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TWO THE NORTH ADAMS, MASSACHUSETTS. TRANSCRIPT SATURDAY AFTERNOON. JULY 13. 1963 Worth Adams transcript Founded 1843 Published By TA* JYarucripl Publishing A notation A Mattachutetti 1'rutt Trutf«»i; Jamti A. Hirdm«n, Jr.j Rob*rt H«rdm«n, Edward N. Gtdtby Editor, J«m»» A. Hardm«n, Jr. Biuiimt Manager, Robtrr H»rdman Managing Editor, Philip A. L»» Editorial Tracks in Trouble Behind the current financial troubles of the race track* at Hancock and Pownal, Vt.—both claim to be losing money in great gobs—is the fact that people in this part of the • country are neither wealthy enough, numerous enough nor • stupid enough to support race track operators in the style in which they seem to be accustomed. , The latest betting promoter to cry poverty is Salvatore . A. Rizzo, owner of Berkshire Downs at Hancock, who ; claims he'll have to put his track into bankruptcy unless the ; State of Massachusetts lets him boost the track rake-off = on each dollar bet by 57 per cent. This means, of course, that the track bettors would win that much less or lose • that much more each time they wagered through Mr. Rizzo's windows. Previously, Lou Smith, head of the organization which built the plush Green Mountain Park track in nearby Pow.; ual, Vt.—an unlikely spot for a major racing plant if there '', ever was one—managed to hypnotize the Vermont Legisla- j lure into letting him run night races and boost his rake out • of the betting pool from 10 to 14 per cent, said to be the highest commission withheld by any track in the country. The state even reduced its own cut in order lo help Mr. Smith out. Although the night races did boost attendance at the Vermont track, total betting has continued to run far below the amount announced earlier as the track's break-even point, indicating that some smart people are taking advantage of Mr. Smith's free passes to watch the ponies run and enjoy the lovely Pownal scenery, without bothering to go near the betting windows. Mr. Rizzo's contention is that the new Green Mountain track—which he knew was to be built when he bought the Hancock operation—has ruined what business he did have (he has said he operated at, R $8,000-a-day loss in 1962) ;ind that the state should try to help bail him out by increasing his rake from the established seven per cent to 11 per cent of all the money bet. Also he is asking the state to grant him 42 more racing days this year—something this race-ridden area needs like a hole in the head. In fact, as Mr. Rizzo is losing money and apparently, according to his own figures, would still be losing it even • if he had no competition from Pownal, the logic of wanting to run a losing operation for 42 additional days is slightly puzzling. But that would be Mr. Rizzo's headache. What concerns the people of this area is his proposal to take more of their betting dollars out of the Hancock pool than he is now. If the track was a genuine and substantial asset to Berkshire County, and if its continued operation constituted a • real and important contribution to the county economically or culturally, we are certain that Berkshire people would voluntarily come to its aid. But, rightly or wrongly, an establishment like Hancock appears to many observer* to constitute more of a liability than an asset. With its shady • and devious history, revealed in a series of shocking probes and court cases, the track had attracted the attention of an incredible cast of out-of-area fast-buck promoters up to the time Mr. Rizzo took it over, and there is little doubt that it is operated principally for the benefit of ils owners, rather than the betting public or the state. Not satisfied with running for a reasonable number of days, and with a reasonable betting rake-off, the track has tried various •means of boosting its revenue, including an essay into the field of phony fairs that has resulted in a state ban on such operations. It has used political pull to obtain earlier racing dates, and now that that gamble hasn't paid off, ' wants substantial financial relief at the expense of its patrons. Although we have no idea what use a race track can be put to, it is difficult to work up any sympathy for the plight of either the Hancock or the Pownal establishments. Both Mr. Rizzo and Mr. Smith, when they decided to operate here, had their eyes on the pocketbooks of area residents. Now that they have discovered that lots of these pocketbooks have zippers on them, we can see no reason why cither Massachusetts or Vermont should connive at bailing them out. Only Yesterday Friends Honored Korean Veterans 39 Years Ago Francis J. Sheridan of Adams sustained painful burns on his left hand and arm when they became caught in a drier while he was at work on a paper machine at the L. L. Brown Paper Co. * * * Dr. Paul Mallevillo Howard, » former Williamstown resident who had gradualed from the University of Pennsylvania with a doctor of medicine degree, began his internship at Philadelphia