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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....

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Chapman seeking seat on Royalston Selectboard
03-26-2024 4:32 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON – Bill Chapman said it that the help he and his family received from the community following a fire at their home drove him to seek a seat on the Selectboard.Chapman, of Royalston, is one of two candidates running to replace outgoing...


Former Pete & Henry’s site in Royalston to become new park
03-21-2024 5:08 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON – The Selectboard Tuesday night put their signatures to a conservation restriction governing the parcel in the South Village that was once the site of Pete & Henry’s restaurant.The agreement with Mt. Grace Land Conservation Trust gives the...


Former Selectman says residents asked him to run again
03-14-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON—In 2003, Royalston resident Gary Winitzer won a special election to fill an unexpected vacancy on the Selectboard—in 2005, he was defeated in a bid for a three-year term.Since then, he has run for the Selectboard several times without...


Royalston sewer costs to decrease in proposed budget
03-12-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON – The budget for the town’s sewer department may see a modest 4.8 percent reduction in the next fiscal year.The Selectboard last week recommended a spending package for the department of $95,364, a reduction of just over $4,800 from the...


Village School teacher to discuss memoir on seven years as a long-haul trucker
03-11-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON – This Friday, Village School history teacher George Bennett will share stories from the roads of Britain, Scotland and the Middle East as he discusses his recently-published book, ”Into the Distance: The Lost World of Long-Haul...


Royalston, state police, form service agreement
03-07-2024 4:53 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON – The town has reached an agreement for assistance from the Massachusetts State Police, but a new plan will needed soon, according to officials.In the most recent edition of “The Royalston Community Newsletter,” Royalston Police Chief Curtis...


Royalston seeks town input on Whitney Hall’s future
03-06-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON – The firm hired by the town to undertake a marketing study for Whitney Hall told a public meeting last Thursday to hold off on any decisions for the future of the 119-year-old building.Heather Calvin, senior consultant for Phoenix-based...


Officials discuss signage at Royalston Town Hall
02-27-2024 3:42 PM

By Greg Vine

ROYALSTON – One might assume that installing signage for a municipal building would be a relatively simple matter.In the case of Royalston Town Hall, however, such a task has proven more challenging. The building, which opened its doors to conduct...


Royalston meeting will unveil Whitney Hall study
02-26-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON – The results of a months-long marketing study which could serve as a guide for the future of Whitney Hall will be unveiled at a public meeting this Thursday.This meeting, which will take place at 6:30 p.m. at Royalston Town Hall, will...


Royalston makes request for State Police assistance
02-21-2024 5:10 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON – At its meeting on Tuesday, the Selectboard approved a letter to the Massachusetts State Police formally asking for help in meeting the law enforcement needs of the community.Board Vice-Chair Deb D’Amico explained that she and Royalston...


Proposal to allow Athol school buses to use Vine Street gate fails
02-20-2024 4:23 PM

By MAX BOWEN

ATHOL — A much-contested pilot aimed at lessening congestion at the Athol Community Elementary School (ACES) will not proceed, following a vote at the Feb. 14 meeting of the Athol Royalston Regional School District School Committee.The vote followed...


Savings help avoid Royalston sewer budget increase
02-19-2024 3:50 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON – Due a number of cost reductions and savings, it appears that the town’s sewer spending won’t see any significant increases in next fiscal year’s budget.Selectboard Chair Rick Martin – the board also acts as the town’s Sewer Commission –...


Village School’s Black History Month program celebrates differences
02-18-2024 6:00 PM

By Greg Vine

ROYALSTON – In 1976, President Gerald Ford officially recognized February as Black History Month, stating at the time that the annual recognition gave Americans “the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in...


Royalston calls Special Town Meeting to settle $50,000 debt
02-15-2024 5:01 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON – A Special Town Meeting has been scheduled to settle several outstanding debts among various town departments.Set for Saturday, March 2, at 10 a.m. at Royalston Town Hall, the warrant consists of a single article which asks voters “to raise...


Athol Royalston recognizes January Students of the Month
02-15-2024 5:00 PM

ATHOL — At its meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 14, the Athol Royalston School Committee recognized those students named as Student of the Month for January at each of the schools.Students were nominated by their teachers, who provided comments on why they...


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...


Rhode Island couple purchases Royalston Country Store
02-08-2024 5:01 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON – After nearly a year of searching for someone to re-open the Royalston Country Store, the South Village Revitalization Committee has announced that Winter and Helder Vieira of Bristol, Rhode Island, have purchased the business.It has been...


Royalston Selectboard awards contract for King Street Bridge assessment
02-05-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON – The Selectboard has awarded the contract for an engineering study of the King Street Bridge to Ellena Engineering.Board Vice Chair Rick Martin said he will meet with representatives of Ellena Engineering to finalize a timeline for...


Royalston receives Green Communities Grant for weatherization projects
02-02-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON — The town has received a Green Communities Grant of nearly $169,000 to pay for weatherization projects at five town-owned buildings.The awarding of the competitive grant was announced in a letter to Selectboard Chair Deb D’Amico sent by...


Royalston residents speak against proposed transfer station partnership
01-30-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON – Voters will get an opportunity at April’s annual Town Election to tell officials if they want to keep the transfer station open or close it and instead take their trash to Winchendon.Winchendon Public Works Director Brian Coteau recently...

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