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Page 4-The Journal Opinion-November 17, 1982 / i i • i m - iii i i ITHEAST PUBLISHING COMPANY, Inc. Publisher of * Journal iOplnl°n Week newspaper published b Ih, edford, Vermont. $ebxrlption rates - Vernon! end Now Hempsklre * $9.00 par year; $b.O0 for six ioeelbs; eu! of state . $11.00 per year end $7.00 for six months; Senior citizen discover $2.00. Second ciosl pelhile paid e! Ilrodford, Vement 05033. PebHjed by Northeast Peb|iskio O Company, inc.• P.O. Ilex 378, |mdfenJ. Robert F. Huminski President & Publisher v Bradford ,  , Woodsville 802-222-5281 %  603-74 7-20 ! 6 An Independent Newspaper i I- I I Editorial Just wait 'till next year! Two weeks ago, merchants in Woodsville and Wells River par- ticipated in a promotion called the llth Hour Sale. It was the first promotion undertaken by the group and some were a bit worried about the outcome. Last week, merchants in Bradford sponsored their annual Midnight Madness Sale, where most stores stayed open until midnight. Various drawings were outlined and a score of prizes offered to lucky participants. So, how did they do, in these times of a poor economy and high unem- ployment? They did very well. Some of the stores' owners were over- whelmed with the success of the promotions, regardless of which town they did business in. Shoppers flocked to Woodsville, Wells River and Bradford to browse, to buy and to look. They plugged stores with shoppers who wanted to take advantage of low prices for good merchandise. They shook their heads in amazement as crowds continued to participate with their local business people and merchants until long after the sales ended. One shopkeeper in Bradford had to close up and allow no more shopping. • . at 1 a.m. The sale ended at mid- night. Most stores were wall-to-wall shoppers and as the night wore on, they got busier. This North Country spirit shows something. It shows, that in spite of hard times for most, area residents want to take advantage of locally sponsored events, where merchants are offering discounts. And it shows that area residents want to shop locally and support their town shops. Both promotions were well received with the public. Creative and fun events like a free merry-go-round and lots of hot, fresh popcorn in the Woodsville program and a well run turkey...drag  Bdford, left shoppers with a gleam in their eye and a good feeling that it is best to shop locally among friends• Just wait 'till next year! Tell us more, Mr. Burton Many North Country residents were infuriated recently by a controversial vote cast by Executive Councilor Raymond Burton of Bath to replace Commissioner Paul Doherty of the parks department with another. Burton, who cast the third vote needed to oust Doherty and replace him with Ronald Poltek, came under fire from many area people who knew and respected Doberty as a long time professional. And grabbing onto the hoopla was newly elected Governor John Sununu who challenged the Burton vote and said Burton had some explaining to do to the voters. "When a Republican councilor votes to replace a respected M-year veteran state official with a political confidant of the ousted Democratic governor, then the people of New Hampshire deserve a full and com- plete disclosure of the consideration involved." Burton has said his vote was in the best interest of his district, adding the council often has to make con- troversial appointments. Voters want to hear more from Burton on this issue. They indicate they want more of an explanation from him, rather than a statement about controversial appointments. Ray Burton will probably issue a statement about his reasoning for turning away Doherty, but we think Ray Burton should reveal his reasons for voting the way he did. Keep up the.power With a noticeable upsurge in hydro power interest among area people there appeared to be some local in- terest in a recent meeting held in Wells River, sponsored by a group there, the POWR Valley. The POWR Vall group, a local citizens action unit, has been in- terested in the development of nearby dams and bringing them back on line for power generation. This interest with hydro power is not just some far flung idea, but is a project that a to he gaining more and more acceptance, especially in Vermont. There the Vermont Central er company is refurbishiv4g a dam in Bradford to the tune of over almost $4 million. The CV Public Service is also loong at a dam in Middlebury and Alcoholism and You with UNCLE MILTY This past month has been an exciting month hew many people are becoming aware of and are doing something about it. The National  Alcoholism is presenting a series of TV designed to eliminate the stigma of alcoholism. "My name's Bob Welch and I am an pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers, who treatment and has been abstinent for two made a movie called Comehacker which story. He had a real creditable pitching wins and 12 losses. Actor Jason Robards