Acton Beacon (Newspaper) - January 30, 1964, Acton, Massachusetts
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VOLUME ll, NUMBER48The BE ACTIN’ — Thursday, January .‘JO, IOO I
Maynard P.T.A. Forced To Consider Disbanding
Victim Of North Carolina Mishap
Acton Is Saddened By Tragic Beath Of Henry Erikson
ACTON — Henry Erikson. one (it I operation until it was curtailed by the the town's most well-known and' failure of many poultrymen in the popular figures, died instantly in an J ai ca. During this period and since.
automobile accident las'« Monday morning. January 'll, while n to the South for a vacation. The crash occureo on U.S. H ghwuy tell at 3:30 a.m., in the little mom-tain town of Whitakers. North Carolina, near Rocky Mount.
HENRY ERIKSON in a
familiar pose at town meeting.
r'” Rwoalitijrptff' ffighwtrf patrolmen
who responded to the sceqe, Erik-son’s car struck the back end of a parked trailer truck also headed South and veered into the oncoming lane. Mr. Erikson was thrown from the car(> after severe contact with a car. going in the opposite direction.
Notification of the tragedy made
he purchased and sold large tracts of land, and at the time of his death was one of the area’s largest individual land holders.
In the early 1940‘s, he acquired the grain mill which was then known as Erikson’s Supply in South Acton. This operation was managed by Dan FU Hagan who changed the name to Acton Supply. This operation was moved to its present site in the South Acton Shopping Center about 1957.
•He was a self-educated geologist, and this knowledge was used to good advantage in the development of many large gravel pits in the area. He was also an ardent conservationist and took great pride for example, in an articicial pond and surtound-ng wet lands in Boxboro which he ma ntamed >as a bird refuge and fishing area. He was an expert in drainage and the peculiar characteristics of water and its relationship with the land, and his opinion on this and related subjects was sought by college professors and engineers.
He was also very active in reforestation, planting many seedlings and taking great satisfaction in the ways that an abandoned gravel pit could be restored to nature by the planting of trees. Many groups Jell the effects of his largesse, among them the Boy Scouts who were given a large tract in North Acton with a pond included, and the Ac ton Youth Center which held its annual carni-gras for several years on his land off Massachusetts Avnue, West Acton.
Always vocal, Henry could be ex
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..MIK by the Acton police early f**™ to provide a pungent com-Monday morning. Mrs. Erikson sta- m_en* town meeting, and although .i_ , ..l - »• • ■ his suggestions were not always
followed, they could be expected to
ted later that she and her daughter, Dianne, had planned to join Mr. Erikson during the February school vacation. It was also planned to
carry plenty of old-fashioned common sense. He exhorted economy
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make a trip to one of the Caribbean Iand that tho town shouId try to Mve
its money. “Sooner or later it will
Mr. Erikson was 63 years of age, and lived at Summer Street, West
Acton. He was bort\ in Maynard
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Stow. While he lived in Stow, he was ,Pond drainage area, without lowering the water table drastically. He
need it,” he would say. Always specific, he could not tolerate generalities. He thought specific attention should be given to the Fort
very active in town affairs, and served on the Finance Committee. ^ “An individualist of the old school”, as characterized by his comrades and admirers, he “stepped out of obscurity to become a man of im-jt portance in his community."
At one time employed as a clerk for the First National Store in Maynard, he rose to the position of manager in several stores located throughout the Boston area. At the same time, he began to develop a poultry and chicken business. This business took so much of his time that he devoted full time to it. At O about this time, he acquired the poultry farm on Great Road, Stow, near the Maynard line. He expanded his egg and poultry route through out Brookline, the Newtons, as well as locally:
According to friends of these days, “Henry was always the first one to try something new.” He was the first one in the area to heat brooding houses and his work on chicken ny-' tuition was way ahead of its time. Later he went into the retailing of
#feed and grain and this became,
' through the years a large part of his
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was always preaching a constant water table. Being an individualist. he stood four-square against encroachment of the individual’s rights. He was an ardent opponent of eminent domain proceedings and what he termed the “expropriation of personal property, '(no matter what its disguise.”
