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Warwick voters approve new fire engine by 79-73 vote
05-21-2024 3:15 PM

By MAX BOWEN

WARWICK — An effort to replace a 35-year-old fire engine that has been carried by several of the town’s fire chiefs has finally borne fruit.By just six votes, residents at Monday’s town election approved a ballot question for a $480,000 Proposition 2½...

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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...


North Quabbin Food-A-Thon marks 20th year
05-13-2024 3:43 PM

By MAX BOWEN

ATHOL — Residents can expect to see volunteers on the street collecting donations in pickle jars and to hear the 12-hour North Quabbin Food-A-Thon on the air to help combat a growing need.The fundraiser and food collection drive, now in its 20th year,...


Greenfield’s All Souls Church to host 20th annual Anti-Racism Film Festival
05-03-2024 2:01 PM

By MAX BOWEN

GREENFIELD — The Social Justice Committee of All Souls Church will present its 20th annual Anti-Racism Film Festival on Sunday, May 5.The festival will be held in the sanctuary of the church at 399 Main St. There will be three, two-hour films, each...


New fire engine, budget increase on Warwick Town Meeting warrant
05-03-2024 1:43 PM

By MAX BOWEN

WARWICK — Monday’s Annual Town Meeting will include a discussion on whether to buy a $680,000 vehicle for the Fire Department.The article seeks $200,000 from the stabilization fund and another $480,000 through borrowing to purchase the new fire...


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...


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...


Montague Selectboard talks need for school funding, infrastructure upgrades with Rep. Blais
04-05-2024 1:39 PM

By MAX BOWEN

MONTAGUE — Increased school funding, road and bridge repairs, and wastewater system upgrades were on the minds of Selectboard members as they met with Rep. Natalie Blais this week.Blais, D-Deerfield, met with the board as part of her annual tour of...


Vacant home in Orange destroyed in blaze
04-03-2024 2:28 PM

By MAX BOWEN

ORANGE — A two-story home on Old South Road was destroyed by an early-morning blaze on Wednesday.No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation by the Orange Fire Department and the State Fire Marshal’s Office. According to...


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...


Four Winds School in Gill to close
03-28-2024 3:27 PM

By MAX BOWEN

GILL — Having struggled with an ongoing drop in enrollment since 2020, Four Winds School plans to close at the end of the academic year.Four Winds Director Hattie Adastra said the enrollment troubles began during the COVID-19 pandemic. Normally, the...


Fundraiser launched following Elm Street fire in Greenfield
03-21-2024 2:56 PM

By MAX BOWEN

GREENFIELD — Kayla Boyer has started a crowdfunding campaign while she awaits repairs to be completed at her 20 Elm St. apartment, which was badly damaged in a fire on March 13.The goal of the GoFundMe campaign is to raise $5,000, not only to cover...


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,...


Athol’s L.S. Starrett to become private company
03-12-2024 4:02 PM

By MAX BOWEN

ATHOL — In an agreement expected to be finalized later this year, precision tool manufacturer L.S. Starrett announced that it will transition from a public to a private company and merge with MiddleGround Capital, a private equity firm.The proposed...


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...


Sober Housing Summit talks providing ‘a solid foundation’ for those in recovery
02-09-2024 3:41 PM

By MAX BOWEN

GREENFIELD — Representatives from area sober houses and residential recovery services, along with those who faced addiction themselves, shared stories and raised awareness about treatment options during the Sober Housing Summit on Friday.The sixth...


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...


Dump truck crashes, slides into Tully Pond in Orange
01-19-2024 4:25 PM

By MAX BOWEN

ORANGE — The driver of a dump truck was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries following a crash that left the vehicle partially submerged in Tully Pond on Friday.According to the Orange Fire Department, the crash occurred on Tully Road...


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...

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