Orange

Neighbors: Area wildlife needs our help

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Hello, neighbor. Medicine Mammals in Wendell needs our help. The local Native American nonprofit wildlife rehabilitation center is hoping to raise money to help care for the orphaned and injured wild animals that made their way to the center this winter. Loril Moondream, wildlife rehabilitator and owner of Medicine Mammals, said she is currently caring for raccoons, possums, a flying squirrel and her babies, a baby porcupine and turtles. Loril … 0

National Grid to cut electric rates

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Valley home and business owners can expect some relief from high electric bills this spring. On Monday, National Grid announced that, pending Department of Public Utilities approval, the cost of power is expected to drop from the current rate of more than 16 cents per kilowatt-hour to just above 9 cents per kilowatt-hour, a more than 40 percent decrease, starting May 1. With … 0

Neighbors: Learn about volunteer opportunity with local support team

Monday, March 23, 2015

Hello neighbor. I want to tell you about a great group that’s been serving our community for several years. Community Crisis Support Team, a program of Clinical & Support Options, will host its annual free 15-hour new volunteer training on May 7, 12 and 14 from 4 to 9 p.m. in Greenfield. CCRT mobilizes volunteers to support groups and communities in the aftermath … 0

‘Fiber Towns’ to residents: Prove you want broadband

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The WiredWest high-speed Internet collaborative has started signing up residents of 32 member towns for “Last-Mile” fiber-optic broadband. This is the first step for “fiber towns” to become part of the collaborative’s fiber-optic network. If 40 percent of a fiber town’s households sign up, it shows there is … 0

Wheeler Memorial welcomes new children’s librarian

Friday, March 13, 2015

ORANGE — Mia Cabana is very passionate about being children’s librarian at Wheeler Memorial Library. She’s excited about Story Time Mondays with Mother Goose on the Loose, and Rise and Romp Tuesdays, two programs specifically for young children … 0

Neighbors: Recorder reporter to share his photography

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’d like to put a plug in for one of my colleagues. Shelburne Grange is hosting a photography presentation by Recorder reporter David Rainville on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Fellowship Hall, 17 Little Mohawk Road in Shelburne Center. The event is free and open to … 0

Tech School budget takes transportation hit

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School Committee has approved a $10,159,000 budget, unchanged from this year but with a 5 percent increase in the sum requested from the district’s 19 member towns. The final budget is down $52,000 from the $10,211,000 preliminary budget approved last month. … 0

Neighbors: Time for spring activities

Monday, March 9, 2015

Hello neighbor. Well folks, we’re finally getting a glimpse of spring and I, for one, am loving it. Temperatures are supposed to be in the 40s all of this week — almost reaching 50 on Wednesday — and it looks like the sun is going to shine most … 0

Letter: Closed on weekends

Monday, March 9, 2015

As a member of the National Association of Railroad Passengers, I also would like to express my disapproval of closing the John Olver Transportation Center on weekends. I do not know who’s responsible for this but to keep people out in the cold and the elements is not … 0

State set to drop Orange from school building aid list

Friday, March 6, 2015

ORANGE — The state is apparently pulling Orange out of the waiting line for school building assistance, because voters wouldn’t spend money on a feasibility study. Now, local school officials hope to reapply to get back on the list of towns to which the state gives construction aid. … 0

Orange school board at full strength

Friday, March 6, 2015

ORANGE — Town elections this past Monday resulted in the Orange Elementary School Committee being brought up to its full seven-member capacity. The committee met for the first time Wednesday night with newly elected members Patrick Davis, Amy White and Ray Younghans. “I’m on the Elementary School Committee … 0

Neighbors: Neighbors step up to help longtime disc jockey

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Hello neighbor. There are more fundraisers ahead for longtime disc jockey Ryan Interlande, who needs a heart transplant, so you still have time to help him with his medical expenses. The 39-year-old Montague native, who has been providing many of our parties and events music for more than … 0

Mahar school board votes to save dam

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

ORANGE — After long debate, plans for the dam at Ralph C. Mahar Regional School are heading in the direction of rehabilitation and repair. School Committee members voted to save the dam during a scheduled meeting Tuesday night. The fate of the dam has been a controversial issue … 0