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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...

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Firefighter override passes by narrow margin at Athol Town Election
04-02-2024 2:10 PM


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


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


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, Phillipston among departments to receive state grant funding
02-09-2024 5:00 PM


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


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

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


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


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...

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


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...

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


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...

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


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...

State Rep. Blais and Sen. Comerford to “remedy small towns” with bill
11-10-2023 5:00 PM


As a way to “remedy small towns,” state Rep. Natalie Blais and state Sen. Jo Comerford have filed a bill that would allow fire and police officials to work until age 72. Due to state law, emergency services personnel such as police officers and...

Historic building destroyed in Templeton blaze
09-28-2023 3:48 PM


TEMPLETON — A building dating back to the 1880s was destroyed in a five-alarm fire late Wednesday night, drawing firefighters from around the region.According to Templeton Fire Chief Dave Dickie, a call was made at 10:08 p.m. reporting the fire at the...

Victim of fatal Athol fire identified
09-13-2023 1:04 PM


ATHOL — The state Department of Fire Services has identified the woman who died in the Sept. 7 house fire at 92 Fern St. as 62-year-old Jacqueline H. Doherty.Doherty was described by Town Manager Shaun Suhoski as a beloved member of the community who...

First responders honored during Athol’s Sept. 11 ceremony
09-11-2023 6:10 PM


ATHOL – The morning’s rain followed by gray skies and the somber knowledge that the community had lost a neighbor in a tragic fire may have limited attendance, many were present at the Athol Fire Department’s annual 9/11 memorial. At Monday’s event,...

North Quabbin Notes, Aug. 31
08-30-2023 5:01 PM

Orange Community Band’s final concert this FridayORANGE — The Community Band will hold its final summer concert on the Bandstand in Butterfield Park on Friday, Sept 1, at 7 p.m., as part of the PTO Back to School celebration. This is the same music...

Petersham to honor retired fire chief
08-30-2023 3:00 PM


PETERSHAM – This Sunday, the town will honor the more than 30-year career of former Fire Chief Dana Robinson.Robinson officially retired on June 30 after 35 years as leader of the department, which is served solely by on-call firefighters and EMTs. In...

Royalston Fire lands FEMA grant
08-20-2023 5:00 PM


ROYALSTON – The fire department has secured a federal grant that will pay for some much-needed equipment as well as for hazmat training for a dozen or more of its members.Fire Chief Eric Jack said the Federal Emergency Management Agency Assistance to...

No injuries in Athol house fire
08-14-2023 12:02 PM

By Max Bowen

ATHOL—A house fire on Froman Street left the home uninhabitable, but efforts by fire crews allowed occupants to claim some personal possessions.According to Athol Deputy Fire Chief Jeff Parker, the fire at 61 Froman St. was reported at 3:20 a.m. on...

Athol considers next steps for firefighter staffing
08-06-2023 6:00 PM


ATHOL – Following the defeat of a Proposition 2 ½ override to fund the hiring of eight new firefighters, Fire Chief Joseph Guarnera said he is unsure what to do next.The $895,000 override would have paid the salaries, insurance and retirement costs...

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