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Nashua Telegraph (Newspaper) - March 4, 1969, Nashua, New Hampshire Today's Chuckle By the time you're experienced at being a parent, you're unemployed. VOL. 101 NO. 3 Established u a Weekly October Incorporated u i Daily Mircb 1, 1MI ...1969 Ttltgroph'f 101st Ytar As A Daily Newspaper... Weather Clear, Cold Tonight Sunny, Mild Wednesday FULL REPORT ON PAGE TWO NASHUA, NEW HAMPSHIRE, TUESDAY, MARCH 4, 1969 Second Class Postage Paid At Nashua, N. H. 16 PAGES Price TEN CENT! City Studies Flood Threat By CLAUDETTE DUKOCHER High boots and boats may be as popular in, a few weeks as snow shovels and plows are now. Local officials have joined state and New England authorities in worrying about the looming flood threat In the wake of three major snowstorms. Dally Measurements J. Gilmore Shea, superintend- ent of the sewage treatment plant, said daily are being taken of the Merrimack River at the bridge. The readings are forwarded to th? River Forecast Center in Hartford, Conn., a federal agency. "If we have warm days but cool nights we'll probably survive without too much Shea said. "But, if not, we could be in real trouble." The height of the Merrimack, he said, is not considered high for this time of year. "But we'll keep I close watch on Shea added. Civil Defense Director George M. Papadopoulos said he is plan- ning to call a meeting with key department heads to implement an increased disaster readiness program. The program, he said, coor- dinates the manpower and re- sources of such departments aj fire, police, public works, health, welfare with those of the Red Cross and Salvation Army. Date Book In addition, Papadopoulos the Civil Defense depart- ment has compiled a resources date book which lists private sources of heavy equipment for Use in emergency situations plus sources for food and fuel re- serves. A spokesman for the Penni- chuck Water Pumping Station said the ground run-off remains stable at this time. The snow cover, he said, rep- resents approximately 4.3 inches of water. "We should start noticing a change in the run-off rate pretty he said. "If we get heavy rain, plus warm days and nights we could be in trouble." The River Forecast Center said snow depths around New England up to 80 inches in New Hampshire and that wa- ter equivalents in the snowpack were about 200 per cent of nor- mal for most of Northern New England and high" in Eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Any substantial rainfall dur- ing the critical snow melting would mean trouble, the center warned. City Planner To Try Again Wednesday Twice postponed by snow, the public hearing on community plan- ning objectives has been resched- uled for Wednesday night at in the City Hall auditorium. City Planner Fred D. MeCut- chen said another community plan- ning objectives hearing will also be held next Monday night at "The rule of thumb will said, "that rain, snow or shine, I will be there." The hearing was originally scheduled for Feb. 24. Topics to be discussed will in- clude the ideal population density for Nashua, the role of downtown in future growth, the feasibility of partially subsidized bus trans- portation, updating of zoning laws, reservation of open space and other related topics. In left photo, the three astronauts are in step as they head for the rocket which put them into earth orbit from Cape Kennedy yesterday. Under the watchful eye of Alan Shepard, chief of the astronaut's office, they are, from left: James McDivitt, David Scott and Russell Schweickart. In right photo, an artist's drawing shows how the LEM will act with the The Astronauts and Their Vehicles command module during today's tests. At top left, Apollo pulls away, and at top right, protective panels fly from the "spider." At bottom left, after command module is linked to the LEM, both spring away from each other. At bottom right, fuel is expended to improve orbital lifetime. (NASA Photos via AP Wirephotos) Risky Tasks Ahead For Apollo Crew By JOHN BARBOUR CAPE KENNEDY, Fla. (AP) Still linked nose- to-nose with a wobbly moon cab, the Apollo 9 astronauts gave their spaceship a rock- eting kick upward today to make it easier to handle if rescue is necessary in risky maneuvers, ahead. Rocket Fired Air Force Cols. James A. McDivitt and David R. Scott and civilian Russell L. Schweickart fired their rocket engine at a.m. EST for al- most two minutes. The spacecraft engine, deliv- ering the power of a jet fighter plane, boosted the high point of Apollo 9's orbit to about 221 miles, with a low point of 123 miles. "That's pretty the as- tronauts reported when Mission Control told them the figures of the new orbit. "Looked pretty smooth, Apollo Mission Control replied. One of the aims of the planned rocket firing was to reduce the weight of the Apollo 9 by pounds. This makes the ship easier to maneuver with less fuel, and backs up its ability to rescue the untested moon cab if necessary in days ahead. It. also checks out how well the