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The Wachusett Region   Holden   Paxton   Princeton   Rutland   Sterling 
The Wachusett Region is made up of five towns located in central Massachusetts. The five towns are Holden, Paxton, Princeton, Rutland, and Sterling. Each town has its own Elementary & Middle School but share a central High School, and central district office, both located in Holden MA.

Rutland
Fire Department 508-886-4107
Police Department 508-886-4033
Council on Aging 508-886-7945
Town Clerk 508-886-4104
Building Inspector 508-886-4118
Board of Health 508-886-4102
Assessors Office 508-886-4101
Tax Collector 508-886-4103
Board of Selectmen 508-886-4100
Public Library 508-886-4108
Veterans' Services 508-885-7508
Public Works 508-886-4105
Water Department 508-886-4105
Electric Company 800-322-3223
Phone Company 800-870-9999
Cable Company 800-634-1008


School Websites & Phone numbers
School District Central Office 508-829-1670
Naquag Elementary School 508-886-2901
Central Tree Middle School 508-886-0073
Glenwood Elementary School 508-886-0399
Wachusett Regional High School 508-829-6771

This website is for sale. Since I nolonger living in Massachusetts, we thought it would be polite to offer these domains to someone who lives in the area. If you have an interested in this domain send an email to domains@thewachusettregion.com your email will be recieved by a friend of mine who lives in one of the five towns. If you want to get a reply show us you read this message by tell us which domain names you are asking about, tell us who you are, why you want the domains and take the time to ask relevant questions using complete and full sentences.

The website was orignally created in 2005 for the people of Rutland and their families and friends. At the time the site included town phone numbers, later I added local Real Estate listings. Then I moved and took the site down. Its back now just to find a buyer.

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In the news around Rutland Massachusetts
    WATCH: Texas sheriff's deputy survives after patrol car was hit by a train
    A Texas sheriff's deputy is lucky to be alive after his patrol car was hit by a train this week.Several passersby caught the dramatic crash on video.In those videos, two Midland County sheriff's deputies are seen waiting for a train to pass at a marked railroad crossing. After the last car makes it past the intersection, one of the deputies drives around the crossing arms and is slammed by a second oncoming train that he apparently didn't see coming.The force of the [...] source

    Field improvements okayed for CRA
    Partakers of two summer pastimes – baseball and fishing – reached an agreement Thursday night on access to Chaffin Pond at a Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) hearing at the Holden Senior Center. The hearing was called to address a special permit allowing a reconfiguration and expansion of the baseball fields at 459 Main Street.The fields are located in a commercially zoned district and have a pre-existing non-conforming use.The room was filled with representatives of [...] source

    Andrea’s already done: So who else is on 2019′s list of hurricane names?
    Mother Nature this week delivered the first storm of the Atlantic hurricane season that was powerful enough to earn a name: Subtropical Storm Andrea.It wasn't long though before Andrea began to weaken and was downgraded.The storm wasn't expected to pose a hazard to anyone on land, according to the National Hurricane Center.But that got us thinking — now that we can scratch Andrea off the official roster of Atlantic tropical cyclone names for 2019 — who else [...] source

    Princeton Memorial Day observance held Sunday
    The annual Princeton Memorial Day Observance will be celebrated on Sunday, May 26 beginning at 1 p.m. on the Upper Common. Opening Ceremonies will be held on the steps of the First Congregational Church with the reading of the Gettysburg Address, Patriotic songs by the Thomas Prince Chorus and tolling of the Church’s Paul Revere Bell honoring Princeton’s 31 fallen heroes.A parade with Princeton veterans, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, students, police and fire department [...] source

    Fire calls May 13-19
    Holden Fire logsTuesday, May 144:50 p.m. Heritage Lane, odor of gasThursday, May 165:16 p.m. Main Street and Broad Street, accident, property damageSaturday, May 181:19 p.m. Main Street, fire alarmSunday, May 193:27 p.m. Mixter Road, fire alarmHolden responded to 35 medical calls Paxton Fire [...] source

    Police logs May 13-19: Hit and runs reported
    Holden Police logsMonday, May 136:47 a.m. Accident, property damage, Broad Street3:31 p.m. Suspicious incident, Maple Street3:45 p.m. Breaking & entering, vehicle, Holden Urgent Care, Shrewsbury Street9:53 p.m. General disturbance, Main Street and Colonial RoadTuesday, May 148:51 a.m. Erratic operator, Route 68 and Rutland Line12:37 p.m. Accident, non reportable, Boyden [...] source