Insurance Chairman, Jim Kemper, do ads living proof you don't have to die for a drink". Charlie Finnegan, an inmate at the Windsor Treatment Center, and I were invited to a half program entitled Teen Age Drinking for Business Leaders of America, at the Pavilion Montpelier. There were 300 tC'enagers from schools in the state. We showed two films Bob Welch's film Comebaeker. Churlie told his alcohol related crime got him a long sentence in he is active in helping other inmates at the Farm alcohol and drug problems. We told it as it is • • i SPECIAL portant it is to face reality and to cope with life'sl MEETING without chemicals if alcohol or drugs were a _.. ,. BRADFORD-- The Bradford them. Academy and Graded School Since that date, we've had six requests to put District Trustees will held a on in high schools across the state. It special meeting on Wed- kids to go home, discuss it among themselves r,. nesday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the principal of their high school, sell him on " the home of Mrs. Hazel Pratt program should he presented at their to discuss: Negotiations, pleased with their response and it "-'11 *.': executive session and the alcohol and drug program which tells it like it is, .'' guidelines for study group. a,  'j Fourteen teenagers are killed every day of ,. ']Ul' a a .11, i __ ."E. (please turn to page 5) NE BLAISDEL '" 0 • Wild Nears: d00te00ae. Birds and fish rope ex-  = ,/ A."' Through the years, birds salmon they wanted out of the still water and the and fish have shared.a place Ammonoosuc. tended to the shore. Absalom with four-legged animals in Thompson's history (1853) Clifford touched off; a light giving pleasure to the spar-saysthatsalmonhadformerly smoke cutled up from the .00t00rearn'n- to live tn'ou00'- tsman and in providing been exceedinglyabundantin Imrningfuse. delicacies for his. table, all the streams of Vermont, " 'Pull,' shouted the man Nowadays great attention is migrating up the Connecticut on the raft, and the doctor and People in New Hampshire's Nor- series of events which lead given to preserving en- River about April 25, forcing the minister pulled. 'Pull! thcountry are sometimes quite sharp in departure. On the 20th and dangered species, but in the their way upstream over Pull! or I shall be blowed up.' their feelings about folks who move up December that year not very long old days things were quite cataracts sometimes several screamed the fuse lighter, and here from the 'down˘ountry.' temperatures plunged to 25 below'. different, feet in height. In the spring the man of medicine and the There is a certain spirit and prideamong we picked up eight inches of they were plump and fat, often man of gospel pulled, -- pulled the Northeountry native-born residents, Their water pipes froze and a Passenger pigeons weighing 30 to 40 pounds and with all their might. But alas referred to, by many of the blue bloods as prepared wet wood supply failed In 1605, the explorer of exceedingly good flavor, the rope broke; a terrible 'hicks.', Their propane gas supply Samuel de Champlain ob- and were taken in great explosion was soon to follow, Now, many of us here in the Nor- a primary heating system ran served passenger pigeons in numbers from the beginning they could not die there, and thcountry are from downcountry. I'm after a neighborhood youth infinite numbers in Maine. of May to the middle.of June. the doctor and the reverend originally from a small town downcountry, removing snow from their Around 1808, Alexander In September when they fled far into the deep woods. My wife is a native, born in Vermont and car wouldn't start. Wilson, the "Father of returned to the ocean they "Absalom Clifford knew brought up in Piermont. Most everyone There was nothing more to go American ornithology," were too thin to he of interest his danger; there was no there knows Polly. They knew her as a kid. They packed up and went back estimated one flock in Ken- to fishermen, escape, and taking .one :last And when they ask the big question .... York to spend Christmas and they tucky at over two billion birds. In the old days, salmon lingering look,at mountains ',:Where is your husband from?", we reply, been seen or heard from since. (Note: Mr. Wilson visited was such a cheap food that it and green woods around, he Oh, he spent his youth in Meredith (NH) But others leave the area and Haverhill in 1812. See Book was forbidden by law for an lay down on his raft, closed his worng Nate Moulton's farm." For this to get back. They always come Two.) employer to feed his hired eyes and resigned himself to answer and the fact we both worked far- a vacation downcountry with Little's History of Warren help salmon more than a his fate. ms, we are mostly considered natives.