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Athol man pleads to guilty to 27 counts of sexual crimes involving minors
05-30-2024 5:22 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD – A man formerly of Athol will spend the next 25 to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty on Thursday to 27 counts of sexual crimes involving three minors.Jose Oquendo, 51, appeared in Franklin County Superior Court to accept...

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Gough captures Selectboard seat in Phillipston Town Election
05-21-2024 3:28 PM

By GREG VINE

PHILLIPSTON –In her first foray into local politics, Nicole Gough won Monday’s Town Election to fill a one-year term on the Selectboard, besting Earl Sweat, a member of the Board of AssessorsGough won by only 26 votes, earing 123 votes to Sweat’s 97....


Assessment of Phillips Free Public Library does not address “problematic” addition
05-16-2024 4:14 PM

By GREG VINE

PHILLIPSTON – A structural assessment of the Phillips Free Public Library shows that $263,000 worth of repairs is needed for the building, but it appears the full extent of the work is not yet known.At a meeting of the Selectboard Wednesday evening,...


Phillipston Town Election to decide next Selectboard member
05-14-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

PHILLIPSTON – In next Monday’s Annual Town Election, voters will choose the next member of the Selectboard and a Proposition 2 ½ override aimed at handling the town’s expenses.The race for Selectboard between candidates Nicole Gough and Earl Sweat is...


Earl Sweat seeks seat on Phillipston Selectboard
05-01-2024 2:15 PM

By GREG VINE

PHILLIPSTON – Earl Sweat, a member of the Board of Assessors, has thrown his hat into the ring for a one-year term on the Selectboard.He joins fellow resident Nicole Gough in the contest to serve out the remaining year of former board member Dan...


Magic comes to Red Apple in Phillipston
04-24-2024 2:32 PM

By MAX BOWEN

PHILLIPSTON — Red Apple Farm will become home to faeries, knights, trolls and lots of magic on the first weekend in May.The Enchanted Orchard Renaissance Faire will take place on May 4-5. Richard and Rajuli Fahey of Winchendon have been to the farm a...


Nicole Gough seeks seat on Phillipston Selectboard
04-19-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

PHILLIPSTON – After living in town for two decades, Nicole Gough has decided it’s time to make her first foray into local politics.Gough is running to fill the one year remaining on the term of former Selectboard member Dan Sanden, who resigned...


Phillipston board opens talks on new police chief
04-18-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

PHILLIPSTON – Police Chief Kevin Dodge recently announced his intention to retire from a post he has held for more than a decade, and the Selectboard is reviewing the options for hiring his successor.The chief’s current salary is just under $85,000...


Phillipston voters faced with override decision at May 8 Town Election
04-12-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

PHILLIPSTON – Acting on the recommendation of the Finance Committee, the Selecboard voted at its meeting last Wednesday to include an article on the May 8 Annual Town Meeting warrant which calls for a $175,000 Proposition 2 ½ override.If the article...


Meeting to review Community Preservation Act proposals in Phillipston
04-09-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

PHILLIPSTON – The Community Preservation Committee (CPC) is inviting residents to a public meeting this Thursday, April 11, to discuss projects the committee would like to fund in the year ahead.The meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the former...


Firm hired to inspect Phillipston library’s condition
02-14-2024 3:58 PM

By GREG VINE

PHILLIPSTON – The Selectboard has voted to sign an $8,750 contract with the engineering firm of Tighe & Bond to inspect the Phillips Free Public Library and report on the building’s condition.Town officials are hoping the Westfield company can...


Athol, Phillipston among departments to receive state grant funding
02-09-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

Fire departments in Athol, Petersham, Phillipston and Royalston are among the 321 statewide to share in a $5 million Firefighter Safety Equipment Grants.Gov. Maura Healey recently awarded the grant monies, saying, “Every single day, firefighters...


Agreement reached on Phillipston/Templeton regional dispatch
01-28-2024 5:00 PM

By Greg Vine

PHILLIPSTON – The Selectboard voted Wednesday to approve a new intermunicipal public safety agreement with Templeton.This three-year agreement entails Templeton providing police and fire dispatch services for both communities. Templeton’s five-member...


Phillipston photographer wins in Mass Audubon contest
01-05-2024 4:44 PM

By MAX BOWEN

PHILLIPSTON — A casual kayak ride on Tully Lake has become an award-winning photo for Norm Eggert.The picture shows Norm’s wife Cheryl near the lake’s boat launch, framed by trees in the morning light, and was chosen by Mass Audubon as the winner in...


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...


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...


Phillipston, Templeton officials to meet to go over regional emergency dispatch
12-17-2023 6:01 PM

By GREG VINE

PHILLIPSTON — Officials from Phillipston and Templeton are planning to meet with representatives of the State 911 Department to see if an accord can be reached to renew the Regional Emergency Communications Center (RECC) agreement between the two...


The view of Wachusett
11-27-2023 5:00 PM


Phillipston property owner proposes retail marijuana location
11-03-2023 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

PHILLIPSTON – Monil Patel, owner of Phillipston Liquor & Variety, and his attorney, Valerio Romano, appeared before the Selectboard Wednesday night to review plans for a retail marijuana operation.Patel proposes transforming a building on his...


Committee outlines uses of Phillipston’s CPA funds
10-13-2023 5:37 PM

By GREG VINE

PHILLIPSTON – The Community Preservation Committee has taken the first steps in determining how best to spend the nearly $1.5 million which the town has in Community Preservation Act funds.To that end, the committee held an informational meeting on...


Slim pickings: Farmers face smaller pick-your-own apple crop following May frost
09-17-2023 6:00 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

Picking apples is one of the rites of fall, with crisp, sunny mornings beckoning families out to the orchard to help gather in the season’s brilliant red and green bounty.This year, though, pick-your-own opportunities will be limited because so much...

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