Probably more than anywhere else, the significance of this man’s life can be realized by the impact that it had on others. Such comments as "he helped to make life worth living”, “a tremendous individual”, “an awful loss to the community”, indicate in part the respect in which he was held by those who knew him. Many wondered that a person with so little formal education could have had such far-ranging interests and could be so well informed.
It has been said by many that one of Henry’s great characteristics was his ability to bring out the best in others.“He had the ability to get CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
Maynard Youths Testify la Paekaga Stare Appeal
MAYNARD — Venanzio D’Aurora, a Marlboro package store proprietor who recently appealed a court conviction and fine of $100 in the Marlboro District Court, was given the same sentence Monday by Judge Lurie of the Middlesex Superior Court, Cambridge.
The chiefs government witnesses were two Maynard youths. They testified that they purchased and consumed two six-packs purchased at the above liquor store. One of the boys was booked for drunkenness after a state trooper saw him staggering at a filling station located near the Concord barracks.
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$466,994 Price Set On Acton’s Special Article Requests
ACTON — The voters in the town will face a 46 article .ai rant ior •he annual town meeting scheduled for Mal ch 9, Total requests, exciu ding the budget items, come to $‘66,-994 This figure is substantially higher than the S/9.071 which was raised the annual town meeting scheduled for March 9. Total requests, txclu-under special articles last year# Two of the main reasons for this are the proposed $110,000 police station and Hie $200,000 addition to the library. In ac.dilion, there is about $8,000 which represents the proposed 5 per cent across the board pay increase for employees covered by the town by law; $32,000 for a new ladder truck for the fire department; $7800 i for tlx* conservation fund; $15,000 'for a sprinkler system for the Marion L. Towne School; $5500 foi the purchase of two police cruisers and I $6,000 for two additional police of I fleers; $6900 for Chapter 90 work; $16,000 for a new highway department truck.
The Finance Committee has not made known its recommendations on these articles as yet, and still has to review of the budget for its recommendations.
Article 39 represents the third at tempt to get an executive secretary This article has been inserted by petition. It was sponsord the first time by the selectmen, the second time by the Finance Committee. Last year It had the adamant op position of the Board of Selectmen. $40,000 is asked for the proposed Executive Secretary.
In conjunction with the article for the Executive Secretary, is one seeking the appointment of a five member committee to study town administration and make recommendations arid a report at the next annual town mating. .
Articles of a non monetary nature 'include the rezoning of a 25 acre tract of land in South Acton to light industry, and the establishment of the definition of light industrial land. Most important is the organizing of the permanent fire department, as well as pay and methods of appointment. The call department’s organization is also defined. The town vo ted for seven permanent firemen at the last annual meeting. The pay scale for the fire department is established. The additional money for the department, about $30,000, will be voted in the budget.
The Recreation Commission has Khree articles: Article 19 calls for $1824 to pay for Acton’s share of the water safety program at Waldon Pond. Article 20 asks for $350 for chain link fence for Jones Field. Article 21 seeks $1,000 for a recreation director during the summer The Towne school will be expensive to the town. In addition to the $15,000 for the sprinkled system, $9,000 is asked for the repainting of the interior, and $5,000 for the replacement of desks and chairs.
Other money articles include $1,000 for the extension of the fire alarm system along Spruce street to the end of Kinsley road. $6500 is asked for the purchase of accounting equipment for the tax collector. An article no. 33, inserted by petition, asks the town to pay for finishing roads in the Brucewood sub-division to make them acceptable to the town. $9,000 will probably be asked for this project. $6900 Is asked for the relocation of, High street and the widening of Central street from Mass. Avenue to the Boxboro line. This will be enhanced by $20,700 from the County and State. $1750 is requested for removing ledge beside the .Acton Center Fire Station.
