In the 1940s, Athol's downtown featured two theaters -- The Capitol and The York -- among many other businesses. While there has not been a theater in the North Quabbin area for some time, a movie theater is planned for the North Quabbin Commons plaza in uptown Athol which hosts a Market Basket, Marshalls and other retail stores. Photo courtesy of Richard J. Chaisson 
1992 Twenty-one Athol Junior High School seventh grade students recently participated in the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Math-a-thon, raising $900. Webelos of Pack 38 recently visited Troop 16 Boy Scouts. They were instructed in fire...
ROYALSTON — Ruth Suyenaga of New Boston Road was unanimously chosen recently as the sole elected delegate from town for the June 3 state Democratic convention in Worcester. The decision was made during the Royalston Town Democratic Committee...
Shown are past participants in Seeds of Solidarity's SOL (Seeds of Leadership) Garden after-school and summer program, which is offered to youth ages 15 to 18. Applications are now available for the SOL Garden program, as well as for a new weeklong summer internship called "How to Live" for rising seniors or those just graduating high school. Left-to-right -- Emily Lapinskas, Cody Fifield (kneeling), and Darnell Jones. Submitted photo
ORANGE — Seeds of Solidarity Education Center, a non-profit organization in Orange, announces applications for two programs for North Quabbin teenagers. Applications are available now for the longstanding SOL (Seeds of Leadership) Garden after-...
 Teachers constructed this geodome, shown with dreamcatchers, to display students' 0projects
It’s first period at Athol-Royalston Middle School, and the sixth-grade students in this class are researching “cryptocreatures” — animals that may or may not exist. Like “Champy,” the legendary monster of Lake Champlain; the giant boa; the “ghost...
GARDNER — James Vander Hooven, Ed. D, has officially stepped into his role as the third president of Mount Wachusett Community College since the school was founded in 1963. “MWCC has a long history serving as an integral part of the communities...
Retiring Mount Wachusett Community College President Daniel M. Asquino speaks during a ceremony held in his honor on Thursday, March 18. Asquino, who retired two days later, led the college for 30 years, making him the longest-serving public higher education president in Massachusetts. Submitted photo
GARDNER — Over 200 community, government and business leaders gathered Thursday night to celebrate the achievements of Dr. Daniel M. Asquino during his 30 years as Mount Wachusett Community College’s president. Asquino began serving as president...
 In the 1940s, Athol's downtown featured two theaters -- The Capitol and The York -- among many other businesses. While there has not been a theater in the North Quabbin area for some time, a movie theater is planned for the North Quabbin Commons plaza in uptown Athol which hosts a Market Basket, Marshalls and other retail stores. Photo courtesy of Richard J. Chaisson 
Shown are past participants in Seeds of Solidarity's SOL (Seeds of Leadership) Garden after-school and summer program, which is offered to youth ages 15 to 18. Applications are now available for the SOL Garden program, as well as for a new weeklong summer internship called "How to Live" for rising seniors or those just graduating high school. Left-to-right -- Emily Lapinskas, Cody Fifield (kneeling), and Darnell Jones. Submitted photo
 Teachers constructed this geodome, shown with dreamcatchers, to display students' 0projects
Retiring Mount Wachusett Community College President Daniel M. Asquino speaks during a ceremony held in his honor on Thursday, March 18. Asquino, who retired two days later, led the college for 30 years, making him the longest-serving public higher education president in Massachusetts. Submitted photo
ATHOL — No community members were in attendance for Monday’s public hearing on the Athol-Royalston Regional School District’s proposed fiscal year 2018 budget, which remains all but unchanged since its unveiling at an all-boards meeting on March 13. “A couple of things have shifted, but the...
ATHOL — With River Rat Race Day being now less than two weeks away, the boat count has hit 36. Contestants entered so far are coming from as near as right here in Orange and Athol, and from as far away as Pennsylvania and Canada.  New entries include:  Jeff Ferranti of East Longmeadow and...
Royalston Community School fifth graders -- all 23 of them -- celebrated the past Friday at their D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) graduation. They are shown with an array of representatives from RCS and the Athol-Royalston Regional School District, police chiefs from both Royalston and Athol, Worcester County's district attorney, as well as Massachusetts legislators. Each student received a diploma, letters and citations, and a D.A.R.E. pin. The 10-week program is the product of an outstanding re
ROYALSTON — Twenty-three Royalston Community School (RCS) fifth graders celebrated their successful completion of the 10-week D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program Friday. Royalston Police Officer Sherry A. Miner, now in her 11th year as D.A.R.E. instructor, organized and emceed the...
PHILLIPSTON — The selectmen Monday night voted to accept the proposed wage grades for town employees, adding an additional $135,000 to the fiscal year 2018 budget. Out of that $135,000, there is a separate line item for a mandated $43,000 for the fire department.  Selectman John Telepciak noted...
ORANGE — Voters will get to vote on the next step in the Wheeler Memorial Library rehabilitation project Saturday morning. Articles 20 and 21 of the 22 total articles on the warrant for the special town meeting ask voters to allow the selectmen and library trustees to apply for any state funds to...

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