Additional $250,000 needed for Mahar Dam fix

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

ORANGE — The fate of the Mahar Regional School Dam now rests on whether district towns approve borrowing $250,000 to rehabilitate it. The Mahar School Committee has voted “yes” with two members opposed (Johanna Bartlett and Carla Halpern) for the school district to ask Petersham, Wendell, New Salem and Orange for authorization to borrow up to $250,000 to move forward. … 0

Athol man jailed for Orange hit-and-run

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

ORANGE — An Athol man who ran over a pedestrian as he tried to flee a minor fender-bender will spend the next two years in the house of correction. William West, 24, of 218 Drury Ave., pleaded guilty in Franklin Superior Court Tuesday to charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, leaving the … 0

Orange supt. offers more details on grad rates

Monday, April 20, 2015

ORANGE — Mahar Regional School Superintendent Tari N. Thomas says the school’s overall graduation rate gives a misleading picture. Thomas says there are three programs that serve high-school-age students in Orange and they have very different graduation rates. These include Ralph C. Mahar Regional High School, as well as the Gateway to College … 0

Spark of interest: Orange to vote on electricity aggregation info gathering tonight

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

ORANGE — The rising cost of electricity for the town of Orange has been on residents’ minds since the rate increases by National Grid went into effect last November. Recently, the Hampshire Council of Governments made a presentation to the Orange Board of Selectmen on choosing aggregation for … 0

Orange special town meeting Thursday

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

ORANGE — Voters will be asked to appropriate $100,000 combined for legal fees and Orange’s stabilization fund in two of the five warrant items to be voted on at Thursday’s special town meeting. The meeting to take place at 7 p.m. in the Ruth B. Smith Auditorium at … 0

Neighbors: Father and daughter recovering nicely after kidney transplant

Monday, March 16, 2015

Hello neighbor. Our neighbor Tim Ollari is doing well after receiving a kidney from his daughter Stephanie last Thursday. Stephanie says Tim looks like a new person — full of life again. She, on the other hand, had … 0

Franklin County Tech principal picked

Sunday, March 15, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Shawn Rickan of Phillipston is to take over for Franklin County Technical School Principal and Assistant Superintendent Richard Martin when Martin moves into the superintendent’s office in July. Now a high school principal in Baldwinville, Rickan earlier worked in Orange for five years and is … 0

‘Fiber Towns’ to residents: Prove you want broadband

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The WiredWest high-speed Internet collaborative has started signing up residents of 32 member towns for “Last-Mile” fiber-optic broadband. This is the first step for “fiber towns” to become part of the collaborative’s fiber-optic network. If 40 percent of a fiber town’s households sign up, it shows there is … 0

Wheeler Memorial welcomes new children’s librarian

Friday, March 13, 2015

ORANGE — Mia Cabana is very passionate about being children’s librarian at Wheeler Memorial Library. She’s excited about Story Time Mondays with Mother Goose on the Loose, and Rise and Romp Tuesdays, two programs specifically for young children … 0

Neighbors: Recorder reporter to share his photography

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’d like to put a plug in for one of my colleagues. Shelburne Grange is hosting a photography presentation by Recorder reporter David Rainville on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Fellowship Hall, 17 Little Mohawk Road in Shelburne Center. The event is free and open to … 0

Tech School budget takes transportation hit

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School Committee has approved a $10,159,000 budget, unchanged from this year but with a 5 percent increase in the sum requested from the district’s 19 member towns. The final budget is down $52,000 from the $10,211,000 preliminary budget approved last month. … 0

Neighbors: Time for spring activities

Monday, March 9, 2015

Hello neighbor. Well folks, we’re finally getting a glimpse of spring and I, for one, am loving it. Temperatures are supposed to be in the 40s all of this week — almost reaching 50 on Wednesday — and it looks like the sun is going to shine most … 0

Letter: Closed on weekends

Monday, March 9, 2015

As a member of the National Association of Railroad Passengers, I also would like to express my disapproval of closing the John Olver Transportation Center on weekends. I do not know who’s responsible for this but to keep people out in the cold and the elements is not … 0