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PHOTO: Firefighters undergo ice rescue training

02-05-2024 5:00 PM


Neal, McGovern: $78B tax bill a win for families

02-05-2024 5:00 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL and CHRIS LARABEE

SPRINGFIELD — U.S. Rep. Richard Neal touted a new tax relief bill passed by the House of Representatives this week, and shared his views on U.S. foreign policy during a gathering with the press on Friday morning.Speaking at the atrium inside the...


DA’s office launches animal welfare task force in region

02-05-2024 5:00 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

Looking to strengthen and better coordinate the work of animal welfare professionals in Hampshire and Franklin counties, the Northwestern district attorney’s office is launching a task force to share information and provide training.A primary goal is...


Royalston Selectboard awards contract for King Street Bridge assessment

02-05-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON – The Selectboard has awarded the contract for an engineering study of the King Street Bridge to Ellena Engineering.Board Vice Chair Rick Martin said he will meet with representatives of Ellena Engineering to finalize a timeline for...


Senate passes gun law reforms, 37-3

02-04-2024 5:00 PM

By Sam Drysdale

BOSTON— The Senate on Thursday night approved a sweeping overhaul of state firearms laws, setting up talks with the House that could lead to a major new law later this spring or summer.The Senate bill seeks to rein in untraceable ghost guns, bans...


A Page from North Quabbin History: A history of quilts

02-04-2024 5:00 PM

By Carla CharterThe New England Quilt Museum in Lowell has many different quilts, ranging from the 1800s to contemporary creations. Among those is a 78 x 71 coverlet made by Rebecca C. Ayers Mack Heywood of Winchendon.This coverlet was created by Mack...


Athol housing project receives $600K as part of state program

02-04-2024 5:00 PM

By Greg Vine

ATHOL – NewVue Communities, the Fitchburg-based non-profit leading the redevelopment of the former Bigelow and Riverbend schools, has been awarded a $600,000 predevelopment loan by the Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation (CEDAC).The...


Otter River Pub to reopen Feb. 5 following devastating fire

02-02-2024 5:01 PM

By MAX BOWEN

TEMPLETON — After four months of extensive renovations, the Otter River Pub & Red Onion Pool Hall will officially open for business on Monday, Feb. 5.It was on Sept. 27 that a fire ravaged the historical building, causing significant damage to the...


Royalston receives Green Communities Grant for weatherization projects

02-02-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON — The town has received a Green Communities Grant of nearly $169,000 to pay for weatherization projects at five town-owned buildings.The awarding of the competitive grant was announced in a letter to Selectboard Chair Deb D’Amico sent by...


Outgoing Orange Selectboard member raises issue with Armory access

02-02-2024 5:00 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — The Selectboard this week settled an outgoing member’s grievance about Armory Commission members being unable to access the brick building they have been tasked with maintaining and protecting.Richard Sheridan has vowed to save the...


PFAS, slew of other agriculture-related bills on the move on Beacon Hill

02-02-2024 5:00 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

NORTHAMPTON — Prohibiting PFAS from consumer products sold in Massachusetts remains an objective for Sen. Jo Comerford, who sees a recently advanced legislative bill to protect soil and farms from such contamination as an important first step to...


Athol man convicted on child sexual abuse charges

02-01-2024 5:04 PM

ORANGE – An Orange District Court judge Wednesday sentenced Gregory J. Batchelor of Athol to 18 months in jail following a conviction on four counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 years old, according to the Northwestern District...


Bill targets underenrollment disparities in AP courses

02-01-2024 5:02 PM

By ALISON KUZNITZ

BOSTON — Aiming to strengthen participation in advanced classes among Black and Latino high school students, lawmakers sought to build momentum Tuesday for a framework that would streamline how public colleges accept AP credits.Redrafted legislation...


Sportsman’s Corner: Show time

02-01-2024 5:02 PM

By Mike RocheIf you are looking for something to do this weekend, let me recommend the New England Fishing Exposition. The show will be in Marlborough, just off Route 495 at the Best Western Royal Plaza Trade Center and opened today.After the Covid...


Billy Goat Boats awarded 10-year deal for Orange boathouse

02-01-2024 5:01 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE – It seems Billy Goat Boats isn’t going anywhere, as the town’s Selectboard opted this week to award a request for proposal to the family-run watercraft rental business following a public and contentious leasing fiasco.The company owned and...


Athol residents push back on housing proposal for Bidwell

02-01-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – The library’s community room was packed Tuesday night for a public meeting on the future of the town-owned Bidwell property off South Athol Road.Those in attendance expressed determined opposition to the construction of any housing on the...


Petersham officials seek input from residents on new Open Space Plan

01-31-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

PETERSHAM – Officials are eager to hear from residents at a Saturday forum on what priorities they think should be included in an updated Open Space and Recreation Plan.The meeting will take place on Feb. 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the lower level of Town...


State report emphasizes flexibility, tech in education

01-31-2024 5:00 PM

By Sam Drysdale

BOSTON — Following a presentation on reforming education to embrace artificial intelligence, build more flexibility into the school day, and fundamentally rethink how and where students learn, the state’s K-12 education commissioner agreed that...


North Quabbin Notes, Feb. 1

01-31-2024 5:00 PM

Orange Senior Citizens Club meetingORANGE — After taking the month of January off, The Orange Senior Citizens Club will meet on Thursday, Feb. 1, (weather permitting) at 1 p.m., at the Orange Senior Center, 62 Cheney St., Orange. As is outlined in the...


Healing by Standing Together: Online forum features leaders of group promoting Israeli-Palestinian peace

01-31-2024 5:00 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

The hearts of Jewish and Palestinian Americans in western Massachusetts are aching.Over the last nearly four months, hundreds of community members have united at protests in the form of rallies, sit-ins, and letter signings for a permanent cease-fire,...



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