The Brattleboro Reformer from Brattleboro, Vermont on November 8, 1991 · 2
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Friday, November 8, 1991
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2 u Friday, November 8, 1991 Brattleboro Reformer Guilford disputes N.H.s ownership of two rail corridors CONCORD, N.H. (AP) New Hampshire and a Massachusetts railroad company are disputing ownership of two rail corridors, one a busy line serving businesses between Nashua and Wilton and the other unused since the 1970s. In dispute are the unused Northern Main Line, a 69'2-mile stretch between Concord and Lebanon, and the Hillsboro Branch, a 16 '2-mile corridor from Nashua to Wilton. State Transportation Commissioner Charles OLeary this week announced the state was assuming ownership of the corridors. Both have been serviced by Guilford Transportation Industries Inc. of North Billerica, Mass. Guilford Vice President Colin Pease said Thursday the company disputes whether the state can take the land, most of which is owned by the railroad, or the operating franchise without going through the federal Interstate Commerce Commission. Pease said the federal commission decides who operates along the route. While Guilford is willing to sell the northern line, it has no intention of giving up its franchise for the Hillsboro Branch or stopping service to its customers on that route, he said. The state claims Guilford has run the Hillsboro Branch as a holdover tenant under three expired 100-year leases with the state. The last lease expired in 1963. The state also contends the Boston and Maine Railroad, a Guilford subsidiary, holds a 200-year lease from the state on the Northern Main Line that expires in 2047. The state claims, because it leased the line, that gives it say in who holds the franchise. Guilford filed a request with the ICC on Oct. 11 to abandon all but a mile at each end of the Northern Main Line, meaning it no longer wants to run trains on the line, not that it is giving up its ownership of the property. Pease said Guilford has been trying for years to interest New Hampshire in buying the northern route property. The state says its action terminates the lease and takes the entire line. OLeary is asking federal authorities to block Guilford from removing track for two years to give the state time to find another operator. Pease estimated the track is worth $10 million and questioned the states right to keep Guilford from removing it. In declaring ownership of the rail corridors, the state is using a state law enacted this year giving it the authority to take rail easements by declaring fee simple absolute ownership. First NH plans branch closings MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -First NH Bank will close six branches and lay off about 20 workers this month as it consolidates operations among the institutions it acquired during the states bank shakeup. Spokesman Raymond Schwedhelm said the closings begin a streamlining process that will see 25 branches and about 120 people laid off by March. Those set to close Nov. 22 are in Wakefield, Seabrook and on Washington Street in Claremont, while branches in Hollis, Amherst, and Brookline will be closed Nov. 29. The branches employ about 40 people. Those not laid off will be transferred to other nearby branches, Schwedhelm said. "First NH is working on giving (laid-off workers) professional support such as resume preparation and job search skills, he said. Were doing everything we can to help them land on their feet and hopefully one day bring them back to the First NH family. The company notified customers of the impending closings in a letter mailed this week. First NH won the bidding for Am-oskeag Bank, Nashua Trust Co., Bank Meridian and BankEast after the federal government took over the troubled institutions last month. The acquisitions made First NH the states largest bank and doubled its number of branches to 114 - far more than necessary, according to Schwedhelm. He said a recent banking industry study listed New Hampshire as having too many bank branches for its population. First NH agrees, he said. New Dartmouth Bank, which took over Numerica, New Hampshire Savings and Dartmouth banks the same day as First NH took over the other institutions, plans to announce branch closings and layoffs next week. LOTTERY THURSDAY Tri-State - 8-5-1 4-0-1-5 Mass. 9-0-2-2 Mass Cash - 6-7-8-27-35 fill these shoes big brother (802) 257-0361 Sponsored by: First VT Bank of the rich and famous... and the rest of us. Mark the occasion with a birthday or anniversary mention of someone you know, line mention Is only $5. photo mention Is 10. Please send Information and payment to: Reformer birthdays and Anniversaries. P.O. Box 802. Brattleboro, Vt. 05302 so that It is received by us two days before the occasion. AP ALL TOGETHER Liliane Montevecci, former prima ballerina and currently starring in Grand Hotel in Boston, leads a group of Boston Ballet students during