The Boston Globe from Boston, Massachusetts on November 26, 1984 · 19
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The Boston Globe from Boston, Massachusetts · 19

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Monday, November 26, 1984
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Hr THE BOSTON GLOBE MONDAY. NOVEMBER 26. 1984 19 34 SANTA PARADE IN A. Historical METROPOLITAN BRIEFING Continued from Page 17 lery, whose historical exhibit was unchanged for decades, to make room for a series of "thematic" exhibitions. "Ann Russell, executive director of the Northeast Document Conservation Center in Andover, says Somerville organization's metamorphosis from a repository of old books, maps, photos and documents to a professionally run and diversified institution is typical of a slowly evolving trend among cpmmunity-based historical societies and history museums throughout the region. Historical societies in Andover, Dedham and North Andover, the Antiquarian Museum in Concord and the Danvers Archival Center, she said, are among a handful of institutions that have hired professional staff for curatorial and management work. "It's become an issue of survival of the fittest,", said Russell, whose .nonprofit center contracts with about 300 historical organizations or libraries in the Northeast to preserve decaying documents. - "Those that continue as strictly volunteer organizations with nib outreach programs and no curatorial control of their collections will find survival more difficult." Mr f Parents press hunt for their Marine son MARINE Continued from Page 17 His family was devastated because Gary was a son who had brought his parents love and pride. His family said he had never been in trouble, had graduated from Pracut High where he was on the basketball and track teamsand had joined the Marines and was looking forward to a promising future. His family said Gary had adjusted well to service life, made friends easily both at Parris Island and at the electronics school in Memphis and never indicated signs of depression or a desire to desert. But after he was missing 30 days, the Marines' regulations required that he be listed as a deserter. The designation deeply hurt his parents because they felt there was nothing in his character that would allow him to desert. From their viewpoint, it was tragic enough that-there son was missing, but the desertion designation was almost too much for them to bear. They tried to point out to the Marines there was nothing in their son's background to suggest desertion, that he had $500 in his clothing at the base when he disappeared and was scheduled to receive a $1500 bonus when he graduated from electronics school. If a man were going to desert, they pointed out. he would take the money with him. But that classification continued for almost four years, until retired Air Force Reserve Col. William Cavanaugh of Natick, head of the Massachusetts chapter of the then newly-formed Citizens Against Military Injustice, wrote directly to Marine Commandant Kelly and outlined the Boutilier situation. r Kelley wrote to the Boutiliers in September last year that their son's status had been changed from deserter to "missing," adding that under the circum- .8m lottery prize hasn't been claimed United Press International 1 One person won this weekend's $2.8 million Megabucks jackpot, but the ticketholder had yet to come forward to state lottery officials yesterday afternoon. , Lottery spokesman Dave Ellis said only one ticket with the correct six-number combination - 3-12-18-21-24-25 - was sold before Saturday's drawing for the jackpot of $2,860,780. It was sold at Almac's Supermarket in Bel-lingham. leading Ellis to speculate the buyer may live in Rhode Island. QUINCY t V.1 - 1 societies diversify, turn to professionals to survive Just amassing materials is not enough, Russell says in predicting that the next decade will make or break traditional historical societies. Mackey agrees. Many of the old, unfiled documents in Somerville - some dating back to the 1600s - have been categorized and placed into acid-free boxes. A cable TV program, using the museum as a resource, jhas been produced, and the museum has embarked on an outreach program on Somerville history in the public schools. The building's unheated gallery, which used to be open for lectures only eight Sundays a year,! was transformed this month into an art gallery featuring the work of Somerville residents. A fund drive initiated when Mackey became director has netted more than $100,000, about one-fourth what is needed to repair the 55-year-old building. Mackey, who envisions a gift shop and adult education courses . in the. museum's future, is not alone in his quest to keep the historic and cultural story of his community alive. Robert Hanson, executive secretary in the town of Dedham -which was among the first dozen communities founded in Mass Gary Boutilier, missing Marine from Dracut, is now presumed dead. stances known of Gary's disappearance the Marines had no reason to think his absence was voluntary. ' The Marines recently sent the Boutiliers their son's service record and a complete report from the Naval Investigative Service's six-month probe into Gary's disappearance. Robert Boutilier himself visited the heavily wooded and brush area in the huge Shelby County