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Used with permission/Historic Railroad Scenes 2015 Calendar Franklin County
This is train No. 55 at 10:41 a.m., and the woman is signalling the engineer that she wants the train to stop. The pickup truck is probably awaiting mail, or a few late edition Boston newspapers, that would be tossed off at speed if there were no passengers to board or disembark.

Neighbors: Local 2015 calendars offer variety

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Hello, neighbor. It’s that time of year — 2015 calendars are here and it’s time for you to decide what you’d like hanging on your wall for 12 months. If you are interested in local history, trains or both, then the Historic Railroad Scenes of Franklin County calendar is for you. Local historians Peter Miller and Alden Dreyer of Shelburne … 0

Political Notebook

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Business group endorses Lee The National Federation of Independent Businesses has endorsed Republican Susannah Whipps Lee of Athol in her bid to unseat Democratic incumbent Rep. Denise Andrews of Orange in the Second Franklin District House race. NFIB cited Lee’s background and the record of her family’s manufacturing business, Whipps, Inc., for creating jobs. Lee said, “These are my peers in the business … 0

Letter: Re-elect Andrews

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

I write to urge the return of Denise Andrews to the Massachusetts House on Nov. 4. Rep. Andrews helped us Massachusetts nurses get “safe patient limits” in all of our ICUs, protecting the safety of our friends and loved ones when they become patients. Denise supports earned sick time and an increase in the minimum wage for all Massachusetts workers. Rep. Andrews continues … 0

FRCOG hopes to build online disaster map

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

BUCKLAND — When Tropical Storm Irene pounded Franklin County, emergency responders and isolated residents cut off by storm damage suddenly found a new use for Twitter and Facebook on their cellphones: asking others about, and reporting on local washouts, flooding and downed trees. Now, the Franklin Regional Council … 0

Mahar Cancer Walk set for Saturday

Monday, October 6, 2014

ORANGE — The ninth annual Mahar Cancer Walk will take place on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the track behind the Mahar Regional School at 507 South Main Street. Since its inception, the Mahar Cancer Walk has raised over $16,000. Any area residents who are … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy autumn while you can

Monday, October 6, 2014

Hello neighbor. Can you believe it? The leaves are falling from the trees as the crisp days of fall nudge us toward the bitter chill of winter. There are only three full moons left this year: the Full … 0

New executive director sought for North Quabbin Community Coalition after 14 years

Sunday, October 5, 2014

ORANGE — The executive director position at the North Quabbin Community Coalition is vacant at the moment, following the resignation of 14-year veteran Rebecca Bialecki. Bialecki said in the September issue of the coalition’s newsletter that leaving the position is bittersweet for her. “I am moving into the … 0

Members start shopping at new Quabbin Harvest Co-op

Thursday, October 2, 2014

ORANGE — The long awaited shopping venue for healthy, local and organic foods and other products has finally arrived for Quabbin Harvest Co-op members and will be available to the general public starting Oct. 15. The co-op’s move … 0

Orange library history featured at open house

Thursday, October 2, 2014

ORANGE — In celebration of the Wheeler Memorial Library’s 100 years of service to the community, the Friends of the Orange Public Libraries is hosting an open house on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the library’s Reading Room. … 0

Neighbors: Help for a little cemetery

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Hello neighbor. I recently learned of another example of people working together to help make our community a little nicer. Inmates at the jail went to a small cemetery on Bernardston Road this week to paint the old, faded fence that surrounds Log Plain Cemetery. Many of you … 0

Early morning Orange raid nets suspected drug dealer

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

ORANGE — A raid conducted early Tuesday morning by the Northwestern District Attorney’s Anti-Crime Task Force has led to the arrest of a suspected drug dealer. Myron D. Vacca, 31, of 67 Briggs St., was arrested at 4:05 a.m. and charged with possession of a Class A drug, … 0

Regional Notebook

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Legislators, town officials to meet for breakfast in Conway on Friday CONWAY — Conway will host this year’s Massachusetts Municipal Association Legislative Breakfast for western Massachusetts on Friday, where local officials will have the chance to meet with state legislators and association staff and discuss important topics. The … 0

Athol Hospital nurses join union

Monday, September 29, 2014

ATHOL — Nurses at Athol Hospital have unionized. In an election held among the 47 registered nurses at Athol Hospital on Friday, RNs voted to join the Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United, the state’s largest union of RNs and health care professionals. The election was conducted at the … 0