Tom Williams, of Shelburne, recently received the National Guard Legion of Merit award for outstanding service. Williams served in the military for 42 years. Contributed photo

Neighbors: Neighbor receives award for military service

Monday, October 12, 2015

Hello neighbor. Congratulations to our neighbor Tom Williams of Shelburne, who recently received the National Guard Legion of Merit award for outstanding service. Tom served in the military for 42 years. It took more than a year for a two-star general at the National Guard Bureau in Washington, D.C., to approve the award, and from what I’ve heard and read, it is well-deserved. Tom retired in spring 2015 and received the award this past August. The citation Tom received was for “exceptionally meritorious conduct” and “outstanding service” in a succession of positions of increasing importance and responsibility over the years. Tom left the service as … 0

Classic cars help Orange shine

Sunday, October 11, 2015

ORANGE — “I come for the love of old cars,” said Kevin Heath of Athol, sweeping his gaze first over his 1963 Chrysler Newport and then over the roughly 400 other cars parked at the Orange Municipal Airport Sunday. The vehicles, which took up most of the lawn in front of the airport’s … 0

In Orange, leaders talk about short and long-range plans

Friday, October 9, 2015

ORANGE — Orange has a vision to become great again. Many buildings in downtown Orange have become dilapidated and empty as the strong economic base has crumbled over the years. Structures built in the late 1800s — used as warehouses and mills — are still standing but are in desperate need of rejuvenation. Orange town officials, however, have a plan to develop and … 0

‘Scent-sational’ Garlic & Arts Fest approaches

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

ORANGE — The 17th Annual North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival will be a “scent-sational” place to be on Sept. 26 and 27. About 100 booths feature juried regional artists, local farm products, garlic cuisine, healing arts and … 0

Town Meetings, Sept. 7 to 12

Friday, September 4, 2015

Ashfield Board of Assessors: Tuesday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Finance Committee: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Selectboard: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Special town meeting: Tuesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Conservation Commission: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Special election: Thursday 7 a.m. to … 0

Neighbors: Be aware of childhood cancer and do something, if you can

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Hello neighbor. It’s every parent’s worst nightmare, and it became reality for our neighbors Jeffrey and Bobbi Hampton of Greenfield, who lost their beautiful daughter Ally to childhood cancer in 2014. Alexandria “Ally” Katlyn Hampton was 20 when … 0

Pizza shop makes way for Mexican food

Thursday, September 3, 2015

ORANGE — Amid the town’s sub shops, pizza places and Chinese restaurants, Dennis Bratcher and his girlfriend Elizabeth Rivera decided to do something different. The location that used to be the old Orange House of Pizza and more recently Carlucci’s Pizza, is now the couple’s dream, Midnight Mexican. … 0

Letter: Lucky to have him

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Orange is very fortunate to have a leader like Jim Young. When I was children’s librarian at Wheeler Memorial Library, Jim’s mother would regularly bring him and his sisters to the library. From the time he could first talk, every time he came in, I would hear, “Do … 0

Tech school adds college-prep, AP courses

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Classes started this week at Franklin County Technical School for the 38th time, but for the first time with advanced college placement classes. The Technical School this year added junior and senior AP English classes … 0

Wildcat O'Halloran: Mind, body and soul

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

He’s a “cool cat” who likes drinking with the Harp Girls, worships the ground she walks on all while she walks all over him and recently went on a midnight service call that didn’t exactly turn out as … 0

Still peaking at 94: Orange nonagenarian plans Greylock climb

Monday, August 31, 2015

ORANGE — Tom Harty has hiked all 67 of the 4,000- or more-foot peaks in New England, and like the Energizer Bunny, he just keeps going and going and going ... The nonagenarian, who will be 95 on … 0

Neighbors: Things getting curiouser and curiouser in Sunderland

Monday, August 31, 2015

Hello neighbor. Things are about to get curiouser and curiouser in Sunderland. Mike’s Maze at Warner Farm will open its 2015 corn maze, “Alice in Sunderland,” on Sept. 12. Inspired by the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s book, … 0

New fire chief, but a familiar face

Sunday, August 30, 2015

ORANGE — Born and raised in Orange, James Young Jr., the town’s new fire chief, has many goals in store for the squad as he transitions into his new position. First, he intends to fill two vacant entry-level … 0