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i! i!/ A Borden Walker gets right down to new furniture orders during last week&apos; s He has been in Woodsvtlle for 47 years. T. Borden IFalker Still involved in V,alley WOODSVILLE-- The place many years and just last week the Caledonian Record back in Some background. TBW was a madhouse last Saturday celebrated his 28th year of 1930, and the name stuck, was bornin Inverness, Quebec and crowds entered the dealing out of his present More than several times, in 1913 to a family of eight. modest building on Route 10 to location there on Route 10. people came through the glass When nine years of age, his take advantage of some of the But before that place was doors of his shop on Route 10 family journied to Barnet, hundreds of specially priced built, Walker had set up shop and asked for the "Furniture where the family operated a items throughout the store. And inside, a rather tall, He outgrew the building District Governor for the after taking on a line of Lions and roamed the state tractors from Ford, built a looking at over 70 local clubs. storage shed in 1950 where his Over 40 years ago TBW and permanent shop is now and Pat Hill of Woodsville began decided four years later to add one of the top northern beaming man sallied forth talking, joking and dealing with the buyers. Indeed, he acted somewhat like a person who was attending a party and was greeting many long lost Lions member, sportsman, businessman friends. Enter from the left, one in a variety of buildings in Thomas Borden Walker; a Woedsville proper, selling sportsman, businessman, tractors, appliances and pillar of the church, political furniture to a devoted throng activist, advisor to governors, of followers throughout the dinner partner to four Connecticut River Valley. presidents, a champion of the When an adman from a Lions Club, Cottage Hospital newspaper several years ago devotee and a self proclaimed asked him to come up with a furniture king. slogan, he offered that he was T. Borden Walker has been the "furniture king of the selling furniture and ap- valley." That rang a bell in- pliances in Woodsville for side T. Borden, who wrote for King of the Valley." If T. Borden Walker is the Furniture King of the Valley, he certainly must be tagged as the Cottage Hospital King, and the Lions Club King and the NH Republican Party King... and a host of other accolades for this unselfish man. He has devoted more time to outside causes than a dozen people do in a lifetime. And he still runs the business. small dairy farm. In 1933 he was graduated from the old Macindoos Academy, working after that in St. Johnsbury at Gilman Motors. He came to Woodsville in 1935. He began selling cars for brother Harvey and nine years later he began selling for himself, originally from the Woodsville building where Clarke Business is now located. on and reconstruct the tractor shed. He moved into this headquarters on Dec. 4, 1954. He celebrated his 28th year anniversary on the exact date he opened his doors in 1954. But he has other interests, even though today he has stepped down from a number of outside activities. In 1941 he joined the Lions Club and served two terms as president. He was also named amateur basketball leagues in the country. Today, the league hosts a tourney in Woodsville and is a popular sporting event. Back then, when he and Hill began the program, he wanted some sports event for kids who couldn't afford college. The Lions Club have taken over the event and it survives in good stead to this day. In 1959 and 1960, Walker served the state Republicans as their chairman and became close friends with a multitude of governors and senators. He is known for his tight association with Wesley Powell and his family for many years. He has dined with Presidents Eisenhour, Nixon, Ford and Reagan. For someone like Walker who has penned prolific letters to many editors and publishers, he never really took the plunge into the deep waters of politics, except to seek and win one term as a Haverhill selectman. While in his 20's Walker remembers, he was one of the youngest selectmen ever in town. "I was asked by a bunch of the older folks to run, I did and won," he says. He liked being a selectman, learned how the town functions, served three years and got out. "I was too (please turn to page 13 NINg NAMMNIII! lyme Orford Perrnon Hov@r