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Page 4-The Journal Opinion-December 20, 1982 , EAST PUBLISHING COMPANY, Inc. Publisher of Journal i Opinion Wnklv NWSMPer Peklbked in Ike41h t Verment. $ebscripflen fetes VermeOt end New Hemplhire - $9.00 #e Turf $6.$0 fer six n;elks; evt of state - $12.00 per l, nr mid $7.00 fer six mQnths; Se#ler citizen dtscent SLOe, $ecemll cJo|| PeslOlte  st |llford, Vermeat 0$053. Peb6sked by Nertkees! Pvblisktq Cempeny, Inc., P.O. hx 375, |mdfenL Bradford g02.222-5281 Robert F. Huminski President & Publisher g Woodsville An Independent Newspaper 603-74 7-2016 =: . : := i illll Illlll Ill II' II I . III Ill t Bill Green and the Rare Bird and Animal Farm (part 2) his Mercury car and Queenie When Queenie got to be room. When a chambermaid One time Dr. Blaisdell went in to clean the room, she was called to look at a (William Green, founder of the Rare Bird and Animal Farm in Fairlee, was also well known in both North and South America as a big game hunter, both as a guide for sportsmen and as a hunter of predators such as mountain lions, beas and jaguars. In : the early 1940's Bill came to Orfordville, which became the home base for his hunting expeditions. His work of collecting and training animals grew to the point where he expanded by building the Rare Bird and 'Animal Farm in Fairlee in 1954. Besides putting on !animal performances here, Bill took shows on the road i with the Shrine Circus, and Jfrequently appeared on ; television with his performing jumped right in and rode all about 16 years old, she began the way to Orfordville. acting somewhat like a People used to come and rebellious teenager -- which, watch Qneenie being trained indeed, she was. Besides but one of the hardest parts maturing, she was also cutting of her training was getting her her molar teeth, and they to give up eating gruel pained her so much that she (cereal) and begin eating solid kept chewing onto things and food. breaking off pieces of her Mter the Animal Farm teeth. She gotso rambunctious was set up in Fairlee, Queenie that she would keep breaking was a regular participant in her chains. She eventually the shows, along with Bill's was sold and went to daughter, Elisaheth. They Michigan. She is too big to also traveled with the Shrine water-ski now. Circus, Queenie being tran- sported in a trailer when she Caesar, the cheetah got too big for the car. Another of Bill's trained Queenie learned to water- animals was a cheetah named ski on the Indian River in Caesar, who actually was Florida. She traveled ex- quite a family pet. They used tensively doing this act, and to lead him around on a leash. everything went fine, except Visitors to the Greens' house for one time when she was would find Caesar in the living doing a water-skiing show in room taking a nap on the sofa. ......... ' ---. animals.) Pittsburg and was tipped over Cheetahs are said to be Editorial bY a wave from a passing the fastest-running animals on Queenie, the water-skiing boat, and almost drowned, earth, and when Caesar was elephant There were docks all along the three years old they clocked Bill's most unusual at- river, and no place she could him at 72.3 miles per hour. , traction was Queenie, one of climb out, so they finally had Eddie Green tells about Support ur/zed for the world's first water-skiing elephants. He had bought her in 1953 when she was about six months old and only 32 inches high. Bill took the hack seat of to get a derrick with a sling to one time when his father was rescue her. In the meantime, at a sportsmen's show in she held the end of her trunk Boston. He took Caesar with up out of the water so she him, but while preparing the could breathe, exhibit he left him in the hotel Dr. BiaisdeH de-scenting skunks with the help of Bill Green--with comments by ill Bradford man A young Bradford man hopes to talked with O'Donnell about his leave the area on January 3, and future. He is eagerly looking forward travel by car out to the west coast, to the operation, hoping it will render where he will attempt to get a place to him stronger and more healthy than stay near the Stamford University he is now. Medical Center in California. At present, he is unable to work and The reason for his trip will be to it would be dangerous for him to go eventually be admitted to the Medical outside, for the winter air makes Center and undergo a heart {ran- breathing difficult. His only activities splant, a necessary procedure, in that at  point, include watching the young man has a very serious television and taping music. heart ailment. After spending some time with O'Donnell, we came away with a Dana O'Donnell, 26 of Saddleback feeling of immense pride in his road has been suffering with a serious courage. This young man has been cardio myopathy and has finally seriously ill for a long period and now agreed with his Woodsville doctor to he has made a big decision to go undergo the transplant in an attempt ahead with a heart transplant. All of to improve his failing heart, the unknowns ahead have not daunted Although the Medical Center ap- his courage and spirit. proved his entry for the operation just With tha bold decision, he will be one week ago, a massive fund-raising required to post a $40,000 line of saw Caesar and passed out. The manager called the police, and Bill and Caesar were evicted from the hotel. However, it did make the front pages of the Boston papers, giving them a lot of free publicity. Dr. Blalsdell's recollections Dr. Edwin Blaisdell of Canadian lynx whose legs all were swollen. He found that each leg had a piece of wire around it. The lynx had come from a trapper in the Yukon. When trappers first took lynx from their traps, they had to wire their feet together, because the lynx would chew off anything else used to tie them shipped them crates, by The hyena started trying to out of the crate, was lined with had gotten as far when the driver turn his head the hyena him, with blood his mouth from tin of the crate. .'  