- "Got this darned sore neck from says that around 1800 there certain number of times in one "Soon the powder burned, However, it is getting tougher and up at all these tall buildings", were great flocks of wild week. (Note: More in- but there was no terrible tougher to find a real native up here, one The funniest of this type of pigeons (probably passenger formation needed.) explosion -- only a few bub- who was born in these parts and decided to from our pal Denny, who came to • geons) seen in Warren -- According to the History bias on the surface and then stay. They are around, but they are fast from over in Vermont, ,oks in the sky darkening the of Lancaster (Seiners, 1900), all was calm and still, being overtaken by the 'flatlander.' a native. sun llke a black cloud for days. the early settlers were very "A long time later, the These flatlanders whe have moved to the He went to Chicago for a In autumn, when beech-nuts dependent on salmon, in fact doctor, the minister and the Northcountry of the Granite State and his wife, Gladys. He told us were plentiful, the local every thrifty family salted others came creeping back. Vermont, saw a blend of living they liked, stayed in was so hunters andtheirfamiliesand down at least a barrel of Absalom sat bolt upright on in an atmosphere they found to be fellow in the next room, friends would feast on salmon every year. This his raft. He was now as brave pleasant. They adapted well and their lives one thing or another, pigeons, lasted for about 20 years, until as a lion, and spoke many have beenchanged, jumping out his window. The More details are given by so many salmon were trapped gentle (?) words to the bold Some try it and find it a little too tough, died of starvation before he Zadoc Thompson in his commercially, farther down rope pullers who had left him These can't exist without a nearby store sidewalk. Natural History of Vermont the river, that there were todie alone.., for designer jeans, late hair styles andfast Denny said this upset him, so he (1853). He tells us that in fewer and fewer salmon "Absalom with a piece of foods. They don't last long. wife moved out of that building southern Vermont in 1741 making it as far north as board paddled himself ashore, We remember a couple who moved into another. He said there were pigeons' nests so Lancaster. By 1788 the and the party gathered up Haverhill a few autumns ago. They held even higher. One day, he said, a thick upon the beech trees that fishermen around Walpole their tubs and wended their out until December, when the real deep staying in a room near his, 500 could be counted at one had so completely blocked the way home." penetrating cold began to leave its mark. He said the building was so On a brittle night, with a wind jousting you mortician had to take the time. At Clarendon the river at Bellows Falls with Note: Due to cir- at 35 miles per hour, temperatures slip elevator pigeons bred in such immense dams, weirs, nets, etc., that cumstances beyond our down to 25 below. At this time, one must Denny likes coming home. He numbers that the trees were not a single salmon could get control, Over the River and venture outside to bring in more firewood, has never in his 43 or more loaded with nests for hundreds through. The town fathers of Through the Years, Book or do some shovelling or go to work on the anything in Chicago that of acres, 25 nests frequently Lancaster signed a petition to Four, has been delayed. I have night shfft40milesaway, and beauty of the pack of being seen in a single tree, and the state legislature, resulting hard cover copies of Book This activity separates the real country come around at night and the ground underneath in restrictions on the stopping Four at my home, but not yet folks from those who think it would be fun covered with their dung to the of the salmon, neighbors chicken pen, looking for in stores, until the paper cover to live through a real Northcountry winter. Or nothing as pretty as depth of two inches. In the Salmon again became books have arrived. If you This is no fun, for ff you or your partner that hangs around the area Midwest they were even more fairly plentiful in the North need books immediately for are not up to it, or your woodpile isn't handouts. numerous, their nests often Country, but after another 20 mailing overseas for packed away, or you haven't taped up Denny said there coveing thousands of acres years they gradually Christmas, you can pick up these water pipes, you are in for a winter seen in Cincinnati, Maline or and killing all the trees and diminished and finally hard cover books at my home of your discontent, settles one down to earth undergrowth in that area. disappeared entirely, because in North Haverhill, or call me The unprepared middle aged couple in " surroundings, as will the sights More recent sources state of blockage by dams and at 603-787-6315 and I will let Haverhill had moved from their nice the Northcountry of New that the passenger pigeon is pollution by sawdust and other you know as soon as the soft trappings in New York City. He accepted a Vermont. believed to have lived in factory wastes, cover booksarrive. greater numbers than any After nearly 200 years big