Nashua Telegraph (Newspaper) - December 24, 1969, Nashua, New Hampshire
Nashua New Hampshire's Largest Evening Newspaper... VOL. 101 NO 251 Continuing the New Hampshire Telegraph MV. Established October NASHUA, NEW HAMPSHIRE, WEDNESDAY. DECEMBER 24. 1969 Sec011 26 PASES Price TEN CENTS Fund The Bells Sound Clearer... By CHARLES W. WEAVER, JK. Publisher Christmas Wonder An ancient tradition declares that the recipe for a Merry Christmas includes a "generous heart" into which one must mix "the wonder of a little girl, the sparkle of a young boy's glance, and the love of par- ents." The face of little Rachel Kilbourn, 3, is aglow with this wonder of Christmas as she gazes upon a bejeweled tree and awaits the arrival of Santa Glaus. She is the daughter Of Mr. and Mrs. W. Robert Kil- boum n, Peaslee Road, Reeds Ferry. (Telegraphoto-Shalhoup) Christmas is surely the happiest day of the whole year for children in all lands where Jesus is worshipped. Christmas is for the older folks too those who walk this earth in apprecia- tion and love, and who stop once each year, on Christmas Day, to recognize the foundation of love universal. These people comprise the "quiet majority" of Christians about whom we can write today without once talk- ing about war, or dissent, or politics. They are the good souls, neither saints nor sinners, who each day keep, work- ing and living, and who anchor the world around them to sound values. They are everywhere about us your neighbors and mine who in gratitude for God's gift of life to them, share the gift of a constructive life with others. These gifts of kind- ness, sympathy, tolerance and forgive- ness may not perceptibly change the world, but they surely keep it from falling apart. Christmas for these people is "cu- Author Gladys Hasty Car- roll says. "The longer one she writes in her book, 'Christmas Through The Years', "the higher the tower from which the Christmas bells ring and the angels sing, and the Star of Beth- lehem shines, and so the more splendid, is the carillon, the fuller and sweeter are the heavenly voices and the.more brilliant the light." For these people and the lives they lead, the earth turns, Mrs. Carroll says. Yes, the earth turns for them, and they also turn the earth for all' of, their kindly acts have tiny ribbons trailing behind them. Others are moved by what they do. And so it is that those who come to Christmas with the same loving and sharing hearts will leave it with more respect for this old world than they brought to it. This, then, is what is meant by the "cumulative" experience of Christmas the wondrous, ever-growing: spirit of giving that breaks down the barriers between people and makes the bells sound clearer even to those'who had scarcely heard them before. Hundreds Return to Area Homes Students, GIs Join Families Thursday By MAXWELL COOK In the Nashua area today many hundreds of young people are home for Christmas, especially those who are students away from home and the ones who are in our nation's armed services. Others are on the way, perhaps to arrive tonight or tomorrow morning. Sweeps Area The downtown streets and the There is a tingle of excite- broad expanses of the shopping ment in the air today; it is the centers are alive with last min- prologue for the world's most joyous of holidays. ute shoppers as forgetful moth- ers, dilatory dads and the new Boy X Is Now 4; Waits for Santa Among Santa's stops tonight will be a visit in the home of Boy X. Why the mysterious tag? This is the child who was found abandoned in the rest room of a Hudson gasoline sta- tion slightly more than four years ago. He had been born but a few hours earlier. He has been a winner since that 23, he was abandoned. Today, he re- ceives a lot of love and care in a happy area home. Stirs Memories The stories about his neglect and eventual adoption still stirs the aemories and emotions of Telegraph readers. At different times last week, the newspaper received several calls from residents, largely women, in- quiring about the child. Two callers also asked If it had been determined who his mother was. That remains a mystery. There has been a series of Merry Christmas to all from LIGGETT REXALL Simoneau Plaza joyful incidents for the child. Now 4, he loves his parents as they love him. Boy X's first major apportunity arose when the Nashua Office, N.H. Department of Public Wel- fare, started the process for his adoption. This came about shortly after the infant was released from the Nashua Memorial Hospital on Dec. 1, 1965. The next year, an area couple decided they wanted him as their own. The two were grant- ed temporary custody for one year, after a hearing and a thorough screening of the ap- plicants for adoption. His fortune rose further when an investigative report by the local welfare officials stated that the area couple had, in- deed, provided a very happy home for the growing child. The adoption process ended in a happy note on May 29, last year. That was when a final decree for adoption was handed down by the Hillsbo- rough County Probate Court. Tonight, the once' neglected infant will sleep soundly await- ing Santa Glaus. Santa has been dropping by every year and to- night should be no different. arrivals seek that one last gift for some loved one. This Christmas, like all which have preceded it, is not with- out its own tinge of sadness. For many in the area, there is the .empty chair of the man still enmeshed in the horror which is Vietnam. Some 140 area men will be missing for this reason, an indeterminate number located in other overseas loca- tions or in training camps a leave is impossible or impractical. Some area residents, zealous- ly devoted to the principles of peace, are probably making to- day a day of fasting and prayer as advocated by national groups and individuals to inspire a ter- mination to the Asiatic hostili- ties. A fortunate note in 1969 is the absence of any epidemic disease to blight the happy observances of the Yuletide. Last year, it may be recalled, the Hong Kong flu was widespread in the land, emptying schools and business establishments and laying many citizens low with its aches and fevers. Another bright note this year is the presence at home of the city's more than 100 National Guardsmen, absent a year ago and serving in the wartorn Viet- namese countryside. Virginia O'Hanlon Douglas, now 