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Mixed-use plan goes before board in Athol
08-01-2023 2:25 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Residents will have the chance to learn about a possible new use for the closed parking garage at a meeting scheduled for this evening.The Board of Planning and Community Development (BPCD) will hold a public hearing at 7:10 p.m. on Wednesday...


Funding for Athol Firefighters defeated at polls
08-01-2023 2:24 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Stunned — that seemed to be the sentiment of many people Tuesday morning following the defeat of a Proposition 2 ½ override at a Special Election on Monday.The ballot question sought $895,000, which would have added eight firefighters to the...


Monument honoring Nipmuc Nation in Athol unveiled
07-31-2023 5:07 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – A traffic island at the junction of Mount Pleasant Street and North Orange Road is now home to a monument honoring the original inhabitants of what would come to be known as Athol.The effort to erect a suitable boulder, with plaque attached,...


Cycle Design marks three decades with Yamaha
07-27-2023 3:17 PM

By GREG VINE

PHILLIPSTON— Cycle Design is holding a milestone celebration of its association with Yamaha, and hope that the event helps bring them back to pre-COVID customer levels.Set to take place on Saturday, July 29, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., this event will mark...


Athol launches Bidwell Farm survey
07-26-2023 4:15 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – In May, several dozen residents attended a public meeting to give their opinions regarding the future of the 100-acre Bidwell property located off of South Athol Road.Now, town officials want to expand that conversation through an online...


Athol’s annual Moth Ball attracts fans and insects
07-26-2023 3:54 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Several dozen people gathered at the home of Athol Bird & Nature Club President David Small last Saturday evening for the annual Moth Ball.The event kicked off of National Moth Week, held in the last week of July 30. It originated in 2012, and...


Awards for heroism given out at annual memorial service
07-24-2023 4:04 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Blue skies and warm temperatures greeted those who attended the annual firefighters memorial held on Sunday morning at the Athol Fire Station.The event is held each year to remember those firefighters who have fallen in the line of duty or...


Athol Environmental Center removing underground tank
07-23-2023 4:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Described as a “time-bomb,” a large underground heating oil storage tank at the Millers River Environmental Center will soon be removed.David Small, executive director of the Athol Bird and Nature Club – the group that oversees operations at...


Residents, town officials debate override for new firefighters
07-21-2023 4:05 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL — With the Special Election only days away, Fire Chief Joseph Guarnera took questions on a $895,000 override of Proposition 2 ½ to fund the hire of new firefighters—including whether there was another way.The vote will take place on Monday, July...


Selectboard mulls King Street Bridge’s future
07-20-2023 3:48 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON – Representatives of the North Quabbin Trails Association met with Royalston’s Selectboard Tuesday night and enthusiastically pitched options for rehabilitating the King Street Bridge. The bridge, built in 1937, sits just off Blossom Street...


Athol Fire Department will recognize those lost in the line of duty
07-19-2023 2:32 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Members of the Athol Fire Department, along with friends and family, will gather this Sunday to remember those who have fallen in the line of duty.Several members of the department will receive recognition for their years of service or actions...


A busy summer for road work in Athol
07-17-2023 4:57 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL — A number of road projects that will be taking place over the next few weeks, including reclamation on Hapgood Street.Work is also slated to take place on Spring, Island, and Exchange streets, as well as Partridgeville Road.Regarding the...


Bob Legare appointed to new Petersham Fire Chief
07-16-2023 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

PETERSHAM – The man who served the last several years as second-in-command for the Petersham Fire Department has been tapped to succeed longtime Chief Dana Robinson.“I first got on the department, I believe it was in ‘86,” new Chief Bob Legare told...


Athol Town Manager steps down as STAM chair
07-13-2023 4:01 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Town Manager Shaun Suhoski recently stepped down as president of the Small Town Administrators of Massachusetts after serving three consecutive one-year terms.In a parting message to the organization, Suhoski said, “We persevered through...


Athol meeting to address override concerns
07-12-2023 4:11 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL—An upcoming meeting held by Fire Chief Joseph Guarnera and Town Manager Shaun Suhoski will provide a forum for residents to air their concerns over a proposed $895,000 override of Proposition 2 ½.The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 18, at...


Three-phase work on historic Winchendon building now underway
07-07-2023 3:51 PM

By GREG VINE

WINCHENDON – Two and a half years ago, Legrand Masonry of Athol applied industrial-strength shrink wrap around the clock tower of Winchendon’s Old Murdock Senior Center to curtail further collapse of the structure’s brick exterior.At the time, company...


Royalston Resident faces fine for tree cutting 
07-06-2023 4:26 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON – One of the cardinal rules for living in New England is “don’t touch a tree if you’re not sure who owns it” – and especially, don’t cut it down.Amy Putney, a resident of Royalston, will learn that lesson the hard way after cutting down...


Athol Selectboard sets date for Special Town Election
07-03-2023 2:03 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – A Special Election has been called to determine the fate of a proposal approved at Athol’s Annual Town Meeting that calls for the hiring of eight additional firefighters.Town Clerk Nancy Burnham appeared at a recent Selectboard meeting to...


Petersham Fourth of July parade to honor fire chief
06-29-2023 4:27 PM

By GREG VINE

PETERSHAM – The upcoming Fourth of July parade will include retiring Petersham Fire Chief Dana Robinson as grand marshal.Robinson is retiring after more than three decades as fire chief. Following the parade, a ceremony honoring him will be held at...


Athol Health Board updating rules for body art
06-28-2023 4:34 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – The Board of Health is looking at how area towns regulate body art as it reviews its own rules, not updated for the last 22 years. According to Health Agent Deb Vondal, the town’s regulations regarding tattooing, cosmetic tattooing, body...

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