Park where it is believed his son disappeared. Boutilier said Friday his son "loved motorcycles. He had driven them around here while growing up and had just bought the new one one in Tennessee." The father thinks his son had an accident while riding through the park, skidded off the road and was killed. He thinks Gary's body may be under leaves or brush off one of the winding country roads. The mother clings to the slim hope that Gary suffered some form of amnesia from a accident and is still alive somewhere. Boutilier said: "So many people have been helpful and understanding to us during these years, especially the late Dracut Police Chief Robert Tyrell." He said Tyrell made numerous telephone calls to Tennessee seeking information from police sources about their son. "He was always helpful, always understanding." They plan to use the insurance money to pay for a private investigation in the hope they'll eventually know what happened to their son. They feel that perhaps then they'll know peace. .Vi J achusetts - used to get frustrated ' when residents would drop in at the Dedham Historical Society and ask for information about a particular historic building or site. "The problem was we had hundreds of old photographs and one of the richest collections of diaries and documents in the state, as well as an extensive research library," said Hanson, now president of the society, "but we were a museum that had done collecting but little filing and interpreting of all of its material over the past 100 years. We couldn't answer . very many of those questions." That situation - because of Hanson's appeals to the society's board of curators and officers to loosen the purse strings of its modest endowment - is being turned around. Three years ago, the society hired a professional executive director. Electa Kane Tritsch, who, with Hanson, embarked on a number of projects: With grant money from Yankee Magazine and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the society has hired Yale University junior Caitlin McQuade to organize a historic buildings file in time for the town's 350th anniversary in 1986. More than 4000 photographs are being catalogued. A disorganized roomful of historic furniture and clocks, in .W w cluding the oldest existing dated piece of American made furniture (a 1652 oak chair), has been rearranged to minimize wear and tear. The objects have been labeled and historically grouped and some have undergone repair. "People used to come here for lectures and throw their coats over that furniture," Tritsch recalled with a grimace. Maps that once were rolled up and in danger of cracking lie flat in special cases. Recently categorized books and diaries, some more than 300 years old, are stored in a room in which humidity controls were installed 10 months ago at a cost of $5000, all of it raised through gifts and grants. Hanson pulls a small book off the shelf and reads a portion of the Nathaniel Ames diary from 1766. "What an irreverent, colorful character he was," he said of Ames, who was the town's physician and publisher of the "Ames Almanack." On Sept. 24, 1766, Ames aimed his barbs at Boston printers, who he believed plagiarized from the Almanack: "Never let me write again to the Printers of Boston -newspapers, for they are all Knaves, Liars, Villains, to serve their Interest, and when they ap All seats taken for airline s retunSi PBA Continued from Page 17 PBA was grounded for safety violations the FAA said included letting too much time go between aircraft safety inspections, and making false statements about pilot proficiency checks. The airline was required to recertify its planes and pilots and revise its operating manuals. The airline serves New England, particularly the Cape and Islands, and a number of routes criss-crossing Florida. PBA's smaller Cape and Islands rivals. Gull Air and Will's Air, appeared good-natured about the bigger airline's return, although its grounding had meant a tremendous surge in business for them. "More or less people are happy for them. Anybody hates to see an airline go down. It's good to see them back." said Tim King. 23, a ticket agent for Will's, where the jump in business was "unreal," King said. Gull Air. which normally has six daily flights to Nantucket from Boston, added 25 extra flights to the island the day before Piro says 692 SECOND Continued from Page 1 7 ballots cast in that city will be recounted. The 2d Middlesex Senate District includes Somerville and adjacent Medford. After the Nov. 6 election the Medford ballot count showed Piro with 9874 votes and Albano with 9871. After yesterday's recount, Albano emerged the winner with 10,442 votes: Piro had 10,221. After being defeated by Piro in the September primary, Albano ran a sticker campaign and won. Piro said yesterday afternoon after the recount had been completed, "This is just a preliminary to what is going to happen in court." Piro has said he will take the matter into court regardless of the recount's results. "I picked up about 440 votes here and he picked up about 600 7 '4 - - I ' Is! i Children, above, greet "Frosty" at the Quincy Santa Parade ,in Quincy yesterday. At left, Kim Yachimski of Plymouth, Kelley Pyer of Quincy and Wendy Enegess of Plymouth view the parade through their new glasses. globe staff photo by rosemary cundari pear most friendly