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VOL: CCCXXXII No. 9 Serving the North Quabbin Region Since 1934
Athol - Orange - Royalston - Phillipston - Petersham - New Salem - Erving - Wendell - Warwick
Tuesday, October 13, 2015

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6/17/2014 11:28:00 AM
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Orange school superintendent David P. Bramhall told school committee embers that a computer glitch has plummeted the school system accounting system back to the 19th century. Joan Sahagian has been making entries by hand while the company that supplied the software tries to puzzle out the problem.

Antique steam, gas and machinery buffs from as far away as New Jersey and Canada will gather the weekend of June 24-25 at the Orange Municipal Airport for the 13th Yankee Engine-uity in Action sponsored by the Central Massachusetts Steam, Gas and Machinery Association.

Phillipston selectmen have scheduled a Proposition 2 1/2 override election to balance the 1990 budget. Voters will decide on a request for $78,000 in tax revenues plus two debt exclusions questions. $17,500 for purchase of a new police cruiser and the borrowing of $8,300 to repair the roof on Memorial School.

The National Center for Disease Control and the State Department of Public Health have been asked to investigate a claim that three persons, all employees of the L.S. Starrett Co., have contracted Lou Gehrig's disease.

Royalston selectmen declined to ban swimming at Doane's Falls after being presented with a petition signed by 721 people calling for moves to prohibit swimming at the falls and "make safe the area."

Wendell voters will go to the polls to express their preference in a Proposition 2 1/2 override of $19,998 to fund the fiscal 1989-90 budget of $889,694.


The Athol public works commission accepted a high bid of $2,560.74 from Curtis Lumber Co., of Hubbardston to buy 134,000 board feet of standing timber in the Newton Reservoir Watershed.

Beaches at Lake Ellis and Silver Lake opened Monday, according to Public Works Superintendent M. Anthony Casella.

Baseball's revival at Fish Park, where early games in the new twilight-fun league took place was short-lived on order of public works commissioners acting on a complaint of one resident in the immediate area. Future league games will be played at Silver Lake Park. Complaints of broken windows, damage to a television set and the danger of children being injured were cited as reasons for ruling against further hardball action at Fish Park.

The Erving Tax rate for 1964 is $76, up $4 from last year's rate of $72.

Fire at the Orange Town Dump raged out of control. Firefighters at the scene called for more help shortly after noon. The blaze spread into surrounding woods.

Erving firefighters were aided by a State Forest fire truck to put out a brush fire near Ma Alden's restaurant on Route 2.

Firefighters continued a battle to stamp out hot spots in a forest and brush fire that blackened more than 200 acres in the Bearsden sector.

Mahlon W. Farman elementary principal at Central School, Williston, Vt., has accepted the position of Athol elementary school supervisor. He will succeed Fred E. Lawton as supervisor of 1,250 pupils in grades 1-6 at a salary of $8,500 plus $480 for travel.

Phillipston highway department workers with at least 30 weeks employment will get one week of paid vacation annually under vote of the town in special town meeting.

Athol Fire Chief Mervin L. Perley said that he is in the process of making estimates of the cost of the Bearsden  Area fire which has kept the department on constant alert for the past six days. All hose has been pulled out of the woods and it appears that several hundred feet of the nearly 5,000 used has been destroyed.

Twenty Royalston voters approved appropriations totaling $6,965.65 to pay expenses of the May 9 and 10 forest fire near the Athol-Royalston line which burned an estimated 300 acres.


Three persons trapped by smoke in the upper story of a tenement of 989 Main St., Athol were rescued by firemen during a fire that caused damage estimated by Fire Chief Ernest L. Smith at $500.

Early morning showers relieved the burnt law situation and the forest fire hazard to the extent of .72 inches of rain according to a reading of the Athol Water department.

Nine persons received injuries when two automobiles collided on Route 2 in Orange, east of Wendell Depot. The two vehicles were badly damaged.

Ralph Freeman, 17-year-old cyclist extraordinary of 428 South Main St., Orange left his home for Washington, D.C., astride his bicycle. He expects to be away for two weeks, during which time he not only will visit Washington, but will also stop for a visit with relatives in Arlington, VA. Freeman recently set a new cycling record from Orange to Brattleboro, Vt.

Announcing Camp Wiyaka as ready for its opening July 1, Alexander P. Johnstone, executive secretary of the Athol YMCA told of some of the work done there to repair hurricane damage.

Forest fire raged over nearly four acres of slash and down timber in Warwick on the Jennings lot owned by New England Box company near the Northfield-Winchester town lines. More than 100 fire fighters were called to the blaze.

Survey of the mosquito menace is the aim of a project in which the Athol board of health is cooperating with the State Department of Public Health to enlist townspeople as voluntary collectors.

There was some terrific cackling at Willard S. Vaughan's poultry farm on Baldwin Hill Rd., Phillipston yesterday afternoon. When Mrs. Vaughan went out to investigate, she discovered that one of the hens had laid the biggest egg ever seen on the premises. It tilted the scale at a quarter of a pound and measured eight inches around the long circumference and six inches around the girth.

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