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Andrews blasts mailing as ‘misleading attack’

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Rep. Denise Andrews, D-Orange, is lashing out against what she says is a “misleading attack mailing” by the conservative advocacy organization Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance “on behalf of the Republican party,” criticizing her voting record as her re-election campaign gets underway. The two-term incumbent, who faces a second Republican challenge by Athol Selectman Susannah Whipps Lee, said in a written statement Sunday that a second mailing by Mass. Fiscal Alliance — which describes itself as “an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to fiscal responsibility in government,” but whose favored candidates reads like a roster of Republican legislators — is filled with misrepresentations of her voting record. … 0

Local cultural councils seek funding proposals

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

ORANGE — The Orange Cultural Council has $4,580 to give out for local projects. The council is hosting a special session to help applicants review and fill in applications on Sept. 20 from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Moore-Leland Library in North Orange, which is fully accessible. Applications are now available at the Wheeler Memorial Library in Orange, the Moore-Leland Library or … 0

Shelter from the harm

Monday, September 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — By January 2015, victims of child abuse and sexual assault in Franklin County will have a safe and comfortable place to report the incidents to police and medical professionals. The Northwestern Children’s Advocacy Project, is renovating an old house on Wisdom Way to serve as a child-friendly center where a multidisciplinary … 0

Lee backs repeal of gas tax indexing

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Fresh from a victory in Tuesday’s Republican primary, in which she captured 63 percent of the vote, Second Franklin House District candidate Susannah Whipps Lee emphasized her support for a ballot initiative to repeal indexing of increases in the state’s gasoline tax to inflation. Question 1 would leave … 1

Athol man convicted of attempted rape

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

ATHOL — A local man has been sent to state prison after a jury found him guilty of attempted rape and other charges. Phillip Gautreau, 37, of 401 South St., was sentenced Tuesday by Superior Court Judge Bertha Josephson to four to six years in the Walpole state … 0

It’s primary day, who’s on the ballot?

Monday, September 8, 2014

Massachusetts voters are heading to the polls on primary day today to narrow down the Democratic and Republican candidates for a slew of political offices. The only local race in Franklin County, affecting six towns in the Second Franklin House District, pits a political newcomer against an Athol … 0

Neighbors: Shelburne man repairs cemetery signs

Monday, September 8, 2014

Hello neighbor. If you happen to be driving along Route 2 through Charlemont, take notice of the new signs at the entrances to its three cemeteries. Les Chadwick, our neighbor from Shelburne, recently replaced the posts that hold … 0

Do Rodney Hunt layoffs violate tax deal?

Friday, September 5, 2014

ORANGE — Local and state officials are investigating whether a 174-year-old manufacturer is living up to a four-year tax-break deal because it appears the company has laid off a number of employees in the past few months instead of adding jobs. Rodney Hunt-Fontaine Inc., which manufactures valves and … 0

Ballot initiative to repeal gas tax measure fuels debate

Friday, September 5, 2014

It won’t be on the ballot until November, but the campaign to repeal indexing gasoline tax increases to the inflation rate is already receiving plenty of attention, especially in the Republican primary race in the Second Franklin House District. Anyone driving through Orange, Gill, Erving, Warwick, New Salem … 0

Neighbors: All’s fair this weekend, especially fried dough

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Hello neighbor. Has anyone else noticed this was a very long short week? I don’t know if it was the intense heat and humidity or what, but the weekend is here and it’s fair time. The Franklin County Fair opened last night with its parade along Main Street. … 0

2nd district hopefuls vie for GOP rep nod

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The sole local primary race in Franklin County on Tuesday pits two North Quabbin Republican women against one another, with the winner going on to challenge two-term incumbent Democrat Rep. Denise Andrews of Orange in November. Both Karen … 0

Fair thee well

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

GREENFIELD — Franklin County Fair president Fred Steiner barely made it past the stables at the Franklin County Fairgrounds before Adam Martin, of Martin’s Farm in Greenfield, emerged from an old red barn and flagged him down. As … 0

Affordable housing? ‘Can-do-minimum’

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

In Orange’s plans to revitalize its downtown and develop the Millers Falls waterfront, a big challenge is what to do with three vacant, hulking mill buildings. Right now, the town is working with the owner of an empty cereal mill and seeking MassWorks funding to convert the brick … 0