Orange

Neighbors: Area wildlife needs our help

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Hello, neighbor. Medicine Mammals in Wendell needs our help. The local Native American nonprofit wildlife rehabilitation center is hoping to raise money to help care for the orphaned and injured wild animals that made their way to the center this winter. Loril Moondream, wildlife rehabilitator and owner of Medicine Mammals, said she is currently caring for raccoons, possums, a flying squirrel and her babies, a baby porcupine and turtles. Loril … 0

National Grid to cut electric rates

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Valley home and business owners can expect some relief from high electric bills this spring. On Monday, National Grid announced that, pending Department of Public Utilities approval, the cost of power is expected to drop from the current rate of more than 16 cents per kilowatt-hour to just above 9 cents per kilowatt-hour, a more than 40 percent decrease, starting May 1. With … 0

Neighbors: Learn about volunteer opportunity with local support team

Monday, March 23, 2015

Hello neighbor. I want to tell you about a great group that’s been serving our community for several years. Community Crisis Support Team, a program of Clinical & Support Options, will host its annual free 15-hour new volunteer training on May 7, 12 and 14 from 4 to 9 p.m. in Greenfield. CCRT mobilizes volunteers to support groups and communities in the aftermath … 0

Wild horses up for adoption

Sunday, March 22, 2015

ORANGE — The federal government will offer about 40 wild horses ranging from yearling to 5 years old to potential adopters on April 10 and 11 at the Fairview Farm at 170 Wheeler Ave. Wild horses and burros have virtually no natural predators and their herd sizes can … 0

Town meetings next week

Friday, March 20, 2015

Ashfield Board of Assessors: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Library Trustees: Monday 7 p.m. in Library. Bernardston Finance Committee: Monday 6:45 p.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Board of Selectmen: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Charlemont Board of Selectmen: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of … 0

Orange to pursue municipal electricity supplier

Friday, March 20, 2015

ORANGE — Residents gathered Thursday night at Town Hall for a special town meeting to vote on five warrant articles including one to appropriate $75,000 for the town’s stabilization fund and a municipal electricity supplier. “All of the articles passed except for number two.” Town Clerk Nancy Blackmer … 0

Neighbors: Use all of your senses to greet spring

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Hello neighbor. Happy spring everyone! It’s time to get out into the sun and enjoy — those cold, grey days are almost behind us. Yes, it will be a little muddy, but who cares after being holdup all winter? Temps are working their way into the 30s and … 0

Letter: Working our roads

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Regardless how long-lived and dreary this winter’s display of force, for Orange, one fact stands supreme: We and our roads were remarkably well served! I don’t remember a time — anywhere — in which winter passed, wherein NOTHING disparaging was bandied about concerning any local road crew. Yet … 0

Letter: Act of treason?

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The 47 GOP senators who tried to undercut the Obama administration’s nuclear deal by issuing a warning letter to Iran may have committed an act of treason under the Logan Act — a federal law prohibiting unauthorized citizens from negotiating with foreign governments. Passed in 1799 and last … 0

Spark of interest: Orange to vote on electricity aggregation info gathering tonight

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

ORANGE — The rising cost of electricity for the town of Orange has been on residents’ minds since the rate increases by National Grid went into effect last November. Recently, the Hampshire Council of Governments made a presentation to the Orange Board of Selectmen on choosing aggregation for … 0

Orange special town meeting Thursday

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

ORANGE — Voters will be asked to appropriate $100,000 combined for legal fees and Orange’s stabilization fund in two of the five warrant items to be voted on at Thursday’s special town meeting. The meeting to take place at 7 p.m. in the Ruth B. Smith Auditorium at … 0

Neighbors: Father and daughter recovering nicely after kidney transplant

Monday, March 16, 2015

Hello neighbor. Our neighbor Tim Ollari is doing well after receiving a kidney from his daughter Stephanie last Thursday. Stephanie says Tim looks like a new person — full of life again. She, on the other hand, had … 0

Franklin County Tech principal picked

Sunday, March 15, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Shawn Rickan of Phillipston is to take over for Franklin County Technical School Principal and Assistant Superintendent Richard Martin when Martin moves into the superintendent’s office in July. Now a high school principal in Baldwinville, Rickan earlier worked in Orange for five years and is … 0