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Neighbors: Beloved former teacher still going strong at 88

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Hello neighbors. For those of you who graduated from Turners Falls High School and remember with great respect and admiration your former history teacher, George F. Bush — no, not one of our former presidents — try to get your hands on a copy of the Oct. 27 Boston Globe. On Page D6 you’ll find a story about the 88-year-old, who was recently found partying in the Gillette Stadium parking … 0

Letter: Join me for Lee

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The first time I met Susannah Whipps Lee I had no idea who she was, nor she I. We were at a lunch counter, making small talk about business, community and life. We shared so many commonalities in our story that we became instantly and importantly intertwined. I have watched as she has served her native Town of Athol with care and concern. … 0

‘I am the Second Franklin District’

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Athol Selectman Susannah Whipps Lee says she challenging incumbent state Rep. Denise Andrews for the Second Franklin House District because she wants to put skills learned in helping run her family’s manufacturing business to work boosting the economic health of the 12-town district. A seventh-generation Athol resident, the Republican candidate lost a three-way … 0

Will power price spike tilt favor for pipeline?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

When National Grid announced recently that it will hike electricity prices this winter, that was enough to raise some eyebrows. Not only will its Massachusetts Electric customers be seeing their bills jump by more than a third beginning … 0

Legislators push back on planned electric rate hikes

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Rep. Denise Andrews, D-Orange, is among more than a dozen legislators calling on the state Department of Public Utilities to examine the impact of its recent approval of a 37 percent rate hike for National Grid customers beginning … 0

Political Notebook

Monday, October 13, 2014

Andrews forum set for Saturday in Erving Rep. Denise Andrews, the Democratic incumbent seeking re-election in the Second Franklin District, has scheduled the first in a series of “forums” to discuss issues at stake in the Nov. 4 election, in which the legislator from Orange faces a challenge … 0

Letter: Seeing the beauty

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Railroad Salvage: In 1954-55, after graduation from GHS, I worked at this store, upstairs where men’s suits were being made. I was doing the shipping orders. Downstairs, on a very large machine, I was punching out time cards. My boss and owner, Mr. Bill Palestine, who was so … 0

Legislative candidate forums set for Tuesday, Saturday

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Voters in 16 Franklin County towns will get a chance in the coming week to hear legislative candidates in the Nov. 4 election. And just as those local races have been few and far between in this election, so will the upcoming forums be the single chance to … 0

Orange gets grant for accessible waterfront

Thursday, October 9, 2014

ORANGE — A state grant has been awarded to the town to support a proposed Re-Centering Around the River Project. The project will add a trail along the Millers River and include an accessible fishing site and a canoe/kayak launch at one end as well as a floating … 0

Orange celebrates the harvest this Sunday

Thursday, October 9, 2014

ORANGE — Celebrate the Harvest, the 23rd annual Car Show and Parade, will relocate to the Orange Airport this year. The new location is a move from its home of prior years, Butterfield Park, which is under renovation. The event presented by the Orange Business Association will be … 0

Neighbors: Double Take Fringe Festival a week away

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Hello neighbor. The Double Take Fringe Festival will take over eight venues, all within walking distance, in downtown Greenfield again this year. On Oct. 17 and 18, eight shows will be presented and you can attend all of them throughout the weekend with a weekend pass that will … 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