Can and bottle drive for scholarships begins on Veterans Day in Athol

  • The Quabbin Regional High School Drama Club presents The Wizard of Oz on Nov 11, 12, and 13. THE QUABBIN REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA CLUB

  • The Quabbin Regional High School Drama Club presents The Wizard of Oz on Nov 11, 12, and 13. THE QUABBIN REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA CLUB

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Published: 11/8/2022 4:54:16 PM
Modified: 11/8/2022 4:53:49 PM

ATHOL — The Athol-Orange Eagles Auxiliary will hold a can and bottle drive for the purpose of raising funds to provide college scholarships beginning on Veteran’s Day.

The collection will run for three days starting on Friday, Nov. 11 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Eagles are located at 99 Hapgood St. in Athol across from Girardi’s Distributers. All proceeds will be given to a boy and girl each from Athol and Mahar High Schools for a total of four awards to deserving local students. Pick-up is available by calling 978-297-2386 in advance.

The Athol-Orange Eagles Auxiliary always welcome new members who are looking to make new friends and become involved in the community. Its meetings are held on the first and third Thursdays of each month at 7 p.m. and last approximately an hour. The Eagles are a dedicated group of “People Helping People” and strive to live up to that motto.

Cooking program tonight

ATHOL — The Friends of the Athol Public Library are sponsoring Cooking with Cristina Garcia: Cooking for the Heart at the library tonight from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The program is free and open to the public and led by Cristina Garcia of the Farm School. It will focus on reducing salt and keeping flavor while cooking and is not intended as medical advice.

Cooking for heart health can feel restrictive, but tending to our nourishment needs in a heart centered way can also be delicious and energizing, according to organizers. The program will include a demo (and tasting) of simple recipes and show tips and tricks to meet the prescribed diets you may be working within. The program will featuring local fall vegetables and explore low salt spice blends and cooking with whole grains.

Registration required and can be done by calling 978-249-9515 or by clicking The Athol Public Library is located at 568 Main St.

Drama Club presents Wizard of Oz

BARRE — The Quabbin Regional High School Drama Club presents The Wizard of Oz on Nov 11, 12, and 13 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 each and will be available at the door or by emailing Toni Brown at

Braised beef supper on Saturday

ATHOL — The Starrett Memorial United Methodist Church, located at 40 Island St. is holding a braised beef supper on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 6 p.m.

On the menu is a complete, family style meal that includes generous portions of “melt-in-your-mouth” braised beef, real mashed potatoes, brown gravy, a veggie, salad, home-made bread, and their famous home-baked pie, all for just $12. Reservations are required, will be accepted through Friday, Nov. 11, and can be made by calling 978-249-4012. Limited local delivery is available.

With the supper just days away, everyone involved is excited to have Fellowship Hall filled with guests partaking in great food, friendly conversation, and good company. Prepared and served by dedicated volunteers, the kitchen is overseen by ServSafe certified head cook Paul Maier Jr.

Following Saturday’s meal, the suppers will end for the holidays and resume in January allowing volunteers and guests to enjoy Advent and the Christmas season. Helpers will be back in the kitchen on the second Saturday in January.

The church, located at 40 Island St. in downtown Athol, is fully accessible using the Marble St. entrance. Additional parking is available in the Athol Public Library lot. For more information on church suppers, weekly worship services, or any of the many things happening at the church visit them on Facebook @StarrettMemorialUMC.

Tax classification hearing set

ATHOL — The Athol Board of Selectmen will hold the annual tax classification hearing with the Board of Assessors on Tuesday, Nov. 15 in Room 21 in the Memorial Building at 584 Main St.

“As required by Section 56 of Chapter 40 of the Massachusetts General Laws, as amended, the purpose of this hearing is for the Assessors to present the proposed tax rate for FY 2023 and the effects of shifting the rate,” according to a news release from Principal Assessor Lisa Aldrich.

The news release states that property values have increased by approximately 16% across all classes, due to the continued robust real estate market in the calendar year 2021.

Garden Club sponsors historical talk

ATHOL — The Millers River Environmental Center will host Cathy Stanton, a writer and anthropologist who teaches at Tufts University, and is involved in many local food projects for a free discussion on how farming and industry have been interwoven in the North Quabbin region for two centuries. The event, sponsored by the North Quabbin Garden Club, is on Thursday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m.

Stanton will discuss how farmers have adapted to change over that time span and what it takes for a farmer to survive in the present day.

Instead of a fee, Cathy has suggested that the North Quabbin Garden Club donate to a local food project. The club will donate to the Quabbin Food Connector in Orange, a recently created non-profit, according to a news release. Admission to the discussion is free.

Church’s baked ham supper cancelled

ATHOL — The South Athol United Methodist Church, located at 65 Morgan Ave., has canceled its baked ham supper that was scheduled for Nov. 19 because of COVID-19 among some of its volunteers, according to the church.

Fill Al’s Truck returns

ATHOL — Fill Al’s Truck returns to the North Quabbin area during the months of November and December.

Joy and Don Risatti are ready to receive nonperishable food items, personal hygiene items and financial donations for the local Salvation Army Corps and Family and Community Center. Drive-thru donations will be accepted on Sundays 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Athol Congregational Church, 1225 Chestnut St.

The Athol Congregational Church is again helping to reach out into the North Quabbin community as it encourages donations during November and December as part of a joint community effort to provide food and hygiene items for those in need.

Last year the Fill Al’s Truck effort collected almost one ton of food items! This year they will also help local schools and provide transportation for the collections provided by teachers and families of the Athol-Royalston Regional School District. For information about the drive-thru and collection contact Athol Congregational Church at 1225 Chestnut St. near the uptown common, or call 978-249-6202.

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