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   Nashua Telegraph (Newspaper) - February 18, 1969, Nashua, New Hampshire                               Today's Chuckle We're raising a generation of youngsters today who think that aging women turn blonde. 1969 The Telegraph's 100th Year At A Daily Newspaper C '9 raph Weather Cloudy, Cold Tonight Little Chongt Wednwdoy FULL REPORT ON PAGE TWO VOL. 100 NO. 297 Established u a Weekly October Incorporated Daily March 1, 18W NASHUA, NEW HAMPSHIRE, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 1969 Second dm Portage Paid At Naihui, N. H. 26 PAGES Price TEN CENTS Chief Pleads For Cruisers Saying the transportation situation in his department had reached a "pathetic Police Chief Paul J. Tracy last night appealed to the finance committee to allow the purchase of more cruisers this year. Opposition Voiced The chief's request, however, ran into opposition from Mayor Dennis 'J. Sullivan who said the present cruiser assignment poli- cies in the department could itand some investigation. Tracy said the need for more, vehicles has become acute. He said when the police were called to the scene of holdup at the Second National Branch Bank Thursday, he, a deputy chief, the captains and inspec- tors were forced to ride to the bank by ambulance be- cause it was the only vehicle immediately available to them. And he said, routes had to be of cruisers for the sub- investigation. Tracy said the department has not had its cruiser force in- creased for the past five years, despite budget requests for more cruisers. He said the situation had Mached a point where he was deprived of a police car when he went on official business. He noted other department heads were allowed the use of a car. Sullivan said as, far as he was concerned, he preferred to have policemen on foot rather than in cruisers for public relations pur- poses. He was also critical of the present car assignment policies in the. department and said some of the cruisers could be found parked in the rear of the police station for hours. Tracy said he could show otherwise and said it would be impractical to expect policemen tp patrol outlying areas on foot. The aldermen noted that the finance committee meeting was not the proper place to discuss the subject at hand since a budget hearing on police needs is slated.for Wednesday night. They asked that Tracy present documentation for extra cruis- ers at that time. Sullivan also promised to present proof to support his criticisms. Other Business -In other business, the com- mittee opened .bids for the pur- chase of six sedans and two sta- tion wagons for the police de- partment. The cars are for re- placement purposes only. Submitting bids were Nashua Auto Co., sedans, sta- tion wagons, MacMulkin Chevrolet, sedans, sta- tion wagons, Tulley Buick .Pontiac Co., Inc., se- dans, station wagons. The bids were referred for screening. Awarded to Nashua Auto Co. was the purchase of a safety van for the police department bid of The com-- pany was the sole bidder for the. New Format For Hudson Meeting Set HUDSON The annual town meeting will be- split into two sections next month, John M. Bednar, chairman of the Board of Selectmen, said today. He also reported a change of the voting hours. The election of town Will take place on town meeting day, March 11, and the hours of voting will be from m. io i p. m. .Bednar said this would be tried on an experimental basis. In past sessions, voting hours ran from 10 a. m. to 5, and could be ex- tended. That section of the town meet- ing when various articles on the warrant are acted upon, will be held at 7 Friday night, March 14. The School District meeting, .Including both election of officers and business, will be held Wed- nesday, March 5. FUEL OIL SAVE MORE With LORDEN OIL CO. INC. RerTlcc and unround, lie tewai 465-2267 BILLS ARE A PAIN MT A. B. 0. HELP YOU GET OUT OP DEBT BT CONSOLIDATING TOUR S PAST DUE OK NOT. YOU CAN AVOID LEGAL 'AC- TIONS DUNS LETTERS _ AND THREATENING PHONE CALLS. NOT A LOAN SO SECURITY NO CO-SIGNEBS IF YOU OWE PAY AS LOW AS IIS WEEKLY 125 WEEKLY WEEKLT CALL OB WHITE TODAT for Fetce of Mind Tomorrow 1271 Elm St Manchester 669-5161 Doom 108 92 Mnili St. Nailint 883-1737 ANCHOR BUDGET CONSULTANTS Homo or Office Appointment! educational vehicle to be de- frayed by a federal grant. There were two bidders on a water cooler to replace a de- fective one at the Amh erst Street fire station. Lamothe Re- frigeration Co. bid and Na- shua Supply