Hospi- Ul. * * *• Thomas Riordan, II, ol Chase Avc., sustained a fracture of Hie left arm when he fell from a tree while playing near North Adams Hospital. The fracture was reduced by Dr. George L. Curran and lie was allowed lo return home. « * + 20 Years Agn Dr. Martin M. Brown, the city's oldest practicing physician, was honored by relatives, friends and patients at a reception held at the First Universalist Church in recognition of his 80th birthday. Employe* of the Bennitigton Dr. M. M. Brown; Filed for Bonus Construction Co. were tearing up sidewalks on West Main Street, near Hillside Cemetery, preparatory to regrading the cemetery curve before giving that section a new blacktop surface. It was the city's biggest project of the year. * * * 10 Yean Ago The Rev. Guillaume J. Morin, 7.1, former pastor of Holy Family Church, Greylock from 1919 to 1D25, and former curate at Notr« Dame Church, Adam*, died in Providence Hospital in Holyokt, where he was the retired pastor of Precious Blood Church. » * * Byron E. Crum of Carton Ave., Clarksburg, a group leader at the Pitlsfield General Electric Co. in the transformer assembly department, left for a four-month assignment in Reyk-javik, Iceland, to install transformer! in a plant there with the aid of native help, • « * Local veierani of Ihe Korean War streamed to th« office <rf Veteran* Agent Alphonnu G. Merrigan in quest of »ppllc»tiora that would qualify them »ft*r Sept. I for bonuaei ranging from HOC to $.300. The Short Of If While Dlvey McNab Deans and apotted dog, MacGregor, have been supervising the razing of the old Linehan block on Main Street, the Association of Sidewalk Superintendents has been having a heyday. We've missed Stan Fo«l«a, who was unofficial supervisor of the flood control and urban renewal jobs, but the sight of Davey's big clam bucket chewing at the vitals of one of Hie slreet's oldest landmarks — Davey esli- males that the plank sfructure must be close to 150 years old- advice and encouragement has been offered by such non-busy people as this typewriter, Gene Farley, Zip Patashnick, Russ Costine, Fred Brooks, Pelc Desmond, and many other experts on building demolition. * * * Incidentally, while we don't go as far back as the days when there was a lunch room in the block's basement—Davey found that one basement room extended under the Main Street sidewalk and Andy Lobo guessed it probably was once the kitchen — the structure has had a fairly colorful history in our day. We can recall when it housed the late Nick Del Negro's shine parlor, where the proudest exhibits were the battered washtub that Nick beat in the 19J8 Armistice Day celebration, and the shoes Nick wore right through as he paraded around that same day. * * * And the day is within our memory when the old block housed a busy horse room, a speakeasy, a non-stop card game and the first slot machines we ever laid eye« on. Those were the days when the law looked (he other way and blinked when a one-armed bandit was carried into Ihe building from • double-parked truck as Ihe church belts were striking high noon. Also in the building at one time were the headquarters for the famous Jumbo Pool, another strictly illegal operation. + * + Gordon Bullett swears that he spoiled a sign over in York Slate advertising "Antiques- Old and New." * * • Attractive and graceful in its own right, the Congregation Beth Israel Synagogue has become a real showpiece this summer with its flowers, plantings and landscaping. Most of the credit is due to the green-thumb talent o! Horace Paquette, custodian-gardener, but the entire congregation deserves praise not only for its appealing building but the grounds as well. Judge Sam Levine tells us that still more, including a permanent bulletin board and the planting of several sizeable trees, is coming in the future. * * * The proprietor of that produce stand on the State Road says that he really does know how to spell the word "open" and that the deliberate misspelling of the word "opean" has attracted more attention to his business than if he'd written the word right. Old Frontier Trick The Transcript welcomes letters from its readers. Its columns are always open to the free expression of opinions on any matters of public interest or concern. It is suggested that short letters are the most effective, and communications, particularly lengthy ones, are subject to condensation. Statements which are considered libelous cannot be printed. All letters should be signed for publication. ACROSS l.Box 5. Batttr 8. Enj. IrtJer 11. Grir« monkey 12. Learned 14. Too bad 15. So-green color 16. Re>t> 18. June bug bfr 20. Ufposll 22. Moistened 26. Theater bo* 27. March dale 28. Clergymen 30. Ship channel Sl.Glil', nick- nvrne 32. Dolly 34. Corrupt 38. Wool grease 40. Goiite ^ 41. Toughening 42. Fortitude 43. Siamese coins I 44. Footllke A Visitor's Question What Is Europe and What Is It Not? By MAX LERNER BELLAGIO, ITALY — I have spent the kind of week here, in the Lake Como district, that is » writer's