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Neighbors: Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving

Monday, November 23, 2015

Hello neighbor. As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, I’m hearing from friends and relatives who are stressed because so many of their guests have limited diets at this point — we all know someone who eats gluten-free, is a vegan or vegetarian, is lactose intolerant, or has some other dietary restriction. That’s OK! I think the best way to approach the holiday, which, by the way, has always been my favorite, is … 0

Job fair planned for Rodney Hunt workers

Monday, November 23, 2015

ORANGE — Rodney Hunt Co.’s 200 soon-to-be-unemployed workers are being invited to a job fair hosted by the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development’s rapid response team on Dec. 2 to help them find new employment opportunities. The rapid response team was deployed to the 175-year-old water control equipment manufacturer following an announcement earlier this month that it would close by … 0

Letter: Stick with the facts

Monday, November 23, 2015

I consider myself generally opposed to the Tennessee Gas Pipeline, not being convinced it is needed, and concerned about its crossing of conservation lands and fragmenting wildlife habitat. However, the cause of pipeline opponents is not served well by hyperbole and misinformation. Jeffrey Scott’s letter of Nov. 4 states that the herbicide Roundup is the same as Agent Orange. A simple Google search … 0

Classic cars help Orange shine

Sunday, October 11, 2015

ORANGE — “I come for the love of old cars,” said Kevin Heath of Athol, sweeping his gaze first over his 1963 Chrysler Newport and then over the roughly 400 other cars parked at the Orange Municipal Airport … 0

In Orange, leaders talk about short and long-range plans

Friday, October 9, 2015

ORANGE — Orange has a vision to become great again. Many buildings in downtown Orange have become dilapidated and empty as the strong economic base has crumbled over the years. Structures built in the late 1800s — used as warehouses and mills — are still standing but are … 0

On the high wire: Major utility line project underway in the region

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Even as work crews begin wrapping up a 2.8-mile stretch of an Eversource transmission line in Greenfield, Montague and Deerfield, replacing lattice poles with double-circuit monopoles, the utility has begun other major line work around the region and … 0

Neighbors: Lots going on in the county, so enjoy!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Hello neighbor. There is way too much to tell you about today, so I’m just going to get right to it. Have a great weekend and enjoy the vibrant fall colors, because they’ll be gone sooner than you think. I will check in next week with Franklin County’s … 0

St. Mary’s Parish Fair set for this Saturday

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

ORANGE — St. Mary’s Parish will hold its 93rd annual Parish Fair on Saturday in the Parish Center at West Myrtle and Cheney streets. Doors open at 9 a.m. The fair features a cash/scratch ticket raffle, a center table with over 50 prizes, and a themed basket raffle. … 0

86 drug treatment beds coming to North Quabbin in Petersham

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

PETERSHAM — Athol Hospital’s parent company has bought land in Petersham and plans to open a 86-bed addiction and mental health treatment facility there as early as this summer. The number and type of treatment slots would be a significant addition to the treatment landscape near Franklin County, … 0

Tech school’s MCAS scores climbing back toward state average

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Superintendent Richard Martin said he was happy with the Franklin County Technical School’s growth in the last round of Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System testing. English scores were the highest they have been back to 2006 … 0

CSO management, union agree on new contract

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

GREENFIELD — A year after negotiations began and more than two months after the close of a three-day strike, nonprofit mental health agency Clinical and Support Options has a tentative contract between management and staff. Clinicians and crisis workers went on strike and picketed offices around western Massachusetts … 0

‘One of Greenfield’s libraries’: Franklin County remembers public servant William B. Allen

Monday, October 5, 2015

GREENFIELD — Longtime public servant William B. Allen died Saturday, and town officials and leaders say his passing is a big loss to the town, because he was one of the most dedicated and knowledgeable public servants they’ve … 0

Neighbors: Have fun at Celebrate the harvest Festival in Orange

Monday, October 5, 2015

Hello neighbor. If you’d like to celebrate fall — this wonderful time of year — head over to Orange on Sunday, where at 9 a.m. the Celebrate the Harvest Festival begins at the airport. There will be a car show, craft fair (you can start that holiday shopping), … 0