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Nashua Telegraph (Newspaper) - March 11, 1969, Nashua, New Hampshire Today's Chuckle A wolf Is a guy who whistles while lurks. Nashua 1969 Thi Ttbgraph's 100th Ytor At A Daily Ntwspaptr... Weather Cloudy, Cold Tonight Change Wtdnesdoy FULL REPORT ON PAGE TWO VOL. 101 NO. 9 Eitiblidwd u i Weekly October Incorporated ti t Dally Mtrch 1, UN NASHUA, NEW HAMPSHIRE, TUESDAY, MARCH Second Cltsi Pottage Paid At Niihut, N. H. 18 PAGES Price TEN Green Light For Apollo 9 By HOWARD BENEDICT SPACE CENTER, Houston (AP) Weathermen flashed the good news to the Apollo 9 astronauts today that a storm was abating in their Atlantic Ocean recovery area and that conditions looked good for their return to earth Thursday. Welcome Newt The welcome information as Air Cols. James A. McDivitt and David R. Scott civilian Russell L. Schweickart whirled through leisurely day, their eighth In The flight plan called for pie- lure taking, navigation checks rest as the astronauts con- tinued to test out the Apollo command ship to prove its dura- bility for a 10-day man to the moon mission. Astronaut Stuart Roosa, the Capsule communicator in mis- sion control, told the spacemen "the weather looks like It's shaping up real well for Thurs- day morning. It's gonna be pret- ty good-" City Eyes St. Louis Building Would the St. Louis High School for Girls building on Mulberry Street make a suitable central administration building the school department? Supt. of Schools Edmund M. Keefe said the Board of Edu- cation members have consid- ered the possibility but nothing has been done about it officially. He said the board also thought of using the school building to accommodate the overflow of pupils at Nashua High. But, he said, the school was found to be too small for this purpose. The Roman Catholic school is to close permanently in .lune. The central administrative of- fices of the school department now housed in cramped quarters on second floor of City Hall. They consist of three small offices and one large genera! Construction of an administra- tion building is recommended in a rerent report on school build- ing needs prepared by an edu- cational consultant. And should the school depart- ment vacate City Hall, the Planning Department, now rent- Ing office space at 92 Main St., has already served notice it wouid like to move into the City Hall to replace the school de- partment. Vandalism Mars Hudson Election Day HUDSON Within a few hours after the polls opened in the an- nual town elections, complaints of vandalism were registered by the two candidates for selectman. The complaints involved destruction of signs supporting the .candidacies of incumbent Se- lectman John M. Bednar, and his rival, Stanley Alukonis. Alukonis, Police Chief Andrew 3. Polak said, reported damage to about 85 per cent of his signs. Polak said Bednar has not reg- istered an official complaint with his department However, Leo Patrick of the Sherburne Road, supporter of Bednar, said that sometime dur- ing the night signs on his cam- paign' truck were ripped off. He said signs at the bridge and in front of the Memorial School were damaged. Bednar stated In part, "If any ef my people are involved, I would be glad to asisst Chief Po- lak hi the investigation, and I would personally bring charges anyone apprehended. "I despise anyone who destroys property. You cannot have youths respecting property if then- eld- ers don't." BILLS ARE A PAIN LET A. B. 0. HELP FOC GET OUT 0V DEBT BT CONSOLIDATING lOtJK BILLS PAST DDE OB NOT. TOU CAN AVOID LEGAL AC- DtWS LETTERS AND THREATENING PHONE CALLS. NOT A LOAN NO 8ECUHITY NO CO-SIONEHS IP YOU OWE PAT AS LOW AS fl.OOb 115 WEEKLY fS.OOO WEEKLY 13! WEEKLY CALL OR WRITE TODAY For ol Mind Tomorrow 1271 Elm St Mlncbeiter 669.8161 Room 108 92 Muln 8b (83.1737 ANCHOR BUDGET CONSULTANTS Home or btflei Commander McDivitt "That's'fine and dandy. Stu, you did good work." Roosa reported a forecast of "winds of 15 knots and seas four to five feet with few higher (wells." This Is well within the llmlti of 28-knot winds and eight-foot waves that flight contollerj con- sider acceptable. Nevertheless, M e D1 r 111 quipped: "Keep working on it. That's not down to my specifica- tions." Planned splashdown time li a.m. EST, with the carrier Gudalcanal waiting to retrieve the astronauts. Mission control had been con- cerned about high winds and waves that buffeted the landing area southwest of Bermuda Sun- day and Monday. If the condi- tion persisted, Apollo 9 would have changed Its landing zone