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Mosquito Control Team Back Again to Greater Gardner MA
The Central Massachusetts Mosquito Control Project is sending its team to the area on August 4, 11, 18, 25, and September 1. Dates are tentative and weather permitting. Requests for service may be recorded by calling the CMMCP office at (508) 393-3055 between 7am and 3:30pm weekdays. For more info visit the website. CLICK HERE.
Severe Thunderstorm with Tornado Warnings Hit parts of Worcester County including Greater Gardner MA on July 21, 2022
Orange Airport had a wind gust of 58 miles per hour. Athol MA had a storm producing up to 1 inch hail. Route 2 West near Warwick MA closed due to trees falling across highway. The storm passed over many of the towns in the Greater Gardner area including the City of Gardner. A tornado warning was in effect until 4:15pm, having been issued an hour earlier. Tornado Warning now expired. Severe Thunderstorm Warning Eastern Worcester County and Southern New Hampshire until 4:45pm
Strong storms are expected in other areas of Massachusetts including Middlesex County and Southern New Hampshire until early evening. It is unknown at the time of this report whether a tornado actually touched down. In Eastern Franklin County there were downed trees and some power outages.
- 988 Lifeline
Nation including Greater Gardner MA has new number for National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The new number, 988, is easy to remember and is designed to save lives. The number is accessible across the United States and will connect callers with a trained counselor at any time. You can even text the number and get a response.
Gardner Magazine found it difficult to find a high quality image, so we’re making it available here in a pdf you can print for the office or workplace. CLICK HERE. — Note: even if you have only a B/W laser printer, print and display this and you may just save a life.
Note: To avoid confusion, we are not publishing the old longer number which is still working for now.
- Athol Update 5-6-22
Some Athol MA Matters
Athol MA is conducting an anonymous health survey of the community’s inhabitants for the purposes of completing a Public Social Services Plan. CLICK HERE. Athol election information: CLICK HERE. Athol works in progress: CLICK HERE.
- Covid 4-1-22
Massachusetts Covid Positivity under 2% as of 4-1-22
Trends bode well for the Greater Gardner area as shown by the map at left. The City of Gardner is identified by the red G.
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- Time for Golf
Enjoy a round of Golf in the Greater Gardner Area!
Spring Brings Greater Gardner MA Golfers to the Greens
There are more than 8 golf courses in the immediate area: Gardner Municipal Golf Course, 152 Eaton Street, Gardner Website: Rates: Facebook – Templewood Golf Course, 160 Brooks Rd., Templeton, MA Website: Rates: Facebook: – Westminster Golf & Country Club, 51 Ellis Rd., Westminster MA Website: Rates: Facebook: – The Woods of Westminster, Woods of Westminster Course, 23 Rock Maple Lane., Westminster MA Website: Rates: Facebook: – Ellinwood Country Club, 1928 Pleasant St., Athol MA Website: Rates: Facebook: – Camp Coldbrook RV Resort, Camp Coldbrook Course, 864 Old Coldbrook Rd., Barre MA Website: Facebook: – Quail Hollow Golf & Country Club, Quail Hollow Course, 1822 Old Turnpike Rd., Oakham MA Website: Rates: Facebook: – Bedrock Golf Club, Bed Rock Course, 87 Barre Paxton Rd., Rutland MA Website: Rates: Facebook:
- Heywood 2-25-22
Watch the Heywood update on YouTube. CLICK HERE.
Heywood Hospital of Gardner MA changes some Covid Policy
According to statements made in a video update by Heywood CEO Win Brown, each patient not under precautions can have one healthy visitor. Visitors must still go through screening, wear masks, and use gel in and out. The CEO says he’s a little nervous with the dropping of mask mandates locally and school vacation and encourages residents to still wear masks inside when going to different places. Brown stated that as of 2-25-22, there were 10 Covid positive patients at Heywood.
In good news for Heywood employees, Win Brown explained that while some employees have not received raises since the hospital raised its minimum starting wage to $18/hour, they will soon. starting with some employees getting increases in February and continuing until all commensurate increases have occurred.
Surgical Wing Construction
Win Brown also announced that parking will be soon limited due to the start of construction of the new surgical wing. He says permission has already been obtained for staff to park on Green Street and the hospital is inquiring whether the use of Mathews Street will be possible. The new Surgical Wing is expected to be completed sometime next year and add to Heywood’s capabilities.
- White Cloud
More of the Diner Experience
Other diners in the area with decent Google reviews include Blue Moon Diner, Gardner MA Facebook Directions – Kellies, Athol MA Website Directions – Ruschioni’s Cruisin 12 Diner, Winchendon MA Website Directions – Hometown Cafe, Winchendon MA Directions – Hubb Town Diner, Hubbardston MA Website Directions – Heavy Evies Diner Rutland MA Website Directions – The Hen House East Templeton MA Directions -Westminster Cafe Westminster MA Facebook Directions
White Cloud Diner in Orange MA Knows How to Communicate
Occasionally we come across a business which can serve as a positive lesson to others. In this case, the White Cloud Diner located at 627 E. River Street Orange, MA 01364 Directions.
The diner posted its menu board on Facebook with the most graceful and clear penmanship we’ve seen in a long time. And that’s not the only communication art at which the diner excels. With a 4.6 Google Rating consisting of 315 Reviews, these courteous business owners recently responded to a 4 star rating with “Thank you, we hope you come back and we can earn that last star.” And here’s what one reviewer said, “Do not sleep on this little gem. This cozy spot will leave you floating on a little bliss cloud.” Check the reviews out yourself. CLICK HERE.
From White Cloud: ” Our family owned and run diner has been in operation since 1958, although the newest family has only started in December 2018. We are across from the Orange Airport, and offer a delicious selection of breakfasts and lunches. Come check us out!”
White Cloud Diner has a Facebook page: CLICK HERE
- School Closings
- FREE Kits Popular
Residents Line Up in Gardner MA
Cars from Gardner, Westminster, and Athol were lined up in both directions to access the FREE Covid test kit distribution day on January 31, 2022 which is taking place from 1pm to 7pm at the PACC in Gardner.
Around the Community of Athol MA
Athol is a town in Worcester County Massachusetts with a population of around 12 thousand people.
Originally settled by five families in 1735, the township of Athol was incorporated in 1762 when the name was changed from Pequoiag.
Athol is home to the L.S. Starrett Company, known for making quality precision tools.
Athol – Royalston Regional School District: (978) 249-2400
Athol High School: (978) 249-2435
Athol Royalston Middle School: (978) 249-2430
Athol Community Elementary School: (978) 249-2406
Athol Town Hall: (978) 721-8500
Animal Control: (978) 249-2494
Fire Department: (978) 249-8275
Parks and Trails: (978) 721-8500
Police Department: (978) 249-3232
Town Clerk: (978) 721-8445
Town Manager: (978) 721-8451
Veterans’ Services: (978) 721-8454
Athol Council on Aging: (978) 249-8986
Athol Public Library: (978) 249-9515
Athol Historical Society:
North Quabbin Chamber of Commerce: (978) 249-3849
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