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Earthquake centered near New York City rattles the Northeast
04-05-2024 12:25 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND and ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Sen. Jo Comerford was at home in Northampton on a Zoom call Friday morning when suddenly her home started shaking.“I thought maybe it was ice falling off the roof,” Comerford said. “It was quite jarring.”Leeds resident Jeffrey McLeod,...

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DCR sees booking surge at state campgrounds
03-28-2024 5:00 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

It seems people from all over are anxious for spring to arrive as bookings at the three state camping locations in Franklin and Hampshire counties are filling up fast.The state Department of Conservation and Recreation reports that at least 756 total...


Athol Police Logs: March 12 to March 19
03-28-2024 5:00 PM

ATHOL POLICE LOGSTuesday, March 126:45 p.m. - Male party into the lobby regarding a shop vac he lent to someone and they are refusing to give it back. Party was advised of his options. Attempted to contact involved party, negative contact, a voicemail...


Orange Police Logs: Feb. 1 to Feb. 28
03-25-2024 5:00 PM

Thursday, Feb. 112:27 p.m. - Motor vehicle stop for marked lanes violation on Daniel Shays Highway resulted in arrest of Che-Bon J. Lovato, 48, for trafficking in cocaine 18 grams or more, less than 36 grams.Sunday, Feb. 411:06 p.m. - Reporting party...


Athol High School juniors shine at science fair
03-19-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Two Athol High School juniors were recognized at the March 8 Worcester Regional Science and Engineering Fair held at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, each for their own unique talent.Allison Robertson submitted artwork that was chosen to be...


Athol Police Logs: Feb. 29 to March 8
03-15-2024 3:55 PM

ATHOL POLICE LOGSFeb. 29 - March 8Thursday Feb. 293:49 p.m. - Caller from Lindsay Lane would like to speak to an officer about someone possibly living in their back yard.Friday, March 111:59 a.m. - Two-car motor vehicle accident at South Main Street...


Athol Police Logs: Feb 19 to Feb. 27
03-13-2024 3:49 PM

Monday Feb. 1912:03 a.m. - Welfare check requested on Crescent Street. Caller reporting someone sitting on the bridge. No contact with anyone matching the description of person on bridge.12:52 a.m. - Business/building check on Daniel Shays Highway....


Speaker for the whales: Indigenous artist interprets endangered right whale’s legacy and meaning
03-05-2024 5:38 PM

By NAILA MOREIRA

Two new exhibitions inspired by the life and skeleton of the whale Staccato — a grandmother North Atlantic right whale whose remains came to UMass’ natural history collection after her death in 1999 — are now open to the public.Indigenous artist...


Head Start might have leg up as Massachusetts budget priority
02-25-2024 5:00 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

BOSTON — Although they would not explicitly commit to fulfilling a funding request for Head Start, two of the most powerful players at the State House indicated Wednesday that funding the early education program is at the top of their priority list in...


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...


UMass basketball: Saint Joseph’s hands Minutemen another heartbreaking loss 78-77
01-23-2024 10:13 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — Heartbreak struck the UMass men’s basketball team for the second time in three games on Tuesday night at the Mullins Center.Clinging to a one-point lead with 12.5 seconds left after Rahsool Diggins’ acrobatic layup put the Minutemen ahead,...


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...


UMass basketball: Rahsool Diggins keys second-half charge as Minutemen run away from George Washington 81-67
01-20-2024 5:02 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — UMass freshman guard Jayden Ndjigue stripped George Washington’s Zamoku Weluche-Ume, Jaylen Curry picked up the loose ball, and sprinted the other direction – leading a four-on-two fastbreak.Instead of taking it himself, which he certainly...


Smaller number proposed for Athol Fire Department hires
01-19-2024 4:38 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Another override for new firefighters appears to be in the town’s future, but the number could look very different.At its meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 17, the Fire Department Staffing Advisory Committee met to compare options for how best to...


House fire in Orange displaces family
01-10-2024 5:11 PM

By DOMENIC POLI and PAUL FRANZ

ORANGE – Four people were displaced Wednesday morning when a second-alarm fire damaged a house at 86 Mechanic St.The Salvation Army Athol Corps is reportedly assisting Donna and Kevin Sweeney and their sons, Sean and Nicholas, following the blaze that...


Erving, Warwock officials map out goals for 2024
01-05-2024 4:43 PM

By MAX BOWEN

To kick off the new year, officials in northern Franklin County towns shared their plans for 2024.WarwickThe town will certainly have a full plate in 2024. One of the bigger issues is the continued operation of the town’s new school district, which...


One resident dies from injuries sustained in Orange house fire
12-14-2023 11:21 AM

By MAX BOWEN

ORANGE — One older adult has died and a second remains hospitalized as a result of injuries sustained in a three-alarm house fire at 99 West River St. on Wednesday night.Authorities have deemed the home a total loss and all four residents have been...


Princeton man, 76, dies in Tully Road crash in Orange
12-08-2023 11:43 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

ORANGE — A 76-year-old Princeton man died Thursday morning after the truck he was driving veered off Tully Road and crashed into a tree, according to the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office.The crash, which occurred near the intersection with...


Athol students recognized for art project at Riverbend School
12-04-2023 4:47 PM

By Greg Vine

ATHOL – Nine Athol students were recognized on Saturday for their role in adding a touch of art to the former Riverbend School.Plans call for Riverbend and the nearby former Ellen Bigelow School to be transformed over the next few years into 54 units...


Business reps seek state help in shoring up local timber industry
11-22-2023 5:00 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

SHELBURNE — With many multi-generational family farms harvesting timber but only 2% of the wood harvested being used in the local economy, Massachusetts has a long way to go to bolster the timber industry, according to local business representatives...


Firm shares public safety complex feasibility study in Orange
11-20-2023 3:17 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — Firefighters have to remove and bag their gear at a fire scene before bringing it to the secondary Fire Station on Mill Yard Road, the only one with the proper cleaning equipment. But construction of the public safety complex proposed for 574...

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