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A Page from North Quabbin History: The Shenandoah

01-30-2024 5:01 PM

By Carla CharterIt was not a bird, a plane or a UFO that Orange residents spied in the skies on Nov. 20, 1923.Instead, the Orange Enterprise and Journal on Nov. 23, 1923, reported that the U.S. Navy dirigible, the Shenandoah, which was out on a 13-and...


Zoom session to garner public input on opioid settlement uses

01-30-2024 5:00 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

As money from the nationwide opioid settlement continues to be disbursed to Franklin County towns, the Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG), in partnership with local boards of health, is inviting residents to share their input on how this...


Royalston residents speak against proposed transfer station partnership

01-30-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON – Voters will get an opportunity at April’s annual Town Election to tell officials if they want to keep the transfer station open or close it and instead take their trash to Winchendon.Winchendon Public Works Director Brian Coteau recently...


With police support, Senate to debate gun bill next week

01-30-2024 5:00 PM

By CHRIS LISINSKI

BOSTON — Senate Democrats rolled out a wide-ranging gun reform bill Thursday, targeting a vote in one week on a police-endorsed measure that is likely to generate considerable opposition among firearm owners.After months of closed-door talks between...


North Quabbin Notes Jan. 31

01-30-2024 4:03 PM

Heywood Healthcare’s Rozanna Penney named to the Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association Board of TrusteesGARDNER — Rozanna Penney, MBA, CRNA, MSNA, CEO of Heywood Healthcare, was voted onto the board of trustees of the Massachusetts Health &...


Massachusetts state troopers arrested for taking bribes to pass commercial drivers on test

01-30-2024 4:01 PM

By MICHAEL CASEY

BOSTON — Two current and two former Massachusetts State Police troopers were among six people charged Tuesday in a scheme to allegedly take bribes including a new snowblower and driveway in exchange for giving passing scores on commercial driving...


Nomination papers available for 2024 annual Phillipston Town Election

01-30-2024 9:43 AM

PHILLIPSTON — Nomination papers are now available for 2024 annual Town Election, which is scheduled for Monday, May 20.Polls will be open at Town Hall from 12-8 p.m. The last day to register to vote for the election will be May 10.The following seats...


McGovern legislation would ease access to medically necessary foods

01-29-2024 5:01 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

The Democrat representing the 2nd Congressional District of Massachusetts has teamed up with a Republican colleague from Florida to sponsor a bill aimed at making it easier for Americans to get medically necessary foods.Jim McGovern and John...


HERO Act for veterans gets airing on Beacon Hill

01-29-2024 5:01 PM

By Chris Lisinski

BOSTON — Pitching it as “the best way to honor” military members who died in the line of duty, Gov. Maura Healey and the state’s top veteran services official urged lawmakers this week to overhaul a wide range of services and benefits for Bay State...


‘A huge relief’: Swift River School reports filters, bottled water no longer needed

01-29-2024 5:00 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

NEW SALEM — Swift River School’s new PFAS6 filtration system seems to be working perfectly, and 190 students and staff members will drink to that.A little more than three years after tests of the school’s tap water revealed elevated levels of the...


Agreement reached on Phillipston/Templeton regional dispatch

01-28-2024 5:00 PM

By Greg Vine

PHILLIPSTON – The Selectboard voted Wednesday to approve a new intermunicipal public safety agreement with Templeton.This three-year agreement entails Templeton providing police and fire dispatch services for both communities. Templeton’s five-member...


Families of overdose victims press for bill allowing safe drug use sites

01-28-2024 5:00 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

BOSTON — On her 26th birthday on Nov. 30, 2018, Eliza Harper died from an accidental opioid overdose on the living room couch in her South Deerfield home, despite being in recovery for 10 months.Her then 14-year-old brother, Jackson, was the first to...


Franklin Regional Transit Authority offers weekend fixed-route service

01-28-2024 5:00 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

The Franklin Regional Transit Authority (FRTA) now offers weekend fixed-route transportation. With additional funds from the Fair Share Amendment, all free routes will run through the weekend, providing much-needed transportation access in the...


Balancing solar with farms and forestland: Experts tout middle way in picking sites

01-28-2024 5:00 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

AMHERST — As debate continues over how best to develop solar throughout the state to help meet an ambitious net-zero emissions goal, representatives from Mass Audubon and Harvard Forest are touting a recently completed report that details how solar...


Blue Cross pauses anesthesia policy after doctors raise concerns

01-28-2024 10:46 AM

By MADDIE FABIAN

Less than a month after it began enforcing a longstanding policy restricting the use of anesthesia during colonoscopies and other procedures, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts is pausing that action after physicians statewide lobbied the insurer...


North Quabbin Notes, Jan. 26

01-25-2024 5:00 PM

Athol Tractor Supply to hold pet adoption eventATHOL — The Athol Tractor Supply is inviting customers to attend a pet adoption event on Jan. 26, from noon-4 p.m.The adoption event is open to the public and friendly, leashed pets. It will take place at...


Sportsman’s Corner: A place for ice fishermen

01-25-2024 5:00 PM

By Mike RocheThe passing of Rodney Flagg and the subsequent closure of Flagg’s Tackle on Daniel Shays Highway in Orange left a huge void for local sportsmen and women, particularly those who enjoy ice fishing.The key ingredient to ice fishing is the...


Healey budget raises state spending by $2.1 billion — most of that from surtax

01-25-2024 5:00 PM

By CHRIS LISINSKI

BOSTON — The Healey administration wants to tap new revenue sources and keep spending growth somewhat constrained in a $58.15 billion state budget that officials pitched as putting Massachusetts on a “glide path” toward potentially better financial...


Healey plans to close MCI-Concord

01-25-2024 2:30 PM

By MICHAEL P. NORTON

The Healey administration plans to close the state’s medium security prison in Concord by this summer.According to an Executive Office of Public Safety and Security spokesperson, the incarcerated population at the prison stands at about 300 men, or...


United Way food drive helps Athol, Winchendon pantries

01-25-2024 10:29 AM

By Max Bowen

ATHOL—A three-month food drive conducted by the United Way of North Central Massachusetts (UWNCM) has proven a big help to local food pantries.Run from Oct. 1 through Dec. 12, the “Gathering to Give: Harvesting for a Cause” food drive supplied over...



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