Orange

Bomb threat at Mahar School

Friday, November 21, 2014

ORANGE — A bomb threat at Ralph C. Mahar School is under investigation by police. The threat came in by phone just after dismissal Friday, according to a news release from the district superintendent’s office. The building was evacuated, and Orange police and firefighters searched the school. No explosives were found. After the building was cleared, school officials decided not to cancel extracurricular activities planned for the weekend. Police continue … 0

Will Orange OK $490K for new school study?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

ORANGE — Residents will vote at a special town meeting on Dec. 4 on whether to fund the next step in building a new elementary school. The Massachusetts School Building Association is currently working with Orange on the possibility of a new school building to house all Orange elementary school children with the state to fund 80 percent. Furthering the process calls for … 0

Rodney Hunt shedding jobs

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

ORANGE — A hearing held in Boston early Wednesday brought to light the degree to which Rodney Hunt Co. has failed to adhere to the tax-break agreement entered into with the Town of Orange in March of 2012. While the company has received thousands of dollars in tax breaks, it has not as yet been able to meet the requirements called for in … 0

County’s 2nd Tractor Supply opens in Orange

Friday, October 24, 2014

ORANGE — The grand opening of the county’s second Tractor Supply Co. store will take place today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 83 New Athol Road. The store opened last Saturday, but will celebrate this weekend with a petting zoo, draft horses, a tractor show and … 0

Letter: Vote ‘yes’ on 1

Friday, October 24, 2014

Why should you vote Yes on 1? Last year, the Legislature linked the gas tax to inflation, which means our gas taxes will increase every year without a vote. Our taxes are going to automatically increase year after year after year with no elected official being held accountable. … 0

Neighbors: Local 2015 calendars offer variety

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Hello, neighbor. It’s that time of year — 2015 calendars are here and it’s time for you to decide what you’d like hanging on your wall for 12 months. If you are interested in local history, trains or … 0

Political Notebook

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Business group endorses Lee The National Federation of Independent Businesses has endorsed Republican Susannah Whipps Lee of Athol in her bid to unseat Democratic incumbent Rep. Denise Andrews of Orange in the Second Franklin District House race. NFIB cited Lee’s background and the record of her family’s manufacturing … 0

Letter: Re-elect Andrews

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

I write to urge the return of Denise Andrews to the Massachusetts House on Nov. 4. Rep. Andrews helped us Massachusetts nurses get “safe patient limits” in all of our ICUs, protecting the safety of our friends and loved ones when they become patients. Denise supports earned sick … 2

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 … 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 … 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 … 0

Legislators push back on planned electric rate hikes

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Rep. Denise Andrews, D-Orange, is among more than a dozen legislators calling on the state Department of Public Utilities to examine the impact of its recent approval of a 37 percent rate hike for National Grid customers beginning … 0

Political Notebook

Monday, October 13, 2014

Andrews forum set for Saturday in Erving Rep. Denise Andrews, the Democratic incumbent seeking re-election in the Second Franklin District, has scheduled the first in a series of “forums” to discuss issues at stake in the Nov. 4 election, in which the legislator from Orange faces a challenge … 0