KATHAKINE BI.AISDELL North Haverhill used to come to the Animal Farm when a veterinarian was needed. He says that whenever they had to give medicine to Queenie, they would put it into a banana. When the emu (a big bird similar to an ostrich) was sick, Bill would "hypnotize" it by stroking its neck; then it would let them do anything to it that they needed to. The zebras were very hard to handle, and Dr. Blaisdell remembers one time when he was trimming a zebra's foot and got kicked a lot harder than he ever wanted to he kicked. When they had to work on a mountain lion, they put it into a squeeze box. Whenever they came to the old male named Tommy, he would rub his head on the bars, and how he would purr -- with a big purr that compared to his size. Tommy lived to be probably the oldest mountain lion in captivity, over 20 years old. As litters of mountain lion cubs came along, some of them were brought up to the animal hospital in North Haverhill to be surgically with. But evidently when they got this particular lynx into camp, they just cut the wires between the legs, and not the loops around the legs -- but after the wire was discovered and removed the legs came along alright. This was an unusual circumstance, and they would have made sure it never happened again. One time Dr. Blaisdell was running a trap line of his own around the Haverhill area and happened to catch an otter. He thought they might like to have it at the Animal Farm, so he called Chet French, who came right up and maneuvered the otter into a grainbag, then put it inside another grainbag for double security. In the early days at Orfordville, Bill wanted a skunk descented. It was the first time Dr. Blaisdell had done this operation, but it went well, and the scent glands came out whole, with no spilling of the powerful fluid inside. One of Dr. Blaisdell's assistants for the operation was his young brother-in-law, James Frizzell (your writer's brother), and The driver ] just about to d jumped out and rl to call the Ani| Chester was picked up some rushed to the The driver excited that he keys in the locked the slamming it shul out. They back door of the a key had broken off in had to jimmy the open. Using a as a shield path toward the truck, then set up front. He also windshield so wouldn't try to it. Then, using bait, he got the for the cage would go in finally hind em By the time rounding up the crowd had gal the truck, and effort has been launched, where credit, something that is impossible Elizabeth. declawed and to have their they were still patting gleaned a lot - vaccinations. Of course it was themselves on the back for hopefully, $40,000 will be raised .to for him to do without some assistance a great thrill for the Blaisdell their odor-free operation -- in the attendance , provide pre-tranqpla  the public. ..........    ..... .'t .....  .............. .... ". children and their friends, when suddly.there,ros a weak.s, for O'Donnell. Many We urge the area to continue their fx lf31"I "] "L'--- 1O'F'/', ............... "-- ' , having the mountain lion eubs trfi*esthk.Dringsurgery, ,n t.e -- and *.e *00remov00glands.adb00n organizations and residents have response to the fund-raising effort (] never had a chance to get dropped onto a piece of [ pledged securities and cash for the ---.t.-,,,, L.L[,LI newspaper on the ground -- lonesome. Through the Oplaced in motion by his doctor, Laurel Caesar the cheetah also and then after the operation Bill was gone fund./ ''  [ "0 Lyons, thereby making a new lease on i O I   '][  'l'xtS' had to be declawed to make was all done, Jimmy stepped rnad trips witha A. him safer to handle. Dr. ontheml that his wife Bett} The Journal Opinion has recently life a reality for this brave man. Blaisdell performed the Whenever the lion had an much of the res the Ed-t-r 00Sdv operation, which was suc-ingrown toenail, they would running the AI: [ A k,k, qm--,m J- ,m "" cessful- but the anesthetic lassoo its foot and pull it while Chester F kept Caesar asleep for two through the bars of the cage to care of the animal days. An aesthesiologist from cut back the nail. Sometimes call from Florid er Screen, here we come! theDartmouthMedicaISchool ittookanhourtogetthelassoo structionsonship[ was called in to help wake on, as each time the lion got to various placeS Caesar up. He also con- smarter about avoiding it. for shows, such How much contributed to wildlife? To the Editor: In her letter to the editor of herd from a scabies outbreak, the Journal Opinion on Dec. 13 an appeal was made for public Bonnie Dodson announced her donations because this ex- new status as advisor to pensive operation had not Friends Of Animals, a "non- been budgeted. Sportsmen's profit animal rights" group groups, most of whom would based in New York City. never hunt bighorn sheep in In her brief explanation of New Mexico. contributed over FOA's "issues" she failed to $26,000. Matched 3 to 1 by mention that FOA are the Pittman-Robertson funds people who a few years ago (again sportsmen's money) brought suit in federal court to the necessary $100,000 to pay halt the function of the Pitt- the cost of the rescue man.Robertson Fund, a operation was raised. multimillion dollar per year Letters identical to the ones wildlife conservation and sent to the sportsmen were restoration program funded mailed to the "animal rights" by sportsmen's dollars. Why? groups, including Friends Of Apparently because it is Animals. Not one of them funded with sportsmen's