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   Acton Beacon (Newspaper) - June 26, 1945, Acton, Massachusetts                                 \  The  VOL. I — No. 13  ACTON, MASS., TUESDAY, June 26, 1945  5c per copy on News Stands  LOCAL COUPLE HEAD SERVICE HOSTEL  Hibbert House  The Hibbert House in Alexandria, Egypt, is a modern retreat dear to battle weary British and American fighting men. Heading the staff is a native of Acton, the former Miss Anne R. Nagle, and her husband, Rev. Roydon C. Leonard. ' Mrs. Leonard is a sister to Mrs. Howard J. Billings, of Acton Center.  A cordial invitation is extended by the couple to all Americans to use the facilities of Hibbert House, with an especially warm welcome awaiting Acton men. Rev. and Mrs. Leonard administer to the needs of men on leave with efficiency and graciousness. Hibbert House is one of seven such houses operated by the American and British Unitarian Service Committee. It is situated at 13 Rue Nabi Daniel, Alexandria, and has been a haven' for fighting men on leave and furloughs. Many jaded service men have spent their entire leaves at Hibbert House.  Feeding and housing 150 men a day is a large order but Rev. and Mrs. Leonard take it in stride, and have time left in which to make interesting jaunts to distant places. Mrs. . Billings received a letter from the couple recently, in which they told of a trip to Palestine. They had already vis-(Continued on Page 8.)  Noted Composer Writes Song for Children  A song, “All Hail to General MacArthur** has 1been written especially for the Acton Center Grammar School pupils by a noted composer of children’s songs.  Recently, on learning that their favorite children's song writer, Robert W. Gibb, was sick in a veteran’s hospital, they wrote individual cheery letters to him. Mtich to their surprise and pleasure, he sent them a song written especially for them. The children, needless to say, are proud and happy over the unusual expression of appreciation for their thoughtfulness.  Car Turns Over • ,< . On Justice Lawn  Two men were slightly injured and one of them arrested for drunkenness early Sunday morning as the result of an automobile accidential Route 2, East Acton.  A car, operated by Stephen W. N. Dwelley, 50 Acton street, Maynard, was traveling west on Route 2 when it left the highway and overturned in the yard of Frank Justice. The roof of the car struck a tree after turning over, and was flattened to the top of the back seat cushion.  Sgt. Olaf Dwelley, stationed at Sherman Field, Kansas, nephew of the operator was slightly injured* as was the senior Dwelley. Both men were taken to the Emerson Hospital by Dr. 0. L. Clark. The elder Dwelley was then arrested and taken to the Concord Barracks on charges of drunkenness and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of liquor.  The accident was investigated by Chief Michael Foley and Officer Frank Geist of the State Police.  Dwelley appeared in Concord Court yesterday morning and was fined $100 for operating under the influence of liquor.  Taylor Family Receive Official Death News  Official confirmation of the death in the Philippines on May 9, 1942, of Sgt. Robert Taylor, has been received from the War Department by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter I. Taylor of Wetherbee Road, East Acton.  Since he was first listed as missing .in the Battle of Bataan, Sgt. Taylor’s family has clung to the hope that he was a prisoner * of war. Word was received some months ago that he had presumably died of wounds received in battle, but because of the doubt expressed in the word “presumably” hope was kept alive that he would one day be found.  For this reason, and in deference to the wish of the family, Sgt. Taylor’s name was not included in the Beacon’s Memorial tribute to those Acton men who have fallen in battle.    .I  Double Honors For First Grade Pupil  Five pupils of the Acton lower schools have made Perfect Attendance records for the current year, according .to a list released by the School Department this week. Three attend the West School and two the South Acton School.  