Times Past: Oct. 21, 2020

Published: 10/22/2020 10:20:08 AM
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1995

Students in Debra Eastman’s fourth-grade class at Ellen Bigelow School dissected bones recently to learn more about bone marrow.

■Members of South Athol United Methodist Church gathered at the Lindgren Farm on Conant Road to say goodbye to two young goats, “Smokey” and “Shadow,” being raised for Heifer Project International of Rutland. The goats were purchased by the church school in the spring and fed by Rick and Charlotte Lindgren during the summer. The goats will join a shipment to families in an economically depressed area of New York State.

■Children of Temple Israel in Athol gathered recently with the Jewish community and their new religious school teacher, Lovey Cohen, to celebrate Sukkoth, a holiday of Thanksgiving.

■Newcomb Motors was the site of a recent KidCare program. The program, sponsored by Chrysler Corporation, provides emergency child information booklets including photos of the children and other important information.

■Mrs. Evelyn Trevors of Port Richey, Fla., formerly of Athol, recently visited Athol Memorial Hospital where she saw several high-tech items purchased with a $10,000 donation she made in memory of her late husband, Harry E. Trevors. Among the items are a pulse oximeter for the pediatrics unit.

■Bands marched, songs were sung, cheers were shouted. It was all part of the ribbon-cutting ceremony at Wal-Mart on East Main Street in Orange. The much-awaited retail store opened for business and a crowd of about 200 gathered at the store for the celebration. Wal-Mart donated thousands of dollars to local organizations.

■Jocelyn Songer, a senior at Mahar Regional School in Orange and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Songer of Orange, has been named a Commended Student in the 1996 National Merit Scholarship Program.

■The third annual Festival Weekend, co-sponsored by the 1794 Meetinghouse, was held at Hamilton Orchards. Family entertainment — country music to crafts, hayrides to clowns — were available free of charge. The weekend was a major fundraiser for 1794 Meetinghouse, which sponsors arts performances for the public and schools in the North Quabbin area.

■Members of Royalston Brownie Troop 144 recently visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. James M. Putney for a hands-on lesson about pressing cider. Using apples donated by Mr. and Mrs. Winston Neale and by Ted Neale of Royalston, along with those the Brownies picked a week prior at Red Apple Farm, Mrs. Putney and the children pressed more than 20 gallons of cider.

1970

Athol vocational students may be enrolled in New Salem Academy when the facility is reopened by the Mahar Regional School Committee as part of its school district. At present, there are 14 students enrolled in vocational schools, six in Greenfield and eight in Northampton. Greenfield Vocational School authorities have said they will accept no more Athol students, according to James P. Kelley, superintendent.

■Approximately $4,500 in damage was done by vandals that targeted the high school and the housing for the elderly project on Lake Ellis Road. The major damage to many windows at both locations was caused by pellets from a BB gun.

■A decapitated pumpkin man sits on a porch at 52 Summer St., Athol, much to the sorrow of four little boys who took advantage of the beautiful weather to prepare for Halloween. “Mr. Pumpkin,” the creation of a mother and four children ranging in age from 6 weeks to 4 years, sat in a big chair on the porch until someone made off with his head.

■Donelan Supermarkets Inc., of Athol and Orange have become affiliated with the Piggly Wiggly Corporation. Piggly Wiggly will provide advertising, custom-designed equipment and store decorative treatments. The corporation operated franchised supermarkets in 30 states. Donelan’s in Orange was established in 1930 by the late Francis E. Donelan. His son, James E. Donelan, present head of the firm, opened the Athol store in 1961. Donelan stores are being remodeled and redecorated for a Piggly Wiggly grand opening.

■For the first time in eight years, the Rodney Hunt Company of Orange has opened its doors to the business and banking community and general public in a week-long open house ceremony.

■The new Orange kindergarten program is now in operation. Some 130 youngsters are enrolled in double sessions in both Dexter Park School and Central Congregational Church.

■Orange selectmen received a request to consider changing the location of polls in the state election. Norman Batchelor said voting facilities at the town hall were inconvenient for senior citizens who have trouble walking upstairs. He requested that the board give serious consideration to moving polls to the fire station with the cooperation of Registrars.

■Army Staff Sgt. Roy L. Felton of Warwick, serving a third tour of duty in Vietnam, has added the Soldier’s Medal for heroism to awards of five Bronze Stars and four Army Commendation Medals for exceptional service.

1945

The total amount collected to date in the National War Fund drive in Athol is $7,785.65. Edmond Leach, Chairman of the Athol Campaign stated, “The committee is disappointed that the amount is only 58 percent of the goal set for Athol but we are in hopes many who contributed last year and have as yet not sent in contributions for this year will do so at once. This is the last National War Fund drive and it was hoped Athol would maintain the 100 percent record of all War Drives.”

■Mrs. Doris Chaisson Lamoureaux of Athol has received word from her husband, Pfc. Arthur S. Lamoureaux, now in France, of his award of two Bronze Stars, a Good Conduct Medal and a Combat Infantryman’s Badge.

■Pfc. William C. Hachey, Army Medical Corps, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph C. Hachey of Athol, has arrived home on a furlough from England, and expects to be discharged when he reports back to Fort Devens on Oct. 30. Pvt. Hachey left his Irish bride of eight months, Kathleen Kiernan of Dublin, to follow him as soon as she can get passage to the United States.

■Abe Garbose of the Garbose Brothers, owners of the York and Capitol Theatres, announced that a new theatre is coming to Orange. Wilfred J. Graves of Baldwinville will be tearing down the Wheeler property on East Main Street. Garbose stated that immediately following the cleanup of the property, work will be started on the new theatre building.

The original Wheeler residence has been standing in Orange for nearly 100 years. It was occupied for many years by the late Dr. Meecham. William L. Grout, one of the heads of the New Home Sewing Machine Co., bought the original house, constructed it all over and made it his home for some time. Mr. Grout erected a small shop in the rear of the residence, where his sons Fred and Charles made what was then known as “Lightning Tapioca.” Later the business was sold to the Whitman Grocery Co. and has eventually become one of Orange’s leading industries. The home was purchased in the early twenties by Perley Wheeler, adopted son of the late John W. Wheeler, who made considerable improvement inside and resided there for many years.

■North Orange Grange held another digging of potatoes and all together 65 bushels have been dug so far.


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