Orange

Additional $250,000 needed for Mahar Dam fix

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

ORANGE — The fate of the Mahar Regional School Dam now rests on whether district towns approve borrowing $250,000 to rehabilitate it. The Mahar School Committee has voted “yes” with two members opposed (Johanna Bartlett and Carla Halpern) for the school district to ask Petersham, Wendell, New Salem and Orange for authorization to borrow up to $250,000 to move forward. … 0

Athol man jailed for Orange hit-and-run

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

ORANGE — An Athol man who ran over a pedestrian as he tried to flee a minor fender-bender will spend the next two years in the house of correction. William West, 24, of 218 Drury Ave., pleaded guilty in Franklin Superior Court Tuesday to charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, leaving the … 0

Orange supt. offers more details on grad rates

Monday, April 20, 2015

ORANGE — Mahar Regional School Superintendent Tari N. Thomas says the school’s overall graduation rate gives a misleading picture. Thomas says there are three programs that serve high-school-age students in Orange and they have very different graduation rates. These include Ralph C. Mahar Regional High School, as well as the Gateway to College … 0

State set to drop Orange from school building aid list

Friday, March 6, 2015

ORANGE — The state is apparently pulling Orange out of the waiting line for school building assistance, because voters wouldn’t spend money on a feasibility study. Now, local school officials hope to reapply to get back on the list of towns to which the state gives construction aid. … 0

Orange school board at full strength

Friday, March 6, 2015

ORANGE — Town elections this past Monday resulted in the Orange Elementary School Committee being brought up to its full seven-member capacity. The committee met for the first time Wednesday night with newly elected members Patrick Davis, Amy White and Ray Younghans. “I’m on the Elementary School Committee … 0

Neighbors: Neighbors step up to help longtime disc jockey

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Hello neighbor. There are more fundraisers ahead for longtime disc jockey Ryan Interlande, who needs a heart transplant, so you still have time to help him with his medical expenses. The 39-year-old Montague native, who has been providing many of our parties and events music for more than … 0

Mahar school board votes to save dam

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

ORANGE — After long debate, plans for the dam at Ralph C. Mahar Regional School are heading in the direction of rehabilitation and repair. School Committee members voted to save the dam during a scheduled meeting Tuesday night. The fate of the dam has been a controversial issue … 0

Pellet bag recycling program is heating up

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

According to program director Amy Donovan, the Franklin County Solid Waste Management District’s pellet bag recycling program is proving to be very popular at the thirteen municipal transfer stations offering the free program. Residents of Bernardston, Buckland, Charlemont, Conway, Deerfield, Leverett, Montague, Northfield, Orange, Rowe, Shelburne, Warwick and … 0

Herk wins Orange selectman seat

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

ORANGE — Walter C. Herk of 25 Church St. won a three-way contest for a seat on the Board of Selectmen, one of two races decided in this week’s annual election. Herk won the three-year seat with 270 votes to incumbent George C.F. Willard’s 131 and Richard P. … 0

Orange workshop roof collapses from snow; official issues warning

Monday, March 2, 2015

ORANGE — The roof of an abandoned workshop collapsed under the weight of accumulated snow, the damage noticed Monday morning after a light snowstorm. Orange Building Commissioner Brian Gale said the building at 701 East Main St. is a total loss. “It’s an older building and this was … 0

Neighbors: Precipitation prognosticator: only two or three snowfalls left

Monday, March 2, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’ve got some good news! Winter is technically almost over and Franklin County’s precipitation prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy agrees. Farrah had counted 17 of the 23 snowfalls she predicted early this winter by Feb. 25 and, of course, we had another one this past weekend. That makes … 0

Orange farm owner finalist in General Mills baking contest

Friday, February 27, 2015

ORANGE — Have you ever come across one of those recipes in an old cookbook that becomes a staple of your own culinary repertoire? Diane “DeDe” Johnson, the owner of Johnson Family Farm and sugarhouse, found one that’s … 0

Tech School toothbrushes to help spread smiles in Ghana. Turners woman returns for sixth dental aid trip

Friday, February 27, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Dental hygienist Heather Lonergan has made a habit of spending her vacations spreading dental health in Ghana, and this year she will go armed with toothbrushes collected by the students and staff of Franklin County … 0