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Athol Town Manager says next fiscal year may be the ‘most challenging’ in the last decade
03-31-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – As he prepares to meet with the Selectboard and Finance and Warrant Advisory Committee to present a proposed town budget, Town Manager Shaun Suhoski said fiscal year 2025 “is shaping up to be among the most challenging (fiscal years) during my...


Planning underway for fifth annual Athol Green Clean
03-29-2024 4:42 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Earth Day is just around the corner and that means the fifth annual Green Clean Athol event is close at hand.The community cleanup effort is scheduled for Saturday, April 20, with the 54th annual observance of Earth Day to follow on Monday,...


Committee requests $18K in new parking meters for Athol
03-28-2024 5:01 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Four years ago, Town Meeting voters approved creation of a Downtown Parking Benefits District (DPBD), with the stipulation that an Oversight Committee be created to decide how funds collected from parking meters will be spent.This will mark...


Savoy seeks Athol Royalston School Committee seat
03-26-2024 4:33 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Jason Savoy, a 1999 graduate of Athol High School, is one of two people running for a one-year term on the Athol-Royalston Regional School Committee in next Monday’s annual Town Election. Savoy is seeking to fill the vacancy created by the...


Chapman seeking seat on Royalston Selectboard
03-26-2024 4:32 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON – Bill Chapman said it that the help he and his family received from the community following a fire at their home drove him to seek a seat on the Selectboard.Chapman, of Royalston, is one of two candidates running to replace outgoing...


Firefighter override to be decided at Athol Town Election
03-25-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – In less than a week, voters will decide whether to support a $286,000 Proposition 2 ½ override to fund the hiring of three paramedic/EMT/firefighters for the town’s fire department.The override is on the ballot for the Town Election, which...


Athol Royalston School Committee votes to explore new high school
03-22-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – The Athol Royalston Regional School Committee voted Wednesday night to inform the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) that it wants to explore the feasibility of a new high school.The Statement of Interest has to be in the MSBA’s...


Former Pete & Henry’s site in Royalston to become new park
03-21-2024 5:08 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON – The Selectboard Tuesday night put their signatures to a conservation restriction governing the parcel in the South Village that was once the site of Pete & Henry’s restaurant.The agreement with Mt. Grace Land Conservation Trust gives the...


Athol High School juniors shine at science fair
03-19-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Two Athol High School juniors were recognized at the March 8 Worcester Regional Science and Engineering Fair held at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, each for their own unique talent.Allison Robertson submitted artwork that was chosen to be...


Athol begins master plan updates
03-18-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – The town’s newly-formed Master Plan Committee has started work on portions of Athol’s existing master plan, last updated in 2015. To aid in that effort, the committee has developed a survey seeking resident input on topics ranging from...


New faces eye Selectboard seats in Petersham Town Election
03-15-2024 3:56 PM

By GREG VINE

PETERSHAM – While there won’t be any heated contests or controversial ballot questions, Monday’s annual Town Election in Petersham does feature two political newcomers seeking office for the first time. Joshua Cayea is the sole candidate for a...


Former Selectman says residents asked him to run again
03-14-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON—In 2003, Royalston resident Gary Winitzer won a special election to fill an unexpected vacancy on the Selectboard—in 2005, he was defeated in a bid for a three-year term.Since then, he has run for the Selectboard several times without...


Lee Chauvette seeks return to town government in upcoming Town Election
03-13-2024 3:50 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – After a year’s absence, Lee Chauvette wants to re-enter the world of local politics, which he has been a part of for many years.Chauvette, who previously served 20 years on the ARRSD School Committee and nine years on the Selectboard, is...


Royalston sewer costs to decrease in proposed budget
03-12-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON – The budget for the town’s sewer department may see a modest 4.8 percent reduction in the next fiscal year.The Selectboard last week recommended a spending package for the department of $95,364, a reduction of just over $4,800 from the...


Village School teacher to discuss memoir on seven years as a long-haul trucker
03-11-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON – This Friday, Village School history teacher George Bennett will share stories from the roads of Britain, Scotland and the Middle East as he discusses his recently-published book, ”Into the Distance: The Lost World of Long-Haul...


Athol officials hope workshop can lead to updated downtown design guidelines
03-10-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – The Downtown Vitality Committee is sponsoring a workshop on March 12 to lay the groundwork for establishing new design guidelines for downtown businesses.Emily Keys Innes, president of Innes Associates Ltd. of Newburyport, will present...


Mass Discount Center relocates to Athol following flooding in Leominster
03-08-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – If Heather Dinitto has her way, the debut of Mass Discount Center, located at 500 Main St., will mark just the first of what she hopes will be several locations.Dinitto and her husband, Walter Ferreira, hadn’t planned on locating the store in...


Athol fire, police capital requests get the green light
03-07-2024 4:54 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – The town’s Capital Program Committee last Thursday managed to trim departmental requests for just over $1.6 million in capital expenditures down to $824,000—the amount available in the FY25 capital budget.The Police Department got everything...


Royalston, state police, form service agreement
03-07-2024 4:53 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON – The town has reached an agreement for assistance from the Massachusetts State Police, but a new plan will needed soon, according to officials.In the most recent edition of “The Royalston Community Newsletter,” Royalston Police Chief Curtis...


Royalston seeks town input on Whitney Hall’s future
03-06-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON – The firm hired by the town to undertake a marketing study for Whitney Hall told a public meeting last Thursday to hold off on any decisions for the future of the 119-year-old building.Heather Calvin, senior consultant for Phoenix-based...

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