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GREENWICH JOURNAL Page 4 SALEM PRESS Thursday, September 9,1999 Editorial Not unfair, but sound and sensible T e lev isio n cam e ras and rep o r ters from several C a p ital D istrict stations sw e p t dow n upon G reenw ich last w e e k , before th e story o f the F. coli b a c teria o u tb r e a k at th e county fair, before th e tragedy connected to that story becam e know n . The t.v. reporters w e re here to co v e r an o ther “ s t o r y .” T h e y w e re here to inform th e i r view e rs about G reenw ich C e n tral sc h o o l’s new code o f conduct for student ath l e te s . So they interview e d w h o e v e r they could and put som e o f those interview s on the air. T h e b roadcast new s people w e re, it seem e d , interested in letting us know that the new rules could be construed, by som e ath letes w h o w o u ld h a v e to abide by them and by som e parents o f athletes w h o w o u ld have to abide by them, as unfair. Unfair! The student ath letes, the television reporters told us, w o u ld not be allow e d to be in the presence o f any o f their peers w h o m ight be sm o k ing or drinking alcohol. If they w e re, they could be suspended from p a r ticip a tio n in team practices and gam e s and, u n d e r certain conditions, throw n o f f their team s altogether. We even heard som e d iscu s s ion o f “g u ilt by asso c ia tio n .” W ell, we d o n ’t believe that the rules are unfair to athletes. R ather, w e believe that they are sound and sensible. Participation on school sports team s sh o u ld be a p r iv ileg e . R e p resenting o n e ’s school in com p e tition against o ther schools should be an honor. The behavior o f s tudent athletes, on and o f f the field, should be as good as one can expect the behavior o f young persons to be. U n fortunately, there are parents w h o seem to think that no one should attem p t to discip lin e their children, that others have no right to do so, th a t all au th o r ity sho u ld be questioned. T h e fact o f the m a tter is this: societies exist in relative stability only when they have rules w h ich are u n d e r s to o d and w idely obeyed, not q u e s tio n e d by any o n e and everyon e . As Dr. John Fitzgerald aptly pointed out during a public forum last spring, and as a recent survey sponsored by the county Extension and Y o u th B u reau has recently affirm e d , our young people are at risk, p a rticu larly from ind u lg e n c e in alcohol. W e believe th a t any th ing th a t can be don e to check the sp r e a d o f alco h o l abuse by y o u n g people is sound and sensible policy. Athletes should stay away from their lesser peers w h o do indulge; they sho u ld not be w h e re illegal activity takes place. O h , did w e forget to m e n tion that teenage drinking and sm o k ing is illeg a l? Is there any reason teachers and coaches should condone it? Is there any reason ath letes sh o u ld? W h a t's so unfair? O u r answ e r: N o thing. O U R Letter lo the Editor Cat problem is real To the Editor; The Village of Greenwich has a problem that reminds me o f the legend o f ' The Pied Piper o f Hamlin” as retold in a poem by Robert Bruce circa 1284. There are some differences however. First. Greenwich is becoming over­ run with feral cats, not rats as was the case in Hamlin. These cats don't have homes and have turned wild. Secondly, these cats aren't raiding homes for food as were the rats in Ham­ lin. These cats are being fed, under the cover o f darkness, in the alleys by a misguided resident who feels sorry for them. This is the heart o f the problem because these furtive feedings allow these cats to live and multiply without proper care and supervision. These cats are evidently too wild to be caught to be taken to the vet­ erinary for rabies shots and I fear that if they aren't controlled they will cause a serious health problem for this community if someone or a child is bitten by a rabid animal. Another prob­ lem caused by these homeless cats is their using any available spaces to turn into their personal litter boxes, whether it be under someone's porch, crawl space, path, yard, flower bed, shed, etc. This is especially troublesome in the wintertime when there is snow and ice on the ground. The shopkeepers in this town and their customers should not be forced to breathe the obnoxious odors that the feces and urine o f these cats are causing. I have been forced by one o f these cats to go