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Athol lands $500,000 grant to assess Cass Toy Factory, York Theater
05-24-2024 1:22 PM

By Max Bowen

ATHOL –The town has received $500,000 in federal funds to conduct 10 Phase I and five Phase II environmental site assessments along with reuse visioning and community engagement activities.The funding comes from the U.S. Environmental Protection...


Athol Water Division receives Public Water System Award
05-23-2024 4:20 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – For the second consecutive year, the town’s Water Division has been recognized for what the Department of Environmental Protection called “noteworthy performance” in recent years. Athol is one of 45 public water systems to be receive a Public...


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...


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

Staff Report

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...


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...


Cryptozoology exhibits featured at Education Earth Museum
05-10-2024 6:05 PM

By MAX BOWEN

ATHOL – A new museum is set to open in downtown Athol, but the many of the creatures featured won’t be found in a nature textbook.Located at 475 Main St., the Education Earth Museum is owned and operated by Storm DeFrancesco Plains, who is a certified...


Athol Royalston Middle School Honor Roll Term 3
05-10-2024 4:19 PM

Fifth Grade Gold Honor RollAbigail Bouchard, Natalia Campion, Camden Destefano, Colt Gallant, Klara Guilmette, Leighann Gunderman, Maya Hamilton, Grace Kelley, Luna Luna, Shania Luna, Brielle McCorquodale, Noah Porcal, Isabella Tarara, and Sabrina...


‘Arrive Alive’ shows Athol High School students the dangers of impaired driving
05-07-2024 4:32 PM

By MAX BOWEN

ATHOL — As the school year winds down, Athol High School students got a realistic look at the dangers of impaired driving. “Arrive Alive” showed a mock two-car crash on Monday, with five Athol High School students portraying the drivers and...


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...


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...


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...


North Quabbin Notes, April 27
04-29-2024 4:54 PM

Town Of Athol Cemetery Division noticeATHOL – The Town of Athol, Department of Public Works – Cemetery Division, is requesting that all baskets and winter arrangements be removed from town cemeteries before Saturday, May 4, to allow the department to...


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,...

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