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Neighbors: ’Tis the season of giving

Monday, November 30, 2015

Hello neighbor. Diggity Dogs Service Dogs, a nonprofit in Shelburne Falls, will tour the valley today to thank the community for another year of support. Diggity Dogs will also be raising awareness for #GivingTuesday, which is today. Following two of the biggest shopping days of the year — Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday is a global movement of generosity, which began in 2012. New York’s 92nd Street Y partnered … 0

Authors Yolen and Bartok to speak at Moore-Leland Library in North Orange

Monday, November 30, 2015

ORANGE — The Moore-Leland Library in North Orange will welcome award-winning authors Mira Bartok and Jane Yolen for an intimate evening of conversation and readings for adults on Thursday at 7 p.m. Artist and writer Bartok is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir “The Memory Palace,” which won the 2012 … 0

Climate March comes to North Quabbin Sunday

Thursday, November 26, 2015

As France prepares for next week’s gathering of world leaders to act on climate change, a range of citizens from the Quabbin Region will join with over 2,500 other groups around the world to stage the Global People’s Climate March for the Earth. The North Quabbin People’s March will take place on Sunday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Uptown Common, Athol. … 0

Neighbors: More local calendars released

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Hello neighbor. The Franklin County Regional Dog Shelter and Adoption Center has just released its new 2016 calendar, which is filled with four-legged beauties. The calendar also includes more than 30 photos and bios of dogs that have been adopted. You can count off the days of 2016 … 0

Jumptown fire accidental

Thursday, November 12, 2015

ORANGE — Although what precisely caused a fire that destroyed two trailers and a vehicle at the Jumptown skydiving facility remains unknown, the Orange Fire Department has ruled that the fire was accidental. “No cause has yet been determined,” said Orange Fire Chief Jim Young. The fire started … 0

More offers for Rodney Hunt workers

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

ORANGE — In the wake of Rodney Hunt Co.’s announcement last week that it will shutter its Orange factory by the end of the year, local and national companies who manufacture similar products have been reaching out with job opportunities to the company’s 200 soon-to-be-unemployed workers. Those offers … 0

Skydiving instructor loses all in Jumptown fire

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

ORANGE — An early morning fire that destroyed two recreational vehicle campers and a sports utility vehicle at the Jumptown skydiving facility at 31 C St. on Wednesday remains under investigation. No one was injured in what could … 0

Orange enforces smoke-free rules

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

ORANGE — Residents should be noticing no-smoking signs placed in and around the town’s municipal buildings. The notices, while new, are a result of a regulation put into place last year, making all municipal property smoke-free. Board of Health Agent,Andrea Crete says with signs, reinforcing the smoking regulation … 0

Letter: Fueling our polarization

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

It is so disappointing to read the continuing saga of Tim Grant’s complete disdain for U.S. citizens who favor the Democratic Party. I would go so far as to characterize his writings as hateful. Does he really hate more than half the people in our country who voted … 1

Local company reaches out to laid-off Rodney Hunt employees

Saturday, November 7, 2015

ORANGE — Rodney Hunt employees who are trying to line up another job once the plant closes its doors are encouraged to check out open positions at a Greenfield machine shop. Steven Capshaw, the CEO of VSS — … 0

WiredWest to reorganize as role changes

Friday, November 6, 2015

Now that so many towns without broadband access have voted to borrow millions for a “last mile” fiber optic network, WiredWest has drafted an operating agreement for those that want join a regional fiber-optic network that will be run by WiredWest. The 40-page draft was discussed Friday between … 0

Where do 200 laid-off workers go? State, local officials working to relocate Rodney Hunt employees

Thursday, November 5, 2015

ORANGE — Following Wednesday’s announcement that Rodney Hunt Co. will close its doors and lay off 200 people by the end of the year, the state has deployed its unemployment rapid response team to the Orange-based water control … 0

Orange crash injures 1

Thursday, November 5, 2015

ORANGE — An Orange resident was transported to Athol Hospital in an ambulance Friday morning when her car struck a pine tree. The woman received minor injuries to her face and torso. She was traveling with her cat who appeared to be unharmed, according to Orange Fire Department … 0