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PVTA, others land state grants to buy vehicles, launch programs that expand coverage

05-24-2024 5:00 PM

By ALEXA LEWIS

Public transportation services will soon expand and improve throughout the region thanks to an influx of state money that the two transit authorities that cover Hampshire and Franklin counties will use to buy new accessible vehicles and implement...


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Kathy-Ann Becker, Wendell’s town crier, is one of four in the state

05-24-2024 4:24 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

WENDELL – If you go to Wendell Old Home Day on Sept. 21, understand that that’s not a Salvation Army volunteer you see and hear ringing a bell on the town common. That’s Kathy-Ann Becker – and she’s actually the town crier.Once the trusted messengers...


GOP silences McGovern over Trump remarks

05-24-2024 1:25 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

For the first time in his 27-year career in Congress, U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern had his remarks on the floor of the House of Representatives struck from the record on Wednesday, after he criticized former U.S. President Donald Trump for his numerous...


Athol lands $500,000 grant to assess Cass Toy Factory, York Theater

05-24-2024 1:22 PM

By Max Bowen

ATHOL –The town has received $500,000 in federal funds to conduct 10 Phase I and five Phase II environmental site assessments along with reuse visioning and community engagement activities.The funding comes from the U.S. Environmental Protection...


Sportsman’s Corner: Mahar Fish’N Game Club Trap Shoot

05-23-2024 4:21 PM

By Mike RocheThis past week, the tradition of the Mahar Fish’N Game Club Trap Shoot continued with the help and support of the Orange Gun Club. Since the club was founded in 1957, members have held a trap shooting competition. While there were a few...


Athol Water Division receives Public Water System Award

05-23-2024 4:20 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – For the second consecutive year, the town’s Water Division has been recognized for what the Department of Environmental Protection called “noteworthy performance” in recent years. Athol is one of 45 public water systems to be receive a Public...


Suspect still at large after allegedly striking Warwick police chief with vehicle

05-23-2024 9:37 AM

By DOMENIC POLI

WARWICK — Police Chief David Shoemaker is reportedly fine after a driver allegedly struck him twice intentionally during a traffic stop on Tuesday before fleeing to New Hampshire, where authorities say it appears he has left the area.The chief was...


PHOTOS: Uniquely Quabbin 25th issue celebration at Athol Library

05-23-2024 9:32 AM


Mahar school district tightens belt in wake of town fraud

05-22-2024 3:24 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — The Orange Elementary and Ralph C. Mahar Regional school committees obliged their town’s Selectboard on Monday by revisiting the budgets they’re proposing at the Annual Town Meeting but only Mahar voted to further trim costs as asked.Because...


Narcan distribution growing at UMass as campus embraces harm reduction philosophy

05-22-2024 3:13 PM

By GRACE FIORI

AMHERST — At the University of Massachusetts, a passionate team is expanding campus access to Narcan and fentanyl testing strips, and their efforts are being welcomed by students, staff and faculty.At a recent outreach event — one of many initiatives...


Petersham veteran travels to Washington for Memorial Day

05-22-2024 3:11 PM

By GREG VINE

PETERSHAM – Eighty years ago, the seat often occupied by Vincent “Bill” Purple was that of a pilot in a B-17 bomber flying dangerous missions over Germany during the last months of World War II.On Monday, the Army Air Corps veteran, who recently...


Transfer tax would make small dent in Massachusetts’ housing needs

05-21-2024 4:59 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

A proposed tax on high-value real estate transactions to pay for affordable housing would add an estimated 3,210 affordable homes in Massachusetts over five years, according to the governor’s administration – a drop in the bucket of the state’s...


UMass faculty, librarians vote no confidence in chancellor over protest breakup

05-21-2024 3:28 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Nearly 500 members of the faculty and librarians are expressing no confidence in the leadership of University of Massachusetts Chancellor Javier Reyes stemming from the breakup of a pro-Palestinian encampment on May 7 that led to the arrests...


Gough captures Selectboard seat in Phillipston Town Election

05-21-2024 3:28 PM

By GREG VINE

PHILLIPSTON –In her first foray into local politics, Nicole Gough won Monday’s Town Election to fill a one-year term on the Selectboard, besting Earl Sweat, a member of the Board of AssessorsGough won by only 26 votes, earing 123 votes to Sweat’s 97....


Graduating amid signs of protest: 6,800 UMass students receive diplomas at ceremony briefly interrupted by walk out

05-20-2024 5:02 PM

By Elise Linscott

AMHERST — Several dozen protesters marched out of the 154th UMass Amherst Undergraduate Commencement ceremony this weekend when Chancellor Javier Reyes took the podium, including a few faculty members and people in the stands carrying banners,...


Athol Fire Chief lobbies for increased federal support

05-20-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL –Fire Chief Joseph Guarnera was among the western Massachusetts officials who recently visited the nation’s capital to lobby for restoring funding to federal programs that support fire departments. Those who accompanied Guarnera to Washington,...


A Page from North Quabbin History: Ladies Benevolent Society celebrates 200 years

05-20-2024 2:03 PM

By Carla CharterThe Ladies Benevolent Society of Royalston, the second-oldest benevolent society in the state, will celebrate its 200th anniversary this year.Society President Beth Gospodarek said that according to “The History of the First...


Mount Wachusett Community College graduates join nursing profession

05-20-2024 2:03 PM

GARDNER – Mount Wachusett Community College (MWCC) held a traditional pinning ceremony for the 94 graduates of its Associate Degree in Nursing program on May 16 with family and friends at the Mount Fitness facility.The Class of 2024 Associate Degree...


Uniquely Quabbin celebrates 25th issue at Athol Library this Tuesday

05-19-2024 5:01 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Uniquely Quabbin, a locally-produced magazine started in 2016 which features local artists, photographers and writers, is celebrating the publication of its 25th issue. To mark the milestone, an exhibition of art and photography by the...


Lake Ellis Partnership endorses stormwater management plan

05-19-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – The Lake Ellis Watershed Management Partnership Wednesday endorsed Planning and Development Director Eric Smith’s proposal to seek a $200,000 grant to address stormwater runoff entering the lake.The competitive Section 319 grants are funded by...



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