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Rat Race workers enjoy pancake breakfast

  • Above, workers at the annual River Rat Pancake Breakfast held at the Athol Congregational Church; below, World War II pilot Capt. Vincent J. “Bill” Purple, a Petersham resident, poses with the River Rat mascot during the pancake breakfast at the Athol Congregational Church Saturday morning. DEBORRAH PORTER/ATHOL DAILY NEWS

  • World War II pilot Capt. Bill Purple poses with the River Rat mascot during the pancake breakfast at the Athol Congregational Church Saturday morning. DEBORRAH PORTER/ATHOL DAILY NEWS



Sunday, April 15, 2018

ATHOL — Workers at the annual River Rat Race Pancake Breakfast hosted by the Athol Hospital Auxiliary and “Spirit in Motion” Relay for Life team from the Athol Congregational Church kept the hot pancakes and sausages coming for the dozens of people who walked through the doors of the church Saturday morning.

Among those taking advantage of the fluffy treats were people racing in the annual Big Cheese 5K, those getting ready to march in the River Rat Parade and families celebrating the festive weekend tradition.

A large River Rat circulated among the crowd, delighting the children and entertaining the adults. Among them was Bill Purple, World War II veteran, who flew a B-17 plane in the war. Dressed in his military finery, he was in stark contrast with the River Rat sporting a racing T-shirt.

Coffee and orange juice flowed as folks greeted one another and chatted about the weather and each other’s families, sitting around tables decorated with brightly colored spring flowers.

Proceeds will again benefit the Relay For Life team.


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