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Additional $250,000 needed for Mahar Dam fix

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

ORANGE — The fate of the Mahar Regional School Dam now rests on whether district towns approve borrowing $250,000 to rehabilitate it. The Mahar School Committee has voted “yes” with two members opposed (Johanna Bartlett and Carla Halpern) for the school district to ask Petersham, Wendell, New Salem and Orange for authorization to borrow up to $250,000 to move forward. … 0

Athol man jailed for Orange hit-and-run

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

ORANGE — An Athol man who ran over a pedestrian as he tried to flee a minor fender-bender will spend the next two years in the house of correction. William West, 24, of 218 Drury Ave., pleaded guilty in Franklin Superior Court Tuesday to charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, leaving the … 0

Orange supt. offers more details on grad rates

Monday, April 20, 2015

ORANGE — Mahar Regional School Superintendent Tari N. Thomas says the school’s overall graduation rate gives a misleading picture. Thomas says there are three programs that serve high-school-age students in Orange and they have very different graduation rates. These include Ralph C. Mahar Regional High School, as well as the Gateway to College … 0

Former Tech students shepherd video game app to market

Sunday, March 29, 2015

A small flock of sheep graze in their enclosure, placidly unaware of the lurking danger. The danger is wolves, an endless stream of small, animated wolves appearing at random from all points of the compass and loping rapidly … 0

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 … 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 … 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 … 0

Wild horses up for adoption

Sunday, March 22, 2015

ORANGE — The federal government will offer about 40 wild horses ranging from yearling to 5 years old to potential adopters on April 10 and 11 at the Fairview Farm at 170 Wheeler Ave. Wild horses and burros have virtually no natural predators and their herd sizes can … 0

Town meetings next week

Friday, March 20, 2015

Ashfield Board of Assessors: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Library Trustees: Monday 7 p.m. in Library. Bernardston Finance Committee: Monday 6:45 p.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Board of Selectmen: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Charlemont Board of Selectmen: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of … 0

Orange to pursue municipal electricity supplier

Friday, March 20, 2015

ORANGE — Residents gathered Thursday night at Town Hall for a special town meeting to vote on five warrant articles including one to appropriate $75,000 for the town’s stabilization fund and a municipal electricity supplier. “All of the articles passed except for number two.” Town Clerk Nancy Blackmer … 0

Neighbors: Use all of your senses to greet spring

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Hello neighbor. Happy spring everyone! It’s time to get out into the sun and enjoy — those cold, grey days are almost behind us. Yes, it will be a little muddy, but who cares after being holdup all winter? Temps are working their way into the 30s and … 0

Letter: Working our roads

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Regardless how long-lived and dreary this winter’s display of force, for Orange, one fact stands supreme: We and our roads were remarkably well served! I don’t remember a time — anywhere — in which winter passed, wherein NOTHING disparaging was bandied about concerning any local road crew. Yet … 0

Letter: Act of treason?

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The 47 GOP senators who tried to undercut the Obama administration’s nuclear deal by issuing a warning letter to Iran may have committed an act of treason under the Logan Act — a federal law prohibiting unauthorized citizens from negotiating with foreign governments. Passed in 1799 and last … 0