Mahar's Matt Jenks gathers in a rebound over a North Middlesex defender on Thursday night. Jenks contributed 10 points, 10 rebounds and three assists in Mahar's 52-34 win. Photo by Mike Phillips
FITCHBURG — In a matchup of two undefeated teams, Sam Paul hit a three to put Mahar up 3-1 to start the game off and the team never looked back, leading the rest of the way to defeat North Middlesex 52-34 on Thursday night. “With summer...
 Pictured is Christine Wheeler's Team USA jersey. Courtesy photo
ATHOL — Nick Wheeler of Orange began playing Dek Hockey at 12 years old at 202 Sports on Daniel Shays Highway in Orange. From there he got into refereeing and then started playing in tournaments up and down the Northeast. His wife, Christine...
Mahar's Sophia Apteker gathers in the rebound and puts the ball back up, completing the basket and drawing the foul. Apteker missed the free throw but brought the game to within two, down 19-17. Photo by Mike Phillips
GARDNER — The great UCLA head coach John Wooden once said “all of life is peaks and valleys” and that sure was the case Wednesday night for the Mahar girls summer basketball team. After not scoring for the first 11:30 in the second half, Mahar...
 Orange resident and artist Apryl Gaudet has created a 3-D summer reading mural for the Children's Room at the Wheeler Memorial Library. Above, Gaudet stands next to her son Blake, while holding her son Mason. (Related story on page 5)Submitted photo
ORANGE — Ed the Wizard will visit the Wheeler Memorial Library on Monday, June 26, at 2:30 p.m., for an all-ages performance to celebrate the start of the library’s summer reading program. The show, which is free, open to the public, and funded by...
 At the recent Beauty School Battles competition, Cheyla LaFountain, left, of Athol; and Thalia Garcia of Greenfield teamed up to win the Bridal division. School photo
TURNERS FALLS — Katie Sheperd, a senior in the Franklin County Technical School Cosmetology program, was reluctant to enter the recent Beauty School Battles competition, but when she did, she walked away with a top prize. “A lot of schools were...
 The Fraternal Order of Eagles, Athol-Orange Auxiliary #4545, is entering a new year, starting with the recognition of new officers. Pictured are Auxiliary President Vera Coupal and Aerie President Thomas Pace. Submitted photo
AREA — The Fraternal Order of Eagles, Athol-Orange Auxiliary #4545, is entering a new year, starting with the recognition of the following new officers:  Junior Past Madam President Jennifer Kittredge, Madam President Vera Coupal, Madam Vice...
Mahar's Matt Jenks gathers in a rebound over a North Middlesex defender on Thursday night. Jenks contributed 10 points, 10 rebounds and three assists in Mahar's 52-34 win. Photo by Mike Phillips
 Pictured is Christine Wheeler's Team USA jersey. Courtesy photo
Mahar's Sophia Apteker gathers in the rebound and puts the ball back up, completing the basket and drawing the foul. Apteker missed the free throw but brought the game to within two, down 19-17. Photo by Mike Phillips
 Orange resident and artist Apryl Gaudet has created a 3-D summer reading mural for the Children's Room at the Wheeler Memorial Library. Above, Gaudet stands next to her son Blake, while holding her son Mason. (Related story on page 5)Submitted photo
 At the recent Beauty School Battles competition, Cheyla LaFountain, left, of Athol; and Thalia Garcia of Greenfield teamed up to win the Bridal division. School photo
 The Fraternal Order of Eagles, Athol-Orange Auxiliary #4545, is entering a new year, starting with the recognition of new officers. Pictured are Auxiliary President Vera Coupal and Aerie President Thomas Pace. Submitted photo
ERVING — The special town meeting convened promptly at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Senior Community Center. Moderator Rich Peabody led in the salute to the flag. Approximately 25 people were in attendance with 17 needed to fulfill a quorum. All seven articles passed unanimously.  The town voted to...
Michael Leander, principal of the Athol Community Elementary School, is pictured after having his hair dyed purple in honor of North Brookfield Elementary School. Submitted photo
NORTH BROOKFIELD — In November 2016, the North Brookfield Elementary School (NBES) PTO challenged the Athol Community Elementary School (ACES) PTO to see which school could collect the most Boxtops clips between November and May. The Boxtops for Education program provides money to schools to be...
 Pictured is Christine Wheeler's Team USA jersey. Courtesy photo
ATHOL — Nick Wheeler of Orange began playing Dek Hockey at 12 years old at 202 Sports on Daniel Shays Highway in Orange. From there he got into refereeing and then started playing in tournaments up and down the Northeast. His wife, Christine Wheeler, who he met in college, would watch his games...
PETERSHAM — The Petersham Brass Band will begin its 2017 summer concert season on Sunday, June 25, at 7:30 p.m., on the Petersham Bandstand. Holding the baton as guest conductor for the first concert will be Stephanie Parker, conductor from the Orange Community Band. The band will be...
BOSTON — Four local law enforcement agencies have received federal grant funds totaling $515,809 to strengthen and enhance efforts to combat heroin and opioid abuse in Massachusetts, including prevention, intervention, diversion, enforcement and treatment. As announced Thursday by the Baker-...

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