Published: 1/2/2019 10:28:31 AM
Dec. 28, 1993-Jan. 3, 1994

It was a good Christmas on Main Street in Athol. Most local merchants reported outstanding retail activity right up to closing time on Christmas Eve. The general consensus was that Athol “appeared to be shopping in-town” as never before. Whether inspired by community loyalty or hatred of malls, the turnout was great and the merchants are grateful.

For the second year, the Athol Council On Aging sponsored a Christmas dinner, which was delivered to the homes of Athol seniors by Santa and volunteer drivers. Caterers George and Frannie Hodgson volunteered their services in preparing the turkey dinners and were helped by COA board members and friends. The meal was prepared at the Tully Lodge of Odd Fellows Hall and delivered to more than 70 homebound seniors on Christmas morning.

The Athol Santa Fund topped its goal with final donations bringing the total to $10,357. Through the generosity of all those who contributed large and small amounts, the Christmases of many needy children were made a little brighter this season.

While the Santa Fund, the Salvation Army Corps, Adopt A Family and other local projects make sure children do not go wanting at this time of year, there are adults and families with older children that go unnoticed with problems that can’t be solved by wrapped packages. In 1994 may our eyes open wider and our hands stretch farther and our giving increase throughout the year.

Carl Joseph Cartee, born Jan. 2 to Bonnie Jo and Brian Cartee of Athol, is the winner of the First Baby Contest sponsored by the Athol Daily News and area merchants.

Dec. 28, 1968-Jan. 3, 1969

A K-12 regional school district agreement between Athol and Royalston; temporarily bogged down on legal wording, will be presented to the two towns for approval in the near future. In his annual report, William J. Williams of Royalston, chairman of the Athol-Royalston Regional School Committee, said the agreement would formulate one system, one budget, one school committee and continuity of educational methods and increased state aid.

William H. Tucker, vice-president of Penn Central-New England, opened negotiations with the U.S. Department of Transportation on high-speed rail service for the former New Haven Railroad of which Penn Central is now the reluctant owner. Tucker is a former Athol resident who was appointed to the ICC by the late President John F. Kennedy. While Tucker was a commissioner of the ICC the agency approved the merger of the Pennsylvania and New York Central railroads, laying down the condition that the Penn Central would buy the distraught New Haven.

Gov. John A. Volpe has named John J. Melican, 52, of Worcester, to be special justice of Eastern Franklin District Court at Orange.

Dana Paul Sandova, born Jan. 1 to Pvt. And Mrs. John Sandova of Athol, is the Mt. Grace Region’s “Little Mr. 1969” and winner of the 34th Baby Derby sponsored by the Daily News and 25 participating merchants.

LaChance advertises. “New from RCA for 1969 Big-Screen Color TV”. Prices for the three different 23” models ranged from $495 to $625.

Dec. 28, 1943-Jan. 3, 1944

Mr. and Mrs. Seth N. Manning’s belated Christmas gift was a knock on the front door of their home in Athol at about 2 a.m. Usually people hate to be aroused out of sound slumber, especially in zero weather, but this was not such an occasion. Mrs. Manning, thinking it was a trouble call for her husband who is in charge of maintenance for the Athol Gas & Electric co., raised the window and called, “Who’s there?” “Hello, Mom,” came the reply, from a tanned, blonde boy in a sailor’s uniform. There was no more sleep that night in the Manning household for William F. “Bill” Manning, quartermaster, second class, of Uncle Sam’s Navy, was home from the war, home for the first time in about three years.

Eighty thousand units of the wonder drug, penicillin, have been released by Army authorities and rushed from New York to Greenfield in an effort to save the life of a 12-year-old Athol boy in the Franklin County Hospital. Henry Drozdal was taken ill on Christmas day and became delirious the following day. The boy has contracted a deadly streptococcus infection of the bloodstream. Following a number of injections of the drug, the boy has showed improvement. He is still very sick, but his mind is now clear and rational. Penicillin is generally not available for civilian use as it is sorely needed on the fighting fronts. Military authorities have a priority on all available supplies and only in rare instances have they released any amounts for private cases.

Judith Ann Barboza, born Jan. 1 to Mr. and Mrs. Anibal S. Barboza of Athol, is the winner of the 10th Annual Baby Derby sponsored by the Athol Daily News and Athol merchants.

About 100 attended the New Year’s party at Legion Hall, Orange. The affair was given by Orange Post, American Legion and its auxiliary. Dancing and refreshments entertained Orange Legionnaires and their guests from Edward H. Phillips Post and auxiliary of Athol. Music was furnished by the Miller orchestra of Erving.


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