Times Past

1991

In his report to company workers for the first six months of the current year, L.S. Starrett Company President Douglas R. Starrett says the firm did not enjoy as good a year as it did a year ago. He stated a major reason for the decline was the performance of the firm’s Brazilian subsidiary, the star performer last year. Domestically, all locations are feeling the severe recession. In Athol, there have been layoffs, both permanent and temporary, affecting about 15 percent of employees.

Senator Robert D. Wetmore (D-Barre) announced that Orange has been awarded $12,900 in Performance Bonus Funds as part of the Massachusetts Small Cities Program grant by the Executive Office of Communities and Development. “The Orange Community Development Office is administering the Small Cities Program grant, which will fund housing rehabilitation and social service projects,” Senator Wetmore said. “The bonus funds will increase their total grant award to $464,507.”

The antique truck in front of the Homestead Restaurant was chosen by artists Barry Stebbing and Frank van Latum as their first of three Massachusetts paintings. The two artists have been traveling around the country since July 1990 painting three pictures in every state in the continental United States.

In keeping with its mission to provide cultural activity in the Quabbin Region, the 1794 Meetinghouse Inc. has formed a chorus and orchestra. The project titled “Quabbin Valley Pro Musica” will feature a chorus and orchestra performing classical and works of varying styles throughout the year.

Scott Marz of New Salem won second place in the shotgun competition at the 1991 session of the Massachusetts Junior Conservation Camp recently.

1966

Recently 43 boys from the Athol playgrounds went on an overnight campout at the Twister’s Fun Club in New Salem. Boys prepared their own meals over open fires and slept out on open fields until the rain forced them to seek the shelter of a nearby pavilion.

A gathering of 102 Scouters crowded into Tully Brook Inn’s two dining halls at a recent farewell party for Mr. and Mrs. Charles Malinowski of Athol. He has been serving as Western District Executive Officer of the Monadnock Council of Boy Scouts for the past three years, but is leaving to accept a similar post in the 17,000 member Narragansett Scout Council in the Providence, R.I. area.

Orange skeptics who frequently commented, “I’ll believe it when I see it” — referring to demolition of the old Lamb’s Block in Central Square — must now believe, the structure has been leveled. Demolition by American Crane Co. eliminated an eyesore from the center of town, but in so doing, a Central Square view of the old “Chicken Plant” off West River Street, is now possible and the view is not imposing. Selectmen have been seeking a way to raze the old brick structure for some time, the latest efforts coming when they recently visited state officials in Boston seeking permission to knock the building down.

Orange Selectmen expressed concern over destructive actions of persons who are creating time consuming, costly repairs and replacements for the town in general. They concurred in hopes culprits bent upon destroying what well meaning citizens, town departments and employees do for the good of Orange, may be apprehended and prosecuted. They suggested that citizens and parents take notice of such activities in their neighborhood and assist authorities by calling police.

Miss Norma Guertin and Robert Bassingthwaite were the first recipients of the Grange Seventh Degree Social Club scholarships which were awarded during the recent meeting held at Petersham Grange Hall.

1941

Athol went “over the top” in its aluminum drive, with more than two tons of kitchen utensils and other articles collected in the bin. Athol’s quota was approximately 4,000 pounds, based on one pound per family. Chairman Joseph H. Ellinwood has not received shipping instruction as yet from the state committee. In the meantime, he urges residents who find other aluminum articles they no longer need to dump it in the bin or call him.

Several thousand Grangers from Worcester and Franklin counties, accompanied by their children and friends, invaded the Athol athletic field for a day of fun and renewing old acquaintances. It was the annual field day of the Franklin-Worcester Pomona Grange No. 4, and it was estimated that approximately 5,000 people came here for the affair. Speakers included National Grange Master, Louis J. Taber of Columbus, Ohio, National Grange Lecturer, James C. Farmer of Keene, N.H., as well as several national and state officers. A variety of activities for both children and adults were held, including a baseball game, pony exhibition, tennis, swimming, horseshoe pitching, water sports, and a perennial feature, the corralling of a greased pig.

The Birchland Club, popularly known as “The Ranch,” held its annual feed and water carnival or aquacade on the club grounds in Orange, opposite the Orange Airport. Approximately 300 people witnessed the water sports in which a large number of youngsters took part, as well as Bernard Kelley of Athol, New England diving champion, who gave an exhibition of fancy diving. About 100 people attended the dinner, which was held underneath the pines near the Ranch buildings.

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