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   Nashua Telegraph (Newspaper) - January 7, 1969, Nashua, New Hampshire                                Today's Chuckle In our modern civilization, our subways aren't safe, our streets aren't safe, our parks aren't safe, but under our arms we've got complete pro- tection. 1969 The Telegraph's 100th Year As A Daity Newspaper C M raph Weather IV Snow Flurries Tonight Cloudy, Colder Wednesday FULL REPORT ON PAGI TWO VOL. 100 NO. 261 Established Weekly October Incorporated at I Daily March 1, 1869 NASHUA, NEW HAMPSHIRE, TUESDAY, JANUARY 7, 1969 Second Clm. Postage Paid. At Nashua, N. H. 18 PAGES Price TEN CENTS Union Pickets; Groups Meet Tomorrow Teachers, Board Split Over Written Contract Picket Line at City Hall Local teachers parade vyith picket signs in front tiations are the first In the board's history. The teacb- of City Hall last night protesting the school board's pur- ers showed their displeasure beneath school department ported refusal to grant the Nashua Teacher's Union a windows for about two hours. (Telegraphoto-Shalhoup) formal, writtten contract. Current bargaining nego- By CLAUDETTE DUROCHER Nashua teachers today put away picket signs they flashed in front of City Hall late yesterday and awaited the next step in their strained contract negotia- tions with the Board of Ed- ucation. Meet Tomorrow That "next step" could come tomorrow night as union repre- sentatives and the board's teach- er relations committee meet at 6 in the Nashua High School to continue contract talks. Yesterday's demonstration, ihe first of its kind organized by teachers in the city's history, came on the heels o( a mass meeting in the Nashua High cafe- teria. There the core of the dispute was bared as being the school for Citizens Task Force Peterson Plan To Be Aired Tomorrow By CARL C. CEAFT CONCORD, N. H. (AP) The centerpiece of Gov. Walter Peterson's legisla- tive program a citizen's task force to investigate the effectiveness of New Hamp- shire government goes on display at a hearing Wednesday. Asks The measure, conlaining .a provision "for the ac- complishment of the purposes" outlined in the proposal, will reviewed at a House Appropria- tions Committee hearing. Peterson, in a big pitch for the proposal, believes the task force holds out the best hope for efficient and orderly prog- ress in governmental service. A spokesman for the governor said today that Peterson won't decide until just before the' hearing on whether he will per- sonally appear to plead for ap- proval of the measure. Peterson considers the task force as the top priority item of his administration and he in- tends "to vigorously back up the reasonable, recommenda- tions" it would make. Under terms of the bill, the citizens task force would be es- tablished to: "Further thrift in the op- erations of government. "Assure '.the best use of current revenue and manpow- er. "Provide for the adoption of long-range programming, planning, budgeting and .sys- tems analysis to assure a bal- anced budget. "Fulfil! the presently fore- seeable demands by its citizenf in keeping abreast with techno- logical and cultural advance- ments in their environment. Eliminate any govern- mental services and activity, the cost of which cannot be jus- tified for the general good in modern times. "Guarantee that, all areas of New Hampshire's economy operate at highest attainable peaks. "Achieve an efficient and effective system of education, welfare, health services, safety services, conservation of natur- al and human resources, com- munication and transportation. "Encourage inward migra- tion of industry and skilled la- bor while creating new and at- tractive opportunities for our existing work force. "Apply modern business techniques to the complex en- terprise of a government which is answerable to the demands of its citizens." The measure gives the gover- nor power to appoint a chair- man of the task force and as many additional members as he considers' necessary to carry out'the duties. Duties Listed These duties include: A study of -the entire range of the need for government services in the state. A determination of what "changes, if any, have' oc- curred" in these needs. A study of the performance and effectiveness of government at all levels within the state. A review of the efficiency and effectiveness of the existing departments and agencies of state government "with partic- ular emphasis on the use of the manpower now engaged in state government." A recommendation of "any changes in the structure and or- ganization of existing depart- ments or agencies of state gov- of the "creation of new departments and agencies if such be deemed and of "ways and means that such existing or new depart- ments or agencies may more ef- fectively carry out their dut- ies." It also carries a covering pro- vision to "maka any further stu- dies and recommendations" re- quired to complete the purposes for which it was established. The governor would name an executive committee of the task force, of up to 15 members, who