contributed a single penny. dollars, Not one of them even had the Neither did she mention that courtesy to acknowledge the in 1979 when a massive letter. operation was mounted by the Because the animal rights New Mexico Fish and Game groups do enjoy tax-exempt Department to rescue the San status and because they solicit Andres desert bighorn sheep money from the public, their federal income tax returns are available for public in- spection. We have several of them in our file and we don't think they are very flattering to people who want to "help animals". Since 1940 American sportsmen have contributed over $3.6 billion, yes that's billions of dollars, to wildlife conservation. If you write Bonnie for more information about FOA we suggest you ask her how much they have contributed to any kind of constructive wildlife program in Vermont or New Hamp- shire or anywhere else for that matter, in the last 40 years. Howard Young Lyme Center, N.H. National Drunk and Drugged Driving Awareness Week To the Editor: Vietnam War. A resolution was issued by -- It's the number one high- the 97th Congress 1982 to he way killer of all the highway observed during the week of accidents resulting from Dec. 12 as "National Drunk drinking and use of drugs, and Drugged Driving 250,000 were killed and over Awareness Week." $656,000 seriously injured in Congressman Barnes along 1981 alone. with several others are very -- No other country has such concerned over their research a record when peace prevails. findings.A fewof theseare: Are we really interested in -- More people, many humanities for all or just for children, were killed in the other countries? last two years than in all of the Statistics show for every Haverhill District Court news dollar received from the tax revenues, many more are used to clean up the mess caused by drug use. Is that why our taxes are increasing at such an alarming rate? They promised they would call the house if we were selected from the crowds at LaKe Morey to be a Hollywood star in the upcoming movie, The Survivors. This gem of the silver screen will be shot on location at the Lake Morey Inn area in Fairlee and will feature Robin Williams, Jerry Reed and Walter Mathau. We want that part. It all began late last week when we cruised down to the Inn and joined a CROWD there for our preliminary casting and wardrobe inquiry. We saw a lot of locals there, all flexing and preening for the male part in the world spectacular movie. We saw Tony, Alexander, Jim, Bob, Mike and even Richard there, all hoping to get the big call from the movie moguls assembled in Fairlee. Here is what they wanted: good looking outdoorsy kinds of guys to join Robin Williams and a plethora of chicks on the movie set. The movie guys and gals want outdoor, survival male statues that are strong and lean. They asked us questions like.., Do we own a Mercedes-Benz? Do we own survival equipment? Do we have a 4-Wheel Drive vehicle with a plow? Have we had outdoor experience? WOW. We fudged a little in those inquiries, but we doubt they came up with too many Mercedes-Benz vehicles. Lots of plows, we are sure. So, on with our audition. Our entire body was measured. Imagine that? They said it was for wardrobe requirements and we didn't mind a bit, after all we want to look GOOD on the screen. Then they shot a photo of our face. The photo told us to "look mean" so we shot a natural ex- pression and he laughed. "I said look mean, not stupid." We told him something not to be repeated here. But there were all types of guys there that night, cramming the Lake Morey full of more characters than have ever been assembled on one Northcountry movie lot ever. Tall ones, short ones, [at ones and slim people. Lots of beards, lots of smoothly shaved faces. Nice haircuts on some .... others with shoulder length hair. And the comments, you should have heard the comments. "Hey, there's Robert Redford." "Hey, there's Hollywood Mike." "Hollywood, here I come." "Hey, Goob, you gonna be in the movin pitchas?" And lots more that really shouldn't be printed here, either. The movie people were super. Even offered a nice selection of cheese, crackers and coffee to make us feel at home and take away those initial Hollywood jitters we had. We know there will be some mighty surprised folks when and if they are selected to do their thing on the set with big Hollywood stars. Some were saying . . . "Imagine, this could be the start of something big." But to be realistie,Lthey won't be picking that many sinewy, husky and lusty guys for those parts. And there must have been over 1,000 durable, able-bodied hardy boys who responded to the plea. Imagine, when the movie opens and all the folks from the area see their pals on the silver screen. Maybe in the crowd will be a big movie agent, looking for a real brawny type for another movie. And what if he should spot one of us for the leading role, to play across from one of those really beautiful Hollywood gals. . . IMAGINE THAT? Oh, well, we have to cut this short, the telephone is ringing. tributed the observation that the big cats are much more susceptible to certain anesthetics than are domestic cats, and have to be given unbelievably small doses. Special delivery One time, the Animal Farm was Shipping a hyena and a Mexican javelina pig to a zoo in New York State. They Sportsmen's Chester for awhile 1965, then sold Vietje, who operation until Le00lature to consider belt KEENE-- State Senate Agency told the membership President Vesta Roy will of the New Hampshire Safety introduce legislation which Council meeting in Keene the mandates the use of auto bill has received the en- safety restraints for children dorsement of at least 50 age five and under, a state organizations throughout the highway