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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...

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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...


Athol receives Community One Stop grant to fund new downtown design guidelines
10-31-2023 5:01 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – On Oct. 25, Gov. Maura Healey and other administration officials announced the 2024 Community One Stop for Growth Awards, with Athol among the 161 communities sharing $164 million in grant monies.Planning and Development Director Eric Smith...


Committee, police chief discuss downtown Athol
10-12-2023 4:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – While the downtown area has proven crime-free, Police Chief Craig Lundgren and the Downtown Vitality Committee identified some concerns to keep an eye on.The chief said there had only been two relatively serious incidents in downtown in recent...


Athol Town Meeting includes funding for parking deck demo
10-04-2023 4:01 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Voters will face a relatively short warrant of 12 articles for the Fall Town Meeting scheduled for Monday, Oct. 16, at Town Hall.Among the items voters will be asked to decide on are the use of $160,000 set aside at last year’s Annual Town...


Zoning changes proposed for commercial, residential projects in Athol
09-19-2023 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – A series of proposed changes to the town’s zoning bylaws would allow developments similar to Fitchburg developer Bill Krikorian’s 43-unit project for downtown to proceed with fewer variances.Approximately 14 months ago, Bill Krikorian...


Fall Festival returns to downtown Athol
09-14-2023 5:13 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – After being gone for the last three years, the annual Fall Festival is returning to downtown Athol this Saturday. The event will take place from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sept. 16 and is co-sponsored by the North Quabbin Chamber of Commerce, Athol...


Orange, Athol boards discuss strategies for improving downtown areas
08-14-2023 5:28 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL — Orange and Athol officials recently met to discuss ideas for how to reinvigorate the local economy.Tom Sexton, vice chair of the Orange Long Range Comprehensive Planning Committee, and committee member Karl Bittenbender met on Aug. 8 with...


Orange Historical Society debuts timeless porch social
06-26-2023 4:59 PM

ORANGE – Fairgoers of all ages seemed to be up for a “historic” good time as they ventured to the uppermost tip of downtown North Main Street to enjoy an, as advertised, “old-fashioned porch visit” hosted by annual Third Thursday Street Fair newcomer,...


Athol Selectboard supports proposal for grant match
05-09-2023 4:06 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – The Selectboard has voted to add an article to the Town Meeting warrant seeking up to $20,000 to fund its match of a Vacant Storefront Program grant.The program is overseen by the state’s Office of Business Development and its goal is to help...

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