job at Dartmouth. But, they had a sad He says he is lucky. other vertebrate (backboned) without salmon, they are on animal for which records their way back, as fish ladders exist. John J. Audubon are being built into the power estimated a single flock in dams along the Connecticut thanflightt°havec°ntainedm°reonebillionbirds. River. ( Letters to the Editor ] Itdidm' Passenger pieeons were F'lshlng in Warren little girl standing interest! killed in such vast numbers, Little's History of Warren mother so straight for food for man and beast, says that in the old days they hand over her and even for fertilizer, that were catching trout in Warren little boy standing even by 1853 their numbers weighing over four pounds in derpass also Barnet, The work is expensive, were greatly diminished. In Lake Tarleton and in Glen and marched by. ,, butCVhasthemoneytodothework. 1906thelastoneswereseenin Wachipauka(Meader)Ponds. self.ri00hteousness Is it a sin Theyremembere: Which was one of the main the wild, and in 1914 they Little also tells a tale became extinct, ' with the about "pot fishing": One day To the Edttor: pediency. In the finalsentence tO be ff/ot/c. problems pointed to at the Wells death of the last ones in half a dozen or more Warren For well over a decade the of the article Michael Beard, To the Editor : River meeting, the availability of captivity, men headedforMeaderPond, 50 million gun owners of the Executive Director of the As I marched in the _j carrying withthemanumber United StatesandtheNational National Coalition to Ban Veterans Day Parade, I funding is limited. The expense alone Salmon of washtubs and other con- Rifle Association have been Handguns stated, "I hate to wondered: "Is it a sin to be just for a study of a power project is The Connecticut River tainers. "The plan was to fill a assailed by the advocates of say it, but one well-publicized patriotic? -- to salute our flag expensive, and the first step ina long, and its tributaries used to be large stone jug with gun- gun control with the ac- homicide could wipe that, asit passes by. tough venture, famous for their salmon. The powder, attaeh a fuse and sink cusation that we have been Calffornia vote, out." We, the Veterans of Foreign FRIENDSTO Indians made great use of itinthewater;oneofthemen insensitive to the tragic loss of Imagine an individual of Wars and the American N. HAl It appears there may be some them, in fact an Indian cap- on a raft should light the fuse, human life. supposed intelligence praying Legion, are proud to march "Parent, success down the road for these small tire, Quentin Stockwell, taken and the others with a rope During that period we have for the death of some with our WoodsviUe High Friends" of consumer and power interest groups, in 1677 in Deerfield, Mass. should pull him ashore. The seen this group with smug prominent American so that School Band, with our flags Elementary School (see Book Two) wrote in his explosion would kill every fish self-righteousness assume his own selfish, misguided waving in the breeze. These their monthly At least they are, making the memoirs that when he in the pond; they would float postures within which no point cause might be advanced, boys andgirls aretops. Their Thurs., Nov. 18 population aware of some of the reached the Squaw-Maug on the surface and the greedy of exaggeration, calumny, This from an organization music is great. I'm sure they (Wells) River, the Indians fishermen could pick them up defamation or even slander that trumpets from any were as proud as we were to Deborah Maes alternatives and someday it might expected to catch salmon at their leisure. Absalom was beneath thern, avallable podium and through be marchlng together, informal even be possible to drive along the there, but it was too late in the Clifford was to touch off the However, the overwhelming any available medium their Yes, we like to see the nutrition and your Wells River and see six dams season(mid-October), fuse, andDr. French and Rev. defeat of Calffornia's handgun slogan, "To save one life." townspeople stand on the will give Wells' History of Ryegate Mr: Eastman were to land him "freeze" initiative as reported Whathypocrlsy! sidewalk to watch us march ralslng healthier generating power and joined by other says that Mary Bedel before the explosion. The in the Washington Post, J.WarrenCassidy by. But we'd like them to be as their eating habits. (daughter of Timothy) stated others would get behind great Tuesday, Nov. 9, displays the Executive Director proud of our Flag as we are She is the dams, maybe even windmills, in and in some reminiscences that trees in the woods, gun prohibitionists' cynical NRAlnstitutefor and show their respect by Extension ServiCe around the area. when she lived in Bath, around "The plan wasperfected; disregard of human life for LegislativeActlon standing erect and saluting Economist. 