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Orange selectmen, center, Kathy Reinig with hat, David Ames, Herk on the right,  talk with cemetery superintendent Joshua Knechtel and Town Administrator, Diana Schindler, left. Photo/Tracey Prohaska Carroll

Whole lot of shake-up going on

Friday, May 1, 2015

ORANGE — Walter Herk joining the Board of Selectman this March is bringing some change and new ideas to Town Hall. Roles have been rotated, with David Ames becoming chairman, Kathy Reinig becoming vice chairwoman and Herk filling the role of clerk. However, shifting titles has little to do with the approach Herk says he intends to bring to the … 0

Neighbors: Time to help another young neighbor in need

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Hello neighbor. Another young neighbor and her family need our help. Five-year-old Langston Mackenzie Secore needs a non invasive treatment for her scoliosis, which she was diagnosed with at Shriners Hospital for Children in Springfield. The treatment is meant to prevent or delay more invasive surgery. She’s supposed to attend ScoliSMART Scoliosis Boot Camp in Pennsylvania for two weeks beginning June 15 to … 0

Yankee Magazine names three local businesses ‘best’ of New England

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Blueberry doughnuts, Polish food and tubing down the Deerfield River have all been recognized this year by Yankee Magazine as being the “best” in New England. The magazine’s editors said “the moist, slightly crumbly blueberry doughnut represents the perfect balance of cake and glaze,” when writing about Adams Donuts at 348 Federal St. … 0

Orange selectmen’s meeting canceled

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

ORANGE — The town Board of Selectmen’s meeting scheduled for tonight has been canceled. The board will meet next Wednesday, April 22, at 6:30 p.m., its regularly scheduled meeting time. … 0

Making the switch

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

BOSTON — Amid pressure from legislators and upset consumers, state utility regulators have eliminated a 15-year-old rule that required electricity suppliers to recalculate the bills of customers when they switch from their basic service to a competitor. The practice has cost customers, dozens of whom are from western … 0

Neighbors: Paint and Sip awakens my inner artist

Monday, April 13, 2015

Hello neighbor. A group of friends and family gathering together to paint on canvas, while sipping their favorite beverages, has become a national trend. In this area, two of the companies that provide such entertainment — at least … 1

Video: Racing rats flood river

Sunday, April 12, 2015

ORANGE — Historically, a cannon’s blast tends to have been the harbinger of the end of a boat’s time in the water, but in Orange on Saturday afternoon, it signaled the beginning for the 242 canoeists that furiously … 0

River Rat Race festivities are today

Friday, April 10, 2015

ORANGE — The 52nd River Rat Race, an annual Athol-to-Orange rollicking canoe race in the swollen Millers River, inaugurates spring today. The race, born of a bar room bet decades ago, has evolved into a cross between amateur … 0

Tech School seeks OK to borrow $2.45M

Thursday, April 9, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School District will ask the residents of its 19 member towns to go to the polls at a special districtwide election June 23 to approve what they expect to be $2.45 … 0

Neighbors: Time to be recognized

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’m glad to be back, though I couldn’t believe what I saw when I stepped out of my apartment Thursday morning. I thought the days of that white stuff were done — and what little is … 0

Dexter Park School new principal named

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

ORANGE — Christopher Dodge, the principal of Petersham Center School, has been named the new principal of Dexter Park School. Superintendent Tari N. Thomas welcomed him to the position this week. “Principal (Jennifer) Haggerty’s marvelous shoes will be hard to fill, but Mr. Dodge is eager and passionate … 0

Greenfield, Orange police: let us pick up dirty needles

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

While the Montague police chief has asked for the public’s help in disposing of discarded heroin needles, his counterparts in Greenfield and Orange advise people to let the professionals handle them. Chief Charles “Chip” Dodge said Montague police get calls about discarded syringes on a daily basis, and … 0

Where the funding meets the road

Monday, April 6, 2015

With a six-year, $478 billion federal transportation bill released recently to help close an estimated $1 trillion gap in the nation’s highway and bridge infrastructure and improve rail and public transit, a Franklin County group is scheduling an informational meeting as part of a “Stand Up for Transportation … 2