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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

Moose killed in New Salem accident, driver unharmed

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

NEW SALEM — An Orange woman driving north on Route 202 hit and killed a moose Tuesday evening. The driver and sole occupant did not sustain any injuries, but there was significant damage to the windshield of her silver 2000 Chevrolet blazer resulting from the impact. Athol Trooper … 0

Letter: Notoriety seekers

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Has it occurred to anyone else that one of the things that these people who shoot up everything from movie theaters to office buildings to schools want is notoriety? The media constantly puts up photos of them and tells their story for days after the event which seems … 0

Neighbors: Greenfield Cop Cards return after 15 years

Monday, December 14, 2015

Hello neighbor. Greenfield Police Department has announced the long-awaited return of Cop Cards. It’s been 15 years since the last baseball-card-style set came out, and there have been a lot of changes since then. I bet there may … 0

State releases school scores trapped in time

Friday, December 11, 2015

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education on Wednesday released accountability data for schools and districts. Partly thanks to an alternative standardized test muddying the waters, no area districts advanced or fell. DESE rates schools on a 1-4 … 0

Neighbors: Practice passionate and respectful discourse

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Hello neighbor. This is probably a good time of year to remind everyone to please be kind to each other and practice civil discourse, even when you don’t see eye-to-eye on certain issues. We all share this county, this country and this planet, and being kind to each … 0

Write for Rights: New Salem Library to host letter-writing event Thursday

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

NEW SALEM — The New Salem Public Library will host an evening of letter writing in support of prisoners of conscience around the world on Thursday. The event will be held on International Human Rights Day and is sponsored by Amnesty International, which provides information about people who … 0

Neighbors: Girl Scout Ski, Snowboard and Skate Sale this weekend

Monday, December 7, 2015

Hello neighbor. Each year Girl Scout Troop 40566 holds a Ski, Snowboard and Skate Sale, and this year is no different. There will be a great selection of affordable items, including Alpine skis and boots from entry level … 0

WiredWest delegates vent anger at MBI

Sunday, December 6, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Members of a cooperative trying to bring broadband Internet service to rural area towns are angered and confused by the Massachusetts Broadband Institute’s recent decision to withhold state money needed to fund the project. The state agency told towns this week not to sign WiredWest’s proposed … 0

Volunteer Day at Athol Community Wood Bank Sunday

Friday, December 4, 2015

ATHOL — Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust and the Town of Athol are holding a hands-on day of volunteering to provide fire wood for the needy. The event will take place at the Athol Department of Public Works Garage, 338 Unity Ave. on Sunday from 10 a.m. to … 0

WiredWest disputes MBI claims

Friday, December 4, 2015

The cooperative that has proposed building broadband Internet service in area towns has lashed out against the state agency that is withholding money for the project. The Massachusetts Broadband Institute has also asked WiredWest member towns not to … 0