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Franklin County reps speak to House budget amendments
05-07-2024 4:34 PM

By TANISHA BHAT

Franklin County representatives got about half of what they asked for in amendments to the House version of the fiscal year 2025 state budget.After two separate votes, 11 of the 21 amendments proposed by Franklin County representatives were adopted by...


Employee pay, real estate top Erving Town Meeting warrant
05-07-2024 4:33 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ERVING — Employee compensation and real estate transactions are expected to be the most discussed topics at Annual Town Meeting on Wednesday, according to Town Administrator Bryan Smith.Articles regarding private property are clumped at the end of the...


‘Arrive Alive’ shows Athol High School students the dangers of impaired driving
05-07-2024 4:32 PM

By MAX BOWEN

ATHOL — As the school year winds down, Athol High School students got a realistic look at the dangers of impaired driving. “Arrive Alive” showed a mock two-car crash on Monday, with five Athol High School students portraying the drivers and...


Work on Pinedale Avenue Bridge connecting Athol and Orange to resume
05-07-2024 4:30 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Closed for a year and a half, work on the Pinedale Avenue Bridge is set to resume next week, according to Public Works Director Dick Kilhart.Kilhart explained that work has been on hold recently as the project’s contractor, Construction...


Rice’s Roots Farm owner plans for community involvement for land’s future
05-06-2024 4:20 PM

By GREG VINE

PETERSHAM – Lin Chen, the new owner of what was known locally as Rice’s Roots Farm, displays a wide smile when discussing his plans for the 228-acre site in Petersham.Doing business under the name Global Roots Farm, LLC, he hopes to serve the North...


Loan program aims to ease burden of home energy retrofits
05-06-2024 4:19 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

BOSTON – Hoping to accelerate the switch to clean energy technologies, the climate bank at MassHousing recently announced a new financing product that aims to make $20 million in loans available over the next two years to help homeowners cover the...


Community Legal Aid expands Disability Benefits Project to Franklin County
05-06-2024 2:50 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

GREENFIELD — Community Legal Aid, a nonprofit that offers free civil legal support to elderly and low-income residents in western and central Massachusetts, has expanded its Disability Benefits Project into Franklin County, a change that coincides...


PHOTOS: Enchanted Orchard Renaissance Faire at Red Apple Farm
05-06-2024 2:49 PM


Volunteers repaint Athol gazebo for veterans memorial service
05-05-2024 5:01 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Several volunteers recently helped with a new paint job for the bandstand on the Uptown Common, in time for the annual “We Remember” ceremony.The gazebo was painted and decorated in preparation for the annual Athol Congregational Church event,...


Office of Travel and Tourism director tours Franklin County, looks to increase presence
05-05-2024 5:00 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

Looking to increase her department’s presence around the state, the executive director of the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism recently visited some of Franklin County’s tourism destinations.Kate Fox was taken on a whirlwind tour around the...


Nature lovers gather at Adams Farm for hawk watch
05-05-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Area raptor enthusiasts have been gathering at Adams Farm in Athol since March 11 to take part in the annual hawk watch.The team leader of the event is Mark Morris of Eastern Mass Hawk Watch, who has coordinated the event in recent years with...


Committee forms to oppose psychedelics push in Mass
05-05-2024 5:00 PM

By CHRIS LISINSKI

A new campaign chaired by a Massachusetts General Hospital surgeon will oppose a potential ballot question seeking to decriminalize some psychedelic substances.After coming together “reasonably quickly” in the past week, as spokesperson Chris Keohan...


Battery storage bylaw passes in Wendell
05-03-2024 5:32 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

WENDELL — Town Hall was packed Wednesday night with 102 registered voters eager to have their voices heard on a bylaw regulating battery energy storage systems, which was overwhelmingly approved. The Special Town Meeting warrant article was proposed...


Debt-burdened UMass students, grads rally for relief
05-03-2024 2:00 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — Responsible for $135,000 in student debt, Amherst resident Ian Rhodewalt observes that during the yearslong federal pause in making loan repayments during the pandemic, he and his family were able to get a vehicle, replace a broken-down car...


Providers, families seek legislative urgency to support ALS treatment
05-03-2024 1:58 PM

By ALISON KUZNITZ

Nearly 10 years after the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge spurred global awareness about the neurodegenerative disease, patients and doctors on Thursday stressed the need for additional funding from Beacon Hill as they touted promising treatments under...


1989 homicide victim found in Warwick ID’d through genetic testing, but some mysteries remain
05-02-2024 4:24 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

WARWICK — It took nearly 35 years, but the human remains found just off Route 78 in Warwick in 1989 have been identified as belonging to Constance (Holminski) Bassignani, who was 65 years old at the time of her murder.The Northwestern District...


Upon review, panel not behind any ballot questions
05-02-2024 4:21 PM

By CHRIS LISINSKI

The next phase in the fight over half a dozen major and pressing policy proposals kicked off Wednesday with a common feature on Beacon Hill: lawmakers recommending that the Legislature not to take action.A special committee tasked with overseeing the...


Sportsman’s Corner: Orange Gun Club’s Kids Derby
05-02-2024 3:32 PM

By Mike RocheThe Orange Gun Club is inviting everyone up to age 14 to participate in the club’s annual Kids Fishing Derby. Located off West River Street in Orange, this is the oldest gun club in Massachusetts and they hold an outstanding event for...


Royalston Selectboard backs Town Meeting warrant
05-01-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON – The Selectboard Tuesday night closed the warrant for the upcoming Annual Town Meeting and have recommended passage of all 30 articles. The town’s Finance Advisory Committee will decide which articles it will support at its meeting tonight...


Earl Sweat seeks seat on Phillipston Selectboard
05-01-2024 2:15 PM

By GREG VINE

PHILLIPSTON – Earl Sweat, a member of the Board of Assessors, has thrown his hat into the ring for a one-year term on the Selectboard.He joins fellow resident Nicole Gough in the contest to serve out the remaining year of former board member Dan...

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