Poof Tardiff: 1949 VII

Hello Fellow Berlinites. Continuing with my history of Berlin almost 68 years ago, the first fatality to occur at the Dolly Copp Forest Camp, since the conversion of that area into a public camping ground took place on Tuesday morning, May 31, 1949.

Seven-year-old Alan Watson of Merrimac, Massachusetts, was killed when a large boulder in a rock-slide toppled onto him as he went over the bank of the Peabody River to go fishing. The young lad had come here with his parents and younger brother in their trailer to spend the weekend and Memorial holiday and were preparing to leave when the accident occurred.

State Trooper Clarence LaDuke, Police Chief Erville Hatch, Dr. F. M. Appleton and the ambulance all responded to the scene, but there was nothing that could be done for the lad. It was certainly a sad ending to what was probably a long weekend of fun.

It was announced in the local news that the third week of June 1949, was one of the hottest weeks in Berlin's history. The average weekly temperature ending on the 19th was 74.1. This exceeded the record for for a week in June, which was 73.9 set in 1946.

In fact the week discussed was the hottest week for any month in 14 years, with the exception of the last week in August of 1948, which averaged 75.2. These facts were reported by Mr. Ed Fenn of Brown Company, who said the average temperature for a week in June is 61.6.

The Red Cross was conducting swim classes in Berlin at our local Community Club. Swimming can be a lot of fun, but it can also be dangerous, tragic and fatal. There were 6,900 persons drowned in this country in 1948. Drownings were the second leading cause of accidental deaths among people five to twenty-four years of age.

Since 1913, the American Red Cross had given swimming and water safety instructions here in Berlin, to reduce the number of who die in the water and since then drownings were cut in half locally and nationally.

It was still a fact though in 1949 that only about 7 percent of all Americans who went swimming could swim well. 43 percent could swim a little and the remaining 5 percent could not swim at all. The people of Berlin were exceptionally fortunate to have an opportunity to learn to swim at the Community Club all under the direction of Robert “Bob” Lowe, Red Cross water safety chairman, who taught hundreds of Berlin's youth how to stay afloat.

It was the duty of all adults and every child to learn the art of swimming and also save others from drowning. This would reduce the annual drowning rate and take the worries out of our summer fun. I know that Bob Lowe taught me how to swim at a young age and many of Berlin's citizens were taught how to swim by this same man.

In a story that I wrote almost 15 years ago, Abraham Semerey, 62, who was struck in the face twice by the blunt end of an ax, on July 28, 1949, was reported to be in “not too bad condition”. Mike Yudo, 58, of Green Street, appeared in police court on the same day for a charge of aggravated assault and was placed under $2,500 bail by Judge Jean Louis Blais. The bail was not raised and Yudo was taken to West Stewartstown. His case was scheduled for Superior Court in October 1949.

Yudo claimed that he and Semerey had a fight on Thursday night July 28, 1949. During the court session State Trooper Clarence LaDuke reported that Yudo said Semerey knocked him down and kicked him in the face several times.

Then, Yuda went out to get his ax, returned to Semerey's bunk and him twice in the face with the blunt end of this piece of logging equipment. Mr. Yuda then went to the Dummer selectman Ernest Stiles, who employed the two men. He told Stiles that he had had a fight with Semerey, but did not mention the outcome of the conflict. Styles then found a place for Yuda to sleep Thursday night.

The next morning, Yuda changed his story, telling Styles that he had hit Semerey with an ax. Styles went to the cabin and saw the “gory scene”. He told selectmen Holt, who also went to the cabin and then notified the state police. They in turn notified the Berlin Fire Department ambulance which took Semerey to the St. Louis Hospital in Berlin.

Doctors gave Semerey little chance of living at first, but he gradually gained strength. The report given to Judge Blais when Yuda appeared before him was that Semerey was badly maimed, but that he would probably survive.

