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St. Mary’s Parish Fair set for this Saturday

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

ORANGE — St. Mary’s Parish will hold its 93rd annual Parish Fair on Saturday in the Parish Center at West Myrtle and Cheney streets. Doors open at 9 a.m. The fair features a cash/scratch ticket raffle, a center table with over 50 prizes, and a themed basket raffle. Restaurant gift certificates will be raffled. Coffee, doughnuts, and sandwiches are available, and a beef stew dinner with homemade pie will be … 0

86 drug treatment beds coming to North Quabbin in Petersham

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

PETERSHAM — Athol Hospital’s parent company has bought land in Petersham and plans to open a 86-bed addiction and mental health treatment facility there as early as this summer. The number and type of treatment slots would be a significant addition to the treatment landscape near Franklin County, with adolescent treatment among the offerings. The regional Opioid Task Force has said repeatedly that … 0

Tech school’s MCAS scores climbing back toward state average

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Superintendent Richard Martin said he was happy with the Franklin County Technical School’s growth in the last round of Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System testing. English scores were the highest they have been back to 2006 at least, Martin said, with 90 percent of last year’s 10th-grade students scoring advanced or … 0

CSO management, union agree on new contract

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

GREENFIELD — A year after negotiations began and more than two months after the close of a three-day strike, nonprofit mental health agency Clinical and Support Options has a tentative contract between management and staff. Clinicians and crisis workers went on strike and picketed offices around western Massachusetts … 0

‘One of Greenfield’s libraries’: Franklin County remembers public servant William B. Allen

Monday, October 5, 2015

GREENFIELD — Longtime public servant William B. Allen died Saturday, and town officials and leaders say his passing is a big loss to the town, because he was one of the most dedicated and knowledgeable public servants they’ve … 0

Neighbors: Have fun at Celebrate the harvest Festival in Orange

Monday, October 5, 2015

Hello neighbor. If you’d like to celebrate fall — this wonderful time of year — head over to Orange on Sunday, where at 9 a.m. the Celebrate the Harvest Festival begins at the airport. There will be a car show, craft fair (you can start that holiday shopping), … 0

Neighbors: Local organization head raises money for hungry

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Hello neighbor. On Sept. 27, Andrew Morehouse, the executive editor of The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, pedalled 100 miles through Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire to help end hunger in western Massachusetts. The food bank’s 5th annual Will Bike 4 Food charity cycling event raised more than … 1

New brews coming soon: Orange craft brewery ready to hop to it

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

ORANGE — Jay Sullivan and Sean Nolan are ready to start brewing beer. The partners are opening Honest Weight Artisan Brewery at the 131 West Main St. Orange Innovation Center. After months of hard work and committing themselves … 0

Of compost and community: Orange company contributes to sustainable local food cycle

Monday, September 28, 2015

ORANGE — Compost happens, and Rick Innes of Clear View Composting simply helps it along, bucket by bucket. His 8-year-old operation, Innes claims, is the smallest commercial composting business around — or the largest commercial composter using manual … 0

Neighbors: Great River Challenge to be held Sunday

Monday, September 28, 2015

Hello neighbor. The Great River Challenge Off-Road Triathlon will be held in Northfield on Sunday. Paddle, run trails and mountain bike. Doesn’t that sound like fun — and a lot of hard work? The triathlon was created to foster greater awareness of the upper Pioneer Valley and what … 0

Animals a draw at Garlic Festival

Sunday, September 27, 2015

ORANGE — Garlic gets top billing, but animals stole the spotlight for the younger crowd Sunday at the North Quabbin Garlic & Arts Festival. At least 160 eyes swiveled back and forth, watching ducks watching a dog as … 0

Orange Celebrate the Harvest Festival relocates

Friday, September 25, 2015

ORANGE — The 24th annual Celebrate the Harvest event will be held Oct. 11 at a larger location than before: the Orange Airport. Organizers of the Celebrate the Harvest Parade are looking to include a large float contingent this year, and are urging businesses, organizations, churches, groups and … 0

Police pursuit policies assess risks in chases

Thursday, September 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — While fleeing a State Police cruiser Sept. 18, a sedan carrying four adults and two children went airborne off a highway exit ramp and rolled over multiple times, leaving occupants with what police called minor injuries. … 0