Tuesday, October 28, 1969

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Nashua Telegraph (Newspaper) - October 28, 1969, Nashua, New Hampshire Today's Chuckle A big disappointment In life Is the discovery that the man who writes the finance company ads isn't the one who makes the loans. New Hampshire's Largest Evening Newspaper... Cj J. Weather Fair, Cold Tonight Little change Wednesday mi IUI mi 203 Continuing the New Hampshire Telegraph Established October 20, 1833 NASHUA, NEW HAMPSHIRE, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28. 196? 24 PASES TEN CENTS Million Fire Sweeps Manchester Store Moreau's Annex Reduced to Rubble MANCHESTER" A million dollar fire fed by paint and other inflammable materials raged out of con- trol reducing Moreau's Department Store Annex to rubble. Jack Mpreau, an official of the company, said damages would run into more than million. Mcmcfiesfer Fire Rages Out of Control Heavy smoke billows from a fire which raged out of control for including Nashua, were called to help_battle the blaze. Early estimates several hours this morning, destroying Moreau's Department Store An- nex in Manchester. Fire equipment and men from several communities, set the loss at more than 51 million. (Telegraphpto-Harrigan) Blaze Gains Witnesses said the fire appar- ently had a head start before firemen were notified shortly after a.m. The heat was so intense it melted taillights on one piece of fire apparatus. Four firemen were injured and taken to Manchester hospitals for treatment of smoke inhalation. One was seriously injured. The 23-year-old building is a two-story, steel frame, brick structure and housed mostly hardware items. When firemen arrived, the blaze was confined to the electrical shopping area of the annex. How- ever, flames soon spread to'other departments, and paint cans in one" area triggered the quick spread of the: fire to the whole shopping area. Early attempts to control the blaze were hampered by low wa- ter pressure in hoses. By the time efforts to fight .the fire were or- ganized and pressure regained, the fire had spread' through the entire store and fire fighters had V focus their efforts on an at- tempt to keep the Haze from spreading. School Board Skirts Fluoridation Stand Fluoridation of the local wa- ter system, be up for voter approval in the munic- ipal election next week, was the subject of a mini-controver- at the Board of Education meeting last night- When the verbal skirmishing ended, the board was split over whether its members should ipeak on fluoridation as a board, or simply as individuals, and no stand was taken on the issue. Business Considered In other business, the board considered hiring of an archi- tect for the new elementary school to be built off Birch Hill Drive; school bus safety; trans- fer of funds to "cover a trans-" portation account cut; adoption Justices Discuss Issues on Inquest BOSTON (AP) Five jus- tices of the Massachusetts Su- preme Court were to meet in. clused session today and report- edly were to discuss again the Issues that have stalled the in- quest into the death of Mary Joe Kopechne. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, in whose car Miss Kopechne died, and other prospective witnesses at the inquest are asking that the high court close the proceed- ing to the public, to determine the state's inquest stat- ute is constitutional, to allow at- torneys for Kennedy and the ethers to call or cross-examine witnesses and raise objections, and to bar Edgartown District Court Judge James A. Boyle from presiding at the session. The meeting of the justices is not an extraordinary session. They regularly meet on the last Tuesday of each month to dis- cuss cases still awaiting a nil- Ing. There are conflicting reports on whether the high court ac- '69 Chevrolets CARS TRUCKS Daily Rentals as low as Call Teri 888-1121 MacMulkin Chevrolet Who's Who? Do you know who's who in the local business community? If you do, your knowledge may pay off with t cash prize. Just match each person's picture, found on pages 6 and 7, in today's Telegraph with the ad telling his name of employment. An entries must be made be- fore Sunday. The earliest entry with the most correct matches will win Second place is third ptece through tenth are W awards. For complete rules and ph> toSj.tura to pages 6 and 7. tually has made its decision in the case, but in any event Chief Justice Raymond S. Wilkins was quoted by the Boston Record American today as saying the ruling could be expected within Id days. TVilkins could not be reached for additional comment. The state's position is that the interests of both and the public would be b' jrved if the inquest is open, .id that attorneys for Kennedy and other prospective witnesses were wrongly "seeking the right to present a defense at the in- quest." The inquest was to have start- ed before Judge Boyle Sept. 3. but it was ordered delayed pending the high court's ruling on the case. The proceeding was ordered by Dist. Atty. Edmund Dinis of New Bedford, who has a parallel effort under way in Miss Ko- pechne is win an au- topsy on her body. Miss Kopechne, 28, of Wash- ington, D.C., died July 18 whei Kennedy's the senator at the off a nar- row bridge and landed bottom- up in a tidal pond on Chappa- ouiddick Island, adjacent to the Massachusetts resort island f! Martha's Vineyard. A medical examiner ruled her death an ac- cidental drowning, but the body- was released without an autop- sy. of a dress code for Nashua High School; .a request from the Litchfield High; School Study Committee' for a joint meeting; and a leave of ab- sence for Lawrence Q'Mara, principal of the Fairgrounds Junior High School. q u e.s t i o.n came up' at the end of the" meeting as the board prepared to adjourn. Dr. J. Gerard Levesque, a dentist, read a resolution put- ting the board as. favoring fluoridation. John T. Dimtsios responded that in view of the. fact the resolution was introduced