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State plans presentation on ‘rattlesnake island’

Friday, February 5, 2016

ORANGE — State wildlife officials who want to reintroduce rattlesnakes on a Quabbin Reservoir island have set a public meeting for Feb. 23 at Mahar Regional High School. Beginning in a couple of years, the state plans to stock Mount Zion island with endangered timber rattlesnakes. The plan has raised some outcry, and the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife has scheduled an informational meeting for 7 p.m. in the Mahar … 0

Goodbye, Dolly! For six decades, Franklin County at her fingertips

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Dolores “Dolly” Gagnon, who’s had her fingers on the pulse of the community for more than six decades at The Recorder, is ready to take a breath for some serious gardening. Gagnon has been the face — and the typing fingers of — the Recorder’s Talk of the Towns compendium of community happenings … 0

Orange EMS hikes rates for out-of-town runs

Thursday, February 4, 2016

ORANGE — Orange has increased its costs for providing surrounding towns who are served by the Orange Fire Department’s Emergency Medical Services. Orange EMS has proposed its operating budget for the 2017 fiscal year at $885,605 — $44,000 more than this year — and earlier this week, the Franklin Regional Council of Governments … 0

Rescued dog continues to heal

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

ORANGE — “Chessie” the Chesapeake Bay retriever continues to recuperate, with a full veterinary schedule in the week after he was brought in from 43 days of cold. “There’s a lot of coyote prints out there, too. It’s … 0

Hit by car, dog found alive but cold 43 days later

Monday, January 25, 2016

ORANGE — A search lasting days and firefighters with thermal-imaging cameras found nothing, but a dog who went missing after being struck by a car in mid-December turned up alive this weekend after 43 days of coping in … 0

Orange library hosts Friday films for adults

Monday, January 25, 2016

ORANGE — The Wheeler Memorial Library will begin its Fourth Friday Film Series for adults with a showing of the movie, “The Martian” starring Matt Damon, on Friday at 7 p.m. The film looks at what happens when astronauts blast off from the planet Mars, leaving behind a … 0

Area residents react to dodging big storm

Sunday, January 24, 2016

After Winter Storm Jonas paralyzed much of the East Coast, western Massachusetts residents were thankful for clear, sunny skies much of this weekend. “I thought it was strange how the storm missed us,” said Daniel Gobillot of Turners … 0

Woman airlifted to hospital after Orange car crash

Friday, January 22, 2016

ORANGE — A woman was transported to the hospital by helicopter after her pickup struck a utility pole on Daniel Shays Highway early Friday morning. The accident happened at 4:20 a.m. when the operator lost control and crossed over the opposite lane, according to Orange police Sgt. James … 0

Save the salamanders: Area expert warns of fungus that may threaten US animals

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Those bright, orange salamanders that hikers spot in summer or fall, especially after a rainstorm, might be in danger. A newly discovered fungus is killing salamanders in western Europe, and scientists are afraid the deadly disease may spread … 0

Shelter from the storm: Western Mass. may be spared impact of big coastal storm

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Most of western Massachusetts could be spared from the winter storm working its way toward the East Coast over the next few days, while eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island could be facing the year’s first big winter wallop. … 0

Orange special town meeting set for Thursday

Thursday, January 21, 2016

ORANGE — Street maintenance and schools are up for votes at next week’s special town meeting, with money moved at the last town meeting to be returned to strained departments. The Thursday meeting is to convene at 7 p.m. in Mahar Regional School, 507 South Main St. There … 0

Neighbors: Spend time exploring our pre-dawn sky: five planets visible to naked eye

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Hello neighbor. I’m sure many of you have heard by now that Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn can all be seen in the pre-dawn sky until about Feb. 20. I’ve counted up to four of them, I believe anyway, and though I’m not sure which ones I’m … 0

Letter: He was quite the man

Thursday, January 21, 2016

I served as State Sen. Robert D. Wetmore’s aide for five years and witnessed firsthand the dedication and public service he provided to the region and commonwealth. In my opinion, Sen. Wetmore, D-Barre, was one of the most important political-public policy minds of the 20th century in Massachusetts. … 0