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In Orange, leaders talk about short and long-range plans

Friday, October 9, 2015

ORANGE — Orange has a vision to become great again. Many buildings in downtown Orange have become dilapidated and empty as the strong economic base has crumbled over the years. Structures built in the late 1800s — used as warehouses and mills — are still standing but are in desperate need of rejuvenation. Orange town officials, however, have a plan to develop and strengthen the community. Early Friday morning, Orange … 0

On the high wire: Major utility line project underway in the region

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Even as work crews begin wrapping up a 2.8-mile stretch of an Eversource transmission line in Greenfield, Montague and Deerfield, replacing lattice poles with double-circuit monopoles, the utility has begun other major line work around the region and is gearing up for still more projects to improve reliability of the electric grid. And … 0

Neighbors: Lots going on in the county, so enjoy!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Hello neighbor. There is way too much to tell you about today, so I’m just going to get right to it. Have a great weekend and enjoy the vibrant fall colors, because they’ll be gone sooner than you think. I will check in next week with Franklin County’s precipitation prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy to see what her predictions are for winter. Here’s hoping ...! … 0

Neighbors: Community says “goodbye” to longtime service agency head

Monday, August 24, 2015

Hello neighbor. On Wednesday, The United Arc will say “bon voyage” to its executive director of 39 years. Ed Porter has performed a variety of roles in the position since 1976, helping the agency expand and adapt to … 0

Weekly Town Meetings

Friday, August 21, 2015

Ashfield Selectboard: Monday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Technology/Finance Committee/Selectboard: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Parks Commission: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Conservation Commission: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Planning Board: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Veterans Agent: Monday 9 a.m. in Town … 0

Neighbors: Remember the power your words have and use them wisely

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Hello neighbor. I have lots to tell you about today. Before I go into what’s happening in the county, I’d like to tell you about an unsigned note I received from one of you fine folks, and then … 0

Sept. 12 festival benefits Orange parks

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

ORANGE — Fall is right around the corner, and so is the annual Celebrate Orange festival, featuring fun, food and music. The event will be held Sept. 12 at Riverfront Park on East River Street in Orange to help raise money for the parks of Orange, which are … 0

Moves in the Park series ends Thursday

Monday, August 17, 2015

ORANGE — Friendly Town Movies in the Park closes out its free summer outdoor movie program Thursday night. Disney’s “Into the Woods” will be the summer’s final film at Riverfront Park. The movie, which features Meryl Streep, is a modern twist on Brothers Grimm fairy tales. The original … 0

Shoppers take advantage of tax-free weekend

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Tax-free weekend came and went again this weekend. Sunday, the stores that were open seemed busy or reported brisk sales. But many were closed as usual, despite the potential draw of tax-free sales. At the WalMart in Orange, … 0

Neighbors: Our neighbors are in our thoughts

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Hello neighbor. I told you a nice story the other day about a neighbor who was admitted to Baystate Franklin Medical Center with a respiratory infection, who ended up being diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. I’m sorry to … 0

A river runs through it

Thursday, August 13, 2015

ORANGE — A crowd of roughly 75 people gathered in the fire station to hear about a brand new-vision for downtown Orange. Spearheaded by the town’s Community Development Director Kevin Kennedy, Wendesday’s event was the culmination of an … 0

Take me to the river: Orange looks at downtown boost

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

ORANGE — A river walk, extending Memorial Park across Water Street with stairs down to the river and converting the fire station into a waterfront restaurant are just some of the ideas that were conveyed Wednesday night at … 0

Little Caesars eyes Franklin County

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

GREENFIELD — Greenfield and Orange residents stand to have another option for quick, easy pizza in the near future: Little Caesars of Detroit, famous for its toga-clad mascot and his “Pizza, pizza!” catchphrase, is planning locations in both towns. Greenfield had a Little Caesars pizza store on Federal … 0