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Neighbors: Be kind

Monday, June 29, 2015

Hello neighbor. About once a year I feel compelled to remind myself and others to be good neighbors. I don’t necessarily mean “neighbor” in the literal sense. What I mean is that we all should be kind to everyone. Those who aren’t can never truly be happy themselves. Get out and talk with the people who live in your neighborhood and your community. Find out what you have in common … 0

Yankee Engine-uity show still humming

Sunday, June 28, 2015

ORANGE — It wasn’t a tranquil weekend for those living near the Orange Municipal Airport. The sputter of engines, the aroma of fuel and the sight of antique tractors, automobiles and other collectables were only some attractions that drew a large audience to the 39th annual Yankee Engine-uity show. The two-day machinery event … 0

Mahar 2006 record disposal

Friday, June 26, 2015

ORANGE — Anyone who withdrew from Mahar Regional School in 2006 (not a graduate of the Class of 2006) may pick up their student information folders in the Student Services Office at the school until July 10. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Any records remaining will be destroyed on July 16, according to the Mahar Student Services Office. … 0

Letter: Religious violence

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The violence triggered in Muslim extremists by the Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas, organized by the so-called American Freedom Defense Initiative, is deplorable and must be condemned. However, I wonder how Christians would react to an exhibit of cartoons largely ridiculing Jesus Christ? I suspect certain “good” … 0

Orange aims to provide free meals to all students

Friday, May 8, 2015

ORANGE — Public schools in Orange may be able to offer free breakfast and lunch to all students beginning next year. Jacki Dillenback, director of Food and Nutrition Services for Ralph C. Mahar Regional and Orange elementary schools, has applied to participate in a federal school meals program. … 0

Quabbin food co-op to hold grand opening May 16

Friday, May 8, 2015

ORANGE —The Quabbin Harvest Market at 12 N. Main St., a nonprofit food co-op, will be holding a grand opening in its parking lot on May 16 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The market began in 2009 … 0

No cause yet for Orange house fire

Friday, May 8, 2015

ORANGE — Days after a fire leveled a Kelton Street home, it’s still too soon for investigators to tell how the blaze started. By the time firefighters arrived at 55 Kelton St. around 4 p.m., the building was too far gone to fight it from inside, said Fire … 0

Neighbors: Neighbors will return May 19

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Hello neighbor. Neighbors will not be back until May 19. I am headed this morning with my friend Diane Poirier on a cruise to Bermuda. I hope you all have a wonderful week. I can’t imagine we’ll have anything but a great time. See you when I return. … 0

Firefighters battle blaze on Kelton St. in Orange

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

ORANGE — The home at 55 Kelton Street broke out in flames a little after 4 p.m. Wednesday. Orange Fire Chief Dennis Annear said multiple calls came in from neighbors. When his team arrived at the scene, they … 0

Delayed tax bills equal double payments due for Orange residents again

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

ORANGE — Orange residents have not received tax bills yet this year. When they do receive a bill, it will be for two payments due instead of one. That’s because, according to town Treasurer Gabrielle Voelker, the tax rate hasn’t been set yet. Voelker says the town had … 0

2 Orange educators get Pioneer Valley excellence awards

Monday, May 4, 2015

Nicole LaFleur, a school counselor at Fisher Hill School, and Margaret Lawless, a teacher of middle school mathematics at Mahar Regional School, have been awarded Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Awards. The awards are given out by the … 0

Neighbors: Another chance to help a neighbor in need

Monday, May 4, 2015

Hello, neighbor. First, I would like to send out a “very happy birthday” to grandson Justin’s beautiful mommy Suzanne. There’s going be a benefit golf tournament with shotgun start for longtime local disc jockey Ryan Interlande, who needs a heart transplant, at Thomas Memorial Golf and Country Club … 0

Whole lot of shake-up going on

Friday, May 1, 2015

ORANGE — Walter Herk joining the Board of Selectman this March is bringing some change and new ideas to Town Hall. Roles have been rotated, with David Ames becoming chairman, Kathy Reinig becoming vice chairwoman and Herk filling … 0