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Acton Beacon (Newspaper) - January 9, 1964, Acton, Massachusetts Nocturnal Blaze Roars Through South Acton Plant I For The Latest NEWS Road “The Beacon ” Only Newspaper Printed Locally TH ACO M VOLUME ll, NUMBER 45The BEACON — Thursday, January 9, 1901 Price IO# Selectmen Sanction D.P.W. Investigation RATTLING THE BLAZE — Acton Firemen are shown scaling ladders to battle the blaze which roared through the second floor at the Pioneer Gage and Design Company building in South Acton late this past Monday evening. Damage to equipment and inventory on the second floor was estimated at approximately $•",0,000 and quick work on the part of the firefighters saved the lower floor from equally serious damage.    BEACON STAFF PHOTO Meeting to Discuss Town Finances Set For Acton ACTON' Tile various town ho.nils haw how knifed to a tend a mo. t inn to dbeus.s town t.naut vs. as well Ma taw ii I ii,.', vc lug methods and two colures Kl '•! nerai Scheduled for . st VVVi'.ursih.x xvibw,^.^.(mi.ii'x la, the* mooing was ( ailed at flit •• 'n. st cf tho Board of Health and Has I the hissing of the Finance Coin mittce. Tho meeting " ill ho held In th ■ Aet o Tow i I tall at Nihil pan. Tho public is invited to attend. Alexanian to Ssek Re-election ta Bd. TT    A    I    CROWD    WATCHES Heavy xYB I The initial alarm was sounded at 111:10 p.m. and several hundred bv T a/»q1 FIMnflirhfnec standers lined rout** 27 to watch the' ljUbdl fill vllglllvlO firemfn battle the spectacular blaze. Battle Holocaust The firefighters laid 33 feet of    one I and a half inch hose and I .-IOO    feet I of two and a half inch,hose which ACTON    — A    spectacular    two- I were hook'd up to the three    hy* | alarm blaze blok* out at the Pioneer grants in the vieirity. Gage and    Design    Company in    Acton , The icy. slippery condition of    the | ground surrounding the building add ed to the firemen s difficulties and a Town of Acton sand spreader was rushed to the scene to provide safer footing for the fj’vfighters and better j heavy engines. Town Meeting on Jan. 20th $2,100,000 Reg. Jr High Heads Special Warrant in Acton this past Monday evening and Acton firefighters battled the. conflagration for an hour and fifteen minutes before bringing it under control. Acton Fire Chief. H. Stuart MacGregor, who directed the fire-    going for th fighting operations estimated the loss at about $50,000 and said that the    RECORDS    SAVED cause of ’the fire which is being in- Bruce Thurmond, president of the vestigated by the State Fire Mar-    Pioneer Gage and Design Company, {dial's office is still undetermined.; arrived while the blaze was still at The Pioneer Gag*' and Design com-    its height and stayed until 4:00 a.m. j ACI ON    A special    town    meeting patly is located on Route 27 just i    Surprisingly, records were well-pre-    with    four    artic les on    the    warran', below the South Acton rail-    served and only singed. Office equip-    will    be held . January 20, at road bridge adjacent to Erikson’s    merit and inventory, as well as work    3:00    p.m.    in    tho Blanchard    Auditor Grain Mill which was    threatened by    .    in process were a complete loss.    him. The voters will    I). ask*>d to the flames.    Machine tool equipment was covered, approve debt aln illy    voted    bv tin The second floor of    the two story    as soon as possible to minimize the    Regional School ( oinniiitei structure was completely gutted but1    loss from water damage. This equip    meeting Deeemb-' 2(    tm J quick work    by the firemen at the    ment was located downstairs and    h>r a    Regional Junior High School scene saved tho first floor from    thus escaped    the brunt of the flames,    to be    located on lend near the cor equally extensive damage.    