would have the power to act on behalf of the task force. An executive director and staff assistants would be named. The staff assistants would be paid at a rate established by the governor and executive council, and these would be allowed "their neces- sary expenses while engaged in. official business." The services of technical as- sistants and consultants, "at reasonable would be authorized. Members of the task force Wide-Open Race Looms Tuesday When Aldermen Elect City Clerk The election of a city clerk will be a free-for-all on the floor of the aldermanic meeting next ruesday night. Alderman-at-Large Maurice L. Bouchard, chairman of the job study committee, said his com- mittee, which has been charged with interviewing candidates for the post, will not issue a recom- mendation to the full board. Division Noted He said a meeting of the com- mittee last night showed the five-man group to be splintered over the choice ,6f a candidate and no recommendation coujd be made! Thus, Bouchard said, nomina- tions will be brought to the floor of the aldermanic meeting next week without any guidelines from the committee. During the committee session, Bouchard said, the various com- mittee members expressed their choice as follows: Ward 3 Alderman Bertrand J. Bouchard nominated Ward 8 Al. derman Robert A. Dion; Alder- men-at-Large John V. Chesson and Arthur H, Jean favored form- er Ward 6 Alderman Roland G. Lebel, presently a member of the Board of Health, and Maurice Bouchard, 'submitted the name of Recreation Director Noel Trottier. The fifth committee member, Donald L. Ethier1 was absent. A funeral service for his father, former Alderman Joseph Ethier, was held yesterday. During two test votes involving all the aldermen present Dion, Jean, Aldermen Richard P. Joyce, an announced candidate for city clerk, and Barry L. Cerier ab- stained from voting. Voting for Dion were Raymond L. Bechard, Charles E. Theroui, Edmond A. Dionne, Bertrand Bouchard and Leo H. Couter- marsh. Maurice Bouchard and Aider- manic President Maurice L. Arel, voted for Trottier. Casting a ballot for Lebel was Chesson. 7 Votes Needed According to the calculations of the aldermen present, seven voles would be needed next Tuesday to win the coveted post vacated by the death of Edward S. LeBIanc. This was assuming Alderman- at-Large Francis LaFlanune, who has been bedridden with a back ailment, does hot attend the meet- ing and the at-large seat given up by Paul J. Roussel is not filled before the city clerk's post is put up to the crucial vote. LaFlamme did not attend the caucus yester- day. Also discussed were procedural hazards to be encountered be- cause of charter provisions which require an aldermair to resign his seat before he can be named to another municipal position. Thus, Dion would have to resign as Ward 8 alderman to make his run for the clerk's job. He could be re-elected by his fellow alder- men to the ward 8 seat should his bid for city clerk fail. A participant at last night's session said the aldermen felt that if Dion should fail in his first at- tempt, Lebel was almost certain to capture the necessary votes for election on the second, round. Seen as holding the key voles were Joyce and Ethier. would serve "without compen- sation, but shall be allowed their necessary expenses while engaged in official business." The findings and recommen- dations will be reported "not later than Sept. 15, 1969. Furth- er report; may be submitted if deemed advisable." Peterson reported that similar studies In Ohio, California, Wis- consin, Arkansas and Nevada and other states have resulted in increased efficiency and sub- stantial savings. The governor said he would bring the lawmakers into spe- cial session to consider the recommendations of the task force, and he hopes that the present regular session can be ended a month early to mini- mize the cost of the extra ses- sion. In his inaugural, Peterson put his view this way: "I believe that the citizens task force, working with compe- tent'and experienced profession- al consultants, can help us to determine whether the use of personnel and the procedures of our government are as modern and up-to-date as the times we live in. "Our state government has undergone rapid growth in the number of state employes in re- cent years. We must determine whether or not this growth has been orderly or whether dupli- cation and Inefficiency have crept in as departments have burgeoned. "This type of detailed study can only be done by full-time consultants working day to day with the departments to deter- mine that each and every em- ploye is working to his full ca- pacity and that modern man- agement techniques are being utilized. "Another important aspect of the citizens task force should be mentioned. There is a growing realization among all of the na- Cotton Gets Seat Held by Bridges WASHINGTON (AP) Sen. Norm Cotton, S-N.H., has been assigned to the Senate seat which was occupied for years by the late Sen. Styles Bridges of New Hampshire, Seniority is the key to seating assignments. The