dream. It is a setting in which nature and humanity contrive lo lull one's conslant wariness of Ihe presence of the Adversary, one in which every prospect pleases and not even man is vile. I have been sitting in on a conference of a dozen European and American research specialists on European politics (with Robert Dahl of Yale as chairman) who are doing a cooperative book on parliamentary governments and opposition parlies in Europe. We met and lived at (he Villa Ser- belloni, a Rockefeller-run paradise which in the last few years (under the genial supervision o! John Marshall) has been host to many scholarly meetings and may become one of the intellectual ferment-points of the new Europe. * • * I CAME as a novice. I have been trying to learn about Europe for the past four or five monllis, not only on the external plane of the rise and fall of governments, who is in, who is out, who has power over wliom, who is prosperous, who poor, but in the less visible dimeasions of cultural strength and crealiveness. The efforts toward a united Europe of the 15 post-war years, which seemed to be at their peak of success a year ago, have come a cropper not only because of the stubborn, perverse figure of de Gaulle, but because too few in Europe or America have troubled themselves to ask what Europe is in essence. Is it only a geographical expression or does it have a common past and a linked fulure? Is it a random collection of national greeds, fears and ambitions, or is there in it some organic element, some "force that through the green fuse drives the flower" — the flower being, I suppose, Ihe ultimate emergence of a European community? * * * I DOUBT whether you can find the answer by studying only the fiercely contemporary facts and figures of the Common Market, or the speeches of visiting heads- of-state, or the Levantine inner politics of the Foreign Office, or even the mentality of the West Germans for whom the leaders of the rival Great Powers are contending. The answer must be elsewhere in the European personality, in whatever the national cultures are acquiring in common from whatever sources. As a non-European, I have been asking myself some of these questions about what Europe is not and what it is. I trust that President Kennedy put some of them to himself when he was here at the Villa Serbelloni for a day, resting from his Ger- Hal Boyle Only the Company Doctor Knows Where the Boss Got Poison Ivy NEW YORK (AP)-In summer the average business office becomes a kind of refuge for the walking wounded. People go gladly to work then because it is the only place they \ know where they can enjoy air- Crossword Puzzle SOLUTION OF YISTIRDAY'J PUZZIE 45. Ideation DOWN 1. Heavenly body 2. SUIT S.Nlpa palm 4. The C.lllnit 5. Flowed back 6. War god 7. Danish measure ' 8. Phantom 9.S»fek«p- lag 10. Jap. coin 13. Father 17. Title 21.Ftvot.tiU Tote 22. Peruke 23. Unyltldfnf 24. Lockjaw 25. Dinners 26. Iwldt 1*7- en 29. Cuk S3. Rocky hlH 34. Crttpcr S5. Air coma, form 36. Teuc 37. lul. tow* 35. Sward 39. ritcaa'i, •df* ' conditioned safety—and escape the dangers of home and leisure. Weekends are the worst of all. The results show up on Monday, when most swivel chairs are unmanned because their usual occupants throng the company doctor's office. *> * + Here are a few typical summer casaiilties and their tales of woe: "Doc," says the personnel manager, handing him a small package, "I dozed while cutting the grass and fell off my power mower, and the darned thing ran over me, from head to fool. "I think my heir will grow back allright, but what about my right big toe? Do you think it's too late to sew it back on?" The office boy walks in like a bowlegged cowboy. "Spent Ihe weekend racing my motor bike," he tells the medic. "What's good for saddle sores?" Sally Primrose, the secretary, went on a picnic—and now she has red-rimmed, weeping eyes and can't slop sneezing. • * * "All I did—kerchoo!!!— was tp bend down and smell a wildflower," she explains, "and now I've got—kerchooIJI—this terrible at- lack of hay fever. What can you do for me?" "Gesundhcit-" says the doctor helpfully. The line of sufferers snaps to attention as the boss, shamefaced, enters with « heavily bandaged right hand. Their.ears go up as they hear him bark behind the doctor's closed door: "I hit the ball off the third tee, ami it landed In the rough. Just between us, Doc, I reached down to to*s it to a better lie—we were playing for two bucks > hole—and I guess that's when I picked up this poison Ivy. But don't let those jerks outside know what happened or I'll never hear Hie last oif it," man and Irish visits and his Macmillan conference and waiting for the Pope's coronation to end before he could fly to Rome. Standing here at the tip of Bellagio's promontory, with lakes on three sides of you and sleep mountains rising from the lakes, you feel turned inward on yourself. Across the lake is Cadenabbia, where Adenauer summers, and down the lake a stretch is where Mussolini and his mistress were