80, is hospitalized this Christmas. It was 72 years ago this year that she wrote her hopeful little letter to the now- defunct New York Sun. At the age of eight, she had begun to hear that Santa Claus was a myth and appealed to the news- paper for reassurance. Becomes Classic The answer to her letter, written by Francis P. Church of the paper's staff, which be- gins, "Yes Virginia, there is a Santa has become itself a Christmas classic. Assuredly she will receive an abundance of Christmas greet- ings at the Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson, N.Y. A white Christmas, even though the snow is scanty and ice-encrusted, will probably pre- vail here this year. The white and silvery mantle which over- lays the landscape always gives impetus to the Yuletide spirit and the crunch of the ground underfoot brings a lift which no snowless Christmas can ever achieve. In a week it will be 1970, with the promise of peace and pros- Christmas Day The Telegraph Will Not Publish STUDENTS Page 6 A JOYOUS "HOLIDAY SHOW" Featuring ACTORSINGERS CHORALIERS GRANITE STATESMEN CHORUS NASHUA CHORAL SOCIETY NASHUA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA NASHUA THEATRE GUILD SUNDAY DEC. 28th 1969 P.M. NASHUA SENIOR HIGH AUDITORIUM Gen. Adm. Res. Section Art A Science Centor 883-1506 Ticket! will be mailed to you, if you wish. (Courtesy NASHUA TRUST COMPANY) ARTISTS GIFT SETS SUPPLIES Christmas Special 10 to 20% off Nashua Wallpaper Co. W. Petrl St. 88J-WM Hon. thru Sat. Firemen Donate to Santa fund Helping to push the Santa Fund over the top during the last few days of donations were the. Nashua: fire fighters, who took up a collection and .brought into the Telegraph's offices. Malcolm Griffin, left, and Sylvio Prevost, right, made the presentation to Denise Gagnon of the Telegraph's editorial staff. (Telegraphoto-Harrigan) NASHUA MALL CLOSES This Evening At Merry Christmas 70 Chevrolets CARS fc TRUCKS Daily Rentals as low as per day Call Dick 888-112! MacMuIkin Chemlrt Top By MICHELE BUJOLD For the first time in its eight-year history, the Tele- graph Santa Fund rose above A sum Of donated by a generous citizenry, will make Christmas brighter for more than 300 families. The money had been turned over to the Salvation Army which is providing the needy'families with a food order, new clothing order for each child and a new toy for each youngster. Assistance Risei Captain Charles Sargent, direc- tor of the local office of the Salva- tion Army, said 298 families have been helped to date, and many more will be assisted. More than children will be getting x visit from Santa Claus tonight, This, the Telegraph Santa Fund's eighth .year, exceeded all expectations by breaking the mark. It started off strong and donations.came in fast. After thanksgiving the speed slackened considerably, and there were many anxious moments in the past few the Fund lagged, and it was feared there would not be enough to provide all those in need with a Merry Christmas.. But the citiiwa of the' (reater Nasbui this week wift ttiat pitt Santa Fund over last year's total of which was a record in itself. In addition to the groceries, clothing and toys to the needy, the Salvation Army was able to distribute more than 600 Sunshine Baskets to local nursing homes, hospitals and homes for the aged. "As commanding officer of the Salvation Army here in Nashua, I would like to take this oppor- tunity to express my thanks to the people of the community for their support of the Santa said Captain Sargent today. "Because of your generosity, we have been able to help thus far 298 families with a total of children and there are families still coming in. Praise Telegraph 'Our thanks to Mr. Charles Weaver and his staff of the Nash- ua Telegraph lor this very sue- SANTA FUND Page 2 Services to Draw Large Throngs By MARSHA CLEMENT Visions of sugarplums will oc- cupy Nashua area's younger citi- zens tonight, while hundreds of adults, of all denominations, spend Christmas Eve in church. Christmas Day services will also find all the church pews filled, as countless families pay hom- age to the Christ Child. All services will be keynoted with Biblical passages, such as St. Luke's account, which says: "And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found EIGHTH ANNUAL TELEGRAPH SANTA FUND THANK YOU I ONE ALL! Nashua telegraph NASHUA'S ONLT FAOTOBI AUTHORIZED UEAUEB SKI-DOO SkMXM ft Boota Tralleri AccMiories Puti Nashua Auto Co. M SttnCNuhu, N. H. Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger." Expressed in Message Pastors' meditations are like- ly to echo the sentiments ex- pressed in the Christmas mes- sage of one leading clergyman who says that "Men, as they winter their souls, will continue to stretch out their hands and their hearts to the warmth of the good hope...as did the shepherds. And from their isola- tion where they are being pushed by faithlessness, love for temporal wisdom, and an empty promise, they will journey back to offer the service and the ministry of their faith to a Child, to a new Life, to a new Promise...as did the Magi." Midnight Mass, the Konian Catholics' most pageant-filled service, will be celebrated in nearly all parishes tonight, as choirs and organs boom Yule- tide proclamations amidst banks of candles and poinset- tias. Parishioners will begin filing into church around in order to get a seat for the service. Many other Catholic families will go to Mass tomor- row at the usual time. Most Protestant Christmas services will take place tonight, rather than tomorrow, although several congregations held spe- cial services on Sunday. Protes- tant Christmas Eve observances vary according to denomination, but most are candlelight serv- ices which include elaborate choir and caroling programs, and a re-creation of the Nativi- ty. The services usually end with bursts of chimes and choral selec- tions at midnight. The hours of the services vary. The Arlington Street United Meth- odist Church, under the direction of the Rev. Dr. Paul R. Gagne, pastor, will start a candlelight service at 8. There will be narra- tions from the Gospels inter- spersed with special Christmas music by the youth c'.ioir and youth quartet, with Mrs. Gagne in charge. Organist is Mrs. Mau- rice Cloutier and trumpet soloist will be Roger W. Gaskill. 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