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Town Meetings, Sept. 7 to 12

Friday, September 4, 2015

Ashfield Board of Assessors: Tuesday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Finance Committee: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Selectboard: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Special town meeting: Tuesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Conservation Commission: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Special election: Thursday 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Website Content Committee: Tuesday 10 a.m. in Town Hall. Master Steering Planning Committee: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. … 0

Neighbors: Be aware of childhood cancer and do something, if you can

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Hello neighbor. It’s every parent’s worst nightmare, and it became reality for our neighbors Jeffrey and Bobbi Hampton of Greenfield, who lost their beautiful daughter Ally to childhood cancer in 2014. Alexandria “Ally” Katlyn Hampton was 20 when she died in May of last year, succumbing to the terrible disease that no one … 0

Pizza shop makes way for Mexican food

Thursday, September 3, 2015

ORANGE — Amid the town’s sub shops, pizza places and Chinese restaurants, Dennis Bratcher and his girlfriend Elizabeth Rivera decided to do something different. The location that used to be the old Orange House of Pizza and more recently Carlucci’s Pizza, is now the couple’s dream, Midnight Mexican. Bratcher says he’s been retired for five years, and the opportunity just fell in his … 0

Neighbors: Remember the power your words have and use them wisely

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Hello neighbor. I have lots to tell you about today. Before I go into what’s happening in the county, I’d like to tell you about an unsigned note I received from one of you fine folks, and then … 0

Sept. 12 festival benefits Orange parks

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

ORANGE — Fall is right around the corner, and so is the annual Celebrate Orange festival, featuring fun, food and music. The event will be held Sept. 12 at Riverfront Park on East River Street in Orange to help raise money for the parks of Orange, which are … 0

Moves in the Park series ends Thursday

Monday, August 17, 2015

ORANGE — Friendly Town Movies in the Park closes out its free summer outdoor movie program Thursday night. Disney’s “Into the Woods” will be the summer’s final film at Riverfront Park. The movie, which features Meryl Streep, is a modern twist on Brothers Grimm fairy tales. The original … 0

Shoppers take advantage of tax-free weekend

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Tax-free weekend came and went again this weekend. Sunday, the stores that were open seemed busy or reported brisk sales. But many were closed as usual, despite the potential draw of tax-free sales. At the WalMart in Orange, … 0

Neighbors: Our neighbors are in our thoughts

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Hello neighbor. I told you a nice story the other day about a neighbor who was admitted to Baystate Franklin Medical Center with a respiratory infection, who ended up being diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. I’m sorry to … 0

A river runs through it

Thursday, August 13, 2015

ORANGE — A crowd of roughly 75 people gathered in the fire station to hear about a brand new-vision for downtown Orange. Spearheaded by the town’s Community Development Director Kevin Kennedy, Wendesday’s event was the culmination of an … 0

Take me to the river: Orange looks at downtown boost

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

ORANGE — A river walk, extending Memorial Park across Water Street with stairs down to the river and converting the fire station into a waterfront restaurant are just some of the ideas that were conveyed Wednesday night at … 0

Little Caesars eyes Franklin County

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

GREENFIELD — Greenfield and Orange residents stand to have another option for quick, easy pizza in the near future: Little Caesars of Detroit, famous for its toga-clad mascot and his “Pizza, pizza!” catchphrase, is planning locations in both towns. Greenfield had a Little Caesars pizza store on Federal … 0

Leominster man hospitalized after Route 2 crash in Orange

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

ORANGE — A Leominster man has been hospitalized following a crash on Route 2 Tuesday morning. State trooper Bill Christie said the crash occurred around 10:33 a.m. when the man was driving a pickup easterly near Exit 16 and crossed into the opposite lane, striking a tree. The … 0

Neighbors: Franklin County Fair’s Got Talent competition begins

Monday, August 10, 2015

Hello neighbor. It’s that time again — the search is on for Franklin County’s most talented. If you’d like to make it to Franklin County Fair’s Got Talent stage, you’ve got just a few more days to submit a link to the video or audio showing everyone your … 0