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‘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 ever known. “I look at Bill’s passing like one of Greenfield’s libraries just burned down,” said Scott Conti, chairman of the Board of Licensing Commissioners, which Allen chaired for many years after he retired. “He had such deep knowledge of the infrastructure of the town. Any time you run water, or flush a toilet or drive on a road, Bill had a piece of that.” Town officials … 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), food vendors and a parade down East River Street at 1 p.m. The parade’s theme … 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 $100,000, with Andrew raising $6,160 of that amount. He said 280 riders of all ages … 1

Franklin County Meals Program seeks leader

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The Franklin County Community Meals Program is looking for a new executive director to fill the role currently held by interim Executive Director Mary McClintock who will leave the position in late November. McClintock has served as interim executive director since May. In keeping with its mission to … 0

Neighbors: Riverside Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival just around the corner

Monday, September 21, 2015

Hello neighbor. The 5th annual Riverside Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival is just around the corner. On Oct. 10 and 11, Greenfield will once again host the popular festival. If you’d like to experience a one-of-a-kind festival with … 0

Neighbors: Local photographer captures life at Heath Fair

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Hello neighbor. Some of you may know our supremely talented neighbor Matt Cavanaugh, a photojournalist and professional wedding and event photographer who lives in Greenfield with his wife Nicole and their two young sons. Matt spent three days … 0

Paved paradise: Mini parks pop up for the day

Thursday, September 17, 2015

A little lawn, a little tree, a little park can be a comforting addition to any downtown ... if only for a few days. That’s the plan for a single Main Street parking space in Greenfield and one in Orange today, as part of a collaboration on PARK(ing) … 0

Orange seeks input on Open Space Plan

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

ORANGE — The Town of Orange is looking for input from residents to help the Open Space and Recreation Planning Committee update its goals for the next seven years. A public survey is now available that asks residents about open space protection efforts that are important to them, … 0

Orange has money to spend on local arts activities

Monday, September 14, 2015

ORANGE — The Orange Cultural Council has been awarded $5,100 to pass on to local arts activities. Applications are now available at the Wheeler Memorial Library in Orange, the Moore-Leland Library in North Orange or online at www.massculturalcouncil.org/orange. Two copies of each application must be submitted to the … 0

Neighbors: Garlic and Arts Festival returns Sept. 26 and 27

Monday, September 14, 2015

Hello neighbor. When a group of North Quabbin neighbors, artists and farmers first conceived an idea for an event years ago, the North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival was born. It was simply meant to ignite the cultural … 0

Vision for Orange starts with a few small steps

Friday, September 11, 2015

ORANGE — A dozen and a half Orange residents and business owners gathered at Trail Head Outfitters Wednesday night for the first of a series of meetings to continue discussion of the planning vision for the town. The … 0

New accountant for Orange

Sunday, September 13, 2015

ORANGE — Orange welcomed new Town Accountant Gail Weiss to the position Wednesday night after a second interview held by the Board of Selectmen during their meeting. “Pending a successful negotiation of terms,” said Vice Chairwoman Kathy Reinig. … 0

Neighbors: All’s Fair in Franklin County this weekend

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Hello neighbor. THE FRANKLIN COUNTY FAIR HAS BEGUN and with it, lots of fun. There will be lots of fair food — Yum! — rides, games and entertainment. You’ll see plenty of apple pies this year because the fair will continue its long-standing tradition of holding an apple … 0