By Thomas Ferry
January 31, 2006
We had two automobile dealerships, Bucey Motors and Hanson's, that also had gas pumps. That is where my dad bought the family's first new car, a 1969 AMC Ambassador station wagon. My brother and I learned to drive in that car. When we were in high school we nicknamed it the mellow wagon. Newtown also had Harry's Boathouse, Jack's Beehive, the Sportland Arcades, the Ketchikan School of Ballet, Northern Machine and Marine, Alaska Watch Repair and on and on.
The people who were not here in the years before Newtown's decline cannot appreciate how vibrant it once was. I know every inch of that area as I grew up on Sayles Street. I lived in the Munson house above Jud's (formerly Ferry's Food) and in the little Jehovah shack on Chapman St. behind Ralph's Plumbing for six years. My goal is to make Newtown into a great neighborhood again.
In the old days Newtownites did not have to go to any other part of town, as we had it all right there. In meeting with most of the commercial property owners we are all on the same page to redo our buildings in a historical manner. The commercial property owners cannot afford to fix up their buildings right now, because the price per square foot for rental in that area is less than seventy cents. That just pays the taxes and keeps some buildings a piling away from crumbling into the drink.
Nothing is going to happen in Newtown without a YES vote. A YES vote means millions of dollars in payroll for construction jobs, hundreds of thousands of dollars in new tax revenue which finances non profits and the Arts community.
I am asking every voter to
vote YES and help out small business people in our community
and create hundreds of new jobs. If anyone has lingering questions
about any aspect of this bond issue and the entire Newtown plan
please call me. I can answer all your concerns.
P.S. Why would anyone vote no?
About: Thomas Ferry was born
and raised in Ketchikan - fourth generation Alaskan - owner of
Eagle Heights B&B - Autobody technician - artist - musician
and partners with Apple Construction in California - new owner
of the Beck building at 726 Water Street - Vice President of
Historic Ketchikan. Ferry writes, "Some people come and
go, I will be buried at Bayview next to my grandmother Marie,
a true pioneer."
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