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Lindsay Swan and Augustin Ganley with Saoirse Swan, born Janurary 1st at 9:27 PM, at home in Wendell on Tuesday. January 2, 2018.    Photo by Paul Franz
 WENDELL — Saoirse Swan was born two days after her due date, but her father is convinced she was right on schedule. The first day of the year was accompanied by a supermoon — also known as a wolf moon — and Augustin Ganley said friends who work in health care say there is a phenomenon of babies...
Dear readers, Let me introduce myself. I am Anita Fritz, the new editor of your beloved newspaper. I will transition into this position slowly throughout January, and plan to be working at full speed in February. The Athol Daily News will soon after become a morning paper. By now, most of you...
Ice sculptures displayed in Memorial Park during the 22nd annual Starry Starry Night New Yearís Eve celebration on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017 in Orange. Photo by Dan Little
ORANGE — Purple, blue, green and orange stage lights streaked the Town Hall walls with color as Will Corey walked back and forth on stage, singing Thomas Rhett’s “Die a Happy Man.” Corey was one of 14 featured performers at the 22nd annual Starry Starry Night, Orange’s traditional New Year’s Eve...
ATHOL — The opening of Hobby Lobby to North Quabbin Commons over the holiday is the latest evidence of expected growth in the shopping center on the east side of town. The 55,000-square-foot arts and crafts store sits at 223 Reservoir Drive, near a slew of other corporate locations such as a...
ORANGE — An Orange man faces charges after punching a police officer and threatening to kill the officer’s family members and force the officer to watch as he ate them. Jeffrey R. Liimatainen, 26, pleaded not guilty in Orange District Court on Friday to charges of assault and battery on a police...
The new year is expected to mark the beginning of the end of two ordeals that shook the North Quabbin community — the trials of two young adults accused of murdering an elderly couple during a home invasion in October 2016 and that of a middle-aged man believed to have shot and killed his...
AREA — In an annual tradition, the Athol Daily News remembers the following North Quabbin area residents who passed on in 2017: January Gilda L. Duval, 77; Dorothy Hatch, 103; Ruth M. Rowe, 99; Gail M. Blanchard, 76; Lawrence H. Mounce, 95; Karen Plotkin, 59; Elizabeth A. Deegan, 93; David R....
North Quabbin Citizen Advocacy has three part-time staff members, including Administrative Director Bonnie Frank and Director Nate Johnson, both of Orange. The not-for-profit organization establishes relationships in which one of the two parties has a mental disability or disorder, and the other serves as an advocate and friend. Photo by Cameron Woodcock
ORANGE — People with mental disabilities and disorders face unique challenges related to community integration, companionship, and delivery of care and other services. When partnered with a non-impaired advocate however, these individuals receive welcome social interaction and assistance with...
BOSTON — There were no roll calls in the House and Senate last week. This week, Beacon Hill Roll Call reports on how often local representatives voted with their party leadership. The votes of the 2017 membership of 34 Republicans were compared with those of GOP House Minority Leader Bradley...
AREA — For residents of the North Quabbin region, 2017 will be remembered as the year ownership of the Athol Daily News was transferred to Newspapers of New England Inc., following three generations of the same family at the helm. Publisher Richard Chase Jr. informed employees of the changeover...

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