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Missing woman found dead

Thursday, December 18, 2014

ORANGE — A local woman missing since Tuesday was found dead in the Millers River Thursday. Cynthia Ayer, 52, was found around 1 p.m. in the river in West Orange on the second day of a multi-agency search. Ayer was reported missing Wednesday afternoon by her daughter, who had not seen her since 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. A police K9 led searchers to the Millers River near the wastewater treatment plant Wednesday. The search was called off at nightfall, and resumed Thursday morning. Foul play is not suspected in Ayer’s death, according to Mary Carey, spokeswoman for the Northwestern District Attorneys Office. The state medical examiner … 0

Neighbors: Take advantage of technology, but don’t let it rule you

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Hello neighbor. I just wanted to finish what I started on Tuesday, if you don’t mind. I seem to be on my soapbox this week, so please bear with me. I guess I’m just filled with the joy of the season and want to share it with you. I’d like to remind you of something else — I talked about volunteering, doing something … 0

Orange stores hold blackout protest of electric rates

Thursday, December 18, 2014

ORANGE — A recent hike in electricity rates caused two local businesses to turn out the lights Thursday. They’re not out of business, though — in fact, there were more customers in the Millers River Cafe and Trail Head Outfitters than usual. They were there to protest a recent rate hike by National … 0

Orange wants Rodney Hunt tax break money

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

ORANGE — Town officials plan to “claw back” tax breaks granted Rodney Hunt Co. for 2013 and 2014 now that the state has decided the company defaulted on a jobs-for-tax-break agreement. “There is language in the Special Tax Agreement that will allow us to do that,” Town Administrator … 0

Letter: Study too expensive?

Monday, December 15, 2014

As a taxpayer in the town of Orange, I would like to know why a feasibility study for a new school will cost $490,000? Perhaps this is a reasonable cost but I suspect one reason there isn’t stronger support in the town for the new school is that … 0

Neighbors: Remember the true meaning of the holiday season

Monday, December 15, 2014

Hello neighbor. Here we are — Hanukkah begins today at sundown, there’s only eight days until Christmas Eve and it’s 10 days until the beginning of Kwanzaa. Each holiday means something different to each person or family who celebrates it. We all have our own traditions, as it … 0

‘March of Words’ pits pens against pipeline

Friday, December 12, 2014

NORTHFIELD — Pipeline protesters are getting together in libraries, churches and people’s homes in Northfield and beyond for a month-long letter writing campaign. “The Rolling March of Words” is a series of letter-writing events, aimed at telling Massachusetts’ legislators that residents are opposed to Kinder Morgan Co.’s Tennessee … 0

Orange libraries set open house

Friday, December 12, 2014

ORANGE — The Friends of the Orange Public Libraries will be hosting its annual holiday open house at the Wheeler Memorial and Moore-Leland libraries on Dec. 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Home-baked foods made especially for this event will be available. Also, Dean’s Beans Organic, Fair … 0

Orange: Bikes, boats and fun at river

Thursday, December 11, 2014

ORANGE — A group of nonprofit planners see the path to renewed regional prosperity paved with bike paths, boat launches and fully accessible public fishing piers — infrastructure for an expanded tourism business and amenities to draw the … 0

Neighbors: Kind acts don’t go unnoticed

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Hello, neighbor. I thought I’d share a story about another one of our neighbors putting a smile on someone’s face. Julie, who lives on Wildwood Avenue in Greenfield, said she woke up the other morning to a box … 0

Tech picks principal for supt.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

MONTAGUE — In something of a surprise to some on the committee, particularly those who were not present, the Franklin Technical School District Committee voted to promote the school’s principal and assistant superintendent to the top job come … 0

Orange to try again to fund new school feasibility study

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

ORANGE — “We can’t leave this money on the table,” said Patrick Davis, chairman of the New Orange Elementary School Building Committee. “The state wants to invest in Orange. An 80 percent reimbursement of expenses is too significant to not try again.” And so those who want to … 0

Survey finds too little affordable housing in Franklin County, especially for poorest residents

Monday, December 8, 2014

Since her husband died a year and a half ago, “Marion,” as we’ll call her, has been struggling with how to afford to keep living in their seven-room home in northern Franklin County. Rather than use her savings … 0