Measuring wood, bark is not a lively task  
Saturday, June 2, 2012

WEBSTER ¡X The 2011 Webster town reports book, distributed on Election Day, May 7, and again at the May town meeting, says Peter Tremblay is town Measurer of Wood & Bark.

It¡¦s one of the ¡§General Appointments¡¨ made by the Board of Selectmen. One source thinks measurers are responsible for determining the amounts of a product in a form or amount that might be in a specific area.

There¡¦s no asking the said incumbent.

Mr. Tremblay was 99 years old when he died in 2005, said Town Clerk Robert T. Craver, reading from town vital statistic records. This suggests wood and bark hasn¡¦t been measured here in at least seven years, and probably much longer.

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Robert J. Miller won a return to the Webster Board of Selectmen May 7 because he¡¦s not a quitter.
Mr. Miller held the office before, and tried to regain it a couple of times, but this wasn¡¦t his only measure of persistence. ¡§Rocky,¡¨ a nickname that he shared with his recently deceased father, Robert G. Miller, bounced off the canvas of defeat earlier in his public life by volunteering for service on the town Finance Committee.

He never gave up, adding a stint as deputy town moderator, and can now again be identified as a ¡§Town Father.¡¨

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Joseph J. Smith III, re-elected to the Board of Assessors last month, has developed a rather novel approach to public office: A former parks commissioner, retired police sergeant and incumbent Redevelopment Authority member, Mr. Smith sees tenure as a positive.

Campaign posters and the like might have been all right years ago, he admits, but now, his message remains the same campaign after campaign. ¡§I¡¦m a believer, I use a common-sense approach to things, and always give my best.¡¨

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She moderated a special town meeting some time ago, but chances are Webster Selectman Deborah A. Keefe didn¡¦t know for certain that she would moderate the 2012 annual town meeting until the opening call to order.

Ms. Keefe managed quite well, doing her best to give meeting-goers a fair shake. She¡¦ll have time to reread ¡§Town Meeting Time,¡¨ the common-sense system used to regulate Webster town meetings, before gaveling the 2012 session back to order June 11.

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It started when John A. Mikolajczak of Stephen Drive got into a recall of Webster¡¦s early automobile agencies, mostly meaning the years after World War II, and interested his wife, Ruth.

She quickly deduced that Place Motors, the Ford dealer on Thompson Road, is probably the town¡¦s longest-operating dealership, and included places that started in Webster and ended in Dudley, such as Bayer Motors, Tony Chabot¡¦s Chrysler Garage, and the Chevrolet and Dodge places.

Kunkel Buick had a nice run, and Webster Garage persisted from the 1930s until auto sales ran into tough going. It¡¦s fascinating trivia, and the Mikolajczaks are possibly town leaders at the game. They haven¡¦t gotten into used car places, though.

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Former Webster Police Officer Frank Young beat me in a recognition game last Saturday at the front doors to Price Chopper Super Market.

He¡¦s been retired for some time, but keyed to my identity at first glance. It took me a bit, until I visualized Mr. Young in a police uniform. There¡¦s still a family trace in the Webster Department, he said. Officers James Young Sr. and James Young Jr. are his nephew and grandnephew, said Frank.

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