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Rep. Denise Andrews (D-Orange) and Republican candidate Susannah Whipps Lee prepare to begin their debate Saturday at the French King Bowling Alley in Erving. The debate was moderated by Wendell resident Kathy Ann Becker (center). Recorder/Tom Relihan

Andrews, Whipps Lee talk jobs, pipeline, hunting in debate

Sunday, October 19, 2014

ERVING — Jobs and economic development in the North Quabbin region dominated a debate between Rep. Denise Andrews, the 2nd Franklin District’s incumbent Democrat, and her challenger, Republican Susannah Whipps Lee Saturday evening. The debate, which was moderated by former Wendell Town Moderator Kathy Ann Becker and broadcast on Athol-Orange Community Television from the French King Bowling Alley, saw the … 1

Neighbors: Flash: Lobster pierogi make debut at Turners Falls Pumpkinfest

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Lots to tell you about today, so I’m going to get right to it. I’m heading to the Franklin County Pumpkinfest on Avenue A in Turners Falls with grandson Justin and his mommy (Suzanne) later on Saturday afternoon, so I’ll see you there! The fun starts at 2 p.m. and doesn’t … 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 next month because of rising fuel costs to generate that power, but competing Western Massachusetts … 0

New executive director sought for North Quabbin Community Coalition after 14 years

Sunday, October 5, 2014

ORANGE — The executive director position at the North Quabbin Community Coalition is vacant at the moment, following the resignation of 14-year veteran Rebecca Bialecki. Bialecki said in the September issue of the coalition’s newsletter that leaving the position is bittersweet for her. “I am moving into the … 0

Members start shopping at new Quabbin Harvest Co-op

Thursday, October 2, 2014

ORANGE — The long awaited shopping venue for healthy, local and organic foods and other products has finally arrived for Quabbin Harvest Co-op members and will be available to the general public starting Oct. 15. The co-op’s move … 0

Orange library history featured at open house

Thursday, October 2, 2014

ORANGE — In celebration of the Wheeler Memorial Library’s 100 years of service to the community, the Friends of the Orange Public Libraries is hosting an open house on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the library’s Reading Room. … 0

Neighbors: Help for a little cemetery

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Hello neighbor. I recently learned of another example of people working together to help make our community a little nicer. Inmates at the jail went to a small cemetery on Bernardston Road this week to paint the old, faded fence that surrounds Log Plain Cemetery. Many of you … 0

Early morning Orange raid nets suspected drug dealer

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

ORANGE — A raid conducted early Tuesday morning by the Northwestern District Attorney’s Anti-Crime Task Force has led to the arrest of a suspected drug dealer. Myron D. Vacca, 31, of 67 Briggs St., was arrested at 4:05 a.m. and charged with possession of a Class A drug, … 0

Regional Notebook

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Legislators, town officials to meet for breakfast in Conway on Friday CONWAY — Conway will host this year’s Massachusetts Municipal Association Legislative Breakfast for western Massachusetts on Friday, where local officials will have the chance to meet with state legislators and association staff and discuss important topics. The … 0

Athol Hospital nurses join union

Monday, September 29, 2014

ATHOL — Nurses at Athol Hospital have unionized. In an election held among the 47 registered nurses at Athol Hospital on Friday, RNs voted to join the Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United, the state’s largest union of RNs and health care professionals. The election was conducted at the … 0

Garlic eating contest leaves only 1 standing

Sunday, September 28, 2014

ORANGE — All it took was a single clove of raw garlic to send 11-year-old Adrianna Annello running into her father’s arms, eyes watering and tongue stuck out. The 16th annual North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival’s garlic … 0

Warm clothes help needy family

Friday, September 26, 2014

ORANGE — “I think that one is going to be too small for her,” said April Tatro, as her husband, Aldo, tried to pull a small pink knit hat over their 2-year-old daughter Aubree’s tiny head. He tugged … 0

Town Meetings, Sept. 29-Oct. 4

Friday, September 26, 2014

Ashfield Planning Board: Wednesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Board of Selectmen: Wednesday 3 p.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Board of Selectmen: Tuesday 7:30 a.m. in Town Hall. Energy Committee: Wednesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Charlemont Board of Selectmen: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Conservation … 0