Acton Beacon, March 13, 1945

Acton Beacon

March 13, 1945

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Acton Beacon (Newspaper) - March 13, 1945, Acton, Massachusetts The Acton beacondiomsL Jut ton.TkwJL jttuL VOL. I — No. 6ACTON, MASS, TUESDAY, MARCH 13, 1945 5c per copy on News Stands BEACON HONOR ROLL (Continued from last issue) * Killed in Action x Discharged Drury, William W.    Pvt. Dugan, James    L.    Cpl., Duggan, John    P.    Major * Duggan, Peter J.    Sgt. Duren, Irving    S., Jr. E. M. I Ai Edney, James    P.    S 1/c Espie, James E., Jr. M. M. 3/c Farley, Charles J., Jr.    Cpl. Farrar, John H.    Momm 3/c Feely, William G. Feltus, Donald O. Feltus, Robert J. • Flagg, Alden C., Jr. Fletcher, Robert J. xFlint, Carl W. Foley, T. J. Foote, Fred M. Foster, Albert E. Fraser, Margaret E. Freeman, Samuel L. Freeman, William H. xFrench, James H., Jr. xGallagher, T. Charles Gallagher, Thomas C., Jr. Gates, Paul P. Gilbert, Alfred Gilbert, George B. Gilbert, Norman R. Godfrey, Carl R. Godfrey, Leonard A. Goodearl, Robert F. Goodwin, Kenneth R. Goodwin, Paul E. Gould, Glenn Jr. Gowen, Elmer F., Jr. Granberg, Alfred 0. Gray, Raymond Grimes, Albert T. Gunzelmann, Richard Hardy, Richard Hartwell, David W. Hayes, Ralph Haynes, Albert L. xHayward, Russell Heath, Charles Herrick, Ralph W. Hickey, Carman. H. Hickey, Sanford N. Higgins, Edward J. Higgins, Edward J., Jr. Lt Mahaney Writes Of Army Life S/Sgt. Pvt. Pvt. Pvt. E. M. 1/c Pfc. C. M. 1/c E. A. 1/c B.M. 1/c Lieut Capt. Ens. Lieut. Pvt. Sgt. Pfc. Lieut. Lieut. Major Cpl. Pvt. Pvt. Pfc. Sgt. Pvt. Cpl. Pvt. Capt. Charges Made That School Wiring Is Unsafe School Committee On Defensive At Lively Town Meeting Charges that the schools of Acton are unsafe for pupils, that graduates of the local schools are dissatisfied with their education as administered in this town, and that the School Committee had been remiss in its dealings with a contractor who had failed to fulfill his agreement to install proper fluorescent lighting in some of the elementary schools, were hurled back and forth at Town Meeting last night. First Lieut. Mildred Mahaney, AIN.C. Sgt. S 2/c Lieut. Lieut. S/Sgt. Pfc. Bm. 2/c Pvt. Pvt. Major c/c Holland, Neville R. MoMM 1/c Holland, William D.    Pvt. Hollowell, Calvin    Cpl. Hollowell, Frederick    Lieut. Hollowell, Harry M.    Ml/c Horton, Ruth A.    Lieut. Horton, William Russell Howard, Donald R. Howe, Chellis Howe, Richard P. • Hughes, Joseph Hurley, Arthur L. Hurley, Edward N. ♦Jenks, David Jeimey, Maurice P. C. M. 1/c Johnston, Francis W.    S/Sgt. Jones, Russell T.    Pvt. Jordan, Chester P., Jr. T/Sgt. Jules, Laurie E. H. A. 1/c Kansanniva, Kalervo    Cpl. xKendall, Mary (Leveroni) Cpl. Keyes, Carleton C.    Major King, Hobart T. Knight, Harold J. Knippel, Ernest A. Kol&ida, Anthony E. Ladourse, Louis Lathrop, Betsy S. (Flanagan) Lauriat, Kenneth W. S 1/c (Y) xLawton, Robert A. LeBoeuf, Conrad E. Liebfried, Lawrence L. Lizotte, Eileen Locke, Milton R. Lockwood, Ralph H. Loring, Donald L. Sgt. Cpl. C.M. 1/c Pvt. S 1/c Pvt. Lt. (j.g.O Lieut. Lieut. Major Lieut. Lt. Mildred JE. Mahaney, ANC, an duty somewhere in England, used some of her precious free hours to visit tile Town of Acton, England, just a year ago. In a letter to her mother, Mrs. Raymond Durkee, of Nagcg HIU Road, Lt. Mahaney wrote: ‘‘This morning I rode on the bus out to Acton Green which is about a 20 minute ride. It is about like Belmont to Boston in distance, but nothing like our Acton or Belmont. I didn’t get off the bus, just rode out and returned. There is a North, South, West, East, and Acton Lawn, and it is also in Middlesex County! There is a Sudbury near it, too.” Lt. Mahaney has been extraordinarily faithful in writing to he* mother. Her letters give intimate glimpses of the life of an Army Nurse working under intense pressure at such times as the wounded come in, and tell of moments of relaxation when she can journey around a friendly country and get close to its people. A happy weekeiEl in Scotland, days in London, and