The Wachusett Region

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.

The Wachusett Region
Fire Department 508-829-0266
Police Department 508-829-4444
Council on Aging 508-829-0270
Town Clerk 508-829-0265
Building Inspector 508-829-0250
Board of Health 508-829-0254
Assessors Office 508-829-0223
Tax Collector 508-829-0235
Board of Selectmen 508-829-0225
Public Library 508-829-0229
Veterans' Services 508-365-4112
Public Works 508-829-0249
Water Department 508-829-0255
Light Department 508-829-0275
Phone Company 800-870-9999
Cable Company 800-634-1008


School Websites & Phone numbers
School District Central Office 508-829-1670
Davis Hill Elementary School 508-829-1754
Dawson Elementary School 508-829-6828
Mayo Elementary School 508-829-3203
Mountview Middle School 508-829-5577
Paxton Center School 508-798-8576
Thomas Prince School 978-464-2110
Naquag Elementary School 508-886-2901
Central Tree Middle School 508-886-0073
Houghton Elementary School 978-422-2333
Chocksett Middle School 978-422-6552
Wachusett Regional High School 508-829-6771

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In the news around The Wachusett Region Central Ma
    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

    Rutland resident wants area towns' input on Holden construction project
    It was a long time coming, but Dick Williams, of Rutland, finally got his “I told you so.”Motivated by a recent meeting in Holden that had some preliminary discussion of ways to improve traffic flow along Route 122A, Williams went through his own files and dug out a Central Mass. Regional Planning Commission (CMRPC) transportation study undertaken circa 1980-1983.He brought it to the Jan. 14 Rutland Board of Selectmen meeting, where the item could have been [...] source

    Recreational marijuana is here, so what's the point of medical?
    During Prohibition beginning in 1920, doctors could prescribe liquor such as whiskey and brandy to patients for medicinal purposes.The prescriptions allowed patients to purchase alcohol at pharmacies during a time when such sales were otherwise prohibited. But the prescriptions were controversial because the scientific community largely agreed alcohol should not be used for medical purposes."We believe that the use of alcohol is detrimental to the human economy," the [...] source

    The Landmark to hold office hours in Holden Jan. 16
    The Landmark will hold its first set of office hours in Holden on Jan. 16 at Sweets & Java. Residents who would like to share topics of interest, drop off press releases and/or event notices can stop by and chat with Landmark staff members who will be on site from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. source

    Chamber hosts networking series
    The Wachusett Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a series of workshops designed to help attendees develop a networking mindset, be more effective at networking events, and ultimately gain more customers. The series entitled, “Building Your Influence” is being led by Mark Altman, founder of MindsetGo. The January workshop, entitled "Advance New Relationships – Making Referrals Work for You" will take place Thursday, Jan. 24 from 7:15 to 9:15 a.m. at the Holden Senior [...] source

    Chamber to host 'Business After Hours'
    The Wachusett Area Chamber of Commerce will host a “Business After Hours” networking event on Monday, Jan. 14 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Specialty Sandwich Company Bar and Grill, located at 624 Main Street in Holden. The event, sponsored by IA Financial Advisors, will feature networking, hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and door prizes. The cost is $15 for Chamber members; $25 for non-members. To register, visit: wachusettareachamber.org. source

    Chamber Business Directories now available
    The Wachusett Area Chamber of Commerce 2019 Business Directory and Appointment Books are now available. Residents of the towns of Boylston, Holden, Paxton, Princeton, Rutland, Sterling and West Boylston can obtain the directories at their town hall, library, banks and other high traffic areas. They also are available at the Chamber of Commerce office, located in the Damon House at 1174 Main Street in Holden.The directory includes listings of all Wachusett Area Chamber of Commerce [...] source

    Dos and don’ts of holiday safety
    It’s the most wonderful time of the year, as long as holiday happenings go as planned. Celebrants can ensure that this joyous time of year is not marred by injury, theft or accidents by always keeping safety in mind.DO turn off Christmas lights before going to bed or leaving home. Lights left on can overheat and cause fires. Electrical distribution or lighting equipment was involved in two of every five home Christmas tree fires between 2011 and 2015, according to the National [...] source

    Chamber celebrates Holden law office grand opening
    Attorney Evelyn Marshall Flavin cut the celebratory ribbon marking the recent grand opening of her new law office located at 1078 Main St. in Holden. source

