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Letter: Left to drown

Sunday, April 20, 2014

I can’t remember a time in my eight years as a selectman when I was more frustrated with the one-party rule on Beacon Hill. Well, they’ve done it again — drowning the towns in the Quabbin area, not with water like they did in 1938. This time,we’re being drowned in a sea of red ink from serial local aid cuts over five years, and we can’t even debate it! I … 0

Orange treasurer fills in for town administrator

Sunday, April 20, 2014

ORANGE — Town Administrator Diana M. Schindler will be taking a leave of absence for two or three weeks due to illness. The selectmen have decided to have the town treasurer take on some of the administrator’s financial duties during that time. Creating a financial director position, naming Treasurer Gabriele Voelker to it and having that financial director fill in for the administrator … 0

Garlic and Arts Festival awards $10,000 in grants

Sunday, April 20, 2014

ORANGE — The North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival has given out about $10,000 in grants to support local food and arts projects in 2013 and 2014. Part of the festival’s mission is to enhance the artistic and agricultural vibrancy of the region. Through its grants, the festival’s spirit of creativity and community building is spread year-round through support for innovative projects and … 0

Hot finish to river race

Sunday, April 13, 2014

ATHOL — With the sound of a 1 p.m. cannon, more than 200 canoeing duos left the bank of the Millers River and furiously paddled their way under the South Main Street bridge. Not all can survive the … 0

Letter: Forget the ‘slams’

Sunday, April 13, 2014

We are one nation “under God” and all have a right to their opinions, a great part of our freedom! Anita Fritz has a right, as well as Al Norman and so many others in your city. We here in Orange are thankful for our Wal-Marts. Oh, we … 0

Mahar club gears up for wilderness trek

Sunday, April 13, 2014

ORANGE — A dozen Mahar Regional School students, some parents and two staff members are preparing to take a trip to Minnesota for the seventh Wilderness Trip the Mahar Fish and Game Club has conducted since 1999. Michael Roche, a retired coach and teacher, is the club’s adviser. … 0

Sun shone on River Rat Race

Sunday, April 13, 2014


Orange shooting trial goes to jury

Friday, April 11, 2014

GREENFIELD — “If you believe the defendant’s story, then Zachery Drew is Batman.” That was part of prosecutor Jeremy Bucci’s closing argument Friday as he argued that there was no way the victim of a 2012 shooting was … 0

Closing arguments today in Sutton trial

Thursday, April 10, 2014

GREENFIELD — If a jury is to convict Corey Sutton of shooting his ex-girlfriend’s nephew, they must agree that Sutton did not act in self- defense. Three days of testimony and evidence, however, have failed to produce two … 0

Neighbors: Montague police chief named Elk’s “Citizen of the Year”

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Hello neighbor. Congratulations to our neighbor Chip Dodge, who happens to be Montague’s police chief, and who recently received the “Citizen of the Year” award from the Montague Elks. Chip told me that he was surprised, honored and … 0

Orange shooting: was it self-defense?

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

GREENFIELD — Did a 20-year-old Orange man have a weapon in hand when he was shot with two .45-caliber slugs? The trial of Corey Sutton of Turners Falls could hang on the answer to that question. In the … 0

Mahar wants 2.7% hike to budget

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

ORANGE — The Mahar Regional School member towns will be asked at annual town meetings this spring to pay $12,055,791 for next academic year. That’s a 2.7 percent budget increase. Teachers’ salaries and a new transportation contract take up a large portion of the increase, with smaller items … 0

Testimony starts in Orange shooting trial

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

GREENFIELD — The defense poked some holes in the testimony of prosecution witnesses in the trial of a Turners Falls man who twice shot his girlfriend’s nephew 16 months ago. On Tuesday, the jury heard from the first witnesses in the case against Corey Sutton, who was 36 … 0