Orange

Retiring Orange Fire Chief Dennis Annear said he’s loved the variety of work he’s done as chief. Firefighters have the chance to come across just about anything in this town,” he continued. “You could work your whole career in a city (fire) department and not see half of the things we see.”
 Recorder/Paul Franz

Orange fire chief to retire in August

Monday, March 30, 2015

ORANGE — After 38 years as a firefighter, Chief Dennis Annear has announced his retirement. Annear will retire in August, just one month shy of his 23rd anniversary as Orange’s fire chief. He started in Charlemont as a volunteer firefighter. “It was a family thing,” Annear said. “My grandfather was the Charlemont police chief, and my father was fire chief, … 0

Neighbors: Busy April ahead in Franklin County

Monday, March 30, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’ve got a lot to tell you about today, so I’m going to get right to it. Enjoy the week. According to the National Weather Service in Taunton, temperatures on Thursday and Friday are supposed to be in the 50s and 60s. Hello spring! ORANGE SENIOR CITIZENS CLUB will host a Community Music Concert on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. in the … 0

He found gold on the slopes

Sunday, March 29, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The skiing season is almost over and Franklin County Technical School student Nicholas Saladino can look ahead to a summer of his brothers pushing him at the gym, then getting back to the slopes for a shot at the next tier of Alpine ski competition. Saladino entered three events this … 0

State set to drop Orange from school building aid list

Friday, March 6, 2015

ORANGE — The state is apparently pulling Orange out of the waiting line for school building assistance, because voters wouldn’t spend money on a feasibility study. Now, local school officials hope to reapply to get back on the list of towns to which the state gives construction aid. … 0

Orange school board at full strength

Friday, March 6, 2015

ORANGE — Town elections this past Monday resulted in the Orange Elementary School Committee being brought up to its full seven-member capacity. The committee met for the first time Wednesday night with newly elected members Patrick Davis, Amy White and Ray Younghans. “I’m on the Elementary School Committee … 0

Neighbors: Neighbors step up to help longtime disc jockey

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Hello neighbor. There are more fundraisers ahead for longtime disc jockey Ryan Interlande, who needs a heart transplant, so you still have time to help him with his medical expenses. The 39-year-old Montague native, who has been providing many of our parties and events music for more than … 0

Mahar school board votes to save dam

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

ORANGE — After long debate, plans for the dam at Ralph C. Mahar Regional School are heading in the direction of rehabilitation and repair. School Committee members voted to save the dam during a scheduled meeting Tuesday night. The fate of the dam has been a controversial issue … 0

Pellet bag recycling program is heating up

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

According to program director Amy Donovan, the Franklin County Solid Waste Management District’s pellet bag recycling program is proving to be very popular at the thirteen municipal transfer stations offering the free program. Residents of Bernardston, Buckland, Charlemont, Conway, Deerfield, Leverett, Montague, Northfield, Orange, Rowe, Shelburne, Warwick and … 0

Herk wins Orange selectman seat

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

ORANGE — Walter C. Herk of 25 Church St. won a three-way contest for a seat on the Board of Selectmen, one of two races decided in this week’s annual election. Herk won the three-year seat with 270 votes to incumbent George C.F. Willard’s 131 and Richard P. … 0

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 … 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 … 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 … 0

Tech School toothbrushes to help spread smiles in Ghana. Turners woman returns for sixth dental aid trip

Friday, February 27, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Dental hygienist Heather Lonergan has made a habit of spending her vacations spreading dental health in Ghana, and this year she will go armed with toothbrushes collected by the students and staff of Franklin County … 0