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Bomb threat at Mahar School

Friday, November 21, 2014

ORANGE — A bomb threat at Ralph C. Mahar School is under investigation by police. The threat came in by phone just after dismissal Friday, according to a news release from the district superintendent’s office. The building was evacuated, and Orange police and firefighters searched the school. No explosives were found. After the building was cleared, school officials decided not to cancel extracurricular activities planned for the weekend. Police continue … 0

Will Orange OK $490K for new school study?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

ORANGE — Residents will vote at a special town meeting on Dec. 4 on whether to fund the next step in building a new elementary school. The Massachusetts School Building Association is currently working with Orange on the possibility of a new school building to house all Orange elementary school children with the state to fund 80 percent. Furthering the process calls for … 0

Rodney Hunt shedding jobs

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

ORANGE — A hearing held in Boston early Wednesday brought to light the degree to which Rodney Hunt Co. has failed to adhere to the tax-break agreement entered into with the Town of Orange in March of 2012. While the company has received thousands of dollars in tax breaks, it has not as yet been able to meet the requirements called for in … 0

Letter: Seeing the beauty

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Railroad Salvage: In 1954-55, after graduation from GHS, I worked at this store, upstairs where men’s suits were being made. I was doing the shipping orders. Downstairs, on a very large machine, I was punching out time cards. My boss and owner, Mr. Bill Palestine, who was so … 0

Legislative candidate forums set for Tuesday, Saturday

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Voters in 16 Franklin County towns will get a chance in the coming week to hear legislative candidates in the Nov. 4 election. And just as those local races have been few and far between in this election, so will the upcoming forums be the single chance to … 0

Orange gets grant for accessible waterfront

Thursday, October 9, 2014

ORANGE — A state grant has been awarded to the town to support a proposed Re-Centering Around the River Project. The project will add a trail along the Millers River and include an accessible fishing site and a canoe/kayak launch at one end as well as a floating … 0

Orange celebrates the harvest this Sunday

Thursday, October 9, 2014

ORANGE — Celebrate the Harvest, the 23rd annual Car Show and Parade, will relocate to the Orange Airport this year. The new location is a move from its home of prior years, Butterfield Park, which is under renovation. The event presented by the Orange Business Association will be … 0

Neighbors: Double Take Fringe Festival a week away

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Hello neighbor. The Double Take Fringe Festival will take over eight venues, all within walking distance, in downtown Greenfield again this year. On Oct. 17 and 18, eight shows will be presented and you can attend all of them throughout the weekend with a weekend pass that will … 0

FRCOG hopes to build online disaster map

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

BUCKLAND — When Tropical Storm Irene pounded Franklin County, emergency responders and isolated residents cut off by storm damage suddenly found a new use for Twitter and Facebook on their cellphones: asking others about, and reporting on local washouts, flooding and downed trees. Now, the Franklin Regional Council … 0

Mahar Cancer Walk set for Saturday

Monday, October 6, 2014

ORANGE — The ninth annual Mahar Cancer Walk will take place on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the track behind the Mahar Regional School at 507 South Main Street. Since its inception, the Mahar Cancer Walk has raised over $16,000. Any area residents who are … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy autumn while you can

Monday, October 6, 2014

Hello neighbor. Can you believe it? The leaves are falling from the trees as the crisp days of fall nudge us toward the bitter chill of winter. There are only three full moons left this year: the Full … 0

New executive director sought for North Quabbin Community Coalition after 14 years

Sunday, October 5, 2014

ORANGE — The executive director position at the North Quabbin Community Coalition is vacant at the moment, following the resignation of 14-year veteran Rebecca Bialecki. Bialecki said in the September issue of the coalition’s newsletter that leaving the position is bittersweet for her. “I am moving into the … 0

Members start shopping at new Quabbin Harvest Co-op

Thursday, October 2, 2014

ORANGE — The long awaited shopping venue for healthy, local and organic foods and other products has finally arrived for Quabbin Harvest Co-op members and will be available to the general public starting Oct. 15. The co-op’s move … 0