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Skills Capital Grant benefits automotive program
07-02-2024 4:33 PM

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GARDNER – Mount Wachusett Community College (MWCC) is one of 65 educational institutions to receive Skills Capital Grants to upgrade technology and instructional spaces to expand career programs for young people and adults.The $425,000 grant will...

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Transfer station starting food scrap compost program
05-14-2024 2:40 PM

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ATHOL – Starting in the next few weeks, Athol Transfer Station will be collecting and diverting food scraps for composting to add to waste collection efforts. Food scrap collection is open during normal transfer station operating hours. This program...


Lions Clubs hosts blood drive, others planned in March, May
02-09-2024 5:00 PM

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PETERSHAM — The Petersham Lions Club, in partnership with the Grafton MA Lions Club, sponsored the recent Massachusetts General Hospital Blood Drive, and more are planned in the near future.In response to a nationwide shortage and a constant need for...


Wifi hotspots available through Athol Council on Aging, library
01-10-2024 5:02 PM

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ATHOL — The Athol Public Library and Council on Aging announced the availability of 50 new portable wifi hotspots, free for the public to use.This new group of hotspots, made possible by a grant funded by ARPA through the Massachusetts Executive...


Woman’s Club offers its gratitude for Memory Tree donations
12-31-2023 9:13 AM

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The Athol Woman’s Club wishes to extend its gratitude for the donations for the Memory Tree 2023. Our loved ones may not be with us to celebrate the season, but we will keep their memory alive. With the holiday season coming to a close we wish all a...


Athol man will serve five years for non-fatal shooting
12-13-2023 4:21 PM

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GREENFIELD – A Superior Court judge has sentenced Yamil Colon Nunez, 48, of Athol, to serve five years in state prison for shooting another man in the neck in November 2022.On Dec. 13, in Franklin Superior Court, Nunez pleaded guilty to indictments...


Nomination papers now available for Petersham Town Election
12-06-2023 5:00 PM

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PETERSHAM — Nomination papers for the Annual Town Election, to be held on March 18, 2024, are now available. They may be obtained at the Town Clerk or Selectmen’s office until Monday, Jan. 29, at 5 p.m., and must be returned by Jan. 29, 5 p.m. The...


Lions Club holds installation of officers
11-22-2023 5:00 PM

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PETERSHAM—The Petersham Lions Club recently held its annual Installation of Officers Dinner at Williams Restaurant in Gardner. The club’s guests were District Governor for District 33A Curt Jamison, who served to swear in the slate of Petersham...


Mount Grace receives Mass Audubon award
11-15-2023 4:43 PM

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ATHOL — Mass Audubon named Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust (MGLCT) the recipient of its 2023 Allen H. Morgan Award during the statewide conservation organization’s annual meeting.The award, which honors “distinguished achievement in the...


Following 84 years, Winchendon Furniture prepares to close
10-10-2023 5:00 PM

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WINCHENDON — After serving the community and surrounding area for 84 years, Winchendon Furniture is going out of business.The family-owned home furnishings store will permanently close its flagship location following a liquidation sale which begins on...


Athol Public Library gears up to host comic book artists
10-03-2023 5:00 PM

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ATHOL — The Athol Public Library and Hero Shack Press are busy with preparations for the upcoming Comic Book Fest on Saturday, Oct. 14.The festival will take over both floors of the Athol Town Hall and the library next door. This all-ages event will...


Habitat restoration begins at Guiney Memorial Forest
09-29-2023 5:04 PM

Staff Report

ATHOL –A Cornell Land Trust Grant given to Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust will be used for habitat restoration in Royalston.Mount Grace’s work funded by this grant will focus on Guiney Memorial Forest, a 33-acre wildlife sanctuary in Royalston....


Petersham Congregational Church marks bicentennial
09-19-2023 5:00 PM

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PETERSHAM – Last Sunday, Sept. 17, the Petersham Orthodox Congregational Church held a commemoration ceremony as part of its bicentennial celebration.Pastor Rev. Geoffrey Smith guided the festivities and spoke about previous celebration events—the...


Athol Public Library’s Comic Book Fest returns
08-29-2023 5:01 PM

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On Saturday, Oct. 14, the Athol Public Library and Hero Shack Press are teaming up for the return of Comic Book Fest. The Athol Town Hall and library will be transformed into a comic book lover’s dream. With comics, artist panels, vendors, cosplay,...


State opens police misconduct database dating back to 1984; 30 officers in Hampshire County departments listed
08-25-2023 5:00 PM

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The state has opened a database containing disciplinary records for more than 2,100 Massachusetts police officers credibly accused of misconduct, including 30 officers who work or once worked in area communities or colleges.Among those officers who...


A magical time
07-28-2023 2:34 PM

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ORANGE—The Return to Hogwarts event kicked off on Wednesday, July 26, with 19 area local businesses participating. Marking the birthday of Harry Potter on July 31, the celebration transformed downtown Orange, with people in costume and elaborate...


Athol Historical Society to hold quilt show
06-13-2023 4:50 PM

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ATHOL—Antique and recently-made quilts of all styles will be on display this weekend.This Athol Historical Society will hold a quilt show on Saturday, June 17, from noon to 3 p.m. at 1307 Main St.The present-day quilts were made by Diana Cooley of...


Montachusett Veterans Outreach Center awarded $20 million for affordable housing
05-25-2023 4:37 PM

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WINCHENDON- The Montachusett Veterans Outreach Center has been hard at work for nearly four years to redevelop the former Streeter and Poland Elementary schools into 44 units of low-income apartments for homeless and high-risk veterans.On May 18, it...


Beals Library receives grant to expand autism services
05-24-2023 6:44 PM

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WINCHENDON — The Beals Memorial Library has been selected as one of 240 libraries nationwide to participate in the Libraries Transforming Communities: Accessible Small and Rural Communities, an American Library Association (ALA).This initiative...


Petersham Farmers market returns this Friday
05-23-2023 4:12 PM

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PETERSHAM—The Friday Market will launch its 20-week 2023 season on the Town Common at 3 p.m. on Friday, May 26.According to information sent by market organizers, vendors including Coolidge Hill Farm in New Salem and Rick Wilkey Produce will be on...


D.A.R.E. graduates 15 Royalston students
05-04-2023 3:24 PM

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ROYALSTON – Fifteen fifth-graders from the Royalston Community School (RCS) participated in a ceremony celebrating their graduation from a 10-week D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program.Local and state dignitaries were on hand for the...

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