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Neighbors: Local organization head raises money for hungry

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Hello neighbor. On Sept. 27, Andrew Morehouse, the executive editor of The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, pedalled 100 miles through Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire to help end hunger in western Massachusetts. The food bank’s 5th annual Will Bike 4 Food charity cycling event raised more than $100,000, with Andrew raising $6,160 of that amount. He said 280 riders of all ages participated — some biked 10 miles, some … 1

New brews coming soon: Orange craft brewery ready to hop to it

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

ORANGE — Jay Sullivan and Sean Nolan are ready to start brewing beer. The partners are opening Honest Weight Artisan Brewery at the 131 West Main St. Orange Innovation Center. After months of hard work and committing themselves to a more-than-full-time schedule, they are equipped to share their passion with the public. They … 0

Of compost and community: Orange company contributes to sustainable local food cycle

Monday, September 28, 2015

ORANGE — Compost happens, and Rick Innes of Clear View Composting simply helps it along, bucket by bucket. His 8-year-old operation, Innes claims, is the smallest commercial composting business around — or the largest commercial composter using manual labor. It’s based in the town’s Randall Pond industrial park. The handmade compost operation was … 0

Neighbors: Local photographer captures life at Heath Fair

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Hello neighbor. Some of you may know our supremely talented neighbor Matt Cavanaugh, a photojournalist and professional wedding and event photographer who lives in Greenfield with his wife Nicole and their two young sons. Matt spent three days … 0

Paved paradise: Mini parks pop up for the day

Thursday, September 17, 2015

A little lawn, a little tree, a little park can be a comforting addition to any downtown ... if only for a few days. That’s the plan for a single Main Street parking space in Greenfield and one in Orange today, as part of a collaboration on PARK(ing) … 0

Orange seeks input on Open Space Plan

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

ORANGE — The Town of Orange is looking for input from residents to help the Open Space and Recreation Planning Committee update its goals for the next seven years. A public survey is now available that asks residents about open space protection efforts that are important to them, … 0

Orange has money to spend on local arts activities

Monday, September 14, 2015

ORANGE — The Orange Cultural Council has been awarded $5,100 to pass on to local arts activities. Applications are now available at the Wheeler Memorial Library in Orange, the Moore-Leland Library in North Orange or online at www.massculturalcouncil.org/orange. Two copies of each application must be submitted to the … 0

Neighbors: Garlic and Arts Festival returns Sept. 26 and 27

Monday, September 14, 2015

Hello neighbor. When a group of North Quabbin neighbors, artists and farmers first conceived an idea for an event years ago, the North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival was born. It was simply meant to ignite the cultural … 0

Vision for Orange starts with a few small steps

Friday, September 11, 2015

ORANGE — A dozen and a half Orange residents and business owners gathered at Trail Head Outfitters Wednesday night for the first of a series of meetings to continue discussion of the planning vision for the town. The … 0

New accountant for Orange

Sunday, September 13, 2015

ORANGE — Orange welcomed new Town Accountant Gail Weiss to the position Wednesday night after a second interview held by the Board of Selectmen during their meeting. “Pending a successful negotiation of terms,” said Vice Chairwoman Kathy Reinig. … 0

Neighbors: All’s Fair in Franklin County this weekend

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Hello neighbor. THE FRANKLIN COUNTY FAIR HAS BEGUN and with it, lots of fun. There will be lots of fair food — Yum! — rides, games and entertainment. You’ll see plenty of apple pies this year because the fair will continue its long-standing tradition of holding an apple … 0

Student restaurant opens at Tech School for school year

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School’s Apprentice Restaurant opens to the public Sept. 22. The restaurant is open for lunch only, Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The menu is posted online daily at www.fcts.org/apprentice/menu.html. Students and staff in the culinary arts program … 0

‘Scent-sational’ Garlic & Arts Fest approaches

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

ORANGE — The 17th Annual North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival will be a “scent-sational” place to be on Sept. 26 and 27. About 100 booths feature juried regional artists, local farm products, garlic cuisine, healing arts and … 0