    Holden to elect delegates to Democratic State Convention
    Registered Democrats in Holden will hold a caucus on June 1, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. at Holden Town Hall 1204 Main Street Holden MA 01520 to elect delegates and alternates to the 2019 Massachusetts Democratic State Convention.This year’s state convention will be held Sept. 14 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, where thousands of Democrats from across the state will come together to discuss Party business and celebrate its successes as attendees prepare for upcoming elections. [...] source

    Holden approves of hiring new police officers, school budget, zoning bylaw
    It was a quiet Annual Town Meeting in Holden on Monday, May 20. Most articles passed unanimously with little debate while only a select few drew comments from the audience.Highlights included voters’ unanimous approval of increasing the town’s police budget by $203,2211 to allow the hire of two new officers who will eventually replace upcoming retirees.Holden’s required local minimum contribution for Wachusett Regional School District education expenses [...] source

    Reconstrction causes traffic challenges on Route 140
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    Swimming tarantulas? Yes, they're really a thing
    If spiders — in particular super-sized tarantulas — freak you out, prepare to be freaked out even more.Turns out tarantulas can swim.Yes, that means you've now got to watch for them on land AND in the water. [...] source

    Baby ripped from dead mom's womb opens his eyes for the first time
    A baby ripped from its dead mother's womb has reportedly opened his eyes for the first time.Yadiel Yovany Lopez still, however, remains in grave condition at a Chicago-area hospital, TV station WOAI reports. Doctors believe he went without oxygen for a period of time after his mother, Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, was murdered.Chicago police say [...] source

    Rutland Little League Parade kicks off season
    Rutland Little League held its Opening Day Parade on May 11. Little Leaguers, families and friends marched from Memorial Field to Marsh Field where an opening ceremony was held. After the parade, participants enjoyed games, bouncy houses, cotton candy, and the Snack Shack. [JOYCE ROBERTS PHOTOS] source

    Patrick Kennedy talks about Ted’s indifference to his struggle with addiction
    Former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy, champion of treating mental disorders and addictions as legitimate health-care issues, urged an audience of 15,000 at the University of Rhode Island, including 3,434 undergraduates minutes away from getting their diplomas, to seek help for any brain-related malady as readily as they would a broken bone or disease.Kennedy, 51, was the commencement speaker at URI’s main graduation on the Quadrangle on a sunny, breezy Sunday afternoon. He also [...] source

    Voters turn down changing advisory committee
    Voters at the May 14 Annual Town Meeting in Princeton passed a general government budget at $10,236,804, including the town’s share of the Wachusett Regional School District budget. The town’s minimum local contribution was $3,565,466 and its operations assessment was $948,577. Transportation costs came in at $286,222 and long term debt was $153,566 for a total of $4,953,831.The town was the fourth member of the school district to approve the budget, so it is considered [...] source

    Ohio middle-schoolers investigated over report of urine, semen in crepes served to teachers
    Felony charges could be filed against at least two Ohio middle school students who allegedly shared video of themselves putting bodily fluids into food eaten by several teachers.The incident took place Thursday morning at Hyatts Middle School in the Columbus area, where a home economics class had prepared crepes for teachers.“One student filmed some of it, and the video made its way around the school and fortunately to school administrators,” said Tracey Whited, [...] source

    Rutland Youth Soccer fall registration now open
    Fall soccer registration for Rutland Youth Soccer is now open. Get your early bird registration discount through May 31. Regular registration beings June 1. Register at http://www.rutlandyouthsoccer.org. Groups include the following ages; Pre-K - 3 and 4 years old; U6 - Kindergarten; U8 - 1st and 2nd grade; U10 - 3rd and 4th grade; U12 - 5th an d 6th grade; U14 - 7th and 8th grade; High School - 9th—12th grade. source

    Baby ripped from womb of murdered Chicago teen clinging to life
    A baby ripped from the womb of a murdered Chicago teen is clinging to life, officials said Friday.The baby, Yadiel Yovany Lopez, is in critical condition after suffering from a lack of oxygen in the minutes before he was born.Three people — Clarisa Figueroa, Desiree Figueroa and Piotr Bobak— have been charged in the murder of Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, 19, [...] source

    Presentation 'Alaska Wilderness: A Canoe Journey into the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge,' comes to Rutland library
    Visit Alaska’s storied Arctic National Wildlife Refuge with two seasoned naturalists. On Saturday May 18 at 10:30 a.m. at Rutland Public Library, 280 Main Street (Route 122A), the Ware River Nature Club is hosting "Alaska Wilderness: A Canoe Journey into the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge," a presentation by Mark and Marcia Wilson of Eyes on Owls. This event includes a slide show and live owl appearance. It is free and open to all.In this program set in the land of 24- [...] source

