Taking a look back over 25 and 50 years

50 years ago

Edward Pina, 27, of Carver, was in good condition at St. Luke’s Hospital in Middleborough after a freak accident in North Carver June 10, according to the June 12, 1969, Old Colony Memorial. He was driving his station wagon north on Route 58 and shot directly under the side of a large trailer truck that was crossing to the east. Pina’s vehicle went under the trailer frame which stripped off the hood and entire top of the car. He was trapped for more than an hour and suffered a concussion and facial lacerations. It took more than an hour to assemble equipment and hoist the heavy trailer so the crushed vehicle beneath could be freed and the injured Pina placed and a stretcher and taken to the hospital. Carver Police Chief Ray Parent had high praise for all who joined in to help.

A 38-year-old Everett woman went to the Jordan Hospital the previous weekend after being bitten by a snake. She took the snake with her to the hospital. It was determined to be a harmless garter snake.

Harold Pattison, vice chairman of the Mayflower ’70 of Plymouth, England, and former lord mayor of that city, was in town that week and told the Plymouth 350th Anniversary Committee that the landing of the Pilgrims in Plymouth started the U.S. on the way to its present greatness and that it was important to strengthen the bonds between the English speaking nations. He said that pople should learn to better communicate and understand one another.

New rules were put into effect for Plymouth Beach including “No horses shall be allowed on Plymouth Beach between Memorial Day and Labor Day.” A town regulation was also approved regarding loitering on town sidewalks. Part of the regulation read: “Three or more persons shall not stand in a group, or near each other, on any sidewalk, in such a manner as to obstruct or impede a free passage for foot passengers…any such person after being ordered to move by a constable or a police officer may be arrested without a warrant by a constable or a police officer.”


25 years ago

The Old Colony Memorial dated June 9, 1994, announced that the state Legionnaires convention was being held in Plymouth and 5,000 members had arrived. They would show their colors along the waterfront June 11 accompanied by brass bands, and would have an outing to Post 40. The American Legion statewide convention had been held in Plymouth in 1935, 1985 and 1989.

According to court documents, the man who allegedly killed three motorists on Route 3 on Memorial Day weekend had spent five hours drinking with friends in Plympton before the crash and had 10 beers. He had been offered to spend the night in Plympton but had declined.

A 31-year-old Carver man pleaded innocent to a charge of larceny of property after allegedly scamming at least nine elderly Plymouth residents. He reportedly offered to fertilize, seed and cut yards for $225 or $105 and demanded the money up front, then did not perform the service. The same man was set to go to trial in Wareham District Court after 10 Wareham residents told police they paid him to remove snow last winter and he did not, after cashing their checks. The article advised readers: never pay up front, always get something in writing, get a receipt, don’t jump into anything.

Police seized crack cocaine, assorted drug paraphernalia and two boa constrictor snakes during a drug raid at an Algonquin Terrace apartment the previous week. The snakes, both more than three feet long, were in an aquarium. A town bylaw prohibited keeping snakes and they were turned over to state environmental officials.

The paper regularly ran a list of the top 10 video rentals. Each video was followed by a short and often sassy summary. For example, for “The Piano,” the summary was: “Holly Hunter plays a mute woman who gets caught in a romantic triangle when she moves to New Zealand with her daughter, played by the already annoying Anna Paquin.” For “Robocop 3,” “Three strikes and you’re busted. The heavy metal cop is looking old.” For “Carlito’s Way,” “Al Pacino in a story about a drug kingpin trying to go straight. Gee, Pacino as a guilt-plagued drug lord – how original.”

Over 16 1/2 hours the previous Friday and Saturday, correction officers moved all 513 inmates of the old jail on Obery Street to the new 1,140-bed facility on Long Pond Road. A new rule was prisoners must now wear uniforms and now had only limited access to TV. They seemed to be making the adjustment well, “despite the reluctance of two or three to make the move,” an article noted.