Recap Of Week's Top Area Stories
Weekend, Nov. 14-15
Athol - A Global People’s Climate March will be held Sunday, Nov. 29, from 1 to 2 p.m., beginning at the uptown common.
Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Charles Stone spoke to students at Riverbend School during a Veterans’ Day observance held at the school.
Orange - The Mahar Regional School Committee recently reviewed the timeline for the upcoming budget process.
A group in Orange will be hanging scarves around town in early December for those in need to take free of charge.
The Mahar Senators football team lost to Pittsfield 20-18 on Friday night; Clay Richardson went down with an ankle injury and will likely miss the Thanksgiving Day game against the Athol High School Red Raiders.
Monday, Nov. 16
Athol - Quabbin Valley Healthcare held its annual veterans breakfast on Nov. 12.
St. John’s Episcopal Church, on the corner of School Street and Park Avenue, will hold its annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 21, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m, in Torrey Hall.
Tuesday, Nov. 17
Athol - The Athol-Royalston Regional School Committee on Nov. 14 held a special public meeting, and members and others in attendance discussed the search for a new superintendent of schools.
The Council on Aging is sponsoring a flu vaccination clinic at the senior center on Wednesday, Nov. 18.
Petersham - Students at the Petersham Montessori School recently made cards for community workers, which included the police and fire departments, thanking them for their services.
A Thanksgiving interfaith service, along with a free public concert of traditional and modern music specially arranged for a brass quintet, will take place Sunday, Nov. 22, at the First Congregational Parish Unitarian on the town common.
Area - With the Erving Police Department recently equipping their officers with body cameras, the Athol Daily News asked visitors to the website to vote on whether other area departments should follow suit. A strong majority, just over 73 percent, voted in favor of equipping police with body cameras, while 26 percent voted against them.
Wednesday, Nov. 18
Athol - The selectboard on Tuesday voted to set a single property tax rate of $19.83 for residential and commercial properties for fiscal year 2016.
The Athol-Royalston Regional School Committee has begun its search for a new superintendent, as Anthony Polito will retire June 30, 2016.
Athol Hospital Volunteer Service Coordinator Pat Lussier reports that 29 people have signed on as volunteers in various areas at the hospital; the goal is to sign up 50.
Members of Athol’s downtown holiday decorating committee were out recently “decking the halls of downtown” for the start of the holiday season.
Orange - Plans are under way for the 20th annual Starry Starry Night celebration to be held in downtown Orange on Dec. 31.
Mahar field hockey standout Ally Parker has made her commitment to Providence College official with the signing of her National Letter of Intent to play field hockey at the school.
Phillipston - The selectboard on Monday reaffirmed its support for persons employed by the town who are serving in the United States National Guard and Reserves.
Area - The Franklin Regional Transit Authority will be providing free rides on all of its fixed route buses on Friday, Nov. 27.
Thursday, Nov. 19
Athol - Fire Chief John Duguay has advised the selectboard that the municipal box alarm system will be taken off-line as of Jan. 1.
All Massachusetts public school students, including those in the Athol-Royalston Regional School District, will take a new state standardized test beginning in the spring of 2017; the test, while not yet developed, is unofficially known as “MCAS 2.0.”
Members of the Knights of Columbus Council 1182 launched their “Coats for Kids” campaign on Oct. 1 and will continue collecting new or gently used coats for area children through Nov. 20.
The North Quabbin Community Coalition has announced its selection of the late Dr. Robert Knight as this year’s Rural Health Hero.
Boston - The New England region does not need additional natural gas pipelines to maintain a reliable flow of energy for the next 15 years, according to a study commissioned by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and released Wednesday.
Gov. Charlie Baker is acknowledging his opioid abuse bill likely won’t reach his desk until sometime early in 2016.
Friday, Nov. 20
Athol - The Economic Development and Industrial Corporation has voted to expend the funds necessary to conduct a survey of the 5.6-acre town-owned parcel to the east of the Route 2 Exit 18 on- and off-ramp on Templeton Road, which is being conveyed to EDIC by the selectboard.
The North Quabbin Community Coalition’s Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force hosted its third “Call to Action” opioid abuse prevention forum Thursday night at Athol High School.
Orange - The holiday season is quickly approaching and the members of the Pioneer Junior Women’s Club have begun to ready themselves for their annual Santa Fund Drive.
Several Mahar Regional School students were recently inducted into the National Honor Society.
Royalston - The town is considering a partnership with Phillipston to receive Community Development Block Grant funds.
Wendell - The selectboard met at the town office building this week with visits from the board of assessors and the broadband committee at the top of the agenda.
Area - Tickets are now on sale for the 80th annual Thanksgiving Day football game between Athol High School and Mahar Regional School.