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Nashua Telegraph (Newspaper) - June 13, 1969, Nashua, New Hampshire Today's Chuckle We owe so much to the garden spade. It gives a hus- band one place where he can put his foot down. a Hampshire's Lorgtit Evening Newspaper C. J r foriljh't Warm, Humid Saturday Report VOL. 101 NO. 89 Continuing the New Hampshire Telepiph Established October 20, 1132 NASHUA, NEW HAMPSHIRE, FRIDAY, JUNE 13, 1969 Second Class Postage At Nashua, N. H; 20 PAGES Prici TEN CENTS Work Stoppage Staged by DPW By CLAUDETTE DUROCHER A union official said to- day's walkout by Public works Department crews was only "a temporary stoppage" and should not be built up to be anything else. The surprise stoppage precipitated a meeting be- tween representatives of Local 365, American Fed- eration of State, County and Municipal Employes (AFL-CIO) and the Board of Public Works at p. m. in City Hall. Mayor Dennis J, Sullivan, BPW chairman sounded opti- mistic the dispute would be re- solved as he announced the meet- ing late this morning. At first, Sullivan said, lagging negotiations for the 1969 work contract were believed to be at the root of the walkout. But further exploration of the issue, he said, seems to indicate that a promotion involving a re- fuse collection job was the cause of the work disruption. 'Instead of following routine grievance he said, "the union decided to pull this." Henry Belanger, secretary of Local 365, American Federation of State, County and Local Em- ployes (AFL-CIO) said the DPW employes reported for work this morning and decided to walk off the job. "This is only a temporary work he said, "Don't build it up into anything else." He said the "contract and griev- ances" were at the root of the stoppage but he would not elab- orate. The union's executive committee was closeted in the Moose Club on Main Street opposite City Hall shortly after the stoppage to de- termine their next move arid to request a meeting, with city offi- cials. Belanger declined to speculate when the stoppage would end. In the meantime, Sullivan said, DPW supervisory personnel have been instructed to remain on the job and keep the Lincoln Park landfill site in operation. Sullivan said he first learned of .the work-stoppage when Super- intendent of; Streets Paul Belan- ger phoned him at 7 a.m. to tell hint the DPW crews had walked off the job. "What a way to spend your Sullivan commented, "it must be the luck of Friday the 13th." He turned 50 today. Negotiating Sessions Sullivan said few negotiating sessions have been held on the work contract which was. renew- able in January. At tHeir, meeting Wednesday night, he said, the public works commissioners received a letter from the union .requesting a meeting. He said they-sent a letter in reply to the union asking them for a suitable date. It'has become almost routine, he said, to hold off contract ne- gotiations until after the munici- pal budget is approved by the aldermen. the clause that'guaran- tees them a'wage increase equal to that granted other depart- Sullivan said, "they wait to see what other departments then they im- prove on that." The record 12.5, million 'budg- et approved Tuesday night con- tains a five per cent wage in- crease for DPW employes. But they will not get it-, Sullivan said, until the contract is signed. The union, he said, does not re- gard the Yarger plan as binding on them and the five per cent in- crease was granted to all city employes plan. He said at the last umon-BPW meeting, the union, submitted' list of 12 demands and the ..BPW responded with a 13-poiht list. Ban On Water Ordered Here Scofiing at Friday the 13th If you're superstitious about cats and Friday the 13th, consider the plight of Mrs. Frances Christopher of Philadelphia, who has a house full of felines 111 at last count. She friend Have rented a house for a month for the sole use of the 111 cats and it costs a day to feed them. Neighbors in the area don't like the idea and it's a safe bet they'll think twice today especially if a black one gets loose. Incidentally, if it's any today is the only time the 13th falls on Friday this year. However, next year, .you'll have to beware-no less than three times February, March and November. Nashua GI Loses Legs in Vietnam The Perinichuck Water Works has ordered a ban on all sprin- kling of lawns and gardens, Don- aid C. Calderwood, president of the firm, said today. He said a near-emergency situation has developed. This is the first time in many years that the company