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Mahar proposes budget increase of 4.96%
03-18-2024 2:27 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — The initial proposal for Ralph C. Mahar Regional School’s fiscal year 2025 budget entails a 4.96% hike in expenses over the current year, though revisions will be made based on input from the School Committee and other stakeholders.Michele...


Thanks in part to Turners Falls shelter, state spay/neuter voucher program reaches milestone
03-17-2024 6:01 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

TURNERS FALLS — The state Department of Agricultural Resources recently announced it has cared for at least 20,000 animals through its spay/neuter voucher program since 2012, and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Regional Dog Shelter estimates...


Orange to ask residents for $1M loan for water tower
03-17-2024 4:01 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — The Selectboard intends to add to the Annual Town Meeting warrant an article asking to borrow $1 million to subsidize a water tower needed at the Orange Industrial Park.The engineering firm Weston & Sampson has designed a potable water...


Greenfield man gets life sentence for child sexual assault
03-15-2024 4:09 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — A Greenfield man will spend at least the next two decades in prison after a Franklin County Superior Court jury found him guilty of 33 charges, including 21 involving child sexual abuse.Miguel Rivera, 47, was sentenced on Friday to life...


Orange assistant collector accepts promotion
03-15-2024 12:25 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — The woman who has served as the town’s assistant collector for less than a month has been promoted to collector following a unanimous vote of the Selectboard this week.Shana Smith’s first full day as assistant collector in Orange was Feb. 22...


Diamond in the rough: Locals working to rehab Orange’s Spear Field for softball players
03-14-2024 2:41 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — A local youth league is recruiting volunteers and monetary donations to help give area softball players a field of their dreams.The board of directors for Athol-Orange Chuck Stone Baseball/Softball has decided to renovate the abandoned Spear...


Point32Health acquiring Health New England
03-14-2024 11:06 AM

By DOMENIC POLI

The parent company of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Tufts Health Plan has announced it signed a definitive agreement with Baystate Health to acquire its subsidiary, Health New England.Point32Health, a health and well-being organization based in...


With 50 staffers, FootCare by Nurses moves to new space in downtown Greenfield
03-14-2024 10:00 AM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — FootCare by Nurses has settled into its new space on School Street, a 1.9-mile stroll from the French King Highway spot it has called home since it started eight years ago.The foot care practice moved last week and opened its doors on...


Public comment sought on responsible clean energy development
03-13-2024 6:26 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

Residents have until Friday to submit their input regarding the process by which clean energy projects are permitted in Massachusetts.An online survey is soliciting public comment on how the state should protect health, safety and community livability...


Orange Sewer Commission OKs rental after pump fails
03-11-2024 3:03 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — The Sewer Commission held an emergency meeting Saturday to authorize the rental of a bypass system as a temporary remedy until a failed influent pump can be replaced at the Orange Wastewater Treatment Facility at 295 West Main St.Wastewater...


Sandri Energy cleans minor oil leak at Wendell police substation
03-08-2024 12:53 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

WENDELL — A minor oil leak at the police substation was remedied by the supplying business last week, according to Wendell’s projects coordinator.Phil Delorey told Selectboard members at Wednesday night’s meeting that Sandri Energy responded to clean...


Energy storage facility opponents pitch bylaw for Wendell
03-07-2024 5:55 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

WENDELL — A group formed last year in opposition to a 105-megawatt battery storage facility proposed for the center of town is seeking the three-member Selectboard’s support of a bylaw it has crafted to try to regulate such projects.No Assault &...


Donations sought for Easter hams for seniors
03-06-2024 11:08 AM

By DOMENIC POLI

Local DJ Robert “Bobby C” Campbell is soliciting donations for his eighth annual Franklin County TRIAD Hams for Seniors drive.People have until March 18 to contribute cash to the fundraiser and Campbell hopes to purchase 400 hams to distribute to...


Haley a common vote among Franklin County residents
03-05-2024 5:24 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley appeared to be holding her own in Franklin County on Super Tuesday, garnering votes from Republicans distancing themselves from Donald Trump and from Democrats hoping to soften the blow in the event that...


New Salem’s Veterans Park gets flag that flew over U.S. Capitol
02-22-2024 11:17 AM

By DOMENIC POLI

NEW SALEM – It’s at least 400 miles from Washington, D.C., to South Main Street in this quiet town of about 1,000 residents.But that’s the journey taken by the American flag that flies over Veterans Park, after having been flown over the U.S....


Local artist seeks building facades to share pro-environmental message
02-16-2024 5:00 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — A local artist hopes some Main Street building owners are willing to donate or rent their facades to exhibit a climate crisis tribute to Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg.Joseph “JJ” White has crafted a 17½-foot-wide,...


Turners Falls man faces 9 charges in high-speed chase through multiple towns
02-15-2024 9:39 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — A Turners Falls man faces nine charges after allegedly trying to hit a Greenfield Police cruiser before leading authorities on a high-speed chase to Sunderland which ended in Greenfield.Jason B. Griswold, 40, pleaded not guilty in...


Feasibility study reveals redevelopment, demolition options for Orange Armory
02-15-2024 6:18 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — The Orange Armory has served as a home for a volunteer militia regiment, a senior center and a roller rink business, among other functions. Might housing be added to the list? That’s a distinct possibility, and the professionals tasked with...


Wendell’s No Assault & Batteries to host speakers on proposed battery storage facility
02-15-2024 3:45 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

WENDELL — A local group formed last year in opposition to a proposed battery storage facility is teaming up with the Friends of the Wendell Meetinghouse to host a reception and community dinner on Saturday.No Assault & Batteries is collaborating with...


State honors Bernardston WWII vet on 99th birthday
02-15-2024 1:37 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

One of Franklin County’s oldest living World War II veterans was recently honored with three state citations recognizing both his 99th birthday and his military service.Frederic Johnson, of Bernardston received the citations from state Sen. Jo...

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