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Pyrtel to lead Orange Economic Development and Industrial Corp.
07-13-2024 9:32 PM

By MAX BOWEN

ORANGE — Mikael Pyrtel, former economic development director for the town of Orange, has joined the Orange Economic Development and Industrial Corp. (OEDIC) as executive director.According to a July 8 announcement, Pyrtel has been in the executive...

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Yankee Candle consolidation prompts loss of 100 jobs
07-13-2024 9:32 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Newell Brands, Yankee Candle’s parent company, announced Monday that Sept. 9 will be the last day of operations at its distribution facility at 27 Yankee Candle Way.The news of an official date to end distribution operations there...


After 10 years, Franklin County Young Professionals rebranding
07-12-2024 5:11 PM

By ADA DENENFELD KELLY

After 10 years of supporting the region’s workers, Franklin County Young Professionals is looking to rebrand and is seeking feedback from the community on a new name that will more accurately describe the group’s purpose in 2024.“A lot of young...


Feds propose high heat work standards
07-07-2024 5:00 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

The federal government has proposed the first national safety standard meant to keep workers safe from excessive heat in the workplace and has made $1 billion available to hundreds of projects — including 30 in Massachusetts — that try to mitigate...


Final days to comment on proposed downtown Athol guidelines
07-05-2024 4:47 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – The town’s Department of Planning & Development and members of the Downtown Vitality Committee are hoping residents will take a few moments to provide opinions on the final draft of the Downtown Design Guidelines.The Newburyport consulting...


Last meeting for Athol downtown designs set for June 11
06-03-2024 12:58 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Businesses, property owners, and area residents will have one last chance to comment on a new set of design guidelines being proposed for downtown Athol.A public presentation of the guidelines being proposed by Innes Associates Ltd. will take...


Office of Travel and Tourism director tours Franklin County, looks to increase presence
05-05-2024 5:00 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

Looking to increase her department’s presence around the state, the executive director of the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism recently visited some of Franklin County’s tourism destinations.Kate Fox was taken on a whirlwind tour around the...


Lobby push aims to propel doggie day care standards
05-01-2024 2:14 PM

By SAM DORAN

BOSTON — Animal advocates from around the state focused their annual lobbying push Tuesday on bills calling for safety standards in the doggie day care industry, banning the use of big animals in circuses, and pushing back against dog breed...


McGovern, Gobi visit development sites in Greenfield, Wendell
04-29-2024 5:00 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

Though they lay dormant now, the former Wilson’s Department Store in downtown Greenfield and the former depot store and post office in Wendell were once bustling hubs of thriving communities.On Friday, U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern and Director of Rural...


Locking up carbon for good: Easthampton inventor’s CO2 removal system turns biomass into biochar
04-26-2024 4:07 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

HOLYOKE — Like many people, Michael Garjian believes global warming is a pressing issue of our times.Unlike most, he’s putting his ideas for reducing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere into practice — and at the same time bidding for a share of the $100...


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...


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...


Wheeler Mansion in Orange to reopen as bed and breakfast
03-24-2024 5:00 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE – No, this is not a joke.The Revival Wheeler Mansion’s bed-and-breakfast is slated to open with a ribbon-cutting ceremony slated for 4 p.m. on April 1.“It’s a long time coming,” said owner Cynthia “Sinde” Butler, who purchased the North Quabbin...


Athol’s L.S. Starrett to become private company
03-12-2024 2:33 PM

By Max Bowen

ATHOL — In an agreement expected to be finalized later this year, precision tool manufacturer L.S. Starrett announced that it will transition from a public to a private company and merge with MiddleGround Capital, a private equity firm.The proposed...


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...


TNT Co-op opens its doors in Athol
03-04-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Those looking for a unique gift for that special friend or loved one may find it at the TNT Co-op Mall in downtown Athol.Business partners Tony Alario and Tedd Lappas have been working since the start of the new year to get their storefront at...


Report examines migrant jobs, earnings prospects
02-11-2024 5:01 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

Immigrants who settle and find work in Massachusetts provide “a direct economic benefit to the region in which they are working in both the value of work produced and in added local spending power,” according to a new report that lands as...


Rhode Island couple purchases Royalston Country Store
02-08-2024 5:01 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON – After nearly a year of searching for someone to re-open the Royalston Country Store, the South Village Revitalization Committee has announced that Winter and Helder Vieira of Bristol, Rhode Island, have purchased the business.It has been...


Liberty Taphouse to open in Athol
02-08-2024 5:00 PM

By MAX BOWEN

ATHOL — The site of the former Flat Rock Tap House will soon reopen, and the new owners have big plans for the location.The Liberty Taphouse at 73 Traverse St. is the newest venture of co-owners Teresa Hisman and Scott Chambers, two longtime friends...


US growth lifts confidence of Massachusetts employers
02-06-2024 4:48 PM

By CHRIS LISINSKI

Massachusetts businesses kicked off the new year with a sunny disposition.Business confidence among employers surveyed by Associated Industries of Massachusetts rose in January to an 11-month high. The business trade group attributed the boost to...

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