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Cynthia Ayer

Missing woman found dead

Thursday, December 18, 2014

ORANGE — A local woman missing since Tuesday was found dead in the Millers River Thursday. Cynthia Ayer, 52, was found around 1 p.m. in the river in West Orange on the second day of a multi-agency search. Ayer was reported missing Wednesday afternoon by her daughter, who had not seen her since 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. A police K9 led searchers to the Millers River near the wastewater treatment plant Wednesday. The search was called off at nightfall, and resumed Thursday morning. Foul play is not suspected in Ayer’s death, according to Mary Carey, spokeswoman for the Northwestern District Attorneys Office. The state medical examiner … 0

Neighbors: Take advantage of technology, but don’t let it rule you

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Hello neighbor. I just wanted to finish what I started on Tuesday, if you don’t mind. I seem to be on my soapbox this week, so please bear with me. I guess I’m just filled with the joy of the season and want to share it with you. I’d like to remind you of something else — I talked about volunteering, doing something … 0

Orange stores hold blackout protest of electric rates

Thursday, December 18, 2014

ORANGE — A recent hike in electricity rates caused two local businesses to turn out the lights Thursday. They’re not out of business, though — in fact, there were more customers in the Millers River Cafe and Trail Head Outfitters than usual. They were there to protest a recent rate hike by National … 0

Orange fears layoffs at Rodney Hunt

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

ORANGE — Fearing Rodney Hunt Co. may be shedding jobs not adding them, the town has moved to revoke a tax break it granted the local floodgate maker when it promised to expand operations here almost three years ago. Town officials have also heard reports from state officials … 0

Neighbors: Help a former neighbor by voting for her new business

Monday, November 17, 2014

Hello neighbor. I’m hoping you can help one of our former neighbors expand her business in Gloucester. Heather Ahearn, who is the daughter of David and Sally Ahearn and is co-owner of Atlantic Saltworks, is currently competing in the Entrepreneur and Sam Adams Brewing American Dream Wild Card … 0

Letter: Let Lee speak

Friday, November 14, 2014

In a typically cynical move, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. has canceled public hearings until Republicans gain control of Congress. In the meantime, the question voters have is, why is Susannah Lee silent on this subject? Will she respect the wishes of the overwhelming majority of her constituents, who … 0

Selectmen address opioid problem

Thursday, November 13, 2014

GREENFIELD — Small town governments are another avenue through which the Opioid Task Force is looking to get traction on the heroin and painkiller problem. Thursday night Opioid Task Force member John Merrigan and coordinator Marisa Hebble presented data on the problem and information on efforts underway to … 0

Wood pellet bag recycling now available in Orange

Thursday, November 13, 2014

ORANGE — The town is now able to offer wood pellet bag recycling to residents. The Recycling Dividends Program created by the state Department of Environmental Protection, provides payments to municipalities that have implemented specific programs and policies proven to maximize reuse, recycling and waste reduction. Orange was … 0

Neighbors: TFHS to hold its fourth all-class reunion

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Hello neighbor. Hey, it’s that time of year again — my alma mater, Turners Falls High School (Class of 1976 and proud of it) is holding its Alumni Association’s fourth annual All-Class Reunion the day after Thanksgiving. It will be held on the nightclub side of Between the … 0

Quabbin Mediation veterans program becomes national model

Monday, November 10, 2014

ORANGE — While working late one night, Quabbin Mediation Executive Director Sharon Tracy got a call from a distraught veteran who had just come home from a tour of duty in Iraq: The mother of his child had handed their baby over to him and walked out.

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Neighbors: It doesn’t take much to help feed our hungry

Monday, November 10, 2014

Hello neighbor. I was visiting with 2-year-old twin grandsons Owen and Travis the other night while daughter Christina went running — she didn’t get her passion for strenuous exercise from me — and as I watched them eat their chicken, rice, squash, yogurt and applesauce with reckless abandon, … 0

Neighbors: Crafts of Colrain self-guided studio tour this weekend

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Hello, neighbor. If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, why not head to Colrain for its annual Crafts of Colrain self-guided studio tour? Colrain is one of the county’s gems. Tucked in the hills, the town … 0

Defeated Rep. Andrews vows to ease transition

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

ORANGE — State Rep. Denise Andrews, in conceding defeat in her re-election bid Tuesday, thanked her supporters and promised to work with state officials and her successor in the House of Representa-tives to help the North Quabbin area … 0