caught in a Nazi convoy and hanged ingloriously by the Partisans. And here at the Villa Serbelloni one can pick up SlendahPi "Charterhouse of Parma" and read his descriptions of the northern Italian countryside, including one scene set in the villa itself. This is Europe. Here, almost wilhin shouting distance of France and Switzerland, with Germany and Austria not far away, and Italy all around, you get something almost like the heart of Europe. » » • WHAT LIES IN that heart? I want to return lo this llierne in my next piece, in which I want to talk about the new current* In Europe today: the new affluence by which (in a most un- Marzist way) the rich are getting richer but the poor are also getting richer; the "depoliticizing" of class and party politics, so that parties and governments are getting less "ideological" than they used to be; the dilution of the bitter historic memories coming down from the two world wars; the coalition governments that keep complex societies from tearing themselves apart; the rise of new elites, with new vislas and great expectations. English Lessons By W. L. GORDON Words Often Misused: Do not say, "He didn't get to go with us," Say, "He was unable lo go with us." Often Mispronounced: Acerbity. Pronounce a-ser-bi-ti, accent on second syllable. Often Misspelled: Apossutn; only one "p.' 'Opposition; two "p's". Synonyms: Punishment, chastisement, discipline, infliction, penalty, retaliation, scourging. Word Study: "Use a word three times and it is yours," Let us increase our vocabulary by master- Ing one word each day. Today'* word: Verecund; bashful. (Pronounce vehr-ee-kund, accent first syllable). "His verecund manner kept him in obscurity throughout his stay there." North Adams Skies Saturday, July 11 Sunset today, 8:31 p.m. Sunrise tomorrow, 5:26 A.m. Moonrise tomorrow, 12:45 a.m. Last Quarter tonight, 9:M p.m. The planet, Jupiter, which appears to be leading the Moon through th« sky tonight, ii now nearly stationary among the stari of the constellation, Pisces. THE NORTH ADAMS TRANSCKIPT Published erery after**** but Sundayi »»d btUdavi tr»» The Traucrtpt BBlldtaf, W Bank Si, Nerta Adams, Mu- Mchuaettt. Secoad clan p*it•ft paid •! Ntrtk Adam, Man. Eight ««U • e*yr, delivered by carrier M eeitt a we«k. Mall rate 11.71 • moilli. Two of Three Convicted Of Boston Garage Theft BOSTON (AP) - Appeal* were being prepared today in the cue of two men convicted of it £44,461 from the Musichiuettt Carp, Parking Authority during con itruction of the Boitoc Common garage. A Jury of 11 men and a woman returned guilty verdicts yetterday against Francis W. Kiernan, a consulting engineer, and Jooaeph W. Monahan, vice chairman of the parking authority. A third defendant, Herman Carp, $15,000 a year general man ager of the $9.6 million garage, was acquitted by the jury which deliberated for more than hours. Sentence Date Set Superior Court Judge Francis W. Quirieo said he would sentence Kiernan and Monahan on Aug. 19. Defense counsel said they will appeal because several questions of law are involved. Much of the testimony in the 32-day trial concerned an alleged contract between the parking authority and the New York engineering firm of Muiallo and 1m- an, for which Kiernan said he was a consultant. The state contended that none of the $344,468 went to the New York firm, but to the defendants. The prosecutor, Asst. Ally. Gen. Gael Mahony accused Kiernan in lis summation that Kiernan wrote 27 checks "under lake pretenses" and said the money went to Kiernan "for his own benefit and for the benefit of Monahan and Mahony said the fraudulent contract resulted In payment "/or services not rendered, false statements, false pretenses and false requisitions—all for the purpose of stealing money." To CtoM Ldopholet Later, Massachusetts Ally. Gen. Edward W. Brooke said he will recommend remedial legislation "to close loopholes surrounding the operation of the Boston Common garage and other authorities." The trial was the second since the garage opened in December, 1961. Kiernan and two others were convicted In the first trial and sentenced to 5 to 5',4 years in prison. The terms were stayed pending appeals. Convicted with Kiernan in the first trial were Richard K. Gordon, special justice ill the Ipswich District Court, and Ally. Richard C. Simmers, Gordon's law partner. A fourth defendant, former parking authority chairman George L. Brady, was found physically unfit to stand trial. Brooke jaid he will have Brady re-examined before Aug. 19. The slate charged Kiernan, Gordon, Simmers and Brady took $450,000 in garage construction funds through fraud. Jockey Injured When Thrown At Green Mr. Park Roy Parker, 25, veteran jockey, who was injured in the first race at Green Mountain Park in Pownal last night when thrown from !iis horse on the far turn just before entering the stretch, is in Putnam Memorial Hospital with g possible dislocated pelvis and a severe injury to his right hand. :ie may be out of racing for some time. Parker was riding