to the expense o f approxi­ mately $500 to repair an item I had placed for sale in the yard of my place of business. Evidently this particular cat, in looking for a place to sleep last w inter, crawled into the wall of an out­ door furnace, clawed out some of the insulation and made itself at home. Sometime during the winter that cat died in there and wasn't discovered until the furnace was moved. Do I have to pay for this expense out of my own pocket just because the people I have talked to tell me there is nothing they can do to stop this resident from causing problems for the businesses where these cats roam? There is a big hue and cry when some farmer mistreats his livestock. In my opinion, feeding these cats and then leaving them to shift for themselves, is also a case o f cruelty to animals. Therefore, since there are no Pied Pipers in this day and age, I believe it is up to the Mayor, Village Trustees, The Board of Health, the SPCA and the Animal Warden to do something to correct this problem. First there can be an ordinance passed that would make feeding stray animals in the village a misdemeanor with a fine imposed for disobeying the ordinance. The fine to double with each infraction. Secondly every effort should be made to catch these cats in Hav-A- Heart cages and transport them to the animal shelter, where, if they aren't adopted, they should be euthanized. This problem has been with us for years and it is time something was done to correct it. Anyone who is concerned with this problem should attend the next Village board meeting with me on September 14, at 7 p.m. A concerned citizen. Wayne Fitzgerald owner o f T he Cutting Edge Main Street Greenwich, NY NEWCO Menu Monday, September 13 - Chicken vega, steamed rice, acorn squash, po­ tato bread, mandarin orange. Tuesday, September 14 - Lemon scrod, new potatoes, steamed broccoli, pumpernickel bread, fresh kiwi. Wednesday, September 15 - Italian lasagna, mixed green salad, cauli­ flower, Italian bread, strawberry shortcake. ♦Thursday, September 16 - Pork roast w/gravy, mashed potatoes, peas and carrots, dinner roll, chocolate brownie. Friday, September 17 - Beef bur­ gundy, linguini, carrots, green beans, biscuit, apricots. ♦Evening dinners served at 5 p.m. at Cambridge Senior Center, Park Place, and Salem, Burton Hall, The Greenwich Journal & Salem Press (UPS 229-380) f f i a f o Established October 13,1842 Sally B. Tefft, Publisher Sally B. Tefft, Managing Editor Published every Thursday by Tefft Publishers, Inc. 35 S a lem S t., G reenw ich, N.Y. 12834-0185 T e lephone: [518] 692-2266 - FAX# [518] 692-2589 Office hours: M onday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to noon & 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. Official Newspaper for the Towns of: Greenwich, Salem and Argyle; & the Villages of: Greenwich, Argyle and Victory. CoiivR Tam Subscription Rates-One Year V t o P r t t a u , S e c ret*, Si^ S £ * - ‘< S Subscribers: To insure timely delivery, please notify us immediately o f any change in address o r correction POSTMASTER: Stml. addfsn di«o#«$ to Th« J ouim I-P tim , P.O. B ox 185, GrtMMkh, N.Y. 128344)185. Periodical Postagepaid in Greenwich, New York, 12834 A J o u r n a l o f L o c a l T w e n t i e t h C e n t u r y H i s t o r y CLEANED FROM THE PACES OF T h e C r EESJWICH JOURNAL A \ D SA L E U PRESS Lieutenant R o b ert H. W o o d w a rd The price o f war The w o rld w a r was. emerging on several fronts from Africa to the southern Pacific in early 1943 w h en news reached home of its devastating human cost. Word was received on January 26 that Sergeant M yron W ilbur of Easton had made the supreme sacrifice w h en he was killed in action, the result of accidental gun shot wounds, in the southwest Pacific area on January 16. A graduate of Schuylerville high school, W ilbur was a parachute trooper sent overseas in September 1942. H e was the first soldier from Easton to die in the Second World War. A few w eeks later, the people of our area learned that Second Lieutenant Robert H . W oodward of Qreenwich had been killed in action in North Africa on January S. W oodward, the first young man from Qreenwich in the A rm y A ir Corps, \had been in the thick of the action in Africa since early November (1942)\ piloting a P-38, \an American fighter plane, and was one of the first American airmen to shoot down a Qerman plane in that country.