Poof Tardiff: 1978

Hello fellow Berlinites. How many people can remember the tragedies, events and history that took place in the city of Berlin 39 years ago? What about some of the businesses that were here then and are now gone? Can you remember them? Sometimes we forget what happened last week. I will try to refresh your memory about some of the things that took place in 1978 in my next selection of stories.

What about a business called Bob's Tire? It was run and operated in 1978 by a man named Bob Bourassa, a 33-year-old dedicated business man. He spent from 12 to 18 hours in his shop at least six days a week.

Not only did Bob do an admiral job serving his customers, he had quality products to go on every vehicle that entered his shop at 177 Glen Ave. Bob did balancing, alignments and shock absorbers himself, while Mike Fortier and Everett Rasys did the brake work, tire changing and exhaust systems.

Bob's Tire was located between Sanels and Cross Machine, tucked back a bit from the road. I do not remember when this place closed its business.

In the middle of January, one of Berlin's older buildings, built in the early 1890s was leveled by a J & M company crane. Most people referred to it as the Buber Block. It was originally built as a business called Gilbert and Parent and had many businesses thereafter. It stood next to the old Princess Theater, going up Main Street.

Public transportation was about to become a reality in the Berlin-Gorham area after many years. The North Country Transit System sponsored by by Tri-County Community Action Program, which was on Willard Street, was scheduled to begin operating in February of 1978.

Two 20-passenger buses would travel fixed routes in Berlin and Gorham, providing area residents with inexpensive, safe, comfortable and warm rides to local destinations. Fare for the Berlin area rides would be 50 cents, with the Berlin-Gorham route costing 75 cents.

The new buses were white with orange stripes on the side and had large vista windows that slid open to give the passengers a clear view of the passing countryside.

Plans for the bus service had been developing since June of 1977 and were created by the North Country Council and CAP. It was funded by $75,000 of phase 1 funds from the US Department of Transportation. The routes were developed with help from the Berlin Community Development Office and the Housing Assistance Center.

The system would operate with three primary routes and buses would run from 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. One bus would operate between Berlin and Gorham, making stops at the shopping centers, Cascade and Western Avenue.

Another route was a loop around Berlin that included the East Side and western sections of the city near the avenues, Hillside Avenue and the Androscoggin Valley Hospital area. The third route would travel north from Berlin to White Mountains Community college and nursing homes along with Liberty Gardens (Brookside Park today).

After all the problems in the past had been worked out, today's (2017) North Country Transit System still operates efficiently after 39 years.

In the beginning of February, Mr. Leo G. Ouellett was the first to announce this candidacy for mayor of Berlin. Ouellett who lived at 257 Willard St., made this known publicly in a press release dated February 1, 1978. He was seeking the office of Mayor held by Laurier Lamontagne, who had announced that he would not seek reelection.

In an interview with the local news media, Ouellett said that he planned to stress harmony in the government theme during his campaign. As mayor, he hoped assume a leadership role and give a sense of direction to the often divided City Council. Plus, he hope to involve more people in city government.

Candidate Quellett said that he believed the mayor and council form of government could work most effectively if the city's political leadership acted as a board of directors, cooperating with and directing the city's professional management.

In keeping with his harmony and government theme, Ouellett said that he hoped to run a campaign free of personal dickering and mudslinging. He said that he would announce his stance on the issues as the campaign developed.

Mr. Ouellett saw himself as a new man in politics, but he had a long history of participation in city government. He was chairman of the Berlin Planning Board, helped organize the zoning board of appeals and was also the vice chairman of the Industrial Development and Park Authority. Ouellett stepped aside as chairman of the planning board when he ran for mayor and declared a political conflict of interest during his next monthly meeting of the board.

He was a lieutenant colonel in the National Guard and had been the battalion commander of Battery A based at the Berlin Armory since February of 1967. He joined the National Guard as a lieutenant in April of 1950.

Leo Ouellett also had experience as a downtown businessman, as he owned and operated the Simon Davis Smart Shop on Main Street in partnership with his wife Jane. He had also been the treasurer of the Berlin Merchants Committee and a director at the North Country Bank.

