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i  i: BIG EYES--Meghan Ackerman of Groton con- templates an answer for Santa's question, during a recent visit from the North Pole. Local Santa among the "best NEWBURY-- The small child sat quietly on his knee. She remained speechless, only nodding her head up and down. She turned away from his huge, smiling face and eyed her mother. Her mother smiled gently, assuring the child that the man upon whose knee she was perched, was a kindly old gent, who laughed until his stomach shook like a bowl full of jelly. "Santa ,Claus" she finally muttered, "I want a Strawberry Daiquiri and a postcard from the North Pole." And that was what the little girl asked Santa Claus for that evening. A strange request? Not really for our pal Santa Claus, who, in these parts, has 99 handled more difficult requests than that. Our Santa Claus, the one we foll- owed around last week and will follow this week is about as real as can he. And he has had lots of experience ! For the sake of withholding some classified information about the travels and specific locations of Our Santa Claus, let us just say that he a popular guy in the area. Lest a young believer gets hold of this article and finds out something we would rather they didn't, Our Santa Claus could possibly be only a Santa's Helper. Keep a secret He is a real Santa Claus. He is a compassionate Santa Claus, an understanding Santa Claus and we believe in him. Gerry E. Brooks, known to most as GB, is a quick-change artist who will don the red suit, flowing white beard, climb aboard his sleigh at least a dozen times before he sets out in earnest dropping off toys to all the good little boys and girls next weekend. Our Jolly Old Saint Nick began his Santa career 15 years ago, when he volun- teered for a Santa part up in Lyndonville. He played the part so well and received so many good comments, that GB decided to stay with it. "A very seasonal thing," GB tells us about his Santa routine. "About as seasonal as my pal, the tinsel salesman." But seasonal or not, Gerry Elwyn Brooks is, by far, the best looking Santa around..' He is meticulous about his make-up. Rosy cheeks are in order and none of that thick head of brown hair is allowed to be seen, so he takes extra time tucking here and there to hide everything. When a photographer went to shoot a recent session at Toy World in Woodsville, he thought maybe Santa was someone else. He was astounded to see the transformation Brooks had made. He had even disguised his voice. GB was a well-known radio voice and with the Santa role, he has had to be careful not to blow his cover, ttis voice under the Santa wrap is very much different than his non- Christmas voice. He is yet to be discovered. Playing Santa Claus in the local schools and at selected businesses in the area is a real love of Gerry Brooks. He enjoys talking with the children and adults. He is called upon to come out of his North Pole trappings there in Newbury and visit with senior citizens, preschoolers and others in a wide range of locations. He arrives by private ear, by fire truck and even a dog sled. He has a following of many parents, who like the consistency of having their child visit with a Santa who is so much like the real one, it fakes out the best of them. (please turn to page 10) USP 59349 Number 51 OUTLOOK--Dana O'Donnell of Bradford, who will be leaving soon fol: Medical Center to receive a heart transplant. raffle off f6,r good firleewoman $50 each to the public. The private property. to call off her lucky winner would get her State officials proclaimed saying response house, that her raffle was illegal and was short Since that day in August, cited her for court ap- to save the she has had resistance from pearance. She has refused to ure. various officials and recently say exactly how many tickets has had her plead not guilty in the Orange were purchased, but said she since she an- County District Court in intended to offer 1,000 tickets last summer Chelsea that she advertised at$5Oeach. Lg tickets at plans to hold a raffle on her She indicated that money collected by her in the sale of the raffle tickets will be paid back by check soon. Serving 0vet 48 Communities in Northern New Hampshire and Vermont " Heart transplant necessar00 December 20, 198Z State orders Wright to make property safe been in favor of a heart ansplant for Dana, since it was learned that his prognis was not good. And with his decreasing prospect of ac- small apartment ina home on do now, because the cold where he will soon receive a earn money for him and his Saddleback road. He cannot winter air makes it difficult heart transplant. He has been wife, hut through a series of safely go outside, nor can he for this young man to breath ill for more than four years hospitalizations, he has expend energy to climb stairs and he knows it is imperative with a serious heart problem, steadily grown worse and has to his second story residence, that he not catch cold. something which has finally reached