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Orange special town meeting tonight at 7

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

ORANGE — A special town meeting tonight will decide whether to apply some surplus school money to keep the town’s community development director job funded. The job has been largely funded from federal Community Development Block Grant money in the past, but the town won’t get that grant for 2014. Town Administrator Diana Schindler says Community Development Director Kevin Kennedy’s position is important enough to fund through the local budget. … 0

Quabbin Harvest open house today

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

ORANGE — Downtown will be buzzing with activity tonight. Quabbin Harvest Co-op, in preparation for its opening, will hold an open house between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. at its soon-to-open 12 North Main St. location. In addition, the next movie in the series of Friendly Town Movies in the Park, “Frozen,” will take place in the Quabbin Harvest parking lot at dusk. Both … 0

Domestic dispute and smashed windows lead to charges for Orange man and his brother

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — An Orange man and his brother from Springfield were arrested Tuesday after the two smashed the windows of a home on Riverside Drive during a domestic dispute. At 11:48 p.m., Greenfield police responded to 39 Riverside Drive, where there was a fight involving several people. At the house, a group of people outside the home told police the suspect, Mack Kenny … 0

Neighbors: Where’s your favorite spot in Franklin County?

Monday, July 14, 2014

Hello neighbor. If you haven’t been to Shelburne Falls in a while, why not make plans now to be there on Saturday for the Shelburne Falls Art Walk from 4 to 8 p.m.? Just follow the decorated shoes throughout the village to find a variety of art, including … 0

Orange launches work-off program for seniors

Friday, July 11, 2014

Orange — A new Senior Work Off Program was launched July 1 in Orange. The program, approved at town meeting and voted through at last month’s Board of Selectmen meeting, is a way for seniors to work for the town in order to pay down their tax bill. … 0

Neighbors: Neighbors making a difference

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Hello neighbor. I thought you might like to hear about a few of our neighbors and their accomplishments today. First, Cindy Gonzalez and Amy Britt, both of Greenfield, along with Tammy-Lynn Chace of Orange and Kerri Bohonowicz, who works in Franklin County, are among this year’s Smith College … 0

Orange public libraries announce summer reading club

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

ORANGE — The Wheeler Memorial Library in downtown Orange and the Moore-Leland Library in North Orange along with the Friends of the Orange Public Libraries want to get you reading this Summer for a good cause. Join the Library and the Friends as they partner with the North … 0

Summer fundraisers to support Mahar sports

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

ORANGE — The school year may be over, but that doesn’t mean some students at Mahar aren’t still hard at work. Members of the football and volleyball teams are gearing up for fundraisers to keep the teams going and cut costs for necessities like training and uniforms. Two … 0

Storms hit northeast of Franklin County area

Monday, July 7, 2014

Heavy late afternoon thunderstorms were felt most acutely in the north-eastern part of the county Monday, with wires and trees downed in Athol, Orange and Warwick. The Athol, Orange and Warwick fire departments reported trees and wires down around town but no injuries in the first round of … 0

Neighbors: Fireworks fun, but lots more to summer ahead

Monday, July 7, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Greenfield’s Fourth of July celebration and fireworks display did not disappoint on Saturday. I went to Beacon Field with grandson Justin around 7 p.m. The first thing we did was take a “choo-choo” train ride around the grounds. Just before that, I ran into Greenfield Recreation … 0

Quabbin memorial concert tradition continues following months of scrutiny

Sunday, July 6, 2014

NEW SALEM — Members of The First Universalist Parish of North Dana are overjoyed that they will be able to continue providing concerts in area churches in memory of the drowned Quabbin towns. The parish’s concert series was in jeopardy due to a review of its trust by … 0

Drug treatment for Franklin, N. Quabbin in state budget

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Both Franklin County and the North Quabbin area will have money for new detox facilities to combat drug addiction, once the latest state budget is signed into law. In the North Quabbin region, $1 million in the public health service budget is designated for a new mental health, … 0

Orange Recreation Association offering basketball camp

Thursday, July 3, 2014

ORANGE — This year will be the 11th year the Orange Recreation Association summer basketball camp program has been teaching basketball skills, sportsmanship and teamwork to young athletes. Boys and girls, who will be entering grades 4 through 9 in the fall, meet at Fisher Hill School in … 0