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Contracts complete for Athol Royalston School unions
09-24-2023 4:01 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Contract negotiations with the Athol Teachers Association (ATA) have been completed, and Superintendent Matt Ehrenworth said the process has gone smoother than in years past.The Athol Teachers Association represents all bargaining units in the...


New information shows that Royalston Fire Station has three separate owners
09-20-2023 4:13 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON – A new development has arisen regarding the future of Fire Station #1, located next to the Congregational Church on the Town Common, as it turns out the site doesn’t have one owner—it has three.At Tuesday’s Selectboard meeting, discussion...


Peace statue in Orange being conserved with state grant
09-13-2023 5:06 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE – The Massachusetts Peace Statue in the center of Memorial Park is getting some work done, thanks to a matching state grant paying for its professional conservation.Also known by the words engraved on its bronze plaque, “It Shall Not Be Again”...


Despite two-year closing, Winchendon Rod & Gun Club remains active
09-03-2023 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON – To paraphrase Mark Twain, reports of the Winchendon Rod & Gun Club’s demise are greatly exaggerated.In fact, according to Club President Glenn Ruschioni, the organization is doing quite well, despite the fact that the clubhouse on...


Royalston to use its own poles for flags
08-24-2023 5:03 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON—After reviewing some concerning legal language, the town has opted to find a new home for its flags during the holidays.Royalston resident Beth Hastings, an alternate member of the town’s Historic District Commission, had hoped that the...


Voters asked whether to support $135,000 in capital purchases
08-21-2023 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON — Two capital purchases that received a near-unanimous vote at the June Town Meeting will go before voters for a final approval in a few weeks.A Special Town Election has been set for Tuesday, Sept. 12, asking voters to approve a Proposition...


Royalston Fire lands FEMA grant
08-20-2023 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON – The fire department has secured a federal grant that will pay for some much-needed equipment as well as for hazmat training for a dozen or more of its members.Fire Chief Eric Jack said the Federal Emergency Management Agency Assistance to...


Royalston officials wrestle with old fire station’s future
08-09-2023 3:28 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON – The future of what is known to residents as Fire Station #1 has become a regular topic at recent Selectboard and Building Committee meetings.The relatively small structure is located next to the First Congregational Church at 15 The...


Conservation planned for former Pete & Henry’s
08-03-2023 2:34 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON – Following the town’s purchase of the former site of Pete & Henry’s Restaurant in 2021, steps are being taken to protect the land through a conservation restriction.Aaron Nelson, project manager for Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust, met...


One injured in motorcycle, truck crash in Royalston
07-27-2023 3:23 PM

By Max Bowen

ROYALSTON —The driver of a motorcycle was taken to an area hospital following a two-vehicle accident on Tuesday.According to Royalston Fire Chief Eric Jack, the accident was reported at 4:30 p.m. on July 25. The crash occurred on Athol Road in...


Hopping around in Royalston
07-24-2023 4:01 PM


VA employee sentenced on child porn charges
07-20-2023 3:51 PM

By MAX BOWEN

SPRINGFIELD — A Royalston man has been sentenced in Springfield federal court on charges of distributing child pornography using the Wi-Fi at a Veterans Affairs Medical Center.Kevin A. Divoll, 51, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Mark G....


Selectboard mulls King Street Bridge’s future
07-20-2023 3:48 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON – Representatives of the North Quabbin Trails Association met with Royalston’s Selectboard Tuesday night and enthusiastically pitched options for rehabilitating the King Street Bridge. The bridge, built in 1937, sits just off Blossom Street...


Doane Hill Road in Royalston now open for travel
07-20-2023 12:14 PM

By Max Bowen

ROYALSTON—Closed for two days when the water levels at Tully Lake began to rise, Doane Hill Road has been reopened, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.According to information released by the USACE, the road has been opened, though the...


Royalston Music Fest returns this weekend
07-10-2023 3:27 PM

By Greg Vine

ROYALSTON – A nearly two-decade tradition continues this weekend when the Royalston Music Fest takes place Sunday afternoon.A total of seven acts will entertain at the event, which begins at noon at Bullock Park. Music Fest organizer Jim Bennett said...


Royalston Resident faces fine for tree cutting 
07-06-2023 4:26 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON – One of the cardinal rules for living in New England is “don’t touch a tree if you’re not sure who owns it” – and especially, don’t cut it down.Amy Putney, a resident of Royalston, will learn that lesson the hard way after cutting down...


Royalston resident dies in ATV crash
07-03-2023 2:03 PM

By MAX BOWEN

ROYALSTON – A woman from Royalston was killed in an ATV accident when the vehicle struck a washout on a trail in Maine.Abigail Divoll, 25, of Royalston, was a passenger in a side-by-side ATV driven by Matthew Tolman, 26, of Hubbardstown, according to...


Royalston wrestles with cleanup of fire-ravaged home
06-21-2023 3:24 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON – In small towns, a seemingly small amount of money can be a big deal.On April 30, a mobile home located at 79 Athol Road in Royalston was consumed by fire. Now, town officials are trying to determine where money to clean up the site will...


Report shows towns not meeting CPA guidelines
06-18-2023 5:00 PM

By MAX BOWEN

A report done by the Greater Boston Real Estate Board and Center for State Policy Analysis at Tufts University shows that several municipalities which have adopted the Community Preservation Act (CPA) haven’t spent money they’ve put aside for...


Royalston Town Meeting voters approve DPW purchases
06-12-2023 5:11 PM

By Greg Vine

ROYALSTON – When temporary Town Moderator Andy West called for action on the first article of the Annual Town Meeting warrant, few in the audience could have anticipated they would still be conducting business more than four hours later.The meeting...

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