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Rep. Denise Andrews (D-Orange) and Republican candidate Susannah Whipps Lee prepare to begin their debate Saturday at the French King Bowling Alley in Erving. The debate was moderated by Wendell resident Kathy Ann Becker (center). Recorder/Tom Relihan

Andrews, Whipps Lee talk jobs, pipeline, hunting in debate

Sunday, October 19, 2014

ERVING — Jobs and economic development in the North Quabbin region dominated a debate between Rep. Denise Andrews, the 2nd Franklin District’s incumbent Democrat, and her challenger, Republican Susannah Whipps Lee Saturday evening. The debate, which was moderated by former Wendell Town Moderator Kathy Ann Becker and broadcast on Athol-Orange Community Television from the French King Bowling Alley, saw the … 1

Neighbors: Flash: Lobster pierogi make debut at Turners Falls Pumpkinfest

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Lots to tell you about today, so I’m going to get right to it. I’m heading to the Franklin County Pumpkinfest on Avenue A in Turners Falls with grandson Justin and his mommy (Suzanne) later on Saturday afternoon, so I’ll see you there! The fun starts at 2 p.m. and doesn’t … 0

Will power price spike tilt favor for pipeline?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

When National Grid announced recently that it will hike electricity prices this winter, that was enough to raise some eyebrows. Not only will its Massachusetts Electric customers be seeing their bills jump by more than a third beginning next month because of rising fuel costs to generate that power, but competing Western Massachusetts … 0

Athol man convicted of attempted rape

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

ATHOL — A local man has been sent to state prison after a jury found him guilty of attempted rape and other charges. Phillip Gautreau, 37, of 401 South St., was sentenced Tuesday by Superior Court Judge Bertha Josephson to four to six years in the Walpole state … 0

It’s primary day, who’s on the ballot?

Monday, September 8, 2014

Massachusetts voters are heading to the polls on primary day today to narrow down the Democratic and Republican candidates for a slew of political offices. The only local race in Franklin County, affecting six towns in the Second Franklin House District, pits a political newcomer against an Athol … 0

Neighbors: Shelburne man repairs cemetery signs

Monday, September 8, 2014

Hello neighbor. If you happen to be driving along Route 2 through Charlemont, take notice of the new signs at the entrances to its three cemeteries. Les Chadwick, our neighbor from Shelburne, recently replaced the posts that hold … 0

Do Rodney Hunt layoffs violate tax deal?

Friday, September 5, 2014

ORANGE — Local and state officials are investigating whether a 174-year-old manufacturer is living up to a four-year tax-break deal because it appears the company has laid off a number of employees in the past few months instead of adding jobs. Rodney Hunt-Fontaine Inc., which manufactures valves and … 0

Ballot initiative to repeal gas tax measure fuels debate

Friday, September 5, 2014

It won’t be on the ballot until November, but the campaign to repeal indexing gasoline tax increases to the inflation rate is already receiving plenty of attention, especially in the Republican primary race in the Second Franklin House District. Anyone driving through Orange, Gill, Erving, Warwick, New Salem … 0

Neighbors: All’s fair this weekend, especially fried dough

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Hello neighbor. Has anyone else noticed this was a very long short week? I don’t know if it was the intense heat and humidity or what, but the weekend is here and it’s fair time. The Franklin County Fair opened last night with its parade along Main Street. … 0

2nd district hopefuls vie for GOP rep nod

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The sole local primary race in Franklin County on Tuesday pits two North Quabbin Republican women against one another, with the winner going on to challenge two-term incumbent Democrat Rep. Denise Andrews of Orange in November. Both Karen … 0

Fair thee well

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

GREENFIELD — Franklin County Fair president Fred Steiner barely made it past the stables at the Franklin County Fairgrounds before Adam Martin, of Martin’s Farm in Greenfield, emerged from an old red barn and flagged him down. As … 0

Affordable housing? ‘Can-do-minimum’

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

In Orange’s plans to revitalize its downtown and develop the Millers Falls waterfront, a big challenge is what to do with three vacant, hulking mill buildings. Right now, the town is working with the owner of an empty cereal mill and seeking MassWorks funding to convert the brick … 0

Enjoy dinner by the Millers River Sept. 13

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

ORANGE — Riverfront Park on East River Street is the site of an annual Dinner by the River event. The event to take place this year on Sept. 13 is a way for community members to gather socially and enjoy the beauty the Millers River provides. Presented by … 0