Recap Of Week's Top Area Stories
Weekend, Dec. 16-17
Athol - Athol Police Det. Peter Buck will present a drug recognition program for parents, adults and caregivers at Athol High School on Dec. 18, and at Mahar in Orange on Dec. 21.
The Salvation Army is urging the community to support its annual Red Kettle Campaign, as donations are down 27 percent compared to last year.
Orange - Mahar Regional School has received a $52,000 education support grant from the state.
Breakfast is now being offered in classrooms at Mahar “after the bell.”
The Mahar boys basketball team downed Greenfield 55-43 on Dec. 15
Greenfield - The city has filed a federal lawsuit against several distributors and manufacturers of opioid medications, joining a growing list of municipalities and states seeking to recoup costs of dealing with the opioid abuse epidemic.
Worcester - Jillian Geyster, of Phillipston, has been elected as president of 2017-2018 yearbook at Assumption College.
Monday, Dec. 18
Athol - The 70th annual Athol Daily News Santa Fund volunteers on Dec. 16 delivered gifts to more than 400 youngsters in the North Quabbin area.
The Athol Daily News Santa Fund stands at $11,664.42 toward a goal of $13,500.
Orange - Two candidates for superintendent of highways, parks and cemeteries were interviewed recently by the selectboard.
The Orange Santa Fund is at $6,352.50.
Greenfield - The Franklin County Community Meals Program has received a $1,500 grant from Fallon Health.
Tuesday, Dec. 19
Athol - The Council on Aging staff, board members and volunteers, for the 24th consecutive year, will deliver hot ham dinners with all the fixings to elderly and shut-in residents in the nine-town North Quabbin area on Christmas Day.
bankHometown recently raised $25,000 for area food pantries through its Neighbors Helping Neighbors campaign.
The Athol Golden Age Club recently elected officers for the 2018 calendar year.
Best Buddies members from Athol High School recently manned the The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle at Walmart in Orange.
The Athol High School boys basketball team fell to Ware 73-44 on Monday.
New Salem - The town will use a lower quantity of road sand and salt to treat a portion of Wendell Road near the Swift River School during the winter.
Phillipston - Parameters for the use of town buildings and the Phillipston Memorial School were discussed at Monday’s selectboard meeting.
Warwick - The first attempt of using only sand without salt to treat roads in the center of town was unsuccessful, it was reported at Monday’s selectdboard meeting.
Wednesday, Dec. 20
Athol - It was announced in today’s edition that the Athol Daily News has been sold to Newspapers of New England and will continue publication without interruption.
The selectboard on Tuesday voted to support an effort on the part of Gardner and Fitchburg to have the Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School District form a committee to review the district agreement.
Erving - The selectboard on Monday received an update on the LED streetlight retrofit project.
Orange - The selectboard recently agreed to sign a letter of non-opposition with regard to a company looking to site a marijuana manufacturing facility in town.
Cemeteries foreman Kevin Greene has been placed on paid administrative leave.
Pete’s Tire Barns recently donated and delivered 25 hams and 25 bags of potatoes to the Orange Food Pantry to be distributed to those in need this holiday season.
The Mahar boys basketball team downed Easthapmton 59-52 on Tuesday.
Petersham - Frontier Girls Troop 448 of Petersham recently went caroling to spread some holiday cheer and delivered cookie trays to the locals and homebound elderly residents.
Royalston - The selectobard on Tuesday awarded a contract to F.A. Moschetti and Sons of Templeton for the demolition of a rundown, vacant tenement at 1 School St.
Thursday, Dec. 21
Athol - Hobby Lobby will open with a “soft opening” on Dec. 26.
The Board of Health welcomed new, full-time assistant health agent Jane O’Brien, of Royalston, at their meeting Tuesday.
The Salvation Army’s Christmas Castle recently aided 275 area families and 480 children.
The Athol High School class of 1952 recently held their 65th class reunion.
The Athol Daily News Santa Fund stands at $12,594.42 toward a goal of $13,500.
The Athol High School wrestling team earned a win over Granby on Wednesday.
Orange - Ronald Bunker Jr., homeless of Orange, has been designated a Level III sex offender.
Wendell - The has town signed with WiredWest.
Friday, Dec. 22
Athol - Parameters for siting of marijuana dispensaries to be presented at March 5 special town meeting.
Athol-Royalston Regional School Superintendent Darcy Fernandes and Business Manager Lynn Bassett met with the selectboard this week to brief them on proposed improvements to Athol High School.
The Athol Daily News Santa Fund is within reach of its $13,500 goal, with a total of $12,924.42 received in donations to date.
The Athol High School girls basketball team lost to Narragansett 46-35 in Holiday Hoops Tournament action on Thursday.
Orange - Kim Lively, of Orange, has been selected as the new tax collector.
Pete’s Tire Barns recently presented a $1,000 donation to the Orange Food Pantry from their suppliers made in honor of the company’s 50th anniversary.
Mahar art students recently made decorations and cards for residents at Quabbin Valley Healthcare in Athol.
Petersham - Asbestos abatement work at the former Nichewaug Inn property is complete.