Veteran's Court of Honor  
Thursday, May 1, 2003

Patenaude/ Webster
So I've Heard Column

There was talk of a Memorial Day program, but, instead, Webster's new Veterans Court of Honor will probably be dedicated Independence Day, according to Joseph E. LaPlante, one of the prime movers to the project.
The long, hard winter put a crimp in plans, Mr. LaPlante said when we crossed paths last Saturday at Keith Doyle's Bargain Center. Other problems have cropped up, including a cement pouring that cured into mismatched concrete.
Safe rather than sorry means July 4th.
Independence Day will work out well because the adjacent Civil War Monument--anchor to the Court of Honor--was dedicated July 4, 1907, on the 133rd anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. Moving and adding a cluster of monuments from other wars on the 227th anniversary of our nation's declaration of freedom seems appropriate.
Then Selectmen Chairman Frank Hartley said the 1907 program was "a great event in the history of the Town of Webster." The weather was ideal and many people turned out to honor one of the speakers, Miss Clara Barton of Oxford, founder of the American Red Cross, and known nationally by Civil War veterans as "The Angel of the Battlefield." She agreed to say a few words.
Then 85 years old, Miss Barton "received a great ovation from the crowd," said a news report. "She was greeted as the soldiers friend." Although she lectured at least once at a town benefit, the dedication is believed Miss Barton's only public appearance in the town of Webster.
The difference between previous and current efforts to promote a new Webster Middle School is heartening.
Proponents are much more visible this time, and their message has taken root in lawn signs, "Election May 5th, Question 1, Yes, New Middle School." Their objective seems logical. Build a new school with state help, or ultimately spend a lot of town generated tax dollars on an outmoded facility.
Time is short and the "vote yes" people have a lot of work to do but, mostly, they have to get their natural constituency to the polls. That's people who have children attending or about to enter the Webster public school system.
I wish them well.
The Red Sox were on their way north and so were Francis P. and Caroline Lorkiewicz of Upper Gore Road, Webster.
Frank sat in their RV as Caroline registered at a campground in Florida. A car came along with Ohio tags and the driver sought whereabouts of a gas station. "I'm running low," he said.
Frank couldn't respond, reporting "I'm from Massachusetts." The Ohio driver added, "I'm from Massachusetts originally."
Recognition set in about this point. Sunglasses were removed and Frank Lorkiewicz greeted Joe Markiewicz, his one time Bartlett High of Webster battery mate. Joe was a pitcher and Frank the catcher for BHS in 1950. Joseph, of the Dresser Street Markiewicz family, went from Nichols College, where he also led the mound staff, to a work career in the Greater Cleveland area.
"We had quite a meeting," says Mr. Lorkiewicz. "His wife remembered me from a class reunion."
Pharmacist Anthony J. Stefanik was the first to bring a Readers Digest faux-pas to my attention: The late Laurence J. Daly, editor of the Webster Times for many years, and known as the man who made up the fanciful tale about Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg, was renamed "Dale" in the magazine's April issue.
The Digest had a True or False piece--"Test Your Mettle on... Real Deal Trivia." "There's a Lake in Massachusetts called Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg," it said. "This is a Native American word that means 'You fish on your side, I fish on my side, and nobody fishes in the middle.'"
The answer comes up "false." The lake and the name exist, says the Digest, indicating "it means something like 'Englishmen at Manchaug at
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