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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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In wake of new data, district leaders speak to pay raises, training methods to retain educators
07-24-2024 2:38 PM

By ERIN-LEIGH HOFFMAN

Following an overall decline in teacher retention in 2023, Franklin County and North Quabbin school districts saw a mix of increased and decreased retention rates in the 2023-2024 school year, according to data from the state Department of Elementary...


Athol opens process for hotel proposals
07-23-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – After five years of discussion and studies, the Economic Development & Industrial Commission has taken a big step in the effort to establish a hotel adjacent to the North Quabbin Commons shopping center on Market Drive.The EDIC has begun...


Athol Police Logs: July 9 to July 17, 2024
07-23-2024 12:44 PM

Athol Police LogsJuly 9 - 17Tuesday, July 97:06 p.m. - Reporting party states a vehicle is blocking them from leaving a parking lot on West Royalston Road. The vehicle was empty. Officer spoke with the registered owner, who stated she would be moving...


Nature lovers turn out for annual Moth Ball in Athol
07-23-2024 11:13 AM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – People from North Quabbin, Boston and around New England gathered at the Pleasant Street home of David Small for the annual Moth Ball Saturday night.The event was sponsored by the Athol Bird & Nature Club (ABNC). Small, who is president of the...


A Page From North Quabbin History: Rise of the Athol-Orange Power Plant
07-22-2024 2:06 PM

The development of hydroelectric plants was widespread in the early 20th century. Some provided power to private industries, others to railway systems and the public. Among them was the Athol-Orange Power Plant at Wendell Depot.In 1909, W. G. Webber...


Power postpones Main Street hearing in Athol
07-21-2024 4:49 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Mother Nature intervened to give Athol resident Matt Alden a temporary reprieve on his property at 1756 Main St. being declared a nuisance by the Selectboard.At the board’s meeting on Tuesday, July 16, a public hearing on the matter was...


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...


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...


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...


Athol Police Logs: June 23 to July 4, 2024
07-09-2024 1:44 PM

Athol Police Logs June 23 – July 4 Sunday, June 23 9:04 p.m. - Party from Main Street reporting they looked at camera footage they have from Friday into Saturday (6/21-6/22) and they saw their basement was broken into twice.Monday, June 24 7:59 a.m....


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...

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