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Cynthia Ayer

Missing woman found dead

Thursday, December 18, 2014

ORANGE — A local woman missing since Tuesday was found dead in the Millers River Thursday. Cynthia Ayer, 52, was found around 1 p.m. in the river in West Orange on the second day of a multi-agency search. Ayer was reported missing Wednesday afternoon by her daughter, who had not seen her since 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. A police K9 led searchers to the Millers River near the wastewater treatment plant Wednesday. The search was called off at nightfall, and resumed Thursday morning. Foul play is not suspected in Ayer’s death, according to Mary Carey, spokeswoman for the Northwestern District Attorneys Office. The state medical examiner … 0

Neighbors: Take advantage of technology, but don’t let it rule you

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Hello neighbor. I just wanted to finish what I started on Tuesday, if you don’t mind. I seem to be on my soapbox this week, so please bear with me. I guess I’m just filled with the joy of the season and want to share it with you. I’d like to remind you of something else — I talked about volunteering, doing something … 0

Orange stores hold blackout protest of electric rates

Thursday, December 18, 2014

ORANGE — A recent hike in electricity rates caused two local businesses to turn out the lights Thursday. They’re not out of business, though — in fact, there were more customers in the Millers River Cafe and Trail Head Outfitters than usual. They were there to protest a recent rate hike by National … 0

Greater Quabbin Food Alliance meeting to be held Thursday, Dec. 4

Friday, November 28, 2014

ORANGE — Concerned about food security, health, farmland protection and creating a thriving local economy? Local residents are invited to gather on Thursday for the second biannual meeting of the Greater Quabbin Food Alliance, a network of people … 0

Think before you wrap and unwrap: Recycling tips for the holidays

Friday, November 28, 2014

During the holidays, the average American family throws away up to 10 additional bags of trash. In towns that require “Pay-As-You-Throw” town trash bags, those 10 additional trash bags would cost $15 to $30, depending on the town. A large portion of this trash is generated from wrapping … 0

FRTA bus fares free for Black Friday

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

GREENFIELD — You can hitch a free ride with the FRTA Friday. Rides on the Franklin Regional Transit Authority’s fixed route buses will be free all day. “It’s our way of kicking off the holiday season,” said FRTA … 2

Letter: Right on target

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The editorial comments in the Monday, Nov. 17 Recorder by Editor Tim Blagg (President out of touch — our approach with ISIS unrealistic) is absolutely right on. The idea of winning any war, or even a major battle, with air power alone is absolutely absurd. We need to … 0

N. Quabbin Chamber of Commerce refuses pipeline co. membership

Monday, November 24, 2014

ORANGE — When is a business’s interests not necessarily in the interest of a business group? The North Quabbin Chamber of Commerce had pause over that question when it considered whether to accept Tennessee Gas Pipeline parent company Kinder Morgan for membership. The chamber’s 12-member board of directors … 0

Neighbors: Looks like a harsh winter ahead; take care of each other

Monday, November 24, 2014

Hello neighbor. First, I’d like to wish you a happy, healthy and safe Thanksgiving. Enjoy your friends and family — that’s what great memories are made of. I’m waiting to hear from our local precipitation prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy … 0

Sheriff loans K9 cruiser to Orange

Monday, November 24, 2014

ORANGE — The town’s police dog and handler found themselves temporarily without a cruiser last week. An inspection last week turned up problems with the department’s 2001 Ford Crown Victoria used by officer Clay Rushford and police dog Matte, a German shepherd. The car, which had about 150,000 … 0

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 … 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 … 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 … 0