Pioneer    Gage hasbeen located in tier of Charter and I lax ward Roads. According    to Chief MacGregor, the    the Erikson    building for the past    I A second article call* tor tin* transblaze must    have started somewhere    four years,    and has been engaged    for of    $95,(HK) from the ah cady esta > near the center of the second floor. J in the manufacture of missile com- hshed stabilization Rind, this mon-y. 35 FIREFIGHTERS    poults of a vc i v close tolerance. Approximately thirty-five firemen I For this reason, according to Thur-respondcd to the alarm and fought-mood, the machining equipment is the fire, including Maynard's new    “not nan of the mill, but very ex ladder truck which was utilize d to, pensive.” He estimated the equip-pour water into the burning second    merit’s value in excess of $100,000. story through the roof. A second    The contents cf the building were HIGHTON TIME Mrs. .MmlHiui I.nka ink. C;;^rl;ii> of M ny nurd’s Dcnnwrutii loup I    e «»ud lur -on, Paul, art* shown univinjf ai tho Maynard Murk ipui Ludd-iiiK this |Mist 'I uesday evening whoro they nod in a cl" od (hor session with lite Selectmen after which tho >■ Vo'mou called for an investigation ut the Maynard Dewart iii* nt 1 i Bul,lie Works.    REAGON    STAFF LUOTO tt Albert Alexanian at its .100.0(19 in addition to $5 OOO which will also be voted out ol a stabilizaton 'und by the voters ol Buxhoro. mid r present plans, will bi match d In an outright grim* from iii ■ state when construction starts in th. spring. This will mean that univ to wile on disapprox ing the' Com mitten** aition, This means that a "no” vote would bo in favor of tin school, while a "vs” vote would bi against it. Anodic* inter, sting tilt CONTINUED ON PAGH 2 John Loring Will Seek Selectman’s Post in Acton MAYNARD th tin Max nard Rn a il All) ■ i t Alexanian. im : lie will >. ck re--el" iii the upcoming Tho .Maynard I Brand; is Univ cr.a I dell to tho Boa t nv rgeil \ ietorio. Democratic caiioti Chairman ol ut Selectmen. a announced that lion to the Hoard March election, 'uh School anil ■ graduate xx as e I in HMH When he s iii a tour was battle and wont Personnel Board O.K.’s 5% Pay Hike in Aden Lukashuk In Talk Behind Closed Doors ' MAYNARD The Board of Select- ■a ii -t.o    ,| Tuesday night that    cor* .I    I    ic*i ( (titcitv,rig the    con do, • scleral fa-ds ol the opera ;ion , : lh    Public    Walks Department a :    c    fi; I v Iv    iifi|i»*rtunt to call I , .> i (iii tigati * Tm,    . i    -rn.i ia- were made bx    Mrs. Mad    I .oka stiuk hi a dosed    door -    -j. i h I r, the Selectmen It is ,,d that h*1 i‘harues involve tho i    cf    town    • quiptn-ut and the sale ., i    i-    rho ex ac’ nature ol hor ■ pl.,i Us wor tut made public, CONFRONTS DPW BOARD I*• i    to m 'ting xx itll the Select- ■    i    vt: ■ is! ck. Chairlady of ii    Ii    ai eratic Town Committee, and ,• i . Paul erg:*runted th*1 DPW ,    a 'heir    ut flee Because she ii    ret tilt    -at infliction she be ll a, -tumid rec.'ive from the , ; P .ib i W n Us. she informed im un r- im: -he would take the ' - • iii vv iii! thi S' l, etui, ii, cci.., th. brit: session with the I .akaslink complained l l. p.a : ill lit xx a- apparently iu, ■ r.M against her -.ti in the o' tug help tor snow re-,1 Sup*, 'n • nile:U of Public I) i I a dotted th, charge, im11■ i t'ut «»iAv lour mon had been did rn; (IM 111 I IIM I W ^ alant! brought additional firefighters fully insured; however, the company $1.900.00(1 will have to lie from Maynard.    has    no    business    interruption Several firemen suffered cuts and alice. bruises but fortunately no serious in juries or cases o* J make inhalation NO IMMEDIATE PLANS The company is primarily a sub- financed. The region will reedy.* (lo percent state aid for cons'rjat'tion. Iloxvox i . the interest on Hr. total amount will have to be boulle exclusively bv tho region on a 20-1 basis xx itll Acton SM t    wo,'k"and    swasc.    r; JKS? way inside to oaitlc- the fire at its      leuzeu    ms    min,- source. ji air coNi.moNKu a-.,!,* SWIMMING POOL MOTEL BX. 2, Acton CO 3 7765 drop everything! Hanes’ once-a-year sale January ll through 18 THE APPAREL SHOP 41 JViain Street Concord, Mass. SEMI-ANNUAL CLEARANCE 25% lo 50% off Orig. Prices Men’s — Women’s — Children’s — Infants’ CLOTHING • FURNISHINGS • SHO£S • SKI WEAR were on the payroll.    