North Quabbin Briefs

  • Maile Shoul will hold a workshop on the KonMari Method, Feb. 29 at the Athol Public Library  CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Published: 2/13/2020 10:01:27 PM
Modified: 2/13/2020 10:01:16 PM
Learn how to get rid of clutter

ATHOL — Are you feeling overwhelmed by the clutter in your life? In this 90-minute workshop Saturday, Feb. 29, 10 a.m. at the Athol Public Library, you will learn how to apply the KonMari Method in your home to get organized for good. The KonMari Method was created by Japanese organizing guru, Marie Kondo, and has helped millions of people across the world to win the war against clutter.

Maile Shoul is an Orange resident who is a certified KonMari consultant in training. She has taught several local residents to transform their homes (and their lives) by keeping what serves them and letting go of all the rest. Come join this fun, judgment-free workshop to learn how this method can change your life. This workshop is made possible by support from the Friends of the Athol Public Library.

Registration is required. Call 978-249-9515 to reserve your spot.

Athol Fire Dept. changing fees

ATHOL — The Athol Fire Department will have a new permit and inspection fee schedule that will be effective April 1.

The department’s current fees have been in place for over 30 years and it is time for an update. These changes match the same changes the Town of Orange have made.

To find the new fee schedule, visit, go to the Fire Department page, and the link is under Permits, Forms, and Fee Schedule.

If you have any questions, contact Chief Guarnera or Deputy Chief Parker at the Athol Fire Department.

Golden Age Club to hold meeting

ATHOL — The Athol Golden Age Club will hold their first meeting of 2020 on Feb. 24, 1 p.m. at the Athol Senior Center. The guest speaker for this meeting will be Athol Town Manager Shaun Sehoski.

Members have also been invited to join the local AARP chapter for its St. Patrick’s Day luncheon. The luncheon is March 2 at noon at the Athol Senior Center. For more information or to make reservations, call Vice President Judy Rowe at 978-575-0464.

The March meeting of the Athol Golden Age Club will be held Monday, March 16, noon at the Athol Senior Center. This will be the club’s annual St. Patrick’s Day potluck luncheon for which members are asked to bring their favorite main dishes, salads, or desserts. If unable to bring something, a small donation would be appreciated. The business meeting will be held after lunch.

The Athol Golden Age Club is open to all senior citizens in the North Quabbin, 55 or over. Its purpose is three-fold: to promote “re-creation” through challenging programs, friendship through regular meetings, and leisure activities such as the popular senior bus trips.

Birding on the North Shore

Join Nature Club director Ernie LeBlanc on a trip Saturday, Feb. 22, 6:30 a.m. to coastal Massachusetts for the wintering birds of Cape Ann, including gulls, alcids, and sea ducks. Meet at 6:15 a.m. at MREC 100 Main St. Athol.

Call ahead to let the club know you are attending. Bring snacks and extreme cold weather clothing. For info, call LeBlanc at 978-249-4064 or email

Trivia night

GREENFIELD — The Franklin County Bar Association’s Community Fund is hosting a tiriva night Thursday, Feb. 27, 5-7 p.m. at Taylors Tavern, upstairs, in Greenfield.

Individuals and teams of up to five players can compete for pride and prizes. All are welcome.

A $20 donation is suggested; proceeds benefit the Thomas W. Merrigan Memorial Scholarship for Franklin County college-bound seniors.

For information, contact Jennifer Lively at the Franklin County Bar Association: or 413-773-9839.

Feb. 25 symposium on author’s work

FITCHBURG— Fitchburg State University will open its Robert E. Cormier archive in February for an exploration of themes in the celebrated local author’s works with a speaker and two panel discussions.

“Twisted Intimacy: Disturbing Perversions and Genuine Warmth — A Symposium and Archive Exhibit on Robert E. Cormier’s Life and Work” will be held Tuesday, Feb. 25, noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25 in the main lounge of Hammond Hall on the Fitchburg State campus; with a reception to follow in the university archives. Admission is free and open to the public.

The keynote speaker will be Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author and illustrator of the acclaimed graphic memoir “Hey, Kiddo: How I Lost My Mother, Found My Father, and Dealt with Family Addiction.”

Chamber seeks nominations

NORTH QUABBIN — Who is a star in our community? Who inspires people in the area to do great things? The North Quabbin Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau wants your opinions.

The Chamber’s board is currently accepting nominations for our annual awards of Citizen of the Year and North Quabbin Inspiration. All nominations are carefully reviewed by our board and staff. Recipients will be announced in March and presented their award at this year’s annual dinner meeting May 21.

In your nomination, please include the individual’s full name and a brief description of why you nominated them. Nominations should be emailed to by Tuesday, March 3.

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