The 2014 Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest winners at Stoneleigh-Brunham School in Greenfield. The annual poetry contest, conducted by the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library, is open to all Franklin County residents and students. The winner was James Heflin (seated) for his poem "Viva." Stella Corso (third from right) took second place for her poem "Slow March," while Alice Thomas (second from left) took third place for her poem "For Wood: Syria." The top two in the youth ages 12 to 14 category were A.J. WIlson (third from left) for his poem "Winter," and Jenna Hackett (first on left) for her poem "Be Free." The top two in the youth ages 15 to 18 were Grace Engelman (second from right) for her poem "The Perfectionist" and A.J. Urzedowski for his poem "Poetry That I Understand." Recorder file photo/Micky Bedell

Neighbors: 25th annual Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest seeks entries

Monday, February 8, 2016

Hello neighbor. Well folks, it’s that time again. The 25th annual Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest has begun, and Friends of the Greenfield Public Library are looking for poems from you. The event is open to all Franklin County residents and students. You can submit up to three poems. The deadline is March 7, so it’s time to get serious. The … 0

About Town: All the region's a stage

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Mid-life crises manifest themselves in all kinds of ways. Mine involves wearing elaborate hats, attempting to speak with Southern and Eastern European accents, and learning insiders’ jargon such as “ghost light,” “spike tape” and “merde.” I am late to the theater world, having only started in 2009. By last count, I’ve done 28 plays since then, not including mere readings. They’ve taken me … 0

State plans presentation on ‘rattlesnake island’

Friday, February 5, 2016

ORANGE — State wildlife officials who want to reintroduce rattlesnakes on a Quabbin Reservoir island have set a public meeting for Feb. 23 at Mahar Regional High School. Beginning in a couple of years, the state plans to stock Mount Zion island with endangered timber rattlesnakes. The plan has raised some outcry, and the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife has scheduled an informational … 0

Sharp art

Monday, January 4, 2016

ORANGE — Sue O’Sullivan is an artist with an unusual creative tool. She carves her sculptures with a chain saw. “I think it is a powerful and exciting way to create art,” she says about why it’s her … 0

Orange census forms sent

Monday, January 4, 2016

ORANGE — Town of Orange census forms were mailed to all residents of the town. Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 51, Section 4, requires that the name, date of birth, occupation, nationality (if not a U.S. citizen), current address and address on Jan. 1, 2016 must be obtained for … 0

Lee reflects on 1st year on Beacon Hill

Sunday, January 3, 2016

ATHOL ­­— Fourteen months ago, when she was a challenger wrapping up a campaign against a two-term Democratic incumbent for a House seat in a district that included conservative Worcester County as well as more liberal Franklin County … 0

Orange hopes 2016 is a ‘year of action’

Thursday, December 31, 2015

ORANGE — Kathy Reinig of the Board of Selectmen hopes this will be the year the town checks some things off the to-do list. “I’m hoping that 2016 would be a year of action. We’ve done a lot … 0

Crowds come out to Starry, Starry, Night

Thursday, December 31, 2015

ORANGE — Though lacking its namesake Thursday evening, Starry, Starry Night shone bright. Aglow with decorative lights and a dynamic show by fire performers, Orange still celebrated its 20th anniversary of the New Year’s Eve celebration with hundreds … 0

Neighbors: Only 25 snowfalls to go ’til spring

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Hello neighbor. I wish you all a very happy and healthy New Year! Well folks, our precipitation prognosticator has made her prediction for winter 2015-2016. Farrah Pomeroy tells me, “One storm down and 25 to go!” Remember, Farrah … 0

Nomination papers available for March 7 Orange election

Thursday, December 31, 2015

ORANGE — Nomination papers for the annual town election on March 7 are now available at the town clerk’s office. The following offices will appear on the ballot: Selectman for three years, moderator for one year, Board of Health for three years, Board of Health for one year, … 0

Late start to tax season in Orange

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

ORANGE — Town tax bills will be late this time around. Selectman David Ames said transfers and changes in the financial department have left the process behind schedule, with selectmen yet to set the tax rate. “Usually around the November/December time frame you get the approval for the … 0

Neighbors: Have a happy and safe New Year

Monday, December 28, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’m not going to make any resolutions this year. If I’m going to be honest, I don’t think I’ve followed through with one in years — maybe never. Instead, I’m going to live life the best … 0

Second-home for the holidays: Orange man’s former foreign-exchange students visit for Christmas

Sunday, December 27, 2015

ORANGE — Christmas is a time for family, and Clifford Fournier has a lot of people who call him dad. The day after Christmas, he still had what most would consider a full house: four college students. Three … 0