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$194K will support Children’s Advocacy Center staffing, expanded North Quabbin footprint
04-02-2024 11:31 AM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — The Children’s Advocacy Center of Franklin County and North Quabbin has secured $194,000 in federal funding to sustain its number of clinicians and expand its reach into the North Quabbin area.Executive Director Jeffrey Trant explained...


As Earth Day approaches, blue trash bags available for litter cleanup in Greenfield
03-29-2024 2:45 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — Residents can pick up blue trash bags to fill with litter for free curbside pickup at any time of year. But, says the man who organizes the Franklin County Rivers Cleanup, what better month to remind people about that fact than the one...


Orange Selectboard OKs borrowing up to $1.5M for Wastewater Treatment Facility repairs
03-29-2024 2:26 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — The Selectboard voted this week to approve emergency borrowing of up to $1.5 million to replace the Orange Wastewater Treatment Facility’s three influent pumps after one of them failed a few weeks ago.Town Administrator Matthew Fortier...


New Salem man faces charges after striking school bus in Barre
03-28-2024 5:10 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

BARRE — A New Salem man faces charges after allegedly swerving the vehicle he was driving over the center line on Route 122 and colliding with a school bus filled with students on Thursday.Cedric Cooley, 32, was arrested after the collision and...


Orange Public Libraries director to resign, effective May 3
03-28-2024 3:54 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — The director of the Orange Public Libraries has decided to close this chapter of her life and step down after eight years in the position.Jessica Magelaner, who heads the Wheeler Memorial Library at 49 East Main St. and the Moore-Leland...


‘There’s nothing we can’t fix’: Busy Bee Computers opens in Greenfield
03-28-2024 11:12 AM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — Business has started buzzing at Busy Bee Computers at 22 Federal St.The family-run venture opened in mid-January and patriarch Doug Ely said he has carried over most of the extensive clientele he built up while operating the business out...


DCR sees booking surge at state campgrounds
03-27-2024 5:23 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

It seems people from all over are anxious for spring to arrive as bookings at the three state camping locations in Franklin and Hampshire counties are filling up fast.The state Department of Conservation and Recreation reports that at least 756 total...


Springfield man gets 5 years in Greenfield shooting case
03-26-2024 5:47 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — A Springfield man who fired 15 bullets at a Greenfield Gardens apartment in July 2022 before fleeing was sentenced to five years in prison after changing his plea to guilty on Tuesday afternoon.Qadree M. Hutchins, 29, pleaded guilty in...


Deerfield woman gets probation in stabbing case
03-26-2024 4:59 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — A Deerfield woman was sentenced Tuesday to three years of probation after admitting in Franklin County Superior Court to stabbing the 82-year-old husband of a woman she was caring for as a personal care attendant last year.Kady J....


Police hiring, retention a ‘major issue’ in Massachusetts
03-25-2024 5:24 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

Public Safety and Security Secretary Terrence Reidy recently warned lawmakers that big cities and small towns face a “major issue” with recruiting new candidates for law enforcement jobs, and local police chiefs say Franklin County is no...


No injuries, but camper destroyed in fire in Orange
03-25-2024 1:54 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — There were no injuries when a fire destroyed a 30-foot camper on Packard Road overnight between Sunday and Monday.According to the Orange Fire Department’s Facebook page, dispatchers received calls of a camper on fire behind the residence at...


Wendell Wood Bank uses $10K grant for equipment, storage shed
03-25-2024 1:12 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

WENDELL — The Wendell Wood Bank spent a $10,000 federal grant on safety equipment, chainsaws, log splitters, a storage shed and other items to help meet the heating needs of households struggling to keep warm.Clifford Dornbusch, Wendell’s tree warden...


First day of school: Orange PD’s new K-9 begins training
03-25-2024 9:50 AM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — The Police Department’s newest officer is joining the academy this week.Swoop, a 1-year-old black Labrador, has been in Officer Kyle Johnson’s care for four weeks and is now beginning narcotics training at the Hampden County Jail and House of...


Historic Revival Wheeler Mansion in Orange becoming bed and breakfast
03-24-2024 12:03 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — No, this is not an April Fool’s Day joke.The Revival Wheeler Mansion’s bed and breakfast is slated to open with a ribbon-cutting ceremony planned for 4 p.m. on April 1.“It’s a long time coming,” said owner Cynthia “Sinde” Butler, who...


Wendell Selectboard awaits legal review of battery storage bylaw
03-22-2024 3:51 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

WENDELL — The Selectboard is waiting to hear from town counsel before taking a stance on a potential bylaw submitted by a citizens group opposing a 105-megawatt battery storage facility proposed for the center of town.Selectboard members say they have...


To better mirror nearby towns, Wendell town coordinator seeks $52K salary
03-22-2024 1:04 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

WENDELL — The town coordinator has proposed a salary increase he says would better mirror the pay of leadership positions in towns similar in size to Wendell, and the Selectboard wants the Finance Committee to examine the matter further.Glenn...


Classic Signs & Truck Lettering settles into new Orange storefront
03-21-2024 11:45 AM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — Charles “Ray” Cartello was having his 1989 GMC truck restored by Norman Sargent when the owner of Graverobbers Restoration mentioned he had some space for rent next door to his business at 8 West Main St.Cartello, who has operated Classic...


Confidence and vibrant colors on display: Longtime art educator exhibits her work at Wendell Free Library through April
03-20-2024 4:18 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

It turns out that those who teach can also do.Longtime art educator Karie Neal is “fairly new” at creating her own work and has her first full exhibit on display in the Wendell Free Library through April.“It’s small, but it’s a good start,” she said...


Mahar special education teacher honored
03-19-2024 4:30 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — For the first time in history, a special education teacher was chosen as the winner of the Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Award for Ralph C. Mahar Regional School.Melissa Campbell said she was in her classroom a few weeks ago when the...


All that jazz: Turners Falls students putting on production of ‘Chicago’
03-19-2024 2:06 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

TURNERS FALLS — You will soon be able to see a story of murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, adultery and treachery, as presented by the Turners Falls High School and Great Falls Middle School theater program.The spring musical,...

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