has been forced to issue a ban oh the sprinkling of lawns. He said this was brought about by a record use of water in the past several days when temperatures reached high levels. Yesterday's top reading was 90 degrees, the Pennichuek Pumping Station has reported. In.explaining the curb, Calder- wood said that the daily aver- age use, figured annually, totals Array Master Sergeant Richard A. Coutermarsh, 34, of Nashua had to have both legs amputated after he stepped oh ah enemy mine in Vietnam while on a com- bat operation last Sunday. His mother, .Mrs. Julie Meh- nert of 18 Holmes St., here, and his wife, Shirley, of Claremont, were advised of the tragedf by a telegram, from the Army. Sergeant Coutermarsh, a father of four, is a brother of Ward 4 Alderman Leo A. Coutermarsh. He is a veteran of the'Korean War. The Army wire described his condition as "very serious." An Army veteran of 17 years, the Nashuan had only 43 days of duty left in Vietnam. The text of the telegram, to Mrs. Coutermarsh reads: "The Secretary of the Army has asked me to express his deep re- gret that your husband was wound- ed in action in Vietnam, June while on combat operations from fragments when a mine deto- nated. "He received wounds of his buttocks and lower back with a traumatic amputation of the right leg at the hip and traumatic I rv. H Sizzles, But Relief Seen For the Weekend Nashuans got their first real dose of summer weather yester- day, as the mercury hit the 90- degree mark. The week-long tem- perature climb began with read- ings in the high 70s on Sunday, progressing to the mid 80s by Wednesday. The warmest days prior to yesterday were May 17 and 29 when 88-degree readings were recorded. According to the U. S. Weather Bureau, the temperature 'during the five days tomorrow through Wednesday will average below normal, with daytime highs in the 70s, and overnight lows of 45 to 50. A cooling trend is expected to set in this weekend and con- tinue into the first of the week. Showers and thundershowers are likely tomorrow and again toward midweek. operation of the left leg below the knee. "He has been placed on the very seriously, ill.list and in the judgement of the attending physi- cian, his condition is of such se- verity that there is cause for con- cern. Please be assured that the best medical facilities and doc- tors have been made available and every measure is being taken to aid him. "He is hospitalized in Vietnam. Mail may be addressed to him at the Hospital Mail Section, APO San Francisco 96381. You will be provided progress reports and kept informed on any significant changes in his condition." The Coutermarsh couple has ages 8, 6, 3 and 15 months. PIZZA by Charles Famous .thruout New England 147 W. PEARL ST. Finest in Pizzas Grinders (all varieties) Regular 90c PLAIN PIZZA TUESDAY 7 CC ONLY 'V T.ltphon. 8S9-4542 11 A.M. to 2 A.M. r Town Meeting Bill Is Delayed CONCORD, N.H. (AP) state Senate has taken swift ac- tion to delay a bill that could have shaken the granite founda- tion of New Hampshire by its implications..' The bill, introduced by Sen. Alt' .Tacobson, R-New London, would have moved one of the state's most treasured and time- honored traditions the annual March town meeting to May. The measure proposed to de- lay the town meeting day for centuries the second Tuesday in March to the second Tuesday in May. Jacobson said it would allow many New Hampshire residents who winter in Florida an oppor- tunity to once again attend their town meetings without having to return to the. state during the cold March. If passed, the bill would have resulted in New Hampshire los- ing its first-in-the'nation presi- dential preference primary sta- tus as well. The bill was shunted off to a legislative study which means there won't be ac- tion on it for at least two years. TONIGHT IN THE TELEGRAPH. Nashua Scene 4 Obituaries Abby Baker Classifieds 13 16, 17, 18, 19 Comics Crossword Editorial Financial Horoscope Lawrence 15 Pearson Sports Suburban 19 15 Taylor 4 10, 11 11 19 Dr. Thosteson 7 Weather Television Theaters seven million gallons. He said yesterday it was 15 million gallons, with a rate of 22 million gallons between 8 p. m. and 9. He said, "Actually, we were pumping 18 million gallons, with the remainder coming from dis- tribution reservoirs at Columbia Avenue and Orchard Heights. "We have plenty of water but we cannot force it through our distribution system at this ex- cessive rate. This has resulted in some lowering of the pressure, which has been particularly noticeable in