\ The Journal reported, \Word of Bob s death brought sorrow to his friends in Qreenwich, many of w hom had known him all his life, and who had followed his successful and spectacular career in the army air force w ith admiration and pride. A young m an of exceptionally fine character, training, and ability, his death brings a loss not only to his many friends here, but to the army air force and this country for which he gave his life.\ He was twenty-five years old. In M arch word w as received that Private H e n ry Scheel, formerly of Jackson, had been reported missing in action in North Africa. Scheel, w ho had attended Qreenwich high school, enlisted in the A rm y in 1940 and w e n t overseas in A ugust 1942. W o rd was received on April 20 that First Lieuteriant Qraeme Parrish of Cambridge was slightly injured in action in North Africa on April 1 . Parrish was w ith the infantry. O n April 23, the family of A rm y Captain Qeorge W infield A rnott of Cambridge learned that he had been killed in action in Tunisia. The price of the w a r was coming home to southern W ashington County in the form of telegrams from the W ar Department in W ashington, and gold stars began to go up on honor rolls posted in our communities. The war effort expanded In early January a n ew w a r effort was announced: a blood drive would be conducted for the first tim e ever a t M a ry M c C lellan hospital in Cam b ridge, Donors from Qreenwich and Easton and surrounding territory would be transported to the hospital to give their blood for transfusions to save lives of soldiers, sailors, and civilians. The paper told curious readers, \Through this service volunteer blood donors have an opportunity to take vital part in the w a r program.” The story abovt the drive w e n t on to describe \How it is Done.\ The first group to go to the hospital to donate blood w e n t on February 18. A n o ther group of donors w e n t on M arch 26. Public forums about the w a r were conducted at Qreenwich high school during the winter. O n January 2 T, Qrace Cockroft of Skidmore College spoke about the failure of the Versailles Peace. O n February 4 the \people's forum\ topic was \The Breakdown of Peace in the Twenties and Thirties.\ Speakers that evening were B. F. Tillotson, Harry Wood, Richard Mackenzie, and Sally Pine. April was a busy w a r effort month. Another scrap metal drive was launched locally. W omen of the M anhattan Shirt factory completed 138 shirts for the Red Cross. Twenty- seven ladies had made the shirts on their own time with materials provided by the company. A course for \Victory Qardeners\ began at Qreenwich high school, and Eddy Plow began to increase production of agricultural equipment such as hay rake?, harrows, weeders, grindstones, and plows. Particularly important was the production of replace­ ment parts for existing plows in use throughout the East. A big part ofthe national arsenal was our food supply, on which our armed services ran. A canning course was conducted at the Qreenwich high school in May, and in June local expert canners offered novice neighbors help w ith their canning. O f course, civilians were expected to continue to make sacrifices. April saw meats, butter, and other milk products placed on the ration list. Lumber products w e n t under price controls at the same time. Students at area schools eagerly contributed to the w a r effort through the purchase of w ar bonds and stamps. Qreenwich high schoolers, from December 1942 to April 1943, bought $4032 w o rth of w a r investment - enough to purchase eight $150 machine guns and four $950 jeeps for the armed services. The adult M a y bond drive in Easton and Qreenwich raised $24,650 for the w a r effort. Nancy Ryder o f Schaghticoke contributed her long blond hair to the w a r effort. Straight h a ir of 14 inches or longer was employed in \the manufacture of delicate w a r instruments.