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Safety a priority for River Rat Race organizers
04-11-2024 5:00 PM

By MAX BOWEN

ATHOL — With potentially hundreds of participants in this weekend’s Athol Orange River Rat Race, making sure there aren’t any problems could be a challenge, but it’s one organizers say they are ready for.Jason Rushford is the event’s water safety...

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North Quabbin Notes, April 11
04-11-2024 11:21 AM

Knights of Columbus top free throw shootersATHOL – On April 6, Athol’s top free throw shooters returned from the Knights of Columbus State Free Throw Championship in Holliston with three trophies. All three boys won their age division at the council,...


Dennis Carey marks 40 years participating in River Rat Race
04-10-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – It might be a stretch to claim that Dennis Carey, 56, of Orange, could paddle the 5.2-mile River Rat Race with his eyes closed – but it wouldn’t be much of one.This year’s race, which takes place on April 13, will mark the 40th River Rat...


Community gears up for River Rat Race weekend
04-09-2024 5:01 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – While the River Rat Race is the star, there will be plenty more to watch and enjoy this weekend.Things get underway Friday night, April 12, with the drawing of positions in Memorial Hall at Athol Town Hall. Drawings begin promptly at 7 p.m....


New expenses prove a hurdle for Athol’s town budget
04-09-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Town Manager Shaun Suhoski told last week’s meeting of the Selectboard that he, his financial team and town department heads continue their efforts to craft a balanced budget for the upcoming fiscal year. Members of the Finance and Warrant...


PHOTOS-Eclipse viewing party in Athol
04-09-2024 11:20 AM


Heywood Healthcare cites progress made since bankruptcy filing
04-08-2024 5:00 PM

By MAX BOWEN

ATHOL — After filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last October, Heywood Healthcare has announced it has made progress in restoring and improving services.The health care company has pointed to a costly electronic medical record transition,...


After six decades, River Rat Race paddles on
04-08-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – The first Athol to Orange River Rat Race in 1963 may have been a more informal event, but it marked the beginning of an annual tradition that generations of North Quabbin residents have come to cherish. This year’s race takes place this...


Flag raised at Athol Library to mark National Child Abuse Prevention Month
04-07-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Residents, area dignitaries and community leaders gathered in front of Athol Public Library Friday morning for a flag-raising ceremony in recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention Month.The event was sponsored by the Children’s Advocacy...


Athol officials explore legal options for fire-ravaged property
04-04-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Town officials have decided to begin investigating court options to clean the property at 1756 Main St.The home at that address was destroyed in a fire last August. Records in the assessor’s office indicate the property is owned by Matthew...


Athol resident survey shows more housing, business development wanted
04-02-2024 5:02 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – A survey asking residents their opinions on topics such as housing, transportation, economic development and land use garnered more than 240 responses.The survey was put together by the Master Plan Committee with help from BSC Group, the...


Firefighter override passes by narrow margin at Athol Town Election
04-02-2024 2:10 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL– A Proposition 2 ½ override aimed at increasing staff at the Athol Fire Department passed at Monday’s Town Election.By only 96 votes – 639 to 543 – voters said “yes” to a $286,000 override to fund the hiring of three paramedic/EMT/firefighters....


Libraries still in the business of books, but embrace growing role as community ‘third space’
04-01-2024 5:01 PM

By MAX BOWEN

Tilton Library Director Candace Bradbury-Carlin said that in recent years, libraries have grown beyond a place to study or get books and into a “third space,” serving their patrons in new and diverse ways.At the South Deerfield library, this could...


S&S Appliance celebrates 50 years in Athol
04-01-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – After 50 years and a few ownership changes, S&S Appliance remains a strong presence in the town of Athol.When Charlie Shatos first opened the store in 1974, it was located at 454 Main St., currently the site of Pre-K Kidz daycare. A growth in...


Athol Town Manager says next fiscal year may be the ‘most challenging’ in the last decade
03-31-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – As he prepares to meet with the Selectboard and Finance and Warrant Advisory Committee to present a proposed town budget, Town Manager Shaun Suhoski said fiscal year 2025 “is shaping up to be among the most challenging (fiscal years) during my...


Proposed charter changes on Athol Town Election ballot
03-29-2024 5:09 PM

By Greg Vine

ATHOL – In addition to the race for the Athol Royalston Regional School Committee and a $286,000 Proposition 2 ½ override to decide, voters at Monday’s Annual Town Election are being asked to approve 31 changes to the Town Charter.Instead of voting on...


GAAMHA opens new Athol facility for women with substance use, mental health disorders
03-29-2024 5:00 PM

By MAX BOWEN

ATHOL — Seeking to address a lack of resources for women battling with substance abuse and mental health disorders, Gardner-based GAAMHA has opened a new facility in Athol called Sunrise Ridge.The 32-bed residential treatment facility — which opened...


Planning underway for fifth annual Athol Green Clean
03-29-2024 4:42 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Earth Day is just around the corner and that means the fifth annual Green Clean Athol event is close at hand.The community cleanup effort is scheduled for Saturday, April 20, with the 54th annual observance of Earth Day to follow on Monday,...


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...


Savoy seeks Athol Royalston School Committee seat
03-26-2024 4:33 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Jason Savoy, a 1999 graduate of Athol High School, is one of two people running for a one-year term on the Athol-Royalston Regional School Committee in next Monday’s annual Town Election. Savoy is seeking to fill the vacancy created by the...


Firefighter override to be decided at Athol Town Election
03-25-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – In less than a week, voters will decide whether to support a $286,000 Proposition 2 ½ override to fund the hiring of three paramedic/EMT/firefighters for the town’s fire department.The override is on the ballot for the Town Election, which...

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