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Petersham officials seek input from residents on new Open Space Plan
01-31-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

PETERSHAM – Officials are eager to hear from residents at a Saturday forum on what priorities they think should be included in an updated Open Space and Recreation Plan.The meeting will take place on Feb. 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the lower level of Town...


Royalston residents speak against proposed transfer station partnership
01-30-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON – Voters will get an opportunity at April’s annual Town Election to tell officials if they want to keep the transfer station open or close it and instead take their trash to Winchendon.Winchendon Public Works Director Brian Coteau recently...


Hoops 4 Hunger boosts resources at Athol High Food Pantry
01-24-2024 4:01 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – With packed stands and donations still being counted, organizers of the Hoops 4 Hunger charity considered Monday’s game a great success.The junior varsity and varsity games held between Athol High and Franklin County Technical schools brought...


Meeting will be held for public comment on Bidwell site in Athol
01-23-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – When it comes to the future of the 100-acre Bidwell property, Town Manager Shaun Suhoski said it will be up to the voters whether it becomes housing, community space or a mix of uses.Residents will get another chance to examine proposed uses...


Volunteers to launch Year of Kindness in Athol
01-22-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – This past Sunday marked the official end of Athol’s Year of Kindness, an effort spearheaded by the Athol Congregational Church UCC, which encouraged residents to carry out simple acts of kindness toward others.Yet, while marking the end of...


Smaller number proposed for Athol Fire Department hires
01-19-2024 4:38 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Another override for new firefighters appears to be in the town’s future, but the number could look very different.At its meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 17, the Fire Department Staffing Advisory Committee met to compare options for how best to...


“Hoops for Hunger” game to benefit Athol High School Food Pantry
01-18-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – The girls basketball teams have created an event called “Hoops 4 Hunger” with the goal of raising money and collecting non-perishable food items for the Athol High School Food Pantry.Lonnie Bonenfant, a member of the ARRSD School Committee and...


Warming stations available this week
01-16-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – With temperatures no warmer than the mid-20s expected over the next few days, arrangements have been made for people who may need a place to stay warm.A total of eight warming centers have been set up at several locations throughout Athol....


Committee reviews hiring costs for Athol Fire Department personnel
01-11-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Members of the Fire Department Staffing Advisory Committee were asked to be ready next week with recommendations on how to solve the staffing shortage at the Fire Department. There seemed to be little disagreement that the department needs...


Royalston transfer station expenses being examined
01-10-2024 5:03 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON – Residents will get a chance to voice their opinions regarding the future of the town’s transfer station later this month.The meeting will be held on Thursday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m. at Town Hall. Options being considered include keeping the...


Athol DPW handles “blizzard conditions” over weekend
01-08-2024 3:39 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – The storm this past weekend threw public works crews a bit of a curve, giving the impression it had mostly petered out by noontime Sunday before slamming the region with heavy blowing snow in the mid-afternoon.“With the exception of it being a...


Following override defeat, committee discusses costs for new Athol firefighters
01-04-2024 3:16 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – At its meeting Wednesday afternoon, members of the Fire Department Staffing Advisory Committee agreed that the town does need more firefighter/EMTs, but costs for such hires remain a concern.The committee was formed following the defeat of...


Downtown Athol to be covered in scarves, hats for annual “scarf bombing”
01-03-2024 4:02 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – For a decade or more, Ann Willhite, owner of Deja Vu Women’s Consignment in Athol, has been doing her part to ensure that local residents in need of some warmth during the winter have access to a little comfort, and this year will be no...


Athol Town Manager hopes to bring housing projects to fruition
01-02-2024 3:07 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – When asked about his priorities for the year ahead, Town Manager Shaun Suhoski said he’s excited for what could happen in Athol in 2024.“One of my roles, along with the Planning Department,” he continued, “is to try to cultivate projects that...


Hometown Realtors owner says 2024 could see a stable housing market
12-28-2023 3:15 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – As the new year approaches, Sara Lyman, owner of Athol’s Hometown Realtors, said those in need of housing or are first-time homebuyers should direct their search where competition is light.“Here in New England,” she continued, “that rings true...


Cathy and Eric Olson recognized as Phillipston Citizens of the Year for 2023
12-27-2023 3:48 PM

By GREG VINE

PHILLIPSTON – Cathy and Eric Olson of Phillipston were recently honored as the community’s Citizens of the Year for 2023.The couple was presented with the award at this year’s annual Memory Tree ceremony.Asked about the choice of the Olsons to receive...


Royalston boards meet to discuss new master plan
12-26-2023 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON — Town officials have taken the first step toward creation of a master plan for Royalston.On Dec. 19, members of the Selectboard and Planning Board, along with several interested residents, met with Karen Champman, planning and development...


Birdwatchers ‘flock’ to Athol for Christmas Bird Count
12-22-2023 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – There are many popular holiday traditions in North Quabbin—Santa parades, Main Streets made cheerful with festive lighting, toy drives, holiday dinners offered by civic organizations, church Christmas bazaars and more.One longstanding...


Athol High students discuss nation’s issues with local legislators
12-21-2023 2:50 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Nearly three dozen Athol High School students spent Wednesday morning talking with area legislators about the challenges faced by American democracy in the 21st century.Joining them on issues such as the nation’s social problems, privacy and...


Phillipston board explores funding for repairs at Phillips Library
12-20-2023 5:01 PM

By GREG VINE

PHILLIPSTON – Phillips Free Public Library Trustee Sylvia Healey met with the Selectboard on Dec. 13 to present two quotes for lifting and strengthening the floor of the 232-year-old building.One contractor, Art Leray General Contracting of...

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