hI Woodvlle Bo,h YI|MONT Thevford Folrlee WeST Fo,rtee Orodford Corlnth T oD..hom Newbufy Wells Rver Ryegote GrO,On lISP 598340 her 49 ZII  i I ITEMS--Wreaths, toys, foods and clothing were recent Holiday Fair sponsored by the Cooperative Serving Over 48 Communities in Northern New Hampshire and Vermont " t t , Pio0000ia indicted for dru00 smugglin00 BRADFORD-- A former the subdivision. Since then, Bradford man has recently been indicted by a federal Grand Jury for continuing a criminal enterprise of selling cocaine. Joseph C. Pioggia, 37 was originally arrested last August and held on $500,000 bail. He was charged with the t.of a drug bustns t was of ars. He was arrested in Massachusetts. Last year, Pioggia and his wife purchased the 150-acre Hackett Hill property at Hacket Hill in Bradford, giving the name of Hacket Hill Realty Trust. The planning commission subsequently allowed homes to be con- structed on the property, by approving the subdivision asking for seven 10-acre lots. At the time, homes in the $90,000 range were planned for the family has sold their Bradford home and a number of Hackett Hill lots have been transferred to Massachusetts residents. The federal government has seized property owned by Pioggia on Martha's Vineyard. That and other PerOperties in Massachusetts valued at $1.$ million. An affidavit filed by a federal drug enforcement agent says testimony from the pilot of an airplane used in the operation was piloted between South America and New England. It alleges that he and the Bradford man flew twice a month to Florida to purchase cocaine. It says the operation over a seven month period earned Pioggia at least SleO,00o. The matter is slated for action in the U.S. District Court in Boston. Burton, Barry CommunityNUrsery School of Haverhill. The gala was held at the Woodavillecenter. aUen d h atcherv with search warrant; meetin00 in Warren by FLOYD R. RAY sidered as one of the better in WARREN--It could becalled the state, out of the eight fire officials enter Wright propert00 Coming Home party for hatcheries and rearing t Councilor Ray Burton and stations. I think it originated Fish and Game Director about 1909. The late Daniel " Charles Barry Nov. 20 at the McLinn was one of the first Town of- Robbins and State Fire record of any possible violation. He said an order of the results Marshall's Office investigator violations, compliance may be issued, if on-site inspection Darwin Lewis entered the He said they remained on violations exist. Owned by Ralph property. The team was also the property for over an hour. Savage said the state Perkins Place in accompanied by police otticer After they left, a sampling of agencies will be looking into if fire Walter R. George. the photographs were the matter because of recent which are in Savage said this week they processed and sent to the Fire complaints to the town from State laws. visited the property and met Marshall's office for neighbors and officials. In the was com- Wright. Savage said the group evaluation. He said the office past, Fire Chief Robbins had when, armed entered the house and took up of the Attorney General will expressed concern for both the and seizure to 50 photographs throughout also be looking into the safety of the neighborhood and Chief Stephen the property. He said the matter, to determine if any his men, should there be a fire Chief Bruce photographs will provide a state fire safety laws are in or problem at the property. BAIT ,& GUN SH'-OP---- |RADFORD V: I LIES -- 802-222-4506 day & night before gun season starts, for Fishing ticmm. Worms -- Owters-- Shin w_ C LEAN INCr.-AMMUN ITION r own ommo oi' the shop by oppointmm?. Exquisite Gowns ' l for your I ' , -, Weddinfl and Special Occasions [ | /llt\\; llh 'R,,.,/;,.,a o.,.s,.,o..w..,.=l li /  \\; l IIa Thur$.-Fri.-Sot.