    Holden voters to consider removing farm animal tax
    Resident Chris Shustak is looking to make an amendment to the tax structure in Holden. Although the proposal is not complicated, the story is, and surprisingly for one related to taxes, it is an endearing one.“It all started with a Belgian draft horse named Linus,” Shustak said. “Linus spent most of his adult life pulling a plow for an Amish farmer.”At some point, Linus developed a nasty hoof infection and the farmer chose to send him off to a horse [...] source

    Fire logs May 6-12
    Holden Fire logsMonday, May 62:43 p.m. Brentwood, fire investigationTuesday, May 710:32 p.m. Fisher Road, smoke detectorsThursday, May 93:14 a.m. Monticello Avenue, mutual aid, ambulanceFriday, May 108:22 a.m. Main Street and Broad Street, accident, personal injury10:16 p.m. Reservoir Street, CO alarm, false alarmSaturday, May [...] source

News in and around our Schools
    Wachusett Regional High School Women's Soccer and Men's Hockey teams recognized at State House
    Wachusett Regional High School Women's Soccer and Men's Hockey teams, the 2018 Division 1 State Champions and the 2019 Division 3 State Champions, respectively, were recognized at the State House on April 23. The team was hosted by State Senator Harriet Chandler, State Representatives Kimberly Ferguson and Harold Naughton, Senator Anne Gobi and Senator Dean Tran (not pictured). [SUBMITTED PHOTO] source

    Mountaineer Peers brings Wachusett Regional High School students together
    “It’s all happening at the zoo,” folk duo Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel sang back in the ‘Sixties. And for a while last week, it really was "all happening at the zoo," as several residents of Southwick Zoo visited with students from the Life Skills program at Wachusett Regional High School.The show-and-tell with lively animal action was held courtesy of the Mountaineer Peers, a group of WRHS students that aims to be inclusive of the Life Skills student [...] source

    Seniors and students dance the night away
    Seniors and students danced the night away at the Mountaineer Volunteers Senior Citizen Dinner Dance on April 25 at Wachusett Regional High School. This year's event filled all available seats. source

    Central Tree Middle School PTO Scholarship available
    Central Tree Middle School PTO is offering a community service based scholarship for a graduating high school senior who also graduated from CTMS in Rutland. Applications can be obtained from the school secretary at CTMS. The deadline for the application is May 31. source

    Local teachers push for increased state funds
    Wachusett Regional School District teachers and supporters gave an enthusiastic reception to legislators and educational leaders at a recent forum at the Wachusett Regional High School on April 11 to discuss a push for improved state funding for education.The “Fund Our Future” forum was a local stamp on a state-wide effort by the Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA) to urge legislators to pass the Promise Act to increase public school funding by more than $1 billion [...] source

    Wachusett Regional High School honor roll
    The following Wachusett Regional High School students made the honor roll for the second quarter of the 2018-19 school year:Grade 12High Honors - Kayana Anderson, Grace Andros, Jack Ayvazian, Grace Bennett, Natalie Bergman, Valerie Borges, Rylie Butman, Chase Cooke, Tristan DeMacedo, Diana Dillon, Emily Duggan, Aladdin Fawal, Timothy Flanagan, Jonathan Francis, Hannah Friend, Aimee Gleason, Devan Greevy, Alex Krikonis, Emily LaBelle, Lillian [...] source

    Davis Hill students create wax museum to honor heroes
    Fourth-graders at Davis Hill Elementary School created a living "wax museum" bringing to life personal heroes from all walks of life - the sciences, sports, history both recent and ancient. On April 5, parents and students got to visit the museum to learn about the achievers that were represented there.Teacher Stephanie Poh said the students choose someone to research, then hit both the books and the internet to delve into the life and achievements of their chosen subjects. [...] source

    School choice not an option for upcoming school year
    The Wachusett Regional School District Committee voted not to accept school choice students into the district for the upcoming 2019-20 school year at its meeting on April 8.The vote came at the recommendation of WRSD Superintendent Darryll McCall. The district is looking at large class sizes in some schools as well as large Advanced Placement classes at the high school which are in conflict with stated district policies.At one time, there were as many as 250 school choice [...] source

