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Plan calls for upgrades to Silver Lake in Athol
04-24-2024 5:16 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Residents and town officials joined members of the Open Space & Recreation Commission for a walking tour of Silver Lake Park Tuesday night.The purpose of the meeting, which convened at the park’s pavilion, was to discuss a master plan for the...


Athol Royalston School Committee approves budget on second attempt
04-23-2024 3:29 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – It took two votes, but the Athol Royalston Regional School Committee approved an $32.1 million FY25 general budget for the district at its meeting on Monday, April 22.The final vote came after more than two hours of public comment and...


Alumnae gather in Athol to honor Spelman College founders
04-22-2024 4:22 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Saturday’s morning rain did little to dampen the enthusiasm of those who attended the third annual Spelman College Founders Day at Silver Lake Cemetery to honor Sophia B. Packard and Harriet E. Giles.According to the college’s web site, the...


Nicole Gough seeks seat on Phillipston Selectboard
04-19-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

PHILLIPSTON – After living in town for two decades, Nicole Gough has decided it’s time to make her first foray into local politics.Gough is running to fill the one year remaining on the term of former Selectboard member Dan Sanden, who resigned...


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...


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...


Royalston Selectboard mulls options for full-time police
04-17-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON – The Selectboard will meet with the town’s Finance Committee Thursday night in hopes of determining the best way to provide at least one full-time officer to the police department in the year ahead.At their meeting Tuesday night, the...


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...


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...

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