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Phillipston board opens talks on new police chief
04-18-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

PHILLIPSTON – Police Chief Kevin Dodge recently announced his intention to retire from a post he has held for more than a decade, and the Selectboard is reviewing the options for hiring his successor.The chief’s current salary is just under $85,000...

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Carol Doucette of Royalston receives $15,000 from Publishers Clearing House
04-17-2024 5:10 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON – The Publishers Clearing House Prize Patrol went to Royalston on Wednesday and, in what PCH Representative Howie Guja said was a first, was unable to make it the front door of the $15,000 winner.As the Prize Patrol made its way to the Stone...


Director of Village School in Royalston steps down
04-15-2024 4:30 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON – Village School Director Rise Richardson, who has been there since the doors opened in 1989, has announced she has stepped down from the position.Richardson has been the school’s director since 1994, and said she had decided that it was...


Ryan Zaveral, Shane MacDowell cross finish line first in River Rat Race
04-13-2024 6:22 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Despite fickle weather conditions, canoeists and spectators alike enthusiastically awaited the start of Saturday’s 59th running of the annual River Rat Race from Athol to Orange.From about 11 a.m. until just before boats were put in the water...


Phillipston voters faced with override decision at May 8 Town Election
04-12-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

PHILLIPSTON – Acting on the recommendation of the Finance Committee, the Selecboard voted at its meeting last Wednesday to include an article on the May 8 Annual Town Meeting warrant which calls for a $175,000 Proposition 2 ½ override.If the article...


Dennis Carey marks 40 years participating in River Rat Race
04-10-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – It might be a stretch to claim that Dennis Carey, 56, of Orange, could paddle the 5.2-mile River Rat Race with his eyes closed – but it wouldn’t be much of one.This year’s race, which takes place on April 13, will mark the 40th River Rat...


Community gears up for River Rat Race weekend
04-09-2024 5:01 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – While the River Rat Race is the star, there will be plenty more to watch and enjoy this weekend.Things get underway Friday night, April 12, with the drawing of positions in Memorial Hall at Athol Town Hall. Drawings begin promptly at 7 p.m....


New expenses prove a hurdle for Athol’s town budget
04-09-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Town Manager Shaun Suhoski told last week’s meeting of the Selectboard that he, his financial team and town department heads continue their efforts to craft a balanced budget for the upcoming fiscal year. Members of the Finance and Warrant...


Meeting to review Community Preservation Act proposals in Phillipston
04-09-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

PHILLIPSTON – The Community Preservation Committee (CPC) is inviting residents to a public meeting this Thursday, April 11, to discuss projects the committee would like to fund in the year ahead.The meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the former...


After six decades, River Rat Race paddles on
04-08-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – The first Athol to Orange River Rat Race in 1963 may have been a more informal event, but it marked the beginning of an annual tradition that generations of North Quabbin residents have come to cherish. This year’s race takes place this...


Sportsman’s Corner columnist receives Words of Wisdom Award
04-07-2024 5:00 PM

By CARLA CHARTER

ORANGE-For his many years of advocacy of sportsmen’s issues, Mike Roche has received the Words of Wisdom Award from the Worcester County League of Sportsmen’s Clubs.Roche received the award at the club’s annual banquet on March 23, held at the...


Flag raised at Athol Library to mark National Child Abuse Prevention Month
04-07-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Residents, area dignitaries and community leaders gathered in front of Athol Public Library Friday morning for a flag-raising ceremony in recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention Month.The event was sponsored by the Children’s Advocacy...


Athol officials explore legal options for fire-ravaged property
04-04-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Town officials have decided to begin investigating court options to clean the property at 1756 Main St.The home at that address was destroyed in a fire last August. Records in the assessor’s office indicate the property is owned by Matthew...


Athol resident survey shows more housing, business development wanted
04-02-2024 5:02 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – A survey asking residents their opinions on topics such as housing, transportation, economic development and land use garnered more than 240 responses.The survey was put together by the Master Plan Committee with help from BSC Group, the...


Firefighter override passes by narrow margin at Athol Town Election
04-02-2024 2:10 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL– A Proposition 2 ½ override aimed at increasing staff at the Athol Fire Department passed at Monday’s Town Election.By only 96 votes – 639 to 543 – voters said “yes” to a $286,000 override to fund the hiring of three paramedic/EMT/firefighters....


S&S Appliance celebrates 50 years in Athol
04-01-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – After 50 years and a few ownership changes, S&S Appliance remains a strong presence in the town of Athol.When Charlie Shatos first opened the store in 1974, it was located at 454 Main St., currently the site of Pre-K Kidz daycare. A growth in...


Athol Town Manager says next fiscal year may be the ‘most challenging’ in the last decade
03-31-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – As he prepares to meet with the Selectboard and Finance and Warrant Advisory Committee to present a proposed town budget, Town Manager Shaun Suhoski said fiscal year 2025 “is shaping up to be among the most challenging (fiscal years) during my...


Proposed charter changes on Athol Town Election ballot
03-29-2024 5:09 PM

By Greg Vine

ATHOL – In addition to the race for the Athol Royalston Regional School Committee and a $286,000 Proposition 2 ½ override to decide, voters at Monday’s Annual Town Election are being asked to approve 31 changes to the Town Charter.Instead of voting on...


Planning underway for fifth annual Athol Green Clean
03-29-2024 4:42 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Earth Day is just around the corner and that means the fifth annual Green Clean Athol event is close at hand.The community cleanup effort is scheduled for Saturday, April 20, with the 54th annual observance of Earth Day to follow on Monday,...


Committee requests $18K in new parking meters for Athol
03-28-2024 5:01 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Four years ago, Town Meeting voters approved creation of a Downtown Parking Benefits District (DPBD), with the stipulation that an Oversight Committee be created to decide how funds collected from parking meters will be spent.This will mark...


Savoy seeks Athol Royalston School Committee seat
03-26-2024 4:33 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Jason Savoy, a 1999 graduate of Athol High School, is one of two people running for a one-year term on the Athol-Royalston Regional School Committee in next Monday’s annual Town Election. Savoy is seeking to fill the vacancy created by the...

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