A Hilarious Look At The 10 Most Redneck Cities In Massachusetts

A video summary of the places in Massachusetts that are perfect for a redneck to call home.

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Is there anything really wrong with being called a redneck?

Typical redneck stereotypes includes uneducated people who work blue collar jobs. We also measured how many places in Massachusetts have the most gun stores, fishing shops, tobacco outlets, dive bars and Walmarts.

The result? The 10 Most Redneck Cities In Massachusetts. Enjoy.

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6 thoughts on “A Hilarious Look At The 10 Most Redneck Cities In Massachusetts

  1. Although my complaint is specifically about your comments about Turners Falls, I also feel that this article in general is unbelievably inaccurate, rude, and disrespectful- without much basis in facts! That said, don’t be surprised if your publication is sued should it not get OFF of the Internet!! The pic of Turners Falls (prounced as such, not ‘Turner’as you say in the video!) is NOT one of our town (I was not raised here, but been in the area long enough to know) Also, our town of Montague (of which TF is just one of it’s 5 villages- did you know that?, do your ‘homework’?!) & it’s many lovely Fishing,Boating,Hunting areas have never had any restrictions, much less mercury! Do you have actual documentation of that?Keep in mind these articles/videos aren’t funny to all

  2. We have been trying very hard to kick the term Winchentucky for years and you just gave it a huge boost. Thanks a lot. We have turned a corner here and while yes, we have beautiful woods, wonderful outdoor possibilities for hunting and fishing (great snowmobile trails, a federally funded bike path too) those do not mean the people are in some way inferior. We are very proud of our town, our schools (with a very high graduation rate thank you very much and the kids are now attending Harvard!) and don’t know ignorant people kicking us with immature non-facts.
    Find another way to toot your horns. And how about actually visiting these towns for yourself?

  3. It is sad that you feel the need to publish articles like this one–articles that attack Massachusetts towns, their people, and their reputations. You continue to Insult our town and other communities in Massachusetts who are filled with good people of high character who work hard to provide for their families and to make our world–and this fine Massachusetts community–a better place in which to live. I repeat what I said in your last unkind and misleading article which denigrated the community of Athol. To wit:

    I have lived in Athol for the past 37 years, purchasing a home here in 1979, raising a family here, and participating fully in this warm and caring community, and I strongly take issue with this ill-conceived, mean-spirited, misguided, and seriously flawed ranking of the “Ten Most Redneck Cities in Massachusetts” as written and produced by Homesnacks.net by “Niko Jamison” currently making the rounds on facebook. Now, I am confident that residents of many of the other nine communities on the list might very be able to make strong cases as to the benefits or joys of living in their own towns or cities, but I will focus on the town with which I have personal experience: the town of Athol.

    There are surely those who have known the town for a longer period of time than I have—who were born here—but my experience in Athol gives me a unique and unbiased perspective. I came to Central Massachusetts from Haverhill, Mass. after graduating from Bates College in Maine with a teaching degree and a strong desire to do my part in making a difference in people’s lives. I have taught in Gardner, Winchendon, Harvard, and Athol. I have known communities that are recognized as affluent, as well as those that have had challenges or struggles. Here in Athol I have served as teacher, elementary principal, school committee member, a selectboard member, and a town meeting representative. I have been a member of the Rotary, the Lions Club, the YMCA, the AARP, the Public Library, the local access television station, the community theater group, the area photography club, and my local synagogue. In short, I feel that I know the town and the community of Athol both fully and intimately.

    Athol is a community that is so much different than the stereotypes which some outsiders perpetuate. It is a town which is experiencing a renaissance—a rebirth—which some people, outside our community, have yet to recognize. Athol has an appeal which is based on several factors: the beauty that nature has bestowed on it, its combination of beautiful classic and new public buildings, a variety of health care venues, large and small businesses, an educational system which continues to make great strides in both facilities and instruction within the classroom, a respect for culture and the arts which manifests itself in productions within Athol and throughout the immediate area, a local government which is professional and collegial in both tone and practice and which is fully responsive to the needs of its citizens, and most of all—perhaps—a community full of people who are kind and caring—who reach out on a daily basis to help their neighbors, who routinely volunteer thousands of hours to help Athol to be the very best town it can be for its residents, its families, and its children.