Cecelia's Sting and was in about fifth position of thfl nine horse field as the horses entered the turn and he apparently struck the inside rail. Fortunately none of the other horses hit him. Parker fell flat on his face in the soft dirt and his head was partially buried. The first one to reach his side and lift his face out of the dirt was George Milne of Williamstown, a security otii :er at the track. Dr. Harvey H. Bianco of North Adams, attending doctor at the ;rack last night, gave Parker first aid treatment and ordered lim removed to the hospital in Jie track ambulance. Wood Industry 'eople Urged To Visit Berkshire Berkshire County is making a play for people in the wood indus ry to visit the Berkihires. Invitations have been mailed fo ,000 key people in this industry o come and see the forests of he county, Philip C. Ahem, Berkshire County Industrial De- 'elopment Commission executive director reports. The promotion has won enthusi astic .support from John V. Geary, executive director of the Berk;hire Hills Conference. Tlie idea behind the promotion >f course is to interest men in the wood industry in the possibility pf setting up woodworking plants n the county. "ersonat Paragraphs Mrs. William Girardi of 281 Walnut St. is recuperating at the icme of her niece, Mrs. Joseph Brcnnan Jr. of 45 Moraine St., Belmont, after major ear surgery '. the Masuchusetts General Hospital, Boiton. UE Claims Enough Support to Force Election at GE The two-month struggle between two rival electrical unions for the membership of roughly 3,850 Pittsfield General Electric workers appears to be gaining momentum. In its battle to wrest control from the International Union ot Electrical Workers (IUE, an AFL- CIO affiliate), the independent United Electrical Workers Union (UE) now claims enough support to force the issue to a vote. UE represented Pillsfield GE workers from 1940 to 1950 when it was replaced by IUE when the UE was purged from CIO lor lleged Communist domination. Communism has not been an issue in the leaflets both unions are prinling in their fight. UE field organizers Gerard P. Steinberg and Hugh Harley Jr. said yesterday they have "more than the required number of UE cards" for an election under National Labor Relations Board regulations. They did not specify the number. In order to force an election UE would have to have signed cards from at least 30 per cent of the affected GE workers. Tins means 1,363 people or more. If UE has the necessary signatures it could he stymied by an unresolved unfair-labor practice charge brought by IUE against GE in 1960. An NLRB trial examiner upheld the IUE charge that GE bargained in bad faith but GE is in the midst of an appeal that could take several years if it goes into the courts. It is possible any election would be slalled until this dispute is resolved. Masked Gunmen Took $8,000 at Market SEEKONK, Mass. (AP) — Two masked gunmen who robbed a market of $8,000 while sporting straw hats were sought today. Police said the two, wearing nylon stockings over their faces for masks, held up Almack's Supermarket yesterday. At the Movies PARAMOUNT: "Savage Sam." 2:25, 5.-M, 8:40; "Follow a Star," 1:00, 4:05, 7:10. COURY'S DRIVE-IN: "Donovan's Reef," 10:20; "The Frightened City," 8:45. HOOSAC DRIVE-IN: "40 Pounds of Trouble," 10:15; "Desert Patrol," 8:45. Religion in the News Kentucky Man's War Bonds Give His Town New Church By BIU, HUDSON EDDYVILLE. Ky. (AP)-S. M. Martin, once Eddyville's mayor, nd a far-reaching plan In mind .'hen he invested |6,000 in government bonds during World War II. The proceeds plus some of his ther savings have gone to build nondenominalional church on a knoll overlooking Lake Barkley. + * + Martin has invested about ?M,W. "It already has paid off In a ay lor me. I'm 87 years old, in reasonably good health," he said. "This hid a lot to do with my wealth. It gave me something to work for, something I really en- toy. "I hope It will be aomethlng that 'ill, in a general way, help bring unity to Christianity." * » » Martin, » Methodiit and Sunday clx»l teacher, recalled a revjvil •onducted by * family of evangel- it in nearby Kultawa Springs, "They said, 'I care nol what your denommnlion may be, if you're a Christian, give me your hand.' That was the finest meeting I ever saw." * * * When Martin invested In the war bonds, he wrote this statement: "I have decided thai every community that U large enough to support one should have a central place of worship, where any lion- est person may go and feel free to worship, regardless of his belief regarding the mode of water baptism or other religious questions on which honest people differ. Therefore, I am Investing in these bonds, not only to help my country win the war, but when the war is over, I »m planning with divine guidance to use the bonds with Interest to help erect a place ol this kind." The two-level building, 32 by 40, imd a nhelkrcri pavilion -HI by 60, was opened this spring.

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