autopilot handles the expect- ed wobble of the combined spacecraft in rapid boosts of power. The Apollo 9 astronauts said they did not get as much wobble State Supreme Court Rules on School Issue By CAHL C. CRAFT CONCORD, N.H. (AP) Once a town's school district votes to join an Authorized Re- gional Enrollment Area (AREA) school district and the state ap- proves the plan, it cannot se- cede unless it meets legal with- drawal provisions, the state Su- preme Court ruled today. The major decision, first of Its type to be handed down by New Hampshire's highest court, came in a case brought by the Plymouth School District against the Rumney School Dis- trict. Rumney, Campton and Hol- derness are the "sending dis- tricts" and Plymouth is the "receiving district" for an AREA program formed under the state law providing for a cooperative plan of sending pu- pils to a central facility. Under the law, no sending dis- trict can withdraw while there's an unpaid debt of the receiving district for land, buildings and equipment of an AREA school "nor, after satisfaction of such debt, may any sending district withdraw from such plan sooner than 20 years after date of op- erating responsibility." Rumney's district voted Nov. 2, 1967, to petition for annexa- tion to the Plymouth AREA plan. The state Board of Edu- cation, on Nov. 20, 1967, issued a certificate of organization for the AREA plan. On June 8, district voted to rescind the action it had taken on Nov. 2, 1967. The Supreme Court, acting in the case sent to it without nil- ing from Graft on County Super- ior Court, decided that Rum- ney's vote to withdraw was in- effective. In the unanimous ruling by the four high court justices who heard the case, the Supreme Court decided that Rumney's school district "having entered into a contract in reliance upon which the Plymouth School Dis- trict has expended money and obligated itself may not now withdraw under the statute." The court added: "The Rum- ney Community Association says this is a long and arduous contract from which the parties may not withdraw .in 20 years or until the debt is paid off, whichever is longer, and then only if a majority of the other participating districts agree. agree that withdrawal is diffi- cult but this is no ground for invalidating the contract." The Supreme Court also was asked if the Plymouth School District was in breach of its ob- ligations under the Plymouth AREA plan providing for an AREA high schooi for grades 9 through 12 by physically annex- ing Plymouth elementary school for the lower grades, the allo- cated costs of which will be borne solely by the Plymouth School District. In this regard, the high court noted that the AREA plan con- templated that faciliies for vo- cational training, gymnasium, kichen, dining facilities, locker rooms and other facilities would be used jointly with the Ply- mouth elementary schools. "The plan apparently contem- plated such joint use of the two the court said, adding that in the event any participat- ing district feels that the adjust- ment made by the Plymouth superinendent of schools be- cause of such a use is inequit- abte, the law provides for de- termination by the state board of both tuition and annual ren- tal charge per pupil. In addition, the Rumney Com- munity Association described by the high court as a partici- pant throughout the litigation and a representative of opposi- tion to Rumney's participation in the AREA plan questioned the constitutionality of the law. The Supreme Court observed that these constitutional argu- ments are grounded on the the- ory that the state law took from the Rumney School District the right to administer its own high school and to determine and raise the amount of money to be spent on it. "The cases cited in support of this argument relate to the pro- tection afforded to each citizen to have his vote counted and counted the court said. as they had expected on this rocket firing. The scene was set for the first rocketing maneuver of the day when McDivitt reported from space: "An interesting sidelight here, Houston." He told the earth that when they accelerate their combined vehicles they get a lot of wobbly flight. He said he expected the rocket firing "may be fairly exciting." The astronauts were awak- ened shortly after a.m., re- luctant to rise but brighter voiced and obviously more rest- ed on their second day in space. When ground communicator Ron Evans, an astronaut him- self, awakened them, one of the Apollo .9 space pilots whose drowsy voice was unidentifiable murmured, "I guess we have to wake up .now, "Yeah, it's about that responded Evans. All the ensuing conversation from space sounded brisk and alert, however, as the astro- nauts proceeded to jot down an updated flight plan and other technical data preliminary to powering up for the day's la- bors. After that the next order of business was breakfast. The menu consisted of Canadian ba- con, apple sauce, corn flakes, brownies and fruit drinks. The Apollo 9 voyagers were