the outlying dis- tricts that are the greatest1 dis- tance from .our supply and at the higher elevations." "We will notify the public when the' ban will be modified, or lifted." Stiff. Restrictions Resented by Judges By FRED P. GRAHAM Niw York TMW WASHINGTON- Resentment is being expressed by some fed- eral judges over the stiff new restrictions on judges' outside activities. Critics say the re- strictions were rammed through by Chief justice Earl Warren without adequate notice to the judiciary. It was learned that the mem- bers of the Judicial Conference, which approved the rules on Tuesday at a special meeting called by Chief Justice Warren, had not seen the proposals until the members arrived for the meeting Tuesday morning. The rules had been prepared by a Judicial Conference com- mittee in cooperation with War- ren, who summoned the com- mittee into action after former Justice Abe Fortas's resigna- tion. The new standards forbid judges to accept fees for out- side services, except in excep- tional circumstances, and re- quire them to make annual re- ports of their income from in- vestments and other sources. The 25-member Judicial Con- ference met at the Supreme Court behind closed doors, but it has since been learned that a group of -Its members pro- tested strongly that the judicia- ry was being stampeded into action without due deliberation or consultation with the 535- member federal judiciary. There were charges that the judges themselves were. being denied due process and that the haste might give the impres- sion that their past conduct had not been proper. Some members demanded that no action be taken until the next regular meeting of the Judicial Conference in Septem- ber, so that the proposals could be circulated to the judiciary. By that time" Warren E. Burger would be Chief Justice and would preside over the confer- ence. This move was defeated by a show of hands, by a margin of about 2 to 1. Some judges also protested that the lower judiciary was being saddled with stringent re- strictions because of a public clamor over off-the-bench activ- ities by Supreme Court jus- the judicial confer- ence has no jurisdiction over members of the Supreme Court and the new rules do not affect them. Troop Fullback Set for August BULLETIN SAIGON (AP) The U.S. Command said today two bri- gades of the U.S. 9th Infantry Division and a regimental land- ing team of the 3rd U.S. Ma- rine Division willbe withdrawn from South Vietnam by the end of August and replaced by South Vietnamese soldiers. The Command said a special task force working out details of the redeployment in Hawaii "re- ports that the first combat unit to be replaced will be a battal- ion of the Ith Infantry. Divi- sion." "It is anticipated that this battalion, composed of approxi- mately 100 men, will be airlifted before mid-July to the continen- tal United States for inactiva- tion." In Washington, the Pentagon estimated there will be What's So Special About FREE CHECKING AT NASHUA TRUST? minimum balance if you're under 65 and over. That's what! Member, F.D.I.C. men involved in the first with- drawal. Secretary of Defense Melvin R. Laird announced the with- drawals were the initial recom- mendation of a special task force now meeting in Hawai ito plan President Nixon's man replacement program. Pentagon officials said the 900-man battalion being with- drawn is part of two brigades of the 9th Infantry Division which has been operating extensively in South Vietnam's swampy Delta region. The Marine outfit has been headquartered at Dong Hai, in the northernmost I Corps below the demilitarized zone. All three of the 9th Division's brigades are serving in Vietnam but the Pentagon did not identi- fy which two would be removed. r Dress for the Big Day This will be the scene on Monday afternoon July E. Aldrin, uses a scoop to collect samples 21 when Apollo astronauts are scheduled to set foot white .Spacecraft! Commander 'Neil" Armstrong takes oh the surface of the moori. Spacemen are busy preparing for the big day, after yesterday's an- nouncement that Apollo 11 launching is set for Wednesday, July 16. Lunar Module: pilot: Edwin pictures. Lunar Module- is Jru background. The rehearsal took place at NASA's Manned Spacecraft Center, Houston, Tex. Astros Launch Battle Against Time By PAUL RECER SPACE CENTER, Houston, Tex. (AP) The Apollo 11 flight has a green light for a moon landing attempt in, July. The question now is: Will the crew be ready? Neil A. Armstrong, civilian commander of the flight, and Us crewmates, Air Force Col. Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. and Air Force Lt. Col. Michael Collins, [ace a heavy training program to .prepare them fully for the scheduled July 16 blast-off. Armstrong is scheduled to be the first to set foot on the moon July 21. He is to be joined by Aldrin 27 minutes later. Ahead of the three are hours in mission simulations, brief- ings, reviews and run-throughs. They'll work for more than 12 hours on many days between now and launch in the mission simulators, familiarizing them- selves with the equipment and practicing responses to possible emergencies. Tough Job 'We've got a tough job get- ting said Donald K. Slayton, chief of astronauts. 'We won't need very many glitches (unexpected problems) to not be ready." Slayton said that even a simu- lator "bombing out .for two days in a row" could delay the launch. Space officials said privately Vote Delayed On Change in City Charter A final vote on the charter change plan for Nashua duced by State Sen. Richard W. Leonard has been delayed until next Tuesday. The bill was aniong unfinished business put off by the House yesterday. Leonard said he plans to con- fer with local representatives over the weekend in an attempt to overturn an inexpedient to legislate recommendation they have imposed on the bill: Armstrong was pushing hard to meet the launch date. He .was irritated by the slow- ness of some mission planners, a source and brought pres- sure for faster-action. One of- the .delayed blueprints was said to concern the televi- sion camera oh the Apollo 11 command module, the. mother We Carry A FULL LINE of GABOTS Stains Paints Nashua Wallpaper Co. m W. Pearl St. 882-9411 Dpin Thnri. A m Ninht. 'Til 9 KODAK INSTAMATIC No. J24 Outfits CXI26 Film 88c BankAmerkard Uni-Cird FOTOMART CAMERA Corp. 178 MAIN ST. MKXT'TO STATE OINKJIA "Ri I'olnftmrl" ship which stays in orbit 69 miles above the moon while the lunar .lander descends 16 the surface Armstrong made a formal proposal that the television camera be removed .from the spaceship His logic, a source said, was that he had received no plan for its operation and if it wasn't vital enough to have a plan, then it was unnecessary to take the'camera. 'He wasn't ically dying In get nd of the a sourct said. "He was just lijing to foice out a plan for its use." Armstrong got. his plan in short order. William McElroy Proposed For Key Science Position By JOHN W. FINNEY New .York Timn Nemi Struct WASHINGTON William D. UcElroy, chairman: of the Biol- ogy Department at Johns Hop- tins has been pro- posed by the White House as :he new director ofi the Nation- al Science Foundation. While hb final. decision has seen made on filling one of the key scientific ernment, the .White House has been, "clearing" McElroy's Capitol Hill, a political formality normally preceding a presidential appointment. The White House, meanwhile announced that President Nixon would nominate, Gen. John D: Ryan as Air Force Chief of succeeding Gen. John P. McCorinell, ,who is retiring. Ry- an, whose background has been primarily in the Strategic Air Command, has been serving as vice chief of staff since last August. The White House also an- nounced that Adm. Thomas H. Moorer would to second, two-.-year, .term as Chief of Naval Operations. The Administration has had considerable difficulty filling the National post ever since the White House annoyed the scientific community by first offering the post to Dr. Franklin L..Long and then -withdrawing the" offer when it- discovered' that the Cornell, University scientist .had opposed a missile. defense sys- tem. Long had the stiong en- dorsement of the National Science Board the. governing body of ihe foundation and Nixon subsequently admitted that he had .erred in blocking the nomination. Unlike Long, McElroy', a ,52- year-old biologist, has taken no public position on the anti-bal- listic missile issue. He is, however, a. registered Democrat, he put jit in interview, "tends to vote independent T h i party allegiance may c a u s some difficulty Republican lawyers, such as Sen. Everett McKinley Dirksen, who have protested over the ap- pointment of Democrats to prominent, jobs. this vehicle flipped over and came to rest about 50 feet off the, north- bound lane of the F. E. Everett Turn- pike just north of the Amherst Street exit last night. The driver, identified as Robert McCurdy, Man- chester, was taken to Saint, Joseph's Hospital for, treatment. Gathering information is Officer Anthony Di- Gregorio. (Telegraphoto-Harrigan) ;