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Safety a team effort at River Rat Race
04-11-2024 5:06 PM

By MAX BOWEN

With potentially hundreds of participants converging on the Millers River for this weekend’s River Rat Race from Athol to Orange, making sure there aren’t any problems could be a challenge, but it’s one organizers say they are ready for.Jason Rushford...

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Gill-Montague Education Fund gala ends after 20 years
05-27-2024 11:35 AM

By MAX BOWEN

After 20 years of raising money and providing a variety of educational opportunities to students, the non-profit Gill-Montague Education Fund has held its final gala.While the gala, held for the last time on April 27, has served as the Gill-Montague...


Parents question handling of threat at Erving Elementary School
04-24-2024 4:51 PM

By MAX BOWEN

ERVING — Following a report of a threat that involved an Erving Elementary School student, parents questioned the School Committee on Tuesday about what can be done in light of concerns over the administration’s response.According to a joint statement...


GAAMHA opens new Athol facility for women with substance abuse, mental health disorders
03-31-2024 11:45 AM

By MAX BOWEN

ATHOL — Seeking to address a lack of resources for women battling with substance abuse and mental health disorders, Gardner-based GAAMHA has opened a new facility in Athol called Sunrise Ridge.The 32-bed residential treatment facility at 648 Pleasant...


Libraries still in the business of books, but embrace growing role as community ‘third space’
03-31-2024 11:36 AM

By MAX BOWEN

Tilton Library Director Candace Bradbury-Carlin said that in recent years, libraries have grown beyond a place to study or get books and into a “third space,” serving their patrons in new and diverse ways.At the South Deerfield library, this could...


Connecticut man arrested following hit and run in Greenfield
03-15-2024 1:11 PM

By MAX BOWEN

GREENFIELD — A Connecticut man is set to be arraigned on charges stemming from an alleged hit and run Thursday evening at the Interstate 91 rotary.According to Deputy Police Chief William Gordon, Anthony Darryl Jackson, 31, of New Britain,...


Zo Z Massage Therapy of Northfield closes its doors after 20 years
03-05-2024 1:19 PM

By MAX BOWEN

NORTHFIELD — It was 20 years ago that Zo Zeininger saw the “for rent” sign while walking down Main Street, and soon after opened the doors to her own massage business.Now, a change to Zeininger’s lease has brought that time to a close.According to...


Suspect arraigned in police cruiser crash in Sunderland
02-26-2024 1:04 PM

By MAX BOWEN

GREENFIELD — A Ware man was arraigned on a dozen charges after the vehicle he was driving in allegedly struck both a Deerfield and Massachusetts State Police cruiser in Sunderland on Feb. 18.Latif Owens, 27, has been charged with negligent operation...


Warwick officials mapping out plan for Route 78 tree removal
02-08-2024 4:10 PM

By MAX BOWEN

WARWICK — Town and state officials are in the last leg of the planning process to remove dozens of trees from Winchester Road (Route 78) that are deemed a threat.According to Selectboard member Keith Ross, the plan is to remove an estimated 80 to 100...


Turners Falls apartment fire displaces 8 residents
01-18-2024 11:19 AM

By MAX BOWEN

TURNERS FALLS — Eight residents have been displaced following a second-alarm fire Wednesday night at 12 H St.According to the Turners Falls Fire Department, none of the residents of the two-apartment building were hurt, though one firefighter...


Survey examines Northfield’s economy
01-15-2024 12:06 PM

By MAX BOWEN

NORTHFIELD — Through an ongoing Economic Development Community Survey, town officials seek to better understand how residents spend their money, where they like to shop and what kinds of services they’d like to see more of in Northfield.The survey...


Six-town board votes to draft agreement for potential Pioneer, Gill-Montague school merger
01-05-2024 5:08 PM

By MAX BOWEN

Following a nearly unanimous vote, the Six Town Regionalization Planning Board will begin work on a regional agreement that would combine the Gill-Montague and Pioneer Valley regional school districts.The 13-3 vote at the Jan. 3 meeting was only on...


Two dogs killed, resident injured in Christmas Day fire in Orange
12-26-2023 1:43 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...


Victim of fatal fire on West River Street in Orange identified
12-19-2023 3:21 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...


Victim of fatal Athol fire identified
09-14-2023 7:38 PM

By MAX BOWEN

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 M. Doherty.Doherty was described by Town Manager Shaun Suhoski as a beloved member of the community who...


Driver strikes utility pole in Orange, sustains non-life-threatening injuries
09-14-2023 6:24 PM

By MAX BOWEN

ORANGE — A driver sustained non-life-threatening injuries after veering off the road and striking a utility pole on Route 202 near Herrick’s Tavern on Wednesday night.According to Fire Chief James Young, the crash was reported at 11:35 p.m. Upon...


Cooling centers opened due to heat wave
07-27-2023 5:24 PM

By MAX BOWEN

Franklin County and North Quabbin communities have opened cooling centers following the declaration of a heat wave in the region.The heat advisory began on Thursday and is expected to continue into Friday evening, with temperatures ranging from 95 to...


Greenfield home, Athol real estate agent featured on ‘House Hunters’
05-25-2023 7:12 PM

By MAX BOWEN

GREENFIELD — Olivia Paras got to see one of her favorite shows from a different angle when she joined HGTV’s “House Hunters.”The episode, “Family Basecamp in Massachusetts,” aired on May 17, and Paras, who works as a realtor at LAER Realty Partners in...


Athol Hospital suspends endoscopy procedures
04-24-2023 6:34 PM

By MAX BOWEN

ATHOL — Following a routine equipment assessment, Athol Hospital has suspended endoscopy procedures in the campus’ two operating rooms until further notice.According to a statement sent by Vice President of External Affairs Dawn Casavant, there have...


Athol resident in the running for Inked Magazine cover
03-10-2023 7:59 PM

By MAX BOWEN

Each of Deanna Cohen’s tattoos tells a story.Some honor people she has lost. Others commemorate fellow soldiers met during her eight years as a Marine. Some offer important life lessons.Cohen, 34, has 28 tattoos in total and is hoping to show off some...

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