-Sun. 10-6 J irm Grooming Is An Art" WEEK BY APPOINTMENT Piermont N.H. Tel. 60272-5826 RAW FURS WANTED Deerskins, raccoons, fox, coyote, muskrat, mink and beaver -- CASH PAID. FAIRLEE GENERAL STORE Fairlee, Vermont 802-333-9407 Visit Our Model O.T.O OPEN8:30-5:O0 Mun. - 5,or. Sun. 12:30-500 PRE-CUT LOG HOMES and COMMERCIAL BUll.DINGS Telephone 802-584- 3336 The problem with the property erupted in mid November, when selectmen were visited by a contingent of neighbors and officials of the Woodsville precinct. They came forth with a multitude of complaints relative to storage of more than 300 gallons of flammable liquids, Wood piles, and other materials which, to them, made the property dangerous. Selectmen issued a letter to Wright, asking him to come to the next meeting to discuss the matter with the residents and officials. He agreed and at- tended the next meeting. The neighbors again aired their complaints and were consistent in their demand that someone do something to get the place cleaned up. They offered that it was both an eyesore and a safety problem. Wright told the neighbors and selectmen that the problem would not exist if they would just stay off his property. He said he at- tempted on many occasions to clean up the problem, but neighborhood youths would continue to break windows and smash up his property. He said be gave up trying to keep glass in. Wright indicated he would Town Hall. Ray Burton taught school in this town back in the late 1940's and a good teacher he was, and Director Barry was born and brought up in this town more than 40 years ago. But the tone of the meeting could not in all cases be called friendly. The meeting was to discuss the future of the Fish Hatchery here in Warren, which we have always con- and long time.managers of the facilities. The cold clear and ample supply of water made for good fish raising. This action came about because the federal govern- ment has given the state a large federal hatchery in Berlin. According to figures and budgets, the powers that be maintain that the state can close five of its present (please turn to page 20 "INVISIBLE REWEAVING For The Reoair Of Woolen Garments L.D. MONTAGUE, BRADFORD, VT. 802-222-4026 Nimble Thimble Fabric Shop DECEMBER HOURS Monday-Thursday: 10-5 Friday: 10-7 Saturday: 10-3 BANK STREET 802-222-4516 BRADFORD. VT. December 8, 1982 Bradford :Chamber settin00z out busy holiday schedule BRADFORD-- It's time to get into the spirit of Christmas! The Bradford Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring several holiday activities throughout the community this Christmas season. You may have noticed the new derations along Main street this year, beautiful double- sided balsam wreaths made by the local Methodist Women's Group and pur- chased by the Chamber to help decorate the village streets. And the Bradford Academy building, where our town offices are located, has been beautifully lighted and trimmed with wreaths and garlands, with a lovely, large tree on the lawn. Our thanks to the local nursery school children who helped make the decorations that are hanging on this tree. The Chamber of Commerce is also sponsoring a Christmas lighting contest in which all residents are invited to par- ticipate. There will be two divisions, residences and businesses, with cash prizes awarded to the top three winners in eaeh category; for first place; $I5 second place and $10 third place. All lighting displays must be completed by Dec. 15 for judging by a committee. Entry forms are available at many downtown stores, and winners will be announced on Dec. 19 at another community Christmas event, a carol sing at the Bradford Public library. Winners will also be notified and recognized in the Journal Opinion. On Dec. 19 there will be a community Christmas carol (please turn to page 20 Great Gifts For Christmas =The Happy Hour Gift Shop===y0000. HOURS Mon.-Sm. 10-5 MAIN ST. Sen. } 2-3 WELLS RIVER, VT i SAVE i OOPE' aun FACTORY u,J00nu OUTLET 150 Yd [ ON MOST ITF.I/ I RT. 25 BRADFORD, VT.222-4771 materials, but offe,d the  PRESENTS 1 " SFF" OUR HUGF MONEY SAVING E CHiP STOCKS Landscaping neighbors should have come to I ,v ROAD  him first. They answered that  1 /PRIME TIME NETWORKI CHRISTMAS AD :':<,-. CLINT SWIFT they have spoken with him i '  PIERMONT N H 03779 41i]=w d..,,dg, rc/r. [tL--'-'-,Nowbookinglandscapeprojectst . many times and nothing  ff LISTINGS / RQAD NH wATS (800) 542-5371 I Ik Spring 83 through November , happened. NH03784 V'TWATS(800)258-9717 , L -- No sales tax at nursery 603-272-5864 i Wright went through court  SEE PAGE FIVE J , , (please turn to page 20. I rtnRAL Flowers for all occasion ---- [ IlbV Fresh, silk and dried I MEADOW VIEW AUTO BODY SHOP LON? STEM ROSES $I.0O EACH 1 From a dent to a complete collision. Free insurance estimates. Low labor rate. All work guaranteed. Call I The Antique Touch John. 802-333-9655. i,,,mlt PLAIN, BRAOFORD, MERMONT lU.IM|-4JHI/ Lliveries lL'fk}lu I Cross Road & Rt. 113. West Falrlee. Vt. i! i!