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Two killed in Royalston collision
07-17-2024 6:01 PM

By MAX BOWEN

ROYALSTON — Two people were killed in a crash on Athol Road Tuesday afternoon, according to Police Chief Curtis Deveneau.The crash was reported at 2:22 p.m. on Tuesday. One vehicle, occupied by only the driver, was traveling south on Athol Road and a...

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New Athol firefighter completes state fire academy training
07-03-2024 1:09 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Owen Anderholm, the newest member of the Athol Fire Department, recently completed the 50-day training program at the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy in Springfield.State Fire Marshall Jon Davine announced the graduation of Anderholm and 16...


Athol firefighters recognized at annual memorial ceremony
06-04-2024 2:47 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Local officials and area residents gathered under clear blue skies over the weekend to honor current members of the Athol Fire Department and remember those who have passed.Sunday marked the fifth annual Athol Firefighters Memorial, an event...


Athol Fire Department to present service awards at memorial ceremony
05-30-2024 3:40 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – The Fire Department will hold its fifth annual Firefighter Memorial this Sunday, June 2.Ceremonies will begin at 10 a.m. at the Uptown Fire Station, 2251 Main St.Fire Chief Joseph Guarnera and his department will be joined by state Sen. Jo...


Budget, capital item articles given green light for Athol Town Meetings
05-28-2024 1:49 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – The Finance and Warrant Advisory Committee Thursday night completed its review of the warrants for the upcoming Town Meetings, both of which are scheduled for June 10.The Special Town Meeting begins and 6:30 p.m., and the Annual Town Meeting...


Athol Fire Chief lobbies for increased federal support
05-20-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL –Fire Chief Joseph Guarnera was among the western Massachusetts officials who recently visited the nation’s capital to lobby for restoring funding to federal programs that support fire departments. Those who accompanied Guarnera to Washington,...


Athol Fire Department receives new pumper truck
05-13-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – The Fire Department has taken receipt of a new $825,000 pumper, the purchase of which was approved when voters last year passed a Proposition 2 ½ debt exclusion.According to Fire Chief Joseph Guarnera, the new pumper replaces a 26-year-old...


State documents show Northfield EMS chief’s paramedic license suspended over failure to transport infant
04-28-2024 1:00 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

State regulators suspended Northfield EMS Chief and Orange EMS Capt. Mark Fortier’s paramedic license over his alleged failure to properly assess a 2-week-old infant during a house call and for refusing the child transportation in an ambulance,...


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...


Athol officials explore legal options for fire-ravaged property
04-04-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Town officials have decided to begin investigating court options to clean the property at 1756 Main St.The home at that address was destroyed in a fire last August. Records in the assessor’s office indicate the property is owned by Matthew...


Vacant home in Orange destroyed in blaze
04-03-2024 11:37 AM

By Max Bowen

ORANGE—A two-story home on Old South Road was destroyed by an early-morning blaze, according to the Orange Fire Department.No injuries were reported and the fire is under investigation.Shelburne Control Regional Dispatch began receiving calls at...


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....


Firefighter override to be decided at Athol Town Election
03-25-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – In less than a week, voters will decide whether to support a $286,000 Proposition 2 ½ override to fund the hiring of three paramedic/EMT/firefighters for the town’s fire department.The override is on the ballot for the Town Election, which...


Two fires render Park Street home in Athol uninhabitable
03-13-2024 1:05 PM

By MAX BOWEN

ATHOL — A pair of fires just six hours apart have rendered a single-family home at 21 Park St. uninhabitable.None of the five residents were injured, according to Fire Chief Joseph Guarnera, but all were displaced by the fire. He noted that the Red...


Athol fire, police capital requests get the green light
03-07-2024 4:54 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – The town’s Capital Program Committee last Thursday managed to trim departmental requests for just over $1.6 million in capital expenditures down to $824,000—the amount available in the FY25 capital budget.The Police Department got everything...


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...


Athol Fire override request to go before Town Election
02-07-2024 3:46 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – For the second time in less than a year, Athol voters will be asked whether they will support a Proposition 2 ½ override to provide additional personnel for the town’s Fire Department.Supporters of the proposal are hoping voters will find the...


PHOTO: Firefighters undergo ice rescue training
02-05-2024 5:00 PM


Otter River Pub to reopen Feb. 5 following devastating fire
02-02-2024 5:01 PM

By MAX BOWEN

TEMPLETON — After four months of extensive renovations, the Otter River Pub & Red Onion Pool Hall will officially open for business on Monday, Feb. 5.It was on Sept. 27 that a fire ravaged the historical building, causing significant damage to the...


Athol Fire Department launches new web site
01-23-2024 5:00 PM

By MAX BOWEN

ATHOL — Earlier this month, the Fire Department opened the digital doors to a new website, and the chief said the response has been very positive.Opened at the beginning of January, the new site replaces one which Fire Chief Joseph Guarnera described...


Smaller number proposed for Athol Fire Department hires
01-19-2024 4:38 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Another override for new firefighters appears to be in the town’s future, but the number could look very different.At its meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 17, the Fire Department Staffing Advisory Committee met to compare options for how best to...

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