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Neighbors: Visit your local farmers market

Monday, July 27, 2015

Hello neighbor. Farmers markets are going strong throughout the county this summer. I’m not going to mention any in particular, because most of you know where they are, especially if you’ve got one in your town. What I want to talk about today is why you should visit one or two or more. Visiting a farmers market is a way of enjoying the season. Most of them run from late … 0

Orange celebrates marriage equality with music, BBQ

Friday, July 24, 2015

ORANGE — A double rainbow appeared in the sky over the Millers River just as a celebration of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage was getting underway at the Orange Riverfront Park. The event featured musical performances by Linq and the TMC Trio followed by a boat parade, which ended … 0

Fire marshal: Check carbon monoxide alarms

Friday, July 24, 2015

Pointing to the deaths of four young Massachusetts residents in a Maine cabin over the weekend, the state Fire Marshal’s Office told residents their carbon monoxide alarms may be running out of time. “A similar tragedy led to a law here in Massachusetts that requires CO alarms in nearly every home. It is a tool designed to help prevent more families from experiencing … 0

In Franklin County, always something old, something new

Monday, June 15, 2015

Franklin County reminds me of the wedding rhyme: something old, something new … As I work my way around the county’s 26 towns on my summer journey to reacquaint myself with The Recorder’s readers, I found myself in the back shop of Pine Hill Orchards, standing in a … 0

Wicked sweet work ethic: Mass. sugarhouses’ record-breaking maple syrup season

Monday, June 15, 2015

CONWAY — Though the maple sugaring season got off to a late start this year, Massachusetts’s sugarhouses had a record-breaking season. Winton Pitcoff, the coordinator of the Massachusetts Maple Producers Association, said the successful season could be attributed … 0

Orange voters support community development

Monday, June 15, 2015

Orange — Voters voiced their support of community development at Wednesday’s annual town meeting. The need for the community development director position came into question when Finance Committee member Brian Haskins proposed the committee’s 2016 budget, which did not include the $73,000 community development director salary, for approval. … 0

Neighbors: Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum has two new additions

Monday, June 15, 2015

Hello neighbor. Residents and visitors were greeted recently with a big surprise in downtown Shelburne Falls as two trolleys rolled through town and up the hill to their new home at Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum. Until now, the … 0

Orange petition calls for community stance on PARCC testing

Friday, June 12, 2015

ORANGE — Orange Elementary School Committee member Ray Younghans is new to his post, but has begun organizing a community effort against a new style of state standardized testing. Younghans, true to the convictions he expressed before being elected, says he believes strongly in state and local control … 0

Orange voters to decide fate of Community Development office

Friday, June 12, 2015

The fate of Community Development in Orange will be in the hands of voters Monday night at annual town meeting. The community development director position, originally funded by the Community Development Block Grant, has since grown into a larger asset for the town, according to the Board of … 0

Dekhockey leagues started at 202 Sports Complex in Orange

Friday, June 12, 2015

ORANGE — In 1974, the new owner of 202 Sports Complex on Daniel Shays Highway, who had always loved playing street hockey with neighborhood peers, moved from Canada to Leominster to work at Leominster Dekhockey Center. Forty-one years … 0

Neighbors: ‘Diggity Dogs’ had their day in the sun

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Hello neighbor. I am constantly hearing about the wonderful things Franklin County businesses and nonprofits are doing for their communities, and I’m sure most of you have figured out by now how much I love animals. So, how do these two statements relate? Well, the local nonprofit Diggity … 0

Orange annual town meeting Monday

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

ORANGE – Efforts to raise attendance for the annual town meeting has the town offering free child care for attendees through the Mahar Key Club. Although plans did not come together for a community dinner, the school cafeteria will be open for people who would like to bring … 0

Every hero has a story

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

ORANGE — The new Children’s Librarian at Wheeler Memorial is busy visiting schools this month to let students know about the 2015 Every Hero Has a Story, summer reading program. “It will be a nice connection for me … 0