The Recorder – North Quabbin Notebook: April 30, 2022

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Published: 4/29/2022 7:32:20 PM

Modified: 4/29/2022 7:30:53 PM

Orange Gun Club planning children’s fishing derby

ORANGE — The Orange Gun Club is planning a fishing derby for youngsters up to 14 on Sunday, May 1.

It is free and open to the public, and set to start at 9 a.m. at the club’s two ponds at 357 West River St.

Chuck Neveu, who is involved with the club, said the Hannaford supermarket donated hot dogs for the event and there will also be snacks and drinks. He said the first 200 children will get a dessert coupon to McDonald’s in Athol. Every child will get a prize, which will include fishing poles, nets and kickballs.

Neveu said the club will tag 20 fish when members stock the ponds and anyone who catches one of these fish will win $10. The Orange Police Department is sponsoring this aspect of the derby. Neveu also said the boy and girl who reel in the biggest fish will have their catches mounted and presented to them. Also, whoever catches the smallest fish will win the largest trophy.

Women’s Club accepting donations of baby clothes

ORANGE — At the April meeting of the St. Mary’s Women’s Club, President Mary Carey reminded members a baby crib will be set up in the church entrance between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day to receive donations of baby clothes and necessities to benefit Valuing Our Children. This project has continued for several years, with items collected going to charities that help mothers and children.

On May 14, the club will host a vendor and tag sale in the parish center on Cheney and West Myrtle streets. The sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Vendors should contact Emily White at 774-254-7500 or via the St. Mary’s Women’s Club Facebook page to reserve a spot and a table. Vendors will pay $20 for the table and donate an item to the raffle. Vendors to date include Scentsy, Pampered Chef, Color Street nail polish, Thirty-One Gifts, Pet Tags, and Perfectly Posh.

The Women’s Club will offer coffee, tea and cinnamon buns in the morning, and will operate a 50/50 raffle and a tag sale table with proceeds going toward the club. Tables with religious books and children’s books will also be included.

The club is also planning a June day trip to St. Anne Shrine in Sturbridge.

When club meetings resume in the fall, plans will be made for a celebration of the club’s 100th anniversary, as well as for the annual fair in October.

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