Recap Of Week's Top Area Stories
Weekend, Dec. 23-24
Athol - An old underground storage tank for heating oil was uncovered during Athol Hospital expansion site preparation work.
The Conservation Commission recently renewed its contract with wetlands consultant Ward Smith.
Town Manager Shaun Suhoski is seeking state assistance with regard to promoting the potential development of a 16-acre parcel of Economic Development and Industrial Corporation land at the North Quabbin Business Park.
The Miller’s Woods Christmas Craft Fair Committee donated $500 to Quabbin Valley Healthcare’s Alzheimer’s Unit and Program.
The student representative at Athol High School recently updated the school committee on school events.
Best Buddies from Athol High School were recently presented a check from Quabbin Valley Auction in Orange that was raised via their Dec. 9 Best Buddies auction.
Holly Scott and daughter Breanna O’Donnell, of town, have been named the Athol Daily News Carriers of the Quarter.
Four Athol High School boys indoor track team members will compete in the Boston Holiday Challenge on Dec. 27.
Tuesday, Dec. 26
Athol - The L.S. Starrett Company provided a big boost to the local Toys for Tots campaign.
The Athol Daily News Santa Fund is within $200 of its goal of $13,500.
New Salem - Abbi Green, of town, will perform in the 2018 Tournament of Roses Parade.
Orange - Ralph Cutter, co-owner of R Cee’s Pub, recently donated $730 to the Orange Santa Fund.
Wednesday, Dec. 27
Athol - The 50th Athol Christmas Bird Count tallied 9,313 individual birds from 61 species.
Pittsfield - The Massachusetts Bankers Association Charitable Foundation recently presented a $5,000 grant to The United Arc.
Thursday, Dec. 28
Athol - Aiden Walsh, of town, was named the Athol Daily News’ Carrier of the Year for 2017.
The Athol Daily News Santa Fund exceeded its goal of $13,500.
Orange - The town is setting up a revolving housing rehabilitation loan fund.
Hamshaw Lumber recently hosted its first annual Hat and Mitten Drive to help local and surrounding school districts this holiday season.
The Orange Santa Fund total stands at $8,622.50.
The Mahar boys basketball team swept Athol High School in a pair of games on Wednesday.
Gardner - Mount Wachusett Community College recently celebrated small acts of kindness.
Turners Falls - The Franklin County Technical School Adams Scholarship winners were recently announced.
Friday, Dec. 29
Athol - Hobby Lobby will hold its grand opening on Jan. 1.
Property owners are reminded to clear town sidewalks abutting their properties of snow and ice.
Orange - Starry Starry Night is going on as planned Sunday, despite expected sub-zero temperatures.
Area - Orange and Royalston have been designated as Green Communities.