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 State Sen. Anne Gobi (D-Spencer), second from right; and State Rep. Susannah Whipps (I-Athol), right, are shown handing out breakfast to students Wednesday at Athol-Royalston Middle School. The school's new Grab & Go Breakfast program distributes meals via four hallway kiosks. Photo by Cameron Woodcock 
ATHOL — The region’s two state legislators joined anti-hunger organization Project Bread Wednesday at Athol-Royalston Middle School to acknowledge the success of a new program that allows students to eat breakfast “after the bell” and from the convenience of their classrooms. In the two months...
ATHOL — Chief Russell Kleber reports the Athol Police Department has responded to three drug overdoses over the course of the last 24 hours, and is reminding residents to call for help in the event a friend or loved one is experiencing an overdose. Police responded to reported overdoses inside a...
ATHOL — The selectboard on Tuesday approved a request-for-proposals for the possible sale or lease, and eventual re-use of the former Pleasant Street School property at 1060 Pleasant St. Selectman Stephen Raymond recused himself from the discussion and vote, as he is a member of the Athol-Orange...
ATHOL — A heartfelt “Merry Christmas!” was received from the Nottleson Family along with their generous donation of $200, and another large donation, of $100, was given by Johnne LHeureux in Memory of Roy LHeureux, to kick off today’s collection for the 70th annual Athol Daily News Santa Fund....
AREA — Midnight Madness is a great way to shop locally for holiday gifts, get discounts and support the local economy. The North Quabbin Chamber and Visitors Bureau, store owners and artisans from around the area are getting ready for another terrific event. This year, Midnight Madness will...
BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) on Tuesday said the flu season has started earlier than usual and recommended that people take steps to prevent the spread of flu. “Every flu season is different, but usually cases of influenza reach their peak in January, February or...
NEW SALEM — Without the representation of public safety personnel Monday, the selectboard left open a decision on whether to move forward with establishing a “reduced salt zone” on Wendell Road near Swift River School. Instead, board members verbally committed to attending the Board of Health’s...
ERVING — Selectmen began their meeting Monday night by looking into the snow and ice removal practices in town. The discussion centered around the new Snow and Ice Removal bylaw passed at the annual town meeting which would allow ticketing and fines for residents who failed to clear sidewalks 24...
ATHOL — The selectboard on Tuesday briefly discussed a concern on the part of some residents with regard to the lack of holiday lights and decorations in the downtown area. The town’s all-volunteer Holiday Decorating Committee has for the past several years held fundraisers to refurbish...
ATHOL — Town Manager Shaun Suhoski on Tuesday updated the selectboard on the recent demolition of a vacant home at 1911 Main St. “Following asbestos remediation, Royal Oak Builders made swift and clean work of demolishing the vacant structure,” said Suhoski, in part, in his weekly written report...

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