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Some of the members of The Crafters at Riverbend Woods include, clockwise, from left -- Janice Morrow, Sheila Fiffy, Sharlene Baker, Pat Simkewicz, Betty Lilley, Edith Roy, Shirley Lacombe, Sharon McLean. The women have been working on hand crafted items in a variety of mediums at their weekly gatherings.Photo by Deborrah Porter
ATHOL — “The Crafters,” as they like to call themselves, have created a community within a community. This core group of 15 ladies (members come and go) at Riverbend Woods meets once a week in the recreation hall to sew, knit, crochet, quilt and do other crafts they enjoy — much to the benefit of...
The Rodney Hunt-Fontaine Company plant was quiet Thursday morning after employees were informed the previous day that the 175-year old factory would be closing by the end of the year. Employees were given the rest of the week off to review the severances packages offered and to return to work on Monday. Photo by Jared Robinson
ORANGE — This morning’s weather forecast calls for partly sunny with a high near 70 degrees, in other words, a perfect fall day. However, over 200 people are waking up to a bleak outlook regardless after Rodney Hunt-Fontaine Company executives announced Wednesday afternoon that the plant, which...
The selectboard and broadband committee discussed the MBI /WiredWest broadband project at Wednesday night's selectboard meeting. Clockwise, left to right: selectman Dan Keller, selectboard chairperson Christine Heard, selectman Jeoffrey Pooser, town coordinator Nancy Aldrich, and broadband committee members Ray DiDonato, Ben Schwartz and Robbie Heller. In the background is Wendell's newly created town flag, which was designed by town residents Donna Horn and Pam Richardson. Aldrich s
WENDELL — The selectboard met at the town office building Wednesday night with visits from the energy committee and the broadband committee at the top of the agenda.  The first topic of conversation was how to proceed with improving the heating system in the town hall. Nan Riebschlaeger and...
PHILLIPSTON — In an effort to stop unauthorized dumping at the transfer station by non-residents and non-taxpayers, the Board of Health has instituted a car sticker program. The stickers will allow transfer station workers to identify vehicles that are allowed to use the transfer station....
ORANGE —The Orange Water Department reports that one of the seven routine distribution system water samples, collected in October, tested positive for total coliform bacteria. Total coliform bacteria were also detected in three of the 12 repeat distribution system water samples collected...
ATHOL — The Northeast Quabbin Veterans District Board of Directors on Tuesday voted unanimously to finalize its fiscal year 2017 administrative budget. The budget will increase from $60,337.58 to $69,305.24. The budget is based on a 34-hour week. Board chair Brig. Gen. William Meehan (retired...
ATHOL — Town Manager Shaun Suhoski on Tuesday updated the selectboard on an impending auction of several town-owned properties. The town is coordinating the auction with Paul T. Zekos and it is anticipated it will take place sometime next month. “We hope to finalize a date in December that works...
ATHOL — Town Manager Shaun Suhoski on Tuesday advised the selectboard he is looking to streamline the organizational structure of various code inspection departments and staff. “In short, a Department of Inspectional Services would be created with the building inspector as the department head, [...
ORANGE — The annual Veterans Walk will take place on Veterans’ Day, Nov. 11, at 1 p.m., rain or shine. This year, the walk will begin in Athol at the Veterans Park at Main and Exchange streets and end at Memorial Park in Orange.
BOSTON – The House of Representatives has unanimously approved a $328 million final deficiency budget to officially close the books on Fiscal Year 2015.  State Rep. Susannah Whipps Lee, R-Athol, noted that the spending bill authorizes $120 million to be placed in the state’s Stabilization Fund,...

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