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Construction underway to create Children’s Advocacy Center mental health clinic in Orange
07-24-2024 2:36 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — Later this year, North Quabbin residents can expect the Health Center Plaza to have an outpatient clinic providing specialized mental health services for child victims of sexual abuse and their families.The Children’s Advocacy Center of...

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A Page From North Quabbin History: Rise of the Athol-Orange Power Plant
07-22-2024 2:06 PM

The development of hydroelectric plants was widespread in the early 20th century. Some provided power to private industries, others to railway systems and the public. Among them was the Athol-Orange Power Plant at Wendell Depot.In 1909, W. G. Webber...


Orange board seeks more financial facts on Leisure Woods Estates
07-17-2024 4:39 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

ORANGE – A decision on whether Leisure Woods Estates can raise its monthly lot fees by 43% will wait until at least August, as the Mobile Rent Control Board requested additional budget information.Leisure Woods Estates Inc. is petitioning the board to...


Storms leave hundreds without power in Athol, Greenfield
07-17-2024 11:16 AM

By MAX BOWEN

Powerful storms hit the western Mass area Tuesday evening, leaving hundreds of homes without power into Wednesday afternoon, according to National Grid.According to Torry Dooley, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Boston office,...


Pyrtel to lead Orange Economic Development and Industrial Corp.
07-13-2024 9:32 PM

By MAX BOWEN

ORANGE — Mikael Pyrtel, former economic development director for the town of Orange, has joined the Orange Economic Development and Industrial Corp. (OEDIC) as executive director.According to a July 8 announcement, Pyrtel has been in the executive...


Longtime Quabbin Mediation leaders honored upon retirement
07-12-2024 5:13 PM

By ADA DENENFELD KELLY

ORANGE — The North Quabbin community gave thanks to two longtime Quabbin Mediation leaders this week as they begin their retirements following decades of work in conflict resolution, mediation and active bystander training. Executive Director Sharon...


Orange Selectboard discusses disbanding Armory Commission
07-11-2024 3:38 PM

By ERIN-LEIGH HOFFMAN

ORANGE – The Selectboard meeting on Wednesday night saw a lengthy agenda, including an approved motion to create a new subcommittee for addressing dock issues at Lake Mattawa, a plan to dissolve the Armory Commission and a motion to assign Town...


Comerford shares details of Quabbin water legislation at Orange forum
07-10-2024 1:34 PM

By ERIN-LEIGH HOFFMAN

ORANGE — State Sen. Jo Comerford met with area residents on Monday to answer questions and provide updates pertaining to bills that she and state Rep. Aaron Saunders have put forward to study the feasibility of giving western Massachusetts...


23-year-old Orange resident named co-executive director of Quabbin Mediation
07-09-2024 5:00 PM

By ABNER ROJAS

ORANGE — Lilly Fellows’ first introduction to the Training Active Bystanders program came when she was a student at Ralph C. Mahar Regional School, volunteering as a trainer and peer mediator throughout her junior and senior years.While she admitted...


Owners of Leisure Woods Estates mobile home park in Orange propose 43% rent hike, riling residents
07-07-2024 5:00 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — The owners of Leisure Woods Estates have proposed raising monthly lot fees by 43% and residents of the town’s only rent-controlled mobile home park worry about the financial strain it could put on them.Glenn Gidley, the principal owner of...


$1M for water tower approved, audit voted down at Orange Town Meeting
06-20-2024 1:24 PM

By DOMENIC POLI andERIN-LEIGH HOFFMAN

ORANGE — Annual Town Meeting adjourned late Tuesday night after lengthy discussion on the remaining 30 articles that were carried over from Monday, including a $1 million request for a water tower and fire suppression system at the industrial park and...


Orange to bill church $13.7K after complaint of unfair treatment
06-19-2024 5:00 PM

By SAM FERLAND

ORANGE — After receiving a letter in March advising them of a complaint alleging special treatment of Mission Covenant Church, Selectboard members, in collaboration with the assessors, have decided to bill the church $13,723.54 for taxes.Americans...


Lengthy Town Meeting warrants come at ‘critical moment’ for Orange
06-14-2024 5:00 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — Residents are likely in store for a long night on Monday, as the Special and Annual Town Meetings to be held at Town Hall have a combined 75 articles on their warrants involving key decisions.The warrant for the Special Town Meeting,...


Rural leaders meet in Orange to discuss economic needs
06-11-2024 5:00 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — Thirty community leaders and stakeholders who recently convened at the Orange Innovation Center recommended addressing regional economic weaknesses and vulnerabilities by partnering smaller towns together and securing grants designated for...


Bronze plaque will commemorate Orange’s Memorial Hall, torn down in 1996
06-10-2024 4:39 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — Three local women are awaiting the arrival of a bronze plaque to be embedded onto the face of a new memorial stone installed to commemorate the former Memorial Hall building that stood for 104 years before being demolished in 1996.Pam Rand,...


Orange, Petersham schools receive state grants to bolster reading skills
06-10-2024 11:44 AM

By DOMENIC POLI and MAX BOWEN

Orange and Petersham will receive a combined $134,530 in state money to implement a package of materials for teaching foundational reading skills in kindergarten through second grade.The two North Quabbin towns are among the 18 school districts and...


DC group presses Orange town officials on church use
06-07-2024 5:00 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — An organization dedicated to guaranteeing political distance between religious institutions and the government has not heard from town officials nearly three months after informing them of a complaint alleging special treatment of Mission...


LaunchSpace in Orange to screen documentary about prison education programs
06-05-2024 5:00 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE – To look at them and hear their origins, it doesn’t appear that ironworkers Ed Jordan and Jimmy Costello have much that would bond them.Jordan was raised by a loving family in a tough, Black neighborhood of Boston. Costello grew up in the...


North Quabbin Notes, June 4
06-03-2024 5:00 PM

North Quabbin Recovery Center announces free Narcan availableThe North Quabbin Community Coalition and North Quabbin Recovery Center have partnered with the Opioid Task Force of Franklin County and Franklin County Sherrif’s Office to distribute...


Small in numbers, large in spirit: Mahar graduates 56
06-03-2024 2:00 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — Seated at the 10-yard line of the James S. Woodward Athletic Complex, the members of Ralph C. Mahar Regional School’s perhaps smallest-ever class crossed into a different end zone of sorts on Friday evening.Fifty-six graduates moved their...


Orange resident urges opposition to Quabbin legislation proposed by Comerford, Saunders
05-31-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Michael Magee of Orange is urging the Athol Conservation Commission to oppose legislation filed by state Sen. Jo Comerford for the Quabbin Reservoir.Comerford and state Rep. Aaron Saunders of Belchertown filed a bill (S 447 / H 897) that would...

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