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Published: 5/25/2020 2:09:32 PM
Modified: 5/25/2020 2:09:28 PM

The North Quabbin Chamber of Commerce honored Aleza Beauvais and Douglas R. Starrett at the chamber’s annual dinner dance at the Ellinwood Country Club. Beauvais, owner of Doe Valley Deli and Bakery, was named “Citizen of the Year” for spearheading the creation of the Orange Arts Center in 1991 and for initiating many productive programs and activities as president of the Orange Business Association. Starrett, chairman of the board and CEO of the L.S. Starrett Co., received the Arthur H. Platt Economic Development Award for his “significant and permanent contribution to our local economy.”

The Air Force Band of Liberty “Symphonic Winds” performed to a packed house at Athol High School. The free concert by the Hanscom Air Field-based military band was sponsored by the Athol Daily News.

The Orange Water Department is a repeat winner of the annual award presented by the Department of Environmental Protection. The department won the award in the water supply category of a medium community (3,301-10,000 population) with a ground water system. OWD was the winner in 1990 and was a runner up in 1992.

Residents turned out at the open house held at the Orange landfill to celebrate the town’s being awarded the Massrecycle annual “municipal recycling award” for rural communities (population of 10,000 or less).

Fifty-three pilots flew in for the New England Aerobatics Championship held at the Orange Municipal Airport.

Students of Brenda Hall Schatz and Janice Goodwin Cramer will present dance recitals in the Mahar Regional School auditorium. The theme for Act I will be Hansel and Gretel and Act II will be All Aboard!, a lighthearted focus about traveling by train across the U.S.

Two baby bald eagles, born four weeks ago in the Philadelphia Zoo, have a new home in the Quabbin Reservoir. The pair of chicks, along with four employees from the zoo, flew into Orange Airport on a private plane, where state and area wildlife officials waited to transport the newborns to a nest in the Quabbin.

Barbara Walker’s first-and second-grade classroom at Warwick Center School are getting their garden plot ready as part of a garden unit they are studying.

Swift River Elementary School has a new technology lab thanks to a state grant which they applied for in partnership with Erving Elementary School.


By direction of the president, the Bronze Star Medal has been presented to First Lt. Charles R. “Rocky” Stone Jr., “for meritorious achievement in ground operations against hostile forces in Vietnam.” He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Stone, of Athol, and his is with a U.S. Army advisory team which operates in the Tri Tam District.

Fallout shelters, to be used in case of nuclear attack on the United States, have been designated in the local survival plan devised by civil defense and town officials. Persons north of Millers River will go to the L.S. Starrett Company; those south of the river to the Union Card (U.T.D.) Co.; from Millers River to the railroad crossing, the First National Bank, Athol Savings Bank, Memorial Building and the old Post Office. The shelters should be utilized only by those persons who cannot use their own home for shelter. Persons entering public shelters have been advised to take food, water and medical supplies with them as all shelters are not stocked.

Brush is being cleared and burned at the Lake Ellis Road site for the second housing project for the elderly. A crew of some 10 men was working at the site. Construction should be completed in about a year. The project will include five two-story buildings, each containing eight apartments.

The present pool at the YMCA, installed in 1911 and one of the first indoor pools in the area, will be replaced by a modern, regulation size pool, now under construction.

The Lo Lua Campfire Girls have launched a campaign to aid the pediatrics section at Memorial Hospital.

An undetermined amount of cash and equipment was taken from the Orange Airport administration building, now leased by Parachutes, Inc., in a break-in. It is reported that doors, locks and windows in five airport buildings had been broken or damaged.

The North Orange-Tully Community Church observed the 25th anniversary of its founding, four members honored for dedicated service. Gifts were presented to Roy Blackmer, Robert Gale, Mrs. Myrtha Gale and Miss Martha Blackmer by the Rev. Clifford Newton of Orange, a former pastor of the church.

Members of the North Orange Grange are continuing clean-up work at North Orange Cemetery.


The nomination of C. Edward Rowe of Athol by President Truman to the board of directors of the Smaller War Plants Corporation was approved by the Senate.

Troop 38 Scouts held its annual Mothers’ Supper and evening at the Y. The scouts and their mothers enjoyed a salad and hot dish supper. After the supper, a musical program was presented by Miss Irene Mikus of Springfield. Each mother was presented a carnation by her son.

Graduation exercises of the Adult Alien Education classes were held in the Junior High School on Riverbend Street. There were 10 nationalities represented in these classes, namely Austrian, Canadian, French, English, Scotch, Italian, Lithuanian, Polish, Swedish and Norwegian.

Pvt. David L. Upshaw, of Athol, has been listed among soldiers liberated from German prisons, who arrived at Camp Myles Standish.

Second Lt. Roger Spaulding, son of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Spaulding of Athol, has been liberated from a German prison camp.

Mr. and Mrs. Leroy O. Grant of Athol have received a telegram from the War Department informing them their son, Pvt. Eugene Grant, 34, U.S. Army, died in France on April 25.

The Orange High School Band has four parade dates lined up for the next few weeks — two in Orange, one in Northfield and one in Warwick.

Mrs. Sadie Maynard, of Orange, received a letter from Sen. Saltonstall, stating that he visited her son, Pfc. Emerson Maynard, in Hospital 48 in Paris, where he is confined with pneumonia since being liberated from a German prison camp.

Mrs. Robert Lefebre, of Orange, received a telephone call from her son, Pfc. Francis Lefebre. He had been liberated from a German prison camp, but his parents had no idea that he had arrived in this country. He told his mother that he could not tell her where he was, and could not give her any of the details, but that he would be home in two or three days.

Pfc. Harlan Bacon, 20, Orange High School graduate of the class of 1942, was killed in action on April 26 on the island of Luzon, according to a telegram received by his father, Russell Bacon of Brattleboro, Vt.

Meat-hungry Americans are eating into their future supplies of two prime substitutes. Unable to get the meat they want, civilians are turning to eggs and milk in large quantities. Serious shortages in these foods may develop.

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