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State plans presentation on ‘rattlesnake island’

Friday, February 5, 2016

ORANGE — State wildlife officials who want to reintroduce rattlesnakes on a Quabbin Reservoir island have set a public meeting for Feb. 23 at Mahar Regional High School. Beginning in a couple of years, the state plans to stock Mount Zion island with endangered timber rattlesnakes. The plan has raised some outcry, and the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife has scheduled an informational meeting for 7 p.m. in the Mahar … 0

Goodbye, Dolly! For six decades, Franklin County at her fingertips

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Dolores “Dolly” Gagnon, who’s had her fingers on the pulse of the community for more than six decades at The Recorder, is ready to take a breath for some serious gardening. Gagnon has been the face — and the typing fingers of — the Recorder’s Talk of the Towns compendium of community happenings … 0

Orange EMS hikes rates for out-of-town runs

Thursday, February 4, 2016

ORANGE — Orange has increased its costs for providing surrounding towns who are served by the Orange Fire Department’s Emergency Medical Services. Orange EMS has proposed its operating budget for the 2017 fiscal year at $885,605 — $44,000 more than this year — and earlier this week, the Franklin Regional Council of Governments … 0

West County, Montague designated as ‘medically underserved’ by feds

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Western Franklin County, along with Montague, have been designated as medically underserved. With less than one full-time physician for every 3,000 residents, western Franklin County together with Montague were recently designated a federal “Health Professional Shortage Area” by the US Department of Health and Human Services and by … 0

Wetmore’s work in ‘70s felt today by fishermen, activists

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Former state Sen. Robert D. Wetmore of Barre — the architect of Article 97 of the Massachusetts Constitution, which may protect public conservation along the path of the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline — is being remembers as a … 0

Neighbors: Call it what you will, the ‘Wolf Moon’ rises Sunday

Monday, January 18, 2016

Hello neighbor. Good morning everyone! I sent an email out to our precipitation prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy. I’ve lost count of how many dustings we’ve had since she made her prediction for this year’s snowfalls. I’ll let you know on Friday. So far, so good! January’s full moon will … 0

Several local fire departments receive public fire education grants

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Nearly a dozen local fire departments have been awarded public fire education grants by the Baker Administration, including money to work with both classroom teachers and older adults to deliver fire and life safety lessons. The administration announced Wednesday that 228 Massachusetts departments had been awarded Student Awareness … 0

Neighbors: Local musician taken way too soon

Monday, January 11, 2016

Hello neighbor. The Pioneer Valley lost a wonderful musician this past week. Jeff Martell, a folk singer here in the valley for many years, who happened to be one of the major driving forces behind the Green River Festival for about two decades and also worked as Greenfield … 0

Standardized tests focus of New Salem forum

Monday, January 11, 2016

NEW SALEM — Standardized testing will itself come under scrutiny this week at a public forum Thursday presented by the Swift River School Committee. The testing component of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), the new test, will be the focus of Thursday’s … 0

Neighbors: Pioneer Valley Youth Orchestra a great option for young musicians

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Hello neighbor. Can you believe Pioneer Valley Youth Orchestra is already in its third season. The orchestra will perform twice this spring in collaboration with Worcester Youth Symphony. The first performance will be on April 3 at Mechanics … 0

Driver injured in 1-car crash

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

NEW SALEM — State Police in Athol responded to a one-car crash that resulted in a rollover, injuring the driver. Mark Avery, 25, of Three Rivers, a village in Palmer, was admitted as a patient to the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester, where he was listed … 0

Apply now for Fred T. Wells Trust scholarships

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Applications for the Fred W. Wells Trust scholarships for the 2016­-2017 academic years are now available. They can be found at high school guidance offices and town administrative offices in Ashfield, Bernardston, Buckland, Charlemont, Conway, Deerfield, Gill, Greenfield, Hawley, Heath, Leyden, Monroe, Montague, Northfield, Roe and Shelburne. If … 0

Keep visible reminders

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Roger Thurber of New Salem keeps a statue that used to sit in the waiting room of his father’s old medical practice; two doctors in heated disagreement over a patient. Last year, he almost lost his foot to … 0