boNew CG Boats Get Workouts: Two hundred faster, longer, and better-equipped patrol boats will go into Coast Guard service on both U.S. coasts in 1972, at a cost of about $200,000 each. The new craft will replace boats in service for 20 or more years. Coast Guard inspectors are now testing three 42-foot aluminum models in the Boston area, built by private firms. “Another built by the Coast Gard itself is also being tested,” said CWO Norman Rogers, commanding officer of the Point Allerton station in Hull, where the boats were on trial runs April 5. The new boats will be equipped with twin diesel engines and the latest radar and electronic equipment, including automatic directional detectors for picking up weak radio signals from radios in distress. Construction will be entirely aluminum, eliminating repainting needs, and will have an entirely closed-in bridge section.
Clam Digging Ban: The state Department of Public Health, Division of Environmental Sanitation, in public notices issued today, has banned the taking of clams from Hull and Cohasset shore areas as specified in legal notices in this issue of The Hull-Nantasket Times (on Page 2). The ban emanated from DPH tests, which found an excessively high bacterial count due to sewage pollution, and prohibits the taking of clams until the contamination is cleared.
Amusement Licenses Approved: Selectmen last night voted unanimously to grant a number of amusement licenses, including several in Paragon Park, on motion of Mr. Richardson, seconded by Mr. Berman. Action on the licenses had been held over last week after Berman said he wanted to confer with the park’s president, Lawrence Stone, and with owners of other amusement places about cooperating with town beautification concepts. Richardson said: “The renewal of these types of licenses has been automatic for the past 10 years. They are renewed unless objections are raised, and none are granted until cleared by the Board of Health and building commissioner.” Berman said: “I was not aware of the automatic procedure, and I am not sure that I agree fully with it. I think each license of any kind should be individually examined annually. The public should be notified in advance as to when licenses are coming up for renewal.” Berman then read a proposal for future procedure on all new or renewal applications for licenses.
Library Trustees Denied Custody: Selectmen last night voted 2-1 not to transfer custody and management of the Hull Public Library building to the library trustees, despite an opinion of Town Counsel Lampke that “the law is specific. The library trustees have jurisdiction.”
Crowd Nears 100 at BoS Meeting: An overflow crowd for the third successive time jammed the selectmen’s meeting last night as appeals to move to the larger Guard Room were not successful. More than 40 people were in the selectmen’s office and 50 more in the corridor outside as Selectman Berman moved that the meeting move to the Guard Room. The motion failed when it was not seconded. The large crowd remained throughout the two-hour session, including a number of women standing to the final adjournment.
Kenneth Mitchell Funeral Services: Funeral services will be held Friday for Kenneth Mitchell, 65, of Hull, former Hingham High School and Dean Academy football and baseball star in the late 1920s. Mr. Mitchell, one of the top scorers in the Old Colony Football League of South Shore teams when he captained the Hingham High School football team in 1924, died in New York City Saturday after an illness of several months. Born in Hull, he attended Hull and Hingham schools and Dean Academy and then was employed by the Phelps Dodge Copper Products Co. of Yonkers, N.Y., for 43 years until retiring in 1968.
Around the World in Cement: A boat made of cement will never float! So you say, but not Carl Jung, of Hull Bay, who is building a Ferro poured-cement boat in his backyard to sail around the world. An engineer himself and now laborer by necessity, he is putting together this 43-foot-long by 10-feet-wide ketch rig, two-mast, motor sailer that he hopes will take him and his wife, Denise, and their 3-year- old son, Hans, on their dream cruise.
HHS Junior Takes Prize: Frank Allen, Hull High School junior and son of Mr. and Mrs. Earle Allen, of Hull, won first prize in an accordion contest at Chicopee recently.