State bond bill has money for parking garage, rail service

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The state Senate gave its approval Thursday to a five-year, $13 billion transportation bond bill that includes money toward a new commuter rail service between Greenfield, Northampton and Springfield, as well as $5 million toward a new Greenfield parking garage and up to $300 million a year for Chapter 90 road projects in cities and towns. The bond, which Rep. Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, said Gov. Deval Patrick is expected to … 0

Neighbors: Easter community meal open to all

Thursday, April 17, 2014

First, I’d just like to wish everyone a happy Easter, happy Passover or happy spring, whichever you prefer. Then, I’d like to get right to telling you about some upcoming events, because there are plenty. EVERYONE IS WELCOME to a free Easter ham dinner community meal at the Greenfield Alliance Church, 385 Chapman … 0

Orange man displaced after house fire

Thursday, April 17, 2014

ORANGE — Edward Krunklevich of 115 Brookside Road called 911 just after 3 p.m. on Thursday afternoon when a fire broke out in his home. According to Orange Fire Chief Dennis Annear, the cause was an alternate heating device Krunklevich was using. Krunklevich who lives by himself, was not injured, but his ranch … 0

Orange supt. presents plan for districts

Monday, March 31, 2014

ORANGE — Newly appointed Superintendent Tari N. Thomas of Orange Elementary, Petersham Center and Ralph.C. Mahar Regional schools presented an entry plan at School Committee meetings this month. According to Thomas’ presentation, the plan is a guide for the districts and a way to set action plans and … 0


Sunday, March 30, 2014

In this feature photo, wooden sculptures peak out of the window of a barn in Orange on Tuesday.(Recorder/Micky Bedell) … 0

Neighbors: Local woman to study the connection between nature and poetry

Monday, March 31, 2014

Hello neighbor. Another one of our young neighbors has won an award. Carolyn “Carrie” Decker, a South Deerfield native who is currently a senior at Wheaton College — my oldest son Dan spent a couple of years there … 0

Dexter Park teacher seeking grant for LEGO use in classroom

Sunday, March 30, 2014

ORANGE — Jayne Fleck is a special education teacher for third- and fourth-grade students at Dexter Park. Recently, she started a hands-on way to get her students excited about and in engaged in learning through the use of … 1

Orange scholarship deadline is April 18

Sunday, March 30, 2014

ORANGE — Scholarship Committee of the Orange Senior Citizens Club is preparing for applications. This year, a $500 scholarship will be awarded by the club to a resident of Orange who is a student graduating from high school this year, or one who is currently a full-time student … 0

Plans to vote on Mahar Dam postponed

Sunday, March 30, 2014

ORANGE — The dam at Mahar Regional School has been the subject of debate since a 2009 inspection gave it a poor report card. The state Office of Dam Safety told the school district that the dam needed to be repaired, breached or removed. The school district has … 0

False fire alarms bring charges

Sunday, March 30, 2014

ORANGE — Two men face charges after police and firefighters responded to a series of false fire alarms Friday night into Saturday morning. Orange Fire Department responded to fire box alarms at 10:40 p.m. from Pleasant and West streets, 11:05 from Cheney and Carpenter streets and 12:06 a.m. … 0

Mahar sees 2.7% budget hike request

Friday, March 28, 2014

ORANGE — The Mahar Regional School’s new superintendent would like a 2.7 percent budget increase for next school year. A public hearing on the budget request will be held on Tuesday in the school’s Library-Media Center at 7 p.m. The spending plan, presented by new Superintendent Tari N. … 0

Neighbors: Lots of indoor fun this weekend

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Temperatures are rising — they’re supposed to get up into the 40s and 50s through Monday — but it doesn’t look like the weather is going to be great over the weekend, so you might want to plan some indoor fun. Greening Greenfield’s Film Festival on … 0

Orange to work with state on new school need

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

ORANGE — The state has agreed to consider adding Orange to the list of towns it will help build new schools. Orange School Committee is looking into the possibility of building a new elementary school to house all the grades. That could replace the three existing schools, which … 0