    Locals named to 2018 Massachusetts Super Lawyers list
    Three Mirick O'Connell law firm employees, Lisa M. Neeley of Holden, John O. Mirick of Princeton, and Janet W. Moore, of Jefferson were recently selected to the 2018 Massachusetts Super Lawyers list according to a press release.Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a rating service of "outstanding" lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement, the release states.No more than five percent [...] source

    Santa visits with little ones at Oriol Rehab
    Over 150 children visited Holden Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation for photos with Santa, breakfast and decorating gingerbread cookies recently. source

    Perrone Landscaping of Holden wins marketplace excellence for a mid-sized business
    Better Business Bureau of Central New England announced that Perrone Landscaping, of Holden, is the winner of its 2018 Central Massachusetts Awards for Marketplace Excellence in the Mid-Sized Business Category, according to a press release.“The Awards for Marketplace Excellence honor businesses that have demonstrated the highest ethical standards and consistently raise the bar when it comes to cultivating buyer-seller relationships,” said Rick Powell, Chairman of the [...] source

    Rotary names Holden native 'Paul Harris Fellow'
    Holden native Patty Garadedian was named a "Paul Harris Fellow" by the Wachusett Area Rotary last Friday Nov. 30. The award/honor is given to individuals who contribute $1,000 or more to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. Garadedian, although not a Rotarian, exemplifies the Rotary spirit of giving and helping those in need, a press release stated. Pictured from left to right Patty Garadedian, Holden native Steve Groccia, Wachusett Area Rotary Club President Jack Chandler, and [...] source

    Red Cross calls for winter heroes to host blood drives and save lives
    Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood, according to the American Red Cross. To help meet the constant demand for lifesaving blood donations and prevent blood shortages this winter, the American Red Cross is urging individuals and organizations to be winter heroes by hosting a blood drive.Right now, the Red Cross needs about 6,500 additional groups across the country to host blood drives in December, January and February to ensure blood will be there for patients who rely [...] source

News in and around our Schools
    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

    STEAM night highlights the fun side of learning
    Glenwood Elementary School was a beehive of activity on Mar. 14 as a Family Night celebrating STEAM subjects (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) drew a crowd.Students and siblings were welcome to try their hand at activities such as creating a mini-terrarium garden, mixing up some play slime or visiting a star lab or portable planetarium that was set up in the school gym.Origami projects, or the art of folding paper into 3-D shapes, introduced kids to [...] source

    WRSD budget approved
    The Wachusett Regional School District Committee approved the school budget for fiscal year 2020 at $97,836,205 at its meeting on Mar. 11 at Wachusett Regional High School.The amount is a 3.85 percent increase over last year’s budget or $3,626,754.Several changes were made in the budget since it was originally presented to the school committee and member town boards earlier this year.In good news, the district’s health insurance budget remained flat for the [...] source

    Holden Women's Club offers 2019 scholarship
    The Holden Woman’s Club is now accepting applications for its 2019 Scholarship. The $2000 scholarship will be awarded to a 2019 graduating high school senior who is a resident of Holden or a child or grandchild of a Holden Woman’s Club member and who will be attending a college or university in the fall.Applications are available at Wachusett Regional High School, Gale Free Library reference desk or emailing ScholarshipHWC@gmail.com. Applications must be received by [...] source

    Jason Bradshaw Memorial Scholarship available
    Two $1000 awards are offered again this year for the Jason Bradshaw Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is in the memory of Jason Bradshaw, Class of 1990.Bradshaw was a bright young man who persevered through many challenges during his battle with health issues and the resulting learning disabilities.The scholarships will be awarded to two graduating students who have persevered through health, learning or other challenges and are continuing their education in a post- [...] source

    Local WPI students complete research projects
    Worcester - The following students from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) recently completed hands-on research projects.Samuel Pridotkas of Holden, a member of the class of 2019 majoring in computer science, was a member of a student team that completed a project in Switzerland. The project was titled Deep Learning for Data Privacy Classification. In their project summary, the students wrote, "This project explores a number of machine learning techniques for classification of [...] source

    Vacation Bible School training session offered March 2
    VBS FunShop, a vacation bible school training and networking event is being hosted at FBC Holden on Saturday, March 2. Area churches that are planning to present Group Publishing’s ROAR VBS this summer will receive hands-on training from a Group VBS expert to maximize the impact of their VBS program. Participants can network and share ideas. For more information and to register, call (508) 829-4329. source

