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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 a wood carving demonstration by a local artist. Store Manager Jeff Styles says the location is great because there are a lot … 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. That’s taxation without representation. Our legislators should have to do their work and vote on … 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 both, then the Historic Railroad Scenes of Franklin County calendar is for you. Local historians … 0

Regional Notebook

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Legislators, town officials to meet for breakfast in Conway on Friday CONWAY — Conway will host this year’s Massachusetts Municipal Association Legislative Breakfast for western Massachusetts on Friday, where local officials will have the chance to meet with state legislators and association staff and discuss important topics. The … 0

Athol Hospital nurses join union

Monday, September 29, 2014

ATHOL — Nurses at Athol Hospital have unionized. In an election held among the 47 registered nurses at Athol Hospital on Friday, RNs voted to join the Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United, the state’s largest union of RNs and health care professionals. The election was conducted at the … 0

Garlic eating contest leaves only 1 standing

Sunday, September 28, 2014

ORANGE — All it took was a single clove of raw garlic to send 11-year-old Adrianna Annello running into her father’s arms, eyes watering and tongue stuck out. The 16th annual North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival’s garlic … 0

Warm clothes help needy family

Friday, September 26, 2014

ORANGE — “I think that one is going to be too small for her,” said April Tatro, as her husband, Aldo, tried to pull a small pink knit hat over their 2-year-old daughter Aubree’s tiny head. He tugged … 0

Town Meetings, Sept. 29-Oct. 4

Friday, September 26, 2014

Ashfield Planning Board: Wednesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Board of Selectmen: Wednesday 3 p.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Board of Selectmen: Tuesday 7:30 a.m. in Town Hall. Energy Committee: Wednesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Charlemont Board of Selectmen: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Conservation … 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