The following week the headlines in the newspaper read like this: “Dies after clinging to life since July 28.” Then, Mike Yuda was committed to the state hospital for a mental examination on Saturday, August 6, 1949 according to the solicitor George Keough. An autopsy was then performed by Dr. L. P. Beaudoin, County Medical Examiner, on the body of Abraham Semerey. The results showed that death was due to cerebral injuries resulting from a blow or blows to the face.

Adam Semerey was born in Volhin, Russia. He was a World War I veteran, with no known survivors. His funeral was held at the Rioux Funeral Parlor and he was buried in the city cemetery. I wonder if he was ever claimed by any relatives since.

I went forward to find the court case and result of the Yuda trial and it said the 57-year-old Michael Yuda was listed as being a resident of Dummer, New Hampshire received a sentence of not less than six years and not more than 10 years in the state prison in Concord, New Hampshire. He was charged with manslaughter in Semerey's death. This sentence was handed down by Judge Harold Wescott on October 19, 1949, during the session of Superior Court at the Coos County Courthouse here in Berlin.

After being examined at the state mental facility, Mr. Yuda was returned to West Stewartstown and was never able to meet his bail. After his conviction, he went from the county jail to the state penitentiary.

Ex-mayor of Berlin and famous attorney Arthur Bergeron represented Mr. Yuda during his trial. This must have certainly been the talk of this small town back then. I wonder if there are any citizens left there, that can remember this incident?

I will continue with a history of 1949 in my next writing.

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Distant Dome - Sununu's budget priorities clear, but right-to-work centerpiece crushed

By Garry Rayno


A governor’s proposed two-year budget is a blueprint outlining his or her priorities. Along with addressing what the governor perceives as the state’s greatest needs, the budget plan also sends a message to certain state agencies and public institutions.

Of the 1,000 or more bills lawmakers will debate this six-month session, the budget package — House Bill 1 and House Bill 2 — will have far greater impact on the state than the hot-button issues like right-to-work and concealed carry for firearms.

The budget will affect the lives of nearly every citizen and most visitors to the Granite State for the next two fiscal years from low-income people needing health services to tourists buying liquor at the interstate rest areas.

To add to the pressure, first-term governors like newly elected Chris Sununu have little time to produce their first biennial budget — about two months — and often craft a document heavy on past practices with a few specific priorities they want to push.

The governor’s budget proposal is the first step in the process. The House and then the Senate will craft their own plans with their own priorities and then reconcile their differences in June. That budget could look substantially different than Sununu’s.

Last week Sununu unveiled his $12.2 billion proposed budget and many were pleasantly surprised.

Sununu’s focus on educational opportunities for children and youth, enhancing the state’s business climate, improving several health and human services divisions and fighting the state’s still-growing opioid epidemic were all issues he raised during his campaign.

Most everyone would agree with those priorities but might not agree with his method of addressing them.

For example, while Sununu included $9 million to help poor communities offer full-day kindergarten another $3 million would have covered the entire cost for all state districts.

Many were pleased with the amount of money the first-term governor proposed to eliminate the developmentally disabled wait list, to adequately staff the Division for Children, Youth and Families and to address lingering issues in mental health services.

Significant sums of money budgeted for developmentally disabled services have not been spent during the last few budget cycles.

At the same time, the wait list for those turning 21 years old and move from a school district’s responsibility to the state’s has grown despite efforts to reduce it.

One of the chief problems is finding people willing to work for what the state will pay.

Sununu not only increased funding by $57 million to eliminate the wait list he also included $5 million for a workforce fund to boost pay and ultimately the number of people working in the field.

Sununu told lawmakers this week his budget anticipates the real cost of health and human services noting the multi-million dollar shortfall in the agency’s budget this fiscal year.

Lawmakers for years have underfunded Medicaid knowing the state will have to pay the mandated costs anyway.

The department has to juggle money between different agency programs to cover the deficit, which is not honest budgeting.