    Local featured in Dean College School of the Arts production
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    Wachusett Area Chamber announces increase in scholarships
    The Wachusett Area Chamber of Commerce has announced an increase in the scholarships it awards to graduating seniors who reside in the Wachusett area. Thanks to support shown by the business community, the local Chamber will offer up to three $3000 scholarships to high school seniors who will pursue business studies as full-time students at a two-year or four-year college. Students must reside in the towns of Boylston, Holden, Paxton, Princeton, Rutland, Sterling or West Boylston.The [...] source

    WRHS honor society raises $10K for children's charity
    It was the day after the Super Bowl, but there was another good reason to celebrate.Aimee Gleason, president of the National Honor Society at Wachusett Regional High School was turning over a check for $10,000 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Massachusetts and Rhode Island.“This is the first year that we’ve taken on something so big,” Gleason said.For first year NHS advisor Lori Montiverdi, a Spanish teacher, it was an eye-opener.“Aimee [...] source

    Assumption School announces second quarter honor roll
    Assumption School in Millbury announced the honor roll for the second quarter of the 2018-2019 school year.The following students received honors:Seventh grade first honors: Lillian Belsito, Noelle Champigny, Lilyana Hetzel, Cole Perea, William Savoie and Chloe VescioSeventh grade first honors: Patrick McGlynn and Evelyn SavoieSeventh grade second honors: Samuel Stringer and Alex Tarallo source

    38th Annual Madrigal Dinner a success
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    Town assessments go up in FY20
    At Monday’s hearing to consider the Wachusett Regional School District budget for Fiscal Year 2020, the district school committee also learned of the district’s expected revenue numbers from the state.The budget to cover the 2019-20 school year comes to just below $98 million and includes $1.3 million to launch tuition-free full day kindergarten across the district, a long-expressed priority for the school committee as well as District Superintendent Darryll McCall. [...] source

    Sterling EMS offers scholarship
    Sterling EMS, Inc. provides scholarships on an annual basis for Sterling residents who are training in medically-related training programs. Scholarships are available in amounts of $500 for the Standard Scholarship and $1500 for the Memorial Scholarship. Recipients of the Standard Scholarship shall be Sterling Residents enrolled in a medically-related training program. Recipients of the Memorial Scholarship shall be Sterling residents who are recent graduates entering an undergraduate post- [...] source

    Kindergarten registration and lottery info available
    The Wachusett Regional School District will offer a tuition-based, full-day kindergarten program during the 2019-2020 school year for children who will be five years old by Aug. 31, 2019. Space could be limited depending on interest level and a lottery process may be necessary to determine who will be allowed enrollment in the full day program.A decision will be made in the spring whether the district will continue with tuition-based full day kindergarten or move to tuition-free full- [...] source

    Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School second quarter honor roll
    The following students were named to Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School's 2018-2019 second quarter honor roll:Grade 12 – Honors: Jonathan Dalbec of RutlandGrade 12 – Principal’s List: Mason Deane of Rutland, Noah Hunt of PaxtonGrade 11 – Honors: Tidus Antuna of Rutland, Heath Bigelow of Rutland, Colin Richardson of Rutland, Natalya Sawa of Rutland, Benjamin Schultz of RutlandGrade 11 – Principal’s List: [...] source

Fire and Police related News
    N.C. law: Woman can’t back out of sex once underway
    Editor’s Note: This story was originally published June 22, 2017. An investigative collaboration of 11 news organizations led by Carolina Public Press and reporting on sexual assault convictions in North Carolina was published this week.Aaliyah Palmer was at a party when a man pulled her into a bathroom for sex.She was willing. [...] source

    Texas priest accused of groping woman in hospice during last rites, police say
    A Roman Catholic priest in Austin, Texas, has been accused of groping a woman in hospice care while he performed a last rites ceremony in October.The Rev. Gerold Langsch, 75, has been charged with assault by contact, a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in a county jail and a maximum fine of $4,000.An arrest affidavit filed last week said the woman suffered from several medical conditions including diabetes, and was put into hospice care at her home because of renal [...] source

    Police logs Mar.11-17
    Holden Police logMonday, Mar. 1110:35 a.m. Power outage, light department, Wachusett Street4:00 p.m. Accident, property damage, Broad Street and Bryant Road5:48 p.m. Suspicious incident, caller report, Main StreetTuesday, Mar. 126:22 a.m. Suspicious motor vehicle, caller report, Shady Lane7:46 a.m. Accident, property damage, caller report, Holden Street9:54 a.m. Warrant arrest, [...] source

