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Mandatory water use restrictions now in effect in Athol
07-09-2024 1:45 PM

ATHOL – Mandatory outside water use restrictions are now in effect, according to the Department of Public Works.The water restrictions were put into effect on July 5 after the level of the Millers River dropped to below 186 cubic feet per second for...

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Athol Royalston Free Summer Eats program begins July 1
06-28-2024 4:01 PM

ATHOL – With the school year at a close, the free Summer Eats program will begin on July 1 in the Athol and Royalston communities. All kids and teens 18 and under can eat meals for free, no sign-up required, no questions asked. Just show up at the...


Petersham band to celebrate 850th concert
06-26-2024 5:02 PM

PETERSHAM – The Petersham Brass Band will open its summer concert season Sunday, June 30, with a celebration of its 850th performance. The band, organized in 1914, has been presenting summer concerts continuously every summer since, except for a...


Symposium to focus on stories of the Swift River Valley
06-25-2024 5:00 PM

PETERSHAM – Many communities in Central Massachusetts have landscapes with remarkable stories, one of which is Petersham’s Swift River Valley.The east branch of the Swift River, from its headwaters in Phillipston to Pottapaug Pond in the Dana Section...


Athol, Greenfield open cooling centers in response to heat wave
06-17-2024 3:34 PM

ATHOL — In response to the nationwide heatwave which began on Sunday, Athol has opened numerous cooling centers in town.According to the National Weather Service (NWS), the heatwave began on Sunday in the central U.S. and began spreading across the...


Shawn Hayden named new president and CEO of Gardner-based GAAMHA
06-14-2024 1:06 PM

GARDNER – The GAAMHA Board of Directors has named Shawn Hayden as the new president and CEO, following the resignation of longtime CEO Tracy Hutchinson.Hayden has been with GAAMHA for 13 years, most recently as the organization’s vice president, and...


Route 2 paving to begin Thursday in Erving
06-05-2024 4:27 PM

ERVING — The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is advising motorists that paving work on Route 2 will begin Thursday, June 6, and will conclude on Wednesday, June 12.Work will be conducted between the hours of 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. each...


Spectrum expands broadband, TV services
05-29-2024 9:37 AM

Spectrum has announced an expansion of its services to Warwick and Royalston, among other rural towns, through the Federal Communications Commission’s Rural Digital Opportunity Fund.According to the announcement, Spectrum internet, phone, and TV...


DA to announce breakthrough in 1989 unsolved homicide
05-01-2024 5:14 PM

GREENFIELD – Authorities have scheduled for Thursday morning a press conference to announce a major breakthrough in the effort to identify human remains found in Warwick in 1989.Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan, First Assistant...


Partnership succeeds in protecting Lake Monomonac forestland
04-17-2024 5:00 PM

WINCHENDON – Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust and North County Land Trust (NCLT) joined forces with residents a year ago to protect 200-plus acres of forest at the southern reaches of Lake Monomonac, according to an announcement. With the support...


Historical society presents history of Nichewaug
04-14-2024 5:00 PM

PETERSHAM – The Petersham Historical Society presents Kimberly Toney – member of the Hassanamisco Band of Nipmuc and the inaugural coordinating curator of Native American and Indigenous studies at Brown University – as guest speaker at the society’s...


Environmental expo to be held Saturday on climate change and emergency preparation
04-04-2024 5:00 PM

PETERSHAM – The town of Petersham and North Hatfield-based Conservation Works are co-hosting the Petersham Environmental Expo this Saturday, April 6, from noon-4 p.m. at Petersham Town Hall, 1 South Main St. According to the organization’s web site,...


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...


Petersham Fun-to-Fund Auction to benefit nonprofits
01-17-2024 5:00 PM

PETERSHAM — A community-wide Fun-to-Fund Silent Auction to benefit Petersham nonprofit organizations is planned for next week to help non-profits to thrive and offer a way to join communities together to help others.Everyone, from any town in the...


Heywood Hospital’s mental health unit reopens after two-year closure
01-09-2024 3:59 PM

GARDNER— Heywood Hospital has received approval from the Department of Mental Health to reopen its inpatient adult mental health unit, effective Jan. 11, according to an announcement from the hospital.The hospital was approved for six of a proposed...


Nomination papers available for Athol Town Election
01-08-2024 3:40 PM

ATHOL — The annual Town Election will be held on Monday, April 1. All precincts vote at the Town Hall, 584 Main St. Polls will open at 10 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.Nomination papers are available in the Town Clerk’s office. The deadline to return...


Athol Women’s Club Memory Tree
12-15-2023 5:00 PM

The Athol Woman’s Club Memory Tree tradition continues. Located on the uptown common of Athol is the 2023 Memory Tree. Each light on the tree represents the memory of a loved one who is no longer with us for the holiday season. This longstanding...


Athol Bird and Nature Club 2024 calendar now available
12-11-2023 3:17 PM

ATHOL — The Athol Bird and Nature Club (ABNC) calendar, full of nature notes, trivia questions and photos of local birds, animals and plants is now available.While many people may enjoy a calendar with pictures of exotic nature and scenery, the “Birds...


Holiday music programs set for December
12-01-2023 12:06 PM

Area residents can enjoy free holiday music programs this month, performances sponsored by a trust established nearly 100 years ago.A public program of holiday music will be presented Saturday, Dec. 9, at 5:30 p.m. at the Federated Church of...


Royalston resident donates flowers to area nursing home
08-15-2023 5:00 PM

ATHOL—On Tuesday morning, Royalston resident Norah Dooley packed up flowers from her garden and made a special delivery to the residents at the Quabbin Valley Healthcare & Rehabilitation in Athol.“I have so many flowers on my property, that at times I...


MassDOT: Route 2 repairs in Gill expected to take 4 or 5 weeks
08-02-2023 4:01 PM

GILL — Route 2 eastbound just west of the Turners Falls-Gill Bridge will be able to reopen to traffic after four or five weeks of work to install an earth support system, the state Department of Transportation announced Tuesday.Following substantial...

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