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North Quabbin Notes, Feb. 12

02-11-2024 5:00 PM

PumpernickelPuppets at the Winchendon LibraryWINCHENDON — Join the Beals Memorial Library this February vacation for a fun, free puppet show with Pumpernickel Puppets.On Wednesday, Feb. 21, at 2 p.m., join professional puppeteer John McDonough and his...


Sober Housing Summit talks providing ‘a solid foundation’ for those in recovery

02-11-2024 5:00 PM

By MAX BOWEN

GREENFIELD — Representatives from area sober houses and residential recovery services, along with those who faced addiction themselves, shared stories and raised awareness about treatment options during the Sober Housing Summit on Friday.The sixth...


Young kids aren’t immune: Mental health issues at crisis point amid lack of specialized therapists

02-11-2024 5:00 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

Local child therapist Alice Barber says that she could discharge all 45 of her clients — children as young as 2 or 3 years old — and her practice would fill back up within a couple of weeks, “no questions asked.” Barber has colleagues who get 10 calls...


Warwick officials mapping out plan for Route 78 tree removal

02-09-2024 5:00 PM

By MAX BOWEN

WARWICK — Town and state officials are in the last leg of the planning process to remove dozens of trees from Winchester Road (Route 78) that are deemed a threat.According to Selectboard member Keith Ross, the plan is to remove an estimated 80 to 100...


Athol, Phillipston among departments to receive state grant funding

02-09-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

Fire departments in Athol, Petersham, Phillipston and Royalston are among the 321 statewide to share in a $5 million Firefighter Safety Equipment Grants.Gov. Maura Healey recently awarded the grant monies, saying, “Every single day, firefighters...


Lions Clubs hosts blood drive, others planned in March, May

02-09-2024 5:00 PM

Staff Report

PETERSHAM — The Petersham Lions Club, in partnership with the Grafton MA Lions Club, sponsored the recent Massachusetts General Hospital Blood Drive, and more are planned in the near future.In response to a nationwide shortage and a constant need for...


Healey names director for east-west rail

02-09-2024 5:00 PM

By James Pentland

NORTHAMPTON — The dream of east-west rail service in Massachusetts came a step closer to reality this week with the appointment of a director for the project.Gov. Maura Healey’s office announced Tuesday that Andy Koziol, currently the state’s rail and...


Rhode Island couple purchases Royalston Country Store

02-08-2024 5:01 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON – After nearly a year of searching for someone to re-open the Royalston Country Store, the South Village Revitalization Committee has announced that Winter and Helder Vieira of Bristol, Rhode Island, have purchased the business.It has been...


Sportsman’s Corner: Ice fishing

02-08-2024 5:00 PM

By Mike RocheThe recent run of colder nights has produced some ice, and fishermen and women have begun doing some ‘hard water’ fishing locally. This writer first ventured out last Friday and found about four inches of ice. That is OK for ice fishing...


Liberty Taphouse to open in Athol

02-08-2024 5:00 PM

By MAX BOWEN

ATHOL — The site of the former Flat Rock Tap House will soon reopen, and the new owners have big plans for the location.The Liberty Taphouse at 73 Traverse St. is the newest venture of co-owners Teresa Hisman and Scott Chambers, two longtime friends...


Judge denies O’Brien appeal in Cannabis Control Commission case

02-08-2024 5:00 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

BOSTON — An Appeals Court judge on Tuesday rejected suspended Cannabis Control Commission Chair Shannon O’Brien’s petition, once again clearing the way for Treasurer Deborah Goldberg to schedule a meeting that could lead to O’Brien’s firing.Superior...


A case for ditching natural gas

02-07-2024 3:46 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

The influential lobby group Mothers Out Front took aim at the natural gas industry this week, using its monthly climate action call to encourage people to push for a future without gas.Each month, the statewide group with local chapters in Pioneer...


Athol Fire override request to go before Town Election

02-07-2024 3:46 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – For the second time in less than a year, Athol voters will be asked whether they will support a Proposition 2 ½ override to provide additional personnel for the town’s Fire Department.Supporters of the proposal are hoping voters will find the...


PHOTOS: Drum classes, performance, held at Athol High School

02-07-2024 3:45 PM


January tax slump in Massachusetts creates new budget pressure

02-07-2024 3:44 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

BOSTON — Having already made mid-year budget cuts and dimmed the outlook for tax collections through June based on six consecutive months of underwhelming receipts, the state reported Monday that tax revenue came in below even downgraded expectations...


Athol Royalston Middle School Honor Roll Term 2

02-07-2024 3:43 PM

Fifth Grade Gold Honor Roll: Jordan Bosley, Abigail Butler, Natalia Campion, Camden Destefano, Colt Gallant, Kairi Hough, Justin Kasuba, Luna Luna, Brielle McCorquodale, Aerilyn Perez, Camila Soto Melendez, Angelina Spinelli-Plaza and Isabella Tarara...


Smith wins re-election in Orange; Davis joins Selectboard

02-06-2024 4:50 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE – Newcomer Julie Davis will join the re-elected Andrew Smith on the Orange Selectboard following Monday’s Town Election.Davis was the contest’s top vote-getter, with 384, and Smith accumulated 304. The two competed against Sandra Fawn Weinstein...


Erving town planner to leave in March

02-06-2024 4:49 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

ERVING — Mariah Kurtz never thought she’d work a government job after graduating from college.Having just obtained her bachelor’s degree in sustainable community development at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Kurtz was searching for a local,...


US growth lifts confidence of Massachusetts employers

02-06-2024 4:48 PM

By CHRIS LISINSKI

Massachusetts businesses kicked off the new year with a sunny disposition.Business confidence among employers surveyed by Associated Industries of Massachusetts rose in January to an 11-month high. The business trade group attributed the boost to...


Energy efficiency workshop to be held for small business owners

02-06-2024 4:48 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Local business owners are encouraged to attend the Small Business Energy Efficiency & Electrification Workshop which takes place at 11 a.m. on Thursday at Athol Public Library.The event is meant to highlight the benefits of the Mass Save...



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