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 Diana Schindler said. A decision to de-certify Rodney Hunt of its special tax status was made Wednesday at a meeting of the … 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 many people are asking the same question. The fact that the state will pay 80% … 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 should be. I guess I’d just like to remind people that this time of year, … 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

Expert: Rural communities need extra help providing affordable homes

Monday, December 8, 2014

With what she called “fairly significant low- and moderate-income” populations and a steadily increasing over-65 population — along with an older stock of overwhelmingly single-family homes — rural communities like those in Franklin County need help in providing affordable housing, a consultant has told regional planners. The quasi-governmental … 0

Neighbors: Santa to call kids on Dec. 22

Monday, December 8, 2014

Hello neighbor. We are quickly approaching the holidays and that means children will once again this year have the opportunity to receive a call from Santa. The Scottish Rite Masons in the Valley of Greenfield will be making “Telephone Calls from Santa Claus” on Dec. 22. Last year … 0

Letter: Another example

Monday, December 8, 2014

Re.: Ferguson, Missouri controversy. Another example of how the criminal class has gotten the upper hand. SUSAN BOBILIN Orange … 0