the decision to So, he watches a good deal Dana O'Donnell is eagerly prevented him from leading a travel west for the transplant. of television, spends hour and anticipating his trip across the normal or active life. His doctor at the Cottage ttospital in Woodsville has agreed. Other problems But there are many problems with this medical procedure. With the development of a new drug recently, transplants are now becoming p(pular with several medical centers and top medical people in the country are gearing up to perform them once again. And what about the money? BRADFORD-- Dana hours taping music. And he country to Stamford He has worked, off and on, tivity, he finally faced the O'Donnell is confined to a cooks. That isaboutallhecan University Medical Center, attempting to stay busy and issue of a transplant and prior to West Coast Trip Stamford will assist the young BradfOrd patient with the transplant, but that generous plan still leaves about $40,000 needed for pre-transplant care. That is where the loc.al people entered Dana O*DonnelFs problem and a huge fund-raising effort is under way in the area,  that was  only last by his doctor, Laurel LyonS, Through her untiring el- (please turn to page 14. WOODSVILLE-- State Fire directly involved with getting be taken within thirty days of Investigator Darwin C. Lewis this week issued an order of compliance to Ralph Wright of 3 Perkins Place demanding the property be brought up to safety standards so they do not threaten property, lives and safety of the public. Lewis had the cease and desist order from the Department of Safety issued in hand by the Grafton County Sheriff's Office. Service was made early on Tuesday morning, Dec. 14. The order stipulates that Wright will have 30 days to correct 11 deficiencies noted in the order by Lewis. If Wright does not effect the changes by that time limit, Lewis said he will be forced to take further legal steps. The problem at the Wright property goes hack three years, when in 1978, Wright was hauled into court by the town for maintaining a fire and safety hazard on the same premises, tie lost his case and was fined and ordered to clean up the property. In early November, Fire Chief Bruce Robbins, the Woodsville Commissioners and several residents of the Perkins Place locale went before selectmen to complain that Wright was again maintaining an unattractive and dangerous nuisance. They told selectmen they were worried about fire in the area because a large amount of flammable materials and liquids had since found their way onto the property. the premises cleaned up and put into a safe condition. They said they wanted to see bow successful Rohbins would be with his quest to get the property up to standards. Robbins went directly to the Fire Marshall's office and a short time later with police at hand, entered the dilapidated property armed with a search warrant. They toured the property for over one hour, documenting their findings with a set of 60 photographs. Lewis subsequently this week released his findings of the inspection. Lewis said he found the building to be especially liable to fire and in that the house is situated near other properties, excess amounts of hazardous materials presents a dangerous situation to the lives, property and safety of the public. He said a "very dangerous fire hazard con- dillon" exists. lewis ordered Wright to take appropriate measures to protect the lives and property of the public and that his corrective measures shall be to the satisfaction of the Department of Safety in Concord: lewis said if Wright is aggravated with his order of compliance, he may, within 14 days, file a petition with the Superior Court for a review. The order follows: Due to the fact that Mr. Wright has large quantities of combustible and flammable material stored both outside and inside the building at 3 See Pa00e 7 After hearing the cam- Perkins Street in Woodsville, 's -----'--ion_- plaints, selectmen handed the New Hampshire, the following ball to Robbins, rather than be are appropriate measures to Flowers for all oeca A .- ___Fresh' silk and dried "1 I: Funding approved for radar /-nIlque jzotlC, v HAVERHILL-- In an effort to Savage as "a tremendous will be putting a speed VeeMONT n.-4se mv,rs lekla combat what is termed by speeding problem." the detection radar unit into HOLIDAY STARS--Holiday lights sparkle in the darkness at a well lighted home on Route 10 in N. Police Chief Stephen C. Haverhill Police Department service. Haverhill._ , CANDLES 1 The radar application for federal fundingwasapproved PRESENTS 1 r BLUE CHIP STOCKS Pillars -- ColorfuI Tapers and accessories fr I MEADOW VIEW AUTOFreeBODY by selectmen and the New eorating, , I From a dent too complete collision, insurance Hampshire Highway Safety upS--! /PRIME TIME NETWORK] 1 GLINT SWIFT Happy Hour Gift Sho00J ' estimates. Low labor rate. ,all work guaranteed. Call Agency last month.  