1774, they could catch all the the raft was floating on the purposes of political ex- "Old Glory" as it pnsses by. beserved. Page 4-The Journal Opinion-November 17, 1982 / i i • i m - iii i i ITHEAST PUBLISHING COMPANY, Inc. Publisher of * Journal iOplnl°n Week newspaper published b Ih, edford, Vermont. $ebxrlption rates - Vernon! end Now Hempsklre * $9.00 par year; $b.O0 for six ioeelbs; eu! of state . $11.00 per year end $7.00 for six months; Senior citizen discover $2.00. Second ciosl pelhile paid e! Ilrodford, Vement 05033. PebHjed by Northeast Peb|iskio O Company, inc.• P.O. Ilex 378, |mdfenJ. Robert F. Huminski President & Publisher v Bradford ,  , Woodsville 802-222-5281 %  603-74 7-20 ! 6 An Independent Newspaper i I- I I Editorial Just wait 'till next year! Two weeks ago, merchants in Woodsville and Wells River par- ticipated in a promotion called the llth Hour Sale. It was the first promotion undertaken by the group and some were a bit worried about the outcome. Last week, merchants in Bradford sponsored their annual Midnight Madness Sale, where most stores stayed open until midnight. Various drawings were outlined and a score of prizes offered to lucky participants. So, how did they do, in these times of a poor economy and high unem- ployment? They did very well. Some of the stores' owners were over- whelmed with the success of the promotions, regardless of which town they did business in. Shoppers flocked to Woodsville, Wells River and Bradford to browse, to buy and to look. They plugged stores with shoppers who wanted to take advantage of low prices for good merchandise. They shook their heads in amazement as crowds continued to participate with their local business people and merchants until long after the sales ended. One shopkeeper in Bradford had to close up and allow no more shopping. • . at 1 a.m. The sale ended at mid- night. Most stores were wall-to-wall shoppers and as the night wore on, they got busier. This North Country spirit shows something. It shows, that in spite of hard times for most, area residents want to take advantage of locally sponsored events, where merchants are offering discounts. And it shows that area residents want to shop locally and support their town shops. Both promotions were well received with the public. Creative and fun events like a free merry-go-round and lots of hot, fresh popcorn in the Woodsville program and a well run turkey...drag  Bdford, left shoppers with a gleam in their eye and a good feeling that it is best to shop locally among friends• Just wait 'till next year! Tell us more, Mr. Burton Many North Country residents were infuriated recently by a controversial vote cast by Executive Councilor Raymond Burton of Bath to replace Commissioner Paul Doherty of the parks department with another. Burton, who cast the third vote needed to oust Doherty and replace him with Ronald Poltek, came under fire from many area people who knew and respected Doberty as a long time professional. And grabbing onto the hoopla was newly elected Governor John Sununu who challenged the Burton vote and said Burton had some explaining to do to the voters. "When a Republican councilor votes to replace a respected M-year veteran state official with a political confidant of the ousted Democratic governor, then the people of New Hampshire deserve a full and com- plete disclosure of the consideration involved." Burton has said his vote was in the best interest of his district, adding the council often has to make con- troversial appointments. Voters want to hear more from Burton on this issue. They indicate they want more of an explanation from him, rather than a statement about controversial appointments. Ray Burton will probably issue a statement about his reasoning for turning away Doherty, but we think Ray Burton should reveal his reasons for voting the way he did. Keep up the.power With a noticeable upsurge in hydro power interest among area people there appeared to be some local in- terest in a recent meeting held in Wells River, sponsored by a group there, the POWR Valley. The POWR Vall group, a local citizens action unit, has been in- terested in the development of nearby dams and bringing them back on line for power generation. This interest with hydro power is not just some far flung idea, but is a project that a to he gaining more and more acceptance, especially in Vermont. There the Vermont Central er company is refurbishiv4g a dam in Bradford to the tune of over almost $4 million. The CV Public Service is also loong at a dam in Middlebury and Alcoholism and You with UNCLE MILTY This past month has been an exciting month hew many people are becoming aware of and are doing something about it. The National  Alcoholism is presenting a series of TV designed to eliminate the stigma of alcoholism. "My name's Bob Welch and I am an pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers, who treatment and has been abstinent for two made a movie called Comehacker which story. He had a real creditable pitching wins and 12 losses. Actor Jason Robards Insurance Chairman, Jim Kemper, do