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County’s 2nd Tractor Supply opens in Orange

Friday, October 24, 2014

ORANGE — The grand opening of the county’s second Tractor Supply Co. store will take place today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 83 New Athol Road. The store opened last Saturday, but will celebrate this weekend with a petting zoo, draft horses, a tractor show and a wood carving demonstration by a local artist. Store Manager Jeff Styles says the location is great because there are a lot … 0

Letter: Vote ‘yes’ on 1

Friday, October 24, 2014

Why should you vote Yes on 1? Last year, the Legislature linked the gas tax to inflation, which means our gas taxes will increase every year without a vote. Our taxes are going to automatically increase year after year after year with no elected official being held accountable. That’s taxation without representation. Our legislators should have to do their work and vote on … 0

Neighbors: Local 2015 calendars offer variety

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Hello, neighbor. It’s that time of year — 2015 calendars are here and it’s time for you to decide what you’d like hanging on your wall for 12 months. If you are interested in local history, trains or both, then the Historic Railroad Scenes of Franklin County calendar is for you. Local historians … 0

Mostly smooth sailing for Orange elementary consolidation

Friday, September 12, 2014

ORANGE — Consolidation of Butterfield and Dexter Park schools this fall was successful, School Superintendent Tari N. Thomas said this week. The decision by the Orange School Committee was necessitated by budgetary constraints. Thomas told the School Committee … 0

Narcan OD first aid training offered

Friday, September 12, 2014

ORANGE — Do you want to learn how to help someone who has overdosed on heroin? CHD Clinical Services, an outpatient community mental health center, will offer Narcan training at 131 West Main St., on the first Friday of each month. Narcan, a brand name for the medication … 0

The twists & turns of history: the Mohawk Trail marks 100 years

Friday, September 12, 2014

What do Metacomet the warrior, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Benedict Arnold and Henry David Thoreau have in common? They all traveled the route that would become the Mohawk Trail — back in the days when the hairpin turn and other … 2

Neighbors: Volunteer to serve the low-income and homeless

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Hello neighbor. I’d like to give another perfect example of neighbors helping neighbors. Stone Soup Cafe will be holding a volunteer appreciation gathering on Sept. 19 at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church on Main and Hope streets from 7 to 9 p.m. where there’s going to be a … 0

Lee backs repeal of gas tax indexing

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Fresh from a victory in Tuesday’s Republican primary, in which she captured 63 percent of the vote, Second Franklin House District candidate Susannah Whipps Lee emphasized her support for a ballot initiative to repeal indexing of increases in the state’s gasoline tax to inflation. Question 1 would leave … 1

Athol man convicted of attempted rape

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

ATHOL — A local man has been sent to state prison after a jury found him guilty of attempted rape and other charges. Phillip Gautreau, 37, of 401 South St., was sentenced Tuesday by Superior Court Judge Bertha Josephson to four to six years in the Walpole state … 0

It’s primary day, who’s on the ballot?

Monday, September 8, 2014

Massachusetts voters are heading to the polls on primary day today to narrow down the Democratic and Republican candidates for a slew of political offices. The only local race in Franklin County, affecting six towns in the Second Franklin House District, pits a political newcomer against an Athol … 0

Neighbors: Shelburne man repairs cemetery signs

Monday, September 8, 2014

Hello neighbor. If you happen to be driving along Route 2 through Charlemont, take notice of the new signs at the entrances to its three cemeteries. Les Chadwick, our neighbor from Shelburne, recently replaced the posts that hold … 0

Do Rodney Hunt layoffs violate tax deal?

Friday, September 5, 2014

ORANGE — Local and state officials are investigating whether a 174-year-old manufacturer is living up to a four-year tax-break deal because it appears the company has laid off a number of employees in the past few months instead of adding jobs. Rodney Hunt-Fontaine Inc., which manufactures valves and … 0

Ballot initiative to repeal gas tax measure fuels debate

Friday, September 5, 2014

It won’t be on the ballot until November, but the campaign to repeal indexing gasoline tax increases to the inflation rate is already receiving plenty of attention, especially in the Republican primary race in the Second Franklin House District. Anyone driving through Orange, Gill, Erving, Warwick, New Salem … 0