Thumbing the Files for May 10

75 years ago, 1943

It was believed that two escaped inmates of an industrial school were the persons who stole a car in Leominster, Mass. and abandoned it in Lyndeborough where three boxes of candy were found in the car and a rifle belonging to the car owner was found nearby.

In war news, according to national columnist Drew Pearson, using the same terroristic technique that their Nazi partners had used in massacring the inhabitants of Lidice, Czechoslovakia, Japanest troops slaughtered every man, woman and child in the coastal areas of China where many of Maj. Gen. James H. Doolittle’s fliers had landed after the bombing of Tokyo.

The Latchis Theatre in Milford was showing “Cat People” with Simone Simon, billed as “The amazing case of the girl who dared not love lest she change into a killer leopard.”

In Canada, a beer rationing system limiting purchasers to 36 pints a month was approved by the Ontario Liquor Board.

55 years ago, 1963

The Brookline Speedway, located on Route 13 between Milford and Townsend, Mass., was offering stock car races with 25-lap feature races.

The Milford Veterans of Foreign Wars donated a new American flag to Milford High School, and the VFW Auxiliary donated books on the menace of Communism.

Three Milford Boy Scouts – James Saraceno, Richard Trombly, and Donald Von Iderstine – were given the Ad Altare Dei Award at St. Anthony’s Church in Manchester for achievement in the knowledge and practice of their Catholic religion.

Plans were underway to again have several local children entertain Fresh Air Fund children for the summer.

30 years ago, 1988

In a petition to the Board of Selectmen, six residents of Vernona Street in Milford asked the board to prevent Milford Area Senior High School students from parking on the street. “They have turned this quiet dead-end street into a raceway,” one of the signers, Maureen Paradis, said in a letter sent with the petition.

Milford Area Senior High student Eric Scheuer took first place in the Voice of Democracy contest sponsored by the Harley Sanford VFW Post in Milford.

Eugene “Tedo”: Ciardelli, Jr.,of Milford was presented with a certificate of lifetime membership in the Harley Sanford VFW Post in Milford, honored for his many years of post activities, and particularly for his black chalk drawing of George Washington praying that hung in the VFW hall for 28 years.

An anonymous donor offered a $50 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of vandals who smashed windows at the Amherst Middle School.

10 years ago, 2008

A subcommittee of the Milford Board of Selectmen recommended that the board revise its ethics policy by creating a standing committee to review complaints against board members.

Four Milford police officers were honored for trying to save a Milford woman when an overnight fire raced through her Dearborn Street home in 2007. The four were Christopher Blastos, Dana Johnson, Weston Volheim, and Garret Booth.

Elliot Kilgore pitched the Milford High School baseball team to a 5-2 win over Souhegan High School in a game played at Stadium, home of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.

In Souhegan High School girls lacrosse, Tyler Petropulos scored six goals and assisted on four others to lead the Sabers to a 23-1 win over Nashua South. JoJo Curro contributed four goals and four assists, Danielle Pelletier had four goals and two assists, and Chelsea Larivee had three goals and one assist.