    Nature has been especially kind to the Athol area. The Millers River, the Bearsden Conservation area, the Skyfields Aboretum, Sportman’s Pond, Lake Ellis, Silver Lake, Lake Rohunta are just a few of the areas that provide beauty, serenity, and recreational opportunities, which (depending on the particular site) may include camping, swimming, fishing, kayaking and canoeing, tennis, and team sports. The Allen Rich Environmental Park, the new Millers River Park and Watershed Park, Cass Meadow, Fish Park, Silver Lake Park all offer opportunities for hiking, photography, and recreation. In fact, Athol has an entire Parks and Greenway Network supplemented with maps, kiosks, and videos accessible by the cell phone in your pocket. The extraordinary Quabbin Reservoir is right down the road and offers additional fishing, boating, hiking, and photography opportunities. The Millers River Environmental Center, the Athol Bird and Nature Club, and the New England Equestrian Center all make their homes here in Athol.

    Athol offers a wonderful blend of older, preserved buildings and new modern buildings. The gorgeous new Athol Public Library wisely maintained its classic 1915 Carnegie heritage in the front of the building while adding on a brand new multi-million dollar addition in 2014 which is not only absolutely beautiful and very people-friendly, but is also one of the first of its kind to achieve LEED Platinum Certification. The Athol Historical Society displays the fascinating history of our town in a lovely, newly renovated historic building, which was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987. The Athol Town Hall is housed in an historic building whose beautiful interior provides for not only regular government business, but also occasional concerts and plays. In recent years, Athol has built a new police station and a new fire station. The YMCA, a focal point for families and children in the area, has recently undergone renovations which make it even more accessible and vital to our community.

    Just this week the brand-new, state-of-the-art Athol Community Elementary School held its open house for the community as it gets ready to open its doors to all elementary school aged children in Athol. The beautiful new school was supported by a record number of Athol citizens who turned out to vote in favor of it three years ago, and now it is a reality. It joins the Athol-Royalston Middle School as new buildings that are designed to facilitate the education of all our students. Even as the two beautiful buildings provide quality educational spaces—and technology–for all our students, even as the high school continues to work to improve its facilities by renovating important academic and athletic areas, it is important to note that the school system is working extremely hard to improve instruction within the classroom. New administrators with advanced educational training and strong people skills work hand in hand with caring and dedicated teachers to implement best practices in the classroom at the same time as they work to improve test scores. In addition, the outreach to and involvement of the community is an important focus in the District.

    Some of our town’s newest buildings are part of the North Quabbin Commons which just opened last year. We have a new Market Basket, Marshall’s, Shoe Dept., Maurice’s, a Starbuck’s, Sally’s Beauty Supply, and a bank, medical building, restaurants, a movie theater, and a hotel planned for the future. These buildings join other industries in town, including (but not limited to) the L.S. Starrett Company which is nationally and internationally known for its precision measuring tools, Whipps Inc., Adams Farm, Hannaford Supermarkets, Girardi Distributers, Pexco (extrusion), Niagara Cutter LLC, and other businesses—both large and small—including Castine Moving and Storage, Haley’s Antiques and Publishing, Joseph A. Mallet and Sons Excavating, Piragis Boats and Motors, Athol Rental Center, Dale’s Auto Body, Highland Press, and a good number of financial advisors or business services, realtors, contractors and carpenters, plumbing and heating/cooling specialists, law offices, landscapers and florists, hardware stores and lumber suppliers, and such restaurants as Bon Appetit, The Atholl House, Old Time New England Seafood, the Tea Garden, Athol House of Pizza Restaurant, the Village Grille and Restaurant, Soup on the Fly, just to name a few.

