Fenner Street  
Thursday, September 26, 2002

THURSDAY, SEPT. 26 TELEGRAM & GAZETTE 2002
So I've Heard Column


The value of a streetlight on Fenner Street was questioned some time ago during a Webster Selectmen's meeting. It's isolated, not serving anyone.
Fenner Street, not far from the Hill Street railroad crossing in Webster, has all but disappeared. It was never much of a street, a dead-end with a couple of homes, but a street marker remains near the south side of Hill Street, and it's been there a long time.
The August Kilian and Henry Heald families lived on the street in 1910, according to a town census. I recall a fire when a young woman lost her home and belongings, and I remember when the Thomas Brown family lived on the gravel way and Mr. Brown ran a garage.
Fenner Street never gained much favor as an address, probably because parts of it are close to railroad tracks and the town sewer plant. Filled with overgrowth, the street doesn't lead to anything. The road, largely a paper layout, is not an accepted way, according to town surveyor Stanley Duszlak. It was designed to run from Hill Street southerly to or near Perryville Road.
Plans show that it was scissored to extend Berthold Field after the playground was acquired by the town around 1934. Another section was developed and renamed Winter Haven Drive. The street is zoned for multiple residential housing.
Still, nine people own lots on the street, according to records in the Webster Assessors' office. As might be expected, none of the owners have a Fenner Street address, although some of them live in town. They'd probably need a weed whacker to get to their lots, but the nine parcels are assessed a total of $73,400 for tax purposes.
Interestingly, only one Fenner Street parcel is in tax title, meaning a significant amount is due in back taxes, according to Town Treasurer Dorothy R. Dabrowski. Another lot abuts the back yard to a home on High Street Extension, and this may be the situation in other cases but, by and large, owners are keeping their options open.
There may be need for a street lamp on Fenner Street yet!
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I dropped by Webster Town Clerk Regina S. Bugan's office last week to buy a 2002 Street List, the names and ages of persons book. In process, I learned that the town enrolled 198 new voters through the summer.
Forty-eight registered as Democrats, 25 joined the Republican party, 121 signed as unenrolled voters, one affiliated with the Massachusetts Green party, and one became an Interdependent 3rd Party member. Thirty-one gave birth dates making them 18 to 21 years old.
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Webster School Building Committee Chairman Charles R. Cormier says an effort to register unenrolled residents in advance of the Oct. 21 fall town meeting is ongoing.
The Sept. 17 state primaries pumped voter rolls somewhat but Webster's Pride, the group headed by Teri P. Stone and Robert T. Craver, is trying to qualify the still inactive. "We're mailing registration forms," says Ms. Stone. A $22.6 million elementary school article will be before the session. Pride has until Oct. 7 to round up potential voters.
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Putnam High School's old and distinguished varsity football program was mothballed Sept. 16 because the school didn't have enough players to field a team.
PHS was once a traditional opponent on the Bartlett High of Webster grid schedule. Billed as a border match, the teams played on Armistice Day, before the Nov. 11 holiday was redesignated Veterans Day. It wasn't as hullabalood as the Bartlett versus Southbridge Thanksgiving game, but BHS-PHS rated as a preamble to the "big one," and it was important by itself.
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State Rep. Paul Kujawski, D-Webster, placed signs for his successful primary campaign at key locations in Thompson, like the Quinebaug four corners.
This made sense because the Connecticut community borders Webster and Dudley, home to probably half the voters in Rep. Kuj
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