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North Quabbin briefs



Published: 1/12/2020 4:32:07 PM
Modified: 1/12/2020 4:31:23 PM
Author talk and book signing

Local author Harry P. Haldt III has compiled and edited his late father’s memoir of his high school and college summers working aboard deep sea vessels in a book entitled, “Upper To’Gallants and Rusty Scuppers: Adventures of an Amateur Mariner.”

While sorting through stored cartons several years ago during a cleanup, Harry Haldt discovered the 1982 manuscript written by his father, H. Peale Haldt Jr., about his high school and college experiences aboard sea-going vessels ranging from freighters to the world’s largest sailing yacht.

Peale Haldt’s 1930s travels on several vessels eventually took him around the world with stops in ports ranging from Maritime Canada to Japan to India and the Soviet Union. During his time aboard the yacht Sea Cloud, he met Nedenia Hutton, later the movie star Dina Merrill, with whom he shared a correspondence. Her letters to him appear in the book.

Harry Haldt, past King Lion, belongs to the Athol Lions Club and also serves as manager of Quabbin Valley Pro Musica, resident chorus of New Salem’s 1794 Meetinghouse, Inc. He will speak at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, in Petersham Library; at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, at Athol Public Library; and at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at Moore-Leland Library, North Orange.

Books, published by Haley’s of Athol, will be on sale at each event.

Film, ‘Forbidden Planet,’ at Wendell Free library

WENDELL — The film “Forbidden Planet” will be shown Saturday, Jan. 18, 7:30 p.m. at the Wendell Free Library.

When Adams and his crew are sent to investigate the silence from a planet inhabited by scientists, he finds all but two have died. Dr. Morbius and his daughter Altaira have somehow survived a hideous monster which roams the planet. Unknown to Adams, Morbius has made a discovery, and has no intention of sharing it (or his daughter) with anyone.

There will be a short (½ hour) film before the movie, an episode of “Fireball XL5: The Forbidden Planet.”

This is the next in the monthly series of science fiction/fantasy and horror/monster movies at the Wendell Free Library, located in the center of Wendell. Free Admission.

For more information about the Wendell Free Library visit its web page at or call 978-544-3559.

Here are upcoming movies in this series. All movies start with a short opening film at 7:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted:

Feb 22: “The Addams Family” – Starring: Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher Lloyd

March 21: “Bicentennial Man” – Starring: Robin Williams, Embeth Davidtz, Sam Neill

April 25: “The Others” – Starring: Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Fionnula Flanagan

May 23: “Runaway” – Starring: Tom Selleck, Cynthia Rhodes, Gene Simmons

Brittney Brown named to SUNY Potsdam President’s List

POTSDAM — Brittney Brown of Orange was recently named to the President’s List at The State University of New York at Potsdam.

Brown, whose major is Dance, was among 946 SUNY Potsdam students who were honored for academic excellence in the Fall 2019 semester. College President Dr. Kristin G. Esterberg recognized the students for earning top marks.

To achieve the honor of being on the President’s List, each student must have satisfactorily completed 12 numerically-graded semester hours, with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.

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