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Orange Selectboard declares armory as surplus property
05-01-2024 2:12 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — The Selectboard has voted to designate the Orange Armory as surplus property, the first step for the town in ridding itself of the 111-year-old structure.The armory, located at 135 East Main St., has fallen into disrepair. The Selectboard...


Court rulings may force action on home equity theft
04-30-2024 5:00 PM

By SAM DORAN

BOSTON — After a state judge ruled this month that Massachusetts law governing municipal home equity takings “requires Legislative correction,” a state senator who has filed a related bill for years said Monday that he is ready to start demanding roll...


Partnership hopes to address Lake Ellis stormwater runoff
04-30-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Steps are being taken to reduce the amount of stormwater runoff that makes its way into Lake Ellis.Planning and Development Director Eric Smith told members of the Lake Ellis Watershed Management Partnership that the town plans to apply for a...


Pro-Palestinian protesters set up encampment at UMass flagship, joining growing national movement
04-30-2024 1:15 PM

By ALEXA LEWIS

AMHERST — Student protesters at the University of Massachusetts began pitching tents near the W.E.B. DuBois Library Monday morning in solidarity with Palestinians, following the example of many of their peers at campuses across the country who have...


Franklin Tech student welds ‘artistic’ bench for French King Bridge
04-30-2024 1:14 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

ERVING — Drawing inspiration from the French King Bridge, Franklin County Technical School senior Laynie Coates, 17, put her welding skills to the test.The result, a green bench with lettering that says “Gateway to the Mohawk Trail” and a bridge-like...


Wendell Special Town Meeting to decide on battery storage bylaw
04-29-2024 5:00 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

WENDELL – Residents are being summoned to Town Hall on Wednesday to have their voices heard on a bylaw proposed to regulate battery energy storage systems.A Special Town Meeting is slated to begin at 7 p.m., with two articles on the warrant – one...


McGovern, Gobi visit development sites in Greenfield, Wendell
04-29-2024 5:00 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

Though they lay dormant now, the former Wilson’s Department Store in downtown Greenfield and the former depot store and post office in Wendell were once bustling hubs of thriving communities.On Friday, U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern and Director of Rural...


North Quabbin Notes, April 27
04-29-2024 4:54 PM

Town Of Athol Cemetery Division noticeATHOL – The Town of Athol, Department of Public Works – Cemetery Division, is requesting that all baskets and winter arrangements be removed from town cemeteries before Saturday, May 4, to allow the department to...


Cannabis sales in Massachusetts top $1B for third straight year
04-29-2024 3:10 PM

By Alison Kuznitz

BOSTON — Looking to sidestep controversy over the Cannabis Control Commission leadership, regulators highlighted the increasing profitability of the industry Thursday while discussing their work to implement a state law promoting diversity in the...


Athol town-wide cleanup deemed ‘a huge success’ by organizers
04-29-2024 3:09 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Green Clean Athol, the annual town-wide cleanup campaign, was, according to event co-organizer Heidi Strickland, “a huge success.”Approximately 90 volunteers showed up outside the Athol Senior Center at Lord Pond Plaza on Saturday, April 20,...


State documents show Northfield EMS chief’s paramedic license suspended over failure to transport infant
04-28-2024 1:00 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

State regulators suspended Northfield EMS Chief and Orange EMS Capt. Mark Fortier’s paramedic license over his alleged failure to properly assess a 2-week-old infant during a house call and for refusing the child transportation in an ambulance,...


Over $400M in shelter funding, new limits approved
04-26-2024 4:09 PM

By CHRIS LISINSKI, COLIN A. YOUNG, MICHAEL P. NORTON

BOSTON – The House voted 117-36 and the Senate 29-9 to approve a supplemental budget steering $251 million more into the family shelter system and calling for new limits on how long families may stay in shelters.The agreement announced Wednesday...


Royalston’s FinCom debates proposed salary increases
04-26-2024 4:08 PM

By GREG VINE

ROYALSTON – The Finance Committee Thursday night reviewed the FY25 budget proposed by the town’s Selectboard and offered a couple of changes.The committee held off on making a recommendation on a proposed $75,411 Proposition 2 ½ override to fund the...


Locking up carbon for good: Easthampton inventor’s CO2 removal system turns biomass into biochar
04-26-2024 4:07 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

HOLYOKE — Like many people, Michael Garjian believes global warming is a pressing issue of our times.Unlike most, he’s putting his ideas for reducing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere into practice — and at the same time bidding for a share of the $100...


Mass Dems propose nine-month shelter stay limit
04-25-2024 5:00 PM

By SAM DORAN

Senate and House negotiators on Wednesday proposed a new nine-month limit on how long families can stay in the state’s emergency shelters, while authorizing withdrawals up to $426 million from a state savings account to spend on the ongoing crisis.Top...


Sportsman’s Corner: Missouri gobbler
04-25-2024 3:23 PM

By Mike RocheLast week was my first ever turkey hunt in Missouri. After over a decade of flying out to Kansas and hunting turkeys in that state, things changed. In response to significant declines in turkey numbers in the Sunflower State, the Kansas...


Erving rejects trade school’s incomplete proposal for mill reuse
04-25-2024 11:34 AM

By DOMENIC POLI

ERVING — While the Selectboard was forced to reject the lone procurement submission for the former International Paper Mill because it was incomplete, members hope the applicant’s idea could be a window to future opportunities.Hancock Academy is...


North Quabbin Notes, April 25
04-25-2024 10:15 AM

Boston Lighthouse presentation with former Light Keeper Sally SnowmanATHOL – Join the Athol Public Library at 568 Main St., Athol, on Thursday, May 9, from 6–7 p.m., when retired Light Keeper Sally Snowman for her one-hour historic slideshow lecture...


North Quabbin Notes, April 24
04-24-2024 5:27 PM

Volunteer drivers needed to helpothers get to and from medicalappointmentsLifePath has a program to help older people get to medical appointments, and matches local volunteers with individuals in need of transportation or medical advocacy. There is a...


Plan calls for upgrades to Silver Lake in Athol
04-24-2024 5:16 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Residents and town officials joined members of the Open Space & Recreation Commission for a walking tour of Silver Lake Park Tuesday night.The purpose of the meeting, which convened at the park’s pavilion, was to discuss a master plan for the...

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