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  • Linda Knapp

Published: 10/21/2019 9:36:11 PM
Modified: 10/21/2019 9:36:07 PM

Athol D.A.R.E. Officer Christopher S. Casella recently visited youngsters at Little Tots Day Care Center. The children watched a video starring McGruff the Crime Dog and examined the police cruiser. The visit concluded with the students and officer having lunch.

Athol Postmaster Charles Winters recently swore in postmasters for Silver Lake School. Wee Deliver is a program of the U.S. Postal Service that encourages writing.

To observe Domestic Violence Month the North Quabbin Diversity Awareness Group is sponsoring a two-day workshop, supported by the Domestic Violence Task Force. Cooperating with the school administration, the group has designated a two day program which will address domestic violence for teachers and for students.

Police are searching for a 17-year-old male in leg irons who escaped from the Orange District Courthouse after he picked the lock on his handcuffs.

During Orange’s Celebrate The Harvest weekend, Orange firefighters provided a demonstration on fire extinguishers and kitchen safety.

Stephanie Brooks and Kris Paluk were crowned homecoming queen and king at a dance in the Mahar cafeteria. The queen and king and the court were presented on the Mahar football field prior to the Senators’ game against Ludlow.

Children in Ms. Deborah Taylor’s and Ms. Dolly DeFalco’s class at Dexter Park School recently tested wind vanes they constructed.

A crew of volunteers with trash bags cleaned roadsides, shorelines and beaches at Lake Mattawa recently. All manner of trash was picked up and carted away by Don LaBonte. Shop ‘N Save supplied volunteers with doughnuts before they went to work.

The Raymond School recently received a computer set up, complements of Cetto Real Estate of Athol. Raymond School teaching principal Margaret Drew said the additional computer and software will be added to a system donated in 1992 by Walter and Karen Chenausky, owners of Cetto Real Estate, three other computers and several System 80 pre-computers. “Our goal is to make students comfortable with new technology and to begin to develop computer literacy,” said Mrs. Drew.


Representatives of seven service clubs met with Athol Selectmen to explore possibility of an overall community improvement project which Chairman of Selectmen H. Thomas Colo said might include a Christmas lighting program in winter and a flower planting program in the summer. The club delegates, who appeared at selectmen’s invitation, agreed to ask their respective memberships for suggestions.

Eight boys, all juveniles, are scheduled for appearance in Athol District Court to answer charges stemming from two Friday night fires. The eight were arrested as the result of an investigation conducted by Sgt. Robert Jillson, Lt. Raymond Roy of the state fire marshal’s office, and Fire Chief Armand Dugas. They were released into the custody of their parents to await trial.

What’s the most popular or exciting group in Orange during the past 40 years? Ask any boy between the ages of 11 and 16 or even older and they’ll tell you – “Troop 40, Boy Scouts of America.” Drop by the Place at the Congregational Church or the hall at St. Mary’s any Thursday evening and be enveloped in the interest and enthusiasm of more than 80 boys learning the exciting and educational program furnished by the scouting movement as taught by an excellent and dedicated troop staff and committee. Scoutmaster Thomas Harty demonstrates an amazing calmness and savvy in handling the avalanche of eager young boys each week.

Mark Kelley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Austin Kelley of Orange, was advanced to the highest rank in scouting, Eagle, at the court of honor for Troop 40 at the Congregational Church in Orange.

Cub Scouts of Pack 44 in Orange will have a Halloween party at the Legion Home. It has been requested that boys attending come in costume with prizes to be awarded to the funniest, most original and most horrible.

Earl F. Harris, president of Rodney Hunt Company in Orange, has announced a wage and benefit increase for all employees. Improvements in wages and benefits include a 6 percent general wage and salary increase, payment of the additional cost for Blue Cross-Blue Shield, and a substantial improvement in the retirement plan.


Major Francis E. Carr, Adjutant General’s Dept., U.S. Army, former member of the faculty of Athol High School, has been awarded the Bronze Star “for distinguishing himself by meritorious service in connection with military operations against the enemy of the United States in France from August 10 to September 15,” according to word received by his mother, Mrs. Mildred A. Babbitt of Taunton.

Pfc. Henry M. Parker, Jr., USMC, has arrived home from a Naval Hospital in Hawaii, where he has been hospitalized for the past three or four months recovering from leg and arm wounds. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Parker of Athol, he plans to spend some time here with his family and also with his wife, the former Sibina Zockowski.

Mrs. Esther Darling of Athol, received a letter from her husband, Pvt. Robert Darling, now in a U.S. Army Hospital somewhere in England, telling of wounds he received in Germany on Sept. 25.

Mrs. Marjorie M. Carey of Athol, has received word from the War Department informing her that her husband, Pvt. Stanley W. Carey, was seriously wounded in action in France on Oct. 1, two days after his last letter was written to her.

The dedication of the Orange Airport was attended by an estimated 10,000 people and that huge place was alive with activity. It was estimated that at least 100 planes would attend the dedication, but due to the strong wind only 25 arrived. The Orange High School Band, under Malcolm Hall, gave an enjoyable concert from the large, specially constructed stand which had been erected and around which centered many of the activities of the day.

Pfc. Joseph Arthur Gelinas, 23, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Gelinas of Orange, has been killed in action in France on Sept. 21, according to a telegram received by his wife, the former Eleanor Superchi. Besides his wife, he leaves his 10-month-old daughter.

Eight hundred Germans, the remnants of the Aachen garrison, surrendered unconditionally and all organized resistance ended in the city and its suburbs.

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