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COVID remains a concern for Ahtol-area health officials
02-06-2023 12:59 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL — Health Agent Deb Vondal updated members of the Board of Health on the status of COVID in the community and how it still remains a presence. “Our active cases, which are reported through the state and that are lab verified, it’s been running in...


Athol-Royalston School website to see upgrades
02-03-2023 1:40 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – The Athol Royalston Regional School District is in the midst of revamping one of the most important tools for communicating with students, families and the community. The decision to reconstruct the district’s website was a result of user...


Plans in the works for new Athol tattoo parlor
02-01-2023 4:43 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – The town has been without a tattoo parlor since the last one closed its doors approximately a dozen years ago. That could change over the next few months—perhaps sooner—if the plans of four Athol residents come to fruition.Business owners...


Heywood: collection notices sent in error
02-01-2023 4:39 PM

By GREG VINE

GARDNER — Following a series of posts made on social media by confused patients, Heywood Healthcare released a statement Tuesday afternoon clarifying that collection notices sent to area residents were sent in error and apologized for any “confusion...


Kilhart: snow and ice budget looks okay – for now
01-31-2023 2:54 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL — Despite a recent string of storms dumping plenty of snow, rain, and freezing rain, Public Works Director Dick Kilhart said the department’s snow and ice budget is in fairly good shape.“We’re probably about two-thirds into that snow and ice...


Some open seats in Petersham Town Election see no candidates
01-30-2023 2:29 PM

By GREG VINE

PETERSHAM – The deadline to return nomination papers for the annual Town Election has come and gone, with no one filing to run for a seat on the Selectboard or two on the School Committee.Selectboard Treasurer Rebecca Legare and School Committee...


State funding would pay for upgrades to neighborhood around Canal and Lumber streets
01-27-2023 3:45 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Athol residents will soon get to weigh in on details of an application the town will submit for a $1.3 million Community Development Block Grant. If the grant is approved, the funds will pay for improvements to infrastructure in the vicinity...


Athol Open Space Committee approves application for trails grant
01-26-2023 4:23 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Athol’s Open Space and Recreation Commission voted to support an application submitted by the town’s Planning Department for a MassTrails grant to fund improvements to the Bearsden Conservation Area. A draft of the letter was provided by...


Officials weigh expansion proposal for Gardner sludge landfill
01-24-2023 4:42 PM

By GREG VINE

GARDNER – Residents of Gardner and Templeton joined state and local officials on a visit to the Chair City’s sludge landfill off Route 68, near the Templeton line.Those taking part in the visit were hoping to get a better idea of the potential effects...


McGovern: Municipal projects could suffer if debt ceiling not dealt with
01-23-2023 3:24 PM

By GREG VINE

WORCESTER – In a letter to Congressional leaders last Friday, U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen cautioned that she will be faced with taking “extraordinary measures” to prevent a default on the nation’s debt should lawmakers fail to either increase...


Changing storm conditions keeps Athol DPW on its toes
01-23-2023 3:22 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL — As the second winter storm in four days was bearing down on North Quabbin Sunday evening, the town’s Department of Public Works was out in force, repeating steps taken the previous Thursday to prepare for the first round of snow, sleet, and...


Petersham residents seek answers for unexpected tax increase
01-22-2023 10:35 PM

By GREG VINE

The three-dozen people who went to Petersham Town Hall on Jan. 18 were intent on getting an explanation for the significant increase to their property tax bills. Property owners saw increases ranging from 17 to 35% over last year’s tax obligation. The...


Royaslton Board discusses revival of Winchendon Rod & Gun Club
01-19-2023 3:22 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON – The Winchendon Rod & Gun Club took a step toward reopening after being closed for more than two years. Winchendon resident Gary Fleming met with Royalston’s Selectboard, looking for guidance on reopening the Winchendon Rod & Gun Club in...


Quaker Drive Bridge in Petersham to be replaced
01-17-2023 2:41 PM

By GREG VINE

PETERSHAM – At its meeting on Jan. 12, Petersham’s Selectboard awarded the contract for reconstruction of the Quaker Drive Bridge to a Westfield firm. The bridge was ordered closed by order of the state Dept. of Transportation. The low bid to replace...


Suhoski: Athol a leader in green communities effort
01-16-2023 2:40 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL — The town of Athol, according to Town Manager Shaun Suhoski, was an early convert in the campaign for municipalities to operate in a way that causes less harm to the environment, both locally and regionally.Recently, the town has begun...


Chauvette to step away from Athol School Committee
01-16-2023 2:39 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL — After serving in a variety of capacities for much of his adult life, Lee Chauvette has announced plans to step back from public service and not seek re-election to the Athol Royalston Regional School Committee this April.Chauvette, 57,...


Consultants update Athol Selectboard on Lord Pond planning
01-13-2023 1:49 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Representatives of BSC Group, the Boston-based consulting firm developing plans for the greening of Lord Pond Plaza, recently brought Athol’s Selectboard up to speed on that effort.An assessment of the plaza was undertaken in 2020 under the...


Academic supports, ELA curriculum among Athol school budget priorities
01-12-2023 2:37 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL—A preliminary version of the FY24 school budget shows a focus on curriculum improvements to all grade levels, as well as a look ahead. Superintendent Matt Ehrenworth and Business Manager Leah Jack met with the Finance and Warrant Advisory...


Athol Planning Board gets primer on wind turbines
01-12-2023 12:06 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL –In anticipation of a possible rewrite of zoning bylaws for the siting of wind turbines, the Board of Planning and Community Development enlisted the help of Stuart Smith, who has been involved in the industry for decades.Smith, a resident of...


North Quabbin realtor—Housing market, and prices, should stabilize
01-10-2023 3:02 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – When asked what the North Quabbin real estate market will do in 2023, Hometown Realtors owner Sara Lyman believes prices will decrease, though not by much.“When you follow the economists and you look at what’s happening right now in January,...

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