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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 the same issue last year, but she was not at liberty to say exactly why. Only that going forward, the process needs … 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 Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation, which supports and rewards exceptional public and parochial school teachers in … 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 in Montague City on May 23 at 9 a.m. The rain date is May 24 … 0

Orange special town meeting Thursday

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

ORANGE — Voters will be asked to appropriate $100,000 combined for legal fees and Orange’s stabilization fund in two of the five warrant items to be voted on at Thursday’s special town meeting. The meeting to take place at 7 p.m. in the Ruth B. Smith Auditorium at … 0

Neighbors: Father and daughter recovering nicely after kidney transplant

Monday, March 16, 2015

Hello neighbor. Our neighbor Tim Ollari is doing well after receiving a kidney from his daughter Stephanie last Thursday. Stephanie says Tim looks like a new person — full of life again. She, on the other hand, had … 0

Franklin County Tech principal picked

Sunday, March 15, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Shawn Rickan of Phillipston is to take over for Franklin County Technical School Principal and Assistant Superintendent Richard Martin when Martin moves into the superintendent’s office in July. Now a high school principal in Baldwinville, Rickan earlier worked in Orange for five years and is … 0

‘Fiber Towns’ to residents: Prove you want broadband

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The WiredWest high-speed Internet collaborative has started signing up residents of 32 member towns for “Last-Mile” fiber-optic broadband. This is the first step for “fiber towns” to become part of the collaborative’s fiber-optic network. If 40 percent of a fiber town’s households sign up, it shows there is … 0

Wheeler Memorial welcomes new children’s librarian

Friday, March 13, 2015

ORANGE — Mia Cabana is very passionate about being children’s librarian at Wheeler Memorial Library. She’s excited about Story Time Mondays with Mother Goose on the Loose, and Rise and Romp Tuesdays, two programs specifically for young children … 0

Neighbors: Recorder reporter to share his photography

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’d like to put a plug in for one of my colleagues. Shelburne Grange is hosting a photography presentation by Recorder reporter David Rainville on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Fellowship Hall, 17 Little Mohawk Road in Shelburne Center. The event is free and open to … 0

Tech School budget takes transportation hit

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School Committee has approved a $10,159,000 budget, unchanged from this year but with a 5 percent increase in the sum requested from the district’s 19 member towns. The final budget is down $52,000 from the $10,211,000 preliminary budget approved last month. … 0

Neighbors: Time for spring activities

Monday, March 9, 2015

Hello neighbor. Well folks, we’re finally getting a glimpse of spring and I, for one, am loving it. Temperatures are supposed to be in the 40s all of this week — almost reaching 50 on Wednesday — and it looks like the sun is going to shine most … 0

Letter: Closed on weekends

Monday, March 9, 2015

As a member of the National Association of Railroad Passengers, I also would like to express my disapproval of closing the John Olver Transportation Center on weekends. I do not know who’s responsible for this but to keep people out in the cold and the elements is not … 0

State set to drop Orange from school building aid list

Friday, March 6, 2015

ORANGE — The state is apparently pulling Orange out of the waiting line for school building assistance, because voters wouldn’t spend money on a feasibility study. Now, local school officials hope to reapply to get back on the list of towns to which the state gives construction aid. … 0