/ A Borden Walker gets right down to new furniture orders during last week' s He has been in Woodsvtlle for 47 years. T. Borden IFalker Still involved in V,alley WOODSVILLE-- The place many years and just last week the Caledonian Record back in Some background. TBW was a madhouse last Saturday celebrated his 28th year of 1930, and the name stuck, was bornin Inverness, Quebec and crowds entered the dealing out of his present More than several times, in 1913 to a family of eight. modest building on Route 10 to location there on Route 10. people came through the glass When nine years of age, his take advantage of some of the But before that place was doors of his shop on Route 10 family journied to Barnet, hundreds of specially priced built, Walker had set up shop and asked for the "Furniture where the family operated a items throughout the store. And inside, a rather tall, He outgrew the building District Governor for the after taking on a line of Lions and roamed the state tractors from Ford, built a looking at over 70 local clubs. storage shed in 1950 where his Over 40 years ago TBW and permanent shop is now and Pat Hill of Woodsville began decided four years later to add one of the top northern beaming man sallied forth talking, joking and dealing with the buyers. Indeed, he acted somewhat like a person who was attending a party and was greeting many long lost Lions member, sportsman, businessman friends. Enter from the left, one in a variety of buildings in Thomas Borden Walker; a Woedsville proper, selling sportsman, businessman, tractors, appliances and pillar of the church, political furniture to a devoted throng activist, advisor to governors, of followers throughout the dinner partner to four Connecticut River Valley. presidents, a champion of the When an adman from a Lions Club, Cottage Hospital newspaper several years ago devotee and a self proclaimed asked him to come up with a furniture king. slogan, he offered that he was T. Borden Walker has been the "furniture king of the selling furniture and ap- valley." That rang a bell in- pliances in Woodsville for side T. Borden, who wrote for King of the Valley." If T. Borden Walker is the Furniture King of the Valley, he certainly must be tagged as the Cottage Hospital King, and the Lions Club King and the NH Republican Party King... and a host of other accolades for this unselfish man. He has devoted more time to outside causes than a dozen people do in a lifetime. And he still runs the business. small dairy farm. In 1933 he was graduated from the old Macindoos Academy, working after that in St. Johnsbury at Gilman Motors. He came to Woodsville in 1935. He began selling cars for brother Harvey and nine years later he began selling for himself, originally from the Woodsville building where Clarke Business is now located. on and reconstruct the tractor shed. He moved into this headquarters on Dec. 4, 1954. He celebrated his 28th year anniversary on the exact date he opened his doors in 1954. But he has other interests, even though today he has stepped down from a number of outside activities. In 1941 he joined the Lions Club and served two terms as president. He was also named amateur basketball leagues in the country. Today, the league hosts a tourney in Woodsville and is a popular sporting event. Back then, when he and Hill began the program, he wanted some sports event for kids who couldn't afford college. The Lions Club have taken over the event and it survives in good stead to this day. In 1959 and 1960, Walker served the state Republicans as their chairman and became close friends with a multitude of governors and senators. He is known for his tight association with Wesley Powell and his family for many years. He has dined with Presidents Eisenhour, Nixon, Ford and Reagan. For someone like Walker who has penned prolific letters to many editors and publishers, he never really took the plunge into the deep waters of politics, except to seek and win one term as a Haverhill selectman. While in his 20's Walker remembers, he was one of the youngest selectmen ever in town. "I was asked by a bunch of the older folks to run, I did and won," he says. He liked being a selectman, learned how the town functions, served three years and got out. "I was too (please turn to page 13 NINg NAMMNIII! lyme Orford Perrnon Hov@r hI Woodvlle Bo,h YI|MONT