    College Deans' Lists
    The following students have earned academic honors for the fall 2018 semester:Alfred University, Dean’s List - Zachary M. Goodwin (Holden)Assumption College, Dean’s List – William Blair (Rutland); Matthew Butler (Rutland); Samuel Davenport (Princeton); Cassidy Dicken (Rutland); Ashley Goodacre (Rutland); Neil Korycki (Jefferson); Matthew O’Conner (Rutland); Lauren Robichaud (Holden); Charles Snow (Holden); Christopher Stelmok (Princeton); William [...] source

    Holden Christian Academy receives donation from Big Y
    Holden Christian Academy received a check for $5000 from the Big Y in Holden. As a part of the Education Express program Big Y conducted a Holiday Wish Sweepstakes to give financial awards to schools with "exciting programs that benefit all the students," a press release noted. Holden Christian Academy’s Food for Life program was chosen as one such program. Integrating gardening, nutrition and fitness into their core curriculum each year, all the students at HCA PK-8th grade take part [...] source

    Worcester Academy honor roll
    The following area students earned academic honors for the first semester of the 2018-19 school year at Worcester Academy:Headmaster’s List - Edward Beauregard (Paxton); Cormac Collins (Sterling); Cooper Dutton (Holden); Kiely Floyd (Holden); Tanya Gauthier (Sterling); Maria Harvey (Holden); Connor Herlihy (Holden); Mikayla Landers (Holden); Nathan Lee (Holden); Angelina Mancini (Holden); Domenic Mancini (Holden); Luke Mazur (Princeton); Owen McCarthy (Holden); Devin Perry [...] source

    Youth Art Month at Bowes Gallery
    During Youth Art Month in March Wachusett Regional High School hosted works by Wachusett Regional School District students in grades K-8 at the Bowes Gallery. source

    "Jungle Safari" invites seniors to get wild
    The Mountaineer Volunteers of Wachusett Regional High School are once again extending an invitation to the district’s senior citizens to join them at dinner dance on April 25.The annual event which is elaborately themed each year will take place at the high school from 5-8 p.m. This year, the Volunteers decided on a “Jungle Safari” theme and are encouraging their guests to “Get Wild with Wachusett.”The reality is that in addition to enjoying a [...] source

    WRHS turf field replacement possible
    The turf field at Wachusett Regional High School has been in place since the school’s extensive renovations that were officially completed in 2008. At that time, the artificial turf which is used for football and other sports, was expected to have a lifespan of a decade.After passing that benchmark and already having undergone repairs, the turf field would be unplayable due to safety reasons in the 2019-20 school year and athletes would be bused to other fields, the Wachusett [...] source

    Superintendent's dinner at Monty Tech Apr.3
    FITCHBURG---Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School’s 32nd annual Superintendent’s Dinner will be held Wednesday, April 3, in the school.The gala event, the school’s major fundraiser, is sponsored by the Monty Tech Foundation. Proceeds benefit the foundation’s student scholarship and grant fund. This year, the foundation expects to award a total of $35,000 in scholarships, and tool and equipment grants.Each year, representatives of [...] source

    Can you figure out "whodunnit" at spring musical?
    “Curtains” is the spring musical presented by the Theatre Company at Wachusett, playing March 29-31 at Wachusett Regional High School. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday night with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday. Tickets are available at the door or online at brownpapertickets.comThis year’s offering is a comedy-mystery, a spoof of “whodunit” theater, showing a troupe performing a play, “Robin Hood,” at a large city theater. [...] source

    64th Annual Science Fair winners
    Science FairOver 80 students participated in the 64th Annual Science Fair held at Wachusett Regional High School on Feb. 26. The entrants are judged on technical approach, innovation and creativity, oral presentation and laboratory notebook. Students who earned awards moved on to the Worcester Regional Science Fair held March 8 at WPI.The following students took awards at the WRHS Science Fair:First place - Rianna Massoni-Nesman – “The Effects of Cell Phone [...] source

    Artwork from locals on display in Boston for Youth Art Month
    Students, grades K through 12, from across Massachusetts, including students from the Wachusett Regional High School have been selected to have their artwork displayed at the State Transportation Building, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA as part of the 2019 Statewide Youth Art Month Exhibit.Under the direction of WRHS art teachers Ms. Carol Farricker, Ms. Audrey Fusco-Benoit, Ms. Suzanne Breen, Mr. Brian Keddy and Mr. James Ryan, the following local students have work on display in this [...] source

    Students learn from artists' collaboration
    The recent “4x4” Art Show at the Bowes Gallery at Wachusett Regional High School served as a source of inspiration and collaboration to students in English Language Arts and Visual Art classes.Local artists, poets and musicians from the region contributed works while students took part in workshops to glean inspiration.This is the “4x4” Poet and Artist Collaborative includes four poets, four artists and one musician who meet once a month to share [...] source

