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‘Everyone loves our whoopee pies’: Over the Top Bakery in Orange enjoying a successful first year in business
05-28-2024 1:50 PM

By TINKY WEISBLAT

Fran Bates is busy. She and her husband Mike are entrepreneurs on New Athol Road in Orange with three businesses to date. The most recent is Over the Top Bakery.The pair didn’t start out to run a bakery, Bates told me. They leased the property because...

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Third proposed budget includes funding for libraries in Orange
05-29-2024 7:42 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — The third balanced budget proposal from Town Administrator Matt Fortier includes funding for the town’s two libraries, a stark contrast from the first draft that reflected Orange’s dire financial situation stemming from an estimated $338,000...


Mahar school district tightens belt in wake of town fraud
05-22-2024 3:11 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — The Orange Elementary and Ralph C. Mahar Regional school committees obliged their town’s Selectboard on Monday by revisiting the budgets they’re proposing at the Annual Town Meeting, but only Mahar voted to further trim costs as asked.Because...


$338K fraud drains town coffers in Orange
05-17-2024 5:37 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — Authorities are investigating an estimated $338,000 in fraud against the town, which has left Orange in dire financial straits and could result in the closure of its libraries, town officials discussed Thursday.The fraud involves the town...


‘As the woods wake up, it’s my favorite time’: Turkey hunters relish spring season
05-17-2024 12:36 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

The Boston Red Sox season will still be warming up by the end of this month, with about 110 games remaining before the playoffs. But outdoor sportsmen across Massachusetts will have already hung up their gear until around the time the World Series...


Genevieve Harris-Fraser: Ground Zero for Palestinians
05-16-2024 8:38 PM

Ground Zero for PalestiniansThe Israeli slaughterhouse, GazaHeavy with 2,000 lbs bombs bucklesBends from the onslaught of hypocrisyBombast pledging concern for civiliansAs they shred the UN’s decreesOutlining humanitarian law, bulldozersScoop up...


Orange Selectboard to consider defunding town libraries
05-15-2024 4:51 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — Residents are encouraged to attend or tune in to Thursday’s Selectboard meeting to have their voices heard on the possibility of removing all funding from the town’s two libraries.Orange is cash-strapped and Town Administrator Matt Fortier...


My Turn: Quabbin region will never see any benefits from reservoir
05-12-2024 4:49 PM

By MIKE MAGEE

 Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Never again should the residents of the Quabbin region be fooled into believing that they will see any benefits from the Quabbin Reservoir.In the 1930s, the state took the entire towns of...


PHOTOS: Mahar students bring their brainpower to science fair
05-12-2024 1:48 PM


Longtime Orange public servant Richard Sheridan dies at 78
05-10-2024 7:15 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — Richard Sheridan, a longtime public servant whose Selectboard tenure ended in January, died unexpectedly on April 29. He was 78.Selectboard members on Wednesday held a moment of silence for their former colleague and Chair Tom Smith praised...


North Quabbin Notebook: May 11, 2024
05-10-2024 1:02 PM

Quilts of Valor presentation set for Tuesday ORANGE — The North Orange Grange will hold a Quilts of Valor presentation at the Community Church of North Orange and Tully on Tuesday.The ceremony at 48 Main St. will begin at 7:30 p.m.The Quilts of Valor...


Ralph C. Mahar Regional School Honor Roll, Third Quarter
05-10-2024 9:38 AM

Seventh Grade High Honors: Emma Chloe Bennington, Matthew Lee Brazie, Tristan William Dowler, Konner David DuPray, Calvin Michael Feltman, Lucas Robert Hart, Laylah Ann Marie Lamarche, Quinn Matthew Lucas-Mullen, Jenna Lynne Nolette, Carly Rose Paluk,...


Work on Pinedale Avenue Bridge connecting Athol and Orange to resume
05-08-2024 11:45 AM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL — Closed for a year and a half, work on the Pinedale Avenue Bridge is set to resume next week, according to Public Works Superintendent Dick Kilhart.Kilhart explained that work has been on hold recently as the project’s contractor, Construction...


Lawyer argues Joshua Hart’s 2018 conviction for Orange murder had inconsistent verdicts
05-07-2024 8:07 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — Spurred by a state Supreme Judicial Court opinion that pointed to inconsistent verdicts, the Franklin County Superior Court judge who oversaw Joshua Hart’s murder trial in 2018 has taken under advisement a defense attorney’s motion to set...


Orange Selectboard declares armory as surplus property
04-30-2024 2:15 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — The Selectboard has voted to designate the Orange Armory as surplus property, the first step for the town in ridding itself of the 111-year-old structure.The armory, located at 135 East Main St., has fallen into disrepair. The Selectboard...


Formed 25,000 years ago, Millers River a historic ‘jewel’
04-28-2024 12:01 PM

By CARLA CHARTER

The Millers River meanders through both Athol and Orange, carrying with it not only the beauty on its surface, but a long history stretching back to when the river was first formed 25,000 years ago.The first people known to be living near the river...


What are the protocols for emergency transport of infants?
04-26-2024 3:11 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

When it comes to protocols for providing emergency medical transportation to infants, the Massachusetts Office of Emergency Medical Services, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and ambulance manufacturers voice similar expectations.But...


State records show Northfield EMS chief’s paramedic license suspended over failure to transport infant
04-26-2024 2:56 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

State regulators suspended Northfield EMS Chief and Orange EMS Capt. Mark Fortier’s paramedic license over his alleged failure to properly assess a 2-week-old infant during a house call and for refusing the child transportation in an ambulance,...


LaunchSpace’s ReMake Festival returning for second year in Orange
04-18-2024 11:32 AM

ORANGE — LaunchSpace will hold its second annual ReMake Festival on Saturday to share ways to leverage makerspaces that provide space and equipment to repair, reuse and upcycle everyday items.The free event, scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m., is packed with...


Orange man gets 12 to 14 years for child rape
04-16-2024 3:21 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — An Orange man will spend 12 to 14 years in prison after being convicted in Franklin County Superior Court of aggravated rape and abuse of a child.David Prue, 36, was sentenced by Judge John Agostini on Tuesday morning following a jury...


Baseball: Sam Connors, Mahar get past Smith Academy for win No. 2 (PHOTOS)
04-15-2024 8:13 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

ORANGE — The Mahar baseball team couldn’t have asked for a better first inning on Monday against Smith Academy. After Sam Connors shut down the Falcons in the top of the frame, it didn’t take the Senator bats long to get going when it was their turn...

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