Although Ouellett was born in Lebanon, N.H., he came to Berlin with his family at an early age. Here, Leo attended St. Regis Academy, St. Joseph Juniorete in Tyngsboro, Mass., and then he graduated from Berlin High School with all those great skiers in 1942.

He entered U.S. Army Air Corps in November of 1942 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant at the age of 19. He was then an Air Force reserve officer from the end of the World War II until 1950. Leo attended Butler University in Indiana and graduated from the Boston Businesses Institute in 1948, where he majored in business administration, real estate, accounting and business law. His educational background also included military training schools and civil service schools.

Leo was a member of the VFW, the American Legion and the Eagles club. He was also certainly qualified to take on the business of running the city of Berlin.

I will continue with the year 1978 in my next writing.

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Jo Ann Jenkins: Don't let Congress pass the age tax

The proposed "age rating" would hike health care premiums

Congress is currently debating legislation that would allow insurance companies to increase premiums for older people. They call this "age rating." But don't be fooled by the name. Age rating is just another way of imposing an age tax on older Americans.

Under current law, insurance companies can charge older people ages 50 to 64 no more than three times what they charge younger people for the same coverage. But this congressional proposal would allow them to charge five times as much or even higher, pushing more of their costs onto hardworking Americans while making it more difficult for older people to afford the health care they need.

Prior to passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), insurance companies were often free to charge older Americans more than five times what they charged younger ones for health insurance premiums. Some companies were charging older adults up to 10 times the amount they charged younger people for the same coverage. AARP and others thought this was wrong and fought to change it. As a result, Congress set the age rating limit at 3 to 1.

The proposal Congress is now considering — to increase-the age rating ratio to 5 to 1 (or more) is nothing more than an attempt to boost insurance company profits at the expense of older Americans.This is simply not fair. Older Americans already spend $1 of every $6 ohealth care. They can't afford to spend more.

A new study sponsored by the AARP Public Policy Institute shows that increasing the age rating ratio to 5 to 1 would increase annual premiums for adults 60 and over by an average of $3,200-raising their average annual premium to $17,900.

To put this in perspective, older people who buy coverage in the individual health insurance marketplace have a median income of only $20,000. The annual minimum wage salary is $15,080, and the average annual Social Security benefit for retired workers is $16,176. Charging older adults five times more for health insurance premiums is not only unfair, it's unaffordable.

But it gets worse. Current law provides subsidies to those who cannot afford health insurance coverage. The new bill could cost older Americans who can least afford it up to $8,400 more than they pay now. This simply doesn't make sense.

Providing less help to afford coverage while charging five times more will return us to the days when health care was unaffordable for older Americans. Congress should be working to make health insurance more affordable for all Americans. 

I urge you to contact your elected officials in Congress and tell them to oppose allowing insurance companies to charge older Americans thousands of dollars more for health insurance. Charging older people an age tax just to line the pockets of the insurance companies is not the way to lower health care costs, nor is it a way to fix the health care system. To learn more, go to aarp.org/noagetax.

 

Poof Tardiff: Ski Champs II

Hello fellow Berlinites. As I write about the 1942 Berlin High School championship ski team, I have names to the team picture this time, thanks to Odette Leclerc of the Moffett House Museum. If you have never been there, it is loaded with Berlin history. Check it out someday.

The 1942 BHS ski team started out where they left off in the winter of 1941. The Northern New England Interscholastic Ski Championships were going to take place here in Berlin. There were four events listed on the two-day program, including the cross-country jaunt, downhill and slalom races and ski jumping.

Among the dozen or more schools expected in Berlin were the following: Laconia; Plymouth; Dover; Lebanon; St. Johnsbury Academy; Dow Academy; Spaulding High of Barre, Vt.; Edward Little of Auburn, Maine; Stephens High of Rumford, Maine; and others.

The first event on the the slate would be the cross-country run on Friday, starting and finishing at the Nansen Ski Club hut at the foot of the old jump, a distance of three miles. The downhill and slalom races would be taking place on what was then called Mount Cates and the battle for ski jumping would be on Saturday at the old jump on Paines Hill.