Despite the deficit in health and human services, Sununu inherited a healthy revenue stream producing an $88 million surplus from the 2016 fiscal year that ended June 30 and a nearly $50 million surplus this fiscal year with four months remaining.

Rather than roll all that money into the next biennial budget Sununu wants to use $84.4 million of the surplus for a “Infrastructure Revitalization Account.” Money from the fund would go to cities and towns for roads and bridges, to school districts for critical health and safety building needs and for drug interdiction programs like Granite Hammer.

By using the money this way, it is not rolled into operating budget increases the next two years and going forward.

But some lawmakers are bound to see other uses for the money.

For example, what was not included in Sununu’s budget plan was any mention of Medicaid expansion which covers about 50,000 low-income adults under the Affordable Care Act. Currently the state’s hospitals and health insurers pay the state’s 5 percent share of the federal health insurance program.

With the program’s uncertainty in the GOP-controlled Congress which has repeatedly voted to abolish the ACA, and the Trump administration, waiting may be warranted, but that does not please providers, recipients and advocates who have worked tirelessly the past six years to find a bipartisan solution unique to New Hampshire.

State officials have cited Medicaid expansion as a key component in the fight against opioid addiction and the drawing card for providers to come or expand their programs here. Not funding the program would be a significant blow to the state’s effort to curb the opioid addiction epidemic in all corners of New Hampshire.

The other significant issue is funding for the University System of New Hampshire. Sununu level-funded state aid at $81 million each year, while officials had asked for a $20 million increase to hold tuition stable.

Long gone are the days of the “university mafia” — Sens. Clesson “Junie” Blaisdell, Ralph Hough and Rep. Bill Kidder — who made sure the university system received its “fair share” of state spending, but lawmakers today are likely to add more money for higher education.

Politically it is hard to justify increasing tuition for parents and students while the state has more than a $100 million surplus.

Sununu did create a governor’s scholarship fund of $5 million to keep New Hampshire students in-state, but there is no guarantee the money will help university system students.

While Sununu flat-funded the university system he increased funding for the community college system and included about $10 million in his capital budget plan while the university system receives nothing.

The message is clear.

Likewise the traditional public school system has little to cheer about in the proposed budget while public charter schools receive an additional $15 million.

Under current law, the state education aid cap on growing schools ends but that also reduces grants for many property poor school districts that have experienced declining enrollment.

Overall, Sununu’s budget has things to please most everyone and many things for certain contingencies to dislike.

But make no mistake, this is a Republican’s budget. Democratic governors begin their budget addresses talking about addressing key state needs, while further down in the speech they say there is no income or sales tax.

Sununu was barely into his budget address when he noted his budget contained no income, sales or new taxes, nor any tax increases.

Yes, Republicans are in control of the State House for the first time in 12 years when taxes and fees are the top priority.


Sununu may have impressed with his budget proposal, but he was handed a major defeat Thursday when the House killed the right-to-work bill. Senate Bill 11 was killed on a 200-177 vote with 32 Republicans joining with Democrats to defeat the bill to prohibit unions from charging non-members for the cost of labor negotiations and contract management.

The bill has long been part of the state’s GOP platform and pushed by national organizations such as the Koch brothers-backed Americans for Prosperity.

Sununu touted right-to-work as a key element of his plan to make the state more business friendly.

The bill has come before Granite State lawmakers almost annually, but either the House or the Senate kills it or the bill is vetoed and lawmakers could not muster the two-thirds majority to override.

This session the Senate passed the measure by a razor thin 12-11 margin, but the House refused to agree.

The House did not just disagree. Members voted 193-184 to indefinitely postpone any action on the issue which means right-to-work cannot come before the House for the remainder of the two-year term.

Do you think House members have had enough of right-to-work for a while?

