North Quabbin briefs: May 25, 2020

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Published: 5/24/2020 11:50:34 AM
Modified: 5/24/2020 11:50:32 AM
St. Mary’s Orange Women’s Club news

ORANGE — St. Mary’s Women’s Club in Orange, like everyone else, has been adversely affected by the COVID-19 changes in daily operations. The club has been unable to meet since March.

The club’s annual banquet and installation were postponed. The latest casualty is the planned day trip to St. Anne’s Shrine in Fiskedale, which will be postponed until next June. The Vendors Fair is also postponed.

One club activity, however, is progressing. There is a container in the rectory for donations of new baby and toddler clothing and equipment to help local pregnancy centers. These are collected annually between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, usually in the church. The rectory is open Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9 a.m. and noon. Leave items on the top step, ring the bell, and Father Shaun will retrieve the item, and visit at a distance. If you need another time to donate, contact Father Shaun or Club president Mary Carey.

St. Mary’s Women’s Club is an association of women organized to render helpful service to St. Mary’s Parish and the community, to promote spiritual growth and wellness, as well as to meet in the community with the women of the Parish. The Annual Parish Fair in October is the major fundraiser.

Orange Historical Society news

ORANGE — The Orange Historical Society will not be holding its customary Breakfast on the Porch fundraiser this summer, due to COVID-19 pandemic. This will severely impact the Society’s ability to care for and maintain the French Weymouth House on North Main Street, where its collections of Orange artifacts are stored. Right now the Society has also postponed its weekly open house tours of the building, as it would be difficult to sterilize and disinfect between tours.

The annual Memorial Day Program at Quabbin Cemetery was canceled, so the Orange Historical Society will not be making an appearance and receiving a stipend for participation. All of this adversely affects the Society’s ability to maintain the collection and the property, which are such a treasure trove of information about Orange.

The Society is planning to continue the annual fuel raffle, with modifications, probably limiting the prize to 100 gallons of oil or cash. More information on this raffle will be forthcoming.

As always, new memberships and donations to the Historical Society are important to ensure continuation of its activities. Check out the website www.orangehistoricalsocietyma.org, or call Kathy or Frank Schiappa, Sandi Eklund, Ingrid and Walter Pollard or Maureen Riendeau for information.

Athol High School records

ATHOL — All former students of Athol High School, born in the year 1997, have the right to their special education records, if they want them, by Friday, June 5. Due to COVID-19, those who would like their records should call Diane Billingham at the Office of Pupil Services at 978-249-2403 to arrange to get them. Records not picked up by the deadline will be destroyed.


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