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Climate March comes to North Quabbin Sunday

Thursday, November 26, 2015

As France prepares for next week’s gathering of world leaders to act on climate change, a range of citizens from the Quabbin Region will join with over 2,500 other groups around the world to stage the Global People’s Climate March for the Earth. The North Quabbin People’s March will take place on Sunday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Uptown Common, Athol. The common purpose of the international marches … 0

Orange transfer station closed for Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

ORANGE — The Town of Orange Recycling Center/Transfer Station will be closed today in observance of Thanksgiving. It will be open on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. … 0

Neighbors: Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving

Monday, November 23, 2015

Hello neighbor. As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, I’m hearing from friends and relatives who are stressed because so many of their guests have limited diets at this point — we all know someone who eats gluten-free, is a vegan or vegetarian, is lactose intolerant, or has some other dietary restriction. That’s OK! I think the best way to approach the holiday, which, by the … 0

‘One of Greenfield’s libraries’: Franklin County remembers public servant William B. Allen

Monday, October 5, 2015

GREENFIELD — Longtime public servant William B. Allen died Saturday, and town officials and leaders say his passing is a big loss to the town, because he was one of the most dedicated and knowledgeable public servants they’ve … 0

Neighbors: Have fun at Celebrate the harvest Festival in Orange

Monday, October 5, 2015

Hello neighbor. If you’d like to celebrate fall — this wonderful time of year — head over to Orange on Sunday, where at 9 a.m. the Celebrate the Harvest Festival begins at the airport. There will be a car show, craft fair (you can start that holiday shopping), … 0

Neighbors: Local organization head raises money for hungry

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Hello neighbor. On Sept. 27, Andrew Morehouse, the executive editor of The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, pedalled 100 miles through Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire to help end hunger in western Massachusetts. The food bank’s 5th annual Will Bike 4 Food charity cycling event raised more than … 1

New brews coming soon: Orange craft brewery ready to hop to it

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

ORANGE — Jay Sullivan and Sean Nolan are ready to start brewing beer. The partners are opening Honest Weight Artisan Brewery at the 131 West Main St. Orange Innovation Center. After months of hard work and committing themselves … 0

Of compost and community: Orange company contributes to sustainable local food cycle

Monday, September 28, 2015

ORANGE — Compost happens, and Rick Innes of Clear View Composting simply helps it along, bucket by bucket. His 8-year-old operation, Innes claims, is the smallest commercial composting business around — or the largest commercial composter using manual … 0

Neighbors: Great River Challenge to be held Sunday

Monday, September 28, 2015

Hello neighbor. The Great River Challenge Off-Road Triathlon will be held in Northfield on Sunday. Paddle, run trails and mountain bike. Doesn’t that sound like fun — and a lot of hard work? The triathlon was created to foster greater awareness of the upper Pioneer Valley and what … 0

Animals a draw at Garlic Festival

Sunday, September 27, 2015

ORANGE — Garlic gets top billing, but animals stole the spotlight for the younger crowd Sunday at the North Quabbin Garlic & Arts Festival. At least 160 eyes swiveled back and forth, watching ducks watching a dog as … 0

Orange Celebrate the Harvest Festival relocates

Friday, September 25, 2015

ORANGE — The 24th annual Celebrate the Harvest event will be held Oct. 11 at a larger location than before: the Orange Airport. Organizers of the Celebrate the Harvest Parade are looking to include a large float contingent this year, and are urging businesses, organizations, churches, groups and … 0

Police pursuit policies assess risks in chases

Thursday, September 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — While fleeing a State Police cruiser Sept. 18, a sedan carrying four adults and two children went airborne off a highway exit ramp and rolled over multiple times, leaving occupants with what police called minor injuries. … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy autumn in New England

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Hello neighbor. Autumn is here. What a wonderful time , especially in New England. So, don’t start worrying and obsessing about winter. Instead, take time to enjoy the present — the beautiful colors, the crispness of the air, the comfy, warm clothes you get to pull from your … 0