in the issue, two in what constitutes ef- operation, to be successful, College in In contrast to the "act of fective communication has depends upon total teamwork, hoped the couldn't. The commission would have no legal status. God" event reported so beenleftout, from the firefighters at the include notice The administration's rhetoric concerning river basin • m 1 concisely, and yet so Suggestion: Why not give nozzle, or on the roof, or planning is interesting. In Secretary of the Interior WaR's thoroughly, by Miss Arnosky, more of your stories to the raising a ladder, all the way Thank you for words, the administration will "encourage the commissions I read through all the captions young and promising- Miss up to the person in command• have already done. to continue to serve as a regional forum under State auspices without the burden of federal sponsorship and control." What under what might be called a Arnosky to cover? That way, To the public it may seem to does that mean? It appears to say that the administration H-picture "act of man" photo the pext time I act on the be as simple as fire engines, thinks that RBC's are a good idea, but that federal funding essay on the burning by fire impulse to purchase one of lots of hose and a bunch of and control is a "burden" that ought to be eliminated. None departments of the Chaloux your papers, I might feel more strong hacks and weak minds of the NERBC member states have ever indicated that house in West Topsham like I was going to learn squirting water. Few realize it federal funding was a "burden" or that federal involvement without once learning why it something from, rather than takes untold hours of training Tri-Village! amounts to control• This aside, however, these words de was being burned• The closest be mystified by, your and attendance at schools for seem to indicate at least lukewarm endorsement of RBC's as I came to learning why was coverage of events in this neck advancement in very special regional forums, from one caption that stated, of the woods, knowledge and skills. Actions, however, are another matter. Interior Secretary "If a house has to burn, After nearly 40 years in the Watt has requested that RBC's be legally terminated ef- Sunday morning was a near- Lee Dawley volunteer fire service and 11in fective September 30. How willthe administration encourage perfect day." (Apparently, S. Ryegate the State Training Program, it W. TOP,  nonexistent entities to continue? If the administration thinks Sunday morning, while being EDITORS' NOTE: We're glad bothers me to see so little done Village Thrift Shop death, manslaughter, aggravated that the commissions should continue to serve as regional near-perfect for burners, was the writer enjoyed Michelle by the media to inform the in W. is assault, aggravated sexual assault, forums for the states and federal agencies, why is it ter- something less than perfect Arnosky's account of the public that there is so much Tuesda minating them? NERBC members and staff have been for photo-journalists who care lightning incident. There is "behind-the-scenes" work 4 p•m. and robbery with a dangerous weapon or trying to puzzle that one out with no success. What this points as much about their jour- something for everybody In being done by firefighters and , a•m _12 p.m. causing bodily injury, kidnapping, out, however, is a sizable gap between administration nalism as they do about their the JournalOpinlea. trainers to become more el- include fall rhetoric and actions. What's a little scary is that we are being clothing, household maiming, or burglary of sleeping assured by Mr. Watt that we will safeguard the environment collectibles. quarters at night, while we develop our natural resources. I sincerely hope the accepted. Under the old law, all offenders actions on this are consistent with Mr. Watt's assurances. I've written several of these columns on NERBC's ac- under age 16 had to be tried as tivities in the Connecticut River Basin. Much work has been juveniles, done to come up with sensible strategies for using, The new law also ends the secrecy developing and protecting the natural resources of the Valley. However, much remains to he done. FAIRLEE--Rev. provision for children convicted of Saying that something ought to be done (in bureaucratic felonies in juvenile court to the extent terms: developing policy) and getting it done are two dif- Eucharist at ferent things. We've got plenty of policy• What's needed now Chapel on Lake that victims may obtain the name of is action! For example, in the case of the salmon restoration East at 9:30 a.n. the offender, program, the feds, the states and the private sector acted Aug. 2. "I believe the legislature made real together to get hatcheries and fish ladders built, conduct necessary research, keep track of returning fish, and ac- progress and it is the first, step to complish all the other myriad tasks that needed to be done to strengthen Vermont's criminal restore the Atlantic Salmon to the Connecticut River. That's justice system ; with more to be done action. And there are some hasinwide problems that requiremore action. The Pages of Benton and East Haverhill in the 12 session," Rep. John The Connecticut River Valley stretches from the Canadian Zampieri of told the Jourltal Bwde Z to Loeng Island So und It win.ds its way through taking care of not only his University of Grenoble. on the north Pa.geBrothers' stone house father's farm, but also his Norman Page became Oliverian Brook, ,i+ +t  Cen.OrY+Fm'm,.183S  /' g +n. f++UD+, wmNewHamlslire through his  Atty. Gen. John Easton, who ' mountalnravelrn]JSidk hrld educt|onal  irCles dtwihg his idcent+ to largest New England river basin are b6fifil together by The old stone house in forth in all kinds of weather, career as supervising prin- had a pasture for had called the old juvenile code "a water running off our land