Three-year-old Zoey Macomber of Templeton gets ready to try her luck tossing a pint-sized bale of hay at the Harvest Festival held at the Red Apple Farm in Phillipston over the weekend. Entry fees of non-perishable goods or $2 per person went to the Gardner Community Action and Templeton Food Pantry. Photo by Mary J. Williams
PHILLIPSTON — Cold winds didn’t stop nearly 1,500 people on Saturday and 700 on Sunday from attending the Harvest Festival at the Red Apple Farm. Entrance fees were non-perishable goods or $2 per person. Saturday’s gate went to the Gardner...
Pictured are the members of the Athol girls' volleyball program. The varsity team finished the regular season with a 10-10 record and qualified as the 12th seed in the playoffs. Photo by Adam Lewis
ATHOL — In the seventh installment of a series detailing each of the fall sports teams from both Athol High School and Mahar Regional School, each season in review will take a look back at the defining moments, surprises and statistics of the 2017...
 The Mahar Senators girls' varsity soccer team finished the regular season with a 12-2-4 record, won their first playoff game against Pioneer Valley but lost 2-1 to the Southwick Rams. Pictured are the Senators' seniors, left to right -- Katie Cleveland, Sam Rowe, Elysha Bedard, Kianna Reilly and Hannah Paul. Photo by Mike Phillips
ORANGE — In the sixth installment of a series detailing each of the fall sports teams from both Athol High School and Mahar Regional School, each season in review will take a look back at the defining moments, surprises and statistics of the 2017...
The Athol girls’ varsity soccer team graduates six seniors this season. Pictured are the seniors of the Athol girls’ varsity soccer team, left to right—Amber Mahony, Kaitlin Baptista, Destiny Wrigley, Mercedez Young and Payton Parker.  Photo by Mike Phillips
ATHOL — In the fifth installment of a series detailing each of the fall sports teams from both Athol High School and Mahar Regional School, each season in review will take a look back at the defining moments, surprises and statistics of the 2017...
 Members of Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School's National Honor Society pose for a photo following the organization's recent annual induction ceremony. New members from local towns are Jake Wright of Athol, Tanya Valley of Phillipston, and Morgan Miller of Templeton.  School photo
FITCHBURG — Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School’s chapter of the National Honor Society held its annual induction ceremony recently in the school’s auditorium. The ceremony got underway with a welcome address by Eric Sanden, chapter...
Summer LaFortune of Winchendon, a 2016 graduate of Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School in Fitchburg, completed a course in phlebotomy through the school's Continuing Education Program. She is working in the lab at Heywood Hospital in Gardner, under the supervision of Julie Holly, left. School photo
FITCHBURG — Summer LaFortune of Winchendon, a 2016 graduate of Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School’s Dental Assisting program, didn’t want to be like many of her classmates who were working minimum-wage jobs and borrowing money to get...
Three-year-old Zoey Macomber of Templeton gets ready to try her luck tossing a pint-sized bale of hay at the Harvest Festival held at the Red Apple Farm in Phillipston over the weekend. Entry fees of non-perishable goods or $2 per person went to the Gardner Community Action and Templeton Food Pantry. Photo by Mary J. Williams
Pictured are the members of the Athol girls' volleyball program. The varsity team finished the regular season with a 10-10 record and qualified as the 12th seed in the playoffs. Photo by Adam Lewis
 The Mahar Senators girls' varsity soccer team finished the regular season with a 12-2-4 record, won their first playoff game against Pioneer Valley but lost 2-1 to the Southwick Rams. Pictured are the Senators' seniors, left to right -- Katie Cleveland, Sam Rowe, Elysha Bedard, Kianna Reilly and Hannah Paul. Photo by Mike Phillips
The Athol girls’ varsity soccer team graduates six seniors this season. Pictured are the seniors of the Athol girls’ varsity soccer team, left to right—Amber Mahony, Kaitlin Baptista, Destiny Wrigley, Mercedez Young and Payton Parker.  Photo by Mike Phillips
 Members of Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School's National Honor Society pose for a photo following the organization's recent annual induction ceremony. New members from local towns are Jake Wright of Athol, Tanya Valley of Phillipston, and Morgan Miller of Templeton.  School photo
Summer LaFortune of Winchendon, a 2016 graduate of Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School in Fitchburg, completed a course in phlebotomy through the school's Continuing Education Program. She is working in the lab at Heywood Hospital in Gardner, under the supervision of Julie Holly, left. School photo
Following the Thanksgiving Day game between the Athol Red Raiders and Mahar Senators, the Athol-Senators Booster Trophy, renamed from the Donelan Trophy starting this season, will be awarded to the winning team. The Red Raiders are on top 50-30-1 on Thanksgiving Day over the Senators and have won the previous three matches.Courtesy photo
ORANGE — When the Athol Red Raiders and Mahar Senators meet on Thanksgiving morning, two teams playing their best football to date will meet again for the 60th matchup since the school was renamed to Mahar Regional. “Going into this game, I’m pretty happy with the way both our offense and...
ERVING — On Monday night selectmen received an update on the purchase of a new database system for the town. Selectmen had questioned the cost of using a web-based version of the system versus an in-house server. Administrative Coordinator Bryan Smith explained the additional cost of the online...
ATHOL — Board of Health members were advised Tuesday the state’s Department of Public Health is requiring all cities and towns to conduct an emergency dispensing site drill in the near future. The drills are held to ensure that boards of health and other assisting partners, such as hospitals,...
 The Salvation Army, with assistance from 25 volunteers, held their annual Thanksgiving Food Distribution event on Tuesday. Those who helped throughout the day included, left to right -- Scott Bacheldor, Samuel Bulloch, Lt. Michael Buzzard, Ann Stevens, Beatrice Bowers, Luana Goewey, Kenneth Bowers. Photo by Ashley Arseneau
ATHOL — The Athol Salvation Army (SA) Corps kicked off the Thanksgiving holiday on Tuesday with their annual food distribution for families in need making sure people can make a Thanksgiving meal for their household.  “We had 198 families sign up, we’ve had over 30 families come to us after (...
NEW SALEM — A contentious hearing on Monday ended with the selectboard voting unanimously to apply the “nuisance” designation to two North Main Street dogs that must now wear bark collars between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. The dogs are at the center of a dispute between owner Deborah Stone and her...

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