From the Sentinel Files – County tuberculosis association opens 1947 Christmas Seal sale


Compiled by Erik Pekar

75 years ago, Nov. 20, 1947

The annual Whitehall-Granville football banquet was held Tuesday evening at the Episcopal Parish hall in Whitehall with about 140 players, Rotarians and guests in attendance. James E Roche, president of the Whitehall Rotary club, was in charge of the meeting. Several presentations were made. The football players present, 30 from Whitehall and 31 from Granville, were introduced by their respective coaches, Ned Jeffreys and Sam Eppolito.

At a meeting of the newly reorganized Knights of Columbus held Thursday evening the following officers were elected for the coming year: chaplain, Father Krzysko; grand knight, William A. Smith; deputy grand knight, John Rowan; chancellor, Father O’Brien; financial secretary, Charles Rovelli; recorder, Frank Dudla; treasurer, Eugene Hayes; lecturer, John Romano; advocate, James Sennett; warden, Bennie DiNucci; inner guarder, John O’Lenick; outer guard, Joseph Hudy; board of trustees, George Prehoda, John W. McHenry and Stephen Kuruc.

As a result of a public hearing held by the village board of trustees in the village rooms on Monday evening, a two-hour parking limit is expected to be adopted by the village of Granville to eliminate the present parking troubles. The commercial section, in the vicinity of and including Main street, will come under the two-hour parking ordinance.

The 1947 Christmas Seal Sale will open this Monday, Nov. 24, when residents of Granville and vicinity will receive sheets of the new Christmas Seals in their mail. The seals will be enclosed with letters from the Washington County Tuberculosis Association asking support for its 1948 tuberculosis prevention and control campaign.

The choir of Peniel Presbyterian Church will sponsor the Cantabile Singers in a sacred concert on Sunday, Nov. 23, at 7:30 p.m. The singers are a group of women organized a few years ago by Mrs. Frank Cain of West Pawlet.

Showing at the Ritz: Today and Friday, “New Orleans”; Saturday, “Ridin’ on a Rainbow” and “Jewels of Brandenburg”; Sunday and Monday, “The Unfinished Dance”; Tuesday and Wednesday, “Deep Valley” and “Time out of Mind”.

Weddings: Loretta Harriet Courter, Granville and Lloyd Johnson, Hartford, Connecticut; Pearl H. Bennett, Greenwich and Andrew Bernard Christensen, Gansevoort; Edythemae Roberts, Granville and Bernard F. Hampl, Poultney, Vermont.

Obituaries: Ralph Cowan, Middle Granville; James Delcour Pierce, Fort Ann; Mrs. John (Isabella) Campbell, Salem, formerly of Hebron; Henry M. Brayton, Hartford; funeral for Mrs. Zipporah Davies, Middle Granville.

50 years ago, Nov. 23, 1972

The annual banquet sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Granville and Whitehall honoring the gridiron squads of both schools was held last Wednesday evening at the elementary school cafeteria. The Granville club made the arrangements and committee. This year there was no principal speaker, nor “long winded” presentations by guests. The athletes and Rotarians had a chicken dinner made by the area’s famous chef Betty Toman. Senator Berkowitz introduced the coaches of both football squads, Coach Millett of Whitehall and “Bud” Reed of Granville, for their part in the program, to award trophies to select players. Granville’s Coach Reed awarded Steve “Beaver” O’Dell and Mike Grottoli for sportsmanship, and Steve Thomas as most valuable player.

At the Granville Lions Club’s meeting of Nov. 7, Lions District 20-Y2 Governor Stanley Kivort made an official visitation. He spoke to the Granville members, emphasizing that Lions International this year has taken on the project of hearing as well as being the leading sight organization in the world. As part of the program Al Caiazza presented District Governor Kivort with a Telescope chair.

Merrill Walker, Poultney-Mettowee Natural Resources Conservation District Chairman, named James and Ruth Leach of Pawlet as the district’s Outstanding Conservation Family of the Year on Tuesday. They continue to carry on a family tradition of conservation on their century farm next to the Bennington County line.

The Granville Area Chorus will join with the Cambridge Choral Society in a concert with a combined group of 75 voices on Dec. 3 at 4 p.m., in the Presbyterian Church, Cambridge. The combined chorus will repeat the program on Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. in the auditorium of the Granville High School.

Vaughn Thomas has been named as Director of the Pember Museum by the Board of Trustees of the Pember Library and Museum. Thomas has taken an active interest in the renovation of the museum since the organization of the Friends of the Pember Museum in October of 1971.

Alton A. Ellis, West Pawlet postmaster, has been reelected as vice-president of the National League of Postmasters of the United States at the League’s 69th annual convention in Buffalo. Postmaster General E. T. Klassen gave his personal congratulations to Ellis.

Ken Burch has been appointed Varsity Basketball Coach for the 1972-73 season by the Granville Central School District board of education. Burch will succeed Damian Fantauzzi, who resigned last spring to accept a teaching position in Saratoga.

Toyland, U.S.A. will hold its grand opening Friday, with a visit from Santa from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The store was formerly the location of John’s 5 and 10.

Weddings: Cynthia Leigh Gills, West Hartford, Connecticut and Laurence R. Zidovsky, Poultney, Vermont; Bonnie Brayton, North Poultney, Vermont and David Bosworth, Benson, Vermont; Clara Justine Smith, Granville and Lawrence David Clark, West Pawlet, Vermont; Lucille A. Moriglioni, Glens Falls and Robert W. Evans, Fort Ann.

Obituaries: Philip R. Mooney, Yorktown Heights, formerly of Hudson Falls; Mrs. Jesse Rogers, Hebron.

25 years ago, Nov. 26, 1997

Ray Bergeron announces that on December 1, Grastorf Press will become Printing Plus. The name was changed because the Radio Shack affiliation had overshadowed the printing services for the past 12 years; the affiliation was ended earlier this year due to the declining electronics business. In its place are expanded printing services and wedding services.

The coaches of the winter varsity sports at Granville are looking forward to the start of their seasons.

Granville Sentinel reporter Darrell Beebe went on patrol Friday night, November 14, from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m., with three officers of the Granville Police Dept.: David Williams, for the entire shift, accompanied by Mark Nelson for the first two hours and Tim Carroll for the rest. Included in the article were various aspects of being a police officer, including the various forms of tickets and how one’s behavior can provoke a ticket, contents of a police car, misconceptions of police officers’ duties and reasons for arrests and ticket-writing, and the incidents and happenings encountered during the patrol.

The Granville Lions Club hosted 16 members of the Granville Rescue Squad at its second November dinner meeting at Bernardo’s Restaurant.

The Granville Rotary Club will sponsor its 7th annual Spirit of Christmas Dinner on December 8, at the Schoolhouse Restaurant on Route 149 in South Granville. The event, hosted by owners Ed and Muriel Cray, will be held to raise funds to purchase winter clothing and boots for Granville area children in need.

Births: a daughter, Hailey Nicole, to Jennifer and Scott Knowles, Granville; a son, Austin Michael, to Melissa and Wesley Perry, Granville.

Weddings: Marcia McKeighan, Queensbury and Granville, and Paul Rath, East Haddam, Connecticut.

Obituaries: Marjorie Fortier, Castleton, Vermont; Ervin Wilson, Salem; Nicholas Gilbert, Granville; Peter Somich, Granville.