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PFAS, slew of other agriculture-related bills on the move on Beacon Hill
02-02-2024 5:00 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

NORTHAMPTON — Prohibiting PFAS from consumer products sold in Massachusetts remains an objective for Sen. Jo Comerford, who sees a recently advanced legislative bill to protect soil and farms from such contamination as an important first step to...


Athol man convicted on child sexual abuse charges
02-01-2024 5:04 PM

ORANGE – An Orange District Court judge Wednesday sentenced Gregory J. Batchelor of Athol to 18 months in jail following a conviction on four counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 years old, according to the Northwestern District...


Bill targets underenrollment disparities in AP courses
02-01-2024 5:02 PM

By ALISON KUZNITZ

BOSTON — Aiming to strengthen participation in advanced classes among Black and Latino high school students, lawmakers sought to build momentum Tuesday for a framework that would streamline how public colleges accept AP credits.Redrafted legislation...


Sportsman’s Corner: Show time
02-01-2024 5:02 PM

By Mike RocheIf you are looking for something to do this weekend, let me recommend the New England Fishing Exposition. The show will be in Marlborough, just off Route 495 at the Best Western Royal Plaza Trade Center and opened today.After the Covid...


Athol residents push back on housing proposal for Bidwell
02-01-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – The library’s community room was packed Tuesday night for a public meeting on the future of the town-owned Bidwell property off South Athol Road.Those in attendance expressed determined opposition to the construction of any housing on the...


Petersham officials seek input from residents on new Open Space Plan
01-31-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

PETERSHAM – Officials are eager to hear from residents at a Saturday forum on what priorities they think should be included in an updated Open Space and Recreation Plan.The meeting will take place on Feb. 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the lower level of Town...


State report emphasizes flexibility, tech in education
01-31-2024 5:00 PM

By Sam Drysdale

BOSTON — Following a presentation on reforming education to embrace artificial intelligence, build more flexibility into the school day, and fundamentally rethink how and where students learn, the state’s K-12 education commissioner agreed that...


North Quabbin Notes, Feb. 1
01-31-2024 5:00 PM

Orange Senior Citizens Club meetingORANGE — After taking the month of January off, The Orange Senior Citizens Club will meet on Thursday, Feb. 1, (weather permitting) at 1 p.m., at the Orange Senior Center, 62 Cheney St., Orange. As is outlined in the...


Healing by Standing Together: Online forum features leaders of group promoting Israeli-Palestinian peace
01-31-2024 5:00 PM

By MADDIE FABIAN

The hearts of Jewish and Palestinian Americans in western Massachusetts are aching.Over the last nearly four months, hundreds of community members have united at protests in the form of rallies, sit-ins, and letter signings for a permanent cease-fire,...


A Page from North Quabbin History: The Shenandoah
01-30-2024 5:01 PM

By Carla CharterIt was not a bird, a plane or a UFO that Orange residents spied in the skies on Nov. 20, 1923.Instead, the Orange Enterprise and Journal on Nov. 23, 1923, reported that the U.S. Navy dirigible, the Shenandoah, which was out on a 13-and...


Zoom session to garner public input on opioid settlement uses
01-30-2024 5:00 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

As money from the nationwide opioid settlement continues to be disbursed to Franklin County towns, the Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG), in partnership with local boards of health, is inviting residents to share their input on how this...


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...


With police support, Senate to debate gun bill next week
01-30-2024 5:00 PM

By CHRIS LISINSKI

BOSTON — Senate Democrats rolled out a wide-ranging gun reform bill Thursday, targeting a vote in one week on a police-endorsed measure that is likely to generate considerable opposition among firearm owners.After months of closed-door talks between...


North Quabbin Notes Jan. 31
01-30-2024 4:03 PM

Heywood Healthcare’s Rozanna Penney named to the Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association Board of TrusteesGARDNER — Rozanna Penney, MBA, CRNA, MSNA, CEO of Heywood Healthcare, was voted onto the board of trustees of the Massachusetts Health &...


Nomination papers available for 2024 annual Phillipston Town Election
01-30-2024 9:43 AM

PHILLIPSTON — Nomination papers are now available for 2024 annual Town Election, which is scheduled for Monday, May 20.Polls will be open at Town Hall from 12-8 p.m. The last day to register to vote for the election will be May 10.The following seats...


McGovern legislation would ease access to medically necessary foods
01-29-2024 5:01 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

The Democrat representing the 2nd Congressional District of Massachusetts has teamed up with a Republican colleague from Florida to sponsor a bill aimed at making it easier for Americans to get medically necessary foods.Jim McGovern and John...


‘A huge relief’: Swift River School reports filters, bottled water no longer needed
01-29-2024 5:00 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

NEW SALEM — Swift River School’s new PFAS6 filtration system seems to be working perfectly, and 190 students and staff members will drink to that.A little more than three years after tests of the school’s tap water revealed elevated levels of the...


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...


Families of overdose victims press for bill allowing safe drug use sites
01-28-2024 5:00 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

BOSTON — On her 26th birthday on Nov. 30, 2018, Eliza Harper died from an accidental opioid overdose on the living room couch in her South Deerfield home, despite being in recovery for 10 months.Her then 14-year-old brother, Jackson, was the first to...


Franklin Regional Transit Authority offers weekend fixed-route service
01-28-2024 5:00 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

The Franklin Regional Transit Authority (FRTA) now offers weekend fixed-route transportation. With additional funds from the Fair Share Amendment, all free routes will run through the weekend, providing much-needed transportation access in the...

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