    Sixth Annual Special Olympics a success
    More than 150 student athletes had their day to shine at the 6th Annual Special Olympics held Mar. 14 at Wachusett Regional High School.The students had fun as they challenged themselves during several hours of sports that included basketball, floor hockey shoot-outs, track and adaptive bowling.“It gets more exciting every year,” said Kimberly Paquette, special education curriculum specialist. She pointed out that many of the games were crafted and painted by the [...] source

Fire and Police related News
    WATCH: Texas sheriff's deputy survives after patrol car was hit by a train
    A Texas sheriff's deputy is lucky to be alive after his patrol car was hit by a train this week.Several passersby caught the dramatic crash on video.In those videos, two Midland County sheriff's deputies are seen waiting for a train to pass at a marked railroad crossing. After the last car makes it past the intersection, one of the deputies drives around the crossing arms and is slammed by a second oncoming train that he apparently didn't see coming.The force of the [...] source

    Fire calls May 13-19
    Holden Fire logsTuesday, May 144:50 p.m. Heritage Lane, odor of gasThursday, May 165:16 p.m. Main Street and Broad Street, accident, property damageSaturday, May 181:19 p.m. Main Street, fire alarmSunday, May 193:27 p.m. Mixter Road, fire alarmHolden responded to 35 medical calls Paxton Fire [...] source

    Police logs May 13-19: Hit and runs reported
    Holden Police logsMonday, May 136:47 a.m. Accident, property damage, Broad Street3:31 p.m. Suspicious incident, Maple Street3:45 p.m. Breaking & entering, vehicle, Holden Urgent Care, Shrewsbury Street9:53 p.m. General disturbance, Main Street and Colonial RoadTuesday, May 148:51 a.m. Erratic operator, Route 68 and Rutland Line12:37 p.m. Accident, non reportable, Boyden [...] source

    Baby ripped from dead mom's womb opens his eyes for the first time
    A baby ripped from its dead mother's womb has reportedly opened his eyes for the first time.Yadiel Yovany Lopez still, however, remains in grave condition at a Chicago-area hospital, TV station WOAI reports. Doctors believe he went without oxygen for a period of time after his mother, Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, was murdered.Chicago police say [...] source

    Ohio middle-schoolers investigated over report of urine, semen in crepes served to teachers
    Felony charges could be filed against at least two Ohio middle school students who allegedly shared video of themselves putting bodily fluids into food eaten by several teachers.The incident took place Thursday morning at Hyatts Middle School in the Columbus area, where a home economics class had prepared crepes for teachers.“One student filmed some of it, and the video made its way around the school and fortunately to school administrators,” said Tracey Whited, [...] source

    Baby ripped from womb of murdered Chicago teen clinging to life
    A baby ripped from the womb of a murdered Chicago teen is clinging to life, officials said Friday.The baby, Yadiel Yovany Lopez, is in critical condition after suffering from a lack of oxygen in the minutes before he was born.Three people — Clarisa Figueroa, Desiree Figueroa and Piotr Bobak— have been charged in the murder of Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, 19, [...] source

    Fire logs May 6-12
    Holden Fire logsMonday, May 62:43 p.m. Brentwood, fire investigationTuesday, May 710:32 p.m. Fisher Road, smoke detectorsThursday, May 93:14 a.m. Monticello Avenue, mutual aid, ambulanceFriday, May 108:22 a.m. Main Street and Broad Street, accident, personal injury10:16 p.m. Reservoir Street, CO alarm, false alarmSaturday, May [...] source

    Elderly man dies after woman shoves him off Las Vegas bus, police say
    Police in Las Vegas have charged a woman with murder after she allegedly shoved a 74-year-old man off a city bus, causing injuries that led to his death.According to TV station KLAS, Cadesha Bishop, 25, was yelling at other passengers on the bus March 21 when the victim, Serge Fournier, reportedly told her to "be nice."Bishop responded, police say, by [...] source

    Great-grandma arrested at Disney for CBD oil to sue Disney
    The 69-year-old great-grandmother who was arrested for carrying CBD oil while visiting Disney World last month has planned to sue both Disney and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Orlando TV station WKMG reported.The North Carolina woman was using the CBD oil per her doctor’s suggestion to treat her arthritis, but a note from her [...] source

