Times Past


Published: 12/2/2019 9:38:18 PM
Modified: 12/2/2019 9:38:14 PM

Santa paraded from Lord Pond Plaza to the town hall atop the Athol Fire Department’s ladder truck accompanied by Athol High cheerleaders and the Athol High School marching band. Several hundred youngsters talked with the jolly old elf.

The Athol Lions Club is spearheading a drive to raise money to purchase personal life safety signal devices for the Athol Fire Department. The devices, which cost approximately $100 each, will be worn by firefighters at the scene of a fire or emergency and will sound an alarm if the firefighter becomes incapacitated and does not move for 20 seconds.

Long and short term solutions for repairs to two bridges on Chestnut Hill Avenue were discussed by representatives of the Mass. Highway Dept. and project engineers at an informational meeting in Memorial Hall. Work is expected to begin in the spring on a temporary bridge to be constructed over the B&M Railroad tracks. The state is looking into making permanent repairs on both the railroad bridge and the bridge over Millers River and anticipates construction to begin on those projects sometime in 1996 or 1997.

Literary Volunteers of Orange-Athol has announced publication of “Trouble in Tandem,” a mystery novel by Cathy Stanton. Proceeds from the sale of the mystery, a sequel to 1993’s “Trouble in Tow,” will benefit Literacy Volunteers. A former director and coordinator for LVOA, Stanton conceived of the fund-raising idea last year. The holiday printing was a sellout and went to a second printing. “Trouble in Tandem” involves the Athol to Orange River Rat Spectacular, a missing canoe, a bank robbery, and evildoers from out of town.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. received the final license required for the go-ahead to build a retail store on East Main Street in Orange next year.

Miss Susan Hunt’s first grade class at Fisher Hill School in Orange is studying the changes of apple trees throughout the year. They tasted and compared different apples, then charted and graphed the results. The children culminated the apple unit with a visit to the Red Apple Farm.


Athol’s Red Raiders had been so busy preparing for the traditional Thanksgiving Day grid clash with archrival Mahar Regional that they evidently forgot to read the script that cast them in the role of underdogs. The Tool Towners unveiled a latent attack that swept the Senators off their feet by a convincing 36 to 24 margin.

The Mt. Grace Region and most of the rest of New England got their first real taste of winter as snow came to the region.

Snowflakes brought with them an encouraging first report of $44.15 contributed to date to the Athol Santa Claus Fund which has a goal of $700 to provide Christmas toys for all children.

Christmas activities have opened at Memorial Hospital with the construction of an Advent wreath on the front lawn. Several thoughtful persons combined their talents to produce the Christmas display.

Police are investigating additional reports of damage to windows by vandals with BB guns. Also under investigation is the theft of 30 bulbs from outside Christmas lighting.

The Orange Board of Health, in a recent capital budgeting session with the Planning Board, told planners the town must soon find a new site for a town dump, since the space at the Jones Street dump is rapidly being filled and the high water table precludes any future expansion because of recent enactment of laws on waterway pollution.

A Santa Claus fund was started by members of the Orange Fire Department to provide Christmas gifts for needy children in town. No goal has been established. Firemen said they will do what is possible with the amount donated, in the hope that no needy child will be left out when Santa comes to town. The Millers River Grange, now disbanded, conducted the community service for years.

Pfc. Bonnie L. Shufelt, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Shufelt of Orange, has been chosen the Outstanding WAC of the WAC Detachment, U.S. Army Garrison, Fort Devens for the month of December. Pfc. Shufelt took her basic training at Fort McClellan, Ala., and spent time at Fort Sam Houston, Tex., before going to Devens.


Postmaster Richard Mullen announced that it is now possible to send non-illustrated postal cards on personal or family matters to civilians in Greece, exclusive of Crete, Macedonia or Thrace. The postage rate for such cards is 3 cents, the same as in effect prior to the suspension of service in that country before the invasion of Greece. These messages are limited only to postal cards and no packages can be sent.

Prices advertised at A&P: a dozen oranges for 36 cents, 10 pound bags of onions for 45 cents, large loaves of Marvel bread for 12 cents and an 18 ounce spice bar cake for 21 cents.

Pvt. Edward Anoris, infantryman, son of Mrs. Agnes Anoris of Athol, was “killed in action on Nov. 10 somewhere in France” it was learned by his wife, Mrs. Myrtle Anoris. Besides his mother and wife, he leaves a year-old daughter, Nancy and two sisters.

Mrs. Charlotte M. Adams of Athol received a telegram from the Navy Department stating that her son, Robert Edwin Adams, seaman 1/c, is “missing in the performance of his duty and in the service of his country.”

Mr. and Mrs. Saul Camann of Athol received a letter from their son, Pfc. Herbert A. Camann, attached to the Fifth Army, who was previously reported wounded in action on Oct. 6, and from whom they hadn’t heard from in over a month. In his letter he stated that he is now in a hospital and his arm is in a cast. He was presented with the Purple Heart for wounds received in combat with the enemy in Italy.

A third oak leaf cluster to his air medal has been awarded to Second Lieutenant Charles L. Hallquist, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. Conrad T. Hallquist of Athol, for “meritorious achievement” while participating in bombing attacks upon war plants in Germany and upon Nazi military defense points and communication lines.

A booklet picturing familiar scenes in and about Orange and also snapshots of Orange people, which has been in preparation for the past month, was issued and will be sent to all service men and women of Orange as a Christmas greeting from the community.

Second Lieutenant Scott E. Alexander, 23, son of Dr. and Mrs. K. L. Alexander of Orange, has been awarded the Second Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal for achievement while participating in Eighth Air Force bombing attacks on vital German industrial targets, and on Nazi airfields, supply dumps and gun emplacements.

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