warm-up exercises in Boston Wednesday. The ballet students are preparing for their upcoming performance in The Nutcracker Suite. Bodies of R.I. family unearthed BARRINGTON, R.I. (AP) - The bodies of a family of three missing since September were unearthed from a shallow wooded gravesite Thursday a half mile from their home in this affluent Providence suburb. Lawyer Ernest Brendel, 52; his librarian wife, Alice, 46; and their 8-year-old daughter, Emily, had not been seen since Sept. 20. Barrington and state police, FBI agents, as well as dozens of news crews and hundreds of spectators converged on the site near a Catholic school early Thursday morning and Attorney General James E. ONeil announced a gravesite has-beerjfound. A source in the attorney gfmerals office confirmed hours later the bodies of the, Brendels had been recovered. Throughout the day, police photographed what appeared to be clothing on a creek bank and at least two vans from the state medical examiners office arrived. A city backhoe was rolled in to clear away brush. A team of national guardsmen set up a tent next to the search site and police snapped photos of the area from a cherry picker. Police had searched the area the week of the familys disappearance and returned to the site last week, but it was unclear whether the specific site where the graves were discovered had been checked. Barrington Chief Charles Brule said police were led to the scene Thursday based on information we received. He would not elaborate. The Providence Evening Bulletin reported a woman who had been walking her dog tipped off authorities about 8:30 a.m. She reportedly told police the dog started pawing the ground in the area, and she noticed lime amid the dirt. Ernest Brendels investment adviser, Christopher J. Hightower, 42, is being held at the Adult Correctional Institutions in Cranston on charges related to the Bren-dels disappearance. The self-employed adviser was arrested while driving the Brendels car three days after the familys disappearance. Inside, police found blood, several teeth, a half-empty bag of lime and a crossbow. One of the teeth was identified as Ernest Brendels. Hightower, 42, was accused of trying to extort money from Brendels sister by saying the Brendels and his family had been kidnapped. Family hopes autopsy will show murder MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - The family of a woman found dead in a small pig barn in the heart of winter 27 years ago hopes exhuming her body will prove Rena Paquette died at someone elses hand not her own. Her son, Victor Paquette of Hooksett, said relatives have long suspected Rena Paquette was murdered on the family farm in the south end of Manchester Feb. 3, 1964, and their decision to exhume her body came after years of agonizing. He said he hopes an autopsy will prove what they have suspected. Mrs. Paquette told family members and friends she had information linking Edward Coolidge to the death of Pamela Mason, a 14-year-old girl who was sexually assaulted and murdered Jan. 14, 1964, her son said. Coolidge was convicted in the Mason murder. For every member of this family, this was an unwanted thing. We didnt want to have to go to this extreme, he said. Still, the family was unable to accept the states ruling that she burned herself to death. The body, clad in slippers and a nightgown, was found in the small barn nearly a mile across fields and woodlands from her farmhouse. Police reports said the door to the shed was braced closed from the outside with a log, Paquette said. Flammable liquids were found far from her body. Just days earlier, he said, his mother told her husband and some family members she had information linking Coolidge to the death of Mason and Sandra Valade, an 18-year-old Manchester girl found dead Feb. 3, 1960. The girls deaths were similar. No one was charged in Valades death and Coolidge never was charged in Paquettes death. WEATHER EYE COLD today, clouds giving way to sunshine, high 35 to 40. Wind north 5 to 10 mph. Tonight, clear and cold, low near 20. Saturday, sunshine followed by increasing clouds, high about 40. Chance of rain or snow Sunday and Tuesday, fair Monday. High 35 to 45, low 25 to 35. FORGING BODIES $1,095. Eff 1 QQI WPEC 4 1 OPTION BODYSIMITH WORKOUT CENTER Includes Wide Olympic Bench, Preacher Curl And Leg Curl Ext. Attachments Rugged 12 Gauge, Welded Frame LAT Attachment $364 Workout Ctr. Optional $346.wNoroRu?,. Para Body x 350 HOME GYM LIFETIME LIMITED WARRANTY BODYSIMITH ANVIL BENCH $199. Free delivery & installation! (Within 35 mi. radius. Of far axplra Dac. 21.) plati salei New England Fitness Co. Childrens Defense Fund begins campaign drive CONCORD, N.H. (AP) The Childrens Defense Fund tapped the politically loaded health care issue Thursday in its national campaign drive to push children into 1992 presidential campaign consciousness. Basic health care coverage to every poor child and mother cannot wait, President Marian Edelman said at a news conference