    Video camera caught caretaker striking patient at Texas dementia facility, police say
    A video camera captured a caretaker assaulting a patient at a facility in Georgetown, Texas, for people with Alzheimer’s disease, according to an arrest affidavit.Nicholas Francis, 29, of Killeen, Texas, was charged with injury to the elderly, a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.The incident happened March 28 in the victim’s room at a memory care facility at Rocky Hollow Lake House at 1650 County Road 245 in Georgetown, the affidavit said. [...] source

    California woman who tried to flush newborn baby gets probation
    A California woman who authorities say tried to flush her newborn baby down a toilet in a McDonald's bathroom will serve no jail time.TV station KFDM reports that Sarah Lockner was on the clock, working for the Redwood, Calif., restaurant, when she gave birth in September 2017.A co-worker who walked into the bathroom claimed Lockner was holding the [...] source

    Florida man fined $30,000 for tall grass. Now the city is foreclosing on his home.
    Letting your grass grow too high might cost you — or at least it did for one Florida man.The city of Dunedin’s Code Enforcement Board moved to foreclose the home of Jim Ficken, 69, Tuesday after he failed to pay nearly $30,000 in code violation fines he accrued in 2018, the Tampa Bay Times reported.The city [...] source

    Fire calls April 29 - May 5: Princeton responds to hazardous material spill
    Holden Fire logsFriday, May 36:39 p.m. Main Street, fire investigationHolden ambulance responded to 25 medical callsPaxton Fire logsMonday, Apr. 2910:44 p.m. Main Street, Holden, mutual aid, ladderSaturday, May 42:01 p.m. Red Oak Street, smoke investigation5:05 p.m. Paxton Public Safety Complex, Pleasant Street, mutual aid, ambulance6:56 p. [...] source

    Police logs April 29 - May 5: Hit & run accident, arrest made
    Police Logs Apr. 29 - May 5 Holden Police logsTuesday, Apr. 307:00 a.m. Accident, property damage, caller report, Main Street and Sunnyside Avenue10:16 a.m. Larceny, walk-in, Sycamore Drive12:27 p.m. Accident, Highland Street and Phillips Road4:56 p.m. Trespassing, Medical Office Building, Boyden Road5:47 p.m. Suspicious person, Sunnyside Motors, Main StreetWednesday, May [...] source

    Florida high-schoolers find 22 pounds of pot while picking up trash
    A group of Monroe County students doing volunteer beach clean-up during a field trip to Islamorada in the Florida Keys found more than just trash. They found a 22-pound bale of marijuana, the Miami Herald reported.“The package was reportedly discovered by students at Coral Shores High School during a field trip,” U.S. Border Patrol agent Adam Hoffner told the [...] source

    Police Logs April 22 - April 28
    Holden Police LogsMonday, Apr. 225:24 a.m. Assist other police department, caller report, East County Road8:02 p.m. Missing person, caller report, Scenic DriveWednesday, Apr. 2411:09 a.m. Warrant arrest, Main Street12:36 p.m. Arrest made, straight warrant, Bank of America, Main Street1:24 p.m. Fraud, walk-in, Town of Holden Public Safety Building, Main Street6:47 p.m. Erratic operator, [...] source

    Fire logs April 22 - April 28
    Holden Fire logsWednesday, Apr. 2410:57 a.m. Main Street and Reservoir Street, hazardous materialThursday, Apr. 2512:43 p.m. Main Street, fire alarmFriday, Apr. 261:27 p.m. Reservoir Street, smoke detectorSaturday, Apr. 272:31 a.m. Highland Avenue, CO alarm1:25 p.m. Bullard Street, smoke investigation6:58 p.m. Main Street, smoke and fire [...] source

    2 charged with beating disabled Mass. man after allegedly threatening to eat his dog
    Two Massachusetts men are being held without bail after a 57-year-old disabled man alleged they threatened to eat his dog while he was on a walk with his wife Wednesday afternoon, then beat him with his own cane in the entryway to his apartment, according to police.Joshua Farias, 37, and Brian Souza Jr., 37, both of Fall River, Mass., were arraigned Thursday in district court on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery on a disabled person and felony [...] source

    Fire logs Apr.15 - 21
    Holden Fire logsMonday, Apr. 156:32 a.m. Putnam Road, fire investigatedSaturday, Apr. 207:01 p.m. St. Mary’s Church and Rec Hall, Princeton Street, brush fireHolden responded to 39 medical callsPaxton Fire logsThursday, Apr. 187:29 a.m. Town Line, mutual aid, ambulance11:11 a.m. Pleasant Street, CO detector informationFriday, [...] source

