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Athol Royalston recognizes May Students of the Month
06-13-2024 3:37 PM

Athol Royalston recognizes May Students of the Month

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Email sent by Select Board Chair violated Open Meeting Law, says attorney general
06-10-2024 4:15 PM

STAFF REPORT

ROYALSTON — The Office of the Attorney General has found that the Select Board violated the Open Meeting Law when an email was sent among a quorum of the board outside a public meeting regarding a town employee’s resignation.The board has acknowledged...


Royalston Town Meeting approves full-time officer, Raymond School upgrades
06-09-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON – Ninety-six voters showed up for Saturday’s Annual Town Meeting at Town Hall, but many did not stay the entire four hours it took to finish the 31-article warrant.In the end, one Proposition 2 ½ override, two debt exclusions and a $2.9...


Override, debt exclusions on Royalston Town Meeting warrant
06-06-2024 4:21 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON – Voters will face a 31-article warrant when they gather for the Annual Town Meeting tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Town Hall.Among the items under consideration is one Proposition 2 ½ override and two debt exclusions. If the override or either of...


Land use, economic development to begin Royalston master plan process
05-31-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON – Initial efforts to craft a new master plan for the town will focus on its housing needs and potential economic development.Senior Planner Tracy Murphy of the Montachusett Regional Planning Commission and its principal planner, Joseph...


Spectrum expands broadband, TV services
05-29-2024 9:37 AM

Spectrum has announced an expansion of its services to Warwick and Royalston, among other rural towns, through the Federal Communications Commission’s Rural Digital Opportunity Fund.According to the announcement, Spectrum internet, phone, and TV...


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...


$700K debt exclusion would fund repairs to Raymond Hall
05-08-2024 4:41 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON – A last-minute addition has been made to the warrant for Royalston’s Annual Town Meeting seeking $700,000 through a Proposition 2 ½ debt exclusion. The new article, authored by the town’s Building Committee, would pay for improvements to...


Royalston Selectboard backs Town Meeting warrant
05-01-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON – The Selectboard Tuesday night closed the warrant for the upcoming Annual Town Meeting and have recommended passage of all 30 articles. The town’s Finance Advisory Committee will decide which articles it will support at its meeting tonight...


Royalston’s FinCom debates proposed salary increases
04-26-2024 4:08 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON – The Finance Committee Thursday night reviewed the FY25 budget proposed by the town’s Selectboard and offered a couple of changes.The committee held off on making a recommendation on a proposed $75,411 Proposition 2 ½ override to fund the...


PHOTO: Spectacular spire
04-26-2024 4:07 PM


A Page from North Quabbin History: Women of Royalston display
04-23-2024 3:31 PM

By Carla CharterThe Royalston Historical Society will hold its grand reopening on May 19 with a “Women’s Lives of Royalston” exhibit, which will share the stories of Royalston women’s lives throughout history from their own perspectives, according to...


Athol Royalston School Committee approves budget on second attempt
04-23-2024 3:29 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – It took two votes, but the Athol Royalston Regional School Committee approved an $32.1 million FY25 general budget for the district at its meeting on Monday, April 22.The final vote came after more than two hours of public comment and...


Carol Doucette of Royalston receives $15,000 from Publishers Clearing House
04-17-2024 5:10 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON – The Publishers Clearing House Prize Patrol went to Royalston on Wednesday and, in what PCH Representative Howie Guja said was a first, was unable to make it the front door of the $15,000 winner.As the Prize Patrol made its way to the Stone...


Royalston Selectboard mulls options for full-time police
04-17-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON – The Selectboard will meet with the town’s Finance Committee Thursday night in hopes of determining the best way to provide at least one full-time officer to the police department in the year ahead.At their meeting Tuesday night, the...


Director of Village School in Royalston steps down
04-15-2024 4:30 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON – Village School Director Rise Richardson, who has been there since the doors opened in 1989, has announced she has stepped down from the position.Richardson has been the school’s director since 1994, and said she had decided that it was...


Firefighter override passes by narrow margin at Athol Town Election
04-02-2024 2:10 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL– A Proposition 2 ½ override aimed at increasing staff at the Athol Fire Department passed at Monday’s Town Election.By only 96 votes – 639 to 543 – voters said “yes” to a $286,000 override to fund the hiring of three paramedic/EMT/firefighters....


Chapman seeking seat on Royalston Selectboard
03-26-2024 4:32 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON – Bill Chapman said it that the help he and his family received from the community following a fire at their home drove him to seek a seat on the Selectboard.Chapman, of Royalston, is one of two candidates running to replace outgoing...


Former Pete & Henry’s site in Royalston to become new park
03-21-2024 5:08 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON – The Selectboard Tuesday night put their signatures to a conservation restriction governing the parcel in the South Village that was once the site of Pete & Henry’s restaurant.The agreement with Mt. Grace Land Conservation Trust gives the...


Former Selectman says residents asked him to run again
03-14-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON—In 2003, Royalston resident Gary Winitzer won a special election to fill an unexpected vacancy on the Selectboard—in 2005, he was defeated in a bid for a three-year term.Since then, he has run for the Selectboard several times without...


Royalston sewer costs to decrease in proposed budget
03-12-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON – The budget for the town’s sewer department may see a modest 4.8 percent reduction in the next fiscal year.The Selectboard last week recommended a spending package for the department of $95,364, a reduction of just over $4,800 from the...

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