Fishing License Not Needed  
Thursday, December 31, 2009

Alexander “Al” Zackiewicz, 88, and a 42-year resident of Gainsville, Fla., says he keeps in touch with Webster-area developments through family ties, local papers and “So I’ve Heard.”

He decided to pass on a few recollections from the late 1920s and early ’30s, when his family lived in the upper Lake Street area.

“Occasionally, someone would tell us that Payne Henries (the Nipmuck Indian who always dressed in native attire) is coming down the street. Some of us would run home and tell our brothers and sisters the news so they could come to look at him as he passed the (Stanislaus) Jarosz house. “I can’t recall the source of this information, but as kids we were told that, as an American Indian, he did not need a license to fish in the lake and he was permitted by law to sell the fish he caught. Maybe that’s what he had in that rolled-up newspaper he always carried.”

Mr. Henries died in 1936, so he never walked through my Negus Street neighborhood, but Al’s information about fishing and selling his catch jibes with what I heard as a preteen.

“Also, there was another eccentric old gentleman who peddled newspapers on Main Street,” continues Mr. Zackiewicz, adding that “Moody” was his name.

For my part, I knew this man by sight, but Louis Blanchart, who managed the Telegram & Gazette’s Webster distribution office for decades, used to talk about him. He was known as Moody, but his name was Herbert Waters and he lived at 33 Park St., Webster. He hawked newspapers in the downtown, as Mr. Zackiewicz recalls, but he also peddled open Telegram or Gazette routes, when regular carriers were not available, collated Sunday news sections, and delivered circulars door to door.

“Again, as kids, we were told he was a former chemist with the American Woolen Co. and had the patent for indigo blue dye used in Navy uniforms that kept South Village thriving, and that he died a very rich man,” says Mr. Zackiewicz. Louis Blanchart never mentioned this to my recollection, and he certainly knew a lot about Moody.

Now, for a few observations from the days leading to Christmas:

•Genevieve Lane, at the North Main Street end to Bigelow Road in Webster, got rave reviews from people interested in Christmas decorations. Most of the dwellings on the dead-end street were decorated to the hilt, extending even into a couple of back yards. Gordon Peters brought the Christmas lighting bonanza to my attention. Incidentally, a drive down the lane brought the Audi TV commercial to mind, but garage doors didn’t open and lights didn’t shine on any new automobiles.

•Ms. Kelly (her given name), the congenial shift leader at McDonald’s of Webster, had a cute take on Christmas, with lightweight antlers in her hair and a faux bright red nose on her face one day last week. Always customer-oriented, she cracked a wide smile to my version of “Kelly, the Red-nosed Reindear” (my spelling). The costume was complete with a bushy tail fixed to be back of her belt. She continued to draw from her Christmas wardrobe, appearing with a chimney top hat that had Santa stuck in upside down, and subsequently wore a candy canes headpiece.

•“So I’ve Heard” got its first Christmas card last week. Lana, George, Scott and Timothy Dziedzic of Everett Avenue, Webster, wrote: “Wishing to thank you for your dedication and writing for all your neighbors.” Lana is contractor John Doros’ sister. John is the husband of Webster Treasurer Eleanor P. Doros.

•Webster selectmen have lost the services of Executive Secretary Tina Petricola. She’s only held the post a little over a year, but has proven very efficient.

“She’s moving on,” board Chairman Robert J. Miller said Dec. 14, announcing Ms. Petricola’s resignation, offering “best wishes to you and your family.” The board, he said, “has been very, very pleased” with her work.

Ms. Petricola, of Danielson, Conn., has been named assistant administrator of Juniper Hill Village, a multilevel senior housing facility in Storrs, Conn. It means a return to her professional roots. She worked in this area 18 years before signing on in Webster.

-Courtesy Of
Telegram & Gazette

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