by firing its retro-rocket one or two orbits earlier or later. McDivitt, Scott and Schweick- art were in good humor, as they were awakwned by a radio call at a.m. "Even though it's dark out- side, it must be time to get Roosa commented. "We let you grab one extra hour but figured you might oversleep on retro morning." "We'll try not to do Scott answered' McDivitt reported "it's a beautiful day over Africa. How is it in Roosa: "It's a little chilly." McDivitt: "Boy, I'm glad we chose this time of year to take our vacation." The Guadalcanal rode out winds up to 45 miles an hour and waves of 10 to 12 feet early this week. During a practice re- covery exercise, a team from the ship lost three spacecraft flotation bags and.a life-raft. Winds of 60 miles an hour forced closing of the- Manned Spacecraft Network's Bermuda tracking station. The weather was so bad the astronauts said they could see whitecaps from more than 100 miles up. Weather officers aboard thg Guadalcanal foresaw better con- ditions for Thursday but could not make a firm forecast. Propellant experts, mean- while, came up with a tentative explanation for red caution lights that mysteriously flashed in the Apollo 9 cabin during a firing of the main engine last Tuesday. The astronauts duplicated conditions during another firing Monday and again got a warn- ing signal, despite the fact that the rocket operated perfectly. Officials theorized capillary action had forced fuel up a small tube used as a propellant sensing device. The device, used as a fuel gauge, then activited the warning lights. The astronauts remained well rested and in good spirits as all other aspects of the mission pro- ceeded in near-flawless fashion. Requested By School Board The Board of Education seeks a 1969 budget of ac- cording to figures submitted late this morning to Mayor Dennis J. Sullivan. He said the record budget rep- resents an increase of above last year's appropriation of or a rise of almost II per cent. A preliminary examination showed that salaries, including adjustments, covered of the budget increase of The remaining sum of covers costs of maintenance. The salary increases are sought largely for the more than 330 teachers In the system, adminis- trators, and other personnel. The mayor received the pro- posed budget from Superintendent of Schools Edmund M. Keefe. Crash Kills Hudson Youth These two vehicles were involved in the crash last night which claimed the life of James Bourdon, 20, of Hudson. Top photo shows the death vehicle, which authorities say skidded on ice. Bourdon was a passenger in the vehicle. Bottom is the car, police say, which was driven by Raymond Richards of Nashua. Students Taking Active Interest In City's Future, Survey Shows By CLAUDETTE DUROCHER Community planning objec- tives were reviewed once more at a public hearing last night in the City Hall auditorium with about 60 in attendance. Much of the discussion echoed that of a hearing held on the same topics last week. At the start of -the hearing, City Planner Tred D. McCut- chen presented statistics from partial tabulation of responses made to a questionnaire on planning goals for the city. He said about question- naires have been returned to the Planning Board to date with more than 900 of these being from students. "The youth of the city is show- Ing up the adults very observed McCutchen. With 606 student ballots com- piled, McCutchen said, 37.1 per cent favored a population goal for Nashua of 47.6 per cent favored and 14.3 per cent opted for a population of or more. Of the adults responding to the questionnaire, however, 49.8 per cent favored a population goal; 34.8 per cent a population of and 12.9 per cent a population of or over. "This only goes to prove, I McCutchen said, "that as we grow older we tend to want to live in smaller commu- nities." Expansion Favored On the role of downtown In the city's future, McCutchen said 69.1 per cent of the students and 70.3 per cent of the adults favored its expansion and mod- ernization rather than a phase- out. The adult balloting, he said, represented a large vote secured through the downtown mer- chants. This factor will have to be weighed in a statistical TONIGHT IN THE TELEGRAPH breakdown of the vote, he said, particularly on the downtown question. On the question of partially subsidizing bus service, McCut- chen said student and adult re- sponses were sharply divided. Students voted 61.5 per cent in favor of subsidized bus service and 37.9 per cent against. Adults were split almost even- ly down the middle over the question