Recap Of Week's Top Area Stories
Weekend, Nov. 7-8
Athol - Veterans’ Day services will be held by the Athol Veterans Council on Wednesday, Nov. 11.
Hannah Cardosa, 6, of Athol, found Mrs. Halloween (Megan Shaughnessy) and Tiffany Cruz, 9, of Athol, found Mr. Halloween during this year’s search for the Halloween pair in downtown Athol.
Orange - The town is seeking input on the prioritization of community development projects.
Honest Weight Artisan Beer LLC has been granted a pouring permit by the selectboard.
The Mahar boys’ soccer team was bounced from tournament play by Belchertown by a score of 5-0 on Friday.
David Lehmann, 9, a member of the North Orange Junior Grange, has qualified to participate in the public speaking event at National Grange in Nebraska from Nov. 12 to Nov. 15.
Area - Police chiefs in the North Quabbin area offered comment on the benefits of body cameras and the costs after the Erving Police Department recently purchased five body cameras.
Monday, Nov. 9
Athol - The 2013 Department of Elementary and Secondary Education report on the Athol-Royalston Regional School District raises questions on the part of the school committee with regard to a recommendation on district personnel exit interviews not being implemented.
The Athol Veterans Council will hold its annual Veterans’ Day observance on Wednesday, Nov. 11.
The Athol High School girls’ soccer team was eliminated from tournament play by Granby by a score of 4-0 on Sunday.
Orange - The American Legion Post 172 Veterans Parade was held Sunday.
The annual Veterans Walk will be held on Veterans’ Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11, beginning at 1 p.m., rain or shine; it will begin at the Veterans Park at Main and Exchange streets in Athol and end at Memorial Park in Orange.
Boston - A hearing will be held Tuesday to determine the fate of protected lands that lie in the path of the proposed Kinder Morgan natural gas pipeline project.
The House of Representatives recently approved a statewide “Stolen Valor Act” designed to prosecute individuals who falsely claim military credentials for personal financial gain and passed legislation prohibiting the unauthorized sale of veterans’ grave markers, requiring vandals to pay restitution for damaging or removing a gravestone, and providing free access for Purple Heart recipients to the state’s parks and reservations.
Tuesday, Nov. 10
Athol - The Athol High School girls’ volleyball team was ousted from tournament play by way of a three-set loss to Lee on Monday.
Over 400 Athol-Royalston Middle School students have signed pledges to end bullying as part of National Bullying Prevention Month.
New Salem - As a show of solidarity to towns including Northfield and Wendell, the selectboard on Monday voted to join the recently formed Municipal Coalition Against The Pipeline which opposes the Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline project proposed by Kinder-Morgan.
Orange - The Board of Health has begun hanging “This is a Smoke Free Area” signs at all municipally-owned properties in town, in order to enforce a regulation that became effective on Dec. 1, 2014.
Boston - Franklin County Sheriff Christopher Donelan is among the group of sheriffs endorsing a bill from Gov. Charlie Baker aimed at providing more tools to combat the statewide opioid abuse crisis.
Wendell - A program, “Be A Tree: Holiday Dog Safety for Kids and Families,” will be held on Sunday, Nov. 15, from 3 to 4 p.m., at the Wendell Free Library.
Wednesday, Nov. 11
Athol - Marine Corps League Pequoig Detachment 1168 hosted a 240th celebration of the establishment of the United States Marine Corps with a birthday ball held at the American Legion Hall on Tuesday.
Orange - Greenfield-based precision machine shop VSS is reaching out to help the 200 workers set to be laid off from Rodney Hunt Co., as VSS is looking to fill 30 positions over the next three years; however, its calls to the company have received no response.
An early morning fire today damaged a skydiving trailer at Orange Airport.
Phillipston - Because the town is responsible for repairs to the Route 101 bridge, it is seeking and getting answers as it tries to figure out how to pay for the repairs.
Royalston - The Royalston Community School on Monday commemorated Veterans’ Day with a brief program in the cafetorium; the guest speaker was Jim Barclay, a Vietnam-era U.S. Navy veteran.
Thursday, Nov. 12
Athol - The Athol Veterans Council held its annual observance of Veterans’ Day in Memorial Hall at the town hall on Wednesday.
The Athol Area YMCA has received a $10,000 grant from the Heywood Healthcare Charitable Foundation to support its Substance Abuse Prevention and Awareness Program.
Athol High School senior Emily Casella has inked a track pact with Assumption College.
Orange - A fire on Wednesday destroyed two recreational vehicle campers and a sport utility vehicle at the Jumptown skydiving facility at Orange Airport; it remains under investigation.
The new officers of the North Orange Junior Grange were installed at the group’s October meeting.
Phillipston - The selectboard on Monday voted for a single-tax classification.
Greenfield - The Opioid Task Force of Franklin County and the North Quabbin Region is co-sponsoring an upcoming workshop on the link between substance abuse and suicide on Dec. 4.
Friday, Nov. 13
Athol - The Maurices women’s clothing outlet at North Quabbin Commons held a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony this morning.
The 8th annual winter coat drive, sponsored by Mack Family Funeral Homes is under way.
Orange - The elementary school committee on Tuesday approved Superintendent Tari Thomas’ request to move forward in talks with the Massachusetts Association of School Committees, which has offered to overhaul school policies at a discounted rate.
Due to a procedural error in the filing of a permit from the state’s Alcohol Beverage Control Commission (ABCC), the owners of Honest Weight Artisan Beer will have to repeat a public hearing held on Wednesday, Nov. 4.
Petersham - Daisy Troop 64579 and Brownie Troop 64599, of Petersham, recently made “thank you” pictures for the veterans at Petersham American Legion Post 415’ annual Veterans’ Day dinner.
Greenfield - Franklin County Sheriff Chris Donelan will be heading to Washington, D.C., in December to lead a panel discussion on the reentry of offenders back into the community.
Boston - State Rep. Susannah Whipps Lee (R-Athol) on Tuesday offered testimony with a bipartisan group opposing the natural gas pipeline proposed by Kinder-Morgan and the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company.