IV LISTINGS i [ John. 802.333-95. A grant for half of the $2056. NH WAT$ (800) 42.7t tOtS N'ii't''0" WELLS RIVER' 'I L CrossRoad&Rt.l13,WestFairlee, Vt. unit was provided by New  SEE PAGE FIVE ] / ,.,s,=),,,, Hampshire Highway Safety.  _ .t - The remaining money was .... ' ..... - Oak Ledge Farm "Where Dog Grooming ._Is An Arl" ' 1 DAYS A WEEK BY APPOINTMENT. RE. 10 & 25, Piermont, N.H. Tel. (603) 272-5826 l rl::i .... raised through several private M: Landscapinq00"00 donations, police raffles, and the annual police-fire auction, j  RIVER ROAD Savage told the Journal i PIERMONT N H 03779 '-_: Opinion that the police I av'a'-:'Nw hnokg landeeape praje_ets f'"" ,d ' department raises money for j Spring 83 through November , a needed piece of equipment . [  NO sales tax at nursery 603-272-$864 "i (please turn to page 15 Visit Our Model OPEN e,30-s,0o .t- ks. sin. ;0.S0 ,. CO U U+Elh[il' ' tOx 126 Groton, Vermont 05046 Telephone 802-584-333 this order. Failure to do so will force this office to take further legal steps. I. Remove all combustible and flammable material of any kind that is presently stored outside of said building on the premises, including material on the porches, (Furniture, wooden boxes, cardboard, clothing,' flam- mable liquids, etc.) 2. if said building is to con- tinue in use in its present capacity, as a store house, then said building shall be in accordance with the 1976 No. 101 Life Safety Code, on (please turn to page 15 Cohase Lions give $10,000 .for heart WOODSVILLE The Cohase funds was put in motion by Lions Club of Woodsville- O'Donnell's doctor, Laurel Wells Rivei" has approved a Lyons who told the Journal $10,000 cash donation to assist Opinion this week that a Bradford man in gaining a Stamford will assist with heart transplant, paying for the transplant, but The monies will be used as the Medicare system will not part of a required sum of pay for any pre4ransplant $40,000 needed to send Dana medical care including car- O'Donnell of Saddleback road disc catheterization and in Bradford to Stamford everything else necessary University Medical Center for prior to the operation. the heart transplant. Lyons said a minimum of The recent effort to raise the $40,000 line of credit is needed for the go ahead to be given for the operation. "We are trying to raise enough money to meet that amount," Lyons said. "We have approached the Lions and after a special meeting last week, they voted to give $10,000. And the Rotary has been contacted for help, too," Lyons added. She offered that her fund- raising race has managed to include several people who (please turn to page 15 ,% Bradford man lives quiet life i  i: BIG EYES--Meghan Ackerman of Groton con- templates an answer for Santa's question, during a recent visit from the North Pole. Local Santa among the "best NEWBURY-- The small child sat quietly on his knee. She remained speechless, only nodding her head up and down. She turned away from his huge, smiling face and eyed her mother. Her mother smiled gently, assuring the child that the man upon whose knee she was perched, was a kindly old gent, who laughed until his stomach shook like a bowl full of jelly. "Santa ,Claus" she finally muttered, "I want a Strawberry Daiquiri and a postcard from the North Pole." And that was what the little girl asked Santa Claus for that evening. A strange request? Not really for our pal Santa Claus, who, in these parts, has 99 handled more difficult requests than that. Our Santa Claus, the one we foll- owed around last week and will follow this week is about as real as can he. And he has had lots of experience ! For the sake of withholding some classified information about the travels and specific locations of Our Santa Claus, let us just say that he a popular guy in the area. Lest a young believer gets hold of this article and finds out something we would rather they didn't, Our Santa Claus could possibly be only a Santa's Helper. Keep a secret He is a real Santa Claus. He is a compassionate Santa Claus, an understanding Santa Claus and we believe in him. Gerry E. Brooks, known to most as GB, is a quick-change artist who will don the red suit, flowing white beard, climb aboard his sleigh at least a dozen times before he sets out in earnest dropping off toys to all the good little boys and girls next weekend. Our Jolly Old Saint Nick began his Santa career 15 years ago, when he volun- teered for a Santa part up in Lyndonville. He played the part so well and received so many good comments, that GB decided to stay with it. "A very seasonal thing," GB tells us about his Santa routine. "About as seasonal as my pal, the tinsel salesman." But seasonal or not, Gerry Elwyn Brooks is, by far, the best looking Santa around..' He is meticulous about his make-up. Rosy cheeks are in order and none of that thick head of brown hair is allowed to be seen, so he takes extra time tucking here and there to hide everything. When a photographer went to shoot a recent session at Toy World in Woodsville, he thought maybe Santa was someone else. He was astounded to see the transformation Brooks had made. He had even disguised his voice. GB was a