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Past Speaks.

COLUMN: PAST SPEAKS

Fifty Years Ago

There was an open house at Boylston Elementary School featuring a panel discussion on school housing, state aid and Boylston's future school needs. The speakers were Hugo Tobieson and Mrs. Carl Ball. Mothers of grade 7 students served as hostesses.

The Bolton Catholic Women's Club presented the Hollywood production of the film "Joan of Arc" at the parish hall of St. Francis Xavier Church. That was the first presentation of the film in the Worcester Diocese; members were allowed to invite friends.

The Clinton PTA held a food sale at the office of the Worcester County Electric Company, on High Street, for the benefit of the children's story hour. The story hours were being held once a month for the pupils of all Clinton schools from grades 1 through 6. Committee members were Mrs. Milton Connelly and Mrs. Battista Cherubini.

Three members of the Wachusett Regional High School Committee urged the group to take action permitting Sterling to withdraw from the region. The trio also asked for opening of negotiations between the regional school committee and Holden for the purchase of the junior-senior high school in Holden.

Forty Years Ago

Members of the Clinton branch of the national weight reduction programs, The Diet Workshop, which held classes at Holder Memorial, were being invited to "Feast on Flattery" during November. There were learning new, non-fattening variations of traditional variations of tradition holiday recipes.

The four-inch snowstorm, which belted the Clinton area, caused nothing more serious than inconvenience and irritation to pedestrians and motorists, who were forced to "mush" through the sloppy mess caused by first the snow and then a heavy rainstorm.

Patients at Lancaster's Rest Haven Nursing Home were being moved into a completely new facility right next door. Operated by Medical Services Corporation of America, the new home cost $615,000 and provided patients with luxuries not found in the older structure.

Thirty Years Ago

Clinton's only continuing privately-funded program for youth recreation was being forced to cut back on its service unless it received more community support. Atlantic Union College's "big brother" program, SPRAY, was considering eliminating its free bus service to the Lakeside Avenue Housing Project unless vandalism in area could be controlled.

Five area towns would eventually be served by the Clinton sewage treatment plant and construction toward that goal was set to begin that following spring.

A $9,353 grant had been received by Tahanto Regional High School through the Department of Education, Division of Occupational Education, to establish a coordinated vocational education program. Director Robert Bloom was seeking community involvement to set up an advisory board to assist with the implementation of this grant-funded program.

Twenty Years Ago

The Clinton Gaels had a chance to be the very first champions of the Midland League Small Schools Division. They also could have moved closer to a berth in the Division I Super Bowl. The thing that stood in the way of winning was the Algonquin Tomahawks.

John Gibbons' career guidance course at the Clinton Middle School had as a guest speaker in Clinton Chief of Police Mark Laverdure, who laid out the career opportunities in law enforcement available to students upon graduation.

The Zoning Board of Appeals approved a variance to allow construction of a single-family home on a lot 7,000 square feet short of bylaw regulations. The board also decided to postpone, without prejudice, a special permit for 10, four-unit apartment buildings planned by Pondview Associates.

Ten Years Ago

Clinton Hospital remained unscathed after UMass Memorial Health Care officials in Worcester announced significant cuts in services and a restructuring of management and other employees. The changes, which follow acknowledged financial difficulties at parent company UMass, left in place the commitment by UMass to continuing emergency and other services in Clinton.

The Nashoba Regional Chieftain Golf team sent two of its players to the Division I state tournament in Springfield. Seniors Chris Michaud of Lancaster and Mike Belmont of Bolton played at the Springfield Country Club.
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Date:Nov 11, 2008
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