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Athol Fire Department to present service awards at memorial ceremony
05-30-2024 3:40 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – The Fire Department will hold its fifth annual Firefighter Memorial this Sunday, June 2.Ceremonies will begin at 10 a.m. at the Uptown Fire Station, 2251 Main St.Fire Chief Joseph Guarnera and his department will be joined by state Sen. Jo...

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Budget, capital item articles given green light for Athol Town Meetings
05-28-2024 1:49 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – The Finance and Warrant Advisory Committee Thursday night completed its review of the warrants for the upcoming Town Meetings, both of which are scheduled for June 10.The Special Town Meeting begins and 6:30 p.m., and the Annual Town Meeting...


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...


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,...


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...


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...


One resident dies from injuries sustained in Orange house fire
12-14-2023 11:21 AM

By MAX BOWEN

ORANGE — One older adult has died and a second remains hospitalized as a result of injuries sustained in a three-alarm house fire at 99 West River St. on Wednesday night.Authorities have deemed the home a total loss and all four residents have been...


Princeton man, 76, dies in Tully Road crash in Orange
12-08-2023 11:43 AM

By CHRIS LARABEE

ORANGE — A 76-year-old Princeton man died Thursday morning after the truck he was driving veered off Tully Road and crashed into a tree, according to the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office.The crash, which occurred near the intersection with...


Firm shares public safety complex feasibility study in Orange
11-20-2023 3:17 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — Firefighters have to remove and bag their gear at a fire scene before bringing it to the secondary Fire Station on Mill Yard Road, the only one with the proper cleaning equipment. But construction of the public safety complex proposed for 574...


Petersham Fire Department to replace old tanker truck
11-01-2023 5:00 PM

By Greg Vine

PETERSHAM – The Fire Department will soon have a new vehicle on the road.According to Petersham Fire Chief Bob Legare, a refurbished tanker truck with a price tag of approximately $40,000 has been purchased from Bulldog Fire Apparatus of Hopkinton....


Orange officials eye two sites for public safety complex
10-09-2023 5:00 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — Representatives from an architectural, engineering and construction firm remotely attended the latest Selectboard meeting to explain the options for creating a public safety building that would consolidate the town’s police and fire...


Retired Fire Chief Dana Robinson lauded for 50 years of service to Petersham
09-05-2023 12:41 PM

By GREG VINE

PETERSHAM — Dozens of residents of Petersham and surrounding communities gathered on the common on Saturday morning to pay tribute to a man who, after 50 years of service, has retired from the Fire Department.Impressively, Dana Robinson served the...


Warwick Fire Station construction nearing completion
08-21-2023 5:00 PM

By AALIANNA MARIETTA

WARWICK — Construction continues on the Fire Station on Orange Road, with plumbing, insulation, and energy-efficient electricity and heating on the horizon.Janice and Steve Kurkoski, who both serve on the Buildings and Energy Committee, updated the...


Northampton Fire Chief Davine tapped as state fire marshal
07-21-2023 4:00 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Northampton Fire Chief Jon Davine was 27 years old when he entered the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy as a new recruit, before joining Northampton Fire Rescue in 1998. Now 25 years later, Davine will soon be the highest-ranking...


Athol Fire Department will recognize those lost in the line of duty
07-19-2023 2:32 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Members of the Athol Fire Department, along with friends and family, will gather this Sunday to remember those who have fallen in the line of duty.Several members of the department will receive recognition for their years of service or actions...


Athol meeting to address override concerns
07-12-2023 4:11 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL—An upcoming meeting held by Fire Chief Joseph Guarnera and Town Manager Shaun Suhoski will provide a forum for residents to air their concerns over a proposed $895,000 override of Proposition 2 ½.The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 18, at...


Athol voters advance override to election
06-14-2023 2:50 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Voters at Monday’s Annual Town Meeting endorsed an article for a Proposition 2 ½ override to provide $895,000 for the hiring of eight firefighters.The matter will now be placed on the ballot for a Special Town Election to be held later this...


Athol Fire Department staffing on Town Meeting agenda
06-09-2023 4:11 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – An article to allocate nearly $900,000 to hire several firefighters is expected to generate the most discussion at Town Meeting.Athol’s Annual Town Meeting will be held on Monday, June 12, at 7 p.m. in Memorial Hall at Town Hall, 584 Main St....


Robinson retiring as Petersham Fire Chief
05-29-2023 9:16 AM

By GREG VINE

PETERSHAM – After four decades with the Petersham Fire Department, 35 as chief, Dana Robinson is hanging up his turnout gear.At its meeting last Wednesday, the town’s Selectboard accepted Robinson’s letter of resignation. The chief said he intends for...


Learning about the fire department
05-09-2023 4:04 PM

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