meeting friends with whom she has served at other bases, are related iii cheery vein. She tells of last Christmas Eve as follows: “Christmas here was really nice, but we were frantically busy and still are ... I think the men all enjoyed it as much as anyone could. My ward won the prize for the best decorations and the fellows were very proud of that. The patients really did most of it, with a boost and a shave and an idea here and there from me”. Lt. Mahaney enlisted in October 1944 and after a period of army training, was sent to England where she has been stationed since. (Continued on Page 4) RED CROSS GIVES LOCAL SERVICE Service Families Helped In Many Ways SMALL VOTE CAST IN LOCAL ELECTION Lowden and Gatchell On School Committee Lovejoy, Howard W. Phot. M. 3/c Lowe, Francis W. MacDougall, Albert MacDougall, Donald MacDougall, Edward MacRae, Austin D. Maglione, James Maguire, John W. Mahaney, Mildred E. xMahoney, Adele Manton, Charles E. xManter, Charles D. SK 1/fc S 2/c Cpl. Lieut. C.P.O. A. M. 1/c Y.O. 3/c Lieut. T-4 THANK YOU! For contributions of money anc effort toward the publication of this newspaper, we thank the following persons in the name of our service men and women: Mrs. Harry Snyer ' Walter Liebfried Webster S. Blanchard Mrs. Henry Capelle Mrs. Earl Hayward Harry E. Holt Miss Arlene Hayward Mas. William Leers, of "'Acton Center, Home Service Chairman for the American Red Cross, in an interview today gives a local picture of the titanic organization hat makes one “see the trees in spite of the forest.” -"Most of our work in Acton,” said Mrs. Lears, “is the securing extensions of leaves and furloughs for men and women in the service. Should there be serious illness or death in a family we notify the service men and women where-ever they may be. Some time ago ■ here was a death in a sailor’s family. I got in touch with Washing, the National Red Cross. They in turn made arrangements with the Navy and word was sent by radio to the boy. “When we cannot make direct contact, a man may be aboard ship and of course no one knows where he is, we send to Washington and he is reached at the earl iest moment possible. “The other day I had a case where a man was here because his child was very ill. He needed an extension, and I was able to take care of it.” Asked what percentage of cases were completed to the satisfaction of the men and women, Mrs. Lears said: “Probably about 90%. I am always on duty. Sometimes calls come in late at night. The other night I had a call at 11:00 o’clock. “Sometimes a family will haVe financial troubles. The Red Cross helps in such cases. For instance, a local family of a service man who was in the Pacific was in difficulty. When I, called they hac little oil, clothing or food. I secured good clothing, oil for fuel, and groceries to tide them over until money came from the Pacific. In cases of this kind the Red Cross usually receives the money back because most of them can repay it. If they cannot, it is all right. “Another case was of a man missing. His mother was muc l upset of course. I told her not (Continued en Page 4) Only 343 out of 1600 voters in Acton went to the polls Monday. Although Lowell H. Cram filed no nomination papers for re-election to the Board of Health for a three-year term, and there was no other candidate, 29 persons wrote his name on their ballots and he was returned to office. Arthur Lee, chairman of the Board of Selectmen, running unopposed for re-election, was returned to office. A slight contest was evident in the votes cast for candidates for the school committee. Four candidates filed papers. Richard A. Lowden, of South Acton, was re-elected, and Hermann Gatchell, of Acton Center, running for the first time, was elected. Mrs. Zillah Gates and Walter N. Stevenson were the defeated candidates. The balance of the votes return ed to office candidates who were running for re-election, They use'; Moderator, Albert lf* Durkee; Town Clerk, Harlan Tuttle; ToW'n reasurer, William Henry Soar; Assessor, James W. Baker; Tax