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Phillipston voters debate $20,000 salary increase at Special Town Meeting
06-28-2024 1:58 PM

By GREG VINE

PHILLIPSTON – A Special Town Meeting convened Wednesday night saw a good deal of debate around one proposed pay increase.The meeting was held following the defeat of a $175,000 Proposition 2 ½ override at the recent Town Election. The override was...

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Petersham Town Meeting quorum decrease approved
06-04-2024 2:48 PM

By GREG VINE

PETERSHAM – Voters at Monday’s Annual Town Meeting determined that the required 10% quorum to conduct business was just a bit too stringent.Residents who showed up for the 7 p.m. start time ended up on their cell phones, reaching out to friends,...


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....


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...


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...


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...


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....


Proposed charter changes on Athol Town Election ballot
03-29-2024 5:09 PM

By Greg Vine

ATHOL – In addition to the race for the Athol Royalston Regional School Committee and a $286,000 Proposition 2 ½ override to decide, voters at Monday’s Annual Town Election are being asked to approve 31 changes to the Town Charter.Instead of voting on...


Savoy seeks Athol Royalston School Committee seat
03-26-2024 4:33 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Jason Savoy, a 1999 graduate of Athol High School, is one of two people running for a one-year term on the Athol-Royalston Regional School Committee in next Monday’s annual Town Election. Savoy is seeking to fill the vacancy created by the...


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...


New faces eye Selectboard seats in Petersham Town Election
03-15-2024 3:56 PM

By GREG VINE

PETERSHAM – While there won’t be any heated contests or controversial ballot questions, Monday’s annual Town Election in Petersham does feature two political newcomers seeking office for the first time. Joshua Cayea is the sole candidate for a...


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...


Nomination papers available for Athol Town Election
01-08-2024 3:40 PM

ATHOL — The annual Town Election will be held on Monday, April 1. All precincts vote at the Town Hall, 584 Main St. Polls will open at 10 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.Nomination papers are available in the Town Clerk’s office. The deadline to return...


Nomination papers now available for Petersham Town Election
12-06-2023 5:00 PM

Staff Report

PETERSHAM — Nomination papers for the Annual Town Election, to be held on March 18, 2024, are now available. They may be obtained at the Town Clerk or Selectmen’s office until Monday, Jan. 29, at 5 p.m., and must be returned by Jan. 29, 5 p.m. The...


Athol Town Meeting fails to meet quorum
10-17-2023 3:44 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Whether it was the rain or the MLB playoffs that kept people at home, no one knows, but the annual Fall Town Meeting, scheduled to take place this past Monday night, failed to attract the number of voters required under the Town Charter.As a...


Durant defeats Chester in primary, earns Republican nomination for vacant Senate seat
10-11-2023 12:41 PM

By Max Bowen

Peter Durant has bested challenger Bruce Chester to claim the Republican nomination for the Senate seat formerly held by Anne Gobi in a special election.Durant, the state representative for the 6th Worcester District, will now face Gardner state Rep....


North Quabbin Notes, March 20
03-19-2023 5:00 PM

Delvena Theatre Company presents “Bon Appetit, Julia”ATHOL — Join the Athol Public Library at 568 Main St., Athol, on Thursday, April 13, from 6–7 p.m., for the Delvena Theatre Company’s performance of “Bon Appetit, Julia.” This is the sequel to...

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