safety specialist said state and said he is confident it this week. will become law. Burton E. Nichols, program manager for the New Ham- The bill says, in part: "No pshire Highway Safety child less than five years of Vermont clmnl00 dmvn MONTPELIER-- Debt collectors may not use harassing deceptive methods when attempting to collect debts, Attorney General John Easton said recently. Easton's remarks stem from final settlement of his Public Protection Division's lawsuit against Credit Management Service of Montpelier. A judgment order prohibits Credit Management from harassing, threatening or abusing alleged debtors. The order also enjoins Credit Management from threatening legal action that is not intended to be taken, leaving "urgent" messages for a consumer to contact them "immediately," con- tacting individuals at work after being told not to, con- tacting people other than *.he* supposed debtor more than once to find out where the individual lives avxi charffmg the amount to the ir.dividual's account without permission. age shall ride in a motor roadway unless wearing a safe properly a fastened or is properly secured by child passenger Violation of law could result which could driver shows purchase or restraint passed, 1, 19. The would not who is riding in to transport hire, riding in equipped with who is wear About each year and seriously and injuries through child the beard said. Let us get beyond those in  StOp  ava/'  p vote high places and support this needed reform before we are just another highway statistic. To the Fail(or: levels. TOO frequently, when a liberal was elected, representative be elected by a of a "preferential" ballot, thus Doris G. Berry 'Secretary of State Douglas, there are several primary Another striking example majority of the voters. The eliminating the discredited E. Ryegate in yesterday's (Dec. 8)public candidates, a minority can- was back in 1974 when Jef- strength of the old form of Australian ballot. (Ironically statement on desirable didate wins with only a fords won on a plurality of Town Meeting, before the enough, national elections in election law changes, included plurality of votes -- all he that his vote wi away" tin case , does not receive a l only 40 percent, defeating two Australian ballot craze, lay in Australia are now decided by Lla Rutledge arr00ted for driving after suspension WOODSVILLE-- In recent at the arraignment. The Haverhill District Court charge stemmed from Nov. matters, an arraignment was 21, when he was stopped at the completed during theMonday, Haverhill-Newbury crossing, Dec. 13 session. Alfred Rutledge of Woodsville an- swered charges of driving after his license had been suspended. After his arraignment, defendant Rutledge had bail placed on him by Judge Karl T. Bruckner of $187 cash. A hearing on the matter has been set for Jan. 24. 1983. State Trooper on Saturday, In another matter, on Dec. 11 and booked to appear Friday. Dec. I0 in the the following: "A legislative needs is one more than anyone relatively conservative look at the law which requires else. This is not democracy, candidates, Burgess and the candidate for office of The most recent example is Harwood. Examples also governor, lieutenant governor the race for U.S. Senator. abound in New Hampshire. Have,=hill District Court. and treasurer to win by a Stafford, liberal, was Last September in a field of Leslie Marsh of Highland majority while a simple challenged by conservative, eight Republicans, Sununu street was found guilty of plurality is all that is required McClaughry and moderate- l won by a plurality, of only 32 criminal trespass at 4 Mill in other statewide races." street, in that on Dec. 4, Certainly, aH such elections he did knowingly remain at should be decided by a the Graoe Smith residence in majority vote. It's rarely a defiance of a lawful order to problem at the November leave that was personally elections. It's a constant communicated to him by problem at the September conservative Ledbetter. Stafford won with a plurality -- 46.2 percent of the vote. Chances are most of the McClaughry supporters would have preferred Ledbetter to Stafford and viea versa, if Haverhill Police Officer Terry primaries, for U.S. they had been given a choice. Alexander. Congressman and Senator, as Vermont, plainly, preferred a well as at state and county conservative minded Senator; the fact that voters, on the first ballot, registered their first preference and a winning candidate had to have a clear majority. If on the first ballot, no one racked up that majority, a second ballot was called for. On this second ballot many voters, con- eluding that their first preference had no chance, turned to their second preference; and on to a third preference, if need be. percent. Back in 1974 con- servative Democrat Leonard won the primary for governor with only 37 percent, while the two opponents split the liberal vote with 35 percent and 25 percent. This Town Meeting ap- Certainly, the strengthof a proach should be applied to representative form of town, county, state and government requires that a national elections through use preferential ballotingI) When l/ffim, there are more than two. '"" .u candidates for an office, the voter simply marks his first, second and third preference instead of just an (X) before one name. If, on the first tally, no candidate fetches up with a clear majority, then the lowest scorer is dropped from the race and the second and third preferences on his ballots are credited to the appropriate candidates; and once more. if need be. Thus can a voter express his first preference without fear FAIRLEE-- Cummings received a degree in music University Indiana, are University as .... complete their Official degrees will be/ regular comme" |'.. May. ! ,'" ' Page 4-The Journal Opinion-December 20, 1982 , EAST PUBLISHING COMPANY, Inc. Publisher of Journal i Opinion Wnklv NWSMPer Peklbked in Ike41h t Verment. $ebscripflen fetes VermeOt end New Hemplhire - $9.00 #e Turf $6.