Orange

Questions remain after COG pipeline meeting

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Franklin Regional Council of Governments and its Planning Board, along with the nearly 300 people attending their meeting Thursday, got to pose a series of questions to Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. spokesmen, yet questions remained about TGP’s proposed project. The two-hour long session, during which four representatives from TGP parent Kinder Morgan responded to audience questions submitted in writing, echoed many of the comments already made by the company … 0

Reps. Mark, Kulik voice opposition to gas pipeline

Friday, July 25, 2014

Five more western Massachusetts legislators have come out publicly against the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline project. Sen. Benjamin Downing, D-Pittsfield, along with Reps. Paul Mark, D-Peru, Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, Gailanne Cariddi, D-North Adams, and William “Smitty” Pignatelli, D-Lenox, issued a joint written statement Friday declaring their opposition to the Northeast Direct pipeline, which would cross nine Franklin County towns. Rep. Denise Andrews, D-Orange, … 0

Neighbors: Young neighbor to raise money for animals

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Hello neighbor. One of our younger neighbors, 11-year-old Miracle Leyro, is organizing a walk through the downtown Greenfield area this Saturday with a group of her friends. The youngsters plan to raise money for Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society. Miracle’s mother Diana Nunez told me that Miracle plans to walk along Main and Federal streets, as well as some of the side streets, … 0

Summer fundraisers to support Mahar sports

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

ORANGE — The school year may be over, but that doesn’t mean some students at Mahar aren’t still hard at work. Members of the football and volleyball teams are gearing up for fundraisers to keep the teams going and cut costs for necessities like training and uniforms. Two … 0

Storms hit northeast of Franklin County area

Monday, July 7, 2014

Heavy late afternoon thunderstorms were felt most acutely in the north-eastern part of the county Monday, with wires and trees downed in Athol, Orange and Warwick. The Athol, Orange and Warwick fire departments reported trees and wires down around town but no injuries in the first round of … 0

Neighbors: Fireworks fun, but lots more to summer ahead

Monday, July 7, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Greenfield’s Fourth of July celebration and fireworks display did not disappoint on Saturday. I went to Beacon Field with grandson Justin around 7 p.m. The first thing we did was take a “choo-choo” train ride around the grounds. Just before that, I ran into Greenfield Recreation … 0

Quabbin memorial concert tradition continues following months of scrutiny

Sunday, July 6, 2014

NEW SALEM — Members of The First Universalist Parish of North Dana are overjoyed that they will be able to continue providing concerts in area churches in memory of the drowned Quabbin towns. The parish’s concert series was in jeopardy due to a review of its trust by … 0

Drug treatment for Franklin, N. Quabbin in state budget

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Both Franklin County and the North Quabbin area will have money for new detox facilities to combat drug addiction, once the latest state budget is signed into law. In the North Quabbin region, $1 million in the public health service budget is designated for a new mental health, … 0

Orange Recreation Association offering basketball camp

Thursday, July 3, 2014

ORANGE — This year will be the 11th year the Orange Recreation Association summer basketball camp program has been teaching basketball skills, sportsmanship and teamwork to young athletes. Boys and girls, who will be entering grades 4 through 9 in the fall, meet at Fisher Hill School in … 0

Orange soldiers memorials refurbished with Legion donation

Thursday, July 3, 2014

ORANGE — A $10,000 donation has been received by the Trustees of the Soldiers Memorials to help fund its veterans refurbishment projects in town. The donation by American Legion Post 172, will go toward the trustees’ restoration, and … 0

Neighbors: Happy Fourth of July

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Hello neighbor. Happy Fourth of July! I am working today, but hope you are all having a great time. It may be that as you read this the rain is falling hard — that was the forecast of the National Weather Service in Taunton — but that’s fine, … 0

‘I hardly had a clue what I was doing’

Thursday, July 3, 2014

I steered the little two-seat Cessna onto the runway, pushed the throttle to full-on and hoped for the best. The engine roared, and the airplane picked up speed as it made its way toward the end of the … 0

‘Silver Eagle’ soars into his golden years

Thursday, July 3, 2014

From the first time David Mroczek snuck down to the Northfield Meadows to hitch a ride in Tommy Russel’s “tail-dragger” airplane at the age of 12, he knew how he wanted to spend his life. He only got … 0