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Orange workshop roof collapses from snow; official issues warning

Monday, March 2, 2015

ORANGE — The roof of an abandoned workshop collapsed under the weight of accumulated snow, the damage noticed Monday morning after a light snowstorm. Orange Building Commissioner Brian Gale said the building at 701 East Main St. is a total loss. “It’s an older building and this was the last straw I guess, but I’m not sure when it collapsed, it collapsed I guess sometime last week and somebody just … 0

Neighbors: Precipitation prognosticator: only two or three snowfalls left

Monday, March 2, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’ve got some good news! Winter is technically almost over and Franklin County’s precipitation prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy agrees. Farrah had counted 17 of the 23 snowfalls she predicted early this winter by Feb. 25 and, of course, we had another one this past weekend. That makes 18 snowfalls she has counted herself. But Farrah, who lives in Easthampton now, said she … 0

Orange farm owner finalist in General Mills baking contest

Friday, February 27, 2015

ORANGE — Have you ever come across one of those recipes in an old cookbook that becomes a staple of your own culinary repertoire? Diane “DeDe” Johnson, the owner of Johnson Family Farm and sugarhouse, found one that’s become a favorite of patrons at her restaurant — a recipe for a yogurt chocolate … 0

Lee appointed to child abuse prevention task force

Monday, February 9, 2015

ORANGE — State Rep. Susannah Whipps Lee is part of a new state task force charged with developing plans for preventing child sexual abuse. The task force, created by the Legislature last year, is responsible for creating guidelines … 0

Heart disease, cancer top killers in county

Thursday, February 5, 2015

The state released its latest annual death report in January, with the 2012 Franklin County numbers showing a continued increase in drug deaths while heart disease continues to claim the greatest number of lives. The Department of Public Health compiles statistics from death certificates filed in the state … 0

Farmers weigh-in on Coke’s new beverage: Milk

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

On hearing that Coca-Cola is now going into the milk business, several local dairy farmers just laughed. But when assured “it’s the real thing” — that Coca Cola has started test-marketing Fairlife, its own “premium” milk brand — … 0

Orange needs school board candidates

Monday, February 2, 2015

ORANGE — The Orange Elementary School Committee is in need of candidates. Five positions will be voted on at the election in March, but so far only two incumbents are running and there’s just one newcomer, Ray Younghans. Chairwoman Stephanie Conrod says there’s been much turnover on the … 0

Neighbors: Try to see the beauty in a New England winter

Monday, February 2, 2015

Hello neighbor. The county got lucky last week as Winter Storm Juno buried towns and cities to the east, but barely grazed us. We weren’t so lucky this week. Most of us are still digging out from Winter Storm Linus this morning, if forecasts of about a foot … 0

McGovern named to nutrition subcommittee

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Local congressman Jim McGovern has been named the Democratic ranking member on the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture’s Subcommittee on Nutrition. The subcommittee’s jurisdiction includes policies and statutes relating to nutrition, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food … 0

New outdoor ice rink attracts skaters in Orange’s Butterfield Park

Sunday, February 1, 2015

ORANGE — Renovations mean that Butterfield Park is no longer limited to hosting summer, spring and fall activities. A new ice rink has been installed this winter. “The goal is to make the park a year-round draw,” Community … 0

Historic Putnam Hall demolished in Orange

Sunday, February 1, 2015

ORANGE — The center of town has a gaping hole in it since demolition of Putnam Hall began Saturday. The building, that town officials say has been vacant since the 1980s, was once a center for the arts … 0

Neighbors: We dodged the blizzard bullet and now back to daily life

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Hello neighbor. Well, we dodged another bullet this week — gotta love the storm that wasn’t. Hope you all had a nice snow day and got to do some of the things you typically can’t because of work and other responsibilities. Have a great weekend! GIRL SCOUT TROOP … 0

Recorder columnists spend day doing what they love

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

On Tuesday, as snow fell on Franklin County at nowhere near the rate expected when everything was canceled and a statewide snow day declared, most of The Recorder’s local columnists were doing what they love most. One used the storm as an excuse to spend his time on … 0