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Rep. Denise Andrews (D-Orange) and Republican candidate Susannah Whipps Lee prepare to begin their debate Saturday at the French King Bowling Alley in Erving. The debate was moderated by Wendell resident Kathy Ann Becker (center). Recorder/Tom Relihan

Andrews, Whipps Lee talk jobs, pipeline, hunting in debate

Sunday, October 19, 2014

ERVING — Jobs and economic development in the North Quabbin region dominated a debate between Rep. Denise Andrews, the 2nd Franklin District’s incumbent Democrat, and her challenger, Republican Susannah Whipps Lee Saturday evening. The debate, which was moderated by former Wendell Town Moderator Kathy Ann Becker and broadcast on Athol-Orange Community Television from the French King Bowling Alley, saw the … 1

Neighbors: Flash: Lobster pierogi make debut at Turners Falls Pumpkinfest

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Lots to tell you about today, so I’m going to get right to it. I’m heading to the Franklin County Pumpkinfest on Avenue A in Turners Falls with grandson Justin and his mommy (Suzanne) later on Saturday afternoon, so I’ll see you there! The fun starts at 2 p.m. and doesn’t … 0

Will power price spike tilt favor for pipeline?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

When National Grid announced recently that it will hike electricity prices this winter, that was enough to raise some eyebrows. Not only will its Massachusetts Electric customers be seeing their bills jump by more than a third beginning next month because of rising fuel costs to generate that power, but competing Western Massachusetts … 0

Andrews endorsed by Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund

Thursday, September 25, 2014

ORANGE — State Rep Denise Andrews says her re-election bid is being backed by Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts. “I am committed to advance education and support to protect and promote sexual and reproductive health and freedom of choice. I have seen tremendous progress in this area … 0

Last-mile broadband collaboration takes next step in planning

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

BOSTON — Now that the state has $50 million to help build out rural broadband Internet access, western Massachusetts legislators met Tuesday with Internet community groups to plan what state Sen. Stan Rosenberg calls “the Last Mile Solution” — how to secure high-speed Internet in unserved and partially … 0

Letter: School-time memories

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Hello Fred Oakes: I am an old student (now 77 years old) of your father’s, beginning in the Montague and Highland school system as our principal and on to TFHS as my teacher. A truly wonderful, kind, kind man! My biggest memory was when we were studying history … 0

Neighbors: Walk for suicide leaves from Energy Park Oct. 5

Monday, September 22, 2014

Hello neighbor. With the recent news of Robin Williams, one of the greatest actors and comedians of our time, taking his life still fresh in our minds, I’d like to tell you about a very important fundraiser walk coming up. It will begin in the Greenfield Energy Park. … 0

Two local dance teachers want spot on ‘Amazing Race’

Friday, September 19, 2014

Two local dance teachers are eagerly awaiting a call back from producers of the Amazing Race reality television game show to find out if they’ll have a chance at being chosen as one of the teams to compete … 0

Neighbors: Lots of fun and festivals this fall

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Hello neighbor. What a great couple of months we have ahead of us here in the county. It’s no secret that fall is my favorite season, not only because of the brilliant color, cool temperatures and crisp apples from our local orchards, but because the county is alive … 1

Andrews blasts mailing as ‘misleading attack’

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Rep. Denise Andrews, D-Orange, is lashing out against what she says is a “misleading attack mailing” by the conservative advocacy organization Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance “on behalf of the Republican party,” criticizing her voting record as her re-election campaign … 1

Local cultural councils seek funding proposals

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

ORANGE — The Orange Cultural Council has $4,580 to give out for local projects. The council is hosting a special session to help applicants review and fill in applications on Sept. 20 from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Moore-Leland Library in North Orange, which is fully accessible. … 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