Neighbors: ’Tis the season of giving

Monday, November 30, 2015

Hello neighbor. Diggity Dogs Service Dogs, a nonprofit in Shelburne Falls, will tour the valley today to thank the community for another year of support. Diggity Dogs will also be raising awareness for #GivingTuesday, which is today. Following two of the biggest shopping days of the year — Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday is a global movement of generosity, which began in 2012. New York’s 92nd Street Y partnered … 0

Authors Yolen and Bartok to speak at Moore-Leland Library in North Orange

Monday, November 30, 2015

ORANGE — The Moore-Leland Library in North Orange will welcome award-winning authors Mira Bartok and Jane Yolen for an intimate evening of conversation and readings for adults on Thursday at 7 p.m. Artist and writer Bartok is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir “The Memory Palace,” which won the 2012 … 0

Climate March comes to North Quabbin Sunday

Thursday, November 26, 2015

As France prepares for next week’s gathering of world leaders to act on climate change, a range of citizens from the Quabbin Region will join with over 2,500 other groups around the world to stage the Global People’s Climate March for the Earth. The North Quabbin People’s March will take place on Sunday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Uptown Common, Athol. … 0

Orange transfer station closed for Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

ORANGE — The Town of Orange Recycling Center/Transfer Station will be closed today in observance of Thanksgiving. It will be open on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. … 0

Neighbors: Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving

Monday, November 23, 2015

Hello neighbor. As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, I’m hearing from friends and relatives who are stressed because so many of their guests have limited diets at this point — we all know someone who eats gluten-free, is a vegan or vegetarian, is lactose intolerant, or has some other dietary … 0

Job fair planned for Rodney Hunt workers

Monday, November 23, 2015

ORANGE — Rodney Hunt Co.’s 200 soon-to-be-unemployed workers are being invited to a job fair hosted by the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development’s rapid response team on Dec. 2 to help them find new employment opportunities. The rapid response team was deployed to the 175-year-old … 0

Letter: Stick with the facts

Monday, November 23, 2015

I consider myself generally opposed to the Tennessee Gas Pipeline, not being convinced it is needed, and concerned about its crossing of conservation lands and fragmenting wildlife habitat. However, the cause of pipeline opponents is not served well by hyperbole and misinformation. Jeffrey Scott’s letter of Nov. 4 … 0

Take ‘the express’ or stay for ‘the regular’: Orange pastor gets innovative with unique, two-part worship service

Friday, November 20, 2015

ORANGE — In December, a new approach will describe Sunday service at the Community Church of North Orange and Tully (CCNOT). Coined the “Welcome and Welcome Back Service,” it will include two segments, the Express and Regular Stops. … 0

Orange paper co. growing

Friday, November 20, 2015

ORANGE — “We are very fortunate they are laying roots in Orange.” That’s what Community Development Director Kevin Kennedy says about the news of Seaman Paper Co. building a 135,000-square-foot warehouse in the industrial park located by the Orange Municipal Airport. This past October, Seaman Paper Co. acquired … 0

Neighbors: Local youngster learn about and teach composting

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Hello neighbor. Fourth-grade students at The Discovery School at Four Corners recently learned about taking notes, paragraphing, composing informational text, and formulating an opinion through a study of composting, according to their teacher Marguerite Rancourt. All students read … 0

Lawmakers grapple with details of solar law

Monday, November 16, 2015

Among the top priorities for legislators before leaving for their end-of-year break Wednesday is fixing the state’s program that allows solar-electricity-producing businesses and municipalities to sell power back to the grid at retail rates. The current caps on … 2

Local filmmaker hits the road to speak for community co-ops

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Filmmaker Steve Alves is on a roll again, raising money once more for his documentary, “Food for Change.” But this time, the campaign for the 2013 film that began as a short promo for Green Fields Market has … 0

FRCOG seeks town approvals for regional emergency shelters

Sunday, November 15, 2015

When the next tornado, flood or power-killing snowstorm paralyzes Franklin County towns, will there be accessible shelters out of harm’s way for evacuees? In the two years after the Franklin County Regional Shelter Plan was introduced, Patricia Smith, senior land use planner for the Franklin County Regional Council … 0