The Board of Health has inserted three important articles. One would .establish a sewerage study committee of five members. Another would authorize the town to seek a loan from the federal government for preliminary plans for this project, which would have to be paid when construction is started. The town is, in effect, committed, to whatever is spent on these preliminary plans, if it passes this article. $300 is asked to defray the expenses of this sewerage study committee.
Only 1.5% Of Parents Belong Out Of 3,300 Potential Members
WELCOME TO MAYNARD — Rubinolf, the world tamed violinist, is shown above with his Stradivarius as he arrived in .Maynard this past Tuesday morning: prior to Riving a concert sponsored by the Maynard Rotary Club at the (Irecti Meadow School Auditorium in the evening. Pic tured above with Rubinolf are .Maynard Rotary Club members (L-R): Henry Th -npson. President of the Rotary; Anno Koskinen of the Welcoming Committee, and Arthur Carlton, Rotary Secretary, The* proceeds cd’ the concert which was immensely enjoyed by a large crowd despite the snow storm benefitted the Maynard High School Scholarship Fund. BEACON STAFF PHOTO
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Duplex House Appeal Has Its Day In Court
ACTON The Board of Appeals | appeal to the Supreme Court.” At town engineer Fred Hanack appeared in Lowell Superior Court • tom y Rat* stated that he was “ver> I tao advised the building inapt ctor last Friday morning. January 24. to conficient*. Ask cl what would happen t not to issue limits, since he ques
defend its decision to revoke permit for the construction of duplex houses, which had been issued with the sane tion of the Selectmen, to Paul Sweep e.v, a local developer, in the fall of 1962. The action was the result of an appeal by Sweeney to the Board of Appeals decision to overrule the Selectmen and call th; permits invalid.
Sweeney was represented in court by Attorney Julian D'Agostine, while the Board of Appeals was represented by Attorney Herbert Wilkins of Con cord. A third interested party. At torney Leonard Rae. was also pre sent, representing both himself and abutters who had opposed the giant ing of the peimits.
The arguments were brief and last ed about an hour. Briefs will be pre sen ted to the judge and it is ex pected that a decision will be issued in the middle of February. Asked about the outcome. Attorney D’Agos tine stated that "it is difficult to say. In am event, if we lose we will
to the one duplex house which was tinned the h-geWty of doing this This completed by Sweeney. Bae stated opinion was based on the vote of that It will have to be ait* red or tin town in December I960, to t v ripped down. II the court upholds etude duplex houses in residential the Board of Appeals, i will see to art us. However, Selectmen's counsel it that it is.” At the present time Richard McCabe advised tin Select tilt duplex is occupied by oic family men that they should issue the build SE* ECT .MEN KIRST j '"K permits, Bae then took the mat
GRANTED PERMITS ',l'' hi tin Board of Appeals. A heat
ing was held on December 6 where a legal presentation of the facts was madt In both siri< s. Tile Board is sued a decision, which overturned the Selectmen's decision, and denied CONTINUED ON PAGE TWO
The whole affair began in Septum : ber. 1962. when developer Paul Svvee i I nty was issued a permit to build I I four duplex houses on Arlington St..
I West Acton. The propost ii construe I 1 tion had been first investigated by
Ballot Is Shaping Up . . .
Nine Hopefuls For Three School Committee Posts
Bae Will Run for c lT? .. iri
Acton Planning Bd. | aet for Maynard Election
ACTON Leonard E. Bae, At torney, has announced that he will be a candidate for the ^Planning Board, one year term. Mr. Bae has served as the Planning Board Counsel since 1957.
Since it is expected the town will vote to have a town counsel which represents all hoards, the position of counsel to the Planning Board will be eliminated.
Mr. Rae lives at 5 Juniper Ridge Road, West Acton, with his wife. Carol, and four children. Sandra, Susan. Meredith, and Stuart. With the exception of Sandra who is serving with the WAB", the children are all attending Acton schools.
