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A Page From North Quabbin History: The story behind the New Salem Museum
05-14-2024 2:41 PM

By Carla CharterLaura Barletta and her husband Vincent’s connection to New Salem began with Vincent’s grandmother Helen Truman, who attended school at New Salem Academy. After the school closed in 1969, the building, which originally housed the home...

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Athol principal selected as superintendent for School Union 28
02-20-2024 4:24 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

ERVING — Athol Community Elementary School Principal Shannon White-Cleveland is being tapped as the next School Union 28 superintendent, overseeing four K-6 elementary schools attended by children in Shutesbury, Leverett, Erving, Wendell and New...


‘A huge relief’: Swift River School reports filters, bottled water no longer needed
01-29-2024 5:00 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

NEW SALEM — Swift River School’s new PFAS6 filtration system seems to be working perfectly, and 190 students and staff members will drink to that.A little more than three years after tests of the school’s tap water revealed elevated levels of the...


Debris remediation, battery storage project among big issues for North Quabbin in 2024
12-31-2023 5:01 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — The town hopes 16-36 West River St. will rise from the ashes in 2024, two years after an arson that was allegedly started by three youths destroyed the former cereal factory that once stood in that spot.Thomas Smith, chair of the Orange...


An old look in New Salem
11-28-2023 10:08 AM


Union 28 begins search for new school superintendent
11-12-2023 5:00 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACHand DOMENIC POLI

SHUTESBURY — A search is underway for a new superintendent to oversee the Erving School Union 28, a district that includes four elementary schools serving preschool through sixth-grade students in Shutesbury, Leverett, Erving, Wendell and New...


Company: PFAS filtration system at Swift River School proves successful
11-07-2023 5:00 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

NEW SALEM — The vice president of the engineering firm that was contracted to install a water filtration system at Swift River School to rid it of synthetic substances known as “forever chemicals” said the new equipment has proven to remove compounds...


New Salem school awaits water test results
11-05-2023 9:57 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

NEW SALEM – The vice president of the engineering firm contracted to install a water filtration system at Swift River School said an eight-hour test went flawlessly last week and the company now awaits test results to determine water quality.Pete...


Amid PFAS filtration system delays, water issues persist at Swift River School
10-23-2023 5:00 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

NEW SALEM — The state Department of Environmental Protection has declared a water emergency at Swift River School due to its ongoing issues with a family of chemicals that is used in common consumer products like food packaging and outdoor...


Two injured in New Salem rollover accident
10-19-2023 2:11 PM

By Max Bowen

NEW SALEM—Two people were hospitalized following an accident Wednesday evening.According to New Salem Fire Chief Joe Cuneo, the accident occurred on Route 202, south of the center of town and was reported at 6:26 p.m. Cuneo said that two vehicles had...


Orange Police, school officials investigating threat 
09-22-2023 9:59 AM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE – The town’s police department and Ralph C. Mahar Regional School’s administration were investigating a reported threat made against the school, though they do not believe students or staff were in any danger.According to a letter drafted by...


PHOTO: An inside look
09-06-2023 5:42 PM


Local pig farmers to be unaffected by state’s new pork regulations
08-10-2023 3:26 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

You’re unlikely to hear any squealing from local pig farmers about the impending enforcement of voter-approved pork regulations, as they say they’re already in compliance with the law aimed at improving the living conditions of swines raised for...


New Salem man returns from battling Canadian wildfires
08-07-2023 4:04 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

NEW SALEM – Joseph Nawrocki returned from another trip to Quebec on July 22, but he had no time to visit the Quartier du Petit Champlain or stop by Notre-Dame Basilica.He was too busy helping battle the wildfires that have ravaged parts of Canada and...


DA’s Office IDs man driver killed by falling tree in New Salem
07-20-2023 3:54 PM

By DOMENIC POLI and JULIAN MENDOZA

NEW SALEM — The Northwestern District Attorney’s Office has identified the 75-year-old Leicester man killed by a falling tree while driving on Route 122 on Wednesday.William Mattei was the sole occupant of a pickup truck traveling west on Petersham...


Fatality in New Salem vehicle accident
07-19-2023 4:25 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

NEW SALEM — A 75-year-old man was killed by a fallen tree near the intersection of Sweezy Lane while driving along Route 122 in New Salem on Wednesday, according to Massachusetts State Police Trooper James DeAngelis.According to DeAngelis, troopers...


Mahar grads reflect on high school, interrupted
06-02-2023 9:01 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE – Seventy-six students with few memories of a pre-pandemic high school closed a challenging chapter of their lives Friday when they moved their tassels from right to left at Ralph C. Mahar Regional School’s graduation.The 2023 graduating class...


Mahar holds mock car accident ahead of prom
05-11-2023 4:50 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE – For high school seniors, spring is a time of accomplishment – graduations, college acceptance letters, job offers ... and proms. But bad decisions can quickly turn joyous occasions into unforgettable tragedies.With this in mind, Ralph C....


Bill would compensate towns harmed by creation of Quabbin Reservoir
04-27-2023 4:57 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

BOSTON — Four towns were disincorporated and dismantled, and another eight had land stripped from them, to create the Quabbin Reservoir in the first half of the 20th century.People were forced to find new homes and the valley was flooded with water,...


$223K to aid in PFAS remediation for Franklin County, North Quabbin
04-10-2023 3:28 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE and MAX BOWEN

A total of $223,079 in state grant funding is headed to four Franklin County and North Quabbin towns to help filter potentially harmful chemicals from their water systems.The Healey-Driscoll administration and the state Department of Environmental...


New Salem officer facing OUI charge on probation until 2024
03-29-2023 4:59 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — The case of a New Salem Police Officer facing a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol has been continued without a finding until next year after the defendant admitted the prosecution has sufficient facts to prove his...

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