Orange

Regional Notebook

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Legislators, town officials to meet for breakfast in Conway on Friday CONWAY — Conway will host this year’s Massachusetts Municipal Association Legislative Breakfast for western Massachusetts on Friday, where local officials will have the chance to meet with state legislators and association staff and discuss important topics. The breakfast will be held in the Conway Town Hall from 8 to 10 a.m. According to Selectboard Chairman John O’Rourke, it will … 0

Athol Hospital nurses join union

Monday, September 29, 2014

ATHOL — Nurses at Athol Hospital have unionized. In an election held among the 47 registered nurses at Athol Hospital on Friday, RNs voted to join the Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United, the state’s largest union of RNs and health care professionals. The election was conducted at the hospital by the National Labor Relations Board. The MNA already represents more than 23,000 nurses … 0

Garlic eating contest leaves only 1 standing

Sunday, September 28, 2014

ORANGE — All it took was a single clove of raw garlic to send 11-year-old Adrianna Annello running into her father’s arms, eyes watering and tongue stuck out. The 16th annual North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival’s garlic eating contest had claimed its first victim. The festival was held Saturday and Sunday off … 0

Fall YMCA registration begins

Monday, August 25, 2014

GREENFIELD —Registration is now taking place for the September/October session of YMCA classes and programs. The Y has programs for children as young as six months (parent/child swim/gym classes) to adults in their nineties (chair fitness, balance & stretch, water fitness). Most of the classes run in eight … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy the beautiful weather

Monday, August 25, 2014

Hello neighbor. Looks like it’s going to be a beautiful week. Temperatures are supposed to be in the mid 70s and 80s, with maybe a little rain mid-week. Get out there and see Franklin County. Can you believe fall is just around the corner? I’m sorry this column … 0

Letter: Non-partisan? You’re kidding

Monday, August 25, 2014

Like many other readers, when I opened the mailbox this afternoon, I was greeted by a glossy color mailing from MassFiscal.org. For those unfamiliar with this organization, just flip to the back page, where they describe themselves as a “non-profit” “non-partisan” organization “committed to improving the quality of … 0

Orange voters OK funding for Community Development Office

Thursday, August 21, 2014

ORANGE — Applause filled the Ruth B. Smith Memorial Auditorium as residents voted to continue funding the Community Development Office and the work it has been doing in town. Since word was received that Orange will not be receiving the Community Development Block Grant this year, the fate … 0

Neighbors: Grandparents proud of grandson’s award

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Our neighbors Shirley and Don Ward of Buckland were happy to announce this week that their grandson Jared “JD” Jurentkuff won an Emmy Award for an Apple commercial he worked on last year titled “Misunderstood.” JD … 0

GOP candidates Whipps Lee, Anderson face off in race’s only debate

Thursday, August 21, 2014

PETERSHAM — The two Republican hopefuls in the region’s only primary contest sat far apart at a long table on the Petersham Town Hall meeting room stage this week, but Susannah Whipps Lee of Athol and Karen Anderson of Orange appeared to be not that far apart on … 0

Pipeline meeting in Orange outlines action towns can take

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

ORANGE — Local people have potentially more of a say in determining the fate of a proposed gas pipeline through Franklin County than they may realize, a local conservationist is telling pipeline foes. Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust Executive Director Leigh Youngblood addressed about 40 people Tuesday, wearing … 0

Orange special town meeting tonight at 7

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

ORANGE — A special town meeting tonight will decide whether to apply some surplus school money to keep the town’s community development director job funded. The job has been largely funded from federal Community Development Block Grant money in the past, but the town won’t get that grant … 0

Quabbin Harvest open house today

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

ORANGE — Downtown will be buzzing with activity tonight. Quabbin Harvest Co-op, in preparation for its opening, will hold an open house between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. at its soon-to-open 12 North Main St. location. In addition, the next movie in the series of Friendly Town Movies in … 0

Domestic dispute and smashed windows lead to charges for Orange man and his brother

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — An Orange man and his brother from Springfield were arrested Tuesday after the two smashed the windows of a home on Riverside Drive during a domestic dispute. At 11:48 p.m., Greenfield police responded to 39 Riverside Drive, where there was a fight involving several people. At … 0