A native of Wobui n and a graduate of High School there. Mr. Rae is a
John Tobin Nominated for D.P.W. But King Gets Nod
MAYNARD In a meeting held last Sunday, the Democratic Town Committee nominated Howard F.
King as candidate for tile Department of Public Works.
King will seek the Commissioner of Public Works post now held by Raymond Sheridan. Sheridan so far has not indicated whether lie will run for re-election but liti has stated that he will not run en a party ticket tfg^'ast if he does seek any public office.
The selection of King as Democratic candidate came after the name of John Tobin, an Independent, was put before the assembled Com mittee members for endorsement.
graduate of Suffolk University and Mrs. Madeline Lukashuk, Chairlady Suffolk Law School. A veteran who 0f the Democratic Town Committee,
Important P.T.A. Meeting;
BOXBORO — Next Tuesday evening the Boxboro P.T.A. will hold an important meeting at the Blanchard School beginning at 8 p.m.
The Boxboro School Committee will be present and will speak in regard to the expenses entailed in the addition to the Blanchard School.
served with the Air Force, Mr. Rae previously lived in Maynard where he was active in civic affairs and served on the Finance Committee for several years. He also was town counsel there for four years. In ad dition, he is a member of the Middlesex and Boston Bar Associations.
Concerning the office of Planning Board, Attorney Rae stated, “I feel
and Selectman Pat Donovan w crc outspoken in their opposition to endorsement of an Independent for the post.
The meeting was thrown into confusion by the move to endorse Tobin, f At the suggestion, Mrs, Lukashuk quickly conferred with Democratic Town Committee Secretary Howard F. King and asked him if he would
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my legal background as well as my, accept the oominatiuri
knowledge of the problems which1 have beset the Board in the past, qualify me to this most important post. I think I can help them avoid errors and help the Board come up with correct decisions."
When King indicated that he would ‘ ,ice. al!t\ s , .f1” tvvo , be willing to run. the Chairlady ts 1 vacant thls
placed his name in nomination and Pat. Donovan seconded the motion.
His nomination was approved by.
the members present.
King is no stranger to Maynard politics, being Secretary of the Democratic Town Committee for the past six years. He is currently serving his fourth year on the Appeals Board and was a member of the Welfare Board from 1952 to 1956.
Iii placing King's name in nomination. Mrs. Lukashuk indicated to the BEACON that she believed that only registered Democrats should dun for tin- party. She felt "strongly” any non-party candidate running on the ticket.
Th© Democratic Party closed its nominations with the special meting last Sunday. In addition to King for the Public Works Post. Albert Rogers and Thomas Fit/ patrick are running for the two three-year School Committee posts while Frank White, Jr. is the candi date for the two-year term. Albert Alevanian is seeking re-election to the Beard of Selectman. For the Board of Assessors' (lost. the Democrats have nominated Thomas J Duggan whose term is up this year and newcomer Ray E. McGilvray has been tabbed to run for the Board of Welfare.
Two other new-comers to public office are seeking the two Planning
Robert O. LaRue is seeking the 5 CONTINUED ON PAGE I
Supt Of Schools Says I Loss Would Be Great
MAYNARD Max nard could xx. ll find it a ll a- on. ot th* few com triunities iii the nation without a Pat ■tit Ti ach,tv oigam/aUn a lexx I mon fix hence as tl'.e Executive Board of the Maynard P.T.A met I last Tuesday (xetiiiig to discuss the serious predicament that the organ i/ation is m because of lack of mom , lier ship and an almost unix hex able lack ot pal i ut pattie ipation The Executive Committee, head (I fix P T A Pre.Mount Ian Alex.ii d< r, dreidld to put up the possibility ot div.soixmu the Maynard P T A to the tiiembi rsliip att 'tiding their March sr sxipn which xxiii lie devoted to "Tlu* Kl; tm nfai x School.”
They made it clear, however, th it tin vote ol the membership at the I March nutting would not hi th only I consideration ,:i deciding the fate of tin local P T \ because they realize that tin parents who would turn out for tin March meeting, fey the wry tact that Ibex did turn out. would , be inclined to favor the continuance I of the organization.
