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Residents of the North Quabbin region are in mourning over the loss of the Orange Police Department's K9 Matte, who passed away early Wednesday morning. This collection of Athol Daily News file photos shows some of the many functions undertaken by Matte, viewed as a dedicated officer who was both reliable and strong, but also approachable and fun loving. From top left -- Matte makes off with the sleeve of Belchertown K9 officer Adam Brougham during a demonstration at New Salem's Old Home Day
ORANGE — The North Quabbin community awoke to somber news this morning as the loss of beloved Orange Police Officer K9 Matte spread across social media. Police chief Craig Lundgren could only speak briefly on the matter this morning but confirmed he received a phone call at 2:30 a.m. reporting...
ATHOL — The Athol Bird & Nature Club has gone on record in support of the state’s plan to place endangered timber rattlesnakes on Mt. Zion at the Quabbin Reservoir. In an ABNC “events/update” email, it is noted the ABNC’s Board of Directors has sent a letter on behalf of the ABNC to Matthew...
ATHOL — “It can only get better,” said River Rat Race Director Dave Flint Monday afternoon. He was referring to the weather for this coming Saturday’s River Rat Race while the robust Monday snowstorm canceled school and other events, and made travel generally unpleasant in the area.  The...
ROYALSTON — Incumbent John Morse, III has won another three-year term on the board of selectman following Monday’s annual town election.  Morse defeated runnerup Jon Hardie by only four votes, with Hardie bringing in 47 votes to Morse’s 51. Coming in third was Gary Winitzer with 33 votes. ...
ATHOL — After an 11-year absence, 10-time River Rat champion Bob Zaveral is slated to return on Saturday. Zaveral’s name appeared alongside Al Shaver Jr. in the latest batch of entries for the 53rd annual River Rat Race. The New York duo won the race together in 2001. Zaveral partned with Bob...
All are welcome to the Petersham Art Center's artist's reception for Athol-based, nationally known photographer Paul Rezendes on Sunday, April 10, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Art Center. Above, "Early Morning Ground Fog at Sunrise, Harvard Pond, Petersham, Massachusetts" by Paul Rezendes.Submitted photo
PETERSHAM — The Petersham Art Center 2016 season officially begins in April with this year’s opening reception showcasing the work of photographer Paul Rezendes. All are welcome to join the artist on Sunday, April 10, from 4 to 6 p.m at the Art Center. Fine refreshments will be available. Notes...
Botanical collages by artist Linda Ruel Flynn are on display at the Athol Public Library during the month of April.Submitted photo 
ATHOL — Linda Ruel Flynn, the artist and owner of Flora-Ly artisan flower preservation studio in Orange, is exhibiting a variety of botanical collages at the Athol Public Library for the month of April. The collages offer a taste of summer in the rainy spring time. Flynn’s botanical collages are...
ATHOL — With no contests on the ballot for the annual town election Monday, and a spring snowstorm blanketing the area, only 101 of 6,437 registered voters, or 1.6 percent, turned out at the polls, said Town Clerk Nancy Burnham. Winning seats, along with their term lengths, were: • Moderator,...
Alex Putnam was the first to deposit a tagged trout in the Quabbin Reservoir Saturday morning for the annual Tag-a-Trout fish stocking event at Gate 31 in New Salem. Assisting with the bucket is George Peterson, state commissioner of Fish and Game. Photo by Jared Robinson
NEW SALEM — Despite Mother Nature’s threat of rain, and subsequent delivery on said threat, it didn’t stop a sizable crowd from making an appearance at the North Worcester County Quabbin Anglers Association’s annual Tag-a-Trout event. Held at Gate 31, the Sen. Robert Wetmore Fishing Area, of the...
AREA — Do you care about sustainability? Have you seen it working in your community or do you have an idea for expanding sustainability in the Pioneer Valley? If yes, consider making a short film for the 5th annual Pioneer Valley Transition Towns Film Festival to be held next fall. Whether you’re...

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