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Letter Federal guinea pigs

Friday, April 17, 2015

This week is the anniversary week for the introduction of the Salk Polio Vaccine into our public schools. My father objected to my being inoculated with a live virus refused to sign a permission slip allowing the public school to conduct an experiment on his son. As his reasoning he cited the effects this vaccine had on Rhesus monkeys, which were the initial control group in this federally sponsored program. … 0

Tech students capture honors in statewide competition

Thursday, April 16, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Nine Franklin County Technical School students finished first in competitions at the annual Business Professionals of America State Leadership Conference. Twenty-six students from FCTS competed against 350 students in about 20 events March 7 through 9 in Framingham and Upton. Emmett Boyd of Northfield, Kyle Coulombe of West Halifax, Vt., Andrew Renaud of Montague and Brad Sawyer of Greenfield placed … 0

Orange selectmen’s meeting canceled

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

ORANGE — The town Board of Selectmen’s meeting scheduled for tonight has been canceled. The board will meet next Wednesday, April 22, at 6:30 p.m., its regularly scheduled meeting time. … 0

Making the switch

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

BOSTON — Amid pressure from legislators and upset consumers, state utility regulators have eliminated a 15-year-old rule that required electricity suppliers to recalculate the bills of customers when they switch from their basic service to a competitor. The practice has cost customers, dozens of whom are from western … 0

Neighbors: Paint and Sip awakens my inner artist

Monday, April 13, 2015

Hello neighbor. A group of friends and family gathering together to paint on canvas, while sipping their favorite beverages, has become a national trend. In this area, two of the companies that provide such entertainment — at least … 0

Video: Racing rats flood river

Sunday, April 12, 2015

ORANGE — Historically, a cannon’s blast tends to have been the harbinger of the end of a boat’s time in the water, but in Orange on Saturday afternoon, it signaled the beginning for the 242 canoeists that furiously … 0

River Rat Race festivities are today

Friday, April 10, 2015

ORANGE — The 52nd River Rat Race, an annual Athol-to-Orange rollicking canoe race in the swollen Millers River, inaugurates spring today. The race, born of a bar room bet decades ago, has evolved into a cross between amateur … 0

Tech School seeks OK to borrow $2.45M

Thursday, April 9, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School District will ask the residents of its 19 member towns to go to the polls at a special districtwide election June 23 to approve what they expect to be $2.45 … 0

Neighbors: Time to be recognized

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’m glad to be back, though I couldn’t believe what I saw when I stepped out of my apartment Thursday morning. I thought the days of that white stuff were done — and what little is … 0

Dexter Park School new principal named

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

ORANGE — Christopher Dodge, the principal of Petersham Center School, has been named the new principal of Dexter Park School. Superintendent Tari N. Thomas welcomed him to the position this week. “Principal (Jennifer) Haggerty’s marvelous shoes will be hard to fill, but Mr. Dodge is eager and passionate … 0

Greenfield, Orange police: let us pick up dirty needles

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

While the Montague police chief has asked for the public’s help in disposing of discarded heroin needles, his counterparts in Greenfield and Orange advise people to let the professionals handle them. Chief Charles “Chip” Dodge said Montague police get calls about discarded syringes on a daily basis, and … 0

Where the funding meets the road

Monday, April 6, 2015

With a six-year, $478 billion federal transportation bill released recently to help close an estimated $1 trillion gap in the nation’s highway and bridge infrastructure and improve rail and public transit, a Franklin County group is scheduling an informational meeting as part of a “Stand Up for Transportation … 2

Wipers on, lights on

Monday, April 6, 2015

GREENFIELD — Today’s forecasted rain showers could put a new law to the test. Starting today, state law requires drivers to turn on their headlights whenever they need to use their windshield wipers, and whenever visibility is less than 500 feet. Previously, headlight use had been required from … 1