Tuesday, March 06, 2018


William M. Kenney was recently recognized with a special achievement award by Postmaster Charles O. Winters of the Athol Post Office, for saving the life of one of his customers on his rural route. He received a letter of appreciation from Fire Chief Dennis Annear of Orange. Kenney found a customer unconscious and with little or no pulse, lying on the floor. He performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and notified the Orange Fire Department. Kenney is a 14-year Postal Employee.

Athol Police Chief John Lyons informed selectmen that the town may still be eligible to receive drug forfeiture funds in connection with two local drug raids in 1988. The properties were seized by the federal government and by law, the town is eligible to receive a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the properties or any settlements forthcoming. Settlements were reached in each case and Police Chief Lyons estimates the town may receive $24,000.

The Montachusett Council of the Telephone Pioneers of America recently donated 100 handmade bears to Officer

William Golding of the Orange Police Department as part of their Hug-A-Bear Program. A supply of the bears will be kept in the police cruisers to be distributed to children in crisis. Bears were also distributed to Athol Police and Fire departments, Orange Fire Department and rescue squad, Athol Memorial Hospital, Petersham Police Department, Royalston Police and Fire departments and rescue squad.

Gov. William Weld and key legislators were prepared to meet to work toward a new auto insurance system. Attempts to change the system last year ended in a stalemate, and the Weld administration now supports a compromise measure that was proposed by insurance agents and would let drivers choose between two types of coverage.

A wounded cult leader and his followers maintained a tense standoff with law officers in Waco, Texas, following fierce gun battles that left four federal agents and two cult members dead. The violence erupted when 100 federal agents stormed the fortified compound of the Branch Davidian sect to search for guns and arrest David Koresh, the cult’s 33-year-old leader.


March came in like a lion, dumping 6 inches of wet, heavy snow on the area. No problems were reported by postal, fire department, telephone or electric company officials. The storm held three young men and the car in which they were riding captive in a snowbank in Royalston. The three youths will face court action, charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Clean-up operations are underway at the Athol Mfg. Table Company, 151 Harrison St., following a fire which caused estimated damage of $15,000-$20,000 to the plant. A fire in the spraying room set off sprinkler heads in two work shops causing severe water damage. Finished and unfinished colonial tables and chairs were soaked. The water accumulated in the basement of the building where dried lumber is stored.

Robert F. Goulet, Kenneth A. Grace, and Steven J. Piragis became Troop 18’s 32nd, 334d and 34th Eagle Scouts at a national court of honor following a troop court of honor.

True Rice of North Orange, James Tatro of Ashfield and Christine Peck of Shelburne will head a fundraising campaign in Franklin County for construction of a state 4-H center in Ashland to accommodate 900 young people for conferences and meetings.

It’s a long trail over the hills from North Orange to Orange Center on foot, but not too long for a little old lady, more than 80 years old. An unforgettable sight it is to see Miss Ellen Nylander trudging the road, on one arm a large bag of bread for her dozen dogs, on the other arm a five-gallon can of kerosene. She was born in Karva, Sweden, and came to Orange in 1904 to live with a brother where she helped in the home and worked in various factories.

Vocational education, a matter that may have to be handled by the Mahar Regional School Committee in the future, was discussed at length at a meeting of the board. Expansion of the district to include grades K-12 would create a single regional committee and do away with elementary school committees, thus throwing into the lap of the regional board the problems involved in vocational education presently under the jurisdiction of the elementary boards.


Patrolman Francis Walker of the Athol Police Department was forced to assume the role of a cowboy when he was sent to catch a young cow that had eluded the owner. The animal, purchased at auction by Fred Judkins of Royalston Road, was being taken to the Judkins farm when it got away at Bearsden Road. It made its way to the B&M railroad tracks and headed west, shooed along by railroad employees. Someone at the Union Twist Drill Co. saw the cow and called the police. Walker pursued the cow to Main Street, where the cow did a little window shopping in Hobbs Drug Store, McCann’s Ice Cream Parlor, the Silver Front Cafe and Sullivan’s grocery. It caused a mild flurry of excitement.

The Socony-Vacuum Oil Co. of New York, has commended Austin W. Lunt of Athol, an officer on a tanker in the Pacific, for “heroic conduct” after enemy attack on the ship. The letter of commendation was received by his wife Ruth, as the seaman is still “somewhere in the Pacific.” Mrs. Lunt also received a cablegram from him, which briefly stated, “All is well.”

Much as it would like to, the Athol Board of Health decided it could not refuse collection of tin cans. Dr. S. I. Glaser, Athol salvage chairman, requested the board to refuse the cans in rubbish collections, which would, in effect, compel householders to save the cans through having no other way of disposing of them, excepting in tin can salvage collections or in private dumping lots.

Meat shortage in the Athol-Orange area was aggravated as OPA inspectors forbade local slaughterhouses to slaughter any more animals until further instructions because of violation of quotas.

Edward F. Haley was swept into office on the Orange Board of Selectmen in the election, defeating Albert C. S. Raymond, candidate for re-election by a vote of 747 to 449. Miss Miriam E. Martin, the third contestant, polled a vote of 305. A total of 1,524 votes were cast.

Miss Nancy Muzzy, 17-year-old daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Ivor P. Muzzey of Orange, has been chosen the Mt. Grace Chapter, D.A.R. Good Citizen by the Orange High School faculty. She is now eligible to become Pilgrim for the state, a choice which will be made later this month at a D.A.R. Conference to be held in Boston.

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