Thevford Folrlee WeST Fo,rtee Orodford Corlnth T oD..hom Newbufy Wells Rver Ryegote GrO,On lISP 598340 her 49 ZII  i I ITEMS--Wreaths, toys, foods and clothing were recent Holiday Fair sponsored by the Cooperative Serving Over 48 Communities in Northern New Hampshire and Vermont " t t , Pio0000ia indicted for dru00 smugglin00 BRADFORD-- A former the subdivision. Since then, Bradford man has recently been indicted by a federal Grand Jury for continuing a criminal enterprise of selling cocaine. Joseph C. Pioggia, 37 was originally arrested last August and held on $500,000 bail. He was charged with the t.of a drug bustns t was of ars. He was arrested in Massachusetts. Last year, Pioggia and his wife purchased the 150-acre Hackett Hill property at Hacket Hill in Bradford, giving the name of Hacket Hill Realty Trust. The planning commission subsequently allowed homes to be con- structed on the property, by approving the subdivision asking for seven 10-acre lots. At the time, homes in the $90,000 range were planned for the family has sold their Bradford home and a number of Hackett Hill lots have been transferred to Massachusetts residents. The federal government has seized property owned by Pioggia on Martha's Vineyard. That and other PerOperties in Massachusetts valued at $1.$ million. An affidavit filed by a federal drug enforcement agent says testimony from the pilot of an airplane used in the operation was piloted between South America and New England. It alleges that he and the Bradford man flew twice a month to Florida to purchase cocaine. It says the operation over a seven month period earned Pioggia at least SleO,00o. The matter is slated for action in the U.S. District Court in Boston. Burton, Barry CommunityNUrsery School of Haverhill. The gala was held at the Woodavillecenter. aUen d h atcherv with search warrant; meetin00 in Warren by FLOYD R. RAY sidered as one of the better in WARREN--It could becalled the state, out of the eight fire officials enter Wright propert00 Coming Home party for hatcheries and rearing t Councilor Ray Burton and stations. I think it originated Fish and Game Director about 1909. The late Daniel " Charles Barry Nov. 20 at the McLinn was one of the first Town of- Robbins and State Fire record of any possible violation. He said an order of the results Marshall's Office investigator violations, compliance may be issued, if on-site inspection Darwin Lewis entered the He said they remained on violations exist. Owned by Ralph property. The team was also the property for over an hour. Savage said the state Perkins Place in accompanied by police otticer After they left, a sampling of agencies will be looking into if fire Walter R. George. the photographs were the matter because of recent which are in Savage said this week they processed and sent to the Fire complaints to the town from State laws. visited the property and met Marshall's office for neighbors and officials. In the was com- Wright. Savage said the group evaluation. He said the office past, Fire Chief Robbins had when, armed entered the house and took up of the Attorney General will expressed concern for both the and seizure to 50 photographs throughout also be looking into the safety of the neighborhood and Chief Stephen the property. He said the matter, to determine if any his men, should there be a fire Chief Bruce photographs will provide a state fire safety laws are in or problem at the property. BAIT ,& GUN SH'-OP---- |RADFORD V: I LIES -- 802-222-4506 day & night before gun season starts, for Fishing ticmm. Worms -- Owters-- Shin w_ C LEAN INCr.-AMMUN ITION r own ommo oi' the shop by oppointmm?. Exquisite Gowns ' l for your I ' , -, Weddinfl and Special Occasions [ | /llt\\; llh 'R,,.,/;,.,a o.,.s,.,o..w..,.=l li /  \\; l IIa Thur$.-Fri.-Sot.