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Letter Federal guinea pigs

Friday, April 17, 2015

This week is the anniversary week for the introduction of the Salk Polio Vaccine into our public schools. My father objected to my being inoculated with a live virus refused to sign a permission slip allowing the public school to conduct an experiment on his son. As his reasoning he cited the effects this vaccine had on Rhesus monkeys, which were the initial control group in this federally sponsored program. … 0

Tech students capture honors in statewide competition

Thursday, April 16, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Nine Franklin County Technical School students finished first in competitions at the annual Business Professionals of America State Leadership Conference. Twenty-six students from FCTS competed against 350 students in about 20 events March 7 through 9 in Framingham and Upton. Emmett Boyd of Northfield, Kyle Coulombe of West Halifax, Vt., Andrew Renaud of Montague and Brad Sawyer of Greenfield placed … 0

Orange selectmen’s meeting canceled

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

ORANGE — The town Board of Selectmen’s meeting scheduled for tonight has been canceled. The board will meet next Wednesday, April 22, at 6:30 p.m., its regularly scheduled meeting time. … 0

Town meetings next week

Friday, March 20, 2015

Ashfield Board of Assessors: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Library Trustees: Monday 7 p.m. in Library. Bernardston Finance Committee: Monday 6:45 p.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Board of Selectmen: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Charlemont Board of Selectmen: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of … 0

Orange to pursue municipal electricity supplier

Friday, March 20, 2015

ORANGE — Residents gathered Thursday night at Town Hall for a special town meeting to vote on five warrant articles including one to appropriate $75,000 for the town’s stabilization fund and a municipal electricity supplier. “All of the articles passed except for number two.” Town Clerk Nancy Blackmer … 0

Neighbors: Use all of your senses to greet spring

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Hello neighbor. Happy spring everyone! It’s time to get out into the sun and enjoy — those cold, grey days are almost behind us. Yes, it will be a little muddy, but who cares after being holdup all winter? Temps are working their way into the 30s and … 0

Letter: Working our roads

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Regardless how long-lived and dreary this winter’s display of force, for Orange, one fact stands supreme: We and our roads were remarkably well served! I don’t remember a time — anywhere — in which winter passed, wherein NOTHING disparaging was bandied about concerning any local road crew. Yet … 0

Letter: Act of treason?

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The 47 GOP senators who tried to undercut the Obama administration’s nuclear deal by issuing a warning letter to Iran may have committed an act of treason under the Logan Act — a federal law prohibiting unauthorized citizens from negotiating with foreign governments. Passed in 1799 and last … 0

Spark of interest: Orange to vote on electricity aggregation info gathering tonight

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

ORANGE — The rising cost of electricity for the town of Orange has been on residents’ minds since the rate increases by National Grid went into effect last November. Recently, the Hampshire Council of Governments made a presentation to the Orange Board of Selectmen on choosing aggregation for … 0

Orange special town meeting Thursday

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

ORANGE — Voters will be asked to appropriate $100,000 combined for legal fees and Orange’s stabilization fund in two of the five warrant items to be voted on at Thursday’s special town meeting. The meeting to take place at 7 p.m. in the Ruth B. Smith Auditorium at … 0

Neighbors: Father and daughter recovering nicely after kidney transplant

Monday, March 16, 2015

Hello neighbor. Our neighbor Tim Ollari is doing well after receiving a kidney from his daughter Stephanie last Thursday. Stephanie says Tim looks like a new person — full of life again. She, on the other hand, had … 0

Franklin County Tech principal picked

Sunday, March 15, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Shawn Rickan of Phillipston is to take over for Franklin County Technical School Principal and Assistant Superintendent Richard Martin when Martin moves into the superintendent’s office in July. Now a high school principal in Baldwinville, Rickan earlier worked in Orange for five years and is … 0

‘Fiber Towns’ to residents: Prove you want broadband

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The WiredWest high-speed Internet collaborative has started signing up residents of 32 member towns for “Last-Mile” fiber-optic broadband. This is the first step for “fiber towns” to become part of the collaborative’s fiber-optic network. If 40 percent of a fiber town’s households sign up, it shows there is … 0