flying nose-to-nose with their buglike lunar combi- nation dubbed "gumdrop and spider" .by Mission the end of a first day which of- ten found them too busy to talk. "We were pretty well crowded today to get all these things one of them said just before turning in for their first nine- hour sleep period. "And we sort of missed lunch." Mission Control re- plied. "I could tell you were really humping up there." Tired though they were after 12 busy hours, they were happy because of their success with a demanding flight plan. Asked whether they were ready to copy some information from the ground, one of them replied jok- ingly, "Stand by. We're going to have to sort through the food bags for a piece of paper." The biggest tests come on days three, four and five. Sched- uled for. those days are com- plete testing of the spider-liks moon cab, a two-hour space walk by Schweickart, and a chase with two astronauts in the moon cab, a craft so fragile a man could put his foot through the side. This flight is the premiere test for the lunar excursion module, as it is called. Failure or suc- cess will determine whether U.S. astronauts try to land on the moon this summer. This plan is for the moon cab to two men on the moon, and later launch itself to send them winging back to a rendez- vous with the third man piloting th'e mothership. The Apollo 9 astronauts are checking these maneuvers .and the moon cab in the friendlier neighborhood of the earth. But flight officials have dubbed these critical, tests the riskiest in the moon race thus far. One of the few times the as- tronauts broke into descriptive chatter Monday came some six hours after blast off when they separated for the last time front the big S4B rocket that had placed them in orbit. The S4B, packing the power of 11 jet fighter planes, was re- started by command from the ground and hurled Into orbit around the sun. Local Church Will Rebuild On Bridge Repairs Payment By BILL ROBERTS HUDSON-The Hudson Board of Selectmen last night reviewed a letter from Nashua Mayor Dennis J. Sullivan in which requested payment on the bal- ance of Hudson's share in re- pairing the Taylor's Falli Bridge. The balance was pegged at Selectmen opened discussion on the entire bridge picture, starting with the closing, the original estimate of to repair and carry the legal load limit and the total cost of 000. Chairman John Bednar point- ed out that the majority of Selectmen reached a "gentle- men's agreement" with Nashua to split the cost of repair and asked for action on Sullivan's letter. Selectmen Frank Nutting and Robert Levesque indicated they would "sit on" the request until they were satisfied with bridge repairs. BILLS ARE A PAIN LET A. B. 0. JIEI.P rOD GET OUT OP DEBT BT CONSOLIDATING TODR BILLS PAST DUE OB NOT. TOI1 CAN AVOID LKRAL AC- TIONS DUNS LETTERS AND THREATENING PHONE CALLS. NOT A LOAN NO SECURITY NO CO-S1GNEHS 1 YOU OWE PAT AS LOW A8 IIS WBBKI.T 12.000 S25 WEEiai 3.000 835 WEEKLY OA1L OB WRITE TODAY for of Mind Tomorrow 1971 Elm St 669-5161 Room 106 92 Mlln St. Nashua 1113.1737 ANCHOR BUDGET CONSULTANTS Roma or Office Arrclnlmentl Arruftd Levesque stated he was in- volved in the "gentlemen's However the costs included and were predicated upon the legal load limit prior to closing. A "conflict of interest" state- ment by Bednar was aimed at Levesque's business interests. Levesque replied that everyone uses the bridge, including cars, trucks, buses, wreckers, tank- ers, etc. and that he is trying to represent all Hudson The issue was left unresolved. In other business Levesque protested to being ordered to sign an order by the State Tax Commission instructing the se- lectmen to bill several residents who were under-assessed in 1964 and IMS. Levesque said he was not a selectmen at that time and add- ed he thought the action unfair since many may have been over- assessed and no action is being taken on those cases- Town Moderator Lake Munday announced that he had appoint- ed Richard Dolbeck to the un- expired Budget Committee va- cancy created by the resigna- tion of Ernest E. McCoy until March 11. Mrs- Meir Appears Certain To Get Israel Premier Pnsf By Peterson iu VJCL fofuct ruM Hollis Historical Society ANTIQUE Exhibition Sale Town Hall Hollis N.H. March 6 7 12 noon to 1C pin Thursday A Friday Coffee Shop Admission Discount With Thii Ad By JAMES FERON Ntw York Timei News Servioi JERUSALEM. The Israel labor party took another step in the process of naming Mrs. Golda Meir to succeed the late: Premier Levi Eshkol. The party's leadership com- mittee voted 40 to 0 with seven abstentions to nominate Mrs. Meir for the post. .Endorsement by the central committee on Sunday would complete t h e process. Mrs. Meir, who will be 71 years old in May, said she would con- sider the bid and decide in next few days whether or not to accept it. There is some speculation that she has already decided to ac- cept it but wants to make cer- tain of support within the party and within the coalition she would inherit. Her