$0 fer six n;elks; evt of state - $12.00 per l, nr mid $7.00 fer six mQnths; Se#ler citizen dtscent SLOe, $ecemll cJo|| PeslOlte  st |llford, Vermeat 0$053. Peb6sked by Nertkees! Pvblisktq Cempeny, Inc., P.O. hx 375, |mdfenL Bradford g02.222-5281 Robert F. Huminski President & Publisher g Woodsville An Independent Newspaper 603-74 7-2016 =: . : := i illll Illlll Ill II' II I . III Ill t Bill Green and the Rare Bird and Animal Farm (part 2) his Mercury car and Queenie When Queenie got to be room. When a chambermaid One time Dr. Blaisdell went in to clean the room, she was called to look at a (William Green, founder of the Rare Bird and Animal Farm in Fairlee, was also well known in both North and South America as a big game hunter, both as a guide for sportsmen and as a hunter of predators such as mountain lions, beas and jaguars. In : the early 1940's Bill came to Orfordville, which became the home base for his hunting expeditions. His work of collecting and training animals grew to the point where he expanded by building the Rare Bird and 'Animal Farm in Fairlee in 1954. Besides putting on !animal performances here, Bill took shows on the road i with the Shrine Circus, and Jfrequently appeared on ; television with his performing jumped right in and rode all about 16 years old, she began the way to Orfordville. acting somewhat like a People used to come and rebellious teenager -- which, watch Qneenie being trained indeed, she was. Besides but one of the hardest parts maturing, she was also cutting of her training was getting her her molar teeth, and they to give up eating gruel pained her so much that she (cereal) and begin eating solid kept chewing onto things and food. breaking off pieces of her Mter the Animal Farm teeth. She gotso rambunctious was set up in Fairlee, Queenie that she would keep breaking was a regular participant in her chains. She eventually the shows, along with Bill's was sold and went to daughter, Elisaheth. They Michigan. She is too big to also traveled with the Shrine water-ski now. Circus, Queenie being tran- sported in a trailer when she Caesar, the cheetah got too big for the car. Another of Bill's trained Queenie learned to water- animals was a cheetah named ski on the Indian River in Caesar, who actually was Florida. She traveled ex- quite a family pet. They used tensively doing this act, and to lead him around on a leash. everything went fine, except Visitors to the Greens' house for one time when she was would find Caesar in the living doing a water-skiing show in room taking a nap on the sofa. ......... ' ---. animals.) Pittsburg and was tipped over Cheetahs are said to be Editorial bY a wave from a passing the fastest-running animals on Queenie, the water-skiing boat, and almost drowned, earth, and when Caesar was elephant There were docks all along the three years old they clocked Bill's most unusual at- river, and no place she could him at 72.3 miles per hour. , traction was Queenie, one of climb out, so they finally had Eddie Green tells about Support ur/zed for the world's first water-skiing elephants. He had bought her in 1953 when she was about six months old and only 32 inches high. Bill took the hack seat of to get a derrick with a sling to one time when his father was rescue her. In the meantime, at a sportsmen's show in she held the end of her trunk Boston. He took Caesar with up out of the water so she him, but while preparing the could breathe, exhibit he left him in the hotel Dr. BiaisdeH de-scenting skunks with the help of Bill Green--with comments by ill Bradford man A young Bradford man hopes to talked with O'Donnell about his leave the area on January 3, and future. He is eagerly looking forward travel by car out to the west coast, to the operation, hoping it will render where he will attempt to get a place to him stronger and more healthy than stay near the Stamford University he is now. Medical Center in California. At present, he is unable to work and The reason for his trip will be to it would be dangerous for him to go eventually be admitted to the Medical outside, for the winter air makes Center and undergo a heart {ran- breathing difficult. His only activities splant, a necessary procedure, in that at  point, include watching the young man has a very serious television and taping music. heart ailment. After spending some time with O'Donnell, we came away with a Dana O'Donnell, 26 of Saddleback feeling of immense pride in his road has been suffering with a serious courage. This young man has been cardio myopathy and has finally seriously ill for a long period and now agreed with his Woodsville doctor to he has made a big decision to go undergo the transplant in an attempt ahead with a heart transplant. All of to improve his failing heart, the unknowns ahead have not daunted Although the Medical Center ap- his courage and spirit. proved his entry for the operation just With tha bold decision, he will be one week ago, a massive fund-raising required to post a $40,000 line of saw Caesar and passed out. The manager called the police, and Bill and Caesar were evicted from the hotel. However, it did make the front pages of the Boston papers, giving them a lot of free publicity. Dr. Blalsdell's recollections Dr. Edwin Blaisdell of Canadian lynx whose legs all were swollen. He found that each leg had a piece of wire around it. The lynx had come from a trapper in the Yukon. When trappers first took lynx from their traps, they had to wire their feet together, because the lynx would chew off anything else used to tie them shipped them crates, by The hyena started trying to out of the crate, was lined with had gotten as far when the driver turn his head the hyena him, with blood his mouth from tin of the crate. .'  