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My Turn: Biden’s record and accomplishments are extremely positive
09-27-2023 7:00 PM

By MITCHELL R. GROSKY

Although certain Americans who receive their daily news from television and social media may not realize it, President Joe Biden has already accomplished an incredible amount in his two-plus years in office. These accomplishments are of great...


Suspect in Turners Falls shooting ordered held
09-27-2023 6:24 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — The Springfield man accused of shooting a man in Turners Falls and fleeing the scene last month has been denied a reduced bail and will remain held as dangerous until around Dec. 25, when his $100,000 bail will go into effect.Gil Viera,...


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...


Denis Poulin: Incessant church bells an annoyance 
09-13-2023 10:07 PM

For years now, Our Lady Immaculate Catholic Church at 192 School St. in Athol is in the habit of ringing their church bells on an hourly basis daily. This bell rings 85 times daily corresponding to each hour of the day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. In...


Ken Kruk: Second thoughts on firefighters?
09-13-2023 10:07 PM

As a voter and resident of Athol now of six years, I can’t believe how busy a small town is. Sirens multiple times a day. Police, fire, ambulance.On July 31, Athol had a special town vote on hiring more firefighters. The people spoke. It was turned...


Officials: Fatal Athol house fire likely started at gas stove
09-08-2023 6:56 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ATHOL — The three-alarm fire that killed a woman at 92 Fern St. on Thursday morning was likely accidental and originated at a gas stove in the kitchen, according to the state Department of Fire Services.When reached Friday, Jake Wark, a spokesperson...


Woman dies in Fern Street blaze in Athol
09-08-2023 6:56 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ATHOL — One woman was killed and another was transported to the hospital on Thursday morning following a three-alarm house fire at 92 Fern St., the cause of which remains under investigation.The name of the woman who died in the blaze was not being...


Athol Bird and Nature Club celebrating 60th anniversary
09-04-2023 12:38 PM

By MAX BOWEN

ATHOL — Sitting in his office at the Millers River Environmental Center, Athol Bird and Nature Club President David Small can remember exactly when the organization started.After all, he was there.For the last six decades, the Athol Bird and Nature...


Leonard Optician moving eye care services to Athol; hearing aid department going to Barre
08-31-2023 11:14 AM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — Leonard Optician’s eye care services will soon move to Athol, as Barre Opticians & Hearing Center absorbs the longtime Orange business’ hearing aid department in late September.Douglas Dupell, who co-owns the Orange business with David...


Athol home destroyed, Millers Falls house spared in Tuesday fires
08-15-2023 6:12 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE andMARY BYRNE

Just hours after a second-alarm fire destroyed a home on Main Street in Athol, a Millers Falls homeowner’s quick thinking helped minimize damage to her house when a power tool battery caught fire on Tuesday.“Thank God I have [a fire extinguisher],”...


Orange, Athol boards discuss strategies for improving downtown areas
08-15-2023 3:51 PM

By GREG VINE

Orange and Athol officials recently convened to brainstorm ways to reinvigorate the local economy. Tom Sexton, vice chair of an Orange Planning Board subcommittee called the Long Range Comprehensive Planning Committee, and committee member Karl...


My Turn: Town manager — ‘No’ vote won’t make firefighter need go away
08-04-2023 11:21 AM

By SHAUN A. SUHOSKI

Dear Athol residents: On Monday, less than 10% of Athol’s registered voters turned out to vote in a special election that sought approval of a Proposition 2½ override to increase staffing in the Athol Fire Department by two additional firefighter/EMTs...


DA’s office, Athol YMCA land $100K grant for community space, police overtime
08-02-2023 4:22 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ATHOL — The Northwestern District Attorney’s Office and the Athol Area YMCA will split $100,000 in federal money to help pay for police overtime and youth programming. The DA’s office plans to use $50,000 to help 12 local police departments —...


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...


07-22-2023 8:41 PM

In all the years of growing up in Athol, I never heard the name “Spooner” and I never saw a stone with his name on it. In studying the U.S. Constitution these days everyone comes up with the theory of “originalism.” According to many researchers there...


$100K grant to support art therapy for youths impacted by family substance use
07-17-2023 12:06 PM

By MARY BYRNE

With funding from a $100,000 U.S. Department of Justice grant, a new after-school program will be available for North Quabbin youths who have been impacted by parents or guardians with a substance use disorder.Beginning at the start of the school year...


Four local banks participating in Lift Up Homeownership program
07-13-2023 12:06 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

Four banks and credit unions with branches in Franklin County and the North Quabbin region have been approved to participate in the Lift Up Homeownership program, a Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston pilot program that provides financial assistance to...


North Quabbin Notebook: July 10, 2023
07-09-2023 12:26 PM

Summer Eats at Athol Public Library through Aug. 3 ATHOL — The Athol Public Library will be a free grab-and-go site for the state’s Summer Eats program through Aug. 3 Grab-and-go lunches are available every Monday through Thursday from 11:50 a.m. to...


$1M secured for affordable housing in Athol
05-26-2023 5:12 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL — U.S. Congressman Jim McGovern visited Athol on Friday to announce he has secured $1 million in federal funding to support the construction of 53 units of affordable housing in town.Funding for the NewVue Communities Riverbend-Bigelow Schools...


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...

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