Cabinet Editorials

Books are magic

Anything that attracts people to a library is all right with us, so applause for the new Story Trail at Wilton’s Public-Gregg Free Library. According to library director Pat Fickett, the trail was created “to bring parents/caregivers onto the library gounds by creating an opportunity to ...

Thumbing the Files for May 24

75 years ago, 1943 Because of government orders to conserve fuel, the midday B and M bus from Nashua to Peterborough was cancelled, leaving one bus in the morning and one in the late afternoon. A Japanese two-man submarine, captured at the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, was being trucked ...

Remember those who serve

In two weeks, it will be Memorial Day, and this year it might behoove us to prepare for the holiday by thinking about John McCain, who now faces death as bravely as he faced torture at the hands of the North Vietnamese. Unfortunately, the majority of Americans will spend the holiday paying ...

Thumbing the Files

75 years ago, 1943 Miss Pauline Mason, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mason of Mont Vernon, was the first girl in the secretarial-science class at Bay Path Institute of Commerce in Springfield, Mass., to be awarded a pin for typewriting at the rate of 75 words a minute. Lyndeborough ...

‘You don’t own me’

Let us talk about Lesley Gore. I was a year ahead of her in junior high school and never said two words to her and then she was gone, off to private school. And then she was famous with “It’s My Party” followed by “Judy’s Turn to Cry.” Followup songs were big in the early ‘60s. ...

Progress versus history

So, here we go again: Another piece of Milford history is for the chop. Years ago, it was the Stone House on Nashua Street. It was preserved, sort of. Now there’s a granite building on Tonella Road soon to fall to development, although the developer, kindly, as agreed to save the stones ...

Conscience

Who can blame Speaker of the House Paul Ryan for forcing out the House chaplain after the Rev. Pat Conroy prayed something as odious as suggesting that lawmakers, in voting on a tax cut bill, make sure “there are not winner and losers under the new tax laws, but benefits balanced and shared ...

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, ...

Common decency, sense

In the age of Michelle Wolf, America is fortunate to have a supreme leader who sets a high moral example, a man of temperence, a man of virtue, a man who, unlike Wolf, does not demean others in search of a laugh, a man who treats others, especially women, as he would want to be treated, a man ...

Smart Move

Our story last week about Wilton’s Heritage Commission and Historical Society asking the Select Board to establish a right of way through private land to a 19th century cemetery brings into focus a dichotomy: When do the needs or rights of a town override the concept of private ...

Going Green

Can we all agree that it’s time to stop using plastic bags? Plastic anything, really. Plastic isn’t biodegradable and regardless of how we dispose of it, it’s not going to go away any time soon. If ever. With that, we can all applaud the efforts of the group Boomerang Bags, an ...

Good News

Sometimes we are fortunate to have a week where there is lots of good news, not only locally but globally. Oh, there is always bad news, of course, and newspapers, as we well know, thrive on bad news, not because they like it so much but because it is usually the most important news – war, ...

Thumbing the Files for April 19

75 years ago, 1943 Andrew J. Raymond, chairman of Amherst’s war loan committee, said the town was still far short of the quota assigned for war bonds. The Latchis Theatre in Milford was showing “X Marks the Spot” with Damian O’Flynn, Helen Parish, and Dick Purcell, the story of ...

Hitchiner Manufacturing

In 1992 Milford officials held a Hitchiner Manufacturing Company Appreciation Week. From left, Town Administrator Lee Mayhew, Selectman Richard Mace, Hitchiner President Nicholas Babich, Selectman Peter Leishman, company Chairman John Morison and vice president Fred Lofgren.

A visit to Parnassus Books

Let me now tell you about my visit to Parnassus Books, the store owned by Ann Patchett who wrote “State of Wonder,” a book that is mostly brilliant but pretty scary once you get about halfway through Chapter 8. Parnassus is in Nashville, which is in Tennessee, which is somewhere I ...

Scams

We live in a time of increasingly sophisticated scam artists. Gone are the days when we simply got emails from Nigerian princes whose millions were stashed in a U.S. bank and could only be accessed by a U.S. citizen, and that citizen could be you, if only you would first send the prince $4,000 ...

Random Thoughts

Our thoughts about other things: Ah, judicial common sense reigns in Massachusetts, where a U.S. District judge, William Young, wrote that the state’s ban on assault weapons and large-capacity magazines does not violate the right to bear arms under the Second Amendment. One can only ...

Thumbing the Files For April 12

75 years ago, 1943 Automobile registrations in Milford were down 13 percent from 1942 but still higher than expected with 785 cars registered. The Pinnacle Girls Victory Volunteers’ meeting was held at the South Lyndeborough school. Victory gardens and waste fats were discussed. Plans to ...

Passing thoughts

Here are some wandering thoughts that might interest you, and if they don’t, well ... just remember this line from Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary in a performance of “Puff the Magic Dragon” in a live concert in 1963: “Together we can sing it, “It’s just a children’s ...

Cornerstones

Nancy Morrison said something that was absolutely on point when she spoke at the recent Mont Vernon Town Meeting. In a discussion about a plan to build a new Daland Memorial Library – part of an overall proposal to renovate the Town Hall and the McCollom Building – she spoke in favor of ...