Tuesday, February 27, 2018


The appointments of Deborrah L. Porter to the position of managing editor and Robert A. Perkins as operations director were announced by Athol Daily News Publisher Richard J. Chase Jr.

Porter was hired in 1988 as a staff reporter. Hired as an assistant pressman in 1963, Perkins has been with the newspaper for 29 years. Most recently he supervised the installation and operation of the new Apple computer network system, image setting and graphics now in place at the newspaper.

Ruth Starrett, 95, is nothing short of remarkable. She drives a car, goes to the grocery store, keeps up her home and bowls every week in the Ellinwood Ladies league at Lucky Lanes. The widow of Arthur Starrett has been bowling in the league for more than 30 years, having been introduced to the sport by her late daughter-in-law Janet Starrett when the league bowled at the former Bob and Omer’s alley on Exchange Street. Her fellow bowlers agree she is a “tough


“She’s not just here to bowl, she’s here to win,” team captain Joan Davidson said.

Despite being competitive, Ardelle Day said “she is dearly loved and admired by everyone. You wouldn’t find anyone nicer.”

The eyes and ears of cartoonist Bill LaRose of Athol are on alert. Beginning this week, his views will be transformed into cryptic characters to depict local, national and international issues.

LaRose, 27, has joined the ADN editorial staff and will bring his personal brand of humor, entitled “Tool Town Toons,” to readers on a weekly basis.

George Jones, president of Seaman Paper Company in Otter River, confirmed the company will lease space in the former Huntington Homes building recently purchased by Peter Gerry of town. Jones said the space will be used for warehousing paper products. “We already rent space in another building owned by Peter Gerry in the Orange Industrial Park,” Jones said, “but we need more space.” In addition to the warehousing operation, Jones said he will be joining several outside investors to open a paper converting operation in the facility.


One of the most successful Washington’s Birthday Hatchet Hunts sponsored by the YMCA was held with Leo McCarthy, 13, and Peter Paquet, 14, being the co-finders of the hatchet at 1:45 p.m. It was the first tie in the 46th renewal of the event. More than 300 youngsters took part. Prior to the start of the search, Troop 17 Boy Scouts entered the woods and built a log campfire to provide heat as youngsters arrived for the 9 a.m. start. It was a “Klondike” gold rush as the youngsters took off for the woods. Guides were posted along the route to insure no one was trampled on as girls and boys jockeyed for position.

Douglas Starrett, president of the L.S. Starrett Company and president of the YMCA, will head an action group for the expansion of the Athol YMCA. By vote at the annual meeting a committee was appointed to study possibilities of the present building and an addition to better serve needs of the community.

A select 35 students, the nucleus of a 100-member chorus at Athol High School, make up the concert choir gaining acclaim throughout the area. Initiated in November by the need of students who sing for the joy of singing, the concert group studies and masters spiritual and symphonic music, selections from Broadway shows and popular music.

The Orange Airport Commission, Carl H. Abrahamson, chairman, and the Orange-Athol Industrial Development District will formally enter into a lease agreement for land set aside for an industrial park at the airport. The contract will be signed at Athol Lobster House.

An eastbound freight train of 124 cars smashed into a panel truck at the Water Street (Orange) crossing. John Van Dyke of Whitinsville, operator of the Svea Bakery Products truck, was taken by Orange ambulance to Memorial Hospital, Athol, for treatment of chest injuries. The truck was extensively damaged on its front end and left side.


Sunshine, moderate temperature and a jolly crowd combined to make the 1943 annual YMCA hatchet hunt one to be remembered by those who took part. A group of over 250 boys and girls searched the Kennebunk woods area during the day and it was not until 4:01 p.m. that the glad shout of “I’ve got it,” rent the air like a siren in the dead of night, and the hunt begun at 9 a.m.

was “over.” The winner of the hatchet was Edward Theraux, 14. Phillip Burgess, 10, was the winner of the hunting knife. The winners of the two Defense Stamp books were Donald Cullen, 12, and Richard Rathburn, 14.

The official table of ration point values for canned and frozen vegetables and fruits will be distributed to Athol grocers this week by the Athol Post Office. The grocer must call at the post office to receive his chart. The OPA ration chart, which is about 24 by 18 inches in size, must be displayed by the grocer in his stores where customers can readily see it. The grocer must also post the point values on the commodities or near the shelves where they are kept.

Fifty Athol girls were guests when Themis Chapter, O.E.S., in cooperation with the USO sponsored a dance at Co. C 706th Military Police Battalion at Camp Athol. Music was furnished by Goodnow’s orchestra. Sandwiches, cake and cocoa was served in the mess hall following the dance.

South Royalston’s fire station, including all the fire fighting apparatus was destroyed in an early morning fire of undetermined origin, with an estimated loss of $5,000. Equipment that went up in flames included an engine pumper, a forest fire truck, 500 feet of new hose and hundreds of feet of old hose, Indian forest fire pumps, shovels, firemen’s coats, helmets and boots. Only one pair of boots and a shovel were saved. The two-story frame structure also housed the South Royalston Fish and Game Club and the South Royalston Boys’ Club. The Boys’ Club’s pool tables, mounted animals and other possessions were destroyed.

Fertilizers are so scarce this year that precious nitrogen preparations have been put up in special packages and labeled “For Victory Gardens or Food Production Only.” They are especially for the city Victory gardeners but the U.S. Department of Agriculture asks that they be purchased only when well rotted leafmold or animal fertilizers are not available in sufficient quantities. Nitrogen is a necessity in manufacturing ammunition.

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