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Regional Notebook

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Legislators, town officials to meet for breakfast in Conway on Friday CONWAY — Conway will host this year’s Massachusetts Municipal Association Legislative Breakfast for western Massachusetts on Friday, where local officials will have the chance to meet with state legislators and association staff and discuss important topics. The breakfast will be held in the Conway Town Hall from 8 to 10 a.m. According to Selectboard Chairman John O’Rourke, it will … 0

Athol Hospital nurses join union

Monday, September 29, 2014

ATHOL — Nurses at Athol Hospital have unionized. In an election held among the 47 registered nurses at Athol Hospital on Friday, RNs voted to join the Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United, the state’s largest union of RNs and health care professionals. The election was conducted at the hospital by the National Labor Relations Board. The MNA already represents more than 23,000 nurses … 0

Garlic eating contest leaves only 1 standing

Sunday, September 28, 2014

ORANGE — All it took was a single clove of raw garlic to send 11-year-old Adrianna Annello running into her father’s arms, eyes watering and tongue stuck out. The 16th annual North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival’s garlic eating contest had claimed its first victim. The festival was held Saturday and Sunday off … 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 … 0

Sustainable film fest seeks submissions

Monday, September 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — There’s still time to get your short film into the running for the third annual Pioneer Valley Transition Towns Film Festival. Films seven minutes or shorter on sustainable living will be accepted until Oct. 17. The top films will be screened and awards announced starting at … 0

Neighbors: Support a local gem

Monday, September 15, 2014

Hello neighbor. I wanted to take a couple of minutes today to remind you folks of how lucky we are to have a real gem here in the county. I was talking with my friend Judy on Monday … 0

Orange Community Service Days prep Butterfield for renovations

Monday, September 15, 2014

ORANGE — The second in a series of three community service days will take place Saturday in Butterfield Park. A part of the Butterfield Park Renovation Project, the service day will help ready the park for the major upgrades to come. Work will begin at 9 a.m. and … 0

Will $150K be enough to save Mahar dam?

Sunday, September 14, 2014

ORANGE — Will available funding be enough to save Mahar dam? That is the question for discussion at the next Mahar School Committee Finance and Facilities meeting slated for 2 p.m. on Sept. 22 at the school. The … 0

‘The wall is coming down’

Friday, September 12, 2014

ORANGE — The Orange veteran who set out in March to hike the 2,180-mile Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine did not make it all the way because of an injury, but he said he came back a … 0

Rep. Andrews to host office hours

Friday, September 12, 2014

ORANGE – Second Franklin District State Rep. Denise Andrews will host another round of office hours for constituents and community groups in Athol, Orange, and Templeton in the coming weeks. She also announced a new tool for constituents to connect with the office regarding constituent services and other … 0

Mostly smooth sailing for Orange elementary consolidation

Friday, September 12, 2014

ORANGE — Consolidation of Butterfield and Dexter Park schools this fall was successful, School Superintendent Tari N. Thomas said this week. The decision by the Orange School Committee was necessitated by budgetary constraints. Thomas told the School Committee … 0

Narcan OD first aid training offered

Friday, September 12, 2014

ORANGE — Do you want to learn how to help someone who has overdosed on heroin? CHD Clinical Services, an outpatient community mental health center, will offer Narcan training at 131 West Main St., on the first Friday of each month. Narcan, a brand name for the medication … 0

The twists & turns of history: the Mohawk Trail marks 100 years

Friday, September 12, 2014

What do Metacomet the warrior, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Benedict Arnold and Henry David Thoreau have in common? They all traveled the route that would become the Mohawk Trail — back in the days when the hairpin turn and other … 2