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McGovern: Use schools to promote better nutrition

Friday, April 18, 2014

ORANGE — Organizations looking to promote better nutrition in their communities should send their messages through local schools, U.S. Rep James McGovern told members of the North Quabbin Community Coalition Friday. McGovern, a Democrat from Worcester and staunch anti-hunger advocate, said it’s unlikely Congress will approve any increases to programs like the “food stamp” Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Instead, he said, local organizations should continue to collaborate and use the … 0

State bond bill has money for parking garage, rail service

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The state Senate gave its approval Thursday to a five-year, $13 billion transportation bond bill that includes money toward a new commuter rail service between Greenfield, Northampton and Springfield, as well as $5 million toward a new Greenfield parking garage and up to $300 million a year for Chapter 90 road projects in cities and towns. The bond, which Rep. Stephen Kulik, D-Worthington, … 0

Neighbors: Easter community meal open to all

Thursday, April 17, 2014

First, I’d just like to wish everyone a happy Easter, happy Passover or happy spring, whichever you prefer. Then, I’d like to get right to telling you about some upcoming events, because there are plenty. EVERYONE IS WELCOME to a free Easter ham dinner community meal at the Greenfield Alliance Church, 385 Chapman … 0

Orange to work with state on new school need

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

ORANGE — The state has agreed to consider adding Orange to the list of towns it will help build new schools. Orange School Committee is looking into the possibility of building a new elementary school to house all the grades. That could replace the three existing schools, which … 0

Expansion moves forward for North Quabbin food co-op

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

ORANGE — In an unconventional move, a local land trust is helping a local food coop to buy a new downtown storefront. Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust and the North Quabbin Community Co-op have signed a purchase and … 0

Neighbors: Local figure skater to sing with her college choir

Monday, March 24, 2014

Hello neighbor. It’s always nice to hear that one of our own is accomplishing what they set out to. Brandi Weyers, a college freshman from Northfield, will perform in the annual College Choir Concert at McDaniel College in Westminster, Md., on April 27 at 7 p.m. in Baker … 0

Dog rescues keep firefighters busy

Monday, March 24, 2014

Firefighters rescued two dogs in separate life-threatening incidents in the North Quabbin Area Monday — one involving fire, the other ice. An Orange family lost its kitchen to a fire Monday morning but their dog is reportedly recuperating from smoke inhalation, while another dog survived an icy dip … 0

Neighbors: Spring is here and snowbirds are returning

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Hello neighbor. Welcome to spring! I’ve heard from many who have said that it doesn’t feel like spring yet. Well, I feel it. I can smell it. I’ve even seen some green! We all just have to be … 0

Orange veteran to hike Appalachian Trail

Monday, March 17, 2014

ORANGE — It was 1948, three years after the end of World War II, when Earl Shaffer, a U.S. Army veteran from Pennsylvania, hiked the entire length of the Appalachian Trail, something no one else had done to … 0

In local program, reading has been key to health

Monday, March 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — A medical brochure on display gives tips on how to avoid the flu. A doctor sends a patient home with instructions to stay healthy. The state invites a person to sign up for new health insurance … 1

Orange school budget increase proposed for unfunded mandate

Monday, March 17, 2014

ORANGE — Mahar Regional School Committee is considering hiring a new teacher to handle an unfunded state mandate signed into law last year. Chapter 222, an Act Relative to Student Access to Educational Services and Exclusion from School, says there is a requirement for local school districts to … 0

Neighbors: Ashfield woman headed to Puerto Rico to massage animals in need

Monday, March 17, 2014

Hello neighbor. You all probably know by now that I am an animal lover. Our neighbor Carole Groman of Ashfield, the hand behind Hand & Paw Animal Massage, will be visiting Second Chance Animal Rescue (SCAR) in Villalba, Puerto Rico, in April. During that time, Carole says she … 0

Legislature OKs increase in local aid

Friday, March 14, 2014

For the first time in six years, the state House and Senate have passed a local aid resolution, committing to increase aid to cities and towns by $25 million, with another $100 million increase in school aid in the budget year that begins July 1. “That’s a done … 0