"CANOBIE SPECIAL", Boston Globe, April 16, 1989
"WHERE TO FIND SOME THRILLS AND CHILLS\ ONE MAN'S MERRY-GO-ROUND AT FOUR AMUSEMENT PARKS", Boston Globe, July 31, 1980, Bob MacDonaldCanobie Lake Park will be offering its "Early Bird Special" coupons again this year to anyone who purchases a $12 all-day ride pass between April 16 and May 21. The coupon, a $7 value, entitles the purchaser to one free ride pass any evening in June if they buy a ride pass for the regular price. New rides this year include Moon Orbitor, Land/Sea Rescue and Psychodrome. The park opens Sundays beginning April 16, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. It opens Saturdays beginning April 29 (closed May 13) from noon to 10 p.m.
(The article has more about Riverside and Paragon Park.)Admission to Canobie Lake is $1, which gets you into the park. For $3 you get a ticket with 10 stars, which are punched like a train ticket when you go on a ride. The 35 rides vary in price, most costing one star. Canobie's unique ride is the Canobie Queen, a paddle wheel riverboat that steams out onto the lake regularly.
The standard amusement park food - hot dogs, hamburger, fried dough, etc. - is available, and there's also an indoor restaurant featuring daily specials. Picnicking was banned several years ago because of the costs involved in cleaning up litter, according to the park's management.
"CELEBRATING THE LAST HURRAHS OF SUMMER', Boston Globe, September 1, 1983, Leah Rosch
"Thrill's the Ticket for Canobie Ride", New Hampshire Sunday News (Manchester, NH), July 3, 1994, JOSEPH DANIEL McCOOLLabor Day is your last chance to experience Canobie Lake Park in Salem, N.H. There are more than 30 rides, a 85-foot Ferris wheel, a flume ride, penny arcades, a vertigo theater, and cruises on the lake. Open daily noon-10 p.m., admission is $1 and children under 4 admitted free. Catch the fireworks on Saturday night.
(The rest of the article has a lot of good information about the Captell family.)[...] Ray Captell, the Salem park's controlling owner and resident architect, [...] The creative mind behind Canobie's Turkish Twist, Haunted Mine and Log Flume Ride, Captell isn't afraid to get his hands dirty. He works several hours each day maintaining the physical plant and pondering his next big project. [...]
Salem builder Doug LaCourse broke ground for the Tall Timber Splash last March. The new water-coaster was opened for test riding about a week ago and should be officially opened within two weeks. It features an authentic overshot water-wheel, duck pond and two green tubes that shoot rafts and riders through hairpin curves. Riders can choose to ride Lazy River or the more-daring Raging Rapids.
"Competition Drives Ride Maker", New Hampshire Sunday News (Manchester, NH), August 15, 1993
(This is a good article about O.D. Hopkins.)
"Amusement parks take ride on the fun side", Boston Herald (MA), July 19, 1992, CLARA SILVERSTEIN
(The article has a bit more about area amusements, including Whalom and the Salem Willows.)The Corkscrew Coaster, installed last year, lifts riders 73 feet and then twists them through two loop-the-loops. [...] The park's lakeside setting earned it a ranking by the 1987 Amusement Park Guidebook as one of the most beautiful parks in America. Canobie Lake Park is open daily from noon to 10 p.m. Admission is $14; children under 48 inches pay $9. After 6 p.m. admission is $8 for children and adults.
PARKS NEED SUMMER STARS, Evansville Courier, The (IN), December 16, 1992
(I'm guessing that Show Biz International was the forerunner to Encore International, also of Evansville.)Show Biz International will be staffing six amusement parks in 1993: Holiday World in Santa Claus, Ind.; Canobie Lake Park, Salem, N.H.; Cliff's Amusement Park, Albuquerque, N.M.; Darien Lake Park, Darien Center, N.Y.; Geauga Lake Park, Aurora, Ohio; and Idlewild Park, Ligonier, Penn.
Boston Herald (MA), March 16, 1993
(The obituary for Claude Louis "Lou" Captell.)
"Registered Worldwide. Peridontal Patent. Cleaning a Carousel. Fines Two Restaurants", New Hampshire Sunday News (Manchester, NH), May 16, 1993One of Mr. Captell's latest projects was to implement a complete restoration of the park's antique carousel that will debut this season in his memory.
"CORRECTIONS & AMPLIFICATIONS", Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA), July 1, 1990It's environmentally safe, effective and even edible. That's the word on a unique cleansing technique using baking soda that is distributed by Monadnock Surface Cleaning Technologies of Peterborough.
The company is the exclusive New England distributor of the USDA- and FDA-approved restoration technique that uses a mixture called Armex Blast Media and portable blasting equipment, the Accustrip System. First used during the restoration of the Statue of Liberty, the technique has also been used to strip paint from aircraft and to clean up areas of Kuwait and Saudi Arabia after the Persian Gulf campaign. Closer to home, it's restoring carousel horses at Canobie Lake Park in Salem.
"AMUSEMENT PARKS AT LEAST A DOZEN PARKS IN NEW ENGLAND WILL KEEP", Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA), June 24, 1990, Dolores CourtemancheCanobie Lake Park, Salem, N.H., is open from noon to 10 p.m. daily. Admission is $1; children under 4 get in free. Unlimited ride passes are $13 for adults; $8 for youngsters under 4 feet tall.
(An article about area amusement parks. It is this article to which the above correction refers.)
"Salem's Canobie Lake Park Has Given 80 Years of Fun", New Hampshire Sunday News (Manchester, NH), June 17, 1990, COLLEEN COWETTE
Nestled on the shore of Canobie Lake, the park boasts 41 rides for kids and adults, including a cruise around the lake on a riverboat. Over a half-million people visit the park each season. [...]
Canobie's newest attraction this year is the Corksrew Rollercoaster. Morrow said the ride is an exact replica of the Python at Busch Gardens in Florida. Work on the ride began in September, and it is scheduled to open this season. Morrow said the ride was originally part of an amusement park in Chicago called Old Chicago. When the park closed, Canobie Lake Park bought the ride. It was taken to O.D. Hopkins, a company in Contoocook that builds roller coasters and log flume rides, to be totally rehabilitated.