well-known radio voice and with the Santa role, he has had to be careful not to blow his cover, ttis voice under the Santa wrap is very much different than his non- Christmas voice. He is yet to be discovered. Playing Santa Claus in the local schools and at selected businesses in the area is a real love of Gerry Brooks. He enjoys talking with the children and adults. He is called upon to come out of his North Pole trappings there in Newbury and visit with senior citizens, preschoolers and others in a wide range of locations. He arrives by private ear, by fire truck and even a dog sled. He has a following of many parents, who like the consistency of having their child visit with a Santa who is so much like the real one, it fakes out the best of them. (please turn to page 10) USP 59349 Number 51 OUTLOOK--Dana O'Donnell of Bradford, who will be leaving soon fol: Medical Center to receive a heart transplant. raffle off f6,r good firleewoman $50 each to the public. The private property. to call off her lucky winner would get her State officials proclaimed saying response house, that her raffle was illegal and was short Since that day in August, cited her for court ap- to save the she has had resistance from pearance. She has refused to ure. various officials and recently say exactly how many tickets has had her plead not guilty in the Orange were purchased, but said she since she an- County District Court in intended to offer 1,000 tickets last summer Chelsea that she advertised at$5Oeach. Lg tickets at plans to hold a raffle on her She indicated that money collected by her in the sale of the raffle tickets will be paid back by check soon. Serving 0vet 48 Communities in Northern New Hampshire and Vermont " Heart transplant necessar00 December 20, 198Z State orders Wright to make property safe been in favor of a heart ansplant for Dana, since it was learned that his prognis was not good. And with his decreasing prospect of ac- small apartment ina home on do now, because the cold where he will soon receive a earn money for him and his Saddleback road. He cannot winter air makes it difficult heart transplant. He has been wife, hut through a series of safely go outside, nor can he for this young man to breath ill for more than four years hospitalizations, he has expend energy to climb stairs and he knows it is imperative with a serious heart problem, steadily grown worse and has to his second story residence, that he not catch cold. something which has finally reached the decision to So, he watches a good deal Dana O'Donnell is eagerly prevented him from leading a travel west for the transplant. of television, spends hour and anticipating his trip across the normal or active life. His doctor at the Cottage ttospital in Woodsville has agreed. Other problems But there are many problems with this medical procedure. With the development of a new drug recently, transplants are now becoming p(pular with several medical centers and top medical people in the country are gearing up to perform them once again. And what about the money? BRADFORD-- Dana hours taping music. And he country to Stamford He has worked, off and on, tivity, he finally faced the O'Donnell is confined to a cooks. That isaboutallhecan University Medical Center, attempting to stay busy and issue of a transplant and prior to West Coast Trip Stamford will assist the young BradfOrd patient with the transplant, but that generous plan still leaves about $40,000 needed for pre-transplant care. That is where the loc.al people entered Dana O*DonnelFs problem and a huge fund-raising effort is under way in the area,  that was  only last by his doctor, Laurel LyonS, Through her untiring el- (please turn to page 14. WOODSVILLE-- State Fire directly involved with getting be taken within thirty days of Investigator Darwin C. Lewis this week issued an order of compliance to Ralph Wright of 3 Perkins Place demanding the property be brought up to safety standards so they do not threaten property, lives and safety of the public. Lewis had the cease and desist order from the Department of Safety issued in hand by the Grafton County Sheriff's Office. Service was made early on Tuesday morning, Dec. 14. The order stipulates that Wright will have 30 days to correct 11 deficiencies noted in the order by Lewis. If Wright does not effect the changes by that time limit, Lewis said he will be forced to take further legal steps. The problem at the Wright property goes hack three years, when in 1978, Wright was hauled into court by the town for maintaining a fire and safety hazard on the same premises, tie lost his case and was fined and ordered to clean up the property. In early November, Fire Chief Bruce Robbins, the Woodsville Commissioners and several residents of the Perkins Place locale went before selectmen to complain that Wright was again maintaining an unattractive and dangerous nuisance. They told selectmen they were worried about fire in the area because a large amount of flammable materials and liquids had since found their way