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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 States, Canada, Great Britain and Bermuda, is the order’s ultimate reward for exceptional devotion to the principles and ideals of caring for … 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. A trooper patrolling the area called in the fire after driving up on the scene, … 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. Colrain Conservation Commission: Tuesday 7 p.m. in Town Office. Board of Health: Wednesday 6:30 p.m. … 0

Orange saves with aggregate electricity buy

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

ORANGE — Electricity customers in Orange could see a possible 12 percent savings in a year. That decrease is based on the town’s decision to join the Community Choice Aggregation Program of the Hampshire Council of Governments. The aggregation now includes 51 municipalities and is the largest electricity … 0

Orange to celebrate marriage equality with boat parade, other festivities Friday

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

ORANGE — A family-friendly celebration of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage will include music, food and a boat parade Friday evening. It begins at the boathouse on East River Street. The celebration kicks off at 6 p.m. with an official welcome, the ringing of … 0

FRTA proposes Montague-Greenfield line cut

Monday, July 20, 2015

MONTAGUE — Riders on the Route 22 bus line between Montague and Greenfield may see changes as early as this fall if a proposal by the Franklin Regional Transit Authority to discontinue the line and combine it with the Route 32 line between Orange and Greenfield is put … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy some ice cream this week

Monday, July 20, 2015

Hello neighbor. Did you know that the origins of ice cream go way back to before ancient Roman times? Emperors would order ice be brought from mountains and covered with fruit. Over time, recipes for ices, sherbets, and … 0

Two Athol men arrested in raid on suspected meth lab

Monday, July 20, 2015

ATHOL — Two local men were brought up on methamphetamine manufacturing charges after several law-enforcement agencies descended on their home in an early morning raid. James Robert Bennet, 38, and Ryan Ritter, 36, both of 244 Conant Road, pleaded innocent in Orange District Court to charges of manufacturing … 0

Weekly Town Meetings, July 20-25

Friday, July 17, 2015

Ashfield Board of Health: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Assessors: Wednesday 11 a.m. in Town Hall. Board of Selectmen: Wednesday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Special town meeting: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Charlemont Hawlemont Regional School Committee: Tuesday 4:30 p.m. in Hawlemont. Colrain … 0

Neighbors: Reunion planned on Catamount Hill in Colrain

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Hello neighbor. The 29th Quinquennial Reunion of families who settled Catamount Hill, an historic section of Colrain, will be held Aug. 1 at Colrain Central School, 22 Jacksonville Road. The gathering will begin at 10 a.m. and there will be a guided hike on Catamount Hill on Aug. … 0

Area businesses implement new sick time law

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

GREENFIELD — The state’s new earned sick time law went into effect earlier this month, but many Franklin County employers say it hasn’t changed their operations all that much. Under the new law, passed by voter referendum in the fall, Massachusetts companies with more than 11 employees must … 0

Area schools get grants for homeless students

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Greenfield and Orange are among 28 Massachusetts school systems that will receive federally funded homeless education grants to help ensure that homeless students enroll in school, attend and have the opportunity to succeed in their school work. The districts to receive this grant money collectively serve about 12,000 … 0

Four go to hospital after Orange crash

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

ORANGE — Four people involved in a motor vehicle accident on Route 202 in Orange were transported to the hospital with minor injuries Wednesday afternoon, according to Orange police. The drivers of the two vehicles involved in the crash were identified as Judith Shaw, 67, of Warwick and … 0