with 48.8 per cent in favor and 48.4 against. Both students and adults voted overwhelmingly in favor of re- serving open space. And on the last question re- lated to integrated zoning to permit small neighborhood serv ice centers in residential area's, students voted 49.6 per cent against and 48.8 per cent .in favor. The adult vote was split 56.3 against and 41.9 in favor. Not Board's Intention During discussion on the popu- lation goal for Nashua, McCut- chen said it was not the Plan- ning Board's intention "to set up a crash program to reach a desired population level." Rather, he said, the board needed some population figure as a base for long-range plan- ning. "We still can get there he said. Two points of consensus which were arrived at were that the downtown should be preserved as the city's focal point and open space should be reserved. But preservation of the down- town will entail its moderniza- tion, more parking, better ac- cesses and construction of more bridges across the Nashua, par- ticipants said. Women in the audience said generally they found the range of merchandise in downtown stores limited in range, hence the popularity of shopping cen- ters. Downtown merchants, how- ever, argued the central busi- ness area has a wide range of merchandise suitable for most tastes. While subsidized busing re- ceived some support, others pointed to the financial problems of mass transit sys- tems in large cities as a possi- ble deterrent to initiating this type of service. It was also noted that it would be difficult to convince the motorist to use the bus for downtown trips rath- er than his car. Integrated Zoning Integrated zoning was ap- proached cautiously, with the majority outrightly rejecting having industry planned close to residential areas. McCutchen said integrated zoning would not foist stores or other business in already estab- lished neighborhoods. Rather, he said, it would mean that in large residential tracts to be developed, a builder could CITY'S FUTURE Page J Hudson Youth, 20, Killed In Crash By JOHN HARKIGAN A Hudson youth became Nashua's first traffic fatal- ity of the year and the. state's 29th road victim last night when he was killed in a spectacular two- car collision on West Hollis Street.' In Foreign Car James Bourdon, 20, of 94 Cen- tral St., Hudson, died when small foreign car in which he was a passenger collided with another vehicle at p.m. near 662 West Hollis St. He was taken by police am- bulance to St. Joseph's Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival by Dr. Wallace But- trick, acting Hillsborough Coun- ty medical referee. Bourdon's death was attributed to a frac- tured skull. The driver of the death ve- hicle was listed by police as Kenneth F. Moore, 19, of 7 Rohna St., Hudson. He was also taken by ambulance to St. Jo- seph's Hospital, where he was admitted for treatment of an eyebrow injury. Driving the other car was Raymond Richards, 45, of 51 Summer St- He was admitted to St. Joseph's Hospital, with fractured ribs, and is listed in good condition. Another Accident The tragedy occurred on the heels of another accident a half- hour earlier on the F. E. Ever- ett Turnpike, in which three; cars collided and one vehicle hurtled the median before flip- ping over. Ronald Chantal, 22, of 58 Main Dunstable Road, was driving the sports car which crossed dividing strip, police said. He was taken to St. Joseph's Hos- pital, where he is in fair condi- tion with a shoulder injury. Driving the other vehicles, po- "lice said, were Paul Day, 39, of Mason Road, Milford, and Elmer Howe, 62, of 35 Dianne Street. Howe was taken to St. Jo- seph's by police ambulance, where he was treated for knee abrasions, X-rayed, and re- leased. Authorities said Day was not injured. The late model sports car came to rest in the passing lane of the northbound side of the highway. It was reported' the car was originally traveling In the southbound lane. Traffic Snarled Rush-hour traffic was snarled by the crash, as police and tow- ing trucks attempted to clear the scene. Authorities hampered in their efforts by; curious motorists, some slowing to a crawl while others stopped their cars near the site to watch the proceedings' The turnpike collision oc- curred at p.m. Police ar- rived at the scene and imme- diately called for an ambulance, which had been at this par- ticular accident for less than 20 minutes before the call for the West Hollis Street mishap was made. Authorities were hard-pressed to cover both crashes. On West Hollis Street, a long line of west- bound