famous Dan- iel Webster desk already .held by Cotton will be moved to the new location in the upper cham- ber. TONIGHT IN THE TELEGRAPH tion's governors, and within the incoming administration in Washington, that the number of federal assistance programs to the states has unduly prolifer- ated. "There are literally hundreds of federal programs in the fields of health, education and wel- fare, and just the cost of ad- ministration alone is a heavy burden on the taxpayers. There is a growing belief that the states should be allowed to spend the money in these areas as they deem most beneficial, and that the federal government should make a block grant of funds to the states for this pur- pose. "As this block grant, concept continues, to gain acceptance and hLyerully will be enacted into law in Washington, I feel certain that there will be a re- quirement that the states de- vise a plan as to how they in- tend to spend these funds. "I would hope that the citi- zens task force would lay the foundation for the preparation of such a plan so that we will be able to respond quickly and efficiently to any request for an explanation of New Hampshire' spending plans." board's refusal to enter into a formal, written contract with rep- resentatives of Local 1044, Nash- ua Teachers Union. Tight-lipped school officials de- clined today to elaborate on the union's charges. Dr. J. Gerard Levesque, chair- man of the teacher relations committee, said the board had agreed to have all statements funneled through Supt. of Schools Edmund M. Keefe. And Keefe said he was only authorized to say there would be a meeting of the committee and the union tomorrow night. He did concede, however, that the issue of a written contract hsd been a "bone of contention" in past .neetings with the union but that the union had yet to present all its terms for meaningful bar- gaining sessions. Newsmen Excluded All newsmen were excluded from the teachers mass meeting and they were kept away from the .cafeteria doors and corridor windows by roving sergeants-at- arnis. Teachers were asked not to discuss events of the meeting with the news media. The meeting came amid rumors the union would push for a strike vote. Instead, the teachers voted to back union representatives in their quest for a written contract to cover all compensatory mat- ters, hours of employment and all conditions of employment. And the teachers voted to march upon City Hall to show their displeasure at the school board's "apparent bad lind as a show of solidarity. Protesting teachers hoisted their picket signs on the City Hall plaza for about an hour immedi- ately after the meeting and again from 7 to 8. During the last windows in the second floor school de- partment offices shone with light as the 12-member school board met for its annual reorganization. Both Re-Elected The reorganization saw Dr. Norman VV. Crisp re-elected presi- dent for a 19th term and John T. Dimtsios re-elected clerk, a, post he has held for 15 years. Keefe said the demonstrators were noted but the meeting was devoted to other matters, includ- ing future land acquisitions snd the start nf budget considerations. Absent were Richard W. Leonard and William J. O'Neil. Guy L. Jean, Nashua Teachers Union, said the union would await tomorrow's meeting before mak- ing any new moves. Asked if the union would con- sider a strike, Jean.said, "we'll take it one step at a time." He declined to say what the next step might be. Jean said New Hampshire laws regarding collective bargaining for public employes are permis- sive and do not require that the school board enter into a written contract with the teachers union. Union States In a statement, the union stated that "it should be made clear that the teachers of Nashua have indicated by their overwhelming participation in the recently au- thorized and duly conducted elec- tion for a collective bargaining representative lhat they want nothing more than what has al- ready been granted another pub. lie employe organization in this city a signed written agree- ment covering all compensatory and professional matters mutual- ly agreed upon by the school board and the Nashua Teachers Union. "It should further be mads clear that anything less than a formalized executed agreement between the two parties would result in nothing more than a supine position of 'organized sup- or 'collective begging' a condition which the school teachers of this city have tried, found wanting, and are presently demonstrating against." The union, affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, was chosen 'the sole bargaining agent for all teacher systems in an election Oct. 9. A total of 408 teachers were eligible to vote. The event had long been dread- ed by the Board of Education, especially by" Dr. Crisp who for years warned of troublesome con- sequences in teacher relations. In the past, the board has been aided in its resistance to recog- nizing a single bargaining agent by the divisiveness produced by intense rivalry between the union and the Nashua Teachers