supporters said today that they would sound out key fig- ures in other coalition parties within the next few days to de- termine the extent of their sup- port for Mrs. Meir. The former Foreign Minister MRS. GOLD MEIR and party leader said her own candidate for the Premiership was Yigal Allon, the Acting Premier. She said also that Allon and Defense Minister Moshe Dayan, rivals for parly leader ship, should submit their candidacies to the central committee for a decision. The two former generals are said to be regarded by most Is- raelis as the real candidates for the Premiership with Mrs. Meir assuming the post now to avoid a leadership battle at this stage. Dayan's backers announced yesterday that they would not submit his candidacy now be- cause of what .they consider to be undemocratic voting proce- dures within the party These procedures will be over- hauled next year in an elected convention. The Dayan faction was defeated several months ago in a bid to hold elected con- vention before the party nomi- nates a candidate for national elections this October. Mrs. Meir, one of Israel's founders and a close associate of the late Eshkol, is generally considered by Israelis to be an Interim Premier who will hold office until the general election or until the Dayan Allon strug- gle is resolved. BERNOTAS CONCORD, N.H. (AP) Gov. Walter Peterson today signed the citizens task force bill into law, thus creating the group which will make an in- depth study of New Hampshire's state governmental effective- ness. The Republican chief execu- tive assigned the measure top priority in the legislature it even carried the top ranking in the lower chamber, House Bill 1 and then guided it through the GOP-dominated legislature. The measure came under Democratic fire in the legisla- ture, and Peterson's original appropriation request was trimmed to a final The governor scheduled a news conference for Wednesday to name personnel. The task force's report Is due Nov. 1. The governor is ex- pected to bring the legislature into special session probably early next year to consider jthe recommendations of the task force. The governor viewed the task force idea as the keystone to his program of good government. What's So Special About FREE CHECKING NASHUA7 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 Custom Framing by Experts at reasonable rates plus Green Stamps at Nashua Wallpaper Co. 129 W. Pearl St. 882-9491 Open Thurs. nights 'til The Pilgrim Congregational Church moved last night to re- build the sanctuary which was destroyed by fire early Monday morning. Damage has been un- officially estimated at The Rev. Robert D. Samuel- son, pastor, said the board of directors voted unanimously to rebuild and renovate the inte- rior of the building on Watson Street. He said the plan involves a study to determine if the burned church should be torn down, or to repair, rebuild and renovate. Three committees were estab- lished; inventory, insurance and building committees- It was agreed that Sunday worship services, including Sun- day School classes, will be held in the adjacent Fellowship Hall which sustained heavy smoke damage, "but no fire damage. Wiring Blamed Yesterday afternoon, fire offi- cials attributed the disastrous blaze to "a breakdown of wiring leading to the controls of the church organ." The investiga- tion was conducted by Ernest Jenkins of the N. H. Fire Mar- shal's Office, Fire Chief Albert L. Tanguay, and Inspector Don- ald Desrosiers, Fire Prevention Bureau. A general alarm fire swept through the interior of the church shortly after 3 a.m., yes- terday, destroyed an expensive organ, and wiped out the pews. Flames spread quickly, shooting out through the windows, and lighting the sky. The fire was visible for miles. Fast action by the fire fight- ers, in sub-freezing tempera- tures, confined the blaze to the sanctuary. Their efforts pre- fire damage to a long hallway, and the Fellows h i p Hall which contains classrooms in the basement. It wai the second misfortune for the church within the past 15 years. In 1954, when the church stood on Temple Street, a hurricane blew off a large section of the roof, necessitating a new building. Tbe committees formed in- clude: inventory, Raymond Lutz, chairman, Paul Rugg, Helen Foss; insurance, Ronald Carr, chairman, David Thorpe, Vernon Hamlin, and building, Kenneth Mercer, chai r m a n- Mercer will select his group, to be announced at the next board meeting on March 12. School Planning Topic of Forum Tomorrow Night Planning for major school facili- ties and equipment will be the topic of a panel discussion tomor- row night in the Broad Street School at 8. Panelists will include Supt. of Schools Edmund M. Keefe; Ge- rald Prunier, Herbert Miller, and Mrs. Jean Wallin, Board of Edu- cation members; William Barry, Broad Street PTA member; and George Ginsburg, Broad Street PTA vice president. Bertram D. Becker will bt moderator. TONIGHT IN THE TELEGRAPH. 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