Coach Norman Haweeli's Berlin High Mountaineers winter sports boys were in excellent physical condition and ready to cope with whatever competition the best of the field had to offer. The Nansen Ski Club Inc. was the sponsor for this interscholastic ski championship, with Berlin High being host to the visiting clubs.

It was Don Henderson and Kenny Fysh who starred for the Mountaineers in this first meet of the season and Berlin became victorious over more than one half dozen great ski teams from Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. Second place went to Edward Little High School of Auburn, Maine.

Despite a broken thumb, Ken Fysh, skied the three and one half mile cross-country course in the fastest time of 30 minutes and 57 seconds, leading all competitors. The second place finisher was four minutes behind Fysh.

Topping the opposition in the downhill and slalom races was a great skier from Berlin, Donald Henderson. Don tied for first place in the downhill with a Lincoln High skier and beat this same competitor by a scant margin of 3 seconds in the slalom.

Henderson put the finishing touches to his sensational one-man performance by out jumping all of the rest of the field. Ken Fysh out jumped his teammate, but Henderson had the form on this day. Berlin had a grand total of 399.61 points out of 400.

At the end of January 1942, the two Berlin co-captains, copped three first places between them at a duel meet in Andover, Maine. The Granite Staters scored a grand total of 397.9 points. Others to get points for BHS this day were Paul Kailey and Downing Larson.

Fysh won two top awards, the ski jumping and the cross-country run. The red and black skiers also staged a landslide triumph in the slalom, winning four out of the first five places. It was another superb day for BHS winter sports.

If one of the co-captains didn't have a great day, the other one did and at a dual meet in Hebron, Maine it was Don Henderson's turn. This 1942 BHS skier captured three first places and a second-place award to lead on the Berlin High winter sports team to a victory over Hebron Academy. Their total points were 399.27.

Co-captain Henderson topped the field in the downhill event, the slalom race and in ski jumping, while Ken Fysh won first place in the cross-country. This gave coach Haweeli's warriors a clean sweep of all four first-place ribbons.

In winning the downhill race, Henderson shattered the course record by four seconds and Fysh's cross country win broke the old course record in Hebron by 20 seconds. Irving Collins and Norman Hansen made it 1-2-3-4 in the cross-country, with Henderson being second.

The Berlin High School Mountaineers successfully defended their New Hampshire Interscholastic Winter Sports Championship on March 7, 1942, by defeating a field of seven leading schoolboy teams. Mentor Haweeli's sensational skiers amassed a total of 355.84 points to take the field of competition. All seven teams had qualified to battle for honors in the New Hampshire championship, by winning their sectional contest, so each team was highly touted.

Berlin's 17-year-old sensation, Kenneth Fysh, was the star of this winter sports test when he won three first places for his team. He triumphed in the cross-country, downhill and ski jumping. Other Mountaineers who contributed points were Don Henderson, Paul Kailey, Russ Kenny, Lawrence Dupont and Downing Larson.

On March 14, 1942, for the second time in as many winters, the rampaging Berlin High skiers trimmed a field of 12 great schools from Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, to win the United States Eastern Amateur Ski Associate Interscholastic Championship. This was held during an exciting two-day meet at the Belknap Park Mountains recreational area in Laconia.

Led by co-captains Ken Fysh and Don Henderson again, the red and black snowbirds dropped Gould Academy of Bethel, Maine, from the ranks of the unbeaten to annex this special event. Haweeli's cohorts were forced to come from behind in the jumping, the last event on the day program to capture this prestigious event by a scant margin of 13.8 points.

The Mountaineers placed first in the slalom, second in the downhill, third in the cross-country and second in the jumping. Gould Academy had piled up a slight lead over the mountaineers in the first three events, but Berlin had a first, eighth and tenth in the jumping and Gould Academy could only garner number 12.

Again, Fysh was the outstanding skier of the tourney, as he won the jumping, placed fourth in the downhill, fifth in the slalom and fifth in the cross country. His teammate Don Henderson was right behind. How many skiers can do all of those events today and be winners? These young boys could surely ski.

Yes, the 1941-42 winter sports season proved to be a very successful one for the young skiers at Berlin High. They won five of six meets. They lost only to Gould Academy, their only loss in three years.