KATHAKINE BI.AISDELL North Haverhill used to come to the Animal Farm when a veterinarian was needed. He says that whenever they had to give medicine to Queenie, they would put it into a banana. When the emu (a big bird similar to an ostrich) was sick, Bill would "hypnotize" it by stroking its neck; then it would let them do anything to it that they needed to. The zebras were very hard to handle, and Dr. Blaisdell remembers one time when he was trimming a zebra's foot and got kicked a lot harder than he ever wanted to he kicked. When they had to work on a mountain lion, they put it into a squeeze box. Whenever they came to the old male named Tommy, he would rub his head on the bars, and how he would purr -- with a big purr that compared to his size. Tommy lived to be probably the oldest mountain lion in captivity, over 20 years old. As litters of mountain lion cubs came along, some of them were brought up to the animal hospital in North Haverhill to be surgically with. But evidently when they got this particular lynx into camp, they just cut the wires between the legs, and not the loops around the legs -- but after the wire was discovered and removed the legs came along alright. This was an unusual circumstance, and they would have made sure it never happened again. One time Dr. Blaisdell was running a trap line of his own around the Haverhill area and happened to catch an otter. He thought they might like to have it at the Animal Farm, so he called Chet French, who came right up and maneuvered the otter into a grainbag, then put it inside another grainbag for double security. In the early days at Orfordville, Bill wanted a skunk descented. It was the first time Dr. Blaisdell had done this operation, but it went well, and the scent glands came out whole, with no spilling of the powerful fluid inside. One of Dr. Blaisdell's assistants for the operation was his young brother-in-law, James Frizzell (your writer's brother), and The driver ] just about to d jumped out and rl to call the Ani| Chester was picked up some rushed to the The driver excited that he keys in the locked the slamming it shul out. They back door of the a key had broken off in had to jimmy the open. Using a as a shield path toward the truck, then set up front. He also windshield so wouldn't try to it. Then, using bait, he got the for the cage would go in finally hind em By the time rounding up the crowd had gal the truck, and effort has been launched, where credit, something that is impossible Elizabeth. declawed and to have their they were still patting gleaned a lot - vaccinations. Of course it was themselves on the back for hopefully, $40,000 will be raised .to for him to do without some assistance a great thrill for the Blaisdell their odor-free operation -- in the attendance , provide pre-tranqpla  the public. ..........    ..... .'t .....  .............. .... ". children and their friends, when suddly.there,ros a weak.s, for O'Donnell. Many We urge the area to continue their fx lf31"I "] "L'--- 1O'F'/', ............... "-- ' , having the mountain lion eubs trfi*esthk.Dringsurgery, ,n t.e -- and *.e *00remov00glands.adb00n organizations and residents have response to the fund-raising effort (] never had a chance to get dropped onto a piece of [ pledged securities and cash for the ---.t.-,,,, L.L[,LI newspaper on the ground -- lonesome. Through the Oplaced in motion by his doctor, Laurel Caesar the cheetah also and then after the operation Bill was gone fund./ ''  [ "0 Lyons, thereby making a new lease on i O I   '][  'l'xtS' had to be declawed to make was all done, Jimmy stepped rnad trips witha A. him safer to handle. Dr. ontheml that his wife Bett} The Journal Opinion has recently life a reality for this brave man. Blaisdell performed the Whenever the lion had an much of the res the Ed-t-r 00Sdv operation, which was suc-ingrown toenail, they would running the AI: [ A k,k, qm--,m J- ,m "" cessful- but the anesthetic lassoo its foot and pull it while Chester F kept Caesar asleep for two through the bars of the cage to care of the animal days. An aesthesiologist from cut back the nail. Sometimes call from Florid er Screen, here we come! theDartmouthMedicaISchool ittookanhourtogetthelassoo structionsonship[ was called in to help wake on, as each time the lion got to various placeS Caesar up. He also con- smarter about avoiding it. for shows, such How much contributed to wildlife? To the Editor: In her letter to the editor of herd from a scabies outbreak, the Journal Opinion on Dec. 13 an appeal was made for public Bonnie Dodson announced her donations because this ex- new status as advisor to pensive operation had not Friends Of Animals, a "non- been budgeted. Sportsmen's profit animal rights" group groups, most of whom would based in New York City. never hunt bighorn sheep in In her brief explanation of New Mexico. contributed over FOA's "issues" she failed to $26,000. Matched 3 to 1 by mention that FOA are the Pittman-Robertson funds people who a few years ago (again sportsmen's money) brought suit in federal court to the necessary $100,000 to pay halt the function of the Pitt- the cost of the rescue man.Robertson Fund, a operation was raised. multimillion dollar per year Letters identical to the ones wildlife conservation and sent to the sportsmen were restoration program funded mailed to the "animal rights" by sportsmen's dollars. Why? groups, including Friends Of Apparently because it is Animals. Not one of them funded with sportsmen's contributed a single penny. dollars, Not