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Storm damage lingers at Athol Town Hall, library
07-24-2024 5:00 PM

By MAX BOWEN

ATHOL – The storms of last week which knocked out power to hundreds may be fading into memory, but some lingering effects remain.At the Athol Public Library, the building’s elevator has been out of commission since staff came in last Wednesday...

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Two killed in Royalston collision
07-17-2024 6:01 PM

By MAX BOWEN

ROYALSTON — Two people were killed in a crash on Athol Road Tuesday afternoon, according to Police Chief Curtis Deveneau.The crash was reported at 2:22 p.m. on Tuesday. One vehicle, occupied by only the driver, was traveling south on Athol Road and a...


Storms leave hundreds without power in Athol, Greenfield
07-17-2024 11:16 AM

By MAX BOWEN

Powerful storms hit the western Mass area Tuesday evening, leaving hundreds of homes without power into Wednesday afternoon, according to National Grid.According to Torry Dooley, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Boston office,...


Pyrtel to lead Orange Economic Development and Industrial Corp.
07-13-2024 9:32 PM

By MAX BOWEN

ORANGE — Mikael Pyrtel, former economic development director for the town of Orange, has joined the Orange Economic Development and Industrial Corp. (OEDIC) as executive director.According to a July 8 announcement, Pyrtel has been in the executive...


Greenfield woman appointed to Probate and Family Court judgeship
07-11-2024 3:37 PM

By MAX BOWEN

GREENFIELD — After receiving rave reviews during public hearings, Alexandra Flanders of Greenfield has been appointed by the state’s Governor’s Council as an associate justice of Probate and Family Court.Wednesday’s appointment, which followed a...


Athol receives $100K grant for stormwater mapping
07-07-2024 5:00 PM

By MAX BOWEN

ATHOL – With the help of a $106,800 grant from the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust, the town will soon have updated digital maps of its stormwater collection system.The grant is among $75,748,203 in low-interest loans and grants for 15 communities and...


Polus Center in Athol receives $140,000 for job training program
06-24-2024 5:06 PM

By MAX BOWEN

ATHOL – A $140,000 grant through the Healey-Driscoll Administration will help the Polus Center in Athol to continue its training program to help those with disabilities to find work in the retail and hospitality fields.Announced earlier this month,...


Vandalism found at Lake Ellis beach in Athol
06-12-2024 11:06 AM

By MAX BOWEN

ATHOL – On Tuesday, lifeguards at Lake Ellis went to the beach to open it for the summer season, only to find significant damage to the picnic table, swing set and bathroom doors.According to John Robertson, president of the Friends of Lake Ellis,...


Heywood Healthcare files Chapter 11 exit plan
05-29-2024 2:21 PM

By MAX BOWEN

GARDNER – Heywood Healthcare, which operates hospitals in Gardner and Athol, has filed papers to exit Chapter 11 after entering it last October.In a statement issued on May 29, the healthcare company said the filing allowed it to “address numerous...


Volunteers raise $10,000 to make Camp Wiyaka director position full-time
05-27-2024 11:46 AM

By MAX BOWEN

ATHOL– A fundraiser to fund a full-time director at Camp Wiyaka for one year has succeeded, and organizers are hoping this will spur enough interest to make the position permanent.According to an announcement sent by Shaun Bennett, who organized the...


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...


Black Diamond to hold 40th anniversary show in Winchendon
05-13-2024 10:45 AM

By Max Bowen

WINCHENDON – As they say, the show must go on.William Ladeau, drummer and promoter for the rock band Black Diamond, is hosting an eight-hour music festival this Saturday, May 18, at the Snowbound Club in Winchendon. Originally meant to be a 40th...


Cryptozoology exhibits featured at Education Earth Museum
05-10-2024 6:05 PM

By MAX BOWEN

ATHOL – A new museum is set to open in downtown Athol, but the many of the creatures featured won’t be found in a nature textbook.Located at 475 Main St., the Education Earth Museum is owned and operated by Storm DeFrancesco Plains, who is a certified...


Annual ‘Food-A-Thon’ returns
05-09-2024 5:11 PM

By MAX BOWEN

ATHOL— North Quabbin residents can look forward to seeing pickle jar collectors on the street and hearing the 12-hour Food-A-Thon drive on the air to help combat a growing need.The fundraiser and food collection drive, now in its 20th year, will be...


Parents question handling of threat at Erving Elementary School
04-24-2024 5:14 PM

By MAX BOWEN

ERVING — Following a report of a threat that involved an Erving Elementary School student, parents questioned the School Committee on Tuesday about what can be done in light of concerns over the administration’s response.According to a joint statement...


Magic comes to Red Apple in Phillipston
04-24-2024 2:32 PM

By MAX BOWEN

PHILLIPSTON — Red Apple Farm will become home to faeries, knights, trolls and lots of magic on the first weekend in May.The Enchanted Orchard Renaissance Faire will take place on May 4-5. Richard and Rajuli Fahey of Winchendon have been to the farm a...


White’s Mill development proceeds following roof cave-in
04-22-2024 4:21 PM

By MAX BOWEN

WINCHENDON—A planned re-development of the former White’s Mill complex in Winchendon Springs is proceeding, following a partial collapse of the roof from a snowstorm on April 4.Since then, Amelia Giovanoni, acting director of the Mill Farm Initiative...


Athol Salvation Army Corps joins Boston Marathon volunteers
04-15-2024 4:31 PM

By MAX BOWEN

ATHOL — Though they may not have been among the runners, the Salvation Army Athol Corps played an important role in the 128th Boston Marathon.The corps sent two vehicles — their mobile feeding unit, also known as a “canteen,” and a minivan — to help...


Safety a priority for River Rat Race organizers
04-11-2024 5:00 PM

By MAX BOWEN

ATHOL — With potentially hundreds of participants in this weekend’s Athol Orange River Rat Race, making sure there aren’t any problems could be a challenge, but it’s one organizers say they are ready for.Jason Rushford is the event’s water safety...


Heywood Healthcare cites progress made since bankruptcy filing
04-08-2024 5:00 PM

By MAX BOWEN

ATHOL — After filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last October, Heywood Healthcare has announced it has made progress in restoring and improving services.The health care company has pointed to a costly electronic medical record transition,...


Libraries still in the business of books, but embrace growing role as community ‘third space’
04-01-2024 5:01 PM

By MAX BOWEN

Tilton Library Director Candace Bradbury-Carlin said that in recent years, libraries have grown beyond a place to study or get books and into a “third space,” serving their patrons in new and diverse ways.At the South Deerfield library, this could...

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