Co., The sale was awarded to Nashua Supply. Sole bidder on work clothes for the fire department was Lynch's. The sale was awarded to the firm on bids of for trousers, for long-sleeved shirts, for short sleeve shirts; and for each jack- et and liner. Recommended for passage a second time was a million valuation exemption for Rivier College. Still pending is a re- port from Cole, Layer Trumble on policies governing such ex- emptions in other cities. List Studied The committee studied the .list of abatements granted by the assessors since Jan. 1 but asked that the assessors appear at the next finance meeting. Also discussed was the pos- sibility of having the list of abatements extended back to Dec. 1, 1968 and to have City Solicitor Arthur 0. Gormley Jr. study the powers of assessors in granting abatements. Payment of for dog damages claimed by Melvin: Clement, New Dunstable Road, was okayed after a report by Finance Officer John H. Buck. Clement presented the claim for damages done to a ewe and a ram by unknown dogs in De- cember. Recommended for passage was a pension resolution for Alphonse Hioux retiring school janitor. It was also rec o m- mended the annual pension be lowered by to reflect an error in calculation. Also recommended for pas- sage was an annual pension re- solution of for .retiring City Treasurer Tax Collector Edward R. Benoit. St. Louis Closing Is Reviewed Supt.. of. Schools Edmund M. Keefe said today the closing of St. Louis High School ia June will not create new problems for pub- lic schools "just add to them." He said planning being done to implement a longer school day at Nashua High next Sep- tember to cope with overcrowded conditions "will just have to take the St. Louis students into con- sideration." Diocesan authorities have as- sured him, Keefe said, that many of the St. Louis students would seek entrance at other parochial schools. The Roman Catholic diocese of Manchester, announced yester- day that the 134-pupil school would close permanently in June. Conflicting reports hare been received, however; that some parents were disturbed about the sudden announcement. They said they left the Sunday night meeting with diocesan' authorities under the impression they had been given more time to work out other alternatives for the 34-year-old girls school. The parents said they wished to pursue more information on the diocese's action before making any further comments. They declined to be identified publicly. TONIGHT IN THE TELEGRAPH Abby Biossat 5 Classifieds Comics 22 23, 24, 25 Crossword 22 Editorial 4 Financial S Hal Boyle 23 Lawrence 4 Nashua Scene 4 2 4 4 10, 11 Obituaries Pearson Reston Sports Suburban News Sulzburger 5 Television 5.1 Theaters 22 Dr. Thpsteson Weather 2 Sale Interior Latex Wall Paint Gal. Nashua Wallpaper Co. 12) W. Pearl St, 882-9491 Open Thurs. nights 'til 1969 City Budget Allows Pay Raises Scene of Main Street Fire The Chase Building on Main Street was the scene of 'a massive collection of firefightihg equipment, as firemen 'fought a blaze at the Fotomart store. In top illuminated by street- lights create an eerie scene as firemen extend ladders to. apartments. In bot- tom photo, firefighters enter the building in an attempt; to confine the blaze- to the rear of the building. (Telegraphotos and Harrigan) Fire Damages Main Si. Store By JOHN HARRIGAN An early evening fire dam- aged the B'otomart Camera Cor- poration on 178 Main St. last night, as Nashua firemen an- swered a two-alarm call. Fire officials said the first alarm was sounded at p.m. by a person from the Associated Real Estate office at 176 Main Street. The second alarm was turned in at by Fire Chief Albert Tanguay to insure that persons occupying apartments above the store would be evacuated quick- ly. Units from Lake .Street, Am- herst Street, Central and Air- port stations answered the call, as police and fire personnel blocked off a section of Main Street to allow firemen'to work on the fire and evacuate apart- ment-dwellers. Damage to the store was con- fined to a section in the rean of the building housing a gift- wrapping counter. Chief Tan- guay hailed the efforts of fire- fighters in confining the blaze, and averting a more serious fire The store is located in the Chase Building, Mer rimack Properties, Man- chester. It was reported the proprietor of (he store, Seymour Goodman, intended to open the business this morning. Most of the dam- age resulted 'from smoke and water. The Professional Building, next to the Chase