\ Farm boys contributed their labor to their family farms in order to feed our service men. Fifteen Qreenwich high students took early examinations, M ay 5, so that they could assist on their family farms during field preparation and sowing time. Induction>, induction, induction A s the w a r continued and America's determined effort grew, more and more men w e n t off to train to be soldiers and sailors and marines. Hundreds of area citizens turned out on January 18 to see a contingent of young men off to military service. After they had heard (at the M asonic rooms because of cold weather) from Draft Board Chairman I. V H . Qill and Legion Commander David Kinnin, men inducted that day filed out to the waiting buses, received cigarettes presented to them by the local Red Cross chapter, and departed for cam p life elsewhere. M a n y w h o saw off the soldiers that day w ere Qreenwich high school students because two of their number were 'off to war\: W illiam N o lan of Easton a n d Edwin McEachron of Qreenwich. The week before the students had presented each of the boys w ith $7.50 forspending money. Others who departed that day included these men: Lawrence Wicks, Ernest Langdaue, and Charles Ketchum of Argyle,- Frederick Corie, Harry Dlatchley, Stephen Ashton, Thomas Kennedy, W alton Brownell, Qeorge W . Robertson Jr., a n d Raymond Luke of Cambridge, Jerome Flatley, David Duel, Thomas Peregrim, Harold Barber, A . A . Hand, M arshall Neilson, Peter Doriski Jr., Herbert Roberts, Qeorge Merrill, and Qeorge Priest of Easton; A lbert Lauder, Paul Schneible, Clayton Bailey, Neal Carswell, Franklin Dorvee, Qeorge Hughes, A llen Bemis, Eugene W right, Clifford Searles, and Qerald Conkey of Qreenwich; H arold Bennett of Jackson; Herbert W ilson, Carl Hamilton; Fayette Barber Jr., John Dunigan, Carl M oore, Norm an Button, living Thomas, Joseph Trangucci, and Richard Shea of Salem, and Lawrence Clark, Edward Moses, John Kelly, Robert M oore, John Richter, and W illiam Bleicher of W h ite Creek. Three other men (W alterBennett of Argyle and Qeorge W aters and Nelson Brownell of Cambridge) had gone immediately from their army physicals to service on January 11 . In February inductees were designated to the Army, N avy or Marines. Those who w ent to the N a v y included Clayton Ryan, Sidney Dutcher, and W illiam Boyce Jr. of Qreenwich. Leonard Dillon of Salem w e n t to the Marines. Roger Sanford of Argyle had left for the A rm y on February 2. H e w as followed on the ninth by fellow Argyle boys Kenneth Yarter, A u g er MacEwan, and Colin Stout; L. W arren Qillis, Robert Clark, Robert McCarty, Sterling M arble, and Carl Severson of Cambridge, M urty Wilbur, Richard Kuhn, and Qeorge Morehouse of Easton, John Jackson, Samuel Crozier Jr., Richard H y a tt, Lambert Lauder, Edmond M cM o rris,J. Floyd Ahern, and Raymond St earns Jr. of Qreenwich; Francis Shaw, H e n ry Tulip/ Qeorge Doner, Robert Peck, A n thony Aulicino, a n d Frank W u rm of Salem, and Ivan Taber and W illiam Hatch of W h ite Creek. O n M arch 10 Richard Nichols and Joseph Voerman of Qreenwich and Francis W illiams of Salem w e n t off to the Navy. W illiam Thomas of Salem aiid Peter M oloy of W h ite Creek departed to join the M arines. The contingent bound for service in the A rm y that day included the following: M ilton Taylor of Argyle, W ilbur Baldwin, Edward Qray, and Charles Leslie,of Cambridge, Lee Stiles and W illiam Flatley of Easton; Q e o rge Jackson, K e n n e th Barber, Theodore M cLouth, W illiam M u rrane, Richard Crozier, W illiam M unro, Francis Lyons, Edward Rutledge, Qeorge Dawley Jr., Leslie M o nroe, a n d Edward Ellis Qreenwich, and Peter Capuano, Edwin Harmon, Robert Burke, W illiam Burke, Fraricis Rogers, Robert Tourge, John Peny, Charles King, and Stanley Q etty Jr. of Salem. By April, three quartersof the men to be drafted were married men. Boys turning 18 had to register w ith the draft board on the day of their eighteenth birthday. T h t A p ril contingent o f inductees included men consigned both to the A rm y and the Navy. Qoing into the A im y w ere Robert Adamson Jr. o f Easton, Joseph Occhino, Frank Bowles, Richard S. Tefift, Alansoh Aldrich, Fred Wolfrum, Robert Foster, Ralph Barber, Richard Varney, Edward Tefft, Larmon Burgess, Frank Nevins, Richard Blanchard, and Robert Stover o f Qreenwich, Ray Little and Truman Blanchard of Jackson/ Ralph H u m iston, Francis Depew, a n d Edward H a rrington of A rgyle; and James A u stin, Thomas Varley, a n d Raymond Rogers of Cambridge. Off to the N avy were Raymond Sharpe of Argyle; M artin Conway of Cambridge, William Harrington, Kenneth Moon, Ernest Qreenwood, Raymond Ackner, and W illiam M cM urray of Qreenwich; and C. Ellsworth Taber of Salem. O n M a y T9 Argyle sW arren Duell departed for the Army. So did Easton's Qlenn Snell and these boys from Qreenwich: Russell Smith, Harry Brophy Jr., Arnold Russ, Qeorge Cleveland, Herbert McMurray, John Scranton, and Donald Peltier. Those vyho left that day for the N avy included Paul M cNaughton of Argyle, Lewis Jeffords of Qreenwich, and Roscoe Dewey of Salem. Easton's Howard Jordan Jr. w e