-Sun. 10-6 J irm Grooming Is An Art" WEEK BY APPOINTMENT Piermont N.H. Tel. 60272-5826 RAW FURS WANTED Deerskins, raccoons, fox, coyote, muskrat, mink and beaver -- CASH PAID. FAIRLEE GENERAL STORE Fairlee, Vermont 802-333-9407 Visit Our Model O.T.O OPEN8:30-5:O0 Mun. - 5,or. Sun. 12:30-500 PRE-CUT LOG HOMES and COMMERCIAL BUll.DINGS Telephone 802-584- 3336 The problem with the property erupted in mid November, when selectmen were visited by a contingent of neighbors and officials of the Woodsville precinct. They came forth with a multitude of complaints relative to storage of more than 300 gallons of flammable liquids, Wood piles, and other materials which, to them, made the property dangerous. Selectmen issued a letter to Wright, asking him to come to the next meeting to discuss the matter with the residents and officials. He agreed and at- tended the next meeting. The neighbors again aired their complaints and were consistent in their demand that someone do something to get the place cleaned up. They offered that it was both an eyesore and a safety problem. Wright told the neighbors and selectmen that the problem would not exist if they would just stay off his property. He said he at- tempted on many occasions to clean up the problem, but neighborhood youths would continue to break windows and smash up his property. He said be gave up trying to keep glass in. Wright indicated he would Town Hall. Ray Burton taught school in this town back in the late 1940's and a good teacher he was, and Director Barry was born and brought up in this town more than 40 years ago. But the tone of the meeting could not in all cases be called friendly. The meeting was to discuss the future of the Fish Hatchery here in Warren, which we have always con- and long time.managers of the facilities. The cold clear and ample supply of water made for good fish raising. This action came about because the federal govern- ment has given the state a large federal hatchery in Berlin. According to figures and budgets, the powers that be maintain that the state can close five of its present (please turn to page 20 "INVISIBLE REWEAVING For The Reoair Of Woolen Garments L.D. MONTAGUE, BRADFORD, VT. 802-222-4026 Nimble Thimble Fabric Shop DECEMBER HOURS Monday-Thursday: 10-5 Friday: 10-7 Saturday: 10-3 BANK STREET 802-222-4516 BRADFORD. VT. December 8, 1982 Bradford :Chamber settin00z out busy holiday schedule BRADFORD-- It's time to get into the spirit of Christmas! The Bradford Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring several holiday activities throughout the community this Christmas season. You may have noticed the new derations along Main street this year, beautiful double- sided balsam wreaths made by the local Methodist Women's Group and pur- chased by the Chamber to help decorate the village streets. And the Bradford Academy building, where our town offices are located, has been beautifully lighted and trimmed with wreaths and garlands, with a lovely, large tree on the lawn. Our thanks to the local nursery school children who helped make the decorations that are hanging on this tree. The Chamber of Commerce is also sponsoring a Christmas lighting contest in which all residents are invited to par- ticipate. There will be two divisions, residences and businesses, with cash prizes awarded to the top three winners in eaeh category; for first place; $I5 second place and $10 third place. All lighting displays must be completed by Dec. 15 for judging by a committee. Entry forms are available at many downtown stores, and winners will be announced on Dec. 19 at another community Christmas event, a carol sing at the Bradford Public library. Winners will also be notified and recognized in the Journal Opinion. On Dec. 19 there will be a community Christmas carol (please turn to page 20 Great Gifts For Christmas =The Happy Hour Gift Shop===y0000. HOURS Mon.-Sm. 10-5 MAIN ST. Sen. } 2-3 WELLS RIVER, VT i SAVE i OOPE' aun FACTORY u,J00nu OUTLET 150 Yd [ ON MOST ITF.I/ I RT. 25 BRADFORD, VT.222-4771 materials, but offe,d the  PRESENTS 1 " SFF" OUR HUGF MONEY SAVING E CHiP STOCKS Landscaping neighbors should have come to I ,v ROAD  him first. They answered that  1 /PRIME TIME NETWORKI CHRISTMAS AD :':<,-. CLINT SWIFT they have spoken with him i '  PIERMONT N H 03779 41i]=w d..,,dg, rc/r. [tL--'-'-,Nowbookinglandscapeprojectst . many times and nothing  ff LISTINGS / RQAD NH wATS (800) 542-5371 IIk Spring 83 through November , happened. NH03784 V'TWATS(800)258-9717 , L -- No sales tax at nursery 603-272-5864 i Wright went through court  SEE PAGE FIVE J , , (please turn to page 20. I rtnRAL Flowers for all occasion ---- [ IlbV Fresh, silk and dried I MEADOW VIEW AUTO BODY SHOP LON? STEM ROSES $I.0O EACH 1 From a dent to a complete collision. Free insurance estimates. Low labor rate. All work guaranteed. Call I The Antique Touch John. 802-333-9655. i,,,mlt PLAIN, BRAOFORD, MERMONT lU.IM|-4JHI/ Lliveries lL'fk}lu I Cross Road & Rt. 113. West Falrlee. Vt.