Pictured is the Red Raiders' offensive first team practicing drills at Athol High School on Friday morning. The team practiced through heavy rain and less than ideal field conditions. Photo by Adam Lewis
ATHOL — Football season is upon us. The Athol High School varsity football team began practice on Friday afternoon amidst sideways rain and less than ideal field conditions. But regardless of the conditions, coaches and players were happy that...
Twenty-two horse riders made their way from Crimson Acres in Orange to NEECA in Athol on Thursday afternoon. The ride spanned across 10 miles, Daniel Shays Highway and Route 2. Pictured are the riders making their way into the entrance to NEECA. Photo by Adam Lewis
ATHOL — Twenty-two horses and riders made their way across a 10 mile pursuit from Crimson Acres Equestrian Center in Orange to New England Equestrian Center of Athol (NEECA) on Thursday afternoon. The ride stretched from Daniel Shays Highway,...
Above is a hickory tussock moth caterpillar. Area residents might have noticed a number of the critters on their properties in recent weeks, as the caterpillars are currently feeding on a variety of vegetation before entering into the pupa stage for the winter. The one shown was one of many on property owned by Mark and Julie Litchfield on Fredette Street in Athol. Residents are advised to refrain from touching the caterpillars, as they excrete a toxin which can, in part, cause a severe skin rash. Photo by
ATHOL — Mark Litchfield, of town, is advising fellow residents to be aware of a potential safety and health hazard — the hickory tussock moth caterpillar. At first sight, the white-furred critter with black spots inching its way along might seem...
The Starrett building on Main Street in Athol looked a little different in 1953. At the time, Hames Photo Shop, Sears Roebuck, Little Fols Clothing Store and Hamilton Shoe Store were located in the bottom floor of the building. Also in the building were the offices of Dr. Muzzy, a dentist, and Howard A. Bemis, an optometrist.  Currently, Athol Credit Union makes up most of the first floor.  Courtesy of Richard Chaisson
1992 This week the Singing Men of Athol turn troubadour and take their melodies across Vermont and New Hampshire as they join in the 39th Yankee Male Chorus road trip. Youngsters participating in the Athol Recreational Program summer playground...
n this 1960s photo, the children of Leo Chaisson play on the large vise that stood outside of the Athol Machine and Foundry Company for nearly 40 years after it was built for a parade in 1919. Left to right -- Carol, Linda, David and Janet.  Photo courtesy of Richard J. Chaisson
ATHOL — For many years an 8-foot tall vise stood as the symbol of the Athol Machine and Foundry Company, formerly located on South Street.   The vice was built from wood and tin in 1919 by company employees to serve as a float in the town’s...
Josh King, of Vernon, Vt., sits in his winning car after finishing first in the rain-shortened Granite State Pro Stock Series. Courtesy Photo
WINCHESTER, N.H. — Monadnock Speedway was back in action Saturday night with the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series and the Granite State Pro Stock Series for their annual JBH 100. Racing started early due to rain but unfortunately it still...
Pictured is the Red Raiders' offensive first team practicing drills at Athol High School on Friday morning. The team practiced through heavy rain and less than ideal field conditions. Photo by Adam Lewis
Twenty-two horse riders made their way from Crimson Acres in Orange to NEECA in Athol on Thursday afternoon. The ride spanned across 10 miles, Daniel Shays Highway and Route 2. Pictured are the riders making their way into the entrance to NEECA. Photo by Adam Lewis
Above is a hickory tussock moth caterpillar. Area residents might have noticed a number of the critters on their properties in recent weeks, as the caterpillars are currently feeding on a variety of vegetation before entering into the pupa stage for the winter. The one shown was one of many on property owned by Mark and Julie Litchfield on Fredette Street in Athol. Residents are advised to refrain from touching the caterpillars, as they excrete a toxin which can, in part, cause a severe skin rash. Photo by
The Starrett building on Main Street in Athol looked a little different in 1953. At the time, Hames Photo Shop, Sears Roebuck, Little Fols Clothing Store and Hamilton Shoe Store were located in the bottom floor of the building. Also in the building were the offices of Dr. Muzzy, a dentist, and Howard A. Bemis, an optometrist.  Currently, Athol Credit Union makes up most of the first floor.  Courtesy of Richard Chaisson
n this 1960s photo, the children of Leo Chaisson play on the large vise that stood outside of the Athol Machine and Foundry Company for nearly 40 years after it was built for a parade in 1919. Left to right -- Carol, Linda, David and Janet.  Photo courtesy of Richard J. Chaisson
Josh King, of Vernon, Vt., sits in his winning car after finishing first in the rain-shortened Granite State Pro Stock Series. Courtesy Photo
The Petersham Broadband Municipal Light Plant Board met on Wednesday to discuss the current status of the broadband network that will be built in town. It was announced that the project is ahead of schedule and they are now waiting on approval of pole applications from Verizon. Left to right -- Chip Bull, Greg Grandbois, Chris Lynch of Matrix Designs, John Blum, Nancy Allen. Photo by Ashley Arseneau
PETERSHAM — The Broadband Municipal Light Plant Board (BMLPB) announced at their Wednesday night meeting that they have received the pole attachment agreement from Verizon. At their last meeting, BMLPB member John Blum was appointed to serve as the board’s liaison to the utilities. On Wednesday...
PHILLIPSTON — At the selectmen’s meeting Tuesday, Gordon Tolman told the board that he felt there was a conflict between the town’s personnel policy and labor laws. He said one employee is not filling out a time card. Tolman said this should be public record. Discussion took place clarifying...
Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, and State Rep. Susannah Whipps met with Warwick selectmen to sign the Community Compact agreement with the town Wednesday afternoon at the Warwick Town Hall. Through the state program the town will receive a grant of $25,000 to use towards a study to find an alternative way to fund the Warwick Community School and the greater Pioneer Valley Regional School District. Left-to-right -- Selectwoman Dawn Magi, selectboard chair Lawrence "Doc" Pruyne, Ros
WARWICK — With the flick of a few wrists Warwick became the 296th town to sign onto the Community Compact agreement Wednesday afternoon, just a short while after their neighbor to the west Northfield did the same.  The Community Compact was the first executive order signed by Gov. Charlie Baker...
Scientists are warning those planning on watching Monday’s eclipse not to stare directly into the sun. Not only can the exposure cause cataracts and cancer, it can also lead to a little-known after effect — the release of a highly toxic poison that can cause blindness.
ORANGE — An estimated $5 to $5.5 million in state funding will support major property improvements to two affordable housing complexes on East River Street, King James Court for seniors and Pine Crest Apartments for families. Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday announced the awarding of $72 million in...

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