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Letter: Sorry they’re gone

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Recently, we lost one of our priceless blessings and an absolute gem in our area, Bruce’s Browser. Diane Lincoln and her team created an oasis to refresh our souls and our community. Whether enjoying a milkshake made by Mary, reading the fabulous bumper sticker collection, buying local artists’ and writers’ offerings, picking up cards or enjoying an evening in the back corner for an amazing offering of topics and people … 0

Neighbors: Grandparents: Share your stories

Monday, May 25, 2015

Hello, neighbor Many times in my travels throughout the county, I am stopped by other grandparents who have read about my grandsons Justin, Owen and Travis. They thank me for sharing my stories every now and then, and then they share some of their own with me. Over and over, I hear about how much they are enjoying themselves and I have to … 0

Orange trims budget ahead of town meeting

Friday, May 22, 2015

ORANGE — About $223,000 needs to be trimmed from the town’s proposed budget if the selectmen are to present a balanced spending plan at town meeting on June 15. Right now, there are two plans for the budget year that begins July 1, one from the selectmen and their administrator, Diana Schindler, and … 0

Neighbors: Go to a local parade and support our veterans Monday

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Hello neighbor. Memorial Day is a federal holiday for remembering people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. It originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in that … 0

Franklin County Memorial Day events

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Ashfield The Memorial Day parade on Monday begins at 10 a.m. in front of Town Hall, proceeds to Plain Cemetery and to the Veterans Memorial and Civil War Memorial, then back to Town Hall. There will be featured … 0

Neighbors: Back in Franklin County

Monday, May 18, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’m back! What a lovely week we had on the water and in Bermuda. The weather was perfect and we got to see a dolphin and a whale show on the way home. I learned early on in the trip that it really is a small … 0

North Quabbin Food-athon set for Tuesday

Sunday, May 17, 2015

ORANGE — The 12th annual North Quabbin Food-athon will be held on Tuesday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m, at the intersections in downtown Athol and Orange. This event unites volunteers from food pantries and meal sites, as well as the community at large, to raise food and … 0

Orange Dems to caucus, elect delegates to state convention

Friday, May 15, 2015

Democrats in Orange will be holding a caucus at 1 p.m. on May 23 in the community room at the Workers’ Credit Union to elect four delegates and four alternates to the 2015 Massachusetts Democratic Convention, where Democrats from across the state will gather to meet fellow activists … 0

Aquarium fire leaves fish out of water

Thursday, May 14, 2015

ORANGE — An early morning fire broke out in the lighting ballast of a 150-gallon aquarium, filling a home at 76 Marjorie St. with smoke and causing the tank to burst — shattering glass, and spilling dozens of freshwater fish and the water. According to the Orange Fire … 0

Alan Bowers named North Quabbin Chamber’s citizen of the year

Thursday, May 14, 2015

ORANGE — Royalston resident Alan Bowers, a veteran, veteran’s advocate and community booster, has been named this year’s Citizen of the Year for the North Quabbin Region. “He is truly a special man with a long record of … 0

State OKs Eversource’s lower summer rates

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The state has approved Eversource electric rates for the summer months. On July 1, the Basic Service supply price for all residential Eversource customers in western Massachusetts will drop by about 31 percent, from 14.228 cents for the cold weather months to 9.767 cents per kilowatt-hour. Customers using … 0

Letter: Religious violence

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The violence triggered in Muslim extremists by the Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas, organized by the so-called American Freedom Defense Initiative, is deplorable and must be condemned. However, I wonder how Christians would react to an exhibit of cartoons largely ridiculing Jesus Christ? I suspect certain “good” … 0

Orange aims to provide free meals to all students

Friday, May 8, 2015

ORANGE — Public schools in Orange may be able to offer free breakfast and lunch to all students beginning next year. Jacki Dillenback, director of Food and Nutrition Services for Ralph C. Mahar Regional and Orange elementary schools, has applied to participate in a federal school meals program. … 0