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Published: 2/17/2022 4:47:25 PM
Modified: 2/17/2022 4:47:14 PM
Mahar 50+ Alumni Association recently donated $7K

ORANGE – The Mahar 50+ Alumni Association recently donated $7,000 to the Orange Scholarship Foundation.

Muriel Holden, the association’s co-chair, recently presented the check to foundation President Jeff Cole. The money was donated by Ralph C. Mahar Regional School alumni from the classes that graduated between 1957 and 1969. The Mahar 50+ club gathers each year (with exceptions made for COVID-19) on the third Saturday of September.

There is typically a dinner, displays of Mahar memorabilia and yearbooks, and several raffles to raise money for the scholarship foundation. Though the group couldn’t hold the fundraiser last year, members sent in contributions that totaled $6,500, which was added to late donations from 2021.

Cole has announced that applications for the 2022 scholarships should be submitted by May 25. Applications are available in Mahar’s guidance office.

Orange Solstice RiverFest set for June

ORANGE – A full-fledged Orange Solstice RiverFest is returning to town on June 18.

According to the event’s Facebook page, the free event will feature a lighted boat parade, floating firepits, music, games, vendors and food. The event is scheduled to last from 4 to 11 p.m.

The 2020 event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A smaller-scale one was held last year, with the traditional lighted boat parade organized by Billy Goat Boats as well as music by The Can Collectors and yoga led by Sara Anne, of Yoga Plus Wellness Studio.

Community outreach meeting to be held for Silver Therapeutics on March 7

ORANGE – A virtual community outreach meeting for Silver Therapeutics, a marijuana cultivator and product manufacturer, is scheduled for 6 p.m. on March 7.

Silver Therapeutics is anticipated to be located at 136 New Athol Road in Orange. The meeting can be accessed at bit.ly/3GKBxHq or by calling 301-715-8592, Webinar ID: 876 2451 8322. Closed captioning will be provided.

According to Orange’s municipal website, community members and members of the public are encouraged to ask questions to Silver Therapeutics representatives.

Questions can be submitted in advance to josh@agtherapeutics.com. All materials for the meeting will be available more than 24 hours before the virtual community outreach meeting on Prince Lobel’s website, https://princelobel.com/.

Orange Annual Town Election set for March 7

ORANGE – Annual Town Election is scheduled for the Cheney Street Town Offices at 62 Cheney Street from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on March 7.

The final day to register to vote in the election was Feb. 15.

The building at 62 Cheney St., the rectory of the former Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church, is also the temporary home of certain town offices – such as the Council on Aging, Board of Health and Planning Board – previously housed at the Orange Armory, which is plagued by mold and other issues that must be rectified.

Orange Selectboard accepting applications for Shirley Page award

ORANGE – The Orange Selectboard is accepting applications for the annual Shirley Page Community Pride Award, bestowed upon an Orange resident who promotes the town by volunteering and working toward the betterment of Orange.

Applications can be found on the town’s municipal website, on the town administrator’s page, under the “Departments” tab. Applications should be printed, filled out and returned to the town administrator’s office in Orange Town Hall at 6 Prospect St. by March 1. The award is presented at the Annual Town Meeting each year.

The Selectboard established the award in 2014 to honor the memory of Shirley Page, who served as town clerk for 14 years. Page was also active in the Pioneer Junior Women’s Club and, along with Geneva Lawson, organized fundraisers to establish and support the police K-9 in Orange. Page died in 2013.

Moderator seeks citizens for Human Resource Board

ORANGE – Moderator Christopher Woodcock is seeking Orange residents interested in serving on the town’s Human Resource Board.

As of Jan. 31, there were two openings on the five-seat board, which is an advisory committee appointed by the moderator. According to the town’s municipal website, the board has just recently been reactivated, with the reappointment of two previous members and the appointment of a new member. The board provides information on best practices in human resources for other town boards, committees and employees.

Interested residents should by Feb. 18 send an email to Woodcock at cjwoodcock@verizon.net. Woodcock hopes to make board appointments by the end of this month.

As of Jan. 31, there was also one opening on the seven-seat Orange Finance Committee. Interested residents should send an email to Woodcock, who also appoints members to this body.

Orange absentee ballots now available

ORANGE – Absentee ballots for the March 7 annual town election are now available at the Orange town clerk’s office.

Absentee ballots can be used by a registered voter unable to vote at the polls on election day due to absence from town during normal polling hours, physical disability preventing him or her from going to the polling place, or religious belief.

Absentee ballot requests must include the date of the election, the voter’s name, the address at which the voter is registered, the address to mail the ballot to, and it must be signed by the voter.

Residents to receive Orange census

Orange census forms were mailed to all residents of the town recently.

State statutes require that the name, date of birth, occupation, nationality (if not a U.S. citizen), current address, and address on Jan. 1, 2021, must be obtained for all residents. Failure to respond to the census will result in removal from the active voter list and may result in removal from the voter registration rolls. Once a voter becomes inactive, prior to voting, they will be required to complete an Affidavit of Continuous Residence and show identification with the current residence.

The information is used in projecting school and public safety needs, certification of residence for in-state tuition, excise tax abatements, veterans’ services, and voting status.

Completed and signed census forms can be mailed back to the town clerk’s office (6 Prospect St., Orange, MA 01364) or dropped off at Town Hall, in the silver box on the building.

Any resident who has not received a census form or who has any questions should contact the town clerk’s office at 978-544-1100, ext. 101.

2022 dog licenses available

All dogs 6 months or older must be licensed by March 31. The rates are $20 for males and females, with a $10 discount if the animals are spayed or neutered.

Proof of neutering or spaying along with proof of valid rabies must be presented at the time of licensing. Licenses can be obtained online – if the records show the rabies vaccination is current, by visiting www.townoforange.org. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Town Hall is currently closed to the public. Dog licenses can be purchased by mail – include a check to the Town of Orange and a self-addressed stamped envelope and mail it to Town Clerk, 6 Prospect St., Orange, MA 01364.

Payment and the self-addressed stamped envelope can be placed in the silver box attached to Town Hall. Include a copy of the new rabies certificate if your dog has had a rabies shot since last year’s licensing. Failure to license before March 31 will result in a $50 late fee per dog. If you no longer have your dog, please inform the town clerk by calling 978-544-1100, ext. 101.

New Salem Public Library still needs new director

NEW SALEM – The New Salem Public Library is still looking for a director to work 19 hours a week.

Visit www.newsalempubliclibrary.org for more information about the position and a complete job description. To apply by the Feb. 28 deadline, submit a cover letter and résumé to mackay.selectman@gmail.com or New Salem Public Library, Att. Sue Dunbar, 23 South Main St., New Salem, MA 01355.

The search committee invites public comment in the first 10 minutes of each meeting. Comments and concerns that need further discussion will be put on future agendas. The next meeting is set for 7 p.m. on March 10, via Zoom at bit.ly/3gLwv2K. Anyone who is unable to attend or would rather write comments for the search committee to review should send an email to NSPLSearch@gmail.com.

New Salem town election set for May 2

NEW SALEM – The final day to get nomination papers for the May 2 town election will be March 11, and the final day to submit them (with the minimum 20 signatures) is March 14.

There will be 11 positions on the ballot.

Email Town Clerk Stacy Senflug at newsalemsclerk@aol.com with questions.


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