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   Nashua Telegraph (Newspaper) - February 13, 1969, Nashua, New Hampshire                               Chuckle Things could be worse. Suppose all the remedies proposed by poli- ticians had been tried. Nashua Celeoraph 1969 The T.Ugroph'i Ywr As A Daily N.wipop.i C.J Weather Continued Snowy Tonight Snowy, Colder Friday FULL RIPORT ON PAOI TWO VOL. 100 NO. 293 EiUblldied u i Weekly October US) Incorporated Dtlly March 1, UM NASHUA, NEW HAMPSHIRE, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY Second CUn Portift Paid At Nashua, N. H. 20 PAGES Prtct TEN CXtm Million for Schools In Peterson's Budget Burling on Sea of Snow Have a surfing hang-up? Just follow the wave made by these winter surfers oh the hills at the Nashua Country Club golf course. Surfers- in the rear are Phil Lagios and Ron! Bache, while on the board in fi-ont are Ralph Arnold and Mary Ellen Lawlor. The girls are students at -Rivier College. If the winter tides are too much, one can ahyays wait for the summer. (Tele- graphoto-Andniskevich) By CARL C. CRAFT CONCORD, N-H. (AP) Gov. Walter Peterson to- day recommended a hold- the-line budget for the com- ing biermlum, balanced through readjustments in existing taxes, pegged to a normal growth rate and in- cluding a "vital new pro- gram" of educational as- sistance. No Comparison Because of a proposed change In the funding arrangement, the figures in Peterson's budget can't be exactly compared to previous years' totals. But, for comparison purposes in a brief- Ing with newsmen, Peterson gave a figure of million in total.appropriations. The 1967 Legislature appropri- ated million for the cur- rent biennium spending for the Operating budget, legislative specials and -lebt service. He figures his proposed edu- cational aid program would pro- vide at least million. Peterson recommended no new taxes. But he called for a readjustment in the, state's cur- rent tax system that .would cre- ate million more revenue. This includes removing the exemption on the 5 per cent rooms and meals tax drop- ping the minimum to 14 cents. Under the Peterson recom- mendation to the legislature, Million Building Plan Bared By Claudette Durocher Continuing his report on Nashua's school building needs, educational consul- tant Nicklaus J. Engel- hardt last. night bared a three part ...construction.; program, which .calls fpr the estimated expenditure of million within seven years. Concern Shown The proposal generated a flurry of questions from the joint school building committee and nagging worries over: impact of the outlay on the tax rate. of the city's in- debtedness limit for schools. spiralling enrollment which will swamp existing facilities; advisability of building a tingle high school in- stead of providing for two small- er high schools. arrangement of priori- ties in the proposed program. No decision was made by the Telegraph Vol 1 Sought for Centennial The Nashua Telegraph Is continuing Us search for Vol. 1, No. 1 published on a Monday March 1, 1869. The first copy Is needed In conjunction with a special edi- tion marking the telegraph's 100th anniversary as a daily newspaper. It will be pub- lished In the spring. The Telegraph will pay J2S for the first copy In perfect condition which is brought Into III newsroom, 60 Main Street. It will be on display during Its centennial year. Highlights of the 100th anniversary cele- bration will be an open house and dedication of Its new pro- duction facility on Pearson Avenue, In the rear of Its Main Street plant. Other photo) and stories which residents may feel have special significance to the newspaper's hundred year roundup, will be considered [or publication. All materials loaned for such use will be safeguarded and returned. Hie Telegraph, both weekly and dally, have been pub- (shed continuously since Oct. 1832. joint committee, which consists of the 12-member Board of Ed- ucation and 12 aldermen, pend- ing Engelhardt's final report. But the tenor of the discussion indicated the committee would favor modifications of the con-. structibn.program to reduce costs. Warning Issued Alderman-at-Large Maurice L. Arel warned the group the pro- gram as proposed could mean ,a rise in the tax rate alone for payment of principal on bond issues and another rise for interest payments. Despite the effects of the com- ing city-wide property revalua- tion, Arel said the 'committee should be "very careful" in shap- ing the tax rate. Consideration should be given, 'he said, to statistics which point to mounting unemployment and a slow down in the city's growth rate. The only way to cope with the city's school construction needs. Are! said, was to attempt to re- duce per square foot building costs now estimated at Engelhardt represents the