    Police logs Apr.15-21
    Holden Police logsMonday, Apr. 1512:32 p.m. Accident, property damage, Main Street and Mount Pleasant Avenue1:13 p.m. Larceny, Oregon Trail1:30 p.m. Accident, property damage, Brattle Street and Talbot Street1:41 p.m. Assault, walk-in, Phillips Road2:47 p.m. Accident, property damage, Main Street5:00 p.m. Erratic operator, Manning Street8:41 p.m. Suspicious motor vehicle, Main [...] source

Regional News
    Wachusett area authors featured at local author fair
    HOLDEN – Several authors from the Wachusett region will be featured at a Local Author Fair. Tom Ingrassia of Holden, Jean Grant of Rutland, Barbara Combes Ingrassia of Holden, and Raymond Tatten of Sterling are among the 15 authors participating. The event, to be held on Sunday, May 19, from 12:30 to 3 p.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church in Worcester, is being coordinated by Ingrassia and Grant. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshment will be available. [...] source

    5K to benefit Wachusett area food pantry
    A 5K at the Wachusett Regional High School Cross Country Course will benefit the Wachusett Area Food Pantry on Sunday, May 19 from 2-4:30 p.m. Admission is $15, $10 for children 13 and under, all ages are welcome. The cost is $3 if you bring a canned good. Walk or run. Rain date scheduled for May 26 from 2-4 p.m.  source

    Scholarship scramble
    The Wachusett Chamber of Commerce will host its Scholarship Scramble Golf Tournament on May 20 at Sterling National Country Club, Sterling. The Chamber is seeking players, sponsors and prizes for the event which is sponsored by Wachusett Brewing Company and MillerLite. The proceeds will benefit the Chamber’s scholarship fund which this year will award up to three $3000 scholarships to graduating seniors who reside in the Wachusett area.The cost is $125 per player. The fee [...] source

    Wachusett Area Chamber of Commerce hosts 'Business After Hours'
    The Wachusett Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a “Business After Hours” networking event on Tuesday, May 14 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Oakdale Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center, located at 76 North Main Street in West Boylston. The event, sponsored by Oakdale Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing, will feature networking, tours, entertainment, hors d’oeuvres and door prizes. The cost is $15 for pre-registered chamber members/$20 at the door and $25 for pre- [...] source

    Polling hours and locations for May 13 town elections
    Holden 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.Precinct 1 – Senior Center, 1130 Main St.Precinct 2 – Senior Center, 1130 Main St.Precinct 3 – Davis Hill School, 80 Jefferson Rd. (enter from Highland St.)Precinct 4 – Mountview Middle School, 270 Shrewsbury St.Precinct 5 – Light Department, 1 Holden St. Paxton 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.Paxton Center [...] source

    Round-up of town election ballots
    HoldenModerator – one yearGeorge A. Balko III4 Chestnut Hill RoadSelectmen – two for three yearsGeraldine A. Herlihy15 Red Barn RoadChiara Barnes10 Preservation LaneTrustees of the Damon Memorial – two for three yearsVirginia B. Powell-Brasier24 Chestnut Hill RoadPenelope G. Morgan36 Boyden [...] source

    Wachustt Garden Club Plant Sale May 11
    The Wachusett Garden Club plant sale is Saturday, May 11, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Thomas Prince School, Rte. 62, in Princeton. Start your garden off right with a selection of plants, donated by the members and friends of the Wachusett Garden Club. A wide selection of perennials and annuals for sun and shade will be available.Proceeds from the sale go towards the club’s college scholarships awarded annually.The Wachusett Garden club promotes the study of horticulture [...] source

    WOW: White Oak Walks
    Need exercise? Want to experience nature first hand and explore some of White Oaks preserved land? White Oak will now offer walks led by a board member.  Bring walking shoes and be able to walk 4 miles on a trail. Meet at Holden Senior Center May 3, 1 p.m. in the parking lot near the baseball field then drive to North Rd to walk the White Oak Trail. (774)345-9658. The group will be walking with the Vintage Vagabonds. source

    Wachusett Area Rotary Club hosts 'Facts About Addiction'
    “Everyone is at risk for addiction,” Wachusett Area Rotary Club (WARC) Member and Event Coordinator Bonnie White of Holden said.White, along with fellow Rotarians, is organizing a program that will be presented by the WARC on Tuesday, April 30 from 6-9 p.m. at Mountview Middle School, 270 Shrewsbury St. Holden called “Facts About Addiction.” The community forum aims to help attendees learn about the driving forces of addiction and how to take action to [...] source

