James Young sitting at his desk Monday on the first day of his new job of being Acting Fire Chief for the Orange Fire Department. Young Joined the department in 1998 as a call firefighter and became a permanent firefighter in 2003. He became a paramedic in 2005 and was promoted to Captain in 2009. In 2012, he became the department's training officer and public education coordinator, jobs which he will remain at. His goal to start with is to intense training and try to get the town to replace a 2005 Ambulance that has a broken frame.

New fire chief, but a familiar face

Sunday, August 30, 2015

ORANGE — Born and raised in Orange, James Young Jr., the town’s new fire chief, has many goals in store for the squad as he transitions into his new position. First, he intends to fill two vacant entry-level firefighter positions, which will bring the department to full strength. And just as he stepped on board a week ago, the department’s … 0

Faith Matters: ‘Enough is enough!’

Friday, August 28, 2015

(Editor's note: The following is a submission to The Recorder's weekly column titled “Faith Matters.” Each Saturday, a different faith leader in Franklin County offers a personal religious perspective in this space. An accompanying sidebar offers a brief description of his or her place of worship. For information on becoming part of this … 0

Neighbors: New book tells story of 1896 Trolley No. 10

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Hello, neighbor. Over the past week, there’s been a lot of activity at the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum at 14 Depot St. Visitors have been busy signing a copy of the “Little Yellow Trolley,” a book that follows the history of the 1896 Trolley No. 10. It was written by museum member Marie … 0

Leominster man hospitalized after Route 2 crash in Orange

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

ORANGE — A Leominster man has been hospitalized following a crash on Route 2 Tuesday morning. State trooper Bill Christie said the crash occurred around 10:33 a.m. when the man was driving a pickup easterly near Exit 16 and crossed into the opposite lane, striking a tree. The … 0

Neighbors: Franklin County Fair’s Got Talent competition begins

Monday, August 10, 2015

Hello neighbor. It’s that time again — the search is on for Franklin County’s most talented. If you’d like to make it to Franklin County Fair’s Got Talent stage, you’ve got just a few more days to submit a link to the video or audio showing everyone your … 0

Anti-pipeliners eyes turn to Otis: Taking of state-protected land could set precedent

Friday, August 7, 2015

A state House bill to carve 15 acres of state forest land in Berkshire County for a 13-mile Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. project is raising eyebrows — and voices — among opponents of the company’s larger Northeast Energy Direct pipeline that would cut across Franklin County. The proposed … 0

Grandma’s life of adventure: Barbara Cominoli brings her son, granddaughter to skydive at Jumptown

Friday, August 7, 2015

ORANGE — Cruising at 15,000 feet, 81-year-old Barbara Cominoli strapped a helmet over her curly, white hair, put on a pair of goggles, crossed her arms and scooted to the back of the plane. She took a moment … 0

Dreaming up a new vision for downtown

Thursday, August 6, 2015

ORANGE — A plan to transform the riverfront and downtown area of Orange will be presented at a family event to be held at the Fire Station on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The fire trucks will be moved … 0

Letter: More than the arts

Thursday, August 6, 2015

In regards to the article “Statewide arts funding increases” (Aug. 1), in addition to wonderful arts-related programs, it is lesser known that the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) also supports several science and environmental initiatives. Seeds of Solidarity’s SOL Garden program for North Quabbin youth relies on funding from … 0

Neighbors: Manhattan Dolls coming to Athol

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Hello neighbor. If you’d like to hop aboard the “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” head to the Athol High School auditorium Aug. 16 from 2 to 4 p.m., when the New York City-based Manhattan Dolls, who perform in the style of the Andrews Sisters, will bring the memorable music of … 0

Neighbors: Dick Henry receives highest Moose honor

Monday, August 3, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’d like to congratulate Richard “Dick” Henry of Greenfield, a member of Greenfield Lodge No. 997 Loyal Order of Moose, who has received the Pilgrim Degree of Merit, which is the highest honor bestowed a member. The degree, currently held by very few throughout the United … 0

Driver unharmed in Route 2 truck fire

Monday, August 3, 2015

ORANGE — The driver of a truck towing a trailer along Route 2 was able to escape without injury after his vehicle caught fire Monday morning between exits 14 and 15. Trooper Bob Holland of the Massachusetts State Police Athol barracks said the incident occurred around 11 a.m. … 0

Weekly Town Meetings

Friday, July 31, 2015

Ashfield Board of Assessors: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Master Plan Steering Committee: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of Selectmen: Wednesday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Conservation Commission: Monday 6:15 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of Assessors: Thursday 4:30 p.m. in Town Hall. … 0