Garry Rayno can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Garry Rayno’s Distant Dome runs exclusively on Manchester Ink Link and InDepthNH.org, where Rayno will explore a broader perspective on State House – and state – happenings. Over his three-decade career Rayno has closely covered the NH State House for the New Hampshire Union Leader and Foster’s Daily Democrat, and his coverage spanned the news spectrum, from local planning, school and select boards, to national issues such as electric industry deregulation and Presidential primaries. He is former editor of The Hillsboro Messenger and Assistant Editor of The Argus-Champion. Rayno graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a BA in English Literature and lives with his wife Carolyn in New London.

Poof Tardiff: 1949 VI

Hello fellow Berlinites. The council meeting in Berlin on Tuesday, April 28, 1949, proved that civic interest was not dead. People were very upset about the new system of one-way traffic on Pleasant and Main Streets.

Council members knew that the long red-taped road to a repaved Main Street (which was in disarray), approached a big decision. The Mayor and Councilmen wanted to do what was best for this city, so they called a meeting of a representative group of civic leaders, Councilman and any others who cared to attend.

They decided that the plan would cause some initial upset, but no one except Fire Chief O. B. Bergquist had any serious objections. He thought that fire engines bucking the mainstream traffic would prove dangerous.

The city fathers wanted to make sure, so rather than signing the government contract immediately, they decided to put the one-way system into effect as soon as possible and see how it worked out before the city gave the federal people a definite answer.

Citizens argued with the council about the one-way streets and gave their opinions about why it should remain two ways. Once the people got used to this new traffic law, it worked out okay and the city received funds from the government to help repave Main Street.

Now, imagine if these two streets would be made two-ways again. We would certainly have chaos and a large contingent of citizens at the next council meeting.

One of the original covered wagons which carried many a party to the Far West during the historical gold rush of 1849 came to Berlin. This had been announced by J. Arthur Sullivan, who was chairman of the Coos County Savings Bonds Committee.

Adopted as the symbol of the Opportunity Savings Bond drive which opened on May 16, 1949 and ended on June 30th of the same year, the covered wagon once again played an important role in this nation's life.

In June of 1949, two local man were recognized for their part played in education. This was done at the 78th commencement program held at Plymouth Teachers College.

The New Hampshire State Board of Education unanimously conferred upon Berlin High Headmaster (Principal) MacLean the highest honor for educational merit in the state. This order was awarded at the Plymouth Teachers College on Monday morning June 6 by Dr. Hilton C. Buley and went as follows:

“This citation honors a teacher and headmaster who for 40 years has worked in New Hampshire, 36 of them having been in Berlin. During this time he has earned the love of his students, the respect of his associates in education and the gratitude of the citizens of this city and state. Earlier in his career, he was recommended by his superintendents as an unusually successful organizer, as having ability and unusual success as a teacher. He had been progressive professionally and a hard and conscientious worker, having participated in activities beyond the the realm of his own school and in capabilities such as past president of the New England Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.

Headmaster MacLean was also the State Director of National Education Association for New Hampshire, member of the New England College Entrance Board for five years, past President of the New Hampshire State Teachers Association and chairman of the following drives for the city of Berlin; Liberty Bond Drive, World War I, Community Chest Drive, Red Cross Drive and the New Hampshire Tuberculosis Christmas Seal Campaign.”

Headmaster D. W. MacLean was an icon in the annals of New England education. Although I never knew him, it was said that he touched many lives while he was at the reigns of Berlin High School and there are many older citizens who remember him well. He served longer than any other principal up to this date (2017). MacLean was headmaster from 1913 until 1952. That was a total of 39 years that he helped Berlin's youth.

Mr. Orton B. Brown of this city, who had just resigned as Chairman of the State School Board of Education was also awarded a citation at commencement exercises held at Plymouth Teachers College on the same day.

The citation awarded to Orton Brown by Noel Wellman. of Conway, who was the present Chairman of the State Board of Education, honored him for the part he played in public education for this state.

Brown was a member of the State Board of Education from 1921 to 1949, serving as chairman from 1927 to 1949. While Mr. Brown was chairman, the teachers colleges became standard four-year colleges; state aid was increased for schools and state trade schools and area vocational schools were established.

