Orange

Pellet bag recycling program is heating up

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

According to program director Amy Donovan, the Franklin County Solid Waste Management District’s pellet bag recycling program is proving to be very popular at the thirteen municipal transfer stations offering the free program. Residents of Bernardston, Buckland, Charlemont, Conway, Deerfield, Leverett, Montague, Northfield, Orange, Rowe, Shelburne, Warwick and Wendell can bring their pellet bags to their town transfer stations and the Greenfield Transfer Station accepts pellet bags free from any … 0

Herk wins Orange selectman seat

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

ORANGE — Walter C. Herk of 25 Church St. won a three-way contest for a seat on the Board of Selectmen, one of two races decided in this week’s annual election. Herk won the three-year seat with 270 votes to incumbent George C.F. Willard’s 131 and Richard P. Sheridan’s 187. The Monday election drew 593 voters, 12.5 percent of the town’s registered voters. … 0

Orange workshop roof collapses from snow; official issues warning

Monday, March 2, 2015

ORANGE — The roof of an abandoned workshop collapsed under the weight of accumulated snow, the damage noticed Monday morning after a light snowstorm. Orange Building Commissioner Brian Gale said the building at 701 East Main St. is a total loss. “It’s an older building and this was the last straw I guess, but I’m not sure when it collapsed, it collapsed I … 0

Rep. Mark files ed. bill

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

GREENFIELD — State Rep. Paul Mark has filed a comprehensive higher education bill designed to tackle student debt, lower costs and increase funding to the state’s colleges and universities. With 34 sections addressing different aspects of higher education … 0

Neighbors: Learn about how state government works

Monday, February 9, 2015

Hello neighbor. Have you always wanted to learn more about our state government and how it works? State Sen. Stan Rosenberg will be holding the 74th Citizens’ Legislative Seminar on April 28 (my birthday) and April 29 from … 0

Lee appointed to child abuse prevention task force

Monday, February 9, 2015

ORANGE — State Rep. Susannah Whipps Lee is part of a new state task force charged with developing plans for preventing child sexual abuse. The task force, created by the Legislature last year, is responsible for creating guidelines … 0

Heart disease, cancer top killers in county

Thursday, February 5, 2015

The state released its latest annual death report in January, with the 2012 Franklin County numbers showing a continued increase in drug deaths while heart disease continues to claim the greatest number of lives. The Department of Public Health compiles statistics from death certificates filed in the state … 0

Farmers weigh-in on Coke’s new beverage: Milk

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

On hearing that Coca-Cola is now going into the milk business, several local dairy farmers just laughed. But when assured “it’s the real thing” — that Coca Cola has started test-marketing Fairlife, its own “premium” milk brand — … 0

Orange needs school board candidates

Monday, February 2, 2015

ORANGE — The Orange Elementary School Committee is in need of candidates. Five positions will be voted on at the election in March, but so far only two incumbents are running and there’s just one newcomer, Ray Younghans. Chairwoman Stephanie Conrod says there’s been much turnover on the … 0

Neighbors: Try to see the beauty in a New England winter

Monday, February 2, 2015

Hello neighbor. The county got lucky last week as Winter Storm Juno buried towns and cities to the east, but barely grazed us. We weren’t so lucky this week. Most of us are still digging out from Winter Storm Linus this morning, if forecasts of about a foot … 0

McGovern named to nutrition subcommittee

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Local congressman Jim McGovern has been named the Democratic ranking member on the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture’s Subcommittee on Nutrition. The subcommittee’s jurisdiction includes policies and statutes relating to nutrition, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food … 0

New outdoor ice rink attracts skaters in Orange’s Butterfield Park

Sunday, February 1, 2015

ORANGE — Renovations mean that Butterfield Park is no longer limited to hosting summer, spring and fall activities. A new ice rink has been installed this winter. “The goal is to make the park a year-round draw,” Community … 0

Historic Putnam Hall demolished in Orange

Sunday, February 1, 2015

ORANGE — The center of town has a gaping hole in it since demolition of Putnam Hall began Saturday. The building, that town officials say has been vacant since the 1980s, was once a center for the arts … 0