Associa- tion, the so-called "professional" group. TEACHERS, BOARD Page House Votes to Increase Nixon's Pay to WASHINGTON (AP) The House has voted to raise Rich- ard M. Nixon's presidential sal- ary to a year, double the pay President Johnson re- ceived. If approved by the Senate and signpd by President Johnson, the raise would be only the fourth since George Washington took the job for and the first since 1949 when Harry S. Truman's salary was increased from to yearly. The new salary would be sup- plemented by a annual expense allowance, which is taxable, and a yearly travel allowance, which is not. Time Element With only one strong dissent, from a Republican, the House members rushed the bill through by voice vote Monday. To be effective It must become law before Nixon is sworn in at noon Jan. 20, since the Constitu- tion forbids changing a presi- dent's salary during his term. The presidential increase was recommended by a special com- mission headed by Frederick H, Kappel, former chairman ot American Telephone Tele graph Co. It also suggestet sweeping increases in salaries paid other federal eluding there is no constitutional deadline on those. President Johnson is expected to make his recommendations, based on the Kappel when he submits his budget, to Congress later this month. The only vocal opposition came from Republican Rep. -H, E. Gross of Iowa, who said he feared the bill would set the stage for fat increases for-mem- bers of Congress and others. The recommendations for oth-' raises will be handled differ- ently. The Senate Is expected to take up the presidential pay-raise bill next week, in time for Johnson to sign it before Inauguration Day. Strong Response to City Call 176 Donors Boost Blood Bank Donors thronged the Red Cross Blood Bank held at St. Joseph's Hospital yesterday afternoon-and gave 176'pints, brimming the 115- pint goal by a 61-pint bonus. The strong response by Nash- uans was attributed to a call for blood to boost dwindling reserves. The Memorial Hospital and St. Joseph's Hospital joined forces in sponsoring the activity, assisted' by the American Legion posts of Nashua and Hudson. Pleases Mayor Mayor Dennis J. Sullivan said, "I was extremely pleased and gratified by the big turnout. The. Telegraph deserves a commenda- tion for emphasizing the need in this critical time. John V. Ches- son, (local chairman of the Vsr- mont-New Hampshire Ked Cross Regional Blood was a great help. A hearty thank you to all who donated, and for their patience in awaiting their turn." There were 203 registrations, 153-waIk-ins and 84 new donors. Joining the six-gallon donor ranks was Fay W. Reed; three- gallon donors, Gregory Dearborn and Pauline Girard and one-gal- lon donors Mrs. Lucille Coutu- rier, William Maxfield, Kenneth Spaulding and Ronald Levesque- 'Frank Belitsky was the donor 'dayjchairman. Mrs. Robert Hoag- land was the registration chair- man assisted by Mi's.. Blaylock Atherton, Mrs. Quentin Consten- tin, Mrs. Arthur Hanlon, Mrs. Paul Walker, Mrs. David Calawa, Mrs. Charles Umpa and Mrs. C.C. Coffin. The physicians attending were Dr. Omer Caron and Dr. Wilfred Fortin; registered nurses: Mrs. Daniel Clancey, Mrs. Luther March, Mrs. Calvin Holt, Mrs. John Chesson and Mrs- John O'Brien; nurses aide, Mrs. Charles Forrence. Assembling the plastic bags, were, Mrs. Otto Howe, chairman, assisted by Mrs. Robert Barker, Mrs. Lee Sarty, Mrs. Kent Smith, Mrs. Benjamin Hill and Mrs. Wil- liam Poe. Motor Corps service and orange juice dispensing, Mary Wasson. Technicians on duty were Allen Murphy and Al Dumond. The Bloodmobile staff: Chief Nurse Constance Schmidt, assisted by Mary Guy and Ruth Madden; custodians, Ken Caldw'ell and Vic- tor Badasarian. Personnel of the Lake Street Fire Station unloaded and loaded the bloodmobile. Staffing the Canteen were mem- bers of St. Joseph's Auxiliary. The next blood drawing will be held Jan. ?3 at St. Patrick's Cen- ter sponsored by Public Utilities. The women of St- Patrick's Church will staff the Canteen. Abby Baker Biossat Classifieds 15, 16, 17 Comics 14 Obituaries 4 Crossword Editorial Financial Hal Boyle Lawrence 15 Nashua Scene 4 2 Pearson 4 Sports 12, 13 Suburban News 19 5 14 _______ 15 7 Dr. Thostcson It 41 Weather 2 Sulzburger Television Theaters IF YOU WANT A FREE PERSONAL CHECKING ACCOUNT, SEE US. INDIAN HEAD NATIONAL BANK Member F.D.I.C. Sale Interior Latex Wall Paint Gal. Nashua Wallpaper Co. 129 W. Pearl St. 882-9491 Winter holiri Thuredtri Ml Arctic Cat PANTHER SNOWMOBILES suita, bootf all accesioriei Davis Snowmobile Sales BEAR NICK'S ESSO 8. DW HIGHWAY. NASHUA FUEL OIL SAVE MORE With LORDEN OIL CO. INC. Serving Ktshtu and tovni. 465-2267 Waiting to Donate Blood Tliis throng of residents was lined up in St. Joseph's man, "very heartening." A total of 176 pints of blood Hospital cafeteria yesterday waiting to be processed for vvas donated between 2 and 6 p.m. (Telegrtphoto-Har- blood drawing. The response to the critical shortage of Whole blood hu been, according to spokes-   

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