Building, was damaged slightly when water seeped into the basement of the Sears, Roebuck and Company store. Chief Tanguay said the exact cause is not determined, but in- dications point to electrical fail- ure. Fire inspectors were on' the scene this morning for further investigation. Extension ladders were set up to allow tenants in upper floors to leave the building, but those inside managed to 'leave by the stairs. Firemen were at the scene, for .three hours, Chief Tanguay said. Units from the Airport station covered Amherst Street station during the alarm, while other units from Hudson covered Cen- tral. Commenting on a reported col- lision between a fire truck and a car during the fire, Chief Tan- guay discounted the incident, saying that while there had "been collision "of there had been no damage. "A radio report blew it all out of he said. "The car and the truck .just barely met." By Claudette Durocher Wage increases for mu- nicipal employes, averaging about five per cent, will be allowed in the 1969 munici- pal budget, Mayor Dennis J. Sullivan said today. He said the step raise will be permitted to reflect cost of living increases. Industries Studied Industries were checked, he said, to determine their wage policies and this study was con- ducive to allowing the raises. Sullivan also said that this choice of alternatives in the wage question was also limited as the p o li c e department which has autonomy in setting its wages, has already moved to grant 5.5 per cent raises.to its personnel. Commenting on past experi- ence, Sullivan said: "If the police department grants raises, the fire depart- ment will want them too. If I cut out the raises for other de- partments, they'll take their case to the aldermen who will end up by giving it to them anyway. This way, I'm just cut- ting out a year-long hassle." Mayor Displeased Sullivan, however, expressed displeasure about the raise in- crease proposed by the police department. He said the department, to promote harmony with other municipal departments, should have stuck to the five per cent wage increase ceiling. Aldermanic President Maur- ice L. Arel said he had been informed by the firemeri' that: they too wish to have their wages boosted by 5.5 per cent instead of the five per cent pro- posed in their budget. "They're happy about the raise they're going to Arel said, "but it's the principle of that extra 'point five' that is bugging them now." Preliminary budget hearings, opened ;last night with the re- view of proposed budgets of the Woodlawn, Edgewood and .Sub- urban' Cemeteries and of tht public libraries. Library Budget Cut In their budget, the library trustees asked for arid Sullivan granted them less than asked for. The greatest cut was made in the book purchase account which Sullivan reduced from to or only more than appropriated for this purpose last year. The other cut in the library budget was made in the petty cash, conventions and education allotment which Sullivan pared from the requested to Last year, was ap- propriated for this purpose. Efforts by the aldermen to have Sullivan restore the total book allowance were fruitless, although he promised to "se- Nashua Pilot Jells of Routine Flight By MICHELE BUJOLD What started out Sunday as a routine Eastern Airlines flight from Boston to Puerto Rico turned out to be .anything but, according to the plane's co-pilot, First Officer Donald 29, of 71- Browning Avenue, Na- shua. Not only .was there minor ra'dio trouble that prompted an unscheduled stop in Bermuda, but after the jet landed the crew was grounded temporarily by an attempt to hijack the- plane to Cuba. Davidson was the co-pilot for Eastern: Airlines flight 945, which departed Boston's Logan International Airport Sunday afternoon with 95 passengers aboard; The' flight was.to have but' the plane, a Boeing 720, developed radio trouble over the Atlantic, forc- ing a diversion to Bermuda. Landed for Repairs "We proceeded to land to have It said Davidson, safely'back in Nashua and calm- ly reviewing the events of the past 24 hours. "This particular radio-is': necessary for the flight to San Juan." he explained. He said that as the plane was taxiing after making the sched- uled stop at Kindley Field in Bermuda, a passenger asked one of the stewardesses where they were. The stewardess, Carol M. Mc- Grath, 23, of Boston, answered Bermuda and said the plane would continue on to San Juan. "I've got a gun that says it the man reportedly said to Miss McGrath. He added that