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With eye toward teaching firearm safety, Mahar’s Junior ROTC adding air rifles
04-18-2024 5:00 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — It appears Ralph C. Mahar Regional School’s Army Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps will participate in competitions with an air rifle aspect next year, though the program’s instructors are still waiting on air tanks, targets and other...

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Orange man gets 12 to 14 years for child rape
04-17-2024 3:01 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...


Ryan Zaveral, Shane MacDowell cross finish line first in River Rat Race
04-13-2024 6:22 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – Despite fickle weather conditions, canoeists and spectators alike enthusiastically awaited the start of Saturday’s 59th running of the annual River Rat Race from Athol to Orange.From about 11 a.m. until just before boats were put in the water...


Safety a priority for River Rat Race organizers
04-11-2024 5:00 PM

By MAX BOWEN

ATHOL — With potentially hundreds of participants in this weekend’s Athol Orange River Rat Race, making sure there aren’t any problems could be a challenge, but it’s one organizers say they are ready for.Jason Rushford is the event’s water safety...


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,...


Dennis Carey marks 40 years participating in River Rat Race
04-10-2024 5:00 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – It might be a stretch to claim that Dennis Carey, 56, of Orange, could paddle the 5.2-mile River Rat Race with his eyes closed – but it wouldn’t be much of one.This year’s race, which takes place on April 13, will mark the 40th River Rat...


Community gears up for River Rat Race weekend
04-09-2024 5:01 PM

By GREG VINE

ATHOL – While the River Rat Race is the star, there will be plenty more to watch and enjoy this weekend.Things get underway Friday night, April 12, with the drawing of positions in Memorial Hall at Athol Town Hall. Drawings begin promptly at 7 p.m....


Sportsman’s Corner columnist receives Words of Wisdom Award
04-07-2024 5:00 PM

By CARLA CHARTER

ORANGE-For his many years of advocacy of sportsmen’s issues, Mike Roche has received the Words of Wisdom Award from the Worcester County League of Sportsmen’s Clubs.Roche received the award at the club’s annual banquet on March 23, held at the...


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...


Local success informs federal guidelines on addiction treatment
04-03-2024 5:00 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

The federal government is marching to the beat of Behavioral Health Network’s drum in its new methadone treatment regulations, effective Tuesday, April 2.BHN, a mental health service provider in western Massachusetts with methadone clinics in...


Vacant home in Orange destroyed in blaze
04-03-2024 11:37 AM

By Max Bowen

ORANGE—A two-story home on Old South Road was destroyed by an early-morning blaze, according to the Orange Fire Department.No injuries were reported and the fire is under investigation.Shelburne Control Regional Dispatch began receiving calls at...


Orange Libraries director announces resignation, effective May 3
03-28-2024 5:00 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE – The director of the Orange Public Libraries has decided to close this chapter of her life and step down following eight years in the position.Jessica Magelaner, who heads the Wheeler Memorial Library at 49 East Main St. and the Moore-Leland...


Wheeler Mansion in Orange to reopen as bed and breakfast
03-24-2024 5:00 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE – No, this is not a joke.The Revival Wheeler Mansion’s bed-and-breakfast is slated to open with a ribbon-cutting ceremony slated for 4 p.m. on April 1.“It’s a long time coming,” said owner Cynthia “Sinde” Butler, who purchased the North Quabbin...


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


Orange to ask residents for $1M loan for water tower
03-18-2024 5:00 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — The Selectboard intends to add to the Annual Town Meeting warrant an article asking to borrow $1 million to subsidize a water tower needed at the Orange Industrial Park.The engineering firm Weston & Sampson has designed a potable water...


Haley a common vote among Franklin County residents
03-05-2024 5:39 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley appeared to be holding her own in Franklin County on Super Tuesday, garnering votes from Republicans distancing themselves from Donald Trump and from Democrats hoping to soften the blow in the event that...


State suspends Northfield EMS chief’s paramedic license
03-05-2024 5:37 PM

By LIESEL NYGARD

The state Office of Emergency Medical Services has suspended the paramedic license held by Northfield EMS Chief and Orange EMS Capt. Mark Fortier, but town officials say paramedic staffing levels are sufficient to ensure continued ambulance...


Sleep in Heavenly Peace to hold charity drive in Orange
02-27-2024 3:43 PM

By ABNER ROJAS

ORANGE — Sleep in Heavenly Peace, a volunteer organization dedicated to making and delivering beds free of charge for children in need, will be holding a can, bottle and bedding drive on March 16.The fundraiser will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the...


Feasibility study reveals redevelopment, demolition options for Orange Armory
02-16-2024 5:02 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — The Orange Armory has served as a home for a volunteer militia regiment, a senior center and a roller rink business, among other functions. Might housing be added to the list? That’s a distinct possibility, and the professionals tasked with...


‘They are public safety’: EMTs, paramedics train to treat K-9s under Nero’s Law
02-16-2024 5:00 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

With their training complete in advance of this month’s deadline, local EMTs and paramedics now have the skills to provide medical treatment and transport of police K-9s injured in the line of duty under a new state law.Nero’s Law, which has been...


Smith wins re-election in Orange; Davis joins Selectboard
02-06-2024 4:50 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE – Newcomer Julie Davis