Athol's Colby Mason takes a jump shot against the Monty Tech Bulldogs on Thursday night in Athol. The Bulldogs won 59-27. Photo by Mike Phillips
ATHOL — The Monty Tech Bulldogs had their way with the Athol Red Raiders in the opening round of the Red Raider Holiday Hoop Tournament hosted by Athol, controlling all aspects of the court en route to a 59-27 win on Thursday night. The Bulldogs...
 Kris Selanis (pictured) prepares his throw at a recent morning practice for the Athol High School Indoor track team. After reaching 53 feet, 11 inches in his first throw, his new goal is to reach 55 feet and beyond. Photo by Adam Lewis
ATHOL — Athol’s Kris Selanis can really do it all. After winning the O’Brien family award for his contributions as a lineman on the varsity football team and kicking multiple field goals longer than 40 yards, Selanis entered the indoor track...
The 50th annual Athol Circle Christmas Bird Count will take place on Saturday, Dec. 16. Feeder watchers and casual observers who are located within the above circle are encouraged to report their bird sightings. Anyone who sees an unusual (rare) bird should call or text Athol Bird and Nature Club President Dave Small at 978-413-1772. Participants should send their total counts with address and species list, along with the total number of each species observed, to Dave@dhsmall.net or leave a voice message at
ATHOL — Saturday, Dec. 16, is the 50th annual Athol Circle Christmas Bird Count, a “citizen science” project that provides the longest continuously running bird data in the area. Soup on the Fly, at 1493 Main St., will open early at 6 a.m. to...
Brittany Smith
GREENFIELD — Lawyers for Brittany Smith and Joshua Hart argued for the suppression of evidence in a continuing series of motion hearings this week. Hart, 25, and Smith, 28, are accused of attacking and killing Thomas Harty, 95, in a violent home...
Mahar's Brennan Mailloux goes for the rebound during his team's 69-35 win over the Hampshire Red Raiders on Wednesday night in Orange. Mailloux contributed 21 points in the win. Photo by Mike Phillips
ORANGE — They captained two different fall teams, Brennan Mailloux in soccer and Sam Paul in football, but on Wednesday night the two came together and lifted the Mahar Senators boys’ basketball team to a 69-35 victory over the Hampshire Red...
 A drawing for one of numerous raffle baskets took place last week at Mount Wachusett Community College with the winning ticket being pulled by Associate Dean of Students Gregory Mark Clement, left. Others pictured, from left to right, are -- Student Life Programming Assistant Kathy Matson, student Nicole Wetherby, and Administrative Assistant and Certifying Official for Student Services Sarah Savoie. Submitted photo  
GARDNER — Mount Wachusett Community College’s Student Life office raised $4,091 last week to benefit the college’s Emergency Student Loan Fund that helps students buy textbooks, food, bus passes, gas and other small daily expenses. The funds were...
Athol's Colby Mason takes a jump shot against the Monty Tech Bulldogs on Thursday night in Athol. The Bulldogs won 59-27. Photo by Mike Phillips
 Kris Selanis (pictured) prepares his throw at a recent morning practice for the Athol High School Indoor track team. After reaching 53 feet, 11 inches in his first throw, his new goal is to reach 55 feet and beyond. Photo by Adam Lewis
The 50th annual Athol Circle Christmas Bird Count will take place on Saturday, Dec. 16. Feeder watchers and casual observers who are located within the above circle are encouraged to report their bird sightings. Anyone who sees an unusual (rare) bird should call or text Athol Bird and Nature Club President Dave Small at 978-413-1772. Participants should send their total counts with address and species list, along with the total number of each species observed, to Dave@dhsmall.net or leave a voice message at
Brittany Smith
Mahar's Brennan Mailloux goes for the rebound during his team's 69-35 win over the Hampshire Red Raiders on Wednesday night in Orange. Mailloux contributed 21 points in the win. Photo by Mike Phillips
 A drawing for one of numerous raffle baskets took place last week at Mount Wachusett Community College with the winning ticket being pulled by Associate Dean of Students Gregory Mark Clement, left. Others pictured, from left to right, are -- Student Life Programming Assistant Kathy Matson, student Nicole Wetherby, and Administrative Assistant and Certifying Official for Student Services Sarah Savoie. Submitted photo  
ORANGE — With a waiting list of 95 households waiting with bated breath for any good news at all, a small crowd quickly occupied all of the seats available in the town hall meeting room Wednesday night for an informational community development block (CDBG) grant hearing. Letters were sent out...
ATHOL — Thanks to the generosity of Jeff Cole at Witty’s Funeral Home in Orange, a great longtime supporter of our local communities, and a few other local elves, the 70th annual Athol Daily News Santa Fund is closer to its goal of ensuring under-privileged children in the area experience the joy...
Brittany Smith
GREENFIELD — Lawyers for Brittany Smith and Joshua Hart argued for the suppression of evidence in a continuing series of motion hearings this week. Hart, 25, and Smith, 28, are accused of attacking and killing Thomas Harty, 95, in a violent home invasion during the overnight hours of Oct. 5, 2016...
ATHOL — A day after a selectboard discussion regarding the same last week, holiday decorations were strung along Main Street in the downtown business district. The board discussion resulted from complaints posted from some residents on Facebook regarding the lack of holiday decorations as of Dec...
 Alex Berard, assistant location manager for Olive Avenue Productions, gave an update to the selectboard Wednesday on the end of "Castle Rock" filming in town. Berard reported that there are still two more days of filming left, slated for Tuesday, Dec. 19 and Wednesday, Dec. 20, weather permitting. Left to right -- Selectmen James Cornwell, Ryan Mailloux, and Richard Sheridan; and Berard. Photo by Jared Robinson
ORANGE — Alex Berard, assistant location manager for Olive Avenue Productions, updated the selectboard Wednesday night on the final filming of scenes for “Castle Rock,” the Stephen King-inspired television series that has been filming in town for Hulu. Berard said only two more days are needed...

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