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Neighbors: Green River Festival around the corner

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Hello neighbor. It’s that time again — the countdown is just seven days. The Green River Festival will be held July 10, 11 and 12 at Greenfield Community College, and there are a limited number of tickets left, so you’d better hurry. The 2015 lineup includes lots of return musicians and a few first-timers. I’ve attended several times, a couple … 0

Letter: Unfair portrayal

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

As a funeral director, I feel the recent articles in The Recorder have unfairly portrayed all funeral homes as crooked or in need of oversight. I agree that there have been a few “bad apples,” but every job or profession does. These articles do bring to light that the consumers must be diligent when dealing with a funeral home in regards to prepayment. … 0

Neighbors: Be kind

Monday, June 29, 2015

Hello neighbor. About once a year I feel compelled to remind myself and others to be good neighbors. I don’t necessarily mean “neighbor” in the literal sense. What I mean is that we all should be kind to everyone. Those who aren’t can never truly be happy themselves. Get out and talk with the people who live in your neighborhood and your community. … 0

Alan Bowers named North Quabbin Chamber’s citizen of the year

Thursday, May 14, 2015

ORANGE — Royalston resident Alan Bowers, a veteran, veteran’s advocate and community booster, has been named this year’s Citizen of the Year for the North Quabbin Region. “He is truly a special man with a long record of … 0

State OKs Eversource’s lower summer rates

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The state has approved Eversource electric rates for the summer months. On July 1, the Basic Service supply price for all residential Eversource customers in western Massachusetts will drop by about 31 percent, from 14.228 cents for the cold weather months to 9.767 cents per kilowatt-hour. Customers using … 0

Letter: Religious violence

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The violence triggered in Muslim extremists by the Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas, organized by the so-called American Freedom Defense Initiative, is deplorable and must be condemned. However, I wonder how Christians would react to an exhibit of cartoons largely ridiculing Jesus Christ? I suspect certain “good” … 0

Orange aims to provide free meals to all students

Friday, May 8, 2015

ORANGE — Public schools in Orange may be able to offer free breakfast and lunch to all students beginning next year. Jacki Dillenback, director of Food and Nutrition Services for Ralph C. Mahar Regional and Orange elementary schools, has applied to participate in a federal school meals program. … 0

Quabbin food co-op to hold grand opening May 16

Friday, May 8, 2015

ORANGE —The Quabbin Harvest Market at 12 N. Main St., a nonprofit food co-op, will be holding a grand opening in its parking lot on May 16 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The market began in 2009 … 0

No cause yet for Orange house fire

Friday, May 8, 2015

ORANGE — Days after a fire leveled a Kelton Street home, it’s still too soon for investigators to tell how the blaze started. By the time firefighters arrived at 55 Kelton St. around 4 p.m., the building was too far gone to fight it from inside, said Fire … 0

Neighbors: Neighbors will return May 19

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Hello neighbor. Neighbors will not be back until May 19. I am headed this morning with my friend Diane Poirier on a cruise to Bermuda. I hope you all have a wonderful week. I can’t imagine we’ll have anything but a great time. See you when I return. … 0

Firefighters battle blaze on Kelton St. in Orange

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

ORANGE — The home at 55 Kelton Street broke out in flames a little after 4 p.m. Wednesday. Orange Fire Chief Dennis Annear said multiple calls came in from neighbors. When his team arrived at the scene, they … 0

Delayed tax bills equal double payments due for Orange residents again

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

ORANGE — Orange residents have not received tax bills yet this year. When they do receive a bill, it will be for two payments due instead of one. That’s because, according to town Treasurer Gabrielle Voelker, the tax rate hasn’t been set yet. Voelker says the town had … 0

2 Orange educators get Pioneer Valley excellence awards

Monday, May 4, 2015

Nicole LaFleur, a school counselor at Fisher Hill School, and Margaret Lawless, a teacher of middle school mathematics at Mahar Regional School, have been awarded Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Awards. The awards are given out by the … 0