ads living proof you don't have to die for a drink". Charlie Finnegan, an inmate at the Windsor Treatment Center, and I were invited to a half program entitled Teen Age Drinking for Business Leaders of America, at the Pavilion Montpelier. There were 300 tC'enagers from schools in the state. We showed two films Bob Welch's film Comebaeker. Churlie told his alcohol related crime got him a long sentence in he is active in helping other inmates at the Farm alcohol and drug problems. We told it as it is • • i SPECIAL portant it is to face reality and to cope with life'sl MEETING without chemicals if alcohol or drugs were a _.. ,. BRADFORD-- The Bradford them. Academy and Graded School Since that date, we've had six requests to put District Trustees will held a on in high schools across the state. It special meeting on Wed- kids to go home, discuss it among themselves r,. nesday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the principal of their high school, sell him on " the home of Mrs. Hazel Pratt program should he presented at their to discuss: Negotiations, pleased with their response and it "-'11 *.': executive session and the alcohol and drug program which tells it like it is, .'' guidelines for study group. a,  'j Fourteen teenagers are killed every day of ,. ']Ul' a a .11, i __ ."E. (please turn to page 5) NE BLAISDEL '" 0 • Wild Nears: d00te00ae. Birds and fish rope ex-  = ,/ A."' Through the years, birds salmon they wanted out of the still water and the and fish have shared.a place Ammonoosuc. tended to the shore. Absalom with four-legged animals in Thompson's history (1853) Clifford touched off; a light giving pleasure to the spar-saysthatsalmonhadformerly smoke cutled up from the .00t00rearn'n- to live tn'ou00'- tsman and in providing been exceedinglyabundantin Imrningfuse. delicacies for his. table, all the streams of Vermont, " 'Pull,' shouted the man Nowadays great attention is migrating up the Connecticut on the raft, and the doctor and People in New Hampshire's Nor- series of events which lead given to preserving en- River about April 25, forcing the minister pulled. 'Pull! thcountry are sometimes quite sharp in departure. On the 20th and dangered species, but in the their way upstream over Pull! or I shall be blowed up.' their feelings about folks who move up December that year not very long old days things were quite cataracts sometimes several screamed the fuse lighter, and here from the 'down˘ountry.' temperatures plunged to 25 below'. different, feet in height. In the spring the man of medicine and the There is a certain spirit and prideamong we picked up eight inches of they were plump and fat, often man of gospel pulled, -- pulled the Northeountry native-born residents, Their water pipes froze and a Passenger pigeons weighing 30 to 40 pounds and with all their might. But alas referred to, by many of the blue bloods as prepared wet wood supply failed In 1605, the explorer of exceedingly good flavor, the rope broke; a terrible 'hicks.', Their propane gas supply Samuel de Champlain ob- and were taken in great explosion was soon to follow, Now, many of us here in the Nor- a primary heating system ran served passenger pigeons in numbers from the beginning they could not die there, and thcountry are from downcountry. I'm after a neighborhood youth infinite numbers in Maine. of May to the middle.of June. the doctor and the reverend originally from a small town downcountry, removing snow from their Around 1808, Alexander In September when they fled far into the deep woods. My wife is a native, born in Vermont and car wouldn't start. Wilson, the "Father of returned to the ocean they "Absalom Clifford knew brought up in Piermont. Most everyone There was nothing more to go American ornithology," were too thin to he of interest his danger; there was no there knows Polly. They knew her as a kid. They packed up and went back estimated one flock in Ken- to fishermen, escape, and taking .one :last And when they ask the big question .... York to spend Christmas and they tucky at over two billion birds. In the old days, salmon lingering look,at mountains ',:Where is your husband from?", we reply, been seen or heard from since. (Note: Mr. Wilson visited was such a cheap food that it and green woods around, he Oh, he spent his youth in Meredith (NH) But others leave the area and Haverhill in 1812. See Book was forbidden by law for an lay down on his raft, closed his worng Nate Moulton's farm." For this to get back. They always come Two.) employer to feed his hired eyes and resigned himself to answer and the fact we both worked far- a vacation downcountry with Little's History of Warren help salmon more than a his fate. ms, we are mostly considered natives.