with- out prior notice it should be tabled until the next meeting. He said he was against fluoridation and had he known the subject was to be brought up at the meeting he would have brought materials to, back up his arguments against the proposal. Dr. Levesque answered he had informed Dimtsios two weeks ago he planned to bring in a resolution on fluoridation, but the latter insisted this was not so. Mrs. Jean Wallin stressed that a vote on the resolution would be a "simple voicing of opinion" on the board's part. Seconding Dr. mo- tion to adopt the resolution fav- oring fluoridation was 'Herbert E. Miller. But Miller.qualified his vote by slating that a roll call should be taken on the motion with the understanding the vote would indicate personal' opin- ions on the mailer, not a board stand. Dr. N. John Fontana said he was in favor of fluoridation but questioned why the board should take a stand on it- Richard W. Leonard said he thought Dr. Levesque's resolu- tion was "poor timing" in view of the referendum next week. He said the board should not be involving itself into a "po- litical matter." Dr. Levesque said a "certain Earlier reports said that the. store's records, stored in a part of the facility thai was completely destroyed, been lost Later, however, it was reported that the records had been saved. Although the cause of the blaze has not yet been determined, Ar- thur Moreau, the owner, told a newsman the fire was discovered on the main floor and reported by a janitor. All available fire equipment in the state's largest city was at the scene at Brice and Canal Streets in the city's shopping and business district. Firemen and equipment from Nashua, Concord, Bedford and Goffstown helped Manchester fire fighters. These units covered the rest of the city while local units fought the downtown fire.' Nashua Ere officials said Engine 14 from the Amherst Street station was dispatched to Manchester and helped fight the blare. LL Richard Chasse headed the detaiL Between 80 to 1M persons work at the annex, at Brice and Canal Streets in the shopping district of the state's largest city. The main store is on Elm Street, the city's main thoroughfare, a short distance away.'' The fire was discovered on the main floor of the annex and was believed to have started in the paint section. Smoke from the blaze could be seen for many miles. City Given Added Funds For Project The city ihas been granted more for construction of iff interceptor .sewer Mne in Hassells Brook area. Announcement .of .the supple- mental federal grant was by U.S. Sen.'Norris Cotton. The Hasseils Brook project was completed a'year, ago at a cost of approximately J500.0W. The city subsequently applied to have aid for the project increased from 40 to 50 per cent to take advantage of new funding policies adopted by the federal government. 'TONIGHT IN THE TELEGRAPH' Injured Fire Fighter .An injured fire fighter is carried on a stretcher to'a waiting ambulance dur-' ing ,the blaze which reduced Moreau's Department Store Annex in Manchester Carried, from Scene to rubble this morning. Altogether four fire fighters were injured, them seriously. (Telegraphoto-Harrigan) Abby Anderson Biossat Classifieds 20, 21, 22, 23 Comics Crossword Editorial Financial Horoscope 17 Lawrence 4 Nashua Scene 4 Obituaries 2 Sports 14, 15 Suburban 10, It Television Theaters Dr. Thosteson IS Weather J 20 19 Mayor's Powers Would Be Hiked Proposal To Alter Charter FLUORIDATION Page! TAX PREPARATION Federal and State FRED ACKLEY Public Accountant 883-3912 FUEL OIL SAVE MORE With LORDEN OIL CO. INC. SERVING NASHUA AND SUKKOUND1XG TOW.VS 465-2267 NASHUA TRUST has h a p p i I y been paying daily interest on 5% Time Deposit accounts since 1967. ItElIBEB F.D.I.G. By CLAUDETTE DUROCHER (Last of Two Articles) The underpinnings of local city charter- will be the subject of a referen- dum for the second time in.as many years next Tuesday. Up for approval en I he munic- ipal ballot will be a question whose adoption by a majority of the voters here would install a modified form of the strong mayor-alderman type of gov- ernment. Question 4 the city charter the result of a bill sponsored by Sen. Richard W. Leonard. Rejected In 1S6S It represents a compromise reached between the opponents and backers of the city mana- ger-council form of government which was decisively rejected in a referendum last year. Leonard was a.member of.a group, headed by Library Trus- tee Frank B.' Clancy, which fought the manager-council.pro- posal. The manager-council-referen- dum was held at the directive of the charter study commission was Morris D. Stein. Changes proposed under Ques- tion 4 would strenghten the au-, thority of the mayor's office .and would be effective Jan. 1S72. If Question 4 wins approval, this is haw the structure of city government would be changed: mayor would be elected for a four-year term, beginning with the 1971 election, an! his job would be a full-time one. 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The aldermen now name the treasurer-tax collec- tor and city clerk for five-year terms and the city solicitor for two years. The city clerk is also overseer of the poor. The mayor, subject to al- dermanic confirmation, would appoint three assessors and each assessor prior to his ap- poinlment must have demon- strated knowledge of properly appraisal or assessment and of the laws governing the assess- ment and collection of property (axes. At present, the assessors are elected by the voters and the charter does not lih any qualifications for the post: Charge Role Regardless of the on Question 4, the role of the as- sessors is to be transformed in 1970. In 1967, the aldermen ap- proved a change in the struc- ture of the assessors office allow the appointment of pro- fessional appraisers, effective in 1J70, with the elected asses- sors reduced to a board cf su- pervisors and appeals at a cut in salary. 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