n t into the Marines. inductees who left for the Army on June 16 included: Oriiss Pattee of Qreenwich, James Curtis of Salem, and Carlton Pierce of W hite Creek, Those who w e n t to the N avy included A llen Foster and Malcolm Clark of Cambridge and M eiri I Conkey of Qreenwich. Air raid alerts A ir raid alerts were staged with less urgency and frequency during the early part of 1943. A daylight drill began at 11:30 a.m. on M ay 24. Students at the Qreenwich school were immediately dismissed to go home or to nearby shelters. A t 1 1:35 a steady wail of the village siren meant everyone was to take cover. A t 1 1 :44 a II traffic in the village w a s stopped. Twelve minutes later the students were sent back to school, a n d at 12:04 the \all clear” sounded. The Journal reported, “Aside from a couple of dogs, whose loss would not have been insupportable if they had been bombed, W ashington Square was as bare as a bathing beach in January, and not a car w ent through... Around these parts there w eren't even any birds singing.\ A blackout during the early morning hours of June 29 was similarly uneventful. The paper's headline about that alert, begun at 2:08 a.m., was \Latest Blackout Found This Town Already Darkened.\ Cjreenwich Troop ZT Qreenwich Boy Scouts of Troop 27 erected a home for themselves on Academy Street during the winter of 1942-43. W ork on the project, conceived by Scout M aster W illiam \Stony\ Jackson, had been begun in August under Scout M aster Philip Barber, who took over after Jackson, was drafted into the army. After Barber w e n t into the service, Scout M aster Robert Thomas saw the building to completion. The 22 by 32-foot building, with cellar and wood furnace cost $922.59. The Scouts of 1943 included Charles Edgington, Raymond Dwyer, Qeoffery Orton, M elvin Qonick, Franklin Ketchum, Kenneth Macarthur, Donald Peltier, Richard Lull, Emerson Wallace, Sherman Deragon, August Foss, Brock Powell, Walden Ferguson, Harry Perkins Jr., Donald Mesick, W illiam Sharp, Qerard M artin, Robert Blanchard, Herbert Perry, Qeorge Baker, and A rnold Baker. Other news o f January through June, 1945 January 25 — The Cambridge Qrange building at the comer of M ain a n d Park streets was damaged by fire, its upper story gutted. The hall had been the \Old W hite Church\ built in 1832. It served as the Presbyterian church until 1872. February — Roland Dunkling, who was in the Army, brought back photographs of the construction of the Alaska Highway, on which he was employed on a 270- mile stretch from Whitehorse to the Alaska territorial line. M arch 18 — Four and a half year-old Ronald Perry of Easton w as killed w h en a b am door fell on him, perhaps w h en a high wind swept through the area. A family dog stood over his lifeless body until it was found by his mother. Late M arch — John B. Brooks, a native of Qreenwich, was promoted to the rank of M ajor Qeneral in the United States Army A ir Force by President Roosevelt. April 2 — The cast ofthe Qreenwich Athletic Association's production of Best Foot Forwctrdl ncluded Ralph Tefft, Carolyn Pratt, Bob Mesick, Don Mesick, Jane Dewell, Beatrice Berkowitz, Betty A n n Tillotson, Irene Qillis, Philip Bergin, Bill Moriarity, Harold Shapiro, Elizabeth Van Ness, Bill Murphy, and Katherine Corcoran. April 28 — The Qreenwich school board formally began consideration of establishing a central school for the union free school and thirty outlying districts. M ay 14 — N e w teachers for the 1943-44 Qreenwich high school year included four married women (previously against school policy): Mrs. Stanley Youmans, Mrs. Qeorge Daisy, M rs. Joseph K. Hill, and M rs. Qlenn M illiren. Q r e e n w i c h B o y S c o u t s o f 1 9 4 3 M e m b e rs of Q reenw ich Boy Scout Troop 27 posed w ith a banner of the tow n 's first troop (1915) a t their new hom e on A cadem y Street in early 1943. A d u lt b u ilding com m ittee m em b ers stood behind the Scouts. ACROSS I. Face o f a timepiece 5. Musical instiument 9. Asian country I I. Capital o f Idaho 12. Short-lived 13. Anabaione 14. Habitual drunkard 15. Male sheep 17. Before 18. Noted singer 20. Science o f coins 26. Any supernatural object 27. Exclamation 28. Snake 29. Dejected 30. Source o f light 31. LetterS 32. Openings 35. Conclude 36. Small villages 39. Hatred 40. Musical note 43. Inches (abbr.) 44. Exclamation 47. Regions 49. Arm joint 51. Belief 52. Silting utensil 53. Otherwise 54. 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