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Kelly Goodwin works in the Club Cafe in the John W. Olver Transit Center talking with Heidi Streeter of Greenfield.
(Recorder/Paul Franz)

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 she died in May of last year, succumbing to the terrible disease that no one should ever have to endure. My heart … 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. Bratcher says he’s been retired for five years, and the opportunity just fell in his … 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 you have any books about firefighters?” “Do you have any books about fire trucks?” Jim … 0

Child cyclist hit by car in Orange accident

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

ORANGE — A child was struck by a vehicle on Brookside Road Tuesday evening and was rushed to the hospital by helicopter, but emergency responders said it appears her injuries were not life-threatening. “All indications are that they are non-life-threatening injuries,” said Orange Police Chief Craig Lundgren. Lundgren … 0

Neighbors: Visit your local farmers market

Monday, July 27, 2015

Hello neighbor. Farmers markets are going strong throughout the county this summer. I’m not going to mention any in particular, because most of you know where they are, especially if you’ve got one in your town. What I want to talk about today is why you should visit … 0

Orange celebrates marriage equality with music, BBQ

Friday, July 24, 2015

ORANGE — A double rainbow appeared in the sky over the Millers River just as a celebration of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage was getting underway at the Orange Riverfront Park. The event featured … 0

Fire marshal: Check carbon monoxide alarms

Friday, July 24, 2015

Pointing to the deaths of four young Massachusetts residents in a Maine cabin over the weekend, the state Fire Marshal’s Office told residents their carbon monoxide alarms may be running out of time. “A similar tragedy led to a law here in Massachusetts that requires CO alarms in … 0

Town Meetings, Week of July 27

Friday, July 24, 2015

Ashfield Parks Commission: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Planning Board: Monday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Website Policy Committee: Tuesday 10 a.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Board of Selectmen: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Charlemont Board of Assessors: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Board … 0

Utilities: Electric rates to drop, but root cause of spikes remains

Thursday, July 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — After a winter that saw major increases in electric bills across the region, rates have dropped back to more normal warm-weather levels. While those big fluctuations showed up in monthly electric bills, retailers like Eversource Energy … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy Famous Bill’s lobster pie recipe

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Hello neighbor. Many of you — especially those who grew up in the area like I did — remember Famous Bill’s Restaurant on Federal Street — and you probably also remember its lobster pie. Well, one of our neighbors was going through her mother’s things (her mom was … 0

Orange saves with aggregate electricity buy

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

ORANGE — Electricity customers in Orange could see a possible 12 percent savings in a year. That decrease is based on the town’s decision to join the Community Choice Aggregation Program of the Hampshire Council of Governments. The aggregation now includes 51 municipalities and is the largest electricity … 0

Orange to celebrate marriage equality with boat parade, other festivities Friday

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

ORANGE — A family-friendly celebration of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage will include music, food and a boat parade Friday evening. It begins at the boathouse on East River Street. The celebration kicks off at 6 p.m. with an official welcome, the ringing of … 0

FRTA proposes Montague-Greenfield line cut

Monday, July 20, 2015

MONTAGUE — Riders on the Route 22 bus line between Montague and Greenfield may see changes as early as this fall if a proposal by the Franklin Regional Transit Authority to discontinue the line and combine it with the Route 32 line between Orange and Greenfield is put … 0