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Athol officials explore legal options for fire-ravaged property
04-04-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Town officials have decided to begin investigating court options to clean the property at 1756 Main St.The home at that address was destroyed in a fire last August. Records in the assessor’s office indicate the property is owned by Matthew...

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Vacant home in Orange destroyed in blaze
04-03-2024 11:37 AM

By Max Bowen

ORANGE—A two-story home on Old South Road was destroyed by an early-morning blaze, according to the Orange Fire Department.No injuries were reported and the fire is under investigation.Shelburne Control Regional Dispatch began receiving calls at...


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....


Firefighter override to be decided at Athol Town Election
03-25-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – In less than a week, voters will decide whether to support a $286,000 Proposition 2 ½ override to fund the hiring of three paramedic/EMT/firefighters for the town’s fire department.The override is on the ballot for the Town Election, which...


Two fires render Park Street home in Athol uninhabitable
03-13-2024 1:05 PM

By MAX BOWEN

ATHOL — A pair of fires just six hours apart have rendered a single-family home at 21 Park St. uninhabitable.None of the five residents were injured, according to Fire Chief Joseph Guarnera, but all were displaced by the fire. He noted that the Red...


Athol fire, police capital requests get the green light
03-07-2024 4:54 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – The town’s Capital Program Committee last Thursday managed to trim departmental requests for just over $1.6 million in capital expenditures down to $824,000—the amount available in the FY25 capital budget.The Police Department got everything...


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...


Athol Fire override request to go before Town Election
02-07-2024 3:46 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – For the second time in less than a year, Athol voters will be asked whether they will support a Proposition 2 ½ override to provide additional personnel for the town’s Fire Department.Supporters of the proposal are hoping voters will find the...


PHOTO: Firefighters undergo ice rescue training
02-05-2024 5:00 PM


Otter River Pub to reopen Feb. 5 following devastating fire
02-02-2024 5:01 PM

By MAX BOWEN

TEMPLETON — After four months of extensive renovations, the Otter River Pub & Red Onion Pool Hall will officially open for business on Monday, Feb. 5.It was on Sept. 27 that a fire ravaged the historical building, causing significant damage to the...


Athol Fire Department launches new web site
01-23-2024 5:00 PM

By MAX BOWEN

ATHOL — Earlier this month, the Fire Department opened the digital doors to a new website, and the chief said the response has been very positive.Opened at the beginning of January, the new site replaces one which Fire Chief Joseph Guarnera described...


Smaller number proposed for Athol Fire Department hires
01-19-2024 4:38 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Another override for new firefighters appears to be in the town’s future, but the number could look very different.At its meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 17, the Fire Department Staffing Advisory Committee met to compare options for how best to...


Committee reviews hiring costs for Athol Fire Department personnel
01-11-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Members of the Fire Department Staffing Advisory Committee were asked to be ready next week with recommendations on how to solve the staffing shortage at the Fire Department. There seemed to be little disagreement that the department needs...


House fire in Orange displaces family
01-10-2024 5:11 PM

By DOMENIC POLI and PAUL FRANZ

ORANGE – Four people were displaced Wednesday morning when a second-alarm fire damaged a house at 86 Mechanic St.The Salvation Army Athol Corps is reportedly assisting Donna and Kevin Sweeney and their sons, Sean and Nicholas, following the blaze that...


Orange house fires believed to be accidental, says State Fire Marshal
01-04-2024 3:20 PM

By MAX BOWEN

ORANGE — A fire on Jones Street on Christmas Day is believed to have originated on a stovetop and was accidental, according to the State Fire Marshal’s office.The three-alarm fire, reported at 15 Jones St. at 4:05 p.m., caused significant interior...


Following override defeat, committee discusses costs for new Athol firefighters
01-04-2024 3:16 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – At its meeting Wednesday afternoon, members of the Fire Department Staffing Advisory Committee agreed that the town does need more firefighter/EMTs, but costs for such hires remain a concern.The committee was formed following the defeat of...


Two dogs killed, resident injured in Christmas Day fire in Orange
12-26-2023 12:08 PM

By Max Bowen

ORANGE — A three-alarm house fire on Jones Street reported the afternoon of Christmas Day killed two dogs and left the home uninhabitable, according to the Orange Fire Department.The fire was reported at 15 Jones St. at 4:05 p.m. Initially a...


Massachusetts lawmakers urge legal action over PFAS exposure
12-21-2023 2:50 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

BOSTON — Nearly half of the Legislature signed onto a letter to Attorney General Andrea Campbell this week, imploring the state to join Worcester firefighters diagnosed with cancer in their lawsuit against companies that make firefighting gear alleged...


Victim of fatal fire on West River Street in Orange identified
12-19-2023 4:38 PM

By MAX BOWEN

ORANGE — The state Department of Fire Services has identified the woman who died in the Dec. 13 house fire at 99 West River St. as 65-year-old Debra Marini.Marini and one other resident of the home were hospitalized following a fire reported shortly...


Phillipston, Templeton officials to meet to go over regional emergency dispatch
12-17-2023 6:01 PM

By GREG VINE

PHILLIPSTON — Officials from Phillipston and Templeton are planning to meet with representatives of the State 911 Department to see if an accord can be reached to renew the Regional Emergency Communications Center (RECC) agreement between the two...


Chimney fire on Cottage Street contained
12-15-2023 5:00 PM

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