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Neighbors: Head to the North Quabbin for some summer fun

Monday, July 21, 2014

Hello neighbor. I was really excited to read last week that the North Quabbin will be getting some help from the state to boost tourism. It’s such a beautiful area — and you all know how much I love the Quabbin Reservoir. There are other attractions in that area: Starrett Museum in Athol, Swift River Historical Society Museum in New Salem and Tully Lake and Campground. You really should get … 0

Letter: Right on target

Monday, July 21, 2014

I was gratified to read Paul Seaman’s article in the Wednesday, July 16, Recorder, “Let’s bring riflery back to Apex.” I think the YMCA is missing a good bet if they don’t offer a shooting program to the area’s youngsters (it doesn’t seem like money, equipment and volunteers would be a problem, thanks to the National Rifle Association and people like Mr. Seamans), … 0

Neighbors: Local writers publish book of short memoirs

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Hello neighbor. A wonderful group of local writers has published another book. “Days and Moments, Moments and Days,” by Well Done Writers, is now available at World Eye Bookshop in Greenfield and Boswell’s Books in Shelburne Falls. Our neighbor Janet Keyes, who happens to be one of the writers, said the name of the group comes from the place where they meet to … 0

Butterfield decision leaves Orange with mixed emotions

Sunday, June 15, 2014

ORANGE — The day after the Orange Elementary School Committee voted to close Butterfield School next school year, Superintendent Tari Thomas sent a letter regarding the decision out to parents. “For Orange Elementary Schools, the last three years have been filled with both great successes and extremely difficult … 0

Neighbors: Away this week

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Hello neighbor. I’m going to make this short and sweet today. I am away from June 11 through Tuesday, so I got in what you had sent by the end of the day this past Tuesday. I’m not … 0

Orange budget prep for town meeting down to the wire

Thursday, June 12, 2014

ORANGE — The Board of Selectman and the Finance Committee have met jointly on two occasions this week to discuss differences in their budget recommendations. The annual town meeting is Monday at 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of Selectmen Vice Chairman David B. Ames said at a … 0

Orange tree sculptures bring dead wood to life

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

ORANGE — What used to be a dying tree and town liability is now an artistic landmark paying homage to indigenous animals of the Quabbin region. A project that began with the foresight of property owners Jesse and … 1

Orange school board votes to close Butterfield, consolidate

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Orange Elementary School Committee voted Tuesday to close Butterfield Elementary School. The school will be consolidated with Dexter Park School in Orange to trim the school’s budget by almost $300,000 before the budget is brought before the town at the annual meeting Monday. Consolidating the schools will … 0

Sidewalk work planned in Orange

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

ORANGE — A new concrete sidewalk will be laid between the Orange Community Boat House and the Orange Police Department as a part of the town’s federally funded community development improvements. The project will complete a safe sidewalk connection between downtown past the boat house and Butterfield Park … 0

Neighbors: Don’t let a little rain stop you

Monday, June 9, 2014

Hello neighbor. Looks like we’re in for some showers this week, but don’t let that stop you. Temperatures are supposed to be in the 70s. Take advantage of any sunshine we see by getting out into the county. According to those who run the Fishway in Turners Falls, … 0

Mahar grads exhorted to ‘lead by example’

Friday, June 6, 2014

ORANGE — The graduating class, wearing blue and red, at Ralph C. Mahar Regional School took their seats outdoors under clear skies, after a ceremonious entrance. Friends, family, faculty and graduates were welcomed by the school’s Principal Ishmael … 0

Franklin County Technical School students ready for workforce

Friday, June 6, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Franklin County Technical School alumna Lisa Godfrey told 115 graduates Friday that learning a trade at the school will give them a leg up in their future job searches. “It may not feel like it … 0

New kayak and canoe club voted in at Mahar

Friday, June 6, 2014

By TRACEY PROHASKA CARROLL Special to The Recorder ORANGE — Carole Normandin, business teacher at Ralph C. Mahar, presented the idea of starting a new kayak and canoe club at a recent School Committee Meeting. The club, brought forth as a way to engage students in a healthy … 0