By the third week of February 1949, bobcat hunters Earl Caird, Edward Goulet and Ralph Rogers had killed eight of these wildcats since December 28, 1948. Mr. Caird described bobcats as being mean and cruel when it came to playing cat and mouse with deer, especially in the deep snow.

Not only had they hunted down these eight cats with their two dogs, but these three men also brought one home alive, as can be attested by the one in Ed Goulet's chicken coop on Western Avenue. Goulet said that when he walked into the chicken coop, the cat would crouch down as if ready to spring on him. It would snarl and spit as if Goulet was its worst enemy. If he held a feather or stick out to it the cat would spring lightning like. Long sharp claws would tear the feather from one's hand and the cat would be chewing on it almost before you realized it had been snatched from you.

To hear Mr. Goulet tell about capturing the wildcat you would think it was child's play. The dog had put this one into a small tree and they lassoed the cat and put it into a bag taking it home with them. Then, they put a collar around it and chained it up.

There were probably few people in this entire area that knew more about bobcats than Goulet, Rogers and Caird. They had been hunting them for years, in the Session Pond–Dummer Pond area and I am sure in other parts of the North Country.

They hunted cats for two reasons. One of course was for the bounty and the other one stemmed from the fact that bobcats killed deer and that this trio loved deer hunting also. Mr. Goulet saw a bobcat go after a deer once and the cat grabbed the deer on the flank and threw him. The bobcat killed the deer within a couple of minutes after this.

Why did they bring a live one home though? Because they hoped to train the dogs with it. Mrs. Goulet was not fond of live bobcats, and she wouldn't come down to see this one in the cage.

Today (2017), bobcats have made a comeback in our area and if they become plentiful again, Fish and Game might allow them to be hunted just as in New Hampshire's past, as they can take their toll on deer in yarding areas.

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Poof Tardiff: 1949 IV

Hello fellow Berlinites. In April of 1949, a former Berlin man invented a new vending machine. Mr. Stanley Rines, formally of Berlin, living in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania in 1949, came out with an innovation that would be a blessing to sunbathers who liked to be well oiled.

This machine was a coin operated vending machine that sprayed bathers with suntan oil automatically. After almost two years of research and development the machine had finally been perfected and the Star Manufacturing Company was formed to make and sell this product.

Mr. Rines and Henry Avrigan Jr. dreamed up this idea of the coin vending machine while they were in the service and the result was something startling new in suntan lotion application.

After having been used at a popular swimming pool near their headquarters in the summer of 1948, the two ex-GIs knew that it worked and were turning out the first commercial models almost one year later. Mention of this coin vending machine was first made in the “Beach and Pool” magazine and then a picture of it appeared in the April 1949 issue of popular mechanics.

Mr. Rines was the son of Mr. and Mrs. William J. Rines of Goebel Street and graduated from Berlin High School in 1939.

How many people remember Morrison Cleaners? M. J. Morrison cleaners opened their new quarters on Glen Avenue next to the Clinic hospital, giving them more adequate working facilities and a spacious office and fitting room, which resulted in even better service from this firm.

Mr. Morrison had been in the cleaning business since 1919, when he returned from service in World War I. He outfitted his new plant with the most modern equipment, making it one of the finest cleaning establishments in the state.

Morrison cleaned and pressed all types of men's and women's garments, including hats. Special attention was given to evening and wedding downs, dyeing and repairs. This new establishment featured a fur department where furs were treated and stored for the winter months in a new fur vault, which was the only one in the North Country within a 75 mile radius. This department was under the management of Irving Morrison, son of M. J. Morrison, who was studying in Washington and Minneapolis.

Mr. Sidney Goldenberg was the manager of the cleaning and finishing departments and Leo Christianson, a trained operator, had charge of the spotting and wet cleaning. This new plant was staffed by experienced workers, four of whom were veterans.

