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Franklin County vets: Little spike in pets consuming pot since legalization
07-08-2024 3:17 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

Area veterinarians say there has been no drastic increase in the number of pets brought in with cannabis in their systems since it was legalized in Massachusetts, though more of the animals’ owners are willing to admit their dog or cat got into their...

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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...


Turners Falls resource center offers help to grandparents raising their grandchildren
06-28-2024 4:52 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

TURNERS FALLS – The nuclear family is defined as a father, a mother and their child or children living in one household.But various circumstances often disrupt that “perfect picture,” and an American family can take on many forms. In fact, information...


Needham man pleads guilty in crash that killed Athol woman
06-24-2024 4:03 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — A Needham man was sentenced to nine months in jail on Monday after pleading guilty to a charge of vehicular homicide by negligent operation in connection with a crash that killed an Athol woman on Route 2 in Gill last year.Benoit Marande,...


Online forum addresses school funding erosion in Franklin County
06-23-2024 5:00 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — The Franklin County Education Funding Committee used its second online forum to explain how the progress of school funding in Massachusetts has eroded over the years, disproportionately affecting lower-income districts, despite the state...


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,...


Wendell group gives Comerford petition seeking pause on large-scale battery storage systems
06-12-2024 5:00 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — Moments before state Sen. Jo Comerford’s Town Hall event at Greenfield Community College on Monday, members of a citizens group that was formed last year in opposition to a proposed battery storage facility in Wendell handed the state...


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,...


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...


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...


Athol man pleads to guilty to 27 counts of sexual crimes involving minors
05-30-2024 5:22 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD – A man formerly of Athol will spend the next 25 to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty on Thursday to 27 counts of sexual crimes involving three minors.Jose Oquendo, 51, appeared in Franklin County Superior Court to accept...


Third proposed budget includes funding for libraries in Orange
05-30-2024 2:05 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...


Kathy-Ann Becker, Wendell’s town crier, is one of four in the state
05-24-2024 4:24 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

WENDELL – If you go to Wendell Old Home Day on Sept. 21, understand that that’s not a Salvation Army volunteer you see and hear ringing a bell on the town common. That’s Kathy-Ann Becker – and she’s actually the town crier.Once the trusted messengers...


Suspect still at large after allegedly striking Warwick police chief with vehicle
05-23-2024 9:37 AM

By DOMENIC POLI

WARWICK — Police Chief David Shoemaker is reportedly fine after a driver allegedly struck him twice intentionally during a traffic stop on Tuesday before fleeing to New Hampshire, where authorities say it appears he has left the area.The chief was...


Mahar school district tightens belt in wake of town fraud
05-22-2024 3:24 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 5:20 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...


Orange Selectboard to review proposal to de-fund town libraries
05-15-2024 4:34 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 in dire financial straits and Town Administrator...


Heath native’s bill honoring fallen heroes introduced in Congress
05-13-2024 2:35 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

Legislation drafted by a Heath native with the intent of recognizing those killed serving in the U.S. military has been introduced in both chambers of Congress.Keith Sherman, who now lives in North Carolina, worked diligently on multiple drafts of a...


Longtime public servant Richard Sheridan dies at 78
05-10-2024 6:06 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE – Richard Sheridan, a longtime public servant whose Selectboard tenure ended in January, died unexpectedly of a massive heart attack on April 29. He was 78.Selectboard members on Wednesday held a moment of silence for their former colleague and...

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