Collector, Mrs. Carne Durkee; Tree Warden, James J. Knight; Board of Public Welfare, Benjamin neson; Constables, Ivar Peterson and Robert G. Willett; Cemetery Commissioner, Ray Harris; Trustee, Memorial Library, Miss Mary Haskell Lothrop. AFGHAN DONATED BY MRS. HAYWARD Mrs. Earl Hayward, Sr., of South Acton, has taken a novel way in which to help The Beacon. She has crocheted an afghan and not only has she donted it but has sold many chances on it. The afghan is valued in the neighborhood of Ten Dollars for actual cost of yarn and could not be purchased in a shop for less than twice that amount. Many hours of work went into its creation. Mrs. Hayward announces it will be given to the winner at the St. Patrick’s Dance at Town Hall, Saturday night, all process to go to this newspaper. The dance also is a benefit for The Beacon with Miss Alma Graves in charge. Selectman Arthur W. Lee said that the School Committee had expended $77.80 in excess of last year’s appropriation to install the lighting, and that such an offense was punishable by fine and imprisonment. He further said that a State Inspector had examined the wiring of the schools and found the switches carrying a greater load than was safe; that as long as this condition existed there was great danger to the pupils in the schools. Supt. Richard Greenman, as clerk of the School Committee, acknowledged that although the Committee had acted in good faith an error had been made and the added appropriation asked foi&as needed to complete the contract. jSchool discipline suffered when/ caustic remarks from Ralph Anderson directed against Supt. Greenman, were heard by High School pupils in the balcony. The youngsters quite plainly enjoyed seeing tiibir principal attacked.    Vv The appropriations were gassed with amendments to the effect that all work before being paid for must pass State inspection. It is understood 'the entire amount to bo-ex pended for lighting is in the neighborhood of $3,000 plus. ! All other articles were passed with the exception of Articles 25, 30 and 31; the question of accepting a road known as Pine Street; to see if the town would vote to elect a school Building Committee of three for investigating the cost of a central 8-grade elementary school and three new 8-grade elementary schools, one in each precinct and to appropriate $500 for the use of the Committee. The last article tabled dealt with a committee to investigate the insuring of town buildings. i benefit Dance A dance for the benefit of The Beacon will be held Saturday night, March 17th at Town Hall. The dance committee with Miss Alma Graves of South Acton, as chairman, is as follows: Mrs. Benjamin Rice, West Acton; Mrs. Everett Reed, South Acton; Mrs. Charlotte Reynolds, South Acton; Mrs. Gus Hansen, Maynard; Mrs. Verna Mason, Littleton; Nick Nickniclazzo, Newton; and George Mead, Newton. Night Sky Hashes Frequent bright flashes of a few seconds duration will light night skies of Eastern Massachusetts within a radius of 75 miles of the Bedford Army Air Field, for the next month according to a statement released Tuesday by Lt. Col. C. L. Wright, commanding officer of the field. Beginning the evening of March 13, 1945 and lasting through April 15, 1945, the brightest flashes will be seen in connection with experimental night flights* of aircraft operating from Bedford Army Air Field. It is expected that the first of these flashes will take place over Boston, March 13, 1945, but will be visible throughout the greater Boston area. ADDRESSES WANTED Should any local reader know the addresses of the following men in the service, our Mailing Department wilt be grateful for the information. Capt. Ralph Cram, commanding the 5th Co., 29th Inf. MSG qualified as Pistol Expert at a meet at Groton on February 25th. The Company was inspected by a Captain from a nearby army base on March 7th. Pvt. Anthony Vitkauskis, Jr., after twenty months in Greenland, dropped in to pay the Company a visit recently. Pvt. Vitkauskis was one of the original members of the 5th Company. ;