    Fire logs Mar. 11-17
    Holden Fire logMonday, Mar. 116:41 p.m. Avery Road, CO alarm, fire investigatedThursday, Mar. 148:51 a.m. Nola Drive, chimney fireSaturday, Mar. 165:23 p.m. Flagler Drive, fire alarm, fire investigated8:41 p.m. Main Street, mutual aidSunday, Mar. 171:37 p.m. Rutland Police Department, mutual aidHolden ambulance responded to 28 medical [...] source

    WATCH: Dash cam video shows Texas deputy rescued from floodwaters
    Newly released dash camera video shows the moments when a Travis County sheriff’s deputy was rescued after she drove into high water while responding to an emergency call near Austin, Texas, in December.Deputy Jami Speights was on Littig Road in eastern Travis County Dec. 27 when she suddenly entered the water. She was on her way to a report about a person needing to be rescued on Bitting School Road.The video shows how she suddenly entered the water. While she waited [...] source

    Fire logs March 4-10
    Holden Fire logMonday, Mar. 46:22 a.m. Glenwood Road, mutual aid5:02 p.m. Fireside Lane, mutual aidTuesday, Mar. 57:33 p.m. Fisher Street, odor of gas, fire investigationWednesday, Mar. 612:41 p.m. Watson Lane, mutual aid6:08 p.m. Jamieson Road, smoke, fire investigationThursday, Mar. 75:38 p.m. Town of Holden Gale Free Library, Highland Street, odor of [...] source

    Police logs March 4-10
    Holden Police logMonday, Mar. 411:54 a.m. Threats and harassment, caller report, Powers Road11:02 p.m. General disturbance, North StreetTuesday, Mar. 56:45 a.m. Suspicious incident, caller report, Forest Drive2:21 p.m. Suspicious incident, caller report, Princeton Street9:22 p.m. Threats and harassment caller report, Mountview DriveWednesday, Mar. 62:51 p.m. [...] source

    Police: Dad brought loaded AK-47 to Florida middle school
    When Christopher Freeman’s son FaceTimed him in tears Monday afternoon from school, the 27-year-old father knew something was wrong.The boy told Freeman that a teacher at Bear Lakes Middle School in West Palm Beach, Fla., had “slammed him,” according to Freeman’s statement to Palm Beach County School District police, and while they were on the video call, Freeman saw an adult grab the boy.The phone went flying and the call ended, so Freeman hurried [...] source

    Cops: Man broke into Arizona woman's home while she slept, made tortillas
    An Arizona man is facing criminal charges after he allegedly broke into a woman's apartment, cooked tortillas and then stole a can of soup on his way out, police say.Alex Herron tells Phoenix TV station KSAZ she was in her bedroom when she smelled something burning. Herron went to the kitchen to investigate and found a stranger, identified as Jerry [...] source

    N.C. sex trafficker gets 230 years, ordered to pay $608,000 restitution
    Robin T. Applewhite of Cumberland County, N.C., was sentenced on Tuesday morning in Cumberland County Superior Court to at least 230 years behind bars, but no more than 299 years, following his conviction on Monday for coercing women into prostituting for him.He also was ordered to pay the women nearly $608,000 because he did not pay them when they were his sex workers.A jury considered charges of human trafficking, promotion of prostitution and conspiracy involving six women, [...] source

    Texas kindergarten teacher tried to stab boyfriend after he refused sex, police say
    A Texas kindergarten teacher who was charged Monday in a knife assault on her boyfriend was angry because he would not have sex with her, according to court documents.Yamile Uribe, 41, who is a teacher at Lagos Elementary School in Manor, just outside Austin, has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the attempted stabbing but was no longer in the Travis County Jail on Tuesday, online jail records show.Police said they were called at 10:48 [...] source

    Cops: Drunk man shoots friend in leg inside Ohio bowling alley
    Stark County Sheriff’s deputies say a northwest Canton, Ohio, man was intoxicated in a bowling alley when he accidentally shot his friend in the leg late Friday night.The intoxicated man then threw the gun in a trash bin outside the building, Stark County Jail records show.Deputies arrested Spencer A. Norman-Webler, 23, of 1200 Broad Ave. NW, at 11:45 p.m., booking him into the jail on charges of felony evidence tampering, illegal possession of a firearm in a liquor [...] source