edu- cational consulting firm of En- glehardt, Engelhardt and Leg- gett of Purdy Station, N.Y. The firm is under contract to the Board of Education for two in-depth studies: a building needs- survey and a curriculum evalu- ation survey. Yesterday's report marked the third given on the findings of the building survey. The curriculum study report will be delivered at At a Dec. 16 meeting, Engel- hardt had pointed out deficiencies in existing'schools and said his- proposed program was geared to provide a quality education for Nashua children. s Price Tag Lowered He said he had lowered the original maximum price tag from million to million by being conservative in the proposal ad- vanced last night. The three-phase program classi- fied construction into three priori- ties. Under Priority I, he calls for the following to be completed by September, 1972: 1- Construction of a new high school for grades nine through 12 with an initial capacity of students, expandable to Es- timated cost: million. 2. Purchase of two elementary school sites. Estimated cost: 000. Under Priority n, the following would be completed by 1974: 1. Erection of two elementary schools, a 600-pupil facility in the north end and a 700-pupil facility in the south section. Estimated cost: million. 2. Removal of the Quincy Street junior high section tion of a gymnasium and locker facilities at Spring Street Junior 'High. Estimated cost: 3- Add .to the Spring Street Junior High site. Estimated cost: 4. Abandon Amherst, Arlington and Temple Streets schools. Re- move buildings and use sites for playgrounds. Estimated cost: 000. 5. Secure site of 20 acres .for new central administrative build- ing. Estimated "cost: Items under the third priority phase would be completed by 1976 and would include: 1. Construction of an 800-pupil addition to the high school. Es- timated cost: million. 2. Addition .of 35 kindergarten rooms to elementary schools' Es- timated cost: million. 3. Provide for art, science, mu- sic, libraries, small group and physical education rooms in ele- mentary schools. Add playrooms Close Fight Awaits Abortion Bill By ADOLPHE V. BERNOTAS CONCORD, N.H. (AP) The sponsor of the bill to allow abortions .in some cases in New Hampshire thinks it will be enacted In- to law but only after a close fight. Ready To Lead Battle Mrs. Jean Wallin of Nashua said today she will lead the House floor fight to have the bill enacted as recommended Wednesday by a majority of the Public Health Committee. The Nashua Democrat said she expects it will be a close fight, especially since the vote in committee was 13-10 with those opposing it recommending it be killed. The committee inserted some amendments into the measure and Mrs. Wallin said that they are acceptable to her. They- clear up some of the language and outline in more detail the psychiatric portion of the bill. Mrs. Wallin had expressed fears the psychiatric section might' have been amended requiring a woman seeking an abortion to have had psychia- tric treatment before the preg- nancy. The way the bill reads now, it leaves it up to the woman's psychiatrist to determine wheth- er she has had sufficient psy- chiatric care. The measure is basically a medical bill which would revise the state's 1843 law that permits a legal abortion after 20 weeks of gestation, but only to save the life of the mother. Under the proposed new-law, legal abortions would be Al- lowed in licensed hospitals with the approval of a committee of doctors. Several Meetings The committee held several executive sessions on the meas- THE FOLLOWING STORES WILL BE OPEN THURSDAY FRIDAY 'TIL 9 P.M. BERGERON'S CARTER'S MEN'S SHOP ENTERPRISE DEFT. STORE ISIDORE'S HAIR'STYIJNG JORDAN'S LUGGAGE SHOP LYNCH'S MEN'S B'OYS' STORE MILLER'S SEARS ROEBUCK Mth CENTURY High St. Mkt, WINGATE'S DRUG STORE PIZZA by Charles Famous thru out New England 147 W. Pearl St. Finesf in Pizzas Grinders (all varieties) Regular Charles SPECIAL PIZZA TUSAY 99c Telephone 889-4542 Open II A.M. fo 2 A.M. Mon. thru Sat. Sundays 3 P.M. to ure. It finally came out with a vole Wednesday afternoon after an hour behind closed doors and the advise of legislative legal experts. Committee Chairman Cleon Heald, R-Keene, said the ma- jority of the committee was in favor of the intent of the bill. However, the Keene Republican added that many members said they could not recommend its approval because of their con- science. Heald was quick and specific In stressing that "religion did not enter" into deliberations over the measure. He said op- position to it was on "personal and moral grounds." However, Mrs. Wallin said she feels there will be some voting in the 400-member along religious lines. But she added that "it won't be that clear cut." Mrs. Wallin is the national Democratic committeewoman for the state and a leader among Democrats In the legis- ABORTION BILL Page I where necessary. Estimated million. 