At Hanover, Berlin won the New Hampshire State Championship for the second consecutive time and the following weekend in Laconia, they came from behind to win the Eastern Interscholastic Ski Championship. They lost top skiers to graduation in this year, but the biggest loss of all was Coach Haweeli, who entered the service and World War II. I guess that during these years one could have referred to Berlin as “Ski Town USA.”

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Ski team 1942First row from the left, Downing Larson, Lawrence Dupont, Co-Captins Don Henderson and Ken Fysh, Paul Kailey and Bob Keough. Second row, Glen Eastman, Norman Hanson, Russell Kinney, Irving Collins and John Sheridan. Third row, Manager Andrew Monahan and Coach Norman Haweeli.

Henderson DonaldDonald Henderson

Haweeli NormanNorman Haweeli

Fysh KenKen Fysh

Garry Rayno: NH's Budget Fiasco

By Garry Rayno
Distant Dome
Last week the House failed to pass a budget for the first time in half a century, maybe longer.
Legislative leaders were quick to say the Senate will begin work on its version of the two-year $12.2 billion operating budget proposed by first-term GOP Gov. Chris Sununu while downplaying the failure in the House.
Senate President Chuck Morse, R-Salem, designated two House bills that had already passed to use as the new budget package.
House Bill 144, which changes the budget adoption process for Rockingham County, but does not appropriate any money, will replace House Bill 1, the line-item operating budget, and House Bill 517, which reorganizes the Department of Administrative Services, again with no appropriation, will replace House Bill 2, or the trailer bill that makes changes in laws and policies needed to coincide with HB 1.
The state constitution says all money bills have to originate in the House. You could argue that neither HB 144 nor HB 517 are money bills because they do not contain any appropriations, although they do deal with aspects of budgets.
The procedure may have been used before, but is that enough to stop a court challenge given the ill will the budget battle generated among Republicans?
There are other issues as well.
The Senate will act next week to change its rules governing non-germane amendments to bills.
The change would make an exception to the prohibition against non-germane amendments “if the House does not pass a budget.” The change would allow “an amendment to a house bill, proposed by the Committee on Finance, establishing a general appropriations (budget) bill or trailer bill.”
The House is going to face a similar non-germane amendment dilemma after the Senate approves its version of the two-year operating budget later this spring.
Several House rules may have to be changed before a final vote on the new two-year operating budget package.
The rules governing non-germane amendments in bills and conference committee reports are likely to need revisions.
Other rules could also become problematic including one that forbids the House to accept any bill that increases taxes or fees if the House has not first approved it.
The other problem with needing to change the rules is the same 65 to 75 GOP representatives that held up the House Finance Committee budget plan could also hold the rule changes hostage.
The House will be in a tough enough position trying to negotiate with the Senate over the budget senators ultimately approve. What does the House base its position on, a budget plan the majority of the House voted against?
The only leverage the House has is that all members of the budget conference committee have to agree to the final plan.
Either way, the picture is not pretty for the House. The joys of one-party rule.
Retribution
The fissure in the Republican House caucus became a little larger this week after
House Speaker Shawn Jasper and his chief of staff Terry Pfaff informed the House Republican Alliance they could no longer be able to use the State House complex for meetings and had to distribute the group’s session-day “pink sheets” outside of Representatives Hall and the anteroom like other lobbying organizations. Currently the organization distributes the sheets telling members how to vote inside the chambers.
The long-running wrangle over the alliance’s bylaws finally came to a head after a meeting between the alliance’s co-chair Rep. James Spillane of Deerfield and Pfaff. Pfaff noted the organization has yet to produce bylaws or discuss them and lacks transparency.
Without bylaws Pfaff writes in a letter to Spillane, the alliance is a lobbying or advocacy group.
“I do want to stress this subject is not new. Our concerns and the lack of bylaws and transparency within your organization had also been discussed with the previous HRA chairs,” Pfaff writes.
Kicking the organization out of the State House complex will certainly accelerate the brush fire that has been smoldering between the HRA and the House GOP leadership.
Some viewed the decision as retribution for the budget vote the week before when 66 Republican representatives voted against the bill, almost all members of the HRA.
The three co-chairs of the HRA released a statement before the budget vote saying more work needs to be done to cut spending in the proposed budget plan.
The organization represents the more conservative element of the Republican caucus and several former and current chairs have used it as a launching pad to run for speaker including former speaker Bill O’Brien and more recently Laurie Sanborn.
The group did little to cooperate with Jasper after he took on O’Brien in 2015 to become House Speaker.
The situation highlights the growing rift within the Republican caucus both in the legislature and in Washington as the most conservative members keep pulling the party to the right.
Public Education
One of the prime targets for the Republican controlled Legislature with one of its own sitting in the governor’s office is public education.
In the past, Democratic governor’s have been able to dissuade lawmakers or successfully veto bills that promoted school choice at the expense of public education, but not now.
This year there are several bills that would significantly alter the landscape for elementary and secondary education in New Hampshire.
House Bill 386 would expand the business tax credit program that allows businesses to “donate” a portion of their tax liability to a scholarship program for needy students to attend non-public schools.
The bill allows tax dollars to fund charter, private and home-school programs. A superior court decision prohibited the program from offering scholarships for religious schools, but the state Supreme Court overturned the decision without ruling on the constitutionality of using public tax dollars for religious schools.
Approved several years ago, the business tax credit program was slow to take off, but last year awarded about $250,000 in scholarships. The program cap is about $5 million.
But more importantly, another provision removes the current prohibition against a student attending a school other then the one assigned by a local school board.
Two years ago, then Gov. Maggie Hassan vetoed a bill that would have allowed a school district without its own high or middle, or elementary school to use tax dollars to pay tuition for a private school. Known as the Croydon bill, there are two nearly identical bills in the House and Senate that would allow the practice.
The Senate bill allows school districts to send their students to religious schools, but the House version does not.
And another bill, Senate Bill 193 would establish student savings accounts to be used for private, charter or home schools. The money would come from adequate education grants to school districts and could total 90 percent of the per-pupil grant of around $3,600.
That bill has passed the Senate and is now in the House.
Although none of the bills would divert a great deal of money from traditional public schools, they continue a trend while expanding opportunities for students and parents to explore other options.
Sununu advocated for school choice during his campaign for the corner office, but also said he does not want to “blow up public education.”
Most of the “school choice” bills are expected to become law this year, and the effects on public education will be evident in the years to come.
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Poof Tardiff: State Ski Champs

