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Bomb threat at Mahar School

Friday, November 21, 2014

ORANGE — A bomb threat at Ralph C. Mahar School is under investigation by police. The threat came in by phone just after dismissal Friday, according to a news release from the district superintendent’s office. The building was evacuated, and Orange police and firefighters searched the school. No explosives were found. After the building was cleared, school officials decided not to cancel extracurricular activities planned for the weekend. Police continue … 0

Will Orange OK $490K for new school study?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

ORANGE — Residents will vote at a special town meeting on Dec. 4 on whether to fund the next step in building a new elementary school. The Massachusetts School Building Association is currently working with Orange on the possibility of a new school building to house all Orange elementary school children with the state to fund 80 percent. Furthering the process calls for … 0

Rodney Hunt shedding jobs

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

ORANGE — A hearing held in Boston early Wednesday brought to light the degree to which Rodney Hunt Co. has failed to adhere to the tax-break agreement entered into with the Town of Orange in March of 2012. While the company has received thousands of dollars in tax breaks, it has not as yet been able to meet the requirements called for in … 0

Orange library history featured at open house

Thursday, October 2, 2014

ORANGE — In celebration of the Wheeler Memorial Library’s 100 years of service to the community, the Friends of the Orange Public Libraries is hosting an open house on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the library’s Reading Room. … 0

Neighbors: Help for a little cemetery

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Hello neighbor. I recently learned of another example of people working together to help make our community a little nicer. Inmates at the jail went to a small cemetery on Bernardston Road this week to paint the old, faded fence that surrounds Log Plain Cemetery. Many of you … 0

Early morning Orange raid nets suspected drug dealer

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

ORANGE — A raid conducted early Tuesday morning by the Northwestern District Attorney’s Anti-Crime Task Force has led to the arrest of a suspected drug dealer. Myron D. Vacca, 31, of 67 Briggs St., was arrested at 4:05 a.m. and charged with possession of a Class A drug, … 0

Regional Notebook

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Legislators, town officials to meet for breakfast in Conway on Friday CONWAY — Conway will host this year’s Massachusetts Municipal Association Legislative Breakfast for western Massachusetts on Friday, where local officials will have the chance to meet with state legislators and association staff and discuss important topics. The … 0

Athol Hospital nurses join union

Monday, September 29, 2014

ATHOL — Nurses at Athol Hospital have unionized. In an election held among the 47 registered nurses at Athol Hospital on Friday, RNs voted to join the Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United, the state’s largest union of RNs and health care professionals. The election was conducted at the … 0

Garlic eating contest leaves only 1 standing

Sunday, September 28, 2014

ORANGE — All it took was a single clove of raw garlic to send 11-year-old Adrianna Annello running into her father’s arms, eyes watering and tongue stuck out. The 16th annual North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival’s garlic … 0

Warm clothes help needy family

Friday, September 26, 2014

ORANGE — “I think that one is going to be too small for her,” said April Tatro, as her husband, Aldo, tried to pull a small pink knit hat over their 2-year-old daughter Aubree’s tiny head. He tugged … 0

Town Meetings, Sept. 29-Oct. 4

Friday, September 26, 2014

Ashfield Planning Board: Wednesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Board of Selectmen: Wednesday 3 p.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Board of Selectmen: Tuesday 7:30 a.m. in Town Hall. Energy Committee: Wednesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Charlemont Board of Selectmen: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Conservation … 0

Andrews endorsed by Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund

Thursday, September 25, 2014

ORANGE — State Rep Denise Andrews says her re-election bid is being backed by Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts. “I am committed to advance education and support to protect and promote sexual and reproductive health and freedom of choice. I have seen tremendous progress in this area … 0

Last-mile broadband collaboration takes next step in planning

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

BOSTON — Now that the state has $50 million to help build out rural broadband Internet access, western Massachusetts legislators met Tuesday with Internet community groups to plan what state Sen. Stan Rosenberg calls “the Last Mile Solution” — how to secure high-speed Internet in unserved and partially … 0