1.5 PERCENT DE PARENTS BELONG Presidtnt Alexander told the "BEACON" that at the pies tit time j tile Maynard P.T.A only has PII ' dues pay ing members and oxer half ot this number iv cr unposed of May naitl Public School teachers and the ( number ol parents belonging iv less , than titty
In Ila light ol the fact that tin re | are approximately LAHO children iii ' th Maynard school system and most 'n) tin rn have two parent^ ‘Iv noten tial parental membership in the P T A. stands at about 3.300 and the approximately 50 parents now hi tonging means that lass than J p r Cent or exactly I i pcreen' ol the eligible parents belong to tin Max nard P T A.
I To make math i s worse \lexander ' pointed out that attent I amt at ii cent : P.T A. programs has Ii,'en almost 1 absurd as only ten parents showed I up for last We k'v panel and pro gram de aling xx itll the .hanoi High j Other programs of recent vintage have drawn own less parent participation.
Alexander iie! that if it ware not , lea' the attendance of teachers, xvho ihuve participated and supported tin I P.T.A. handsomely, tire sessions | would have been complete lams All the members present at the Tuesday evening exicutixe meeting i pointed out that the programs have I been unusually worthwhile and geared to inform the parents ol tin I education trends and process* - iii the ! different grade eategoiios.
END DK ACTIVITIES I Superintendent of Schools. Albert I Le ret v stressed their beneficial na ' tore and bemoaned the fact that the teachers, xvho know what it is : all about, xxv re attending and the , parents xxi re not.
I Executive Committee member, Lorraine Whitney, told the "BEA CON" that the demise of the local P.T.A. would not only haw a harm fill effect on the education picture hut it would mean the end of allied activities of a .social and community service nature such as P.T.A. schul arships, the Maynard sw imming pro gram, the annual "Pops" night, and other voeial ex* lits, and many other activities which the P.T.A part ie ipates in in addition to their educa a1 liaised functions.
LERER CONCERNED Superintendent Lerer said that the loss of the P.T.A. would not only eliminate an excelli ut means by which parents and teachers can meet and discuss matters of (initial in iciest to them hut it would also Is harmful in obtaining the bes* [mss ible teachers for the community He asserted that teaeln is would he skeptical about accepting employ nient iii a community that did not think enough about education to kta p and maintain a Pa: cut l'eaehi i - or ganization.
Iller also emphasized that the faculty reel ption that the P. T. A. v|H»n<or- and conducts for teachers toward tin beginning of the school veal vd xi v an essential purpose im making in xx teachers in the system Ieel weld me and helps to acclimate th rn to their tiexx surroundings.
He void that the death ot the local P I A would nit un the end of this annual event which rn of great importance.
FURTHER MEETINGS President Alexander told tho "BEACON" that the P.T.A. will go ahead with tin square dance which they have scheduled for February because it is strictly a social function but that some sort of a decision xx, ii J have to he reached during the hiiviiv.w (Motion of the March session.
Supt. Albert Lurer
Meta <'en tioxx and Un* Via reb meeting tin Executive Committee plans to un ■ often and delve into every possible facet ol their perplexing problem because they are unanimous in their conviction that the P.T.A. is a rn e< s.sary and helpful educational adjunct and must lie saved if at all possible.
Vex.older informed the BEACON that this year the P.T.A. programs were scheduled for every other school month instead of every month av in tin past in the hopes of bol-vtering attendance hut that this move has Im i n unsuccessful.
lit also pointed out that the pro-giam committee has arranged meetings which are strictly educational and informative in nature in the hopes of stirring up more interest hut this has also failed.
\lexander said. "I suppose we might get more people if we con-1,need programs in which children participated and performed but this is not the purpost of the organization which xxiv formed to keep par-t tits inhumed ol educational matters in their community and act as a liaison between teachers and par-
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Thus, the Executive Committee will In exticmely busy between now and March and the parents of Maynard CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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