4. Build central'administrative building on 20-aere site. Estimated cost: Market Conditions Engelhardt pointed out that es- timated costs were based on cur- rent market conditions and prices may increase at the rate of 10 to 12 per cent a year in the future. It was for this reason, Engel- hardt said, that he personally fav- ored construction of a high school immediately instead of. erecting a facility now and adding wings later on.. Margaret Oote and Mrs. Mar- garet Flynn questioned the ad- visability of having one large high school rather than two small- er facilities. They based their inquiries on the psychological el- fects of having high schoolers in one large school- Engelhardt said with the mod- ern techniques of administration no student need lose his identity in a large school. The advantage of having a large school such as proposed, he said, is that there are sufficient groups of interested students to establish classes in specialized subjects. The overall gain, he added, is an enriched curriculum. Elementary Schools Iir projecting elementary school Engelhardt figured on 25- pupils per classroom. Supt. of Schools Edmund M. SCHOOL Pawl the state would get the full amount of revenue from rooms and meals taxes instead of the current 60 per and would apply the help finance an "education aid fund." Through this education fund, the cities and towns would get state assistance from three "clearly earmarked sources of revenue which shall be used for no other purposes." These three sources would be: Rooms and meals tax. Sweepstakes revenue. The tax on savings institu- tions. Peterson called for abolishing the current foundation aid law and replacing it with a distri- bution system for the education aid fund "by which every town and city would benefit equally from a portion of the fund I would recommend that approxi- mately one-third of the fund be so distributed and the bal- ance of the fund would be dis- tributed on a 'need' basis. "To work out a fair and work- able distribution system, I am creating, by executive order, a special committee of legislators and state officials to report by May 1 a plan" for legisla- tive consideration. Peterson_ observed that the foundation aid law distributed million to needy towns and cities during the last bienni- um. "It is conservatively esti- mated that the proposed Edu- cation Aid Fund will distribute at least million in total aid and may well exceed mil- lion under a program of vigor- ous enforcement of the rooms and meals tax law." Message To Legislature In his message to. the legisla- ture, the governor noted the agency heads requested million in general fund revenue. In said there is a fixed cost of million which must'be-met. He recommended spending- a total million from gener- al funds, including debt service, plus "an additional sum for ed- ucation aid." Peterson called for a 87.6 per cent increase in spending for the vocational-technical school program. The governor recommended that the state university system get million against the million It received in gen- eral funds for the current two- year, period. The governor said that his is really a "hold the line" budget. He explained that taking into account the natural economic TONIGHT IN THE TELEGRAPH growth and Income from' vari- ous revenue sources, his budget comes within to the 8 per cent growth figure in recent years. The other existing tax sources in which he said "we must necessarily enact increases" to balance the general fund Include certain license fees in which boosts wre recommended by the insurance commissioner. "In addition, it is my recom- mendation that the tax on real estate transfers be increased from 10 cents per of the sales price to 50 cents per the tax to be shared equally by the buyer and the seller I am recommending that the legacy tax ,be raised from 10 per cent to 15 per cent." The governor said he fe.els his budget "meets the test o'f mak- ing the best use of .the re- sources we have at ous com- mand." He noted that the state faced a million deficit as of June 30 when he took office, and the primary reason was the "failure of the taxes on tobacco to re- turn the amount which we pre- dicted in June, 1967. No one person or persons is to blame for this. "The then governor and I, as speaker of the House, along with others responsible for rev- enue estimates made our best estimate of the revenue to be gained from .this source. His- tory has proven us to have been in error, but now, rather than looking backward, we must look forward to ways and means of solving this problem." Peterson noted that he has taken substantial steps to com- bat the proposed deficit. He has issued executive orders "which will sharply