cars was held up. for an hour or more, and in this case too, curious motorists clogged the scene of the crash, according to authorities. Both accidents occurred dur- ing what Police Chief Paul Move Initiated to Investigate Conspiracy in King Killing Abby Baker Classifieds 15, 16, 17 Comics Crossword Editorial Financial Hal Boyle Lawrence Nashua Scene 4 Obituaries 2 4 12, 13 Pearson Sports Suburban News Sulzburger Television Theaters Dr. Thosteson 14 Weather 2 5 13 14 By JOHN BERBERS New York Times Sirviei WASHINGTON The Justice Department said today it was continuing its investigation into a possible conspiracy in the as- sassination of the Dr. Mar? tin Luther King Jr: but high of- ficials who have been close to the case believe that James Earl Ray acted alone and there was no conspiracy. After Ray pleaded guilty to a state charge of murder in Mem- phis and was sentenced to 99 years in prison, the Justice De- partment said through a spokes- man: "The investigation into the conspiracy allegation Is still open." It was learned through other sources, however, that although the possibility of a conspiracy has not been dismissed and in- deed the investigation will con- tinue, federal officials do not have evidence to show that Ray was hired to kill Dr. King or that hi plotted the assassination with anyone. To the contrary, some sources What's So Special About FREE CHECKING NASHUA" TRUST? minimum balance if you're under 65 and NONE if you're over. That's what! Member, F.D.I.C. Be "Fotosmart" SHOP FOTOMART 178 MAIN STREET POLAROID SWINGER WAS Custom Framing by Experts at reasonable rates plus Green Stamps at Nashua Wallpaper Co. 1M W. Pearl St. 882-9491 Open Thurs. nights 'til say, there is reason to believe Ray characteristically acted a- lone. Nor is there skepticism about the court procedures that were followed In Memphis in which Ray's guilty plea and the sentence were, arranged in ad- vance. The Justice Department was notified in advance to what was taking place. In the days, weeks and months following Dr. King's death on April 4, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other federal agencies mounted a massive international Inves- tigation in the search for the kilter. One official said that in manpower involved it probably exceeded any previous investi- gation, even the investigation into the assassination of Presi- dent Kennedy In Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963. FUEL OIL SAVE MORE With LORDEN OIL CO. INC. Serving led inrround- Ini tawui. 465-2267 JAMES BOURDON Tracy described as "very haz- ardous" road conditions, due to the thawing of snow in the day and the freezing of the light film of water on the road sur- face it night. Officials urged that motorists' exercise extreme caution during this particular period of warm days and cold nights. Bourdon was born In this city Aug. 22, 1948, son of Arthur Bourdon of Pelham and Mrs. Mildred Bourdon of Lowell. He was employed at the Nashua Wood Products Co. of Merrimack End was a communicant of St. John the E'. ngelist Church of Hudson. In addition to his wife, Mrs.' Linda (Lavallee) Bourdon, he leaves a son, John; his parents; his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Beatrice Law of Lowell; a bro- ther, Robert Bourdon, USAF, stationed in Japan; a sister, Miss Judy Bourdon of Lowell; and an uncle, Robert Law, of Hudson. The Leo A. Dumont Funeral Home of Hudson is in charge of arrangements. Hudson Will Air School Bid Again By BILL ROBERTS HUDSON The adjourned School District meeting was the main topic at the Hudson School Board meeting in the Memorial School last night. The School Board announced it definitely plans, to have Arti- cle 14 on the proposed addition to the Memorial School, recon- sidered at the resumption of the meeting tomorrow night at p.m. The article was defeated at last week's meeting. Superintendent of Schools Claude Leavitt reported that he had teen in contact with School District Moderator Lake Mun- day relative to the reconsidera- tion. Munday indicated he would accept a motion to reconsider the proposed addition to the Memorial School if three condi- tions were met. One article must be acted upon before reconsideration is requested, that the person who makes the motion for recon- sideration voted on the prevailing side at the last meeting, and that the person who seconds the motion voted with the prevail- ing side. Munday has been reported as saying that where a secret bal- Jot was used at the previous meeting, if the person identifies himself as voting with the pre- vailing