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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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Mahar’s ‘Frozen Jr.’ performances start May 3
04-12-2024 1:20 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — It appears all COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted in the kingdom of Arendelle.Students in Ralph C. Mahar Regional School’s Theater Department in 2020 were about six weeks away from the opening night of “Frozen Jr.” when the production was...


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...


Families fume at Orange Elementary School Committee over LPN hire
04-09-2024 5:11 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — Community members on Monday expressed their disgust with the Orange Elementary School Committee over the hiring of unqualified man as Fisher Hill School’s licensed practical nurse.Robert Davis, who was employed from Oct. 2 to Feb. 28,...


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...


Sportsman’s Corner columnist receives Words of Wisdom Award
04-08-2024 2:32 PM

By CARLA CHARTER

ORANGE — For his many years of advocacy of sportsmen’s issues, Orange resident Mike Roche has received the Words of Wisdom Award from the Worcester County League of Sportsmen’s Clubs.Roche received the award at the club’s annual banquet at the...


School nurse resigns after Orange administrators discover lack of license
04-03-2024 4:54 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — The man employed as a licensed practical nurse at Fisher Hill School from Oct. 2 to Feb. 28 did not have a proper license, a matter that is under investigation, according to the Ralph C. Mahar Regional and Union 73 school districts.Robert...


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...


PHOTOS: Orange mansion marks revival
04-02-2024 12:44 PM


$194K will support Children’s Advocacy Center staffing, expanded North Quabbin footprint
04-02-2024 11:31 AM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — The Children’s Advocacy Center of Franklin County and North Quabbin has secured $194,000 in federal funding to sustain its number of clinicians and expand its reach into the North Quabbin area.Executive Director Jeffrey Trant explained...


Local success informs federal guidelines on methadone treatment
04-01-2024 7:11 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

The federal government is marching to the beat of Behavioral Health Network’s drum in its new methadone treatment regulations, effective Tuesday, April 2.BHN, a mental health service provider in western Massachusetts with methadone clinics in...


Genevieve Harris-Fraser: U.S. policy condemns Palestinians
03-31-2024 12:20 PM

Congress recently passed legislation, signed into law by President Joe Biden, that banned funds for UNRWA. Are we becoming Nazis? Our behavior towards Palestinians reflects that trend. We seem to be using the Nazi playbook.Residents of Gaza, their...


North Quabbin Notebook: April 2, 2024
03-29-2024 3:06 PM

Historical Society returns 500-page volume to town WENDELL — A 500-page volume was recently returned to the town by the Wendell Historical Society.The volume contains town clerk records from 1953 to 1969. At least 30 other documents from Wendell’s...


Orange Selectboard OKs borrowing up to $1.5M for Wastewater Treatment Facility repairs
03-29-2024 2:26 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — The Selectboard voted this week to approve emergency borrowing of up to $1.5 million to replace the Orange Wastewater Treatment Facility’s three influent pumps after one of them failed a few weeks ago.Town Administrator Matthew Fortier...


New Salem man faces charges after striking school bus in Barre
03-28-2024 5:10 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

BARRE — A New Salem man faces charges after allegedly swerving the vehicle he was driving over the center line on Route 122 and colliding with a school bus filled with students on Thursday.Cedric Cooley, 32, was arrested after the collision and...


Orange Public Libraries director to resign, effective May 3
03-28-2024 3:54 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — The director of the Orange Public Libraries has decided to close this chapter of her life and step down after eight years in the position.Jessica Magelaner, who heads the Wheeler Memorial Library at 49 East Main St. and the Moore-Leland...


No injuries, but camper destroyed in fire in Orange
03-25-2024 1:54 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — There were no injuries when a fire destroyed a 30-foot camper on Packard Road overnight between Sunday and Monday.According to the Orange Fire Department’s Facebook page, dispatchers received calls of a camper on fire behind the residence at...


First day of school: Orange PD’s new K-9 begins training
03-25-2024 9:50 AM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — The Police Department’s newest officer is joining the academy this week.Swoop, a 1-year-old black Labrador, has been in Officer Kyle Johnson’s care for four weeks and is now beginning narcotics training at the Hampden County Jail and House of...


Historic Revival Wheeler Mansion in Orange becoming bed and breakfast
03-24-2024 12:03 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — No, this is not an April Fool’s Day joke.The Revival Wheeler Mansion’s bed and breakfast is slated to open with a ribbon-cutting ceremony planned for 4 p.m. on April 1.“It’s a long time coming,” said owner Cynthia “Sinde” Butler, who...


Revival Wheeler Mansion’s photo retake
03-24-2024 12:01 PM

By CARLA CHARTER

On April 1, Cynthia Butler, owner of the Revival Wheeler Mansion, is hoping to recreate a photo taken on the building’s front lawn on October 1925, when it reopened as the Eastern Star Rest Home. Butler hopes the new photo will serve as a marker of...

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