have most the Devil in their Hearts." The historically priceless diary, once exposed to the humidity of summer and the extremes of winter, is being preserved for centuries to come. For nearly a century, the Concord Antiquarian Museum has housed a collection of period rooms that reflected the daily life of Concordians - including Emerson and Thoreau - and one of its premier attractions was the lantern that hung in Boston's Old North Church the night of Paul Revere's ride. As the years went by, noted the museum's new director, Dennis Fiori, most visitors were from out of town, and although the museum's artifacts and objects were a source of local pride, he said, "The attitude, I think, was that if you visited here once, you didn't" have to come back for 20 years." Stagnation was setting in, and a group of Concord residents and museum volunteers sensed it. They recognized the difficulty of preserving the documented furniture and other decorative arts and artifacts from Concord history. Today, six years after a fund drive netted a million dollars -most of which went into a build Thanksgiving largely because PBA was down. Both airlines have smaller equipment and fewer flights to the islands than PBA. but are cheaper. FAA safety inspector W. Thomas Fuller said yesterday, "I would say there is a general overall improvement, basically in pilot proficiency and overall maintenance procedures" with PBA since before the grounding. "Certainly they're better airline." "I don't think they were run any more sloppily than any other airline," said Patrick Falco, a children's dentist from Hyannis who swears by PBA and flew it to Boston yesterday. "They're very convenient, very efficient - PBA is to the Cape what Yellow Cab is to New York City." Only the two smallest of the airline's five models of planes are again in operation. The FAA is not expected to permit PBA to fly its 30-seat DC3's. 44-seat Martin 404's or 58-seat YS 1 I s until perhaps Christmas at the earliest. Fuller said, with the DC3's due up first. This means that runs nor Medford ballots missing 'I don't want to say some type of a cover-up. All we knowis; there has been a tremendous number k of improprieties in this election recount. - State Rep. Vincent J. Piro votes," Piro said. "That shows you how improper the system is." Piro added: "I took the first round, Sal took the second one. It will be decided in the third round." In a telephone interview yesterday afternoon, Albano said. "Mr. Piro has been counted out by the referee and refuses to abide by that decision." Albano said there is no question regarding the validity of the stickers, adding that before the election "we checked with the sec A 3 ShMHsW - V k ing that houses the gift shopngal-lery and offices - and three years after hiring Fiori, the first director with a management and curatorial background, the roadside museum has changed its focus from hands-off exhibitions to community education. Membership has more hn doubled (to 1300) in the past decade. This fall the museum is offering classes in genealogy, black-smithing and open-hearth cooking. It is also holding concerts(ec-tures and art and film exhibitions. Education-oriented programs will run the gamut from a musical , heritage class using instruments from the museum collection to local and regional classes that' will include oral histories of life 'iri Concord presented by the community's oldest residents. ,r, J, To meet its $400,000 annual budget, the museum this yeaf.'c-quired $80,000 in grant money, raised $90,000 from its gift shop, $25,000 through its endowment and the rest from its annual ap peal, admissions, memberships and rental of its property and fa cilities to corporations and prifate groups. - IH "There's a lot more to do, and; it's going to cost money. We ha tpt diversify out of necessity," Florit said. "We've learned we cantij stand still." mally requiring a DC3, sucK IS flights from Nantucket to Bost)h are currently being served by- J seater Cessnas, making reservations harder to get. iH (United Press International i& ported from PBA's headquarters in Naples, Fla.. that about 6CX of the company's 1500 employee were expected to be working by the end of yesterday and thenfesf would be called back as mor flights were restored. UPI repeft-tea that about 25 to 40 percent of fh stations served by PBA were in pp-eration yesterday and a 100 pel cent return was expected by nex weekend as more planes ar$ phased in. S (PBA planned 180 flights in the Florida area yesterday and 116 ir New England, UPI reported.) , 4 PBA pilots were required aft?5 the grounding to spend a week;ir Naples, Fla., taking review classes and making a proficiency JeSt flight with an FAA official. !' Pilot Clint Hamilton. 26, satoj yesterday said the review cer tainly didn't hurt." but thath learned nothing new. there has been retary of state's office and showed them the printed stickers and were told they were OK." Albano said, "As far as JLam concerned. Mr. Piro's political career is over." Piro, 43. is faced with a Feb. 1 1 retrial on charges of extortionand conspiracy in connection with a mall liquor license. His first trial in US District Court ended in a hung jury. But Piro said later last nigfiT, "I got a mistrial and then I get a mis-election. It's Murphy's Law!"

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