one of them even had the Neither did she mention that courtesy to acknowledge the in 1979 when a massive letter. operation was mounted by the Because the animal rights New Mexico Fish and Game groups do enjoy tax-exempt Department to rescue the San status and because they solicit Andres desert bighorn sheep money from the public, their federal income tax returns are available for public in- spection. We have several of them in our file and we don't think they are very flattering to people who want to "help animals". Since 1940 American sportsmen have contributed over $3.6 billion, yes that's billions of dollars, to wildlife conservation. If you write Bonnie for more information about FOA we suggest you ask her how much they have contributed to any kind of constructive wildlife program in Vermont or New Hamp- shire or anywhere else for that matter, in the last 40 years. Howard Young Lyme Center, N.H. National Drunk and Drugged Driving Awareness Week To the Editor: Vietnam War. A resolution was issued by -- It's the number one high- the 97th Congress 1982 to he way killer of all the highway observed during the week of accidents resulting from Dec. 12 as "National Drunk drinking and use of drugs, and Drugged Driving 250,000 were killed and over Awareness Week." $656,000 seriously injured in Congressman Barnes along 1981 alone. with several others are very -- No other country has such concerned over their research a record when peace prevails. findings.A fewof theseare: Are we really interested in -- More people, many humanities for all or just for children, were killed in the other countries? last two years than in all of the Statistics show for every Haverhill District Court news dollar received from the tax revenues, many more are used to clean up the mess caused by drug use. Is that why our taxes are increasing at such an alarming rate? They promised they would call the house if we were selected from the crowds at LaKe Morey to be a Hollywood star in the upcoming movie, The Survivors. This gem of the silver screen will be shot on location at the Lake Morey Inn area in Fairlee and will feature Robin Williams, Jerry Reed and Walter Mathau. We want that part. It all began late last week when we cruised down to the Inn and joined a CROWD there for our preliminary casting and wardrobe inquiry. We saw a lot of locals there, all flexing and preening for the male part in the world spectacular movie. We saw Tony, Alexander, Jim, Bob, Mike and even Richard there, all hoping to get the big call from the movie moguls assembled in Fairlee. Here is what they wanted: good looking outdoorsy kinds of guys to join Robin Williams and a plethora of chicks on the movie set. The movie guys and gals want outdoor, survival male statues that are strong and lean. They asked us questions like.., Do we own a Mercedes-Benz? Do we own survival equipment? Do we have a 4-Wheel Drive vehicle with a plow? Have we had outdoor experience? WOW. We fudged a little in those inquiries, but we doubt they came up with too many Mercedes-Benz vehicles. Lots of plows, we are sure. So, on with our audition. Our entire body was measured. Imagine that? They said it was for wardrobe requirements and we didn't mind a bit, after all we want to look GOOD on the screen. Then they shot a photo of our face. The photo told us to "look mean" so we shot a natural ex- pression and he laughed. "I said look mean, not stupid." We told him something not to be repeated here. But there were all types of guys there that night, cramming the Lake Morey full of more characters than have ever been assembled on one Northcountry movie lot ever. Tall ones, short ones, [at ones and slim people. Lots of beards, lots of smoothly shaved faces. Nice haircuts on some .... others with shoulder length hair. And the comments, you should have heard the comments. "Hey, there's Robert Redford." "Hey, there's Hollywood Mike." "Hollywood, here I come." "Hey, Goob, you gonna be in the movin pitchas?" And lots more that really shouldn't be printed here, either. The movie people were super. Even offered a nice selection of cheese, crackers and coffee to make us feel at home and take away those initial Hollywood jitters we had. We know there will be some mighty surprised folks when and if they are selected to do their thing on the set with big Hollywood stars. Some were saying . . . "Imagine, this could be the start of something big." But to be realistie,Lthey won't be picking that many sinewy, husky and lusty guys for those parts. And there must have been over 1,000 durable, able-bodied hardy boys who responded to the plea. Imagine, when the movie opens and all the folks from the area see their pals on the silver screen. Maybe in the crowd will be a big movie agent, looking for a real brawny type for another movie. And what if he should spot one of us for the leading role, to play across from one of those really beautiful Hollywood gals . . . IMAGINE THAT? Oh, well, we have to cut this short, the telephone is ringing. tributed the observation that the big cats are much more susceptible to certain anesthetics than are domestic cats, and have to be given unbelievably small doses. Special delivery One time, the Animal Farm was Shipping a hyena and a Mexican javelina pig to a zoo in New York State. They Sportsmen's Chester for awhile 1965, then sold Vietje, who operation until Le00lature to consider belt KEENE-- State Senate Agency told the membership President Vesta Roy will of the New Hampshire Safety introduce legislation which Council meeting in Keene the mandates the use of auto bill has received the en- safety restraints for children dorsement of at least 50 age five and under, a state organizations throughout the highway safety specialist said