    Church hosts Electronic and Appliance Recycle Day
    The First Congregational Church of Paxton will host an "Electronic and Appliance Recycle Day" on Saturday, April 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for all residents of the area who wish to dispose of any and all old electronics.All items to be recycled can be brought to the church parking lot on the corner of Maple St. and Richards Ave. The following is a list of the accepted items and the cost to recycle them: $10-TV's, monitors, computer towers, laptops, VCR's, copiers, DVD's, stereo [...] source

    Muster promises a show of skills and a day of fun
    The 94th Annual Wachusett District Firefighters Muster will be hosted by the Princeton Fire Department on the Town Common June 15 beginning at noon.The muster pits firefighting teams from eight towns – Princeton, Holden, Rutland, Sterling, West Boylston, Boylston, Harvard and Bolton – in an old-time competition that lasts several hours and features vintage equipment.The "star" of the Princeton team is a circa 1939 pumper that began its vehicular life as [...] source

    Paxton police to host youth activities
    The Paxton Police Department will offer a supervised youth activity center for all Paxton students in grades 6, 7, and 8. The center will be held in the Paxton Center School cafetorium on Friday evenings from April 5 - May 17, with the exception of April 19. Ping pong, basketball, and board games are some of the activities available. Hours are from 6 - 8:30 p.m. All students need to be signed out by an adult by 8:30 p.m. There is no charge for admission. Snacks and drinks will be sold. For [...] source

    Rep. Ferguson supports $30M in home heating assistance for low-income seniors and working families
    BOSTON – State Representative Ferguson (R-Holden) recently joined with her colleagues to allocate $30 million in funding for home heating assistance for low-income elders and working families, according to a press release.The funding, which will help to offset federal cutbacks in the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), was included as part of a $135 million supplemental budget approved by the House of Representatives on Feb. 27 on a vote of 154-0, the release [...] source

    Region rallies for Charlie
    Proud grandparents Greg and Kelli MacNeil love talking about their granddaughter Charlotte Rose MacNeil, sharing how much the two year old loves owls and Disney’s Polynesian princess Moana. When Charlie, as family calls her, is wearing a hat, the toddler likes to shake her neck and head until the hat slides down to cover her eyes. Then, when someone pulls it back up, she smiles from ear to ear. It’s a variation on peek-a-boo that Charlie devised on her own.These are [...] source

    State auditor calls on DOS to improve oversight of commercial weighing and measuring devices in smaller towns
    In an audit released recently, State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump is calling on the Division of Standards (DOS) to improve oversight of commercial weighing and measuring devices in smaller towns across the Commonwealth. These devices include gasoline pumps and grocery store food scales, which, without proper inspection, could lead to consumers being overcharged or businesses being underpaid, a press release states. Under state law, DOS is responsible for performing annual inspections of these [...] source

    Leominster Credit Union donation spreads warmth in Wachusett area
    Leominster Credit Union donated 74 new blankets to area homeless shelters and charities. In the Wachsuett area, blankets were dropped off at the Holden Senior Center and Sterling American Legion.Twenty-four Massachusetts Credit Unions along with the Cooperative Credit Union Association participated in the 2019 Blanket Drive during the month of January.  The credit unions donated a total of 1,481 blankets to the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless and other local agencies [...] source

    Urgent need for donors, local businesses host blood drives
    The American Red Cross is reissuing its emergency call for blood and platelet donors to give now after multiple snow storms, frigid temperatures and the government shutdown have further reduced lifesaving donations, according to a press release.Upcoming blood donation opportunities include locations in Holden and Paxton. On Feb. 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. a blood drive will be held at Anna Maria College, Sunset Lane in Paxton. Holden Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center, 32 Mayo [...] source

    Holden, Rutland Ag Comms present workshop: 'Pruning Fruit Trees'
    The Holden & Rutland Agricultural Commissions, Worcester County Conservation District, and Central Mass Grown will collaborate to host the next in a series of educational workshops, “Pruning Fruit Trees,” on Saturday, Feb. 2 from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the Holden Senior Center, located at 1130 Main Street in Holden. (In case of severe weather, the snow date will be Feb. 16). There is no charge to attend the lecture portion of this two part series, and all are [...] source

    The Willows of Worcester to Host Chamber “Business After Hours”
    The Wachusett Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a “Business After Hours” networking event on Tuesday, Feb. 12 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at The Willows of Worcester, located at 101 Barry Road in Worcester. The event, sponsored by The Willows, will feature networking, tours of the campus, hors d’oeuvres and door prizes. The cost is $15 for preregistered Chamber members/$20 at the door and $25 for preregistered non-members/$30 at the door. To register, visit: www. [...] source

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