Morrison Cleaners had extended an invitation to the public to visit this new enterprise during the opening days when special tours were conducted. The building has had many businesses in its lifetime, starting out as the office for the International Paper Company in 1906. It is now (2017) the office of Exit Realty.

Lower Pleasant Street wasn't always empty as it is today. The huge parking lot behind Irving's had the Bell block with many businesses, including Barney's Chevron and more.

In 1949, a very modern store was built that took up most of today's parking lot. It was the First National Store. This company announced a May 12 opening for its new supermarket on Pleasant Street in Berlin. It was the most modern store to be constructed in this area and it featured the latest conveniences for efficient and easy shopping. The most up-to-date equipment was utilized to display a complete line of grocery and meat items.

Perhaps the most interesting section of this new modern store was this self service meat department, where a wide variety of First National's famous meats were available to the housewife. Each cut was wrapped in cellophane and marked with weight and price for the customers suitability. Meat that was displayed in this fashion was kept fresh by constant replacement from the cutting room. This was something totally new for shoppers back then.

A long plate glass window made it possible for shoppers to watch the cutting and wrapping of the meats. Berlin shoppers were now able to see for themselves how waste was eliminated in the preparation of the packages in the sixty feet of refrigerated cabinets.

For people wishing special cuts not on sale in the self service cases, the meat manager provided personal service, preparing the cut to specifications given by the customers.

In the fruit and vegetable department, a forty-five foot mirrored back case brought shoppers a full choice of fresh produce. Fresh fruits and vegetables had long been a watchword at First National stores and during the peak of the growing season, many local products were brought in directly from the fields.

Other features of this store in 1949 included two reach in frosted food cases. Studies of consumer demands had been made by officials of the company and results of this research brought the widest selection of frozen foods.

Fresh fish, brought in directly from the First National location at Boston's famed fish pier, was served to local shoppers from a ten foot ice case. These fish were processed up immediately after being unloaded from the boats and were sent to the store in the fastest possible time.

First National had always featured a wide selection of cheeses and a special case brought an interesting display of this item. A triple back, open dairy display case also provided a full choice of dairy products.

Wide aisles and scientifically laid out grocery “Islands” provided the utmost in customer convenience. The 6,597 square feet of selling area gave a feeling of roominess that made relaxed shopping.

Six checkout counters were designed to speed up the last part of the shoppers visit to this store. These counters where the pull-push type and checkers and cashiers had all taking courses at the First National stores training school in order that they could provide accurate and rapid service to the customer.

Double strip fluorescent lighting and soft green painted walls combined to give a restful atmosphere to the shopper. Parking facilities for sixty cars at the side and rear of the store, an easily accessible side entrance and a complete line of quality foods, made this new Pleasant Street First National store a convenient location for budget food shopping.

How many people can remember this once great supermarket on a very busy Pleasant Street in downtown Berlin?

I will continue with the year 1949 in my next writing.

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Poof Tardiff: 1949 III

Hello fellow Berlinites. With the Notre Dame Arena in full swing, our local Notre Dame Rams won their third consecutive NHIAA state high school hockey championship 6-1 against Berlin High School and were invited to represent New Hampshire in the prestigious New England schoolboy hockey tournament, held in Providence, Rhode Island.

The “Sportscene”, written by Dick Wagner talked about this team before tournament time and praised Captain Ben Arguin and goaltender Bob Lavigne for being outstanding players during a series of away games. Wagner felt that Arguin was by far the best wing man among high school hockey players in New Hampshire, but he had a lot more to say about goalie Bob Lavigne.

He said that Bob could hold his own with any goalie in New England who was still in high school. His poise and coordination, his coolness, his agility, his physical prowess and his quick thinking were amazing. Bob, if he chose was capable of becoming a hockey immortal and as he matured he could have held his own against top-notch professional goalies.

