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Ryan Zaveral, Shane MacDowell cross finish line first in River Rat Race
04-13-2024 6:22 PM


ATHOL – Despite fickle weather conditions, canoeists and spectators alike enthusiastically awaited the start of Saturday’s 59th running of the annual River Rat Race from Athol to Orange.From about 11 a.m. until just before boats were put in the water...

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Safety a priority for River Rat Race organizers
04-11-2024 5:00 PM


ATHOL — With potentially hundreds of participants in this weekend’s Athol Orange River Rat Race, making sure there aren’t any problems could be a challenge, but it’s one organizers say they are ready for.Jason Rushford is the event’s water safety...

Dennis Carey marks 40 years participating in River Rat Race
04-10-2024 5:00 PM


ATHOL – It might be a stretch to claim that Dennis Carey, 56, of Orange, could paddle the 5.2-mile River Rat Race with his eyes closed – but it wouldn’t be much of one.This year’s race, which takes place on April 13, will mark the 40th River Rat...

Community gears up for River Rat Race weekend
04-09-2024 5:01 PM


ATHOL – While the River Rat Race is the star, there will be plenty more to watch and enjoy this weekend.Things get underway Friday night, April 12, with the drawing of positions in Memorial Hall at Athol Town Hall. Drawings begin promptly at 7 p.m....

After six decades, River Rat Race paddles on
04-08-2024 5:00 PM


ATHOL – The first Athol to Orange River Rat Race in 1963 may have been a more informal event, but it marked the beginning of an annual tradition that generations of North Quabbin residents have come to cherish. This year’s race takes place this...

State regs allow pharmacists to dispense oral, patch contraceptives
10-15-2023 6:00 PM


BOSTON—In a bid to expand reproductive health care access, Massachusetts public health officials have agreed to allow pharmacists to dispense hormonal contraceptives directly to patients.The state Public Health Council last Wednesday approved on an...

Pharmacist-prescribed birth control OK’d in state budget
08-13-2023 5:00 PM


NORTHAMPTON — Registered pharmacists in Massachusetts can now prescribe hormonal birth control under a bill passed in the state budget this week.The legislation, “An Act Relative to Hormonal Contraceptives,” which is co-sponsored by state Rep. Lindsay...

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


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...

“Two Grannies” hosts enjoy their time at Athol Rat Race
04-14-2023 4:23 PM


ATHOL — They may not have taken first place, but Beth Sobiloff and Marcia Rothwell still had a great time for their first year at the River Rat Race.In fact, Sobiloff and Rothwell—hosts of the popular “Two Grannies on the Road” show—came in last out...

58th Athol River Rat Race results
04-11-2023 5:05 PM

OverallDennis Mass Inspection Station—First Place#41: Shane MacDonald and Ryan Zaverell (time 35:16)Kessler Investments—Second Place#127: Adam Gelinas and Patrick MaddenOriginal Tire—Third Place#8: Jack Morse and Greg LowryCanvasNorth East Auto—First...

Back on the river
04-10-2023 3:34 PM

Runners fill the road for Big Cheese 5K in Athol
04-08-2023 8:15 PM

By Greg Vine

ATHOL – Chilly temperatures and clear blue skies greeted visitors in downtown Athol, where hundreds had gathered Saturday morning to cheer runners in the annual Big Cheese 5K road race, as well as participants in the popular River Rat Promenade.The...

MacDowell, Zaveral claim victory in 58th annual River Rat Race
04-08-2023 8:11 PM


ORANGE — When Somersworth, New Hampshire resident Shane MacDowell crossed the 2022 River Rat Race finish line in second place, he wondered if next year would be his time to claim the first-place title.Beneath sunny skies on Saturday, MacDowell and his...

PHOTO: River Rat Race draws near
03-28-2023 5:07 PM

Athol River Rat Race nearly ready
03-10-2023 5:28 PM


ATHOL – Last year marked the return of the annual River Rat Race after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and organizers are hoping even more canoes will enter the competition.The first River Rat took place in 1964, with a total of 12...

Athol’s Mount Grace reaches fundraising goal after two decades
02-16-2023 5:36 PM

By Greg Vine

PHILLIPSTON – On Feb. 15, the Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust celebrated the completion of the Land Forever Campaign, a years-long effort that raised over $3.5 million for the creation of an endowment to support land conservation in central and...

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