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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...

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Committee requests $18K in new parking meters for Athol
03-28-2024 5:01 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Four years ago, Town Meeting voters approved creation of a Downtown Parking Benefits District (DPBD), with the stipulation that an Oversight Committee be created to decide how funds collected from parking meters will be spent.This will mark...


Parking enforcement to resume in Athol’s downtown
11-27-2023 5:09 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – For years, visitors to downtown Athol have been able to forego feeding the meters along Main Street – and some side streets – without fear of receiving a parking ticket, but that is about to change.Athol has been without a parking enforcement...


Report recommends rooftops, parking lots for solar installations
10-04-2023 4:02 PM

By CHRIS LISINSKI

BOSTON — More than half of the land covered by parking lots in Massachusetts could host solar panel canopies, and almost four times that much rooftop space is also viable, according to a new report that urges policymakers to balance solar expansion...


Silver Lake Park upgrades continue in Athol
09-10-2023 7:17 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL — When it comes to the improvements the town has been working on at Silver Lake Park in recent months, Department of Public Works Assistant Superintendent Paul Raskevitz says, “We still have a lot more work to do.”Raskevitz spoke with the Athol...


Dexter Park Innovational School demolition begins in Orange
08-29-2023 5:04 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — Demolition of Dexter Park Innovation School began on Monday, starting the home stretch of a renovation project that has been in the works for at least six years.The brick school, built in the early 1950s, will be replaced by a wildflower...


Mixed-use plan goes before board in Athol
08-01-2023 2:25 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Residents will have the chance to learn about a possible new use for the closed parking garage at a meeting scheduled for this evening.The Board of Planning and Community Development (BPCD) will hold a public hearing at 7:10 p.m. on Wednesday...


Final look at Lord Pond plan
06-02-2023 11:41 AM

By Greg Vine

ATHOL – Residents had the opportunity to see and ask questions about the final proposal for the greening of Lord Pond Plaza.Casey-Lee Bastien, landscape architect with BSC Group of Boston, said the proposal calls for replacing much of the two-acre...


27% of Orange kindergartners recommended to repeat year
04-17-2023 5:02 PM

By MARY BYRNE

ORANGE — Chronic absenteeism of the district’s youngest pupils has resulted in a higher number of kindergarten students than usual being recommended for retention, according to school administrators.Superintendent Elizabeth Teahan-Zielinski recently...


Students on mend after chewing gum scare in Orange
04-07-2023 5:11 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — Roughly 10 Dexter Park Innovation School students were treated and released from hospitals Tuesday after suffering adverse reactions from a particularly pungent chewing gum, and most of them returned to school Wednesday, their school...


Pete & Henry’s to become park
03-08-2023 4:54 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON – On Aug. 21, 2018, Pete & Henry’s restaurant in South Royalston was destroyed by fire.In September 2021, owners John and Tammy Cloutier sold the vacant lot which had been home to the popular eatery to the Town of Royalston for $5,000.On...


ConCom gives backing to Lord Pond Plaza project
03-06-2023 9:37 AM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – The Conservation Commission has approved, with conditions, a Notice of Intent filed by the Department of Public Works (DPW) to ‘daylight’ Mill Brook where it currently runs under the parking lot at Lord Pond Plaza.Creation of green space and...


Frozen Fenway: UMass rally halted after late gamble backfires against BC
01-08-2023 12:02 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

BOSTON – Potential rewards far outweighed the risk.The No. 15 UMass hockey team trailed Boston College by a goal with 1 minute, 4 seconds left and challenged a high hit against Aaron Bohlinger as he crossed the blue line. UMass coach Greg Carvel...

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