Orange

Additional $250,000 needed for Mahar Dam fix

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

ORANGE — The fate of the Mahar Regional School Dam now rests on whether district towns approve borrowing $250,000 to rehabilitate it. The Mahar School Committee has voted “yes” with two members opposed (Johanna Bartlett and Carla Halpern) for the school district to ask Petersham, Wendell, New Salem and Orange for authorization to borrow up to $250,000 to move forward. … 0

Athol man jailed for Orange hit-and-run

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

ORANGE — An Athol man who ran over a pedestrian as he tried to flee a minor fender-bender will spend the next two years in the house of correction. William West, 24, of 218 Drury Ave., pleaded guilty in Franklin Superior Court Tuesday to charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, leaving the … 0

Orange supt. offers more details on grad rates

Monday, April 20, 2015

ORANGE — Mahar Regional School Superintendent Tari N. Thomas says the school’s overall graduation rate gives a misleading picture. Thomas says there are three programs that serve high-school-age students in Orange and they have very different graduation rates. These include Ralph C. Mahar Regional High School, as well as the Gateway to College … 0

Neighbors: Time to be recognized

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’m glad to be back, though I couldn’t believe what I saw when I stepped out of my apartment Thursday morning. I thought the days of that white stuff were done — and what little is … 0

Dexter Park School new principal named

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

ORANGE — Christopher Dodge, the principal of Petersham Center School, has been named the new principal of Dexter Park School. Superintendent Tari N. Thomas welcomed him to the position this week. “Principal (Jennifer) Haggerty’s marvelous shoes will be hard to fill, but Mr. Dodge is eager and passionate … 0

Greenfield, Orange police: let us pick up dirty needles

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

While the Montague police chief has asked for the public’s help in disposing of discarded heroin needles, his counterparts in Greenfield and Orange advise people to let the professionals handle them. Chief Charles “Chip” Dodge said Montague police get calls about discarded syringes on a daily basis, and … 0

Where the funding meets the road

Monday, April 6, 2015

With a six-year, $478 billion federal transportation bill released recently to help close an estimated $1 trillion gap in the nation’s highway and bridge infrastructure and improve rail and public transit, a Franklin County group is scheduling an informational meeting as part of a “Stand Up for Transportation … 2

Wipers on, lights on

Monday, April 6, 2015

GREENFIELD — Today’s forecasted rain showers could put a new law to the test. Starting today, state law requires drivers to turn on their headlights whenever they need to use their windshield wipers, and whenever visibility is less than 500 feet. Previously, headlight use had been required from … 1

Neighbors: Turning pollution into art

Monday, April 6, 2015

Hello neighbor. Several months ago I told you the Connecticut River Watershed was looking for artists who would turn trash found in the watershed into art. Well, CRW found the artists and their art is on display now through May 27 at Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue … 0

Orange snow parking ban is lifted

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

ORANGE — The winter parking ban has been lifted in Orange. Legal on-street parking is allowed on all streets in town. However, town officials are reminding residents that in the event of a snowstorm, vehicles parked on the street will be ticketed and/or towed for impeding snow removal. … 0

Orange fire chief to retire in August

Monday, March 30, 2015

ORANGE — After 38 years as a firefighter, Chief Dennis Annear has announced his retirement. Annear will retire in August, just one month shy of his 23rd anniversary as Orange’s fire chief. He started in Charlemont as a … 0

Neighbors: Busy April ahead in Franklin County

Monday, March 30, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’ve got a lot to tell you about today, so I’m going to get right to it. Enjoy the week. According to the National Weather Service in Taunton, temperatures on Thursday and Friday are supposed to be in the 50s and 60s. Hello spring! ORANGE SENIOR … 0

He found gold on the slopes

Sunday, March 29, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The skiing season is almost over and Franklin County Technical School student Nicholas Saladino can look ahead to a summer of his brothers pushing him at the gym, then getting back to the slopes for … 0