announcing the funds Leave No Child Behind campaign. One in four American children will be poor by the turn of the century if health care and education policies arent changed, Edelman told lawmakers, students and reporters in the state with the nations earliest presidential primary. So I hope when your political people come through New Hampshire, you say Are you committed to a healthy start for .every child right now? and commit to voting for that in 1992, Edelman said. Health care issues led the campaign of Harris Wofford as he beat former Attorney General Richard Thornburgh in the Pennsylvania U.S. Senate race Tuesday. The victory prompted President Bush, attacked by Democratic presidential aspirants for ignoring domestic problems, to say well try even harder to repair the economy and expand health insurance. Edelman attributed the countrys high child poverty rate and lack of health insurance to a declining investment by political leaders in low-income families. The funds 100-page report, An Opinion Makers Guide to Children in Election Year 1992, outlines problems facing the nations children today, and suggests remedies. According to the report, Americas 13.4 million children living in poverty are more than the populations of Honduras, Panama and Nicaragua combined. They are more likely to die in their first year than children in 18 other countries; lack the minimal health insurance and health care guaranteed by most industrialized nations; and are more likely to be poor than children in other industrialized countries. The report says an estimated 100,000 homeless American children exceeds the number of people living in Grenada. The report predicts the next four years will see more than 1 million American babies born at low birthweight, 3.6 million will be born into poverty, 4.4 million bom to unmarried women, 2 million born to teen mothers. Court: N.H. citizens have no rights to sewer CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire communities can shut down public sewer systems without compensating citizens who rely on them, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday. Under most circumstances, a municipality may discontinue its sewer, leaving those previously served by it to dispose of their sewage by other means, the court said in a unanimous decision. The case involved the town of Monroe and its fight with several property owners serviced by the 59-year-old sewer system. The property owners claimed they had a vested right in the system and were owed compensation for being disconnected. The dispute arose after state and federal authorities told the town that permits to pollute the Connecticut River with raw sewage from the system would expire July 1, 1988, and would not be renewed. In March 1990, a Superior Court ruled the town had the legal right to discontinue the town sewer and spend the capital reserve fund on systems for the town buildings. The lower court also ruled discontinuing the sewer system entitled property owners to compensation. The high court disagreed and reversed the lower court finding. The high court said a sewer system belongs to a municipality. The court said citizens hooked up to public sewer systems are, in effect, granted a license to do so by the municipality and such licenses may be revoked at any time for just cause. In the case of Monroe, the town had just cause because it faced liability from polluting the Connecticut River, the court said. Mass, fuel assistance cuts leave elderly cold, study says BOSTON (AP) Fuel assistance cuts could leave 7,000 households in the cold this winter, according to a report by the gerontology institute at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. The cuts are in state-supported funding for fuel assistance to the elderly. These people are literally at the end of their ropes, said Paul Houlihan, vice president of the Conservation Services Group who wrote the study. They generally have major health problems, and they have very few resources to cal upon. Up until two years ago, the state paid about $17 million a year for fuel assistance by directing money from a national class action suit that charged collusion among oil companies into the program. The program has been cut in subsequent years, and this year, the Legislature provided no money for fuel assistance, Houlihan said. Congress is still working out federal funding for fuel assistance, which goes to people who are living at 150 percent of the poverty level, or about $8,000 a year. The states program picked up the cost for people earning between 151 percent to 175 percent of poverty level, or $8,000 to $10,000 a year. CLEANING SERVICE, Brattleboro, Vt. Your floors should reflect you!" Carpet Cleaning Special A Room 2 Room Minimum With This Ad (Rooms over 14x14 will be extra.) 17.50 We Can Get Your Carpets Deep Down Clean! We Use Hot Water Extraction. (802) 254-3658 Ask for Tina or Kevin See Ad Ik Clmeniflede A. 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