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Athol seeks grant for Rabbit Run land survey
02-28-2024 3:59 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Planning and Development Director Eric Smith went before the Open Space and Recreation Commission on Tuesday to announce that he has applied for a MassTrails that would allow the town to start work on the proposed Rabbit Run Rail Trail. When...

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Athol man faces drug, gun charges
02-28-2024 1:05 PM

By MAX BOWEN

ATHOL — Two men from Athol and Needham and a woman from Weymouth were arrested Monday in Boston’s Downtown Crossing on several drug-related charges, according to police.At around 1 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 26, the Boston Police Department’s A-1 (Downtown)...


Proposal for electric vehicles for Athol departments will need revisions
02-26-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – A proposal from the town’s Public Works Department to purchase two all-electric vehicles (EVs) was met with some skepticism at last week’s Capital Program Committee meeting as it begins a review of FY25 capital expenditure requests from...


Athol board supports application for $950K street repair grant
02-25-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – The Selectboard has voted unanimously to support the application for a $950,000 Community Development Block Grant to improve several streets in town.Planning and Development Director Eric Smith and Andrew Loew, director of Community...


Athol Library hosts Arthropod Petting Zoo with Professor Bugman
02-25-2024 5:00 PM


Survey of Athol service lines for lead continues
02-22-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – The town’s Water Division is renewing its efforts to complete a survey of service lines to ensure none are made of lead.At its meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 20, the Selectboard met with Department of Public Works Director Dick Kilhart to discuss...


School Committee approves hardship exception for student
02-21-2024 5:55 PM

By MAX BOWEN

ATHOL—The Athol Royalston Regional School District’s School Committee has approved a hardship exception to the enrollment policy for a student whose family moved out of the town, allowing them to remain in the school system through the end of the...


Proposal to allow Athol school buses to use Vine Street gate fails
02-20-2024 4:23 PM

By MAX BOWEN

ATHOL — A much-contested pilot aimed at lessening congestion at the Athol Community Elementary School (ACES) will not proceed, following a vote at the Feb. 14 meeting of the Athol Royalston Regional School District School Committee.The vote followed...


Athol Royalston recognizes January Students of the Month
02-15-2024 5:00 PM

ATHOL — At its meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 14, the Athol Royalston School Committee recognized those students named as Student of the Month for January at each of the schools.Students were nominated by their teachers, who provided comments on why they...


Athol Public Library hosts postponed MLK Day event
02-13-2024 5:01 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – A winter storm on Jan. 16 led to the cancellation of an event at Athol Public Library meant to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.But the staff and volunteers of Valuing Our Children, which organized the event, weren’t going to let a...


Athol, Phillipston among departments to receive state grant funding
02-09-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

Fire departments in Athol, Petersham, Phillipston and Royalston are among the 321 statewide to share in a $5 million Firefighter Safety Equipment Grants.Gov. Maura Healey recently awarded the grant monies, saying, “Every single day, firefighters...


Liberty Taphouse to open in Athol
02-08-2024 5:00 PM

By MAX BOWEN

ATHOL — The site of the former Flat Rock Tap House will soon reopen, and the new owners have big plans for the location.The Liberty Taphouse at 73 Traverse St. is the newest venture of co-owners Teresa Hisman and Scott Chambers, two longtime friends...


Athol Fire override request to go before Town Election
02-07-2024 3:46 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – For the second time in less than a year, Athol voters will be asked whether they will support a Proposition 2 ½ override to provide additional personnel for the town’s Fire Department.Supporters of the proposal are hoping voters will find the...


PHOTOS: Drum classes, performance, held at Athol High School
02-07-2024 3:45 PM


Energy efficiency workshop to be held for small business owners
02-06-2024 4:48 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Local business owners are encouraged to attend the Small Business Energy Efficiency & Electrification Workshop which takes place at 11 a.m. on Thursday at Athol Public Library.The event is meant to highlight the benefits of the Mass Save...


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...


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...


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...


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...


Athol Fire Department launches new web site
01-23-2024 5:00 PM

By MAX BOWEN

ATHOL — Earlier this month, the Fire Department opened the digital doors to a new website, and the chief said the response has been very positive.Opened at the beginning of January, the new site replaces one which Fire Chief Joseph Guarnera described...


Meeting will be held for public comment on Bidwell site in Athol
01-23-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – When it comes to the future of the 100-acre Bidwell property, Town Manager Shaun Suhoski said it will be up to the voters whether it becomes housing, community space or a mix of uses.Residents will get another chance to examine proposed uses...

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