    Athol’s citizens have a number of health care options to serve its citizens—from infants through the elderly: the Athol Hospital, the North Quabbin Family Physicians, Quabbin Valley Health Care, Applewood, Clinical and Support Options, as well as a good number of other family physicians, specialists, and dentists.

    Activities in Athol range from competitive athletic events like basketball, baseball, soccer, football, track and field, and wrestling which are sponsored by the Schools, YMCA, Little League, or Pop Warner to such activities as yoga, gymnastics, cheerleading, dance, music, and theater. Those interested in music might enjoy the annual Tool Town Live or may choose to become involved in an area community band or Quabbin Valley Pro Musica. In addition to local school music and theater productions, Atholites often head to the nearby 1794 Meetinghouse or Theatre at the Mount for quality presentations. Of course there are also such annual events as the Athol to Orange River Rat Race and Parade, the Big Cheese 5K Road Race, and the North Quabbin Fall Festival. Community members also enjoy giving their time and energy to helping out in our community and extending a charitable helping hand world-wide in a very large number of local organizations, including Rotary, Lions, Elks, Masons, Eagles, Scouting organizations, the Community Partnership for Children, the North Quabbin Chamber of Commerce and Visitors’ Bureau, the North Quabbin Community Coalition, United Way, Literacy Volunteers, Salvation Army, American Legion, the VFW, North Quabbin Patch, The United Arc/GAAAFSN, Athol Council of Aging, through churches and synagogues, and through many other organizations.

    Our town’s residents and families are known throughout the area for being warm and friendly. Sure, they use their computers to stay in touch remotely via facebook and twitter, but they have never ever lost the personal touch of visiting each other door to door in their neighborhoods and offering to lend a hand in clearing the snow off driveways and roofs, raking the leaves, or looking in on the sick. They greet each other warmly at town and school events, and they cheer and applaud loudly not only their own children but also for their neighbors’ children at sporting events, at plays, and at concerts. They support each other fully at times of joy, and are there to comfort one another at times of sorrow. They always have a good word, a firm handshake, a warm smile, or a caring hug whenever the occasion calls for it. They are good, kind, decent people—generous to a fault, and doing their very best to raise their families to be well-educated and caring citizens who will make a contribution to make our community and the world the best possible places in which to live.

    And so, HomeSnacks your feature on the “Ten Most Redneck Cities in Massachusetts” was—as I noted earlier–quite seriously flawed. I am not sure of the research that you may or may not have done, but somehow you failed to discover all the beauty, all the goodness, in this town. You failed to see the resurgence in education, and industry. You either ignored or neglected to find out about all our new, beautiful buildings. Did you interview a wide variety of people here to find out what are the joys or benefits of living in our town? Did you talk to the folks at the Athol Daily News or at AOTV to seek out their thoughts? Did you travel to the neighborhoods to seek out the people—the families and the children—to see their friendliness, their warmth, their patriotism, their optimism in person? Had you done so, I am confident that you not only would never have chosen to place us on your shameful list, but—instead–you would likely have added us to some future list of “Up and Coming Places to Live in Massachusetts” or “Ten Towns That Are Undergoing a Revival.” I hope that in the future, you spend your time acknowledging and giving credit to towns and cities like Athol who are working hard and making tremendous strides as they experience a rebirth or revitalization. Please go beyond the stereotypes and the old news, and find the good in Athol and in other towns you denigrate. Use your video and media skills to uplift others, instead of tearing them down.

    Athol is home to me and to those I love; it is people who treat one another as family, it is glorious, fiery sunsets and stars that still shine brilliantly in ebony skies. Athol is the gifts of nature intertwined in a unique way with industry and technology and government and people—all the things that go into making a town special. That’s the Athol that people here know and love, and it is the Athol you would know, as well, if you care to dig deeply into its life, its culture, and its soul.

  4. This is just terrible reporting! All you do is tell us bait shop, tobacco, and fishing spots…that doesnt tell shit! And you literally tell us nothing about the towns. Crap video editting

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