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Third proposed budget includes funding for libraries in Orange
05-30-2024 2:05 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — The third balanced budget proposal from Town Administrator Matt Fortier includes funding for the town’s two libraries, a stark contrast from the first draft that reflected Orange’s dire financial situation stemming from an estimated $338,000...

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Mahar school district tightens belt in wake of town fraud
05-22-2024 3:24 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — The Orange Elementary and Ralph C. Mahar Regional school committees obliged their town’s Selectboard on Monday by revisiting the budgets they’re proposing at the Annual Town Meeting but only Mahar voted to further trim costs as asked.Because...


Uniquely Quabbin celebrates 25th issue at Athol Library this Tuesday
05-19-2024 5:01 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Uniquely Quabbin, a locally-produced magazine started in 2016 which features local artists, photographers and writers, is celebrating the publication of its 25th issue. To mark the milestone, an exhibition of art and photography by the...


$338K fraud drains town coffers in Orange
05-17-2024 5:20 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — Authorities are investigating an estimated $338,000 in fraud against the town, which has left Orange in dire financial straits and could result in the closure of its libraries, town officials discussed Thursday.The fraud involves the town...


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,...


North Quabbin Notes, April 25
04-25-2024 10:15 AM

Boston Lighthouse presentation with former Light Keeper Sally SnowmanATHOL – Join the Athol Public Library at 568 Main St., Athol, on Thursday, May 9, from 6–7 p.m., when retired Light Keeper Sally Snowman for her one-hour historic slideshow lecture...


PHOTO: Learning leather
04-11-2024 5:00 PM


North Quabbin Notes, April 11
04-11-2024 11:21 AM

Knights of Columbus top free throw shootersATHOL – On April 6, Athol’s top free throw shooters returned from the Knights of Columbus State Free Throw Championship in Holliston with three trophies. All three boys won their age division at the council,...


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...


Orange Libraries director announces resignation, effective May 3
03-28-2024 5:00 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE – The director of the Orange Public Libraries has decided to close this chapter of her life and step down following eight years in the position.Jessica Magelaner, who heads the Wheeler Memorial Library at 49 East Main St. and the Moore-Leland...


Judge speaks on prevalent crimes, rehabilitative programs for former inmates
03-21-2024 5:08 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

ERVING — With 15 years of experience on the bench at Orange District Court, Judge Laurie MacLeod shared some of the significant problems facing Franklin County and the promising programs that aim to remedy them.MacLeod met with Franklin County...


PHOTOS: Science Heroes program at Athol Library
03-17-2024 5:01 PM


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...


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...


Athol Council on Aging partners with Athol Library for senior digital literacy program
12-15-2023 5:00 PM

By Max Bowen

ATHOL—Starting next February, the Athol Council on Aging and Athol Public Library will offer a series of classes to help seniors over 60 improve their digital literacy.Funded by a $69,781 grant by the American Rescue Plan Act through the Massachusetts...


Coffee fundraiser returns to Athol Library
11-17-2023 5:00 PM

By MAX BOWEN

ATHOL — An ongoing fundraiser provides the chance to satisfy that coffee craving and support the local library.Booklover’s Brew, a coffee produced by Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee in Orange, is available for purchase at the Athol Public Library through...


Candy Land at Athol Library
10-31-2023 5:01 PM


Orange sisters pen bilingual detective book
10-18-2023 5:00 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — It is not unheard of for a library to host an event so authors can read their work to the public and answer questions. But those writers typically don’t have homework and bedtimes.Emma Barrett, 11, and Belley Barrett, 8, recently published...


Libraries back legislation against book bans
10-06-2023 4:24 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – As Banned Book Week draws to a close, the issue remains a serious one for librarians, including those in the North Quabbin region.Lawmakers are taking note as well. On Beacon Hill, state Sen. Jacob Oliveira (D-Ludlow) has sponsored a bill, SD...


Orange to offer training following visits from ‘First Amendment auditors’
09-11-2023 6:07 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — Town employees are expected to undergo training in response to visits from two “First Amendment auditors” last month.A pair of YouTubers stopped by the Wheeler Memorial Library on Aug. 23 and recorded a video inside to post online. They were...


Athol Public Library’s Comic Book Fest returns
08-29-2023 5:01 PM

Staff Report

On Saturday, Oct. 14, the Athol Public Library and Hero Shack Press are teaming up for the return of Comic Book Fest. The Athol Town Hall and library will be transformed into a comic book lover’s dream. With comics, artist panels, vendors, cosplay,...

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