Hello fellow Berlinites. The city of Berlin has produced many fine athletes in different fields and I have written about its different high school state championships in the years that I have been doing my history research. Occasionally, I do read about high school neighbors in Gorham producing some fine young skiers today (2017) and that sport is the subject of this week's story.

Berlin High School no longer has a scholastic ski team and it has been a long time since our local youth has strapped the boards on their feet to compete in high school events. I would have to research the year, by now it's been at least 45 years since high school skiers competed here.

In the early 1940s, and specifically 1940-1941 and 1941-1942, Berlin High skiers won two New Hampshire state championships and other prestigious awards. They were led by coach Norman Haweeli and young men like Reginald Batchelder, Robert Keroack, Kenny Fysh, Donald Henderson and Paul Kailey. These athletes were the “Barney Laroches” of the skiing world locally. My research into Leo Cloutier's sports columns back then can attest to the ability of these boys, some of whom became men quickly because of World War II.

It all got going with a super coach by the name of Norman Haweeli, who started coaching skiing in 1938 at Berlin High School. In February of 1941, Berlin High winter sports cohorts hadn't tasted defeat since Haweeli took charge of the coaching reins. Mr. Haweeli was former University New Hampshire ski ace, a Berlin native and BHS graduate of 1934.

The 1941 addition the Berlin High School Mountaineers winter sports stars got their first taste of action on Saturday the beginning of February 1941. In this year they had five veterans who were readying for duty. The list was headed by co-captains Reginald Batchelder and Robert Keroack. The other seasoned skiers were Donald Henderson, Downing Nelson and Kenneth Fysh.

Mentor Haweeli had all wealth of material on hand in 1941 and also high expectations for the upcoming ski meets. The skiers had been drilling for over a month to get ready for this competition.

