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BOSTON — The Beacon Hill Roll Call records votes and discussions taken in the House and Senate each week. Coming up on Beacon Hill EXPANSION OF TRANSPARENCY — Massachusetts Comptroller Thomas Shack announced an expansion of CTHRU, the cloud-based transparency and open records platform that...
BOSTON — The Baker-Polito Administration on Thursday awarded a $545,000 grant to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department to support the installation of a 436-kilowatt solar canopy at the Franklin County Jail and House of Correction in Greenfield. This grant marks the seventh solar canopy grant...
ATHOL — The Athol-Royalston Regional School Committee voted Wednesday to appropriate $135,000 from the school choice revolving account to fund a feasibility study examining the potential replacement of the windows, doors, boilers and roof at Athol High School. Having been accepted into the...
ORANGE — The Dance Studio of Orange, at 34 North Main St., will host a Summer Carnival on Saturday, Aug. 19, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be dancing, games, prizes, cotton candy and more. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Victoria Rose Scholarship Fund, named in memory of Victoria...
The 16th Annual Patch Parents Council's Backpack Drive was held on Tuesday. Before the doors were scheduled to open at 10 a.m. families were lined up on Main Street in Athol from the Athol Credit Union Community Development Center down to the Never Grow Up storefront.  Photo by Ashley Arseneau
ATHOL — The Patch Parents Council held their 16th Annual Backpack Drive on Tuesday with a record number of backpacks and school supplies to give away to children ahead of the upcoming school year. The Parents Council, a program of Valuing Our Children’s (VOC) Patch Office, secured 650 backpacks (...
AREA — The registered nurses of Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield and Baystate Noble Hospital in Westfield voted in recent days to reject management’s “best and final” contract proposals that they maintain do not include fair agreements on safe nurse staffing levels to protect patient...
BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) on Wednesday announced that Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus has been detected in a mosquito in Massachusetts for the first time this year. Testing was completed at the Massachusetts State Public Health Laboratory. The mosquito...
BOSTON — The Baker-Polito Administration on Wednesday released an update of its Chapter 55 report, providing residents, policy makers, and public officials new information on the sweep of the opioid epidemic in Massachusetts.  The Chapter 55 report was released for the first time in the fall of...
Above is a hickory tussock moth caterpillar. Area residents might have noticed a number of the critters on their properties in recent weeks, as the caterpillars are currently feeding on a variety of vegetation before entering into the pupa stage for the winter. The one shown was one of many on property owned by Mark and Julie Litchfield on Fredette Street in Athol. Residents are advised to refrain from touching the caterpillars, as they excrete a toxin which can, in part, cause a severe skin rash. Photo by
ATHOL — Mark Litchfield, of town, is advising fellow residents to be aware of a potential safety and health hazard — the hickory tussock moth caterpillar. At first sight, the white-furred critter with black spots inching its way along might seem cute and approachable, but contact with it can...
Members of Athol's Pleasant Street School Re-use and Disposition Study Committee, along with other interested parties, continued to discuss possible uses for the former school property on Tuesday. Also being considered is whether the town should retain ownership and lease the building or if it should be sold. In attendance for the first time was new school district superintendent Darcy Fernandes, right, who suggested the district could, at some point, be interested in holding vocational courses in the build
ATHOL — Members of the Pleasant Street School Re-use and Disposition Study Committee on Tuesday continued to discuss whether the town should retain ownership and lease the building or sell it, and possible uses for the property. Other interested parties in attendance included new Athol-Royalston...

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