Times Past


The L.S. Starrett Company has announced purchase of the assets of Herald Engineering Equipment Ltd., located in Skipton, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom. The company manufactures a range of optical profile projectors for engineering and other applications. The L.S. Starrett Company has plants based in the United States, Scotland and Brazil and is a world leader in the field of precision measuring tools, hand tools and saw blades mainly for metal cutting applications.

A measure allowing 911 emergency telephone officials to see instantly where callers live won overwhelming preliminary approval in the House’s opening session. Legislators debated amendments to the enhanced 911 bill for four hours, but the measure passed by a vote of 133-11.

K-9 Xalk of the Orange Police Department purchased a bulb from Pioneer Junior Women’s Club member, Shirley Page, to be placed on the Yuletide tree on the property of Dexter Precision in memory of K-9 Chipper and K-9 Champ. Proceeds from the bulb sales will benefit the Orange Santa Fund.

First grade students at the Silver Lake School presented short plays, poems and songs for senior citizens at the Athol meal site recently as part of their Thanksgiving studies.

Athol Savings Bank President Leonard E. King announced that the bank has filed an application for permission to establish a branch office at 1499 Main St., Athol.

The Habit Management Institute in Boston is the busiest methadone clinic in the state. Some 500 people pass through its doors every day for a dose of the drug that staves off the powerful craving for heroin. The clinic is privately owned and turns a profit. Many of its clients are middle-class and pay for their doses the same way they buy bread. They pay $105 a week for methadone and counseling. With an estimated 40,000 intravenous drug-users in Massachusetts, a methadone clinic seemed like a sure-fire success to clinic founder and social service worker Lenny Kupsc.


Mahar Regional, their defense superb, defeated Athol 6-0 Thanksgiving morning in the 30th renewal of the gridiron rivalry. Underdogs in most everybody’s book prior to the opening kickoff, the Senators dominated play, led by junior center Rick Hawkes. With an estimated 5,500 fans looking on, the two elevens fought to a scoreless deadlock until late in the fourth period when Mahar’s Ed Prondecki smashed over center from a yard out for the only score of the game.

Thanksgiving came early for 12 patients in the pediatric wing at Memorial Hospital. On Wednesday afternoon the children turned the hospital room into a holiday wonderland when they decorated for their party under the supervision of Miss Dorothy Forster, head nurse, Margaret Gilbert, pediatric nurse and Nancy Gray LPN. Tiny pinecone turkeys were made by the children. They also played several games, sang songs and participated in a candy hunt.

Children meeting Santa Claus at the Orange Town Hall steps numbered 550, a considerable attendance. The portly gentleman floated by parachute to earth at the Little League Field. A fire truck taxied Santa Claus from the field to uptown.

Athol Grange and Grange members from Cape Cod to the Berkshires honored Frank H. Nelson Sr., of Athol, newly elected master of the Massachusetts State Grange, at a surprise testimonial with 278 persons present.

A “GI Prayer,” written by 13-year-old Karen Joyce Lawton, of Athol, for the First Infantry Division Christmas in Vietnam, has drawn praise from Brig. Gen. Stanley G. Surgner, a division veteran, handling the mailing of cards and letters to the infantry.

Irene and Carolyn Rice, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. True B. Rice of North Orange, have been chosen for the state 4-H vegetable judging team at the National Junior Horticultural Association meeting at Cincinnati, Ohio. Carolyn has completed seven years and Irene six years of 4-H club work. Both are students at New Salem Academy.


A sunrise Thanksgiving service was held by the Christian Endeavor Society of the Athol Congregational Church. Special features of the service were glockenspiel solos by Miss Rita Lego and trumpet selections by Allyn Washburn.

A large crowd attended the annual Athol Firemen’s Relief Association dance held in Memorial Hall. The event included a concert followed by dancing. Tony Brown’s 11 piece orchestra from Concord, N.H., furnished the music. Money from the sale of tickets assists the association in caring for sick and injured firemen.

Twenty students have been registered in the course in shop mathematics being held at Athol Junior High School. There will be eight classes conducted for an hour and a half every week by Theodore Berard. This is a course for every man who needs a good working knowledge of mathematics as applied to practical shop problems.

Five students of the Athol-Orange flying service received their private pilot licenses this past week and another passed the written part of his private pilot’s examination. The tests were conducted by Inspector Royce Kunze of the Boston office of the civil aeronautics authority.

Nearly 800 pieces of sheet music have been added to the Athol Public Library in a special music library titled “Young America’s Music.” The new musical volume is prepared primarily for children.

An appeal has been launched by the Athol Chamber of Commerce for funds to continue Christmas lighting in the business district. Every citizen of the town who is interested in seeing the lighting continued has been asked to contribute.

Athol firemen again this year will repair broken toys for presentation to underprivileged children on Christmas. Firemen from both stations will take contributions of damaged or discarded toys from townspeople, and will repair and paint them in their spare time.

President Roosevelt told a press conference he would look with disfavor on a sales tax to raise additional revenue for the defense program.

Athol Daily News

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Athol, MA 01331
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