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Cynthia Ayer

Missing woman found dead

Thursday, December 18, 2014

ORANGE — A local woman missing since Tuesday was found dead in the Millers River Thursday. Cynthia Ayer, 52, was found around 1 p.m. in the river in West Orange on the second day of a multi-agency search. Ayer was reported missing Wednesday afternoon by her daughter, who had not seen her since 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. A police K9 led searchers to the Millers River near the wastewater treatment plant Wednesday. The search was called off at nightfall, and resumed Thursday morning. Foul play is not suspected in Ayer’s death, according to Mary Carey, spokeswoman for the Northwestern District Attorneys Office. The state medical examiner … 0

Neighbors: Take advantage of technology, but don’t let it rule you

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Hello neighbor. I just wanted to finish what I started on Tuesday, if you don’t mind. I seem to be on my soapbox this week, so please bear with me. I guess I’m just filled with the joy of the season and want to share it with you. I’d like to remind you of something else — I talked about volunteering, doing something … 0

Orange stores hold blackout protest of electric rates

Thursday, December 18, 2014

ORANGE — A recent hike in electricity rates caused two local businesses to turn out the lights Thursday. They’re not out of business, though — in fact, there were more customers in the Millers River Cafe and Trail Head Outfitters than usual. They were there to protest a recent rate hike by National … 0

Lee wins 2nd Franklin District

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Even with results from four towns outstanding at press time, two-term incumbent Rep. Denise Andrews lost her 2nd Franklin House seat Tuesday to Athol Selectman Susannah Whipps Lee. Lee, a Republican and seventh-generation Athol resident who campaigned on … 0

Neighbors: Quabbin featured in new book and 2015 calendar

Monday, November 3, 2014

Hello neighbor. Our neighbor J.R. Greene of Athol has just released his 20th book about the Quabbin, “B.V. Brook’s Pre-Quabbin Art, Photos & Postcards,” complete with footnotes and illustrations. It is filled with former Greenwich resident Burt V. Brooks’ photographs, paintings and postcards of three of the Quabbin’s … 0

Orange gets proactive with waste water treatment plant upgrades

Friday, October 31, 2014

ORANGE — Based on a townwide study and in-depth analysis done in 2011, according to town officials, the community’s 40-year-old waste water treatment plant will be undergoing upgrades to bring it into the 21st century. Chief Operator Ed Billiel asked the Board of Selectman last week to award … 0

Letter: Forced payment

Friday, October 31, 2014

Why are our electric rates going up? According to an article in The Recorder dated June 4, and I quote, “to address the expected need for natural gas, the six governors of New England, along with the New England States Committee on Electricity, have proposed that the pipeline’s … 0

Neighbors: Beloved former teacher still going strong at 88

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Hello neighbors. For those of you who graduated from Turners Falls High School and remember with great respect and admiration your former history teacher, George F. Bush — no, not one of our former presidents — try to get your hands on a copy of the Oct. 27 … 0

Letter: Join me for Lee

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The first time I met Susannah Whipps Lee I had no idea who she was, nor she I. We were at a lunch counter, making small talk about business, community and life. We shared so many commonalities in our story that we became instantly and importantly intertwined. I … 0

‘I am the Second Franklin District’

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Athol Selectman Susannah Whipps Lee says she challenging incumbent state Rep. Denise Andrews for the Second Franklin House District because she wants to put skills learned in helping run her family’s manufacturing business to work boosting the economic … 0

‘I see progress, results. And I see we need to keep this going”

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Seeking her third term representing the Second Franklin District in the House, Denise Andrews says she has been working to bring jobs back to the district and improve the economy “We have modest job growth and a modest … 0

Letter: Andrews right for us

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

As the November election approaches, I consider the many ways in which Denise Andrews has demonstrated positive and effective support for our communities. Simply put, as a constituent I feel very well represented. Each time I’ve had a question about an issue or pending legislation, Denise Andrews or … 0

Neighbors: Safe Halloween fun planned for all on Friday

Monday, October 27, 2014

Hello neighbor. Here we are, just three days to Halloween — you know, when all those little ghosts, goblins and superheroes roam our streets with their parents in search of treats. A few of our towns will have … 0