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Of nearly 180 canoes in River Rat Race, Zaveral/MacDowell team claims victory
04-13-2024 6:56 PM

By GREG VINE

Despite fickle weather conditions, canoeists and spectators alike enthusiastically awaited the start of Saturday’s 59th running of the River Rat Race from Athol to Orange.From about 11 a.m. until just before boats were put in the water — around 12:30...

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Faith Matters: How to still the muddy waters of overthinking: Clarity, peace and God can be found in the quiet spaces
04-12-2024 10:43 AM

By THE REV. CINDY LAJOY

Have you ever walked through a season of your life where, no matter how hard you tried, you were unable to see your way through to the “other side?” Maybe you have been anxious for months about a major decision you need to make, but despite your...


Orange resident Dennis Carey marks 40 years participating in River Rat Race
04-11-2024 5:22 PM

By GREG VINE

It might be a stretch to claim that Dennis Carey, 56, of Orange, could paddle the 5.2-mile River Rat Race with his eyes closed — but it wouldn’t be much of one.This year’s race, which takes place on Saturday, will mark the 40th River Rat competition...


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...


After six decades, River Rat Race paddles on
04-09-2024 3:28 PM

By GREG VINE

The first River Rat Race from Athol to Orange in 1963 may have been a more informal event, but it marked the start of a tradition that generations of North Quabbin residents have come to cherish.This year’s race will be on Saturday, April 13, at 1...


Community events abound for River Rat Race weekend
04-09-2024 3:24 PM

By GREG VINE

While the River Rat Race is the star, there will be plenty more to watch and enjoy this weekend.Things get underway Friday night, April 12, with the drawing of positions at Athol Town Hall. Drawings begin promptly at 7 p.m. Anyone who can’t attend...


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...


Faith Matters: Never-ending love is the message of Easter: As Jesus’ disciples of today, spreading this love is our mission
03-29-2024 12:23 PM

By THE REV. DR. CANDI ASHENDEN

Tomorrow is Easter Sunday and many little children in our towns will wake up to discover that the Easter Bunny has arrived while they slept and hidden real and/or plastic-colored eggs around their living rooms or yards, perhaps along with some little...


My Turn: High school feasibility study prompts questions galore
03-29-2024 8:55 AM

By ROBERT W. MACDONALD

The article “Committee explores new high school” in the March 23 edition of the Athol Daily News really triggered my Grumpy Gene.First, it seems that $1.5 to $ 1.7 million is required for a “feasibility study” to deal with “the need to prevent...


My Turn: Ambulance staff request last shot for service
03-21-2024 6:16 PM

By KEN DUFFY

 On April 1, the voters of Athol will have a very important override question on the ballot for their consideration. This question concerns adding staff — three EMT/medic/firefighter positions — to the Fire Department. A fourth position will be added...


Gary Deyo: Ambulance service needs more support
03-20-2024 6:08 PM

If Athol is to continue ambulance service, it is clear that more personnel is required.Everyone involved in making the decisions to keep Athol functional as a good place to live has done their utmost to mitigate this personnel shortage. The budget...


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...


Linda J. Donaldson: Mike Pence, Liz Cheney are ‘truth-loving patriots’
02-14-2024 9:00 PM

“It is up to us, in our time, to choose wisely between the hard but necessary task of preserving peace and freedom and the temptation to ignore our duty and blindly hope for the best while the enemies of freedom grow stronger day by day.”“Let it never...


Faith Matters: God is not Google: God’s gifts require patience in an often impatient world
02-02-2024 12:03 PM

By THE REV. CINDY LAJOY

Have you ever wondered why God sometimes leads us on what seems like a long and winding road, just to end up mere steps from where you started? Have you ever asked God to answer your prayers in a hurry, only to find yourself waiting for a response for...


Athol man sentenced on sexual abuse charges
02-01-2024 6:17 PM

ORANGE — An Orange District Court judge sentenced Athol resident Gregory J. Batchelor to 18 months in jail on Wednesday following a conviction on four counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 years old, according to the Northwestern...


PHOTO: Serene snowscape
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PHOTO: Nature prevails
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Three finalists named for Union 28 superintendent
01-21-2024 12:30 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

ERVING — Gateway Regional School District’s curriculum director, the principal at Athol Community Elementary School, and the director of assessment and accountability for the Westfield Public School District are the finalists to become the next...


Most charges against Athol kidnapping suspect dismissed; four other defendants retain charges
01-10-2024 6:56 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — One of the five North Quabbin residents facing charges of kidnapping and other crimes stemming from an alleged incident last February has had nine of her charges dismissed while other charges, and all those of her co-defendants, remain in...


3 dams in Franklin County, North Quabbin get funds for removal studies
12-27-2023 5:39 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

With an eye toward increasing climate resilience and reducing public safety risk, preliminary design studies to examine the removal of three dams in Franklin County and the North Quabbin region are being backed by funding from the state Department of...

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