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Sportsman’s Corner: The other spring pest
06-06-2024 1:28 PM

By Mike RocheLast week, this space whined about some of the things that make life in May unpleasant. One of the most miserable was not mentioned and, needless to say, reared its ugly head.Everyone reading this has a poison ivy (or poison oak) story...

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Sportsman’s Corner: Orange Gun Club’s Kids Derby
05-02-2024 3:32 PM

By Mike RocheThe Orange Gun Club is inviting everyone up to age 14 to participate in the club’s annual Kids Fishing Derby. Located off West River Street in Orange, this is the oldest gun club in Massachusetts and they hold an outstanding event for...


PHOTO: Two by two
03-29-2024 4:41 PM


DCR sees booking surge at state campgrounds
03-28-2024 5:00 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...


PHOTO: Peaceful park
03-22-2024 5:00 PM


Billy Goat Boats awarded 10-year deal for Orange boathouse
02-01-2024 5:01 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE – It seems Billy Goat Boats isn’t going anywhere, as the town’s Selectboard opted this week to award a request for proposal to the family-run watercraft rental business following a public and contentious leasing fiasco.The company owned and...


Billy Goat Boats evicted from Orange location after nonpayment of rent
12-07-2023 3:56 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE – Billy Goat Boats might remain at the Orange Riverfront Park after the former town administrator took responsibility for a leasing issue that forced the recent eviction of the family-run watercraft rental business.The company, which is owned...


PHOTO: Floating flower
09-08-2023 8:09 PM


Sportsman’s Corner: Hunting season is here
09-07-2023 10:38 AM

By MIKE ROCHE

The first Massachusetts hunting season of fall 2023 began Sept. 1 when the early goose season opened. This special season, designed to deal with the overabundance of resident Canada geese, closes Sept. 22. The first segment of the black bear season is...


Earthlands, University of the Wild mark 30 years
08-18-2023 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

PETERSHAM – A milestone anniversary for Earthlands and the University of the Wild will also mark an important occasion for its founder.On Sunday, Aug. 27, a 30th anniversary ceremony will be held for the Petersham-based environmental organization,...


Recreation businesses get creative to stay afloat amid relentless rains
08-04-2023 5:00 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

This summer’s heavy rains have left many recreation companies looking to tread water by getting creative in the wake of fewer customers and fewer amenable locations for paddling during what is ordinarily their busy season.“This season has sucked, to...


Son of slain Orange man hikes to keep dad’s memory alive
07-18-2023 2:30 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE—Donald Harty was hiking the Panorama Trail in Yosemite National Park last year when his cellphone rang despite spotty reception.The voice on the other end was that of Jeremy Bucci, then the chief trial counsel for the Northwestern District...


Salamander Hollow of Warwick wins campground honor
05-15-2023 4:17 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

WARWICK — Salamander Hollow Healing Habitat recently received the Massachusetts first-place prize from Hipcamp, a website and mobile app offering outdoor stays and camping experiences, along with being named a national finalist.The private, honeybee...


PHOTO: Wandering wildlife
05-02-2023 5:18 PM


PHOTOS: Roaming the river
04-06-2023 4:54 PM


Athol Open Space Committee approves application for trails grant
01-26-2023 4:23 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Athol’s Open Space and Recreation Commission voted to support an application submitted by the town’s Planning Department for a MassTrails grant to fund improvements to the Bearsden Conservation Area. A draft of the letter was provided by...

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