In their first meet of 1941 on Feb. 1, in New Hampton, the BHS ski team showed the opposition exactly what they had and amassed a grand total of 384 points of a possible 400. This gave the locals first place laurels in this interscholastic contest.

The Mountaineers placed first in the ski jumping and cross-country, second in downhill and third in slalom. The other schools that were involved were: Laconia High School, Plymouth High School, New Hampton Prep School and West Lebanon High School.

Later in February the BHS ski team traveled to Keene, and garnered a total of 376 points out of 400 taking first place laurels in the huge scholastic snow meet held there, thus winning the New Hampshire state championship.

This time, Berlin ended Lebanon's five-year reign over New Hampshire interscholastic ski sports. The teams here along with Berlin, were a field of eight, to include Plymouth, Dow Academy of Franconia, Laconia, Lebanon, Keene, Hillsboro and Newport.

The big point getter for Berlin's snowbirds was the youthful Kenneth Fysh who copped first place in ski jumping, cross-country and the combined event. He was the first schoolboy to lay claim to three individual championships in a long time.

On March 1, 1941, the BHS ski team added more frosting to the cake, when they got a total of 496.4 points of a possible 500. It was here in Laconia that they won the Eastern International Ski Championship in a two day classic staged in the Lakes region back then. That was like becoming the New England Schoolboy Champion in skiing.

The red and black ski birds as Leo Cloutier called them back then, who were triumphant in two major meets held within the past month, had returned to the wars to overshadow all competition in class A ranks. No less than 77 great schoolboy skiers from Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts and New Hampshire vied for honors in this title event.

Mentor Haweeli's charges scored a grand slam in four different contests. They were the cross-country, slalom, jumping and combined, for a perfect score of 400 points. Then they tallied 96.4 points in the downhill fray.

The skiing Mountaineers led the complete field with 496.4 points. They were followed by Lebanon High, Laconia, Dow Academy of Franconia, Springfield, Vermont, Plymouth, York High from Maine, Lincoln and Melrose, Massachusetts.

Don Henderson was the big star of this meet, as it was his sensational performances in the downhill, slalom, combined, jumping and cross-country which enabled to the Berlin warriors to place high in the final standings.

Berlin High School skiers won no less than nine out of fifteen medals that were awarded at this prestigious meet. Henderson alone was the winner of five of them, Ken Fysh had three and Robert Kerouac took one.

The Mountaineers made a clean sweep of the three-mile cross-country run, with Ken Fysh, Robert Kerouac and Donald Henderson finishing first, second and third in this race. Henderson placed first in the downhill, Downing Larson finished ninth, Reginald Batchelder tenth and Downing Nelson twelfth. In the slalom, Henderson finished first and Downing Nelson came in sixth. Jumping honors were won by Ken Fysh, with Henderson coming in second, Mickey Dubeau fifth and Reginald Batchelder sixth.

Sadly, the 1941 and 1942 yearbooks did not have all the names of the boys in the pictures listed, but I am sure somebody probably knows them all. The co-captains for the year 1941 were Reginald Batchelder and Bob Kerouac, who were an integral part of this great ski team.

With several graduates, Berlin High's 1942 ski team was not diminished. The following year, Berlin's great skiers were going to beat their performance of 1941. Even though Ken Fysh had a great year in 1941, he was destined to have a greater one in 1942 . He, along with great skier Don Henderson brought more accolades in this sport to the citizens of Berlin.

A glance into the family album for Ken Fish revealed that he started skiing at four years of age in his own back yard. When attending junior high, he participated in Nansen Ski Club meets for youngsters, making his initial leap off the old Nansen Ski Jump when he was 12 years old. At 15 he conquered the big jump for the first time. Ken, along with many others did the same things all winter as youngsters and were now members of an elite high school ski team.

I will tell you about the ski team of 1942 at Berlin High School, who were state champions once again, in my next writing.

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Keroack BobBob Keroack

Ken FyshKen Fysh

BHS Ski Team 1941Berlin High School Ski Team 1941

Batchelder ReginaldReginald Batchelder