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Gough captures Selectboard seat in Phillipston Town Election
05-21-2024 3:28 PM

By GREG VINE

PHILLIPSTON –In her first foray into local politics, Nicole Gough won Monday’s Town Election to fill a one-year term on the Selectboard, besting Earl Sweat, a member of the Board of AssessorsGough won by only 26 votes, earing 123 votes to Sweat’s 97....


Athol Fire Chief lobbies for increased federal support
05-20-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL –Fire Chief Joseph Guarnera was among the western Massachusetts officials who recently visited the nation’s capital to lobby for restoring funding to federal programs that support fire departments. Those who accompanied Guarnera to Washington,...


Uniquely Quabbin celebrates 25th issue at Athol Library this Tuesday
05-19-2024 5:01 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Uniquely Quabbin, a locally-produced magazine started in 2016 which features local artists, photographers and writers, is celebrating the publication of its 25th issue. To mark the milestone, an exhibition of art and photography by the...


Lake Ellis Partnership endorses stormwater management plan
05-19-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – The Lake Ellis Watershed Management Partnership Wednesday endorsed Planning and Development Director Eric Smith’s proposal to seek a $200,000 grant to address stormwater runoff entering the lake.The competitive Section 319 grants are funded by...


Five Points Project, trash disposal on Athol Town Meeting warrant
05-16-2024 9:09 AM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – The Finance and Warrant Advisory Committee met Tuesday evening to review the 34-article warrant which will be decided on by the voters at the June 10 Annual Town Meeting.While the committee voted to recommend passage of 33 articles, it delayed...


Phillipston Town Election to decide next Selectboard member
05-14-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

PHILLIPSTON – In next Monday’s Annual Town Election, voters will choose the next member of the Selectboard and a Proposition 2 ½ override aimed at handling the town’s expenses.The race for Selectboard between candidates Nicole Gough and Earl Sweat is...


Athol Fire Department receives new pumper truck
05-13-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – The Fire Department has taken receipt of a new $825,000 pumper, the purchase of which was approved when voters last year passed a Proposition 2 ½ debt exclusion.According to Fire Chief Joseph Guarnera, the new pumper replaces a 26-year-old...


Proposal calls for a 70-80-room hotel near North Quabbin Commons in Athol
05-12-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Wednesday evening, Supriya Kelkar, planner for the consulting firm of Innes Associates Ltd., presented the Economic Development & Industrial Corporation with a final draft of the Request for Proposal to find a company interested in developing...


Athol YMCA to open new community center
05-12-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – What started out as an effort to establish a teen center in Athol ended up morphing into plans to open the multi-generational Y Community Center.The need for such a facility became clear during the pandemic, when the Athol Area YMCA did its...


$700K debt exclusion would fund repairs to Raymond Hall
05-08-2024 4:41 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON – A last-minute addition has been made to the warrant for Royalston’s Annual Town Meeting seeking $700,000 through a Proposition 2 ½ debt exclusion. The new article, authored by the town’s Building Committee, would pay for improvements to...


Work on Pinedale Avenue Bridge connecting Athol and Orange to resume
05-07-2024 4:30 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Closed for a year and a half, work on the Pinedale Avenue Bridge is set to resume next week, according to Public Works Director Dick Kilhart.Kilhart explained that work has been on hold recently as the project’s contractor, Construction...


Rice’s Roots Farm owner plans for community involvement for land’s future
05-06-2024 4:20 PM

By GREG VINE

PETERSHAM – Lin Chen, the new owner of what was known locally as Rice’s Roots Farm, displays a wide smile when discussing his plans for the 228-acre site in Petersham.Doing business under the name Global Roots Farm, LLC, he hopes to serve the North...


Volunteers repaint Athol gazebo for veterans memorial service
05-05-2024 5:01 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Several volunteers recently helped with a new paint job for the bandstand on the Uptown Common, in time for the annual “We Remember” ceremony.The gazebo was painted and decorated in preparation for the annual Athol Congregational Church event,...


Nature lovers gather at Adams Farm for hawk watch
05-05-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Area raptor enthusiasts have been gathering at Adams Farm in Athol since March 11 to take part in the annual hawk watch.The team leader of the event is Mark Morris of Eastern Mass Hawk Watch, who has coordinated the event in recent years with...


Royalston Selectboard backs Town Meeting warrant
05-01-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON – The Selectboard Tuesday night closed the warrant for the upcoming Annual Town Meeting and have recommended passage of all 30 articles. The town’s Finance Advisory Committee will decide which articles it will support at its meeting tonight...


Earl Sweat seeks seat on Phillipston Selectboard
05-01-2024 2:15 PM

By GREG VINE

PHILLIPSTON – Earl Sweat, a member of the Board of Assessors, has thrown his hat into the ring for a one-year term on the Selectboard.He joins fellow resident Nicole Gough in the contest to serve out the remaining year of former board member Dan...


Partnership hopes to address Lake Ellis stormwater runoff
04-30-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Steps are being taken to reduce the amount of stormwater runoff that makes its way into Lake Ellis.Planning and Development Director Eric Smith told members of the Lake Ellis Watershed Management Partnership that the town plans to apply for a...


Athol town-wide cleanup deemed ‘a huge success’ by organizers
04-29-2024 3:09 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Green Clean Athol, the annual town-wide cleanup campaign, was, according to event co-organizer Heidi Strickland, “a huge success.”Approximately 90 volunteers showed up outside the Athol Senior Center at Lord Pond Plaza on Saturday, April 20,...


Royalston’s FinCom debates proposed salary increases
04-26-2024 4:08 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON – The Finance Committee Thursday night reviewed the FY25 budget proposed by the town’s Selectboard and offered a couple of changes.The committee held off on making a recommendation on a proposed $75,411 Proposition 2 ½ override to fund the...


Students plant red maple outside Athol Community Elementary School
04-25-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Arbor Day was celebrated a day early Thursday morning as fourth-graders from Athol Community Elementary School joined town officials and public works employees for the planting of a tree at the school.A red maple sapling now graces a strip of...

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