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Athol officials await signature for META grant
05-22-2023 4:31 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – On March 31, the town received word it had been awarded a Municipal Energy Technical Assistance (META) grant of nearly $15,000 to undertake a weatherization assessment of Town Hall, the police station and wastewater treatment plant.Two months...


No watercraft at Silver Lake—for now
05-21-2023 4:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Three months ago, the Athol Lions Club went before the Selectboard to pitch the idea of allowing the use of canoes and kayaks on Silver Lake.Club member Tom Henry told the board at that time that allowing watercraft on the lake could...


Cannabis article for Athol Town Meeting generates questions
05-19-2023 3:34 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – An article on June’s Town Meeting warrant regarding cannabis businesses is creating some concern with town officials.Article 22 on the warrant of Athol’s upcoming Annual Town Meeting asks voters to decide on whether to establish a Cannabis...


Athol Selectboard nixes alcohol-infused ice cream
05-17-2023 4:12 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – The Selectboard almost unanimously denied an application from Nancy Tessier to sell alcohol-infused ice cream products in town.Tessier is owner of Pop’s Sweet Harts, which sells ice cream and other frozen confections in several area...


Petersham officials work to finalize FY24 budget
05-16-2023 3:56 PM

By GREG VINE

PETERSHAM – At Thursday’s Selectboard meeting, residents will get to peruse a draft of the FY24 budget being hammered out by the Advisory Finance Committee, Selectboard, department heads and other town officials.An initial draft of the budget was...


Athol to hold public forum on affordable housing
05-11-2023 4:48 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Despite plans to transform the former Bigelow and Riverbend schools into affordable housing and a private sector for construct affordable units downtown, the town is currently missing the mark when it comes to state guidelines.A public meeting...


Override article receives unanimous nod
05-10-2023 5:01 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – An $895,000 override of Proposition 2 ½ has received a unanimous recommendation from the Finance and Warrant Advisory Committee.Article 8 on the June 12 Annual Town Meeting warrant details the override request, which could cover the training,...


Comerford, Athol Selectboard review community’s needs
05-10-2023 4:56 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – In November of last year, Northampton Democrat Jo Comerford was re-elected to a third term in the state Senate, a position she has held since 2019.In 2022, the Town of Athol – along with a handful of Worcester County communities – was added to...


Athol Selectboard supports proposal for grant match
05-09-2023 4:06 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – The Selectboard has voted to add an article to the Town Meeting warrant seeking up to $20,000 to fund its match of a Vacant Storefront Program grant.The program is overseen by the state’s Office of Business Development and its goal is to help...


Athol-Orange Little League season begins
05-04-2023 3:11 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – One sure sign that spring is here is opening day for the Athol-Orange Chuck Stone Little LeagueThe parade which kicks off the league’s season, will take place on Saturday, May 6, at 9:30 a.m. Players and coaches will walk from the Athol YMCA...


No word from state on when ‘beaver gates’ will be ready
05-03-2023 2:40 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Members of the Lake Ellis Watershed Management Partnership are still awaiting word from the Department of Transportation on when hardware to thwart beaver activity will be installed.At a recent meeting of the partnership, Assistant Public...


Athol seeks responses for access survey
05-03-2023 2:39 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – The Department of Planning and Development is urging residents to complete a survey which will help identify potential barriers to access at town facilities for persons with disabilities.Results will assist in developing a Self-Evaluation and...


State gives Athol’s water top marks
05-02-2023 5:18 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – This year, the town was recognized for providing safe, quality drinking water to its residents following a detailed analysis of water systems statewide. The letter sent by the state to Public Works Director Dick Kilhart read, “The...


Plans to revive Royalston Country Store move forward
04-30-2023 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON – Two months ago, the Royalston Country Store—the only location in town offering breakfast and lunch as well as everyday necessities—closed its doors after serving local customers for more than 250 years.Peter Gagliardi, who chairs the...


Proposed housing development in Athol clears zoning hurdles
04-27-2023 4:58 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – The Zoning Board of Appeals has approved variances sought by Fitchburg developer K. William Krikorian for construction of more than 40 units of affordable housing on the site of the long-closed parking garage off Exchange and South streets....


Athol High School after-prom party marks 30th year
04-26-2023 5:08 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Once again, an alcohol and drug-free party will be held following this year’s Athol High School prom which, for the first time, will include both juniors and seniors. This will mark the 30th anniversary of the first after-prom party. Launched...


Athol Police overtime covered through transfer
04-26-2023 5:07 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – To cope with an unexpected overtime increase at the police department, the Finance and Warrant Advisory Committee has approved a transfer from its reserve account.The proposal was approved unanimously at the committee’s meeting on Tuesday....


Petersham visioning effort moves forward
04-25-2023 3:28 PM

By GREG VINE

PETERSHAM – From community agriculture to increased carpooling, residents put forth many different ideas at a visioning session to discuss the community’s future.At the meeting, held on Sunday, April 23, some two-dozen people took the time to envision...


Earth Day celebrated with Green Clean Athol
04-24-2023 4:10 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Like a commanding officer, Al Benjamin stood over a map of Athol with streets highlighted in red with notations of which volunteers were assigned to those neighborhoods. The map and names gave organizers of Saturday’s Green Clean Athol an idea...


Meeting this Sunday on Petersham’s future
04-21-2023 4:03 PM

By GREG VINE

PETERSHAM – A meeting will take place this Sunday at which residents will be asked, “What kind of future do you want?”Rose Stanley, one of the organizers, said the purpose is for people to share what they want their town and society to look...

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