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Neighbors: Young neighbor to raise money for animals

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Hello neighbor. One of our younger neighbors, 11-year-old Miracle Leyro, is organizing a walk through the downtown Greenfield area this Saturday with a group of her friends. The youngsters plan to raise money for Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society. Miracle’s mother Diana Nunez told me that Miracle plans to walk along Main and Federal streets, as well as some of the side streets, for six hours. They plan to make … 0

Co-op, Orange libraries team up for food demo, art event on Saturday

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

ORANGE — On Saturday, the Quabbin Harvest Community Market and the Friends of the Orange Public Libraries are teaming up with an event to highlight their combined efforts to get people reading — and to provide co-op member shares to local families in need. The event, which takes place on the lawn of the Moore-Leland Library in North Orange from 11 a.m. to … 0

Letter: Rosenberg’s fence sitting

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

His constituents don’t want it. His constituents will absolutely not benefit by it. The northern tier (read: rural, low income) towns don’t want it. The northern tier will not benefit by it. Ultimately, it will cost his constituents, and the towns he allegedly represents, time and money when they have to deal with failures and spills, which are inevitable. It is designed to … 0

Neighbors: Scholarships help students pursue dreams and agencies help others

Monday, June 23, 2014

Hello neighbor. The Wells Trust Scholarship recently announced this year’s recipients and I’d like to share their names, or at least where some of them are from, with you today. Fred W. and Ethel Dow Wells were longtime … 0

Millers River lights up the night

Sunday, June 22, 2014

ORANGE — Attendees lined both sides of the Millers River and across the bridge on South Main Street to watch an Illuminated Boat Parade. The finale of a successful, first Solstice Riverfest in Orange Saturday night, was a … 0

Colonial Acres in Orange temporarily evacuated

Sunday, June 22, 2014

ORANGE — Police evacuated a building in the Colonial Acres complex Sunday morning, but residents were allowed to return after the smoke was traced to a ventilator fire in the attic and extinguished. The 200 East River St. apartment complex is managed by the Orange Housing Authority as … 0

Greenfield Community College graduates LPNs

Friday, June 20, 2014

Greenfield Community College Practical Nursing Program students graduated in a special ceremony Friday afternoon. This is the 22nd graduating class of the program that prepares students to become licensed practical nurses. Many in the class are nontraditional students who have balanced family and work responsibilities to successfully complete … 0

Pipeline ban, community rights on Ashfield town meeting agenda

Friday, June 20, 2014

ASHFIELD — A “community rights” resolution regarding large-scale electricity-generating wind turbines and high-pressure natural gas pipelines is on Monday’s special town meeting agenda, along with a ban specifically aimed at the Kinder Morgan/Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. natural gas pipeline that is to go through Ashfield, among other Franklin … 2

Rep. Denise Andrews, seat challengers Karen Anderson, Susannah Lee against gun reform bill

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Incumbent Second Franklin District Rep. Denise Andrews and her two Republican challengers in the fall election have all come out against the gun reform legislation now before the Legislature. Andrews did not co-sponsor the bill, filed by House Speaker Robert DeLeo, that is now before the House Ways … 0

New Orange Solstice Riverfest comes to the Millers River

Thursday, June 19, 2014

ORANGE — A new solstice celebration will take place along the Millers River at and around the Community Boat House on Saturday, the first day of summer. Pam Browning, who runs the boat house for Peak Expeditions, the paddling company that rents boats and provides river excursions, came … 0

Second town meeting brings balanced budget for Orange

Thursday, June 19, 2014

ORANGE — Voters eventually approved an $18,243,487 operating budget for next year, at the second of two meetings held this week. The budget was based on recommendations from the Finance Committee and differing recommendations from the Board of Selectmen. Having two separate and different balanced budget recommendations to … 0

Neighbors: Franklin County natives featured on Playbill.com

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Have you heard that Frontier Regional High School graduates (2010) Dale Murphy, a Sunderland native, and Tyler Conroy, a Conway native, were recently featured on Playbill.com? Dale wrote a musical based on the music of Taylor Swift and Tyler starred in and directed it. “It’s a … 0

Orange OKs cruiser, truck at meeting

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

ORANGE — Tuesday night’s conclusion of the annual town meeting had voters approve the purchase of a number of vehicles and equipment necessary to the town in the amount of $299,538. The proposed purchases were a part of Capitol Improvement article 17 on the warrant. Selectman David B. … 0