local    school    , rogram. Superin Mr. Thurmond stated that he had tencjent 0f Schools William O’Connell no immediate plans. "It’s curious,’' has    t|lfl, p |S planned to move he remarked, "but just the other its construction completion date up day I was approved for a small to thf (a|, ()f    it    possible, in business loan and we were planning view of t|u, present need for class to expand our business.”    roms on the elementary level. The Henry Erikson, owner of the build : new sc|100| wjn hold between KOO ing. stated emphatically, “I ain cer- and 9()0 pupils tainly thankful that'the town of Acton The new sthoo| wil| P|(>vi(l ■ 22 has such a fine Fire Department, j cjassrootns. jn addition to 21 other I cannot thank the men enough for I rooms as wej] as | library, gym the great job they did in bringing, cesium and cafeteria. Tin total area the holocaust under control.”    approximately    IOO,OOO feet added that the building was only | a(ld encompass a school to be partially insured and that an partially built on two floors, appraiser hail been out to assess the This 'artic]e is very unusual when damage and that his report would. compared to most art'des antlion/, be available at the end of the week. t pig borrowing. Since the Regional „ .    _____________! District must vote to incur debt, the I town must vote ta approve the th bt i in the event that the Selectmen ■ choose to call a town riveting, which they have. The actual vote when wmmr^ mm j MMI I WMH ■■MEaBipai ,.rr pNpM EKss IMMU John Loring 43 MAIN ST., CONCORD # 360-2561 ACTON John Loring. 37 of OO Willow Street, West Acton, has an norncm that Iv xxiii snk the post of Selectman and has taken out nom ination papas for the office. Loring, a veti nan of many years in town affairs, Ii; ■ lived at his present address lot ’hr Past ll! x ars. Ile has served on the Planning Board for eight years ami bein its perennial spokesman mc "Bill'' Flood retired from the Briard . In addition, he seined on the toxin report corn mitten for two .voars. was Heart Fund Chairman during 195b aud ser vt ii as United Fund District Chair man. He is a member of the Repub the West on to lop his IC i allheal! opponent. Donald MacCJUishing. mi ck caon nav. Alexanian rcceix (I tin highest xote total evil' ivcokI1 n in Maynard. Alexanian is marrvd to tin former Marx Sweeney and Hie couple, xx ho reside at 7 Lincoln street, lune nm daughter. Hi is employed bv a Wax land electronics linn. Din ing his cm ant term as a Selectman, Alex "dan has ben a firm advocate for th ■ formation of a R< creation Commission and was tlv moving Iona in the creation of the Maynard Historical Soc ii tx. Maynard Republicans Will Meet This Friday Night MAYNARD Che Maynard R publican Town Committee xx iii nr ct ta the Municipal Building this Fri dav mailing. Til:’ session will be devoted til a discussion ol plan ■ tor th ■ coming toxvn i lection and possible candidates to grace the RcpiiTTieUi slate Stow Candidates Must File Before Feb. 2nd Deadline STOW It was announc'd toda.x bx tin- Town Cle b's office that the return date for nomination papers is February SM. I Mb fit 5:IM) p. ill. As of this xvriting nobody has taken out papers for the o'f ice of Selectman nor xoil', d intentions to do so. i There xviii lie a vacancy on the Board this year Frank Shim Iter has announced publicly that lie xviii not be a candidate for reelection. ACTON TI > Per.-unlit I Bwn'ii has announced .iv it xxiii bael; a 5 percent across U bn.utl pax in crease for cm pin;- vs who conic un der the Person'', I Bx law This collies (>n top (J a -lr liar lucre,a-e volt d bx the town i' un last annual tow n nu ( ting According u* ’    ('* Horne, i nail .nan ol tin Pet am ! I!,lank tilts increase will co •' the ti,xvii ahold SH,null or .Kl cent on 'It Chn t at- ile vntni that thi int*I "as. vviil not Acton in tin npp i two thirds po-i tint! among town in the state, and fur the lime hi u -• empluye* ■- xx ill I. > lo a f.'drlx int i po - it ion ie. r. la lion to those in town- o' connwabu -i/.’ tim luhijg ’ii : ■ 11..xx, x -i ■ iv st af* (I ti'"'' ■' IM a < llatl'iIU tiling aud that till -a nu I < ' tin- year Net... c* Ult iv - posit to! will I o' he so 1 • OI ail! . "This in 1 ccasi■ might lo.J. bkt a Iou deal. hut. b. In \e me, i-r't," Ile at.jjrd. I!, add' .I ti lilt .; I lit .'."ii d increas" a1 1” [ ■. et pa- -i d I it' -tate duplex t - a- itad ai at xxiii liax'e a substantia. • It,c' on til" g- • t raj xx age putt"' a iii I'itics a d towns. Tins wa- -ti'oai : tx ■ hack to July In addition i -, e. nil im ta a - ol an additional Iii peri. ill Was gi ant* ii to pro', i ma! p ts" 11a i i'ttd : depai tm un It. a is I st Ute' i inp'ex.a. I", th ! I Ii t intffie-i/t (I ■ Ila in■ was Ho ‘pressure bom au I- duplex O'" for th',1 pax men .1,-" ’ wa- She opinion ot tile Personnel <o;n a 11 at it xx as :,instill- ii. pm'Mi ma ■iv i .i Uh I iglu (ii j th. Roaid's ellort- to kl v p Ute town in a propel' |Hisi 1 a- regards coni pargtive eo’unui" it it - Mr. I lot "i,‘ added that the e • on ihe tax rati this year is Rss ' at. i.t-t when th ivt inct'i as • wa about olla an j (15 c 'iii.'- on lite ’a x rate. This veal', tin total bill tor em \ I tit i\ (• s nm., a1 th I ■ Ii., i i xx xx ill i un lh, .a:    VV,    i    na '1    • i .I re ut    inert a.    11    ■ un    ap proxiinab Iv <25 ("'n b ■ tin -vi :i p 'man. r.!    ''ii, in -u "ho "5:    It sen im    lh' *• ixv i    :    ti    'ex’ n xv, - to put    tile fit pa, i im    ii'    rn id- a    th Bv law Seleclmen Will Seek Lane! For Future Town Needs MAYNARD I'll Board of Select tnt «i xx ill rt quest that th * Vot-a - ap im a • iii ■ apprapr i a: int i ol s’ 12.(Kin • im; has. Bx acres of laud in 1 '«■ \. : inx' -t corn 'f et 'ii ioxxi town ia- "ive. I A, ;i v; I! ,{    ,f    S. 5 , :ll!    n C'vi Ha \ I, I" XI va a; (It. I el'. 'hut 'ii na: ie eta    ic i    '    ■ - lu    H a < vt.    -' •. xx I    xx1    'vc    ow" I xx    is i: u pat. i: 11 sa id t ta: 1 prop■ • rtn could t:    k. pf ti! IU s, i \ ■ to n;.o id. la a1 tor    a    UUU!.    school or ntlu r ii d Acton Republican Comm. Will Meet Next Thursday \( "P )\    I i    i    s caic I mouth!V nieetinu v the Av    ■>    It im!.Iii an low n t ’n I nu i it t. '    will    ii;    e. a*    n    u ’I I VI I’M dav . \. mug "    M    I. ii    a’    the W \i 'on fir- station 1 •.»    !lox.■! -dew tittein f id;-, i i.; .:, had sough: 'Ile vv *rk. 'I , Piibh Wo'ks (’eitimissi,;iiers h.a»kcd up tile Sap--i int."irk-tit with I. .a; i    to bn inc    p; aetit es.    It    was 1 ct' - a., , Rax rn*cid Sheridan s <■ .if, j'ion that is had always been |    ,) hi > o' 'ii Departnnut not to 1    * Nkj i • to do -box,ding but i; ", jo!were gtxeti to those :aal xx I, on the steno and seeking hr 'X■I- Pa.ii    Liikaslvtk .barged    that a, ..I app!’"d tor such a shoveling mb b'i: Plat the work xx a- gu t ll to i ivlix duals and lie had never • t, ut act* d M -. Luka siutk asserted ulterior mo iv    s xx• , • the    reason her    son    was I. r hired. Slit* charged that    she    had oth, information ceneeining the op-, ratvn pl tile D partmetit that was o' aiijxi: taut, to the Commissioners CONTINI l l) ON PAGE I I LORA], FASHIONS FLORIST Francis Ward, Trop. Floral Arrangements Flowers wired anywhere Rhone CO 3*4752 I LI I Main St. So. Acton Loans to Homeowners S21.00 .Monthly Payment j». t $1,000. inc I.tH.vs both Interest and Pi nu ip.«l ('t)iiseili't Ate your bills. Loans up to SIS,OOO. SI MM K INVESTMENT CO. I t .tm in ii ham, H72 C all collat I <L»\ or flight for details 1 taken will likely tx* confusing unless dean Town Committee and I properly explained hy the School Acton Baptist Clue, eh. Committee. The voters will be asked Continued on Page Two FAST ACCURATE TYPIST Full Or Part Time CALL BEACON PUBLISHING CO. TW 7-2012 STOCK Disposal Sale... Now In Progress CENTER Factory Outlet 88 MAIN ST. DOWNTOWN MAYNARD LAST THREE DAYS THURSDAY - FRIDAY - SATURDAY 25 To 45% OFF I Concord Bootery THOREAU STREET SHOPPING GENTER CONCORD    OREN    DAILY    TU.    SIX CASH ONLY DIKING SALL * ", _ . u I ;