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My Turn: Ghosts of the Chosin
05-27-2024 9:48 AM

By JACOB CASAVANT

 The tarmac at Logan International airport stretched out before us as we stood in solemn anticipation. The Boeing 737 touched down with a sense of gravity that echoed the weight of history onboard. Shrouded in a flag that bore the Stars and...

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Montague lands $4.92M EPA grant to demolish Strathmore mill
05-22-2024 4:57 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

MONTAGUE — The town has received more than $4.92 million in federal funds to demolish the former Strathmore mill property at 20 Canal St., bringing Montague another step closer to reviving the 1.3-acre mill complex after a 17-year vacancy.Built in...


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,...


Work on Pinedale Avenue Bridge connecting Athol and Orange to resume
05-08-2024 11:45 AM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL — Closed for a year and a half, work on the Pinedale Avenue Bridge is set to resume next week, according to Public Works Superintendent Dick Kilhart.Kilhart explained that work has been on hold recently as the project’s contractor, Construction...


South County Senior Center opts not to renew church lease after rift over LGBTQ program
05-07-2024 5:51 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The Senior Center Board of Oversight has opted to not renew the center’s lease to use the Holy Family Roman Catholic Church’s function hall after a disagreement over the Rainbow Elders program.With the current lease expiring May 31,...


My Turn: Are we friends of Silver Lake?
05-07-2024 1:56 PM

By LINDA HARDIMAN

Three hundred years ago, a settler wandered pleasantly through local woodland. Legend states that he happened upon a lovely pristine lake surrounded by peaceful forest. His eyes glimpsed a young Native American calmly working nearby. They fell in love...


Formed 25,000 years ago, Millers River a historic ‘jewel’
04-28-2024 12:01 PM

By CARLA CHARTER

The Millers River meanders through both Athol and Orange, carrying with it not only the beauty on its surface, but a long history stretching back to when the river was first formed 25,000 years ago.The first people known to be living near the river...


Baseball: Athol outlasts Franklin Tech in nine-inning thriller (PHOTOS)
04-22-2024 8:38 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

TURNERS FALLS — Tied 4-4 after seven innings, extra frames were needed to decide a winner between the Franklin Tech and Athol baseball teams on Monday. Both teams stranded a runner on third base in the eighth, but it was the Bears that broke through...


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...


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...


Track & field preview 2024: Frontier aims for repeat Intercounty League titles
04-09-2024 4:32 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

Two years ago, Frontier’s Jack Vecellio captured an all-state title in the pole vault while Greenfield’s Liviu Mihailicenco won a state championship in the high jump. On the girls side, Greenfield’s Tess Rancourt placed third at New Englands in the...


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...


Softball preview 2024: Greenfield seeks third-straight Div. 5 state championship
04-04-2024 3:41 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

It would be hard to find a more dominant postseason run than the one the Greenfield softball team had a season ago. After winning the 2022 MIAA Division 5 state championship, the Green Wave came back last spring with a loaded squad and dominated their...


2024 high school baseball preview: Pioneer looks to get over Final Four hump
04-03-2024 5:13 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

Is it possible to finish the year with a 21-2 record and not be satisfied with the results? The Pioneer baseball team sure wasn’t. The Panthers won the first 18 games of their season in 2023 and did so in convincing fashion, cruising into the Western...


Boys volleyball preview: Frontier looks to earn third straight Western Mass. title
04-01-2024 3:45 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

It’d be hard to imagine a program getting off to a better start than the Frontier boys volleyball team.Legendary Redhawk girls volleyball coach Sean MacDonald and Courtney Parent started the boys program at Frontier two years ago and in their first...


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...

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