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Subdivision site in Athol to be examined for historical significance
07-19-2024 2:51 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – The first installment of a public hearing for a proposed eight-lot subdivision off of Pleasant Street and Victoria Avenue was held during Wednesday’s meeting of the Board of Planning and Community Development.Chris Stoddard of Stoddard...

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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,...


Homeless living in Athol garage say cost of housing is biggest obstacle
07-16-2024 3:49 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Last week, the Downtown Vitality Committee spoke with Police Chief Craig Lundgren about concerns they have regarding people using the long-closed municipal parking garage of off Exchange and South streets as a temporary shelter.Lundgren said...


Athol committee considers ways to deter trespassers at parking garage
07-16-2024 3:48 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – With Police Chief Craig Lundgren in attendance, last Tuesday’s meeting of the Downtown Vitality Committee turned to concerns about the municipal parking garage being trespassed in.The garage was closed several years ago amid safety concerns...


Upgrades planned for Athol’s retail shopping area
07-15-2024 2:03 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Assistant Public Works Director Paul Raskevitz met with the Downtown Vitality Committee to provide an update on new amenities for the town’s retail shopping area to improve aesthetics and pedestrian safety.“We are going to order another rapid...


Annual Athol Moth Ball promises ‘an adventure’
07-10-2024 1:33 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – For some, moths are merely pesky critters that flit around your head as you try to enjoy a summer night on the deck.To others, they are a creature deserving of admiration, respect – and an entire week to celebrate their place in nature.David...


North Quabbin Notes, July 8
07-08-2024 3:18 PM

Early in-person voting in RoyalstonROYALSTON – Early in-person voting will take place on Saturday, Aug. 24, from 9 a.m.-5p.m. and Wednesday, Aug. 28, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the town clerk’s office, Whitney Hall, 5 School St. Saturday, Aug. 24, is the last...


Athol Selectboard reviews proposals for Silver Lake Park
07-08-2024 3:16 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – At a recent meeting of the Selectboard, discussion focused on recent work and future projects at Silver Lake Park.Athol Planning & Development Director Eric Smith and Assistant Public Works Director Paul Raskevitz updated the Selectboard on...


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...


Final days to comment on proposed downtown Athol guidelines
07-05-2024 4:47 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – The town’s Department of Planning & Development and members of the Downtown Vitality Committee are hoping residents will take a few moments to provide opinions on the final draft of the Downtown Design Guidelines.The Newburyport consulting...


Hearing on cleanup of Main Street property postponed to July 16
07-04-2024 6:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – A hearing to “abate nuisance at 1756 Main Street” scheduled for earlier this week has been pushed back to July 16.At a meeting in April, Selectboard members said they were anxious to see the property, owned by Matthew Alden, cleaned up...


New Athol firefighter completes state fire academy training
07-03-2024 1:09 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Owen Anderholm, the newest member of the Athol Fire Department, recently completed the 50-day training program at the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy in Springfield.State Fire Marshall Jon Davine announced the graduation of Anderholm and 16...


Four injured in two accidents on Templeton Road in Athol
07-03-2024 11:40 AM

By ADA DENENFELD KELLY

ATHOL—Two seperate crashes a half-mile apart were reported on Templeton Road Tuesday afternoon.According to Athol Deputy Fire Chief Jeff Parker, a passenger vehicle crossed the traffic lanes, striking another vehicle. A third vehicle was unable to...


Canoe and kayak launch proposed for Crescent Street in Athol
07-02-2024 2:31 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – The Department of Fish & Game is hoping to create a kayak and canoe launch on the Millers River near the dead-end portion of Crescent Street off of Chestnut Hill Avenue.The Notice of Intent, submitted by the department’s Office of Fishing &...


Athol receives $275,000 grant for Rabbit Run Rail Trail
07-01-2024 4:26 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – The first steps toward creation of the 6.2-mile long Rabbit Run Rail Trail are about to be taken.The Town of Athol recently announced that it had received a $275,000 MassTrails grant and is contributing a match of nearly $69,000, bringing the...


PHOTOS: Fun at Fourth Friday in Athol
06-30-2024 5:03 PM


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...


Second in Athol’s Fourth Friday includes live music, several vendors
06-26-2024 3:54 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – This week brings with it the second in the Fourth Friday event series planned for this summer.With a tip of the hat to Alice Cooper, the theme chosen for this Friday’s event is “School’s Out for Summer.” Main Street will be blocked off from...


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,...


Needham man pleads guilty in crash that killed Athol woman
06-24-2024 4:03 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — A Needham man was sentenced to nine months in jail on Monday after pleading guilty to a charge of vehicular homicide by negligent operation in connection with a crash that killed an Athol woman on Route 2 in Gill last year.Benoit Marande,...


‘Our children are listening’
06-24-2024 3:10 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Members of the Athol Congregational Church declare in the “Open & Affirming Statement” that, “Though individually we may differ in sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, race, ethnicity, economic status, religious tradition,...

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