Mahar Pond dam repair work gets funding

Friday, August 1, 2014

ORANGE — Five years after it was noted for infrastructure inadequacies, Mahar Pond dam will get $100,000 from the state for repairs. The House and Senate voted Tuesday to override the governor’s veto of earmarked money for the Office of Dam Safety, which included money for the Mahar dam. The override required a two-thirds vote of both chambers. “I am pleased to have advocated for this funding on behalf of … 0

Neighbors: Local woman up for Emmy Award

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Hello neighbor. Our neighbors Ann and Gary Thomas of Greenfield can’t wait for Aug. 16, because that is when they will learn whether their daughter Sherry Thomas wins an Emmy Award with two other women for casting the hit television series “Breaking Bad.” Sherry, who grew up in Florence and lived in Greenfield … 0

Creation Station in Orange an artists’ outlet

Thursday, July 31, 2014

ORANGE — Tyler Hakkinen and his girlfriend Ashley Fenner had a vision to bring artists together in the area to promote one another and share their works with the public. That vision has come to fruition as the grand opening of their storefront, The Creation Station happens today at 9 East Main St. … 0

Local businesses assist Orange Fire in equipment purchases

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

ORANGE — With the help of a number of local businesses, the Orange Fire Department has raised enough money to purchase a new diamond-bladed ventilation saw and two scopes for intubating patients. Mark Vitale, a firefighter and paramedic with the department who organized the fundraising campaign, said purchasing … 0

Google’s email filters lead to child porn charges against Orange man

Monday, June 30, 2014

ORANGE — A local man accused of child pornography and firearms charges was apparently singled out by a Google “bot.” David Johnstone, 45, of 54 Ward Road, pleaded innocent in Franklin Superior Court to two counts of possession of child pornography, one count of distributing material of a … 0

Neighbors: Introduce yourself to your neighbors

Monday, June 30, 2014

Hello neighbor. Here I go again, thinking about what it means to be a neighbor. I remember a time when people knew their neighbors. They spoke with them, sat next to them in church, ran into them in the grocery store, talked over the hedges about their days … 0

Orange’s Farm School grows by 94 acres with property buy

Monday, June 30, 2014

ORANGE — The 94-acre Rowe property in Orange is the newest addition to the farm and forest land owned by The Farm School, which has purchased the land to support its mission of farming and education. The Farm … 0

Machines, parts, parade at Orange airport

Sunday, June 29, 2014

ORANGE — Tractors, engines and antique cars took over the Orange Municipal Airport this weekend as steam engine enthusiasts from across New England turned the place into a machinery show. With an antique cream separator and an engine-powered … 0

COG reschedules public meeting on pipeline

Friday, June 27, 2014

The Franklin Regional Council of Governments and its Franklin Regional Planning Board have rescheduled to July 24 their first-ever joint meeting to review the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. project proposed to cross nine county towns on its path to Dracut. The boards’ original May 15 meeting on what … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy, but stay safe on the Fourth of July

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Hello neighbor. We are just a week away from July 4 and I’m sure there will be plenty of celebrating going on next weekend. I hope you all have great fun and get to spend time with friends … 0

Halfway to home

Monday, June 23, 2014

ORANGE — An Orange veteran who left for Georgia on March 14 to start a six-month, 2,180-mile trek along the Appalachian Trail with 13 other veterans hit the halfway mark last weekend, and plans to be on Mount … 1

First summer reading event set for Wednesday in Orange

Monday, June 23, 2014

ORANGE — Local school children have been briefed on this year’s summer reading program. Children’s Librarian Candy Cross, and her assistants, Dr. Platypus and Dr. Flowerpus, have visited every classroom to let the students know about all the events happening at Wheeler Memorial Library now that school is … 0

Neighbors: Scholarships help students pursue dreams and agencies help others

Monday, June 23, 2014

Hello neighbor. The Wells Trust Scholarship recently announced this year’s recipients and I’d like to share their names, or at least where some of them are from, with you today. Fred W. and Ethel Dow Wells were longtime … 0