- "Got this darned sore neck from says that around 1800 there certain number of times in one "Soon the powder burned, However, it is getting tougher and up at all these tall buildings", were great flocks of wild week. (Note: More in- but there was no terrible tougher to find a real native up here, one The funniest of this type of pigeons (probably passenger formation needed.) explosion -- only a few bub- who was born in these parts and decided to from our pal Denny, who came to • geons) seen in Warren -- According to the History bias on the surface and then stay. They are around, but they are fast from over in Vermont, ,oks in the sky darkening the of Lancaster (Seiners, 1900), all was calm and still, being overtaken by the 'flatlander.' a native. sun llke a black cloud for days. the early settlers were very "A long time later, the These flatlanders whe have moved to the He went to Chicago for a In autumn, when beech-nuts dependent on salmon, in fact doctor, the minister and the Northcountry of the Granite State and his wife, Gladys. He told us were plentiful, the local every thrifty family salted others came creeping back. Vermont, saw a blend of living they liked, stayed in was so hunters andtheirfamiliesand down at least a barrel of Absalom sat bolt upright on in an atmosphere they found to be fellow in the next room, friends would feast on salmon every year. This his raft. He was now as brave pleasant. They adapted well and their lives one thing or another, pigeons, lasted for about 20 years, until as a lion, and spoke many have beenchanged, jumping out his window. The More details are given by so many salmon were trapped gentle (?) words to the bold Some try it and find it a little too tough, died of starvation before he Zadoc Thompson in his commercially, farther down rope pullers who had left him These can't exist without a nearby store sidewalk. Natural History of Vermont the river, that there were todie alone.., for designer jeans, late hair styles andfast Denny said this upset him, so he (1853). He tells us that in fewer and fewer salmon "Absalom with a piece of foods. They don't last long. wife moved out of that building southern Vermont in 1741 making it as far north as board paddled himself ashore, We remember a couple who moved into another. He said there were pigeons' nests so Lancaster. By 1788 the and the party gathered up Haverhill a few autumns ago. They held even higher. One day, he said, a thick upon the beech trees that fishermen around Walpole their tubs and wended their out until December, when the real deep staying in a room near his, 500 could be counted at one had so completely blocked the way home." penetrating cold began to leave its mark. He said the building was so On a brittle night, with a wind jousting you mortician had to take the time. At Clarendon the river at Bellows Falls with Note: Due to cir- at 35 miles per hour, temperatures slip elevator pigeons bred in such immense dams, weirs, nets, etc., that cumstances beyond our down to 25 below. At this time, one must Denny likes coming home. He numbers that the trees were not a single salmon could get control, Over the River and venture outside to bring in more firewood, has never in his 43 or more loaded with nests for hundreds through. The town fathers of Through the Years, Book or do some shovelling or go to work on the anything in Chicago that of acres, 25 nests frequently Lancaster signed a petition to Four, has been delayed. I have night shfft40milesaway, and beauty of the pack of being seen in a single tree, and the state legislature, resulting hard cover copies of Book This activity separates the real country come around at night and the ground underneath in restrictions on the stopping Four at my home, but not yet folks from those who think it would be fun covered with their dung to the of the salmon, neighbors chicken pen, looking for in stores, until the paper cover to live through a real Northcountry winter. Or nothing as pretty as depth of two inches. In the Salmon again became books have arrived. If you This is no fun, for ff you or your partner that hangs around the area Midwest they were even more fairly plentiful in the North need books immediately for are not up to it, or your woodpile isn't handouts. numerous, their nests often Country, but after another 20 mailing overseas for packed away, or you haven't taped up Denny said there coveing thousands of acres years they gradually Christmas, you can pick up these water pipes, you are in for a winter seen in Cincinnati, Maline or and killing all the trees and diminished and finally hard cover books at my home of your discontent, settles one down to earth undergrowth in that area. disappeared entirely, because in North Haverhill, or call me The unprepared middle aged couple in " surroundings, as will the sights More recent sources state of blockage by dams and at 603-787-6315 and I will let Haverhill had moved from their nice the Northcountry of New that the passenger pigeon is pollution by sawdust and other you know as soon as the soft trappings in New York City. He accepted a Vermont. believed to have lived in factory wastes, cover booksarrive. greater numbers than any After nearly 200 years big job at Dartmouth. But, they