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Neighbors: Local organization head raises money for hungry

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Hello neighbor. On Sept. 27, Andrew Morehouse, the executive editor of The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, pedalled 100 miles through Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire to help end hunger in western Massachusetts. The food bank’s 5th annual Will Bike 4 Food charity cycling event raised more than $100,000, with Andrew raising $6,160 of that amount. He said 280 riders of all ages participated — some biked 10 miles, some … 1

New brews coming soon: Orange craft brewery ready to hop to it

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

ORANGE — Jay Sullivan and Sean Nolan are ready to start brewing beer. The partners are opening Honest Weight Artisan Brewery at the 131 West Main St. Orange Innovation Center. After months of hard work and committing themselves to a more-than-full-time schedule, they are equipped to share their passion with the public. They … 0

Of compost and community: Orange company contributes to sustainable local food cycle

Monday, September 28, 2015

ORANGE — Compost happens, and Rick Innes of Clear View Composting simply helps it along, bucket by bucket. His 8-year-old operation, Innes claims, is the smallest commercial composting business around — or the largest commercial composter using manual labor. It’s based in the town’s Randall Pond industrial park. The handmade compost operation was … 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

Leominster man hospitalized after Route 2 crash in Orange

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

ORANGE — A Leominster man has been hospitalized following a crash on Route 2 Tuesday morning. State trooper Bill Christie said the crash occurred around 10:33 a.m. when the man was driving a pickup easterly near Exit 16 and crossed into the opposite lane, striking a tree. The … 0

Neighbors: Franklin County Fair’s Got Talent competition begins

Monday, August 10, 2015

Hello neighbor. It’s that time again — the search is on for Franklin County’s most talented. If you’d like to make it to Franklin County Fair’s Got Talent stage, you’ve got just a few more days to submit a link to the video or audio showing everyone your … 0

Anti-pipeliners eyes turn to Otis: Taking of state-protected land could set precedent

Friday, August 7, 2015

A state House bill to carve 15 acres of state forest land in Berkshire County for a 13-mile Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. project is raising eyebrows — and voices — among opponents of the company’s larger Northeast Energy Direct pipeline that would cut across Franklin County. The proposed … 0

Grandma’s life of adventure: Barbara Cominoli brings her son, granddaughter to skydive at Jumptown

Friday, August 7, 2015

ORANGE — Cruising at 15,000 feet, 81-year-old Barbara Cominoli strapped a helmet over her curly, white hair, put on a pair of goggles, crossed her arms and scooted to the back of the plane. She took a moment … 0

Dreaming up a new vision for downtown

Thursday, August 6, 2015

ORANGE — A plan to transform the riverfront and downtown area of Orange will be presented at a family event to be held at the Fire Station on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The fire trucks will be moved … 0

Letter: More than the arts

Thursday, August 6, 2015

In regards to the article “Statewide arts funding increases” (Aug. 1), in addition to wonderful arts-related programs, it is lesser known that the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) also supports several science and environmental initiatives. Seeds of Solidarity’s SOL Garden program for North Quabbin youth relies on funding from … 0

Neighbors: Manhattan Dolls coming to Athol

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Hello neighbor. If you’d like to hop aboard the “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” head to the Athol High School auditorium Aug. 16 from 2 to 4 p.m., when the New York City-based Manhattan Dolls, who perform in the style of the Andrews Sisters, will bring the memorable music of … 0

Neighbors: Dick Henry receives highest Moose honor

Monday, August 3, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’d like to congratulate Richard “Dick” Henry of Greenfield, a member of Greenfield Lodge No. 997 Loyal Order of Moose, who has received the Pilgrim Degree of Merit, which is the highest honor bestowed a member. The degree, currently held by very few throughout the United … 0

Driver unharmed in Route 2 truck fire

Monday, August 3, 2015

ORANGE — The driver of a truck towing a trailer along Route 2 was able to escape without injury after his vehicle caught fire Monday morning between exits 14 and 15. Trooper Bob Holland of the Massachusetts State Police Athol barracks said the incident occurred around 11 a.m. … 0