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Sportsman’s Corner: The dog days return
07-11-2024 5:00 PM

By Mike RocheThe dog days or dog days of summer is an expression that dates way back in history. The hot, sultry days of summer in the northern hemisphere have historically been the period following the heliacal rising of the star system Sirius, which...

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Sportsman’s Corner: Fish finders for dummies
07-03-2024 5:00 PM

By Mike RocheThis writer is old enough to remember when the first “fish finders” appeared on the market. The technology that had been used for decades for marine and military purposes was used to create “flashers” that would show images on a screen of...


Sportsman’s Corner: Maine vacation and young wildlife
06-20-2024 1:25 PM

By Mike RocheJune is the month where most bird and wildlife species are rearing young. This is when most species are tending offspring, and coyote pups and fox, skunk, and raccoon kits start to emerge from their dens to join their adults for a crash...


Sportsman’s Corner: The search for the big one
06-13-2024 3:35 PM

By Mike RocheThis writer spent the week on Webber Pond in Vasselboro, Maine, at a lakeside home which was found by my wife’s twin sister Pam on Airbnb. This trip was a repeat of an adventure we undertook two years ago when my wife and I were joined by...


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...


Sportsman’s Corner: The downside of May and Free Fishing Weekend
05-30-2024 2:06 PM

By Mike RocheThis writer has often said that May and October are the best two months of the year. There are so many enjoyable outdoor activities and generally great weather conditions. There is, however, a dark side of May and the bothersome parts of...


Sportsman’s Corner: May, the best month of spring
05-16-2024 4:15 PM

By Mike Roche Here we are in mid-May and there is so much happening! Turkey hunting is in full swing, and gobblers are definitely active. The issue is hens, and it is hard to compete with the “real thing,” believe me. Trout fishing, however, is never...


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...


Sportsman’s Corner: Quabbin opens this Saturday
04-18-2024 5:00 PM

By Mike RocheQuabbin Reservoir will open for fishing tomorrow, April 20, at 6 a.m. The reservoir is the principal drinking water supply for 3 million of Massachusetts’ 7 million residents. Since 1946, shore fishing has been allowed and since 1952, a...


Families fume at Orange Elementary School Committee over LPN hire
04-10-2024 5:00 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — Community members on Monday expressed their disgust with the Orange Elementary School Committee over the hiring of unqualified man as Fisher Hill School’s licensed practical nurse.Robert Davis, who was employed from Oct. 2 to Feb. 28,...


School nurse resigns after Orange administrators discover lack of license
04-04-2024 12:51 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — The man employed as a licensed practical nurse at Fisher Hill School from Oct. 2 to Feb. 28 did not have a proper license, a matter that is under investigation, according to the Ralph C. Mahar Regional and Union 73 school districts.Robert...


Sportsman’s Corner: The trout are out
03-28-2024 5:00 PM

By Mike RocheA visit Tuesday morning to the MassWildlife web site revealed that Lake Mattawa was stocked with rainbow trout on March 21. A search for “Massachusetts Trout Stocking” gets you started, and the trout stocking report gives you the ability...


A Page from North Quabbin History: Founding of the Fisher Museum
02-28-2024 3:58 PM

By Carla CharterAt Harvard Forest in Petersham, visitors can learn about the forest and its history through dioramas dating back to the 1930s. The dioramas and the museum that was built for them was the idea of Richard T. Fisher, who was named...


Sportsman’s Corner: The big catch
02-22-2024 5:00 PM

By Mike RocheLast Saturday my brother Chris joined me and a bunch of other folks fishing on White Pond in South Athol, where my wife and I own property. The pond community is close and one of the pond residents has undertaken to put together a day of...


Sportsman’s Corner: On the ice
02-15-2024 5:00 PM

By Mike RocheLast week, this writer finally got to do some ice fishing. Granted, it was an hour or two at a time, but it was quite enjoyable.After visiting Crack of Dawn Bait for some lively shiners, meal worms and spikes (AKA maggots) local ice was...


Sportsman’s Corner: Ice fishing
02-08-2024 5:00 PM

By Mike RocheThe recent run of colder nights has produced some ice, and fishermen and women have begun doing some ‘hard water’ fishing locally. This writer first ventured out last Friday and found about four inches of ice. That is OK for ice fishing...


Sportsman’s Corner: A place for ice fishermen
01-25-2024 5:00 PM

By Mike RocheThe passing of Rodney Flagg and the subsequent closure of Flagg’s Tackle on Daniel Shays Highway in Orange left a huge void for local sportsmen and women, particularly those who enjoy ice fishing.The key ingredient to ice fishing is the...


Orange celebrates ‘extraordinary’ new Fisher Hill Elementary School
11-20-2023 3:18 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

ORANGE — With speeches, poems and songs, the community gathered at Fisher Hill Elementary School on Saturday for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the new building and the learning that will happen within its walls. “As we cut this...


Students, staff settle into renovated Fisher Hill
09-22-2023 4:19 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE – Fisher Hill Elementary School now accommodates all Orange students in kindergarten through sixth grade, as the expanded 97,000-square-foot building opened its doors for education earlier this month.Students through third grade moved from the...


Dexter Park Innovational School demolition begins in Orange
08-29-2023 5:04 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — Demolition of Dexter Park Innovation School began on Monday, starting the home stretch of a renovation project that has been in the works for at least six years.The brick school, built in the early 1950s, will be replaced by a wildflower...


Sportsman’s Corner: Turkey happenings
06-22-2023 4:33 PM

By Mike RocheMassWildlife annually involves the public in gathering data on the turkey population in Massachusetts. Each year, from June 1-Aug. 31, wild turkey reports from members of the public help MassWildlife biologists determine productivity,...

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