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The Wendell selectboard discussed the possibility of forming a community wood bank Wednesday night. Left to right -- selectboard clerk Laurel Brennaman, selectman Dan Keller, selectboard chairperson Christine Heard, selectman Jeoffrey Pooser and Ray DiDonato, who brought the idea to the board. Photo by Craig Riley
WENDELL — The selectboard met for its penultimate meeting of 2015 Wednesday night at the town office building, with the 2016 tax rate, the proposed Wendell Depot Road solar farm, and the possibility of the creation of a community wood bank topping the agenda. The board of assessors, represented...
Royalston Community School sixth grader Richard Young was focused on frosting additions to his graham cracker "gingerbread house," which he made recently in the cafetorium as part of the school's annual holiday happening. Richard and his family were some of the 100 plus participants in the RCS Parent-Teacher organized event, which also included a "story walk" set up by Valuing Our Children, an Athol-based family support and advocacy group.Photo by Mary C. Barclay  
ROYALSTON – Royalston Community School students, siblings, parents, grandparents and teachers numbering more than 100 gathered recently for one of their annual holiday happenings. Gingerbread house making is organized each year by the RCS Parent-Teacher Group; they were joined this year by Valuing...
ATHOL — The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has conducted a Monitoring Site Visit Report as part of a School-wide Instructional Observation Report of the Riverbend and Sanders Street Elementary Schools. With the results calculated and returned, the school received...
ORANGE — Town treasurer Gabe Voelker reported to the selectboard Wednesday night that it’s full steam ahead with getting the town’s accounting in order. Since the town hired accountant Gail Weiss in October the two women have been working their way, month by month, through the town’s books in an...
Hometown Bank recently concluded its 12th annual Neighbors Helping Neighbors campaign, which saw record-breaking returns of $10,500, matched by the bank for a total of $21,000 in funds for dispersement to local food pantries. Front row -- Michael D. Hewitt, President & CEO, John Kneeland, Jr., Christina St. Martin (Oxford Ecumenical Food Share) and Susan Chalifoux Zephir (Ginny's Helping Hand). Back row, left-to-right -- Paul Mina (United Way of Tri-Country on behalf of WHEAT Food Pantry); Lynn Ellis, Bob M
OXFORD — Hometown Bank concluded its 12th annual Neighbors Helping Neighbors campaign, an initiative to raise funds to support local food pantries, with a holiday breakfast at which checks for $3,000 were presented to each of the seven participating agencies. Bank customer and employee donations...
ATHOL — The Economic Development and Industrial Corporation on Wednesday discussed the ongoing pursuit of a right-of-way agreement with Steve Goodman and Athol Development LLC to ensure access to the 16-acre EDIC parcel across Goodman’s acreage in the North Quabbin Business Park. The 16-acre...
ATHOL — The Athol Daily News Santa Fund has received donations of $871.07 today, which nudged the fund up to $10,224.07 on a goal of $13,500. It is hoped that the goal is reached to ensure a merry Christmas for deserving boys and girls next year.  Anonymous $300; Angela Barrett $200; Marian...
ORANGE — Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash on Thursday met with business leaders and elected officials at Trailhead in Orange. The session provided the Secretary the opportunity to meet with a diverse set of local businesses and officials, highlight Massachusetts’ Economic...
AREA — The FRTA will be implementing new (full fare) $1.25 one-way fares on all of its fixed route buses beginning Monday, Jan. 4. Additional changes include a $0.60 half-fare rate for Statewide Access Pass, ADA, and Medicare cardholders; persons 60 years and older; veterans and active military...
BOSTON – Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito announced Tuesday that the final economic trigger was met in order to lower the state’s income tax from 5.15 percent to 5.10 percent. The income tax cut for all Massachusetts residents will become effective Jan. 1, 2016. “Meeting the...

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