he wanted to go to Cuba. Da- vidson said stewardess came out to the cockpit to notify them of-what was going on. The, pilot, Captain Eugene Garges of .New, York, notified the control tower to send, the police to the terminal, Davidson said. Five police officers rushed to the scene, arriving just, as the plane .was pulling .up to. the Eastern unloading area. Man Sfezed One of (Hem went aboard and seized the man. He has been identified as Salvatore Sperduto, 56, of Nahant, Mass. Davidson .pointed out that neither the stewardess nor the other DONALD DAVIDSON crew members actually saw a gun. had his hand Inside his coat like he had a he says, "but no, one saw it." Davidson revealed that tht man caused somewhat of a com- motion .prior to boarding the plane in Boston, and that the authorities almost didn't let him on the plane. "But we had no What's So Special About FREE CHECKING NASHUA1 TRUST? minimum balance if you're under 65 and NONE if you're over. That's what! Member, F.D.I.C, FOTOMART 178.Main Street OPEN AS USUAL authority to search Da- vidson, added. An Associated Press story on the incident stated that others aboard the plane apparently were unaware of what was going on until the alleged would- be hijacker was arrested. One of the passengers was Diran Bagdasarian of Water- town, Mass., who was married Friday, and who was en route to Puerto Rico with his bride for their honeymoon. "We took off about and developed equipment trouble shortly he said. "So we didn't think about hijacking at all! We' don't even know exactly what happened... We didn't know about any other trouble until they grabbed this guy up front." The AP story also revealed that Sperduto has remained in Bermuda to face a breach of peace charge. Police Chief Jo- seph Melanson of Nahant said that Sperduto operated a bakery In Somerville, where he original- ly was from. As for Davidson, he's been a pilot with Kastern for six years now, and never had one of his planes hijacked, or had iin attempted until now. "I'd been teased about it often enough but I never thought it would happen." he said. When asked what he would have done If the passenger had. pulled a gun while the jet. airborne, Davidson replied: "You know, a bunch of us were talking, about that possibility afterwards. We really would have had a problem. I guess we probably would have ended up In Cuba." rlously consider" transferring the extra funds from salary ac- counts. The salary accounts involved i are those of three new posts to be created. City Librarian Joseph G. Sakey said the posi' tions will not be filled until after the budget is finally approved and that perhaps the unexpend- ed salaries for this period could be used. Sakey estimated the three Jobs would remain unfilled for three months, 3'ieWing in unused salary.. Sullivan Pressed Alderman- at Large Maurice L. Bouchard pressed Sullivan to say he would restore the'full book allowance ,in view of the salary surplus anticipated. But Sullivan balked at com- mitting himself. In past he has attempted to reduce the book allowance but has restored the cut at the urging of Sakey and the aldermen. Questioned by Alderman-at- Large Bertrand J. Bouchard, Sullivan said he cut the book item because he felt that the purchase of less books would help the tight shelving situation at the library and with less new books purchased, more interest would be generated to read the books already on the shelves. Sullivan also defended him- self by saying that he had al- lowed the book allowance to in- crease by J500 and could not be accused-of granting less for this item than was given last year. Sakey and Frank B. Clancy, vice chairman of the library trustees, argued that the book allowance as proposed was vital to the library in its aim to adequately serve the reading public. The city librarian said circu- lation of library materials had reached an unprecedented high of last year and this "alone represented a heavy re- placement need. Limited Collections Limited collections in the ju- venile division, he said, also cause limitations in the book circulation of books among ele- mentary school children. Finance Officer John H. Buck said in his personal opinion he felt the entire book allowance should be permitted. He sug- gested that the library forego budgeted to repair the steps at Hunt Library and to remount the outside doors so they swing outward. Buck said since the library will be acquiring new quarters in about a year and a half this expense could perhaps be