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Additional $250,000 needed for Mahar Dam fix

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

ORANGE — The fate of the Mahar Regional School Dam now rests on whether district towns approve borrowing $250,000 to rehabilitate it. The Mahar School Committee has voted “yes” with two members opposed (Johanna Bartlett and Carla Halpern) for the school district to ask Petersham, Wendell, New Salem and Orange for authorization to borrow up to $250,000 to move forward. … 0

Athol man jailed for Orange hit-and-run

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

ORANGE — An Athol man who ran over a pedestrian as he tried to flee a minor fender-bender will spend the next two years in the house of correction. William West, 24, of 218 Drury Ave., pleaded guilty in Franklin Superior Court Tuesday to charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, leaving the … 0

Orange supt. offers more details on grad rates

Monday, April 20, 2015

ORANGE — Mahar Regional School Superintendent Tari N. Thomas says the school’s overall graduation rate gives a misleading picture. Thomas says there are three programs that serve high-school-age students in Orange and they have very different graduation rates. These include Ralph C. Mahar Regional High School, as well as the Gateway to College … 0

Neighbors: French musical at Arts Block

Monday, April 20, 2015

Hello neighbor. If you’re looking for something fun to do next weekend, or the following one, head to the Arts Block on Main Street in Greenfield for the French musical, “Irma la Douce,” which will be performed by Arena Civic Theatre on Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday … 0

Gas pipeline opponents to hold info event Thursday

Sunday, April 19, 2015

On Thursday, groups opposed to the proposed gas pipeline will be holding an event titled “What is happening with the proposed Kinder Morgan/TGP gas pipeline now?” This event is sponsored by North Quabbin Pipeline Action (NQPA) and MAP (Montague Against the Pipeline) and will take place at the … 0

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 … 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 … 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