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Meeting to review Community Preservation Act proposals in Phillipston
04-09-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

PHILLIPSTON – The Community Preservation Committee (CPC) is inviting residents to a public meeting this Thursday, April 11, to discuss projects the committee would like to fund in the year ahead.The meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the former...

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Firm hired to inspect Phillipston library’s condition
02-14-2024 3:58 PM

By GREG VINE

PHILLIPSTON – The Selectboard has voted to sign an $8,750 contract with the engineering firm of Tighe & Bond to inspect the Phillips Free Public Library and report on the building’s condition.Town officials are hoping the Westfield company can...


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...


Agreement reached on Phillipston/Templeton regional dispatch
01-28-2024 5:00 PM

By Greg Vine

PHILLIPSTON – The Selectboard voted Wednesday to approve a new intermunicipal public safety agreement with Templeton.This three-year agreement entails Templeton providing police and fire dispatch services for both communities. Templeton’s five-member...


Phillipston photographer wins in Mass Audubon contest
01-05-2024 4:44 PM

By MAX BOWEN

PHILLIPSTON — A casual kayak ride on Tully Lake has become an award-winning photo for Norm Eggert.The picture shows Norm’s wife Cheryl near the lake’s boat launch, framed by trees in the morning light, and was chosen by Mass Audubon as the winner in...


Cathy and Eric Olson recognized as Phillipston Citizens of the Year for 2023
12-27-2023 3:48 PM

By GREG VINE

PHILLIPSTON – Cathy and Eric Olson of Phillipston were recently honored as the community’s Citizens of the Year for 2023.The couple was presented with the award at this year’s annual Memory Tree ceremony.Asked about the choice of the Olsons to receive...


Phillipston board explores funding for repairs at Phillips Library
12-20-2023 5:01 PM

By GREG VINE

PHILLIPSTON – Phillips Free Public Library Trustee Sylvia Healey met with the Selectboard on Dec. 13 to present two quotes for lifting and strengthening the floor of the 232-year-old building.One contractor, Art Leray General Contracting of...


Phillipston, Templeton officials to meet to go over regional emergency dispatch
12-17-2023 6:01 PM

By GREG VINE

PHILLIPSTON — Officials from Phillipston and Templeton are planning to meet with representatives of the State 911 Department to see if an accord can be reached to renew the Regional Emergency Communications Center (RECC) agreement between the two...


The view of Wachusett
11-27-2023 5:00 PM


Phillipston property owner proposes retail marijuana location
11-03-2023 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

PHILLIPSTON – Monil Patel, owner of Phillipston Liquor & Variety, and his attorney, Valerio Romano, appeared before the Selectboard Wednesday night to review plans for a retail marijuana operation.Patel proposes transforming a building on his...


Committee outlines uses of Phillipston’s CPA funds
10-13-2023 5:37 PM

By GREG VINE

PHILLIPSTON – The Community Preservation Committee has taken the first steps in determining how best to spend the nearly $1.5 million which the town has in Community Preservation Act funds.To that end, the committee held an informational meeting on...


Slim pickings: Farmers face smaller pick-your-own apple crop following May frost
09-17-2023 6:00 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

Picking apples is one of the rites of fall, with crisp, sunny mornings beckoning families out to the orchard to help gather in the season’s brilliant red and green bounty.This year, though, pick-your-own opportunities will be limited because so much...


Police investigating break-in at Cycle Design
08-04-2023 5:27 PM

By MAX BOWEN

PHILLIPSTON — Police are actively investigating the theft of 17 motorized dirt bikes early Wednesday morning at Cycle Design.According to Cycle Design Manager Jayma Wilkins, the security company for the store notified her at 2:47 a.m. on Wednesday,...


Cycle Design marks three decades with Yamaha
07-27-2023 3:17 PM

By GREG VINE

PHILLIPSTON— Cycle Design is holding a milestone celebration of its association with Yamaha, and hope that the event helps bring them back to pre-COVID customer levels.Set to take place on Saturday, July 29, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., this event will mark...


Report shows towns not meeting CPA guidelines
06-18-2023 5:00 PM

By MAX BOWEN

A report done by the Greater Boston Real Estate Board and Center for State Policy Analysis at Tufts University shows that several municipalities which have adopted the Community Preservation Act (CPA) haven’t spent money they’ve put aside for...


Craig Twohey hikes across Appalachian Trail in son’s honor
06-05-2023 6:19 PM

By CAROLE GARIEPY

PHILLIPSTON — In 2006, Craig Twohey and his son Ryan, an Eagle Scout, hiked at the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico, an experience that inspired them to talk about hiking the Appalachian Trail together after Craig and his wife, Jean, sold the King...


Church bazaar returns with music, sales and food
05-26-2023 5:00 PM

By CAROLE GARIEPY

PHILLIPSTON—A longstanding tradition in the community will make its big return on June 10.From 10 a.m. until dusk, there will be a variety of things to do for people of all ages at the annual church bazaar which started 66 years ago.Taking place on...


Bridging the gap: Project connects miles of trails at Cutthroat Brook Tree Farm in Athol
05-12-2023 2:12 PM

By Max Bowen

ATHOL — Up until two weeks ago, getting over the Lower Kendall Brook Crossing at Ben and Susie Feldman’s Cutthroat Brook Tree Farm required some rather impressive balancing skills.But through a combination of hard work and community support, two new...


Phillipston Town Meeting to decide budgets, bylaw revisions
05-01-2023 5:29 PM

By Greg Vine

PHILLIPSTON – Voters face a 27-article warrant at the Annual Town Meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Phillipston Memorial School gym.Among other things, voters will be asked to approve an FY24 town operating budget of $2.7 million, an...


$223K to aid in PFAS remediation for Franklin County, North Quabbin
04-10-2023 3:28 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE and MAX BOWEN

A total of $223,079 in state grant funding is headed to four Franklin County and North Quabbin towns to help filter potentially harmful chemicals from their water systems.The Healey-Driscoll administration and the state Department of Environmental...


A Page From North Quabbin History: Military jet crash in Phillipston
03-07-2023 4:09 PM

By Carla Charter

Donn Clifford of Phillipston clearly remembers the day when a military jet crashed in town.Clifford was 11 years old on June 14, 1960. After arriving home from school, he received a call from his friend Bobby Casavant about a F-104 military plane...

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