This was not the whole Lavigne story though. The Lavigne account was one that could have happened only here in the United States of America. Bob could have easily been a cripple or even worse, because on July 20, 1948 he was stricken with the deadly disease of infantile paralysis. This paralysis started to set in on his left side and it was feared that he would be paralyzed from his waist down for the rest of his life. Time, money and equipment were vital factors in his case.

The National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis moved in, as soon as they learned about Bob being stricken with polio. He was sent to the Clinic Hospital in Berlin and when this facility proved to be inadequate, he was transported to the Elliot Hospital in Manchester, New Hampshire.

It was here that the Sister Kenny method of treatment for this disease was applied and for several weeks, young Bob was given almost continuous hot packs and massages.

That Bob responded quickly to the treatment was evidenced by the fact that he was guarding the nets for a state champion hockey team just six months later. I did not know Bob and don't know if he is still with us today, but what a great local human interest story this was back in 1949.

The International Ski Championship was scheduled to be held in Berlin on February 26 and 27 1949, with skiers from Canada, Norway, Sweden and the United States competing. A two-man team from Sweden, Wilhelm Hillman and Bengt Jaderholm, who were sent to this country to defend the Swedish title, would also participate.

February 26, at 1 pm, starting at Berlin's large jump, the International Cross-Country race would be held on a special course that had been laid out by the Nansen Ski Club. This was an 18 kilometer course that measured exactly 11 miles. It was laid out according to F. I. S. rules and was considered the best race course in the USA.

There were also five young Berlin ladies running for Queen and the winner would be crowned by the Governor of New Hampshire Sherman Adams during the Governors Ball. These girls were: Jeannette Dupuis, Jeanette Remillard, Claire Major, Carlene Cleary and Pearl Oleson.

The winners were: Jeannette Remillard for carnival queen, a 17-year-old senior from Notre Dame, Tor Arneberg, who jumped to 217 feet in class A and Si Dunklee of UNH who traversed the 11 mile cross-country course in 1:26:44.

On April 24 of 1949, a new ordinance took effect in Berlin. That was the start of one-way traffic on Main and Pleasant Streets. Traffic on the two main arteries started running just one way on this Sunday. Vehicles would travel toward St. Anne's Church on Main Street and towards Green Square on Pleasant Street. The City Council passed this ordinance with only one negative vote in order to meet federal requirements, so that Berlin could receive aid for repaving Main Street.

The new regulations stated that the Glen Avenue traffic from the intersection with Pleasant Street extension to Green Square would run in a northerly direction. Main Street traffic from Green Square to the St. Anne's intersection of Main and Pleasant Street, would also run in a northerly direction.

The little Street between Woolworths and the Berlin Savings Bank would be one way towards Main Street (that must have changed later, as it was one way towards Pleasant Street when I remember it). Mechanic Street between Main and Pleasant streets was one way towards Main Street. This now goes one way towards Pleasant Street. Most of this original ordinance is still the same 68 years later..

How many people can remember of the Sheraton restaurant located at 102 Main St. ( Tony's pizza today)?. Well this restaurant, formally known as the Splendid, opened its doors to the public on Thursday, April 14, 1949.

It had been completely remodeled and decorated with lively colors and new framed booths with double seating capacity. As one of the most modern restaurants to be opened in the city this year, Charles Angelides manager, had seen to it that along with the clean sparkling appearance of this restaurant, he had carried this idea right through to the kitchen which was spotlessly clean and modern in every respect..

Menus at the Sheraton were the result of hours of preparation and the purchase of nothing but the best meats, groceries and vegetables with the basis of good ingredients and plenty of skill in the culinary department. The menu served was sure to please the most discriminating.

Another feature of this new restaurant, which drew capacity crowds on opening day, was the photo murals depicting the famous “White Birches”, Nansen Ski Jump and a scene from the White Mountains, which all added to the dining pleasure of its patrons. Are you one of my readers that can say they ate at our once famous Sheraton restaurant?

I will continue to my stories and history of this city in 1949 with the next writing.

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