state and said he is confident it this week. will become law. Burton E. Nichols, program manager for the New Ham- The bill says, in part: "No pshire Highway Safety child less than five years of Vermont clmnl00 dmvn MONTPELIER-- Debt collectors may not use harassing deceptive methods when attempting to collect debts, Attorney General John Easton said recently. Easton's remarks stem from final settlement of his Public Protection Division's lawsuit against Credit Management Service of Montpelier. A judgment order prohibits Credit Management from harassing, threatening or abusing alleged debtors. The order also enjoins Credit Management from threatening legal action that is not intended to be taken, leaving "urgent" messages for a consumer to contact them "immediately," con- tacting individuals at work after being told not to, con- tacting people other than *.he* supposed debtor more than once to find out where the individual lives avxi charffmg the amount to the ir.dividual's account without permission. age shall ride in a motor roadway unless wearing a safe properly a fastened or is properly secured by child passenger Violation of law could result which could driver shows purchase or restraint passed, 1, 19. The would not who is riding in to transport hire, riding in equipped with who is wear About each year and seriously and injuries through child the beard said. Let us get beyond those in  StOp  ava/'  p vote high places and support this needed reform before we are just another highway statistic. To the Fail(or: levels. TOO frequently, when a liberal was elected, representative be elected by a of a "preferential" ballot, thus Doris G. Berry 'Secretary of State Douglas, there are several primary Another striking example majority of the voters. The eliminating the discredited E. Ryegate in yesterday's (Dec. 8)public candidates, a minority can- was back in 1974 when Jef- strength of the old form of Australian ballot. (Ironically statement on desirable didate wins with only a fords won on a plurality of Town Meeting, before the enough, national elections in election law changes, included plurality of votes -- all he that his vote wi away" tin case , does not receive a l only 40 percent, defeating two Australian ballot craze, lay in Australia are now decided by Lla Rutledge arr00ted for driving after suspension WOODSVILLE-- In recent at the arraignment. The Haverhill District Court charge stemmed from Nov. matters, an arraignment was 21, when he was stopped at the completed during theMonday, Haverhill-Newbury crossing, Dec. 13 session. Alfred Rutledge of Woodsville an- swered charges of driving after his license had been suspended. After his arraignment, defendant Rutledge had bail placed on him by Judge Karl T. Bruckner of $187 cash. A hearing on the matter has been set for Jan. 24. 1983. State Trooper on Saturday, In another matter, on Dec. 11 and booked to appear Friday. Dec. I0 in the the following: "A legislative needs is one more than anyone relatively conservative look at the law which requires else. This is not democracy, candidates, Burgess and the candidate for office of The most recent example is Harwood. Examples also governor, lieutenant governor the race for U.S. Senator. abound in New Hampshire. Have,=hill District Court. and treasurer to win by a Stafford, liberal, was Last September in a field of Leslie Marsh of Highland majority while a simple challenged by conservative, eight Republicans, Sununu street was found guilty of plurality is all that is required McClaughry and moderate- l won by a plurality, of only 32 criminal trespass at 4 Mill in other statewide races." street, in that on Dec. 4, Certainly, aH such elections he did knowingly remain at should be decided by a the Graoe Smith residence in majority vote. It's rarely a defiance of a lawful order to problem at the November leave that was personally elections. It's a constant communicated to him by problem at the September conservative Ledbetter. Stafford won with a plurality -- 46.2 percent of the vote. Chances are most of the McClaughry supporters would have preferred Ledbetter to Stafford and viea versa, if Haverhill Police Officer Terry primaries, for U.S. they had been given a choice. Alexander. Congressman and Senator, as Vermont, plainly, preferred a well as at state and county conservative minded Senator; the fact that voters, on the first ballot, registered their first preference and a winning candidate had to have a clear majority. If on the first ballot, no one racked up that majority, a second ballot was called for. On this second ballot many voters, con- eluding that their first preference had no chance, turned to their second preference; and on to a third preference, if need be. percent. Back in 1974 con- servative Democrat Leonard won the primary for governor with only 37 percent, while the two opponents split the liberal vote with 35 percent and 25 percent. This Town Meeting ap- Certainly, the strengthof a proach should be applied to representative form of town, county, state and government requires that a national elections through use preferential ballotingI) When l/ffim, there are more than two. '"" .u candidates for an office, the voter simply marks his first, second and third preference instead of just an (X) before one name. If, on the first tally, no candidate fetches up with a clear majority, then the lowest scorer is dropped from the race and the second and third preferences on his ballots are credited to the appropriate candidates; and once more. if need be. Thus can a voter express his first preference without fear FAIRLEE-- Cummings received a degree in music University Indiana, are University as .... complete their Official degrees will be/ regular comme" |'.. May. ! ,'" '