    Fla. pastor sentenced to 100 years in child-sex case
    Florida Circuit Judge John Kastrenakes said he was glad to hear from family and friends who know Palm Beach County pastor James Jackson as an encouraging, positive light in so many peoples’ lives. He said he was a well-thought out and articulate man, as demonstrated in court Thursday and over the course of several letters Jackson has sent to the judge since his arrest in 2016.And, Kastrenakes said, he thinks Jackson can do good and changes lives. But, he continued, it will be [...] source

    Prostitution survivor says it’s ‘about the exploitation,’ not about Patriots owner Kraft
    Nicole Bell’s phone has been ringing off the hook since the story broke that New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was charged with two counts of soliciting prostitution at a day spa in Florida.The Worcester woman is a survivor of sex trafficking and executive director of Living in Freedom Together, a nonprofit resource [...] source

    5K to support K-9 Cooney
    He keeps his eyes and ears open, but this is one Rutland officer who really has a nose for police work. It’s K-9 Officer Cooney, a two-year-old German shepherd that assists in real police investigations, but has also developed into a lovable connector between his department and the community.K-9 Cooney came to the Rutland Police Department in 2018, along with a $25,000 grant that paid for his food, training and veterinary bills for three years. The four footed sleuth lives with [...] source

    Police logs Feb.18-24
    Holden Police logsMonday, Feb. 1812:28 a.m. Assist other police department, Sharon Drive10:25 a.m. Property, lost and recovered, Big Y Supermarket, Reservoir Street11:12 a.m. Power outage, caller report, Main Street11:32 a.m. General disturbance, caller report, Main Street1:04 p.m. Suspicious incident, Colonial Road3:07 p.m. Accident, property damage, Salem Road6:52 p.m. [...] source

    Fire logs Feb.18-24
    Holden Fire logsMonday, Feb. 181:13 a.m. Broad Street, mutual aid11:52 a.m. Patriot Auto Glass, Main Street, fire investigationWednesday, Feb. 209:43 a.m. Main Street, automatic fire alarm, false alarm12:22 p.m. Holden line, mutual aid3:15 p.m. Main Street, fire investigation8:22 p.m. Shrewsbury Street, odor of gasFriday, Feb. [...] source

    Fla. cop suspended after letting arrestees smoke, make out in police cruiser
    A Florida police officer has been suspended for allowing two arrestees to smoke cigarettes and make out in the back of a squad car — an incident that was captured, at least partially, on the officer's body cam, according to his superiors.The Fort Pierce Police Department says officer Doug McNeal was handed a 20-day suspension for mutliple policy violations following an internal investigation, [...] source

    Police Logs Feb. 11 - Feb 17
    Holden Police LogsTuesday, Feb. 1211:15 a.m. Accident, property damage, Wachusett Street11:44 a.m. Suspicious motor vehicle, caller report, Wachusett Street2:03 p.m. Accident, property damage, Main Street5:05 p.m. Breaking and entering, caller report, Shrewsbury StreetWednesday, Feb. 136:49 a.m. Accident, property damage, Town of Holden Public Safety Building, Main Street10:43 a.m. [...] source

    Fire Logs Feb. 11 - Feb 17
    Holden Fire LogsTuesday, Feb. 122:02 a.m. Worcester Water Treatment Plant, Stone House Hill Road, fire alarm, false alarm4:36 a.m. Saint Mary’s Drive, CO alarm, false alarmWednesday, Feb. 1310:31 a.m. Brattle Street, CO alarmThursday, Feb. 148:05 a.m. Valley Forge Circle, mutual aid6:26 p.m. Foster Street, mutual aidFriday, Feb. [...] source

Regional News
    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

    Rutland resident wants area towns' input on Holden construction project
    It was a long time coming, but Dick Williams, of Rutland, finally got his “I told you so.”Motivated by a recent meeting in Holden that had some preliminary discussion of ways to improve traffic flow along Route 122A, Williams went through his own files and dug out a Central Mass. Regional Planning Commission (CMRPC) transportation study undertaken circa 1980-1983.He brought it to the Jan. 14 Rutland Board of Selectmen meeting, where the item could have been [...] source

    Recreational marijuana is here, so what's the point of medical?
    During Prohibition beginning in 1920, doctors could prescribe liquor such as whiskey and brandy to patients for medicinal purposes.The prescriptions allowed patients to purchase alcohol at pharmacies during a time when such sales were otherwise prohibited. But the prescriptions were controversial because the scientific community largely agreed alcohol should not be used for medical purposes."We believe that the use of alcohol is detrimental to the human economy," the [...] source

