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Diana Schindler, Orange town administrator.

Orange trims budget ahead of town meeting

Friday, May 22, 2015

ORANGE — About $223,000 needs to be trimmed from the town’s proposed budget if the selectmen are to present a balanced spending plan at town meeting on June 15. Right now, there are two plans for the budget year that begins July 1, one from the selectmen and their administrator, Diana Schindler, and another from the Finance Committee. “The biggest difference is, I don’t agree with their revenue numbers,” said Board of Selectmen Chairman David Ames, referring to the Finance Committee. Both boards hope to reconcile their differences before town meeting in order to present a single proposed spending plan to voters. Resident Rhonda Bartlett … 0

Neighbors: Go to a local parade and support our veterans Monday

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Hello neighbor. Memorial Day is a federal holiday for remembering people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. It originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in that war, but by the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans … 0

Franklin County Memorial Day events

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Ashfield The Memorial Day parade on Monday begins at 10 a.m. in front of Town Hall, proceeds to Plain Cemetery and to the Veterans Memorial and Civil War Memorial, then back to Town Hall. There will be featured speakers and music as well. Bernardston The town’s parade kicks off from the Four Leaf … 0

Neighbors: Neighbors will return May 19

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Hello neighbor. Neighbors will not be back until May 19. I am headed this morning with my friend Diane Poirier on a cruise to Bermuda. I hope you all have a wonderful week. I can’t imagine we’ll have anything but a great time. See you when I return. … 0

Firefighters battle blaze on Kelton St. in Orange

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

ORANGE — The home at 55 Kelton Street broke out in flames a little after 4 p.m. Wednesday. Orange Fire Chief Dennis Annear said multiple calls came in from neighbors. When his team arrived at the scene, they … 0

Delayed tax bills equal double payments due for Orange residents again

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

ORANGE — Orange residents have not received tax bills yet this year. When they do receive a bill, it will be for two payments due instead of one. That’s because, according to town Treasurer Gabrielle Voelker, the tax rate hasn’t been set yet. Voelker says the town had … 0

2 Orange educators get Pioneer Valley excellence awards

Monday, May 4, 2015

Nicole LaFleur, a school counselor at Fisher Hill School, and Margaret Lawless, a teacher of middle school mathematics at Mahar Regional School, have been awarded Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Awards. The awards are given out by the … 0

Neighbors: Another chance to help a neighbor in need

Monday, May 4, 2015

Hello, neighbor. First, I would like to send out a “very happy birthday” to grandson Justin’s beautiful mommy Suzanne. There’s going be a benefit golf tournament with shotgun start for longtime local disc jockey Ryan Interlande, who needs a heart transplant, at Thomas Memorial Golf and Country Club … 0

Whole lot of shake-up going on

Friday, May 1, 2015

ORANGE — Walter Herk joining the Board of Selectman this March is bringing some change and new ideas to Town Hall. Roles have been rotated, with David Ames becoming chairman, Kathy Reinig becoming vice chairwoman and Herk filling … 0

Neighbors: Time to help another young neighbor in need

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Hello neighbor. Another young neighbor and her family need our help. Five-year-old Langston Mackenzie Secore needs a non invasive treatment for her scoliosis, which she was diagnosed with at Shriners Hospital for Children in Springfield. The treatment is meant to prevent or delay more invasive surgery. She’s supposed … 0

Yankee Magazine names three local businesses ‘best’ of New England

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Blueberry doughnuts, Polish food and tubing down the Deerfield River have all been recognized this year by Yankee Magazine as being the “best” in New England. The magazine’s editors said “the moist, slightly crumbly blueberry doughnut represents the … 0

House doesn’t act on helping SNAP recipients

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Legislature did not act on a proposed amendment to help food stamp recipients hurt by a recent bureaucratic change. However, anti-hunger and anti-poverty advocates say the Baker administration has indicated it is willing to look at the problem caused by the recent modernization changes in … 0

Artisan Co-op opens Saturday in Orange

Monday, April 27, 2015

ORANGE — The grand opening of the Artisan Cooperative at the Orange Innovation Center at 131 West Main St., will take place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The co-op is located in Suite 226. It will afford tenants of the OIC an opportunity to display and … 0