North Quabbin Notebook: Dec. 2, 2019

  • Protesters picket the logging operation in Wendell State Forest in September. Some of those arrested for attempting to physically block loggers in the forest will be in Orange District Court on Tuesday. Staff File Photo/PAUL FRANZ

Published: 12/2/2019 1:02:01 AM
Winter parking ban going into effect

ORANGE — The town’s winter parking ban went into effect Dec. 1. Street parking is not allowed on any street in town between 2 and 6 a.m. Also, no overnight parking is allowed at either of the municipal parking lots in the center of town. Residents are reminded that, in the event of a snowstorm, vehicles parked on the street or in one of the two parking lots may be towed for impeding snow removal.

Arrested protesters in court

ORANGE — Some of those arrested over the summer for attempting to block loggers in the Wendell State Forest will be in court Tuesday.

The Wendell State Forest Alliance is a group of protesters — and plaintiffs suing the state’s Department of Conservation and Recreation — who tried unsuccessfully to stop the logging of an 80-acre old oak stand in Wendell State Forest.

Logging was completed in September, following a year-long campaign by protesters, who circulated petitions, held rallies and picketed, and attempted to block loggers, machinery and vehicles in the state forest. According to group spokesperson Miriam Kurland, 32 arrests of 17 protesters took place during seven weeks of logging. Charges included trespassing and disorderly conduct.

On Tuesday, 10 of those defendants are due for a 10 a.m. hearing at Orange District Court. Their charges, originally criminal, have been converted to civil charges by the state. Other defendants will have court hearings at a later date yet to be determined by the court.

NQCC newsletter now available

ATHOL — The North Quabbin Community Coalition’s December newsletter, “The Common Thread,” is now available at, and it includes information on area businesses, calendars, fundraisers and the annual Athol Christmas Bird Count.

On Friday, Dec. 20, from 9 to 10:30 a.m., the NQCC will hold its next public forum at the Orange American Legion, 40 Daniel Shays Highway in Orange.

Those who wish to submit events to the NQCC’s online calendar may email for daily posting.

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