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Retiring Orange Fire Chief Dennis Annear said he’s loved the variety of work he’s done as chief. Firefighters have the chance to come across just about anything in this town,” he continued. “You could work your whole career in a city (fire) department and not see half of the things we see.”
 Recorder/Paul Franz

Orange fire chief to retire in August

Monday, March 30, 2015

ORANGE — After 38 years as a firefighter, Chief Dennis Annear has announced his retirement. Annear will retire in August, just one month shy of his 23rd anniversary as Orange’s fire chief. He started in Charlemont as a volunteer firefighter. “It was a family thing,” Annear said. “My grandfather was the Charlemont police chief, and my father was fire chief, … 0

Neighbors: Busy April ahead in Franklin County

Monday, March 30, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’ve got a lot to tell you about today, so I’m going to get right to it. Enjoy the week. According to the National Weather Service in Taunton, temperatures on Thursday and Friday are supposed to be in the 50s and 60s. Hello spring! ORANGE SENIOR CITIZENS CLUB will host a Community Music Concert on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. in the … 0

He found gold on the slopes

Sunday, March 29, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The skiing season is almost over and Franklin County Technical School student Nicholas Saladino can look ahead to a summer of his brothers pushing him at the gym, then getting back to the slopes for a shot at the next tier of Alpine ski competition. Saladino entered three events this … 0

Heart disease, cancer top killers in county

Thursday, February 5, 2015

The state released its latest annual death report in January, with the 2012 Franklin County numbers showing a continued increase in drug deaths while heart disease continues to claim the greatest number of lives. The Department of Public Health compiles statistics from death certificates filed in the state … 0

Farmers weigh-in on Coke’s new beverage: Milk

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

On hearing that Coca-Cola is now going into the milk business, several local dairy farmers just laughed. But when assured “it’s the real thing” — that Coca Cola has started test-marketing Fairlife, its own “premium” milk brand — … 0

Orange needs school board candidates

Monday, February 2, 2015

ORANGE — The Orange Elementary School Committee is in need of candidates. Five positions will be voted on at the election in March, but so far only two incumbents are running and there’s just one newcomer, Ray Younghans. Chairwoman Stephanie Conrod says there’s been much turnover on the … 0

Neighbors: Try to see the beauty in a New England winter

Monday, February 2, 2015

Hello neighbor. The county got lucky last week as Winter Storm Juno buried towns and cities to the east, but barely grazed us. We weren’t so lucky this week. Most of us are still digging out from Winter Storm Linus this morning, if forecasts of about a foot … 0

McGovern named to nutrition subcommittee

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Local congressman Jim McGovern has been named the Democratic ranking member on the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture’s Subcommittee on Nutrition. The subcommittee’s jurisdiction includes policies and statutes relating to nutrition, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food … 0

New outdoor ice rink attracts skaters in Orange’s Butterfield Park

Sunday, February 1, 2015

ORANGE — Renovations mean that Butterfield Park is no longer limited to hosting summer, spring and fall activities. A new ice rink has been installed this winter. “The goal is to make the park a year-round draw,” Community … 0

Historic Putnam Hall demolished in Orange

Sunday, February 1, 2015

ORANGE — The center of town has a gaping hole in it since demolition of Putnam Hall began Saturday. The building, that town officials say has been vacant since the 1980s, was once a center for the arts … 0

Neighbors: We dodged the blizzard bullet and now back to daily life

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Hello neighbor. Well, we dodged another bullet this week — gotta love the storm that wasn’t. Hope you all had a nice snow day and got to do some of the things you typically can’t because of work and other responsibilities. Have a great weekend! GIRL SCOUT TROOP … 0

Recorder columnists spend day doing what they love

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

On Tuesday, as snow fell on Franklin County at nowhere near the rate expected when everything was canceled and a statewide snow day declared, most of The Recorder’s local columnists were doing what they love most. One used the storm as an excuse to spend his time on … 0

New brewery planned for Orange Innovation Center

Monday, January 26, 2015

ORANGE — It may be snowing outside today, but beer will be pouring soon in Orange. Friends Sean Nolan and Jay Sullivan have signed a five-year lease for space in the Orange Innovation Center and hope to begin … 0