Times Past

  • Attendees at the Athol Bi-centennial Ball, which was printed January 1962, included left to right — Jim and Millie Deleo; Eleanor and Ed Cetto; Bob and Doris LeBlanc; Barbara and George Fiske Jr. (rear); Rita and Howard Blanchard; Betty and Richard Gagnon; Evelyn “Babe” and Larry Blanchard; Marguerite and Lionel “Lattie” Lattinville. Athol Daily News/File Photo

Published: 7/29/2019 9:40:18 PM
Modified: 7/29/2019 9:40:12 PM

Thirty-eight newspaper carriers were honored at the eighth annual Athol Daily News carrier’s meeting held at the Ellinwood Country Club recently. Kevin Kaczmarczyk was honored as Carrier of the Year and Ray Marquis was honored as having been a Daily News paper carrier for the greatest number of years, nine.

Athol Superintendent Alan Hodgdon told the school committee he is negotiating a lease of the CDC Center at Our Lady Immaculate Church to be used for kindergarten. The $13,000 figure for the rental including heat, lights and custodial work, will come out of $20,000 originally budgeted for modular units. The remaining money will be used for Middle School remodeling.

Paul Hastings was presented an award for service 60 years in the Orange Community Band. The plaque was presented by president of the community band, John Tandy, at the band concert held in Orange Town Park on Friday evening.

Competitive pricing, a full line of grocery items and good service are features of Al’s Corner Grocery, newly opened, at 58 South Main St. Al Livingston, co-owner of the store which was formerly Carroll’s Market, said he hopes to bring the store up to what it was when it was Carroll’s Market. The store has had several owners over the past several years, and he said recent owners did not have a deli, and very little meat or produce. Including these items as well as competitive pricing will make it easy for local people to shop here, he said. Future plans include buying the building which they are renting with an option to buy, as well as expanding services to include local delivery and soft-serve ice cream. Livingston has 20 years experience in the grocery business and owns Al’s Convenience store in Northfield.

Extending the sewer line on East Main Street topped a wish list discussed in anticipation of receiving funds from Wal-Mart, which is planning to construct a 75,000-square-foot retail store on Route 2A in Orange. Members of the planning board and conservation commission met with selectmen to consider how the money could best be used in town. Orange is in the process of applying for grant funds for the sewer project.


“Colonel Sanders of Kentucky” will open one of his Kentucky fried chicken stores on the corner of Marble and Exchange streets about Nov. 1, according to franchise-holder and owner Neil Moss of Boston. According to Moss, the restaurant will employ about 20 local people and will have eight tables. Much of the business is expected to be “take-out.” The Colonel has famous Kentucky recipes for roast beef, ham sandwiches, beverages, salads, and desserts, in addition to chicken, Moss said.

Four men and one woman from Athol recently completed basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. Airman Leonard H. Schmidtchen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold E. Schmidtchen of Athol, and Airman Dennis E. Gallant, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alcide E. Gallant, have been assigned to Keesler AFB, Miss., for training in the air traffic control field. Airman Kevin J. Williams, son of Mr. and Mrs. Simon M. Williams, has been assigned to Ft. Lee, Va., for training as a food services specialist. Airman David R. Anderson, son of T/Sgt. And Mrs. Ronald D. Anderson, has been assigned to Sheppard AFB, Tex., for training in the cryptographic field. Airman Victoria J. Gordon, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Glen Gordon of Athol, has been transferred to Lowry AFB, Colo., for nine weeks of technical school training in inventory management specialization — computer programming.

The Carnival to aid the fight against muscular dystrophy, held at Orange Town Park, was a success, according to ringmaster Dale McLean and Alan Prouty, treasurer. The neighborhood event, netted $60.

Bruno DaPaola of Bressanone, Balzano, Italy, will make his home with Atty. And Mrs. Delbert A. Witty of Orange, while he is a student attending Mt. Hermon School for Boys in Northfield. Both he and the Wittys’ son, John, will be seniors.

A precious bit of soil dug from beneath the moon’s surface begins a long series of tests to determine whether it contains any biologically harmful bacteria. The material was taken from one of two core sampling tubes that Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. pushed five inches deep in lunar soil while he and Neil A. Armstrong explored the moon July 20. The results will help determine whether Armstrong, Aldrin and their flying companion, Michael Collins, can be released from the quarantine lab on Aug. 11 as planned.


Louis’ Café, 350 South St., Athol, will be closed from Sunday night to Thursday for renovation and will be open Thursday morning under a new management.

Athol tobacco dealers said that no further rationing of cigarette sales is contemplated in the face of growing shortages, and drastic restrictions in other communities although it has been some time since leading brands have been sold by the carton. Several dealers are restricting package sales but such action is taken at the discretion of the dealer.

“The White Cliffs of Dover”, starring Irene Dunne, opened at the York Theatre.

Mrs. Ethel L. Bacon of Athol, received a telegram from the War Department informing her that her eldest son, John Bacon, aviation radioman 2/c U.S. Navy, was missing at sea. He entered the service two years ago April and has been overseas since last October. He was graduated from Athol High School in the class of 1941 and later worked at the W.H. Killay and Co. newsroom and the L.S. Starrett Co., before entering the service.

Pvt. Winston (Pint) Lawson of Orange, who has been a prisoner of war of the Japanese since the fall of Bataan, has succeeded in getting a radio message through to the Ivar Lawson family in Orange. A government telegram was received later and since then another has followed confirming its authenticity, from the Red Cross. Pvt. Lawson is 26 and was among the first to enlist from Orange. He has never been informed of the sudden death of his mother, which occurred on Feb. 28. Another Orange man who was taken prisoner at the same time was Staff Sgt. Charles Harris, son of Mrs. Raymond C. Harris.

Don’t miss Bing Crosby in “Going My Way” at Orange Theatre this week.

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