    The Landmark to hold office hours in Holden Jan. 16
    The Landmark will hold its first set of office hours in Holden on Jan. 16 at Sweets & Java. Residents who would like to share topics of interest, drop off press releases and/or event notices can stop by and chat with Landmark staff members who will be on site from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. source

    Chamber hosts networking series
    The Wachusett Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a series of workshops designed to help attendees develop a networking mindset, be more effective at networking events, and ultimately gain more customers. The series entitled, “Building Your Influence” is being led by Mark Altman, founder of MindsetGo. The January workshop, entitled "Advance New Relationships – Making Referrals Work for You" will take place Thursday, Jan. 24 from 7:15 to 9:15 a.m. at the Holden Senior [...] source

    Chamber to host 'Business After Hours'
    The Wachusett Area Chamber of Commerce will host a “Business After Hours” networking event on Monday, Jan. 14 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Specialty Sandwich Company Bar and Grill, located at 624 Main Street in Holden. The event, sponsored by IA Financial Advisors, will feature networking, hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and door prizes. The cost is $15 for Chamber members; $25 for non-members. To register, visit: wachusettareachamber.org. source

    Chamber Business Directories now available
    The Wachusett Area Chamber of Commerce 2019 Business Directory and Appointment Books are now available. Residents of the towns of Boylston, Holden, Paxton, Princeton, Rutland, Sterling and West Boylston can obtain the directories at their town hall, library, banks and other high traffic areas. They also are available at the Chamber of Commerce office, located in the Damon House at 1174 Main Street in Holden.The directory includes listings of all Wachusett Area Chamber of Commerce [...] source

    Dos and don’ts of holiday safety
    It’s the most wonderful time of the year, as long as holiday happenings go as planned. Celebrants can ensure that this joyous time of year is not marred by injury, theft or accidents by always keeping safety in mind.DO turn off Christmas lights before going to bed or leaving home. Lights left on can overheat and cause fires. Electrical distribution or lighting equipment was involved in two of every five home Christmas tree fires between 2011 and 2015, according to the National [...] source

    Chamber celebrates Holden law office grand opening
    Attorney Evelyn Marshall Flavin cut the celebratory ribbon marking the recent grand opening of her new law office located at 1078 Main St. in Holden. source

    Locals named to 2018 Massachusetts Super Lawyers list
    Three Mirick O'Connell law firm employees, Lisa M. Neeley of Holden, John O. Mirick of Princeton, and Janet W. Moore, of Jefferson were recently selected to the 2018 Massachusetts Super Lawyers list according to a press release.Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a rating service of "outstanding" lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement, the release states.No more than five percent [...] source

    Santa visits with little ones at Oriol Rehab
    Over 150 children visited Holden Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation for photos with Santa, breakfast and decorating gingerbread cookies recently. source

    Perrone Landscaping of Holden wins marketplace excellence for a mid-sized business
    Better Business Bureau of Central New England announced that Perrone Landscaping, of Holden, is the winner of its 2018 Central Massachusetts Awards for Marketplace Excellence in the Mid-Sized Business Category, according to a press release.“The Awards for Marketplace Excellence honor businesses that have demonstrated the highest ethical standards and consistently raise the bar when it comes to cultivating buyer-seller relationships,” said Rick Powell, Chairman of the [...] source

    Rotary names Holden native 'Paul Harris Fellow'
    Holden native Patty Garadedian was named a "Paul Harris Fellow" by the Wachusett Area Rotary last Friday Nov. 30. The award/honor is given to individuals who contribute $1,000 or more to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. Garadedian, although not a Rotarian, exemplifies the Rotary spirit of giving and helping those in need, a press release stated. Pictured from left to right Patty Garadedian, Holden native Steve Groccia, Wachusett Area Rotary Club President Jack Chandler, and [...] source

    Red Cross calls for winter heroes to host blood drives and save lives
    Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood, according to the American Red Cross. To help meet the constant demand for lifesaving blood donations and prevent blood shortages this winter, the American Red Cross is urging individuals and organizations to be winter heroes by hosting a blood drive.Right now, the Red Cross needs about 6,500 additional groups across the country to host blood drives in December, January and February to ensure blood will be there for patients who rely [...] source

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