Neighbors: Young neighbor to raise money for animals

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Hello neighbor. One of our younger neighbors, 11-year-old Miracle Leyro, is organizing a walk through the downtown Greenfield area this Saturday with a group of her friends. The youngsters plan to raise money for Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society. Miracle’s mother Diana Nunez told me that Miracle plans to walk along Main and Federal streets, as well as some of the side streets, for six hours. They plan to make … 0

Co-op, Orange libraries team up for food demo, art event on Saturday

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

ORANGE — On Saturday, the Quabbin Harvest Community Market and the Friends of the Orange Public Libraries are teaming up with an event to highlight their combined efforts to get people reading — and to provide co-op member shares to local families in need. The event, which takes place on the lawn of the Moore-Leland Library in North Orange from 11 a.m. to … 0

Letter: Rosenberg’s fence sitting

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

His constituents don’t want it. His constituents will absolutely not benefit by it. The northern tier (read: rural, low income) towns don’t want it. The northern tier will not benefit by it. Ultimately, it will cost his constituents, and the towns he allegedly represents, time and money when they have to deal with failures and spills, which are inevitable. It is designed to … 0

Franklin County school districts weigh PARCC vs. MCAS, results mixed

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — With the state offering a choice between getting an early start with the probable next big standardized test or continuing with the MCAS for the time being, area school districts have split more or less down the middle. Deciding factors included uncertainty over the future, … 0

Orange adds two cops to force

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

ORANGE — The town’s voters have agreed to add two officers to the police department. The extra money was included in the Finance Committee’s recommended $748,806 budget for next year. The decision came at the first session of … 0

Letter: A great sendoff

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

I would like to thank the residents of Orange for allowing me the opportunity of serving them, as highway superintendent over the last 18 years. I was recently honored with a retirement party held at the American Legion in Orange. I wish to thank all of the people … 0

Butterfield decision leaves Orange with mixed emotions

Sunday, June 15, 2014

ORANGE — The day after the Orange Elementary School Committee voted to close Butterfield School next school year, Superintendent Tari Thomas sent a letter regarding the decision out to parents. “For Orange Elementary Schools, the last three years have been filled with both great successes and extremely difficult … 0

Neighbors: Away this week

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Hello neighbor. I’m going to make this short and sweet today. I am away from June 11 through Tuesday, so I got in what you had sent by the end of the day this past Tuesday. I’m not … 0

Orange budget prep for town meeting down to the wire

Thursday, June 12, 2014

ORANGE — The Board of Selectman and the Finance Committee have met jointly on two occasions this week to discuss differences in their budget recommendations. The annual town meeting is Monday at 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of Selectmen Vice Chairman David B. Ames said at a … 0

Orange tree sculptures bring dead wood to life

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

ORANGE — What used to be a dying tree and town liability is now an artistic landmark paying homage to indigenous animals of the Quabbin region. A project that began with the foresight of property owners Jesse and … 1

Orange school board votes to close Butterfield, consolidate

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Orange Elementary School Committee voted Tuesday to close Butterfield Elementary School. The school will be consolidated with Dexter Park School in Orange to trim the school’s budget by almost $300,000 before the budget is brought before the town at the annual meeting Monday. Consolidating the schools will … 0

Sidewalk work planned in Orange

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

ORANGE — A new concrete sidewalk will be laid between the Orange Community Boat House and the Orange Police Department as a part of the town’s federally funded community development improvements. The project will complete a safe sidewalk connection between downtown past the boat house and Butterfield Park … 0

Neighbors: Don’t let a little rain stop you

Monday, June 9, 2014

Hello neighbor. Looks like we’re in for some showers this week, but don’t let that stop you. Temperatures are supposed to be in the 70s. Take advantage of any sunshine we see by getting out into the county. According to those who run the Fishway in Turners Falls, … 0