The Athol girls’ varsity soccer team graduates six seniors this season. Pictured are the seniors of the Athol girls’ varsity soccer team, left to right—Amber Mahony, Kaitlin Baptista, Destiny Wrigley, Mercedez Young and Payton Parker.  Photo by Mike Phillips
ATHOL — In the fifth installment of a series detailing each of the fall sports teams from both Athol High School and Mahar Regional School, each season in review will take a look back at the defining moments, surprises and statistics of the 2017...
 Members of Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School's National Honor Society pose for a photo following the organization's recent annual induction ceremony. New members from local towns are Jake Wright of Athol, Tanya Valley of Phillipston, and Morgan Miller of Templeton.  School photo
FITCHBURG — Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School’s chapter of the National Honor Society held its annual induction ceremony recently in the school’s auditorium. The ceremony got underway with a welcome address by Eric Sanden, chapter...
Summer LaFortune of Winchendon, a 2016 graduate of Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School in Fitchburg, completed a course in phlebotomy through the school's Continuing Education Program. She is working in the lab at Heywood Hospital in Gardner, under the supervision of Julie Holly, left. School photo
FITCHBURG — Summer LaFortune of Winchendon, a 2016 graduate of Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School’s Dental Assisting program, didn’t want to be like many of her classmates who were working minimum-wage jobs and borrowing money to get...
Pictured are the members of the Mahar field hockey program. The varsity team finished the season with an 8-8-1 record and earned the sixth seed in the West Division II playoffs. They were taken down 5-0 by the Mohawk Trail Warriors in the opening round of the playoffs. Photo by Adam Lewis
ORANGE — In the fourth installment of a series detailing each of the fall sports teams from both Athol High School and Mahar Regional School, each season in review will take a look back at the defining moments, surprises and statistics of the 2017...
 Pictured are the members of the Athol varsity field hockey team. The team finished the year with a 2-13-3 record under first year coach Emily Hall. Photo by Adam Lewis
ATHOL — In the third installment of a series detailing each of the fall sports teams from both Athol High School and Mahar Regional School, each season in review will take a look back at the defining moments, surprises and statistics of the 2017...
Gov. Charlie Baker, right, swears in Col. Kerry Gilpin, left, as superintendent and colonel of the Massachusetts State Police. Looking on is Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito. Submitted photo 
BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday announced the appointment of Col. Kerry Gilpin to serve as superintendent and colonel of the Massachusetts State Police (MSP). A 23-year veteran of the State Police, Gilpin most recently served as deputy...
The Athol girls’ varsity soccer team graduates six seniors this season. Pictured are the seniors of the Athol girls’ varsity soccer team, left to right—Amber Mahony, Kaitlin Baptista, Destiny Wrigley, Mercedez Young and Payton Parker.  Photo by Mike Phillips
 Members of Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School's National Honor Society pose for a photo following the organization's recent annual induction ceremony. New members from local towns are Jake Wright of Athol, Tanya Valley of Phillipston, and Morgan Miller of Templeton.  School photo
Summer LaFortune of Winchendon, a 2016 graduate of Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School in Fitchburg, completed a course in phlebotomy through the school's Continuing Education Program. She is working in the lab at Heywood Hospital in Gardner, under the supervision of Julie Holly, left. School photo
Pictured are the members of the Mahar field hockey program. The varsity team finished the season with an 8-8-1 record and earned the sixth seed in the West Division II playoffs. They were taken down 5-0 by the Mohawk Trail Warriors in the opening round of the playoffs. Photo by Adam Lewis
 Pictured are the members of the Athol varsity field hockey team. The team finished the year with a 2-13-3 record under first year coach Emily Hall. Photo by Adam Lewis
Gov. Charlie Baker, right, swears in Col. Kerry Gilpin, left, as superintendent and colonel of the Massachusetts State Police. Looking on is Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito. Submitted photo 
ORANGE — A single-car fatal crash was reported on Athol Road near Royalston Road, Sunday night at 8.   Orange Fire and Police personnel found the operator of the vehicle, Kristina A. Pickup, 30, of 98 East Main St., had perished due to injuries she sustained in a collision of her vehicle and a...
Rev. Shaun O'Connor has been appointed the new pastor of St. Mary's Parish in Orange. He comes to the church from Most Holy Redeemer Parish in Hadley, where he served as pastor for the last 12 years.Submitted photo
ORANGE — After several years and a series of temporary administrators, St. Mary’s Parish in Orange has a new pastor. Rev. Shaun O’Connor comes to St. Mary’s (Our Lady of Ransom) from Most Holy Redeemer Parish in Hadley, where he served as pastor for the last 12 years. Fr. Shaun spent time at St...
ORANGE — The Orange Community Band will be welcoming Santa to the Orange Town Hall on Friday, Nov. 24, with a concert of Christmas music beginning in the Ruth B. Smith Auditorium at 5 p.m. The Orange Business Association, Mahar Key Club, and friends have activities planned for inside the...
ira Bartok, right, will read from her first novel for younger readers, "The Wonderling," at the Swift River School in New Salem, Dec. 2.
NEW SALEM — New York Times best-selling author Mira Bartok will be at the Swift River School in New Salem on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 2 to 4 p.m., to read from her just-released book, “The Wonderling.” This fantasy novel for middle-grade readers is now being considered for a major motion picture....
BOSTON — Beacon Hill Roll Call records local representatives’ and senators’ votes on roll calls from the week of Nov. 13-17. ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS (H 4032) — The House 155-1, and the Senate 37-0, approved and sent to Gov. Charlie Baker a bill that would give public school districts the power...

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