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  • Athol Update 5-6-22

    Some Athol MA Matters

    Would you like an exciting 2022 Athol Street List?  It’s only $10 per book.  CLICK HERE. How is the water quality in Athol.  View the 2021 Water Quality Report released on 4/1/22. CLICK HERE

    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 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.

    CLICK MAP for larger view.

  • Time for Golf
    Greater Gardner MA Golf Courses

    Enjoy a round of Golf in the Greater Gardner Area!

    Golf swing

    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: FacebookTemplewood 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.

    Massachusetts Covid Data as of 2-24-22
    Massachusetts Covid Data as of 2-24-22 – Cases by age, Percent Positivity, Hospitalizations

    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
    White Cloud menu board
    White Cloud Diner Menu Board 2-11-22

    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

    Greater Gardner MA School Closings

    The three network TV affiliates in Boston each publish updated school closing information for our area: Here are the links: ABCNBCCBS

  • FREE Kits Popular
    PACC Test Distribution January 31, 2022
    Waiting to Enter PACC January 31, 2022

    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.

    Traffic at Test distribution January 31, 2022
    Traffic Towards PACC January 31, 2022
    Snow being moved January 31, 2022
    Snow being moved in Gardner – You can see the line for the PACC in the distance.

  • Saturday Blizzard
    Saturday Blizzard

    Is Greater Gardner MA in for a Saturday Blizzard?

    We’re ready at the Greater Gardner Weather Center. CLICK HERE We have several forecast services plus Interactive Maps which show you the various forecast models.

    PARKING BANS: Many communities will have parking bans in various areas. Times will vary, but the intent is the same, KEEP CARS OFF THE ROAD so plows can clear the snow.


  • Athol Recycling
    Recycle Athol MA

    Athol MA Encouraging Recycling

    The Town of Athol is encouraging the recycling of clothing and textiles at its Transfer & Recycling Station.  For the list of items in pdf format, CLICK HERE. 

  • Heywood Hospital
    Heywood CEO Win Brown
    Heywood CEO Winfield Brown with 1-21-22 update shared with staff and the community.

    Gardner MA Heywood Hospital CEO Win Brown – Covid Update

    Mr. Brown spoke of the current Covid challenges including a 7 day positivity rate of 36 percent and a high hospitalization of 43 Covid inpatients (down from a peak of 48 in the last week) Brown emphasized Central Mass hasn’t peaked yet and Heywood goes through 650 N95 masks and 1000 isolation gowns daily. Some figures since the start of the pandemic: 142,000 specimens tested, 8.6% overall positivity rate, and 300 covid-positive patients have been discharged.

    Win Brown noted all staff must be boosted by March 4th and that the blood supply was critically low, suggested the public donate at the Red Cross site in Worcester. To watch this short update, CLICK HERE..

Around the Community of Athol MA

Community Facts

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 High School: (978) 249-2435

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:

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