de- ferred. Clancy said that the work had been recommended by the fire department and because of the CFTY BUDGET Pan! Congress Airs U.S. Tax Code By EDMOND LeBRETON WASHINGTON (AP) Con- gress opened a sweeping review of the tax code today, hearing a call for a 20 per cent tax on the investment income of private foundations. Rep. Wright Patman, the Tex- as Democrat who has been a leading critic of tax-exempt foundations for more than eight years, told the House Ways and Means Committee in prepared testimony "I do not seek to de- stroy foundations, but to reform them." Patman, however, said he "does not propose taxing contri- butions to foundations, but rath- er on their investment revenue. The committee, headed by Ar- kansas Democrat Wilbur D. Mills, began what is expected to be a two-year job of revamping tax laws which were last, re- viewed in 1954. Patman said the of sonn of the nation's estimated. foundations have their tax-free status "reveals'the con- tinuing devotion of'iome of our millionaires to greed, rather than conversion to gradous- ness." However, Charles L. Me- Claskey, president of the Na- tional Association of Founda- tions, Inc., said the groups art capable of policing themselves under his association's code of ethics, and no additional legisla- tion is necessary. "Private foundation abuse li, as matter of fi'ct, not wide- spread as some would have you believe, because the experience of the Internal Revenue Servio in auditing private foundation'! returns found less than two per cent he said in pre- pared testimony. Berlin Mayor Acts To Dissolve Fears Ntw York Niwt Sirvlot BERLIN KUus Schutz sought today -to dispel fears of a major crisis develop- ing over West Berlin, saying he had "no concrete evidence" of Communist plans for a squeeze on the isolated city's lifelines. But Schutz said the Russian warning of "grave conse- quences" in case Bonn, goes ahead -with its plan to hold the West German presidetial elec- tion in the ouipost city next month "must be taken seri- ously." In Conrad Ahlers, the deputy government spokesman, emphasized that West Germany "under no circumstances wants a crisis in Berlin and around Berlin." Ahlers gave no indica- tion, however, that the federal government would yield to eastern pressure in the question of con- vening the federal assembly in Berlin March S. The Soviet Union and East Germany have protested ths staging of the election in West Berlin, isolated 110 miles inside East Germany, as an "aggres- sive act" on the part of Bonn. In seeking to counter the east-' ern charges Ahlers told a news conference that West Berlin was "no foreign territory" but was considered to be "within the realm of our constitution." He said the Bonn decision to bring the members of the federal assembly to Berlin, to elect a successor to President Heinrich Labke "was taken in agreement with our west- ern allies, particularly with ths new American administration." President Nixon if scheduled to visit the allied outpost on Feb. 27, less than a week before the presidential election. East Germany has put Into effect travel bap ring mental of tht federal as- sembly and West German mili- tary personnel from using land -routes to Berlin. However, the 'restrictions, which went into ef- fect over the weekend, have lit- tle practical purpose since _West German parliamentarians and military personnel generally fly into the city. The travel ban was described by the Russians as a "minimum program." However, Schutz, in an interview with the West Ger- man newspaper Die Welt, said, "I have not heard of further concrete actions being planned or Thp remarks by Schutz were seen as largely designed to ward off any panic among the two million West Berliners as the test of nerves continued. Ber- liners; busy digging out of a crippling 14-inch layer of show, remained tranquil, a It h o u g h housewives began talking about the need.to store food supplies if tension should mount. '69 Automobiles, Other Features In Today's Paper Among the special features hi today's edition of the Nashua Telegraph is a review of the 1MI automobiles presented by the Nashua-Hudson New Car Deal- ers Association. Highlighted will be open house ceremonies in the show rooms issocUtlon memberi today and continuing through Sunday. Also of (pedal inttnet if flM Mcond installment of Comimni. ty Planning Objective wkfcfc eta be' found on tht back MIC. In tt, City Planner Fred McMcKen euset Nashut'f population,   

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