into the tribLitaries, into the West Benton where James which may have permanently cipal atschools throughout the which they say in Connecticut River, and ultimately, into the sea. And what we Page lives was built by his damaged his health. He also state, concluding with 19 years used to he license to kill," said of the new law, do with our land and water here in the Upper Valley will "This will make my job easier." impact the areas downstream. If we fill in a floodplain, the great-grandfather, James J• taught school locally, besides as superintendent of schools in trailing arbutus. Page, on land which he had. holding public offices, but he the Haverhill-Bath district, family stories, It is especially tragic that it took the water normally stored there during high flows must go bought from Miles Doty in felt chronically tired and until his death in 1930• From "never got somewhere else, perhaps: downtown Springfield, sadiStiC murder of a young girl by two Massachusetts. Fill in more floodplains and more water is 1835. Stone blocks for the overburdened -- and 1916 on, he and his wife owned pletely finishing house walls were drilled by despaired of ever fulfilling his the family's stone house in never placing a teenagers to convince the people and displaced. Taken together, these individual actions will have hand and split out from literary yearnings. His West Benton and made their the front door, the legislature that if parents cannot a cumulative impact. If we choose to construct a hydro- nearby granite outcroppings, frustration was probably the summer home there. power dam, then we will alter the flow of the river. If we upstairs as an prevent their children from per- construct I0, the flow of the river will be determined by I0 Drill holes can still be seen out cause of his violent Norman and Helen's in which quilts behind the present barn. A disagreements with his children inherited not only the afford some forming criminalacts, then the poiice separate operators. What guarantees that they will little house down in the field mother. After two years of 200-acre farm and the stone for sleeping• and the courts must. cooperate with each other, so the flow somewhere else is that the Pages had been living typhoid fever, pneumonia and house, but also their parents' Silvester's willadequatethe impactsf°r spawninghe on flooding?fish or swimming, or canoeing? What in was moved closer to the "catarrhal consumption," he broader interests and talents Florabelle and new house site, to live in while died at age 44• Barbara as C,). rge Kimball There are many water resource development proposals in they were building, and later -- a the Connecticut River Basin. We may need them all. But we During James's years of schoolteacher, Lincoln and as Kim) remai became the shed-end of the illness he had instructed Olive James as geologists, Miriam home place, as also need to judge an individual project on the bases of its stone house. It took five years in the management of the as a social worker, and Fred Leslie Jeffers impaCtother projects.°n the entireA "basinwidefiVer systemperspectiveand its impaCtis needed.relativeThist° to build the stone house and it farm, which she carried on for (Norman F•) as senior vice- and his wife Frspecti.ve crosses political boundaries -- state, county, was completed in 1846. ocm arm even national. NERBC has historically provided In earlier times, this land 25theYearshelp ofaftertheirhiStwodeathsonsWithand AmericanPresident andExpressdirectorcompanyOf the burnedliving hereto the when this perspective, particularly in the Connecticut River Basin. had been the property of an occasional hired hand. She in New York. After Around 1950, And it has given the people in the Valley a say in how their James J. Page's father-in- augmented the family income retirement, Fred established another descend resourees will be managed, law, Nathan Mead, who had by taking in sewing and by his well-known antique car Jeffers, bought This is what the recent actions by the Reagan ad- first come to Benton and boarding teachers. Olive was restoration business in built a house where newspapers influence national ministration will eliminate. What will take NERBC's place in perhaps to this same land noted for her hospitality, and Haverhill Corner, Page's cellarhole, and the Valley? That's uncertain at this point. I,ll explore some of around 1788, then spent a few when she saw company Model A Garage. In 1950, become thehome officials in the Vehite House and the options in future columns, years in Landaff and in coming up the rnad would pop James returned to Benton to Miriam page. Congress. Peacbam before returning to a batch of biscuits into the the stone house to manage the remembers the Benton and buying this land in oven, then serve them to her nearby Page Hill Farms, later house, says it The deathof the Star is one in a long 1801 (parts of Lots No. 2 and guest with boney. All this was joined by his son Jeff• house with a chain of deceased newspapers, in-  No. 5). Around 1808 he built abruptly interrupted one day The stone house and the Fred tells a cluding the Chicago Daffy News just the house which for many at EastHaverhillvillagewhen original 200 acres are now he first years was the home of his her horse shied and she was owned by Fred, Lincoln, tenant house two years ago, that results from e|lalll0000"-"u descendant Theda Page thrown from her carriage onto changing patterns of lifestyles of Brigham, the stone steps of the store JamespartnershipandofficiallyMiriamentitled_ a UPmerinandthemademiddle readers and from the major economic It was only four years building, breaking her hack. "Page Brothers." (Miriam forSidShallowtO¢ 0 b later, in 1812, that Nathan Fo r weeks she lay in the was outnumbered•) old cellarhole. considerations involved, froze to death in a blizzard. Hanson family home opposite In spite of the non-status