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Bike Month event in Greenfield looks at favorite cycling spots in Franklin County
05-14-2024 5:00 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GREENFIELD – In celebration of Bay State Bike Month and in anticipation of a new Franklin County Regional Bike Plan, the Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG) welcomed cyclists to the John W. Olver Transit Center for breakfast Tuesday...


Transfer station starting food scrap compost program
05-14-2024 2:40 PM

Staff Report

ATHOL – Starting in the next few weeks, Athol Transfer Station will be collecting and diverting food scraps for composting to add to waste collection efforts. Food scrap collection is open during normal transfer station operating hours. This program...


Athol Fire Department receives new pumper truck
05-13-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – The Fire Department has taken receipt of a new $825,000 pumper, the purchase of which was approved when voters last year passed a Proposition 2 ½ debt exclusion.According to Fire Chief Joseph Guarnera, the new pumper replaces a 26-year-old...


Heath native’s bill honoring fallen heroes introduced in Congress
05-13-2024 2:35 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

Legislation drafted by a Heath native with the intent of recognizing those killed serving in the U.S. military has been introduced in both chambers of Congress.Keith Sherman, who now lives in North Carolina, worked diligently on multiple drafts of a...


Black Diamond to hold 40th anniversary show in Winchendon
05-13-2024 10:45 AM

By Max Bowen

WINCHENDON – As they say, the show must go on.William Ladeau, drummer and promoter for the rock band Black Diamond, is hosting an eight-hour music festival this Saturday, May 18, at the Snowbound Club in Winchendon. Originally meant to be a 40th...


Proposal calls for a 70-80-room hotel near North Quabbin Commons in Athol
05-12-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Wednesday evening, Supriya Kelkar, planner for the consulting firm of Innes Associates Ltd., presented the Economic Development & Industrial Corporation with a final draft of the Request for Proposal to find a company interested in developing...


Athol YMCA to open new community center
05-12-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – What started out as an effort to establish a teen center in Athol ended up morphing into plans to open the multi-generational Y Community Center.The need for such a facility became clear during the pandemic, when the Athol Area YMCA did its...


UMass student group declares no confidence in chancellor
05-10-2024 6:07 PM

By CHAD CAIN

AMHERST — A day after 132 people were arrested in pro-Palestinian protests on the University of Massachusetts campus, the university’s student government Wednesday night formally declared it had no confidence in Chancellor Javier Reyes and his...


State Senate budget funds free community college for all
05-10-2024 6:06 PM

By ALISON KUZNITZ and SAM DRYSDALE

BOSTON — Senate Democrats unveiled plans Monday to make community college free for all students in Massachusetts, starting in the coming fall semester.The “MassEducate” plan, which will be part of the Senate’s fiscal 2025 budget that was to be fully...


Cryptozoology exhibits featured at Education Earth Museum
05-10-2024 6:05 PM

By MAX BOWEN

ATHOL – A new museum is set to open in downtown Athol, but the many of the creatures featured won’t be found in a nature textbook.Located at 475 Main St., the Education Earth Museum is owned and operated by Storm DeFrancesco Plains, who is a certified...


Athol Royalston Middle School Honor Roll Term 3
05-10-2024 4:19 PM

Fifth Grade Gold Honor RollAbigail Bouchard, Natalia Campion, Camden Destefano, Colt Gallant, Klara Guilmette, Leighann Gunderman, Maya Hamilton, Grace Kelley, Luna Luna, Shania Luna, Brielle McCorquodale, Noah Porcal, Isabella Tarara, and Sabrina...


Valley lawmakers seek shorter license for FirstLight hydropower projects
05-10-2024 4:18 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

TURNERS FALLS — Area lawmakers are asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to limit the relicensing of FirstLight’s hydropower projects from 50 years to 30 years, and to mandate the company disclose more data to the public about its...


Federal funding for victim assistance drops, state support tries to help
05-10-2024 4:18 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

Dollars coming from Washington to support survivors of violent crimes have dried up in recent years, and state funds to prop up struggling service providers are held up in a spending bill awaiting legislative action.Federal funding through the Crime...


Sportsman’s Corner: The quest for the Super Slam
05-09-2024 5:12 PM

By Mike RocheIt is the middle of turkey season and for some, the pursuit of wild turkeys becomes much more than a casual hunting activity. If this writer were honest, he would look at the impact of chasing gobblers and realize that my first turkey – a...


Annual ‘Food-A-Thon’ returns
05-09-2024 5:11 PM

By MAX BOWEN

ATHOL— North Quabbin residents can look forward to seeing pickle jar collectors on the street and hearing the 12-hour Food-A-Thon drive on the air to help combat a growing need.The fundraiser and food collection drive, now in its 20th year, will be...


Erving Town Meeting voters back Care Drive housing project
05-09-2024 5:10 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ERVING — The town is one step closer to affordable housing on Care Drive after residents voted Wednesday to authorize the Selectboard to lease, convey or otherwise dispose of the property eyed for the development.Voters at Annual Town Meeting also...


$700K debt exclusion would fund repairs to Raymond Hall
05-08-2024 4:41 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON – A last-minute addition has been made to the warrant for Royalston’s Annual Town Meeting seeking $700,000 through a Proposition 2 ½ debt exclusion. The new article, authored by the town’s Building Committee, would pay for improvements to...


Erving voters say ‘no’ to $3.7M debt exclusion
05-08-2024 4:40 PM

ERVING — Monday’s election saw incumbents reelected to their roles, including Highway Superintendent Glenn McCrory, who fended off Anthony Cunha for a one-year tree warden position, as well as the rejection of a debt exclusion to pay to demolish the...


Lawyer argues Joshua Hart’s 2018 conviction for Orange murder had inconsistent verdicts
05-08-2024 2:30 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — Spurred by a state Supreme Judicial Court opinion that pointed to inconsistent verdicts, the Franklin County Superior Court judge who oversaw Joshua Hart’s murder trial in 2018 has taken under advisement a defense attorney’s motion to set...


More than 130 arrested at pro-Palestinian protest at UMass
05-08-2024 2:03 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

Editor’s note: This story will be updated.AMHERST — More than 130 people were arrested on the University of Massachusetts campus Tuesday night after those who set up a pro-Palestinian encampment on the South Lawn of the Student Union refused to...

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