Times Past


Athol Memorial Hospital will mark National Hospital Week with a tribute to employees, auxilians, volunteers and patients. The hospital has approximately 300 employees, full-time and part-time.

Athol Junior High will conduct a public celebration, “Our Earth”. There will be displays, models and experiments by students.

More than 220 fifth and sixth graders in the Athol elementary schools performed for a full house in Athol High School’s Anzaldi Auditorium recently. Music directors Albert Benjamin and Janet Haley coordinated the program.

One hundred and twenty-five second grade students from Dexter Park School recently invaded the Orange Fire Department for a field day at the Water Street Station, carrying on a tradition of more than 20 years.

About 50 acres of scenic easement rights of privately-owned wooded land abutting the Bi-Centennial Park in Orange will be purchased by the state department of public works for $35,537. The property is located off Holtshire Road between the park and Route 2. Mount Grace Land Trust coordinated the transaction, and the trust will sell the land to the Orange Conservation Commission for $1,500.

After competing for the first time in a national high school academic competition, Mahar Regional School was notified that its eight-member Junior Engineering Technical Society Team placed third in competition with 13 other schools in its division. Students were tested in English, mathematics, physics, computer, chemistry and biology.

First and second graders from the Raymond School in Royalston participated in the Pond Probe science project at Northfield Mountain recently. Children gathered and named bugs from the pond. The trip was sponsored by the Royalston Academy.


The Cadets from West Point Military Academy marched over nine other colleges and 42 contestants to take all honors in the 1966 inter-collegiate parachute meet at Orange Sport Parachuting Center. Combatting breezy winds and difficult competition conditions, the Cadets bombed the target consistently enough to sweep first, second and third in individual accuracy, the team trophy and the closest jump of the meet awards.

The Cumberland Farms Store, sole tenant in the condemned Lamb block, moved to the new location in Brooks block at 13 East Main St., Orange. A construction crew started work rebuilding the inside of the former Orange Grille. The two upper floors of the brick building will be reconditioned for apartments.

Blood donations at Athol Chapter, American Red Cross Blood Donor Day reached a record high when 235 bottles of blood, 10 more than the quota, were collected. One of the first persons to benefit from the donor day will be Mrs. Mary Meserve who is to undergo open heart surgery. Twenty employees of L.S. Starrett Co., where Mrs. Meserve was formerly employed, gave blood in her name.

The quiet hillsides and pastureland of the Tamkus Farm in Wheelwright were alive with the sounds of 235 Boy Scouts and their leaders at the Western District, Monadnock Council camporee. Boys from 11 troops and two Explorer posts chose campsites, and proceeded to set up tents and construct tables, benches, fireplaces and other necessary facilities.

Cross, Abbott Companies of Fitchburg and White River Junction, Vt., well known New England food distributors, have announced the grand opening of the new Trifilo’s Super Duper Market at Lord Pond Plaza. The new store, will have a staff of 38 persons, 32 of whom are from the Athol-Orange area.


The Athol Daily News is issuing an invitation to every homemaker — from brides to grandmothers — to share the profit, entertainment and inspiration of the enjoyable four-day cooking school, which will be staged in the Capitol Theatre. Homemaking equipment, useful gadgets and tested products will not be merely on parade, they will be demonstrated in actual performance and use. They will be analyzed and explained, step by step, so that every woman watching and listening will understand how to win greater efficiency from each product and mechanical servant. The explanations will come direct from an experienced homemaker, Mrs. Mabel B. Bowen, the Daily News’ presiding home economist.

The YMCA drive has gone “over the top,” with a final total of $10,026.49 reported by Alexander P. Johnstone, general Y secretary.

The need of good music in times of crisis was stressed as the second annual membership drive of the Athol-Orange Cooperative Concert Association got under way with a dinner for the workers. “We need good music now more than ever,” Leverett Wright, representative of the Columbia Concerts Corporation, New York, told the 45 workers present. “In times of approaching crisis the importance of music cannot be emphasized too strongly.” More than 400 memberships were reported thus far.

Varied types of musical numbers from dance rhythms to opera and from folk songs to church hymns were enjoyed by a large audience in the Orange High School auditorium as several hundred grade school children presented their annual musical entertainment.

So important are some of the products of Athol’s industries in gearing the nation for defense, that several firms here have been given A1A priorities on raw material. Among these firms are the Union Twist Drill Company, L.S. Starrett Company and the Athol Machine and Foundry Company.

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Athol, MA 01331
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