sketched on the Time Inc., which bought the failing This left his wife Mary with the store, the doctors not given her by the partnership's calling card a five children to take care of, daring to let her be moved, name, Miriam has taken an the house. He Star for $20 million three years ago but she kept them together She lived for more than 20 active role in its activities, for back up here and poured another $85 million in by Wilson S. Johnson and managed the farm until years after that, but was a number of years taking Day to get unsuccessfully trying to improve its her sons were old enough to permanently affected to some charge of the Sugaring started, but he l take over. Parts of the farm degree by the injury, as well operations. They made 100 to and was dela falling circulation, apparently did its were sold off to Niles Doty and as by a heart impairment 150 gallons a year and shipped months best but couldn't keep it afloat, others, eventually all of it which was blamed on her long it all over the world, once even he What is particularly sad is that the "DEATH KNELL FOR DEATH TAXES" being sold, but 200 acres of it hours at the sewing machine, filling an order to be sent to gone ahead and was brought back into the We cannot help wondering the Queen of England• house. Fred Star was considered by others in the Mead family and into the what James and Olive's lives Miriam, too, has her own the place in industry, even the competing A small-business man I know spends 20 percent of his Page family when it was would have been like had they home on a Century Farm, discovered that profits for life insurance to be certain [here will be bought from Niios Doty by gone to California as they down the hill and across the a single closet in Washington Post, as one of the best enough cash for his survivors to pay estate taxes and still James J. Page, who had yearned to, or even if they had town line in East Haverhill. When he newspapers in the United States. hold on to the family lumber mill married Fanny Mead, a been able to fully utilize their it, he said • daughter of Nathan and Mary. intellectual talents closer to Miriam Page place, 1813 any closets in the But newspapers are business en- Another man who owns a soap manufacturing plant in James and Fanny built home. terprises, too, and the Star just a small, eastern city says his heirs would have to sell out if their stone house and raised Miriam Page's house in didn't build Perhaps we find the an-East Haverhill is on land the situation, couldn't hold its own in advertising he didn't spend thousands for insurance now. The soap their family, but all their swer in their son Norman. Left which goes back to her an- build one revenue against the larger plant is the major source of employment for the town, hopes for continuing the farm fatherless at 11 years of age, cestor John Jeffers, who and if another company bought it, the plant would prob- rested in James, their own he must have had a large bought it in 1813. John was a Sid and his son. James, however, had share of farm chores to take resident of Plaistow, N•H. and been pretty Washington Post. ably be closed and the business consolidated elsewhere, other plans. He attended care of, but he persevered never lived in the North handiwork, The death of the Star adds 1,427 One of the dreams of any person who has built asuc- Haverhill Academy and with his schoolwork, Country, but hebought LotNo. says that employees to theunemploymentrolls, cessful business during his or her lifetime is o pass that Newbury Seminary and graduating from Dartmouth 14 and part of No. 78 in one or two although many are well-known business along to other members of the family--a spouse became a schoolteacher. He College with honors in 1895, Haverhill from John Osgood in the house and writers and editors who willdoubtless or surviving children and grandchildren. A business is a and his wife Olive, also a having worked his way 1813, then deeded No. 14 to his floor or the legacy. • • . California,SChooiteacher'whereWantedthreet°ofg°hist° through college by teaching son Josiah in 1815. With three dows find jobs elsewhere. Today federal government policy is forcing tle liquiaa- / sisters had gone, besides school. He earned his Master's of Josiah's brothers and Besides the The big loss is that all Americans, tion of hundreds of successful, privately-owned busines- numerous other relatives, then later spent several nearby, this became known as farmland is, tgree at Boston University, numerous descendants living in the family whether they read the Washington ses because of the negative impac offestate or "death" Some of these relatives were summers in further graduate the "Jeffers neighborhood," and used by Star or not, have lost another voice taxes. To many people, estate taxes are perceived as a in a position to make study. While serving as later known as "Number Six" Pa dedicated to maintaining the means of forcing the redistribution of enormous amounts arrangements for teaching supervising principal at from the name of the school Sources: of money when wealthy people die. But the truly wealthy positions in California for James and Olive. Never- Henniker High School he district, and Miriam Freedom "of the Press which war have sophisticated ways of estate planning which help tbeless, they were persuaded, themarriedteachersHelenonWhite'his faculty,°ne of son Insi|vester1841 Josiahpart deededof No. his14, dantSAppendixOf by forofathers so wisely wrote into the them avoid estate taxes. The law hits squarely the small, probably by his parents, to and they spent their where he built a house, then in Brigham; UnitedStates Constitution. family business when government policy ought to be to remain in Benton. (please turn topage5) James fulfilled his duty, honeymoon in Europe doing 18,56 built and operated for Register graduate work at the more than 30 years a sawmill