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Sentinel & Enterprise (Newspaper) - February 2, 2002, Fitchburg, Massachusetts SENTINEL ENTERPRISE i JEWS PA PER I SPORTS Super Bowl security tighter than ever Page Bl SENIORS 60th anniversary of Japanese internment brings back painful memories Page A7 e THE VOICE OF NORTH CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS SINCE 1838 It's been a wonderful Lunenburg fire chief looks back on a full career of helping others By Robert Mills com LUNENBURG Dennis M. Carrier has had ing in his blood since the first He was hooked into fire service by former Fitchburg Deputy Chief Jeremiah Carrier lived next to Sullivan in and said Sullivan used to take him and his friends to the former Central Fire Station and let them run around the fire think that's what first got my interest going in he gets in your and I think I've had fire in my blood ever since that year in first 58, will retire from the Lunenburg Fire Department on June 30, after serving for more than 42 18 of them as He wasn't allowed to become a real firefighter before he finished grade but he and classmate Allan Paton started working as trainees in Lunenburg when they were 15 years Carrier As he prepares to he is not nearly as quick to praise his own ments as he is to praise the skill and dedication of the firefighters he is in charge of. go from devastation to devastation and the next they're right up doing the same thing and doing it better because of what they learned from the previous Carrier That's what makes me the proudest being chief of a department that does the job so He said the firefighters keep on doing their job and donating time even though they too are often hit hard by the tragedies they respond He said about 20 ers and police came to a ical incident stress after a car accident took the life of 16-year-old high school student Myles ron Friday Carrier said he is proud that every ambulance and piece of fire apparatus the town owns has been replaced at least once under his and he is also proud of the department's Please see CARRIER A2 Enterprise ROBERT BURNS Lunenburg Fire Chief Dennis M. Camer will retire June 30, after more than 42 years of including 18 as State issues drought advisory By Lisa E. Dupill com Even after Thursday and Friday's snow and area precipitation will remain about 10 inches less than prompting a drought according to a from the National Weather knew we had a but I hadn't really looked a the Glenn a warning coordinator at the weather service m said after reviewing the data for Worcester Field looked back to August when precipitation levels began to notably For 2.06 inches of precipitation just over half the normal 3.92 he December's levels reached 4.83 well below the 7 75 inches ered he reading from the weather sendee Web There was only 1.36 inches in when normal is 4.49 measured by ing snow or sleet into October had when 4.32 is considered September had 3.42 of a normal 4 01; August had 2.41 of normal precipitation of 3.82 Such low numbers ed the state Drought Management Task Force to issue a state-wide drought advisory at the beginning of A drought advisory is the second of five levels and Weather patterns can pen over long periods of longer than human he think things just go in Before everyone was talking about global they were talking about global Field why I'm a not a said Matthew S. inspector The city is considering water restrictions which may go into effect early in the he the two voirs are 38-40 percent below he Please see DROUGHT A2 2002 is palindrome and today is palindromic day By Scott Charton Associated Press Look closely at the dar Then do it In either it's still 2-02-02. You're in the middle of a palindrome a string of words or sentences that read the same backward or A palindrome year such as 2002 usually happens every 110 and today's drome day is another Then tonight brings a drome in military or p.m. That's reason enough for a palindrome says Mark editor of The Tb make the event more invite others who were around in 1991; having two palindrome years so close together is a year Saltveit suggested a dromic party Ham alas. No no Naive Free beer for Y2K and the heavy events of 2001, people are looking for something a little silly to occupy their Saltveit said from coincidentally returning a call at 1.31 p.m. are as good as anything and better than most to take your mind off your he Palindromes were ed by the whose vulgar verses about a ruler of ancient Greece led to the poefs painful Officialdom apparently hasn't caught There is no evidence of for- mal in the corridors of power no from White House or the United no congressional declarations or parliamentary Even in the southwest souri palindromic community of City Clerk Marilyn Alms hadn't pondered dromes until a reporter think our population is about Maybe that she Ava was named after a place in the Bible s mentioned in II and II is a Alms said and it's Missouri's largest town with a palindromic name others are Otto and Some palindromes make fine Fm Some are clever such as the late Leigh tribute to Theodore a a Other palindromes deliver political Witness UO naughty It's Bush tweaking is sad loser Al. old as Some enthusiasts are into palindromic words and ers specialize m it's permissible to play with spaces and One of the most noted Peter sessed dual Hilton was an Allied genius who during World War II sorted numbers and letters that helped smash Nazi After working all night breaking codes in 1943, Hilton burst forth with this I dis- A fast never prevents a I diet on Early retirement program falling short of Swift goal By Frank Tutalo Sentinel Enterprise State House Bureau As long as thousands of state workers don't decide to retire in the next two the early retirement program will fall well short of its intended goaL The move means Gov. Jane M. Swift might have to lay off more workers in order to deal with an imminent billion budget lawmakers Thus the plan has lured slightly more than half of the state workers that Swift according to the ad- Some have and key lawmakers say theyll be surprised if the amount reaches even close to Swift's closer to said Democratic Rep. Brian who chairs the House Public Service The program would have to attract or 42 more workers before Feb. 15 to be considered a Workers aren't interested because many have received pay raises recently and stand to gain more for their pensions by sticking administration officials committee was hopeful that a lot more employees would have taken advantage of early said Lowell Democratic Rep. David vice chair of the Public Service were hoping to head And thafs one of the main reasons why we offered Should eligible workers shrug off the Swift will have to resort to more layoffs to deal with the tion officials Please see Surprise visitor to Westminster Elementary brings pen pal his wings INSIDE TODAY By Robin Hamed com Michael St. John got his Major Jeffrey H. Fischer got a The pals since late last for the first time a navigator with the United States Air stationed at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in and who spent four months overseas as a navigator in the Operation Enduring Freedom paid an extra special visit to his new 9-year-old pal at Westminster Elementary The two became buddies after writing letters to each other late last Fischer surprised the boy with not only a visit to his but a pair of Air Force wings and a commemorative Operation Enduring Freedom coin that he took with him on a flight over More the 34- year-old Arizona on leave for three said he wanted to thank the boy who helped and other remember why they have been sent over- the they give you a minute to refocus on what you're doing and why you are Fischer said in a phone interview after Friday's For St. a meeting the man he knew only on paper was think he's a really great he Letter writing began in late St. John A friend of his cousin who lives in Fitchburg see VISIT A2 CHEWS U.S. fa force Major Jeffrey H. Fischer shows Westminster School a CD-ROM slide show of photographs from his posting in VISIT Us ONLINE AT Sunny high in the upper Classified Comics B3 Crossword B3 Editorial A6 Entertainment AS Faith A4 Local Lotteries A2 Nation B4 Obituaries A3 Seniors A7 Sports TV 83 Worid 84
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