side, the moderator will not allow this person's integrity to be questioned. He will enter- tain the motion. Munday further stated that full and free discussion will be permitted on the article, If the motion to reconsider is passed. The motion requires a majority of those voting to pass, whereas a motion to adopt Article 14 after discussion requires a two- thirds vote. The Alternatives Alternatives to the proposed expansion of Memorial School, their Impact and costs were dis- cussed at length. They include: double sessions at the Memorial School, increasing the existing class sizes at the Memorial School (increasing the class size Increases the pupil-teacher ratio this case, up to 30-35 pupils per utilizing other areas in the school by curtail- ing existing programs, renting other buildings and moving a self-contained unit to the base- ment of the Webster School. Superintendent Leavitt em- phasized that the above alterna- tives were that only, and "most definitely are not recommenda- tions for sound, quality educa- tion." Board member Kenneth Clark pointed out that the cost of any Or all of the suggested alterna- tives could only be tabulated after an in-depth study of the situation, and would necessitate the School Board applying to the Budget Committee for an over- expenditure at a later date when all the facts and costs are known. In other business, Superin- tendent Leavitt reported that the teacher contracts, normally sent to the teachers at this time, had not been issued as the budg- et has not been acted upon. Con- tracts will come up at the ad- journed meeting tomorrow. Tuition Contract The Pelham tuition contract for Alvirne High School came in for lengthy discussion. Among the points mentioned were the interrelationship .of this Item Income Taxes PREPARED FEDERAL AND STATE by appointment or in your TEL. 883-3912 with the proposed expansion to the Memorial School as one of the major features Is the defi- nite plan to transfer Grade 9 to the completed Memorial School in September of 1970. School Board member William Batchelder is scheduled to dis- cuss the Pelham contract and its ramifications at tomorrow night's session. A communication was re- ceived from the school bus con- tractor in Concord requesting the District to register the buses In the name of the district. It was stated that some savings could be made in this area. The estimated figures were per bus, or total. Members requested the super- intendent get an opinion from the School Board's attorney on this subject. Alvirne High School Principal Chester J. Steckevicz came in to present the "Alvirne Plan" to the Board. The plan involves the presentation of one semester courses in the social studies pro- gram as a pilot program for other areas. The program would broaden the scope of the present pro- gram from six areas to a pro- jected 30-35 areas which can be offered if enough students want to participate. "Enough Stu- he said, was 15 to 20 minimum. Steckevicz stated that a sur- vey of the students and the faculty indicated M to I! per cent were In favor of the pro- posed plan. He added that the scheduling for next year must begin soon If the Board wishes to implement the program. AREA School Proposal Okayed Hollis Voters HOLLIS-At the Hollis School District meeting last night in Walters Auditorium it was voted to accept Brookline on an AREA plan. There were 240 votes cast out of 1427 names on the check list with a total of 133 votes in the affirmative and 107 no's. Brookline must approve plan before it can become effec- tive. It was voted to Increase the School Board by two members bringing the total to five and it was also voted that the town auditors be permanent school auditors. The 1969-70 School Budget of was approved and the budget of wKh Brooklint was approved, should Brookline vote in favor of the plan. Blaze Destroys Optical Plant in Pelham PELHAM-A blaze de- stroyed the Merrimack Optical Company on Coburn Road at last night according to officials. The fire started in the ceiling and the resulting heat and smoke buckled beams and portions of the steel building, and damaged machinery and stock. Cause of the fire is not known, but an inspector from the state fire marshal's office is expected to investigate the fire today, along with Pelham fin chief Richard Mansfield. The company Is owned by Holt of Gage Hill Road. The Pel- ham fire department, assisted by the Dracut, Mass. Fire Depart- ment, fought the blaze for over two hours, and left in emergency crew 0) teem mr By
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