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Pipeline walk to end with Statehouse rally

Monday, July 28, 2014

With a couple of days to rest after their statewide “rolling march” to fight the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. proposal, opponents are gearing up for a Boston rally in front of the Statehouse, where they plan to present two sets of petitions to lawmakers. The timing, Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., comes just as the House and Senate are about to recess for a month-long vacation. But the … 0

Berkshire Gas warns about phone scam

Monday, July 28, 2014

Several Berkshire Gas business customers have recently reported receiving fraudulent telephone calls seeking immediate payment of their Berkshire Gas accounts, by credit card, over the telephone, the utility has reported. The caller claims that the account is overdue and requires immediate payment. Several of the fraudulent calls have showed up as originating from 617-419-5406 in the recipient’s caller ID. Berkshire Gas has reported … 0

Questions remain after COG pipeline meeting

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Franklin Regional Council of Governments and its Planning Board, along with the nearly 300 people attending their meeting Thursday, got to pose a series of questions to Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. spokesmen, yet questions remained about TGP’s proposed project. The two-hour long session, during which four representatives from TGP parent Kinder Morgan responded to audience questions submitted in writing, echoed many of … 1

New Orange Solstice Riverfest comes to the Millers River

Thursday, June 19, 2014

ORANGE — A new solstice celebration will take place along the Millers River at and around the Community Boat House on Saturday, the first day of summer. Pam Browning, who runs the boat house for Peak Expeditions, the paddling company that rents boats and provides river excursions, came … 0

Second town meeting brings balanced budget for Orange

Thursday, June 19, 2014

ORANGE — Voters eventually approved an $18,243,487 operating budget for next year, at the second of two meetings held this week. The budget was based on recommendations from the Finance Committee and differing recommendations from the Board of Selectmen. Having two separate and different balanced budget recommendations to … 0

Neighbors: Franklin County natives featured on Playbill.com

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Have you heard that Frontier Regional High School graduates (2010) Dale Murphy, a Sunderland native, and Tyler Conroy, a Conway native, were recently featured on Playbill.com? Dale wrote a musical based on the music of Taylor Swift and Tyler starred in and directed it. “It’s a … 0

Orange OKs cruiser, truck at meeting

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

ORANGE — Tuesday night’s conclusion of the annual town meeting had voters approve the purchase of a number of vehicles and equipment necessary to the town in the amount of $299,538. The proposed purchases were a part of Capitol Improvement article 17 on the warrant. Selectman David B. … 0

Franklin County school districts weigh PARCC vs. MCAS, results mixed

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — With the state offering a choice between getting an early start with the probable next big standardized test or continuing with the MCAS for the time being, area school districts have split more or less down the middle. Deciding factors included uncertainty over the future, … 0

Orange adds two cops to force

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

ORANGE — The town’s voters have agreed to add two officers to the police department. The extra money was included in the Finance Committee’s recommended $748,806 budget for next year. The decision came at the first session of … 0

Letter: A great sendoff

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

I would like to thank the residents of Orange for allowing me the opportunity of serving them, as highway superintendent over the last 18 years. I was recently honored with a retirement party held at the American Legion in Orange. I wish to thank all of the people … 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