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Streetlights return to Orange

Town won’t be charged for reactivation

ORANGE — Streetlights are coming back on, just in time to light the streets for Halloween festivities.

The town decided to turn off the lights early in 2012 to save money due to ongoing financial problems.

Town Administrator Diana Schindler told selectmen last week that she ordered all the lights to be turned back on several weeks ago. Residents are reporting that streetlights near their homes are starting to come back on.

Schindler said representatives from National Grid told her that as the lights have been off for more than a year, the town will not be charged for reactivating them.

She added there are two lights that were kept on and paid for by residents during the blackout. The bill for those lights will now shift back to the town.

In anticipation of the lights being turned back on, selectmen set hours for trick-or-treating from 4 to 8 p.m. Selectboard Chairwoman Kathy Reinig said “those are historically the hours the town has set for trick-or-treating.” Last year, trick-or-treating hours were shortened by an hour due to the lack of streetlights.

Selectmen also voted to sponsor the Preschool Halloween Stroll from 10 a.m. to noon on the 31st. Preschoolers and their families can to trick-or-treat in the downtown area and may visit participating businesses and town offices that post an orange pumpkin in their window.

Athol is also sponsoring the stroll.

The event is being organized by the North Quabbin Chamber of Commerce.

Businesses and town departments that want to participate can obtain an orange pumpkin sign by stopping by the Chamber of Commerce office at 427 Main St. in Athol, calling 978-249-3849 or emailing nqcc@verizon.net.

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