onto the property. the premises cleaned up and put into a safe condition. They said they wanted to see bow successful Rohbins would be with his quest to get the property up to standards. Robbins went directly to the Fire Marshall's office and a short time later with police at hand, entered the dilapidated property armed with a search warrant. They toured the property for over one hour, documenting their findings with a set of 60 photographs. Lewis subsequently this week released his findings of the inspection. Lewis said he found the building to be especially liable to fire and in that the house is situated near other properties, excess amounts of hazardous materials presents a dangerous situation to the lives, property and safety of the public. He said a "very dangerous fire hazard con- dillon" exists. lewis ordered Wright to take appropriate measures to protect the lives and property of the public and that his corrective measures shall be to the satisfaction of the Department of Safety in Concord: lewis said if Wright is aggravated with his order of compliance, he may, within 14 days, file a petition with the Superior Court for a review. The order follows: Due to the fact that Mr. Wright has large quantities of combustible and flammable material stored both outside and inside the building at 3 See Pa00e 7 After hearing the cam- Perkins Street in Woodsville, 's -----'--ion_- plaints, selectmen handed the New Hampshire, the following ball to Robbins, rather than be are appropriate measures to Flowers for all oeca A .- ___Fresh' silk and dried "1 I: Funding approved for radar /-nIlque jzotlC, v HAVERHILL-- In an effort to Savage as "a tremendous will be putting a speed VeeMONT n.-4se mv,rs lekla combat what is termed by speeding problem." the detection radar unit into HOLIDAY STARS--Holiday lights sparkle in the darkness at a well lighted home on Route 10 in N. Police Chief Stephen C. Haverhill Police Department service. Haverhill._ , CANDLES 1 The radar application for federal fundingwasapproved PRESENTS 1 r BLUE CHIP STOCKS Pillars -- ColorfuI Tapers and accessories fr I MEADOW VIEW AUTOFreeBODY by selectmen and the New eorating, , I From a dent too complete collision, insurance Hampshire Highway Safety upS--! /PRIME TIME NETWORK] 1 GLINT SWIFT Happy Hour Gift Sho00J ' estimates. Low labor rate. ,all work guaranteed. Call Agency last month.  IV LISTINGS i [ John. 802.333-95. A grant for half of the $2056. NH WAT$ (800) 42.7t tOtS N'ii't''0" WELLS RIVER' 'I L CrossRoad&Rt.l13,WestFairlee, Vt. unit was provided by New  SEE PAGE FIVE ] / ,.,s,=),,,, Hampshire Highway Safety.  _ .t - The remaining money was .... ' ..... - Oak Ledge Farm "Where Dog Grooming ._Is An Arl" ' 1 DAYS A WEEK BY APPOINTMENT. RE. 10 & 25, Piermont, N.H. Tel. (603) 272-5826 l rl::i .... raised through several private M: Landscapinq00"00 donations, police raffles, and the annual police-fire auction, j  RIVER ROAD Savage told the Journal i PIERMONT N H 03779 '-_: Opinion that the police I av'a'-:'Nw hnokg landeeape praje_ets f'"" ,d ' department raises money for j Spring 83 through November , a needed piece of equipment . [  NO sales tax at nursery 603-272-$864 "i (please turn to page 15 Visit Our Model OPEN e,30-s,0o .t- ks. sin. ;0.S0 ,. CO U U+Elh[il' ' tOx 126 Groton, Vermont 05046 Telephone 802-584-333 this order. Failure to do so will force this office to take further legal steps. I. Remove all combustible and flammable material of any kind that is presently stored outside of said building on the premises, including material on the porches, (Furniture, wooden boxes, cardboard, clothing,' flam- mable liquids, etc.) 2. if said building is to con- tinue in use in its present capacity, as a store house, then said building shall be in accordance with the 1976 No. 101 Life Safety Code, on (please turn to page 15 Cohase Lions give $10,000 .for heart WOODSVILLE The Cohase funds was put in motion by Lions Club of Woodsville- O'Donnell's doctor, Laurel Wells Rivei" has approved a Lyons who told the Journal $10,000 cash donation to assist Opinion this week that a Bradford man in gaining a Stamford will assist with heart transplant, paying for the transplant, but The monies will be used as the Medicare system will not part of a required sum of pay for any pre4ransplant $40,000 needed to send Dana medical care including car- O'Donnell of Saddleback road disc catheterization and in Bradford to Stamford everything else necessary University Medical Center for prior to the operation. the heart transplant. Lyons said a minimum of The recent effort to raise the $40,000 line of credit is needed for the go ahead to be given for the operation. "We are trying to raise enough money to meet that amount," Lyons said. "We have approached the Lions and after a special meeting last week, they voted to give $10,000. And the Rotary has been contacted for help, too," Lyons added. She offered that her fund- raising race has managed to include several people who (please turn to page 15 ,% Bradford man lives quiet life