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Marcy Robitaille, author of "Wish You a Goode Journey - Living with Eyes and Heart Wide Open," is shown at an information table for Donate Life New England at Athol Hospital this past Friday. Robitaille's writing and volunteer work with Donate Life and New England Organ Bank is done in memory of her 17-year-old daughter Mackenzie Goode, a posthumous organ donor. She will speak at the Athol Public Library on April 13 in conjunction with National Donate Life Month. Photo by Cameron Woodcock
AREA — “She will live on; I’ll make sure of that. She won’t ever be forgotten.” These are the words of first-time author and Warwick resident Marcy Robitaille, who chronicles the enduring legacy and constant presence of her 17-year-old daughter Mackenzie Goode, tragically lost in a 2010 car...
ORANGE — Former selectman George Willard expressed his dissatisfaction with a statement made by selectboard chair Kathy Reinig at the start of Wednesday’s selectboard meeting.  During a discussion over a proposed multimillion dollar upgrade to the wastewater treatment plant at a previous meeting...
ORANGE — Last fall, State Sen. President Stanley Rosenberg (D-Amherst) informed the Ralph C. Mahar Regional School District that the fiscal year 2016 state budget included $100,000 for the Mahar dam. The specific language is involved in state budget line item 2800-0700 (which is the Office of Dam...
ATHOL — The Athol Public Library has received a bequest of $1.4 million from the estate of the late Anthony John and the late Katherine Marie (Connors) Ralys of Athol. Mr. Ralys died on June 16, 2014, leaving the bulk of his estate to the library “in memory of Anthony John and Katherine Marie...
ATHOL — The (soft) deadline for the 53rd annual River Rat Race came and went Thursday night with a surprisingly low total of 228 boats registered for Saturday’s 1 p.m. race. Thursday’s entries included a pair of boats that figure to be at the front of the pack on Saturday. The race favorites are...
ATHOL — The annual River Rat Promenade will step off Saturday at 9:30 a.m. from the Our Lady Immaculate Church, immediately following the start of the Big Cheese 5K race. Parade participants should be dropped off at the CCD Center to walk to their division, as School Street will be closed to...
ORANGE — The Orange Elementary School Committee voted Wednesday to accept the proposed fiscal year 2017 budget of $6,042,563 for consideration by the selectboard and finance committee. In doing so, the committee acknowledged the uncertainty surrounding the placeholder increase of one percent for...
ORANGE — In its first regular meeting since the tragic March 5 fire on Mechanic Street, the Orange Elementary School Committee on Wednesday held a moment of silence for Fisher Hill School students Victoria Gaignard and Leena Ciolino.
ATHOL — With the registration deadline looming for Saturday’s 53rd annual River Rat Race, the canoe count reached 168 this morning.  The latest batch of entries included a number of local favorites including John Berry of Petersham and Brent Lyesiuk of Orange. The duo last paddled to victory in...
Spirit In Motion, the Athol Congregational Church Missions Relay For Life Team, will celebrate its fourth year in hosting the delicious River Rat pancake and sausage breakfast on race day, Saturday, April 9. Front, left-to-right -- Ginny Durgin, Lisa Pollock. Middle -- Joyce Phinney, team captain Darlene Kilhart, Jerry Noyes, Jan Noyes, Claire Butler. Back -- Nancy Daub, Elaine Heath, Jan Doody, Joe Bezio Jr.  Submitted photo
ATHOL — Spirit In Motion, the Athol Congregational Church Missions Relay For Life Team, celebrates its fourth year in hosting the delicious River Rat pancake and sausage breakfast on race day, Saturday, April 9, from 7 to 11 a.m. This year’s River Rat breakfast tradition will continue uptown at...

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