North Quabbin Notebook: Jan. 14, 2021

  • Orange Town Hall at 6 Prospect St. Staff File Photo

Published: 1/13/2021 3:38:51 PM
Town mails census forms

ORANGE — Town census forms were recently mailed to residents.

State law requires that the name, date of birth, occupation, nationality (if not a U.S. citizen), current address and address on Jan. 1, 2021, be obtained for all residents, according to a notice from Town Clerk Nancy Blackmer. The information obtained from the census is used in projecting school and public safety needs, certification of residence for in-state tuition, excise tax abatements, veterans’ services and voting status.

Failure to respond to the census results 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.

Completed and signed census forms may 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 outside the building.

According to Blackmer, the back side of the census form, in the “Voter” section, states “Town of Athol,” due to a printing error. Any resident who has not received a census form or who has questions should call 978-544-1100, ext. 101.

Dog licenses now available

ORANGE — Dog licenses for 2021 are now available. All dogs 6 months old or older must be licensed by March 31.

According to a notice from Town Clerk Nancy Blackmer, licenses for males and females are $20; those that are neutered or spayed are $10. Proof of neutering/spaying along with proof of a valid rabies vaccination must be presented at the time of licensing.

If the records show the rabies vaccination is current, licenses can be obtained online at Town Hall is currently closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dog licenses can also be purchased by mail if you 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 also be placed in the silver box outside Town Hall. Include a copy of the new rabies certificate if your dog had a rabies shot since licensing last year.

Failure to license before March 31 will result in a $50 late fee per dog.

If you no longer have your dog, inform Blackmer by calling 978-544-1100, ext. 101.

SUNY Potsdam honors Orange resident

ORANGE — Resident Brittney Brown was recently named to the President’s List at the State University of New York at Potsdam.

Brown, a dance major, was among 1,046 SUNY Potsdam students honored for academic excellence in the fall semester. To be named to the President’s List, a student must have satisfactorily completed 12 numerically-graded semester hours, with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.


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