curtail, spending during the next four and one- half Peterson tald. 2 Gunmen Rob Nashua Bank In a.daring robbery, two gun- men held up the Second .National Bank's branch facility in the S- moneau Plaza Shopping Center about 11 this morning. The robbers used a gas pellet, to counter any possible resistance. The employes in the bank, three women and two men, were over- come by the fumes, believed to be a form of tear gas- First In Historr It was the first bank robbery In Nashua's history, acordlng .to Police Chief Paul J. Tracy. The Federal Bureau of Investi- gation joined the Nashua authori- ties in a full-scale, probe. The sum at money removed from the .facility was undeter- mined at press tune. The Fire Department was sum- moned to the scent and prodded police with gaj matin to enter the gas-filled room. It was said a vehicle was backed up to the bank door and a wit- ness said be thought the vehicle then headed south en I toward Massachusetts. Chief Tracy wax unable to fur- nish extensive details. He said employes, overpowered by tin fumes, were under treatment and could not questioned it thif time. Police throughout (he area, par- ticularly, Tyngsboro and. Lowell, were alerted about the robbery. Davis P. Thurber, president of the bank, said he was unable to state the exact figure which wai itolen. _ One witness said the' fleeing car, reportedly carrying the men, was brown-colored. Pennichuck Rate Increase Okayed Abby 16 Baker 5 Classifieds 17, 18, 19 Comics 17 Crossword 16 Editorial 4 Financial 3 Hal Boyle 6 Lawrence 4 Nashua Scene 2 Pearson 4 Sports 14, 15 Suburban News 12, 13 5 Television 16 Theaters 16 Dr. Thosteson 17 Weather 2 The New Hampshire Public Util- ities Commission has authorized the Pennichuck Water Works of Nashua to increase its rates by 17.7 per cent above the rates in effect since July 1, 1968. The company in its petition May had sought a 19.J per cent boost. At hearings last October and November, the company argued that increased real estate and fed- eral taxes as well as an inflation- ary business climate required that it be granted a 26.6 per cent in- crease. The commission said in its deci- sion last Wednesday that the in- crease it approved would be suffi- cient to permit the firm to absorb increased costs of doing 'business while allowing it a just and rea- sonable return on its investment The company will be author- ized to file rates designed to pro- duce an increase of about in total annual operating reve- nues. The company shall be allowed to recoup by means of a sur- charge, its rate case expense, and the difference between per- manent rates to be established and the rates presently in effect during the period from July 1, 1968, to the effective date of the new rates. How this surcharge will be as- sessed to the company's custom- over one or mon years as well as the amount of the recoupment and the effec- tive date of the new rates will be determined by the PUC after the company files its new rate sched- ule with the commission. The city had fought the rate Increase on the grounds it would cause an estimated rise in its annual fire protection charges. King-Sized Traffic Jam BILLS ARE A PAIN LET A. B. 0. HELP YOU GET (TOT 01' DEIST BT CONSOLIDATING TOOT HILLS PAST HUE OB NOT. YOD OAN AVOID LEOAL AC- TIONS DUNS LETTEKS AND TaSKATENINO PHONE CALLS. NOT A LOAN NO SECURITY NO CO-SIGNERS IF TOD OWE PAY AS I.OW AS 815 WGEKliT 825 WEEKLY (35 WEEKLY CALL OK WRITE TODAY For Pence of Hind Tomorrow 1371 Elm 8t Manchester 669-5161 Boom 108 92 Main St. Nanliim 8815-1737 ANCHOR BUDGET CONSULTANTS Home or Office Appointment! ArranccJ This was the scene on Route 93 in Medford, Mass., as motorists headed for Boston from northern suburbs and New Hampshire. Highways in the area are still clogged with snow and ice follow- ing the worst storm of the year on Sun- day and Monday. (AP Wirephoto) Keep Shovels Handy; More 'Flurries' Due Keep the snow shovel handy. It's flurrying again. However, those predicted "flurries" have already dumped a couple of fresh inches on Nashua. And, it's supposed to keep "flurrying" all day today, tonight and tomorrow. Actually, the weatherman if playing it safe with forecasts for Maine, New Hampshire and Ver- mont. The official forecast sayf It could be either snow flurries or snow. But, no total downfall il predicted in either case. Other New England states have been that it will just snow Hurries, amounting to no more than four inches. WALLPAPER SALE Save Up fo 50% On New 1969 Patterns Nashua Wallpaper Co. 129 W. Pearl St. 882-9491 Open Thun Nlghti 'Til FREE CHECKING for Junior Gr Senior Citizens NASHUA TRUST COMPANY MEMBER J. D. I. 0, ANTENNA TROUBLES? Call Cable Vision FUEL OIL SAVE MORE With LORDEN OIL CO. INC. leninx tit   

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