Cynthia Ayer

Missing woman found dead

Thursday, December 18, 2014

ORANGE — A local woman missing since Tuesday was found dead in the Millers River Thursday. Cynthia Ayer, 52, was found around 1 p.m. in the river in West Orange on the second day of a multi-agency search. Ayer was reported missing Wednesday afternoon by her daughter, who had not seen her since 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. A police K9 led searchers to the Millers River near the wastewater treatment plant Wednesday. The search was called off at nightfall, and resumed Thursday morning. Foul play is not suspected in Ayer’s death, according to Mary Carey, spokeswoman for the Northwestern District Attorneys Office. The state medical examiner … 0

Neighbors: Take advantage of technology, but don’t let it rule you

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Hello neighbor. I just wanted to finish what I started on Tuesday, if you don’t mind. I seem to be on my soapbox this week, so please bear with me. I guess I’m just filled with the joy of the season and want to share it with you. I’d like to remind you of something else — I talked about volunteering, doing something … 0

Orange stores hold blackout protest of electric rates

Thursday, December 18, 2014

ORANGE — A recent hike in electricity rates caused two local businesses to turn out the lights Thursday. They’re not out of business, though — in fact, there were more customers in the Millers River Cafe and Trail Head Outfitters than usual. They were there to protest a recent rate hike by National … 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

Orange voters nix planning for new school

Friday, December 5, 2014

ORANGE — Local officials seeking to build a new elementary school will regroup on Monday following this week’s town meeting rejection of the effort. Patrick Davis, chairman of the New Orange Elementary School Building Committee, declined to comment Friday about the voter rejection of a feasibility study. Davis … 0

Neighbors: Give to local nonprofits through Valley Gives on Wednesday

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Hello neighbor. It’s time again for Valley Gives. Through Valley Gives, nonprofits raise money for all sorts of programs and projects, and you can help. When you visit its website on Wednesday, you’ll be able to donate to some of your favorites. Let’s see how far its third … 0

Orange town meeting moved

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

ORANGE — A special town meeting will be held tonight at 7 at Mahar Regional School instead of Town Hall to improve access for older voters and the mobility impaired. To increase turnout, the school’s Key Club will be providing babysitting for residents, free of charge. The meeting … 0

New pellet bag recycling exceeds expectations in Orange

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

ORANGE — Regional recycling officials say Orange has been successful recycling wood pellet bags, and other trash in general. The Franklin County Solid Waste Management District received a $60,850 state grant to allow implementation of a recycling program for wood pellet bags in about a dozen towns. Orange … 0

Neighbors: Prognosticator sees 23 snowfalls this season

Monday, December 1, 2014

Hello neighbor. Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I spent a lovely day with my three grandsons and sister’s family. I heard from our precipitation prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy. Her prediction is 23 snowfalls this winter. We’ve already had one, so only 22 to go, if she’s correct. … 0

Winter hours for household hazardous waste drop-off sites

Sunday, November 30, 2014

GREENFIELD — Franklin County Solid Waste Management District’s household hazardous waste drop-off sites, while open year-round, are about to shift to winter hours. These permanent “Supersites” are located in Bernardston, Colrain and Conway. The Bernardston facility, located at the town transfer station on Nelson Drive (off Merrifield Road), … 0

Orange school study reimbursable no matter the outcome; info meeting tonight at 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

ORANGE — The state of Massachusetts will fund approximately 77 percent of a feasibility study to determine the likelihood of building a brand new elementary school in Orange. The town has been working with the Massachusetts School Building Association toward the goal of a new school to house … 0