had a sad He says he is lucky. other vertebrate (backboned) without salmon, they are on animal for which records their way back, as fish ladders exist. John J. Audubon are being built into the power estimated a single flock in dams along the Connecticut thanflightt°havec°ntainedm°reonebillionbirds. River. ( Letters to the Editor ] Itdidm' Passenger pieeons were F'lshlng in Warren little girl standing interest! killed in such vast numbers, Little's History of Warren mother so straight for food for man and beast, says that in the old days they hand over her and even for fertilizer, that were catching trout in Warren little boy standing even by 1853 their numbers weighing over four pounds in derpass also Barnet, The work is expensive, were greatly diminished. In Lake Tarleton and in Glen and marched by. ,, butCVhasthemoneytodothework. 1906thelastoneswereseenin Wachipauka(Meader)Ponds. self.ri00hteousness Is it a sin Theyremembere: Which was one of the main the wild, and in 1914 they Little also tells a tale became extinct, ' with the about "pot fishing": One day To the Edttor: pediency. In the finalsentence tO be ff/ot/c. problems pointed to at the Wells death of the last ones in half a dozen or more Warren For well over a decade the of the article Michael Beard, To the Editor : River meeting, the availability of captivity, men headedforMeaderPond, 50 million gun owners of the Executive Director of the As I marched in the _j carrying withthemanumber United StatesandtheNational National Coalition to Ban Veterans Day Parade, I funding is limited. The expense alone Salmon of washtubs and other con- Rifle Association have been Handguns stated, "I hate to wondered: "Is it a sin to be just for a study of a power project is The Connecticut River tainers. "The plan was to fill a assailed by the advocates of say it, but one well-publicized patriotic? -- to salute our flag expensive, and the first step ina long, and its tributaries used to be large stone jug with gun- gun control with the ac- homicide could wipe that, asit passes by. tough venture, famous for their salmon. The powder, attaeh a fuse and sink cusation that we have been Calffornia vote, out." We, the Veterans of Foreign FRIENDSTO Indians made great use of itinthewater;oneofthemen insensitive to the tragic loss of Imagine an individual of Wars and the American N. HAl It appears there may be some them, in fact an Indian cap- on a raft should light the fuse, human life. supposed intelligence praying Legion, are proud to march "Parent, success down the road for these small tire, Quentin Stockwell, taken and the others with a rope During that period we have for the death of some with our WoodsviUe High Friends" of consumer and power interest groups, in 1677 in Deerfield, Mass. should pull him ashore. The seen this group with smug prominent American so that School Band, with our flags Elementary School (see Book Two) wrote in his explosion would kill every fish self-righteousness assume his own selfish, misguided waving in the breeze. These their monthly At least they are, making the memoirs that when he in the pond; they would float postures within which no point cause might be advanced, boys andgirls aretops. Their Thurs., Nov. 18 population aware of some of the reached the Squaw-Maug on the surface and the greedy of exaggeration, calumny, This from an organization music is great. I'm sure they (Wells) River, the Indians fishermen could pick them up defamation or even slander that trumpets from any were as proud as we were to Deborah Maes alternatives and someday it might expected to catch salmon at their leisure. Absalom was beneath thern, avallable podium and through be marchlng together, informal even be possible to drive along the there, but it was too late in the Clifford was to touch off the However, the overwhelming any available medium their Yes, we like to see the nutrition and your Wells River and see six dams season(mid-October), fuse, andDr. French and Rev. defeat of Calffornia's handgun slogan, "To save one life." townspeople stand on the will give Wells' History of Ryegate Mr: Eastman were to land him "freeze" initiative as reported Whathypocrlsy! sidewalk to watch us march ralslng healthier generating power and joined by other says that Mary Bedel before the explosion. The in the Washington Post, J.WarrenCassidy by. But we'd like them to be as their eating habits. (daughter of Timothy) stated others would get behind great Tuesday, Nov. 9, displays the Executive Director proud of our Flag as we are She is the dams, maybe even windmills, in and in some reminiscences that trees in the woods, gun prohibitionists' cynical NRAlnstitutefor and show their respect by Extension ServiCe around the area. when she lived in Bath, around "The plan wasperfected; disregard of human life for LegislativeActlon standing erect and saluting Economist. 1774, they could catch all the the raft was floating on the purposes of political ex- "Old Glory" as it pnsses by. beserved.