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Neighbors: Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving

Monday, November 23, 2015

Hello neighbor. As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, I’m hearing from friends and relatives who are stressed because so many of their guests have limited diets at this point — we all know someone who eats gluten-free, is a vegan or vegetarian, is lactose intolerant, or has some other dietary restriction. That’s OK! I think the best way to approach the holiday, which, by the way, has always been my favorite, is … 0

Job fair planned for Rodney Hunt workers

Monday, November 23, 2015

ORANGE — Rodney Hunt Co.’s 200 soon-to-be-unemployed workers are being invited to a job fair hosted by the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development’s rapid response team on Dec. 2 to help them find new employment opportunities. The rapid response team was deployed to the 175-year-old water control equipment manufacturer following an announcement earlier this month that it would close by … 0

Letter: Stick with the facts

Monday, November 23, 2015

I consider myself generally opposed to the Tennessee Gas Pipeline, not being convinced it is needed, and concerned about its crossing of conservation lands and fragmenting wildlife habitat. However, the cause of pipeline opponents is not served well by hyperbole and misinformation. Jeffrey Scott’s letter of Nov. 4 states that the herbicide Roundup is the same as Agent Orange. A simple Google search … 0

Neighbors: Nana’s Attic might just have what you’ve been looking for

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Hello neighbor. Our neighbor Paula Betters was appointed director of the Erving Senior Community Center this past summer, and she said they’re having a lot of fun in Erving. Paula said as the center prepares for its Holiday Bazaar, she had the “crazy notion” (her playful words) to … 0

Food plan aims to grow economy, community

Thursday, October 22, 2015

A Massachusetts Local Food Action plan being released today calls for the state to take steps to beef up agriculture and food production as a way to not only enhance the local food supply, but also to improve … 0

Orange voters OK money for ambulance

Thursday, October 22, 2015

ORANGE — A new ambulance, receiving claw back money from Rodney Hunt and rejecting funding for grant writing services were just a few of the topics addressed at Thursday’s Special Town Meeting. The Board of Selectman and the Finance Committee were on the same page as they addressed … 0

Neighbors: Greenfield library’s got some bargains this weekend

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Hello neighbor. It has been a really busy week for me, so I’m going to get right to it. Have a great weekend! FRIENDS OF GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY will hold its October Book Sale on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There will be an abundance of … 0

Ambulance money on Orange special town meeting agenda

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

ORANGE — Will the town authorize borrowing $283,000 to buy a new ambulance? That’s one of 19 questions on a special town meeting agenda for Thursday. The meeting will be held at the Mahar Regional School beginning at 7 p.m. A two-thirds vote is required for the town … 0

Neighbors: Human Error’s Greenfield Word Fest no mistake

Monday, October 19, 2015

Hello neighbor. Human Error Publishing will present its sixth Greenfield Annual Word Festival starting today and running through Sunday — six days of WORDS in downtown Greenfield. Awesome! Along with authors and poets reading their works all week, there will be an ongoing book fair. The Arts Block … 0

‘Clean Sweep’ waste collection day Saturday

Monday, October 19, 2015

Been wanting to get rid that bulky trash not normally accepted at your trash transfer station? The Franklin County Solid Waste District is holding its fall “Clean Sweep” bulky waste collection on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 9 a.m. to noon. The three drop-off sites are: the Buckland Recreation … 0

Orange home gives hope to homeless youth

Thursday, October 15, 2015

ORANGE — Homeless youth will soon have a safe place to stay and easy access to resources that can help get them back on the right path. The building at 15-17 Main St. has undergone major renovations in … 0

Neighbors: Montague’s K-9 Artie needs a new ride

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Hello neighbor. K-9 Artie, whose real name is Arthur, and his partner, Montague police officer James Ruddock, need a new ride and they’re asking us to help. Montague Police Department will hold a tailgate party to raise money for a new cruiser that will accommodate a four-legged officer. … 0

Neighbors: Neighbor receives award for military service

Monday, October 12, 2015

Hello neighbor. Congratulations to our neighbor Tom Williams of Shelburne, who recently received the National Guard Legion of Merit award for outstanding service. Tom served in the military for 42 years. It took more than a year for … 0