New Year Observations  
Thursday, January 2, 2003

So I've Heard Column

Let's start the New Year with a few reports and observations.
---Gerald P. Deary's expertise may be in education but Chester C. Corbin Public Library Trustees Chairman Eleanor P. Doros says he's doing a great job as acting director. "He's friendly and people like him." Once a Webster public schools administrator, Mr. Deary is working at the library without compensation. There's a precedent for this. Elected a Webster selectman in 1993, he didn't collect any pay during that stint either.
---Herbert E. Hopkins, of Upper Gore Road, says he enjoyed the year-end holidays. After almost 20 years with the kitchen staff at The Lic's, the three meals a day restaurant on Thompson Road in Webster, "Herby" is now a custodian at a Holden elementary school.
---Frank A. Hmay, of Joshua Place, Dudley, a Spectown transplant, remembered a 1938 football game at Gibralter field in Southbridge when we met last week. I had mentioned the field in a November piece. "A player broke his ankle and me and another kid carried him off the field," said Mr. Hmay. "We didn't have a stretcher or anything like that but we found one of those wood and wire covered frames, you know, the kind they used to sift dirt. We carted the poor guy off on that."
---Long time friend Brendon "Buddy" Canty, off my path-crossing chart for too many months, showed up at the Colonial Restaurant Friday with son Michael. They went out for another reason and Michael suggested lunch. "The only thing, mother (Monica) doesn't know we're here," Michael admitted. Mary Kelly and Eleanor Malboeuf, lunching with Florida relatives, took time to greet Mr. Canty, once owner of the Deary Bros. stand in Sturbridge. Last I saw the father-son pair they were carting their desserts home, apparently to make amends.
---Acting Town Treasurer Eleanor P. Doros (also chair of library trustees), a postcards collector the past few years, has a card from the Sept. 1, 1906 muster mentioned here a few weeks ago. To briefly review, memorabilia collector Michael T. Branniff, of Dudley, bought a program for the muster off an Internet site and shared it with this corner. Mrs. Doros bought her postcard at a paper collectibles show.
---Webster Town Clerk Regina S. Bugan's plan to retire with the 2003 town elections, rounding out 30 years in office, has been in the works for three years. She made her intentions known in 2000, after she was last reelected. If there's a surprise coming out of the clerk's office, it's assistant Norma J. Bembenek's disinterest in the top job. The list of rumored candidates seems to be growing. "We'll find out when they start taking out nomination papers," Ms. Bugan said when I broached the subject. This means later this month.
---Everett K. Olds, a Webster Housing Authority member and long time town officer, seems to be cultivating a cold-weather identity. His travels include auction and bargain places, and he bought a nice insulated jacket somewhere along the way. The fact that it has "George" inscribed on the right side is of no concern. He asks: "Who stops to read names (on jackets) when it's cold."
---Boston Globe columnist Nathan Cobb cut to the marrow in a Dec. 7 Globe Discoveries piece about Webster Lake. He led off with the long Indian name for the waters, with all 45 letters (I counted them), and followed with Lake C. for reference. Killdeer's Conrad H. Redlitz and town librarian Rose M. Foley were among those interviewed. If you missed the feature, it's on the Webster Lake Association web site,, says Association President Richard Cazeault. In a related matter, Mr. Cazeault revealed that WLA member John P. Stevens is researching history of the lake.
---If you're ever in the Germantown section of Nashville, Tenn., look for The Mad Platter restaurant, says Robert Jervis of Charlton. Owner-chef Craig Jervis is his brother.
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