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Dalton Claims Yankee Magazine is All Wet

March 31, 1989

DALTON, Mass. (AP) _ The town chairman is dismayed by a magazine article he claims portrayed Dalton as having 13 bars filled with beery paper mill workers.

He says his bar is one of only three in town and ″caters to upscale swinging singles.″ The town’s eight other liquor licenses are held by pizza parlors and other restaurants, he says.

″We had looked forward to this for two years and we came out looking like a bunch of hired hand millworkers hanging around honkytonk bars,″ John F. Boyle, chairman of the board of selectmen, said of the article in Yankee Magazine.

Donna Bouryta, the selectmen’s secretary, said town hall telephones have been ringing with complaints from many of the town’s 7,000 residents since the April edition of the magazine appeared.

″It is certainly not a proper reflection of our employees, who are outstanding citizens and our most important and valuable asset,″ said James D. Manning, a spokesman for Crane & Co., which has made stationery and the paper for U.S. currency at its Dalton mills since the early 1800s.

Mel Allen, a senior editor at Yankee, said the magazine planned to run letters from Dalton residents in its July edition with an editor’s note apologizing for its error on the number of bars and for misspelling the first name of Crane founder Zenas Crane.

Despite the errors, Allen said the article ″was really a very positive story.″

Not everyone in town was unhappy, though.

″I thought it was great,″ said Wayne Prue, owner of the Hard Hat Cafe, whose bar and youth-oriented fund-raising efforts were detailed in the article.

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