Irene Kazokas and Gerald Tuttle are the only pupils in the entire lower school system to have achieved the dual honor of making the Perfect Attendance Record and Honor Roll for their classes. The remaining three who did not miss a session are Thomas Janericco, West School; Doris Nealey and Joan Tucker, South School.  The Honor Rolls of the three schools are as follows:  West School  Grade I. Mary Lou Flerra, Sheldon Peavey, Mary Jane Collins, J. Wesley Baker, Irene Kazokas.  Grade II. Sylvia Flint, Janice Learmonth, Anna Lois Schmitz.  Gra.de III. Charlotte Hill, Gerald Tuttle, Eunice Spinney, Gladys Webb, Marjorie Teele.  Grade IV. Rita Spinney, William Kazokas, Elizabeth Denton, Virginia Leavitt.  Grade V. Nancy Lee, Marcia Reed, Rose Marie Spinney, Janet Wilson, William King.  Grade VI. Janice Teele, Claire Wait.  South Acton School  Grade I. Nancy Caouette, Lucy Newport, Phyllie Reynolds.  Graded 2. Robert Claffin, Margaret Sexton, William Soar.  Grade 3. Margaret Duggan, Dorothy Creenmah, Arthur Lowden, Bonnie Sibel.  Grade 4. Richard Laflin, Elaine Priest, David Sibel, Donald Freeman.  Grade 5. Karen Kienow, Suzanne Mellor, Nancy Winslow.  Grade 6. John Campbell, Joyce Merriam, Harry Morse, Mary Star-buck.  Center School  Grade I. Stephen Coyne, Judith Hatch, Donald Howell, Toni Morrison.  Grade 2. Paul Greenough, Diane Meldrem, Alice Peterson, Richard Smart.  Grade 3. Andrew Bramen, Inez Cannessa, Edwin Engman, Richard Murphy, John Kiley, Maralen Moody, Prisilla Steeves, Frederick Tuttle.  Grade 4. Carolyn Barnhart, Dardana Derry, Priscilla Gatchell, Robert Greenough, Paul Post.  Grade 5. Nancy Gatchell, Janet Gould, Mary McCarthy, Fred Richards, Ruth Ann Tobin.  Grade 6. Barbara Allen, Phyllis Anderson, Richard Barnhart, Janet Flagg, Wilfred Fraser, Christopher Harris, Priscilla Holt, Wilhelmiene Knippel, Clare Linscott, Heaven Roche.  Twenty-Five Graduates Receive Diplomas at Acton High School  Audience Crowds Blanchard Hall To Witness Ceremonies  Twenty-four of the twenty-five members of the Class of 1945, Acton High School, received their diplomas from Mrs. G. Howard Reed, chairman of the School Committee at impressive ceremonies in Blanchard Hall Friday night. Mrs. Ruman S. Baker, mother of the twenty-fifth member, received for him, the diploma of A/P Milton Baker who enlisted in the Navy recently.  <$*■  Police Warn Cattle Owners  Rustling May Occur In Acton  Cattle rustling has been reported in several surrounding towns and Police Departments have issued warnings to farmers ..owning and pasturing animals in isolated fields. Cattle have been killed and butchered in the pastures of Boxboro, Groton and Littleton, according to police.  The 'Concord Police have asked that persons seeing unfamiliar trucks in the vicinity of pastured cows or steers, or suspicious actions on the part of strangers, to report them at once regardless of the time of day or night.  Chief Foley, of the local Department, repeats the warning to keep all cattle that may be used for beef, under close supervision, and to report all strange vehicles stopped near cattle.  tai one' instance in 'Littleton a farmer saw a stranger leading a cow on the highway. He checked his own herd and when he had accounted for all, called his nearest neighbor who reported one missing. The Cow was recovered, owing to the alert co-operation of the first farmer.  According to report, the animals are butchered in their own pastures, skinned and the carcass taken away in trucks. The hide is left behind.  It is hoped that all residents will report suspicious persons and so prevent the loss of cattle within tho town.  Shirley Durand Weds Marine Hero  One of the prettiest weddings of the season was that of Shirley Rita Durand, when she became the bride of M/Sgt. Charles William Cronin of Hudson, Mass., at St. Bridget’s Church, Maynard, on Sunday afternoon, June ll at 3 o'clock*  The bride accompanied by her father, Maid of Honor and Bridesmaids came down the aisle to the strains of Lohengrin’s wedding march, meeting the bridegroom and best man before the altar which was prettily decorated .with Regal Lilies.' The double ring ceremony was solemnized by Father Bernard Kane.  The bride was beautiful in her Ivory Satin gown with'full length train, and long veil hanging gracefully from a seed pearl coronet, and (Continued on Page 8)  Tuomi Held For Examination  The case of Edwin A. Tuomi was presented to the Grand Jury at East Cambridge on June 5th and a True Bill returned against Tuomi. On the same day a capias for his arrest was issued. He was arrested by Chief Michael Foley and Officer Zuk of the State Police.  At Cambridge Superior Court June 6th, Tuomi pleaded not guilty to a complaint of attack on a local young woman in South Acton on the early morning of May 12th. Judge Leary ordered the young man held for examination.  Thank You!  For services and money donated for the use of The Beacon we extend sincere thanks to the following persons:  Mrs. Robert McAdoo Miss Arlene Hayward Mrs. William P. Cameron Mrs. Margaret Murray Jack Murray Edgar I. Blaisdell Gene White Edward Peterson Harry Morris Laura Jones Helen Shannon . Florence Schnair Ben Coolidge Norman Hollowell Virginia Ewart Al Lawton Florence Chapman  The invocation was delivered by Rev. Bernard M. Kane, curate of St. Elizabeth’s and St. Bridget’s Churches. Miss Barbara Ann Clemence gave the Salutatory, followed by a quartet composed of Misses Nancy Anne Christofferson, Lorraine Kennie, and John C. Howard and A. Dominic Marini. Miss Barbara Barry accompanied on the piano.  Chaplain (Capt.) Thomas L. Lusk, the speaker, charged the graduates with the necessity of neighborliness and religion in whatever their tasks in life may be. He was a witty and interesting speaker and was roundly applauded by the graduates and the audience which filled the auditorium. A Chopin waltz was played by Miss Barry, immediately following the speaker.  Supt. Richard B. Greenman accepted the class gift from the President of the Senior Class, John Lawrence Tucker, and in expressing his appreciation said that the .gift of $70 was the largest \ amount ever given to the Scholarship Fund by any class. He said: “Your gift and the contributions of the West Acton Woman’s Club and the Acton Parent-Teacher Association since the last award, make possible a $100 scholarship award in 1946.”  A trumpet solo “Lily Folks” was next on the program, presented by Miss Evelyn Ruth Danielson. Miss Nancy Ann Christofferson, Valedictorian of her Class, delivered her talk in clear tones and in friendly, informal manner.  Mrs. Allen G. Moody, president of the Acton Center Massachusetts Woman’s Club presented the Club Scholarship to Miss Doris Eleanor Hartwell. Commander Charles Judd Farley, of Edwards-Quimby Post, American Legion, presented the Legion Scholarship to John Cleveland Howard. Both awards were presented for scholarship, loyalty and achievement, and the recipients were chosen by secret ballot of all the teachers.  Walter W. Holt, Vice-principal of Acton High School presented the following awards:  Reader’s Digest Award — A year’s subscription to the Digest in recognition of past accomplishment and in anticipation of unusual achievement to come. Miss Nancy Christofferson was the recipient.  Washington and Franklin Medal—Awarded by the Mass. Society of the Sons of the American Revolution for excellence in the studj of United States History, to Miss Barbara Ann Clemence.  Good Citizenship Certificate — Awarded by the National Society of the D.A.R. to a good citizen of Acton High School for the current year, who has demonstrated through her entire course qualities of dependability, leadership, service and patriotism to an outstanding degree. A Good Citizenship Pin was awarded with this Certificate to Miss Barbara Anne Barry.    ^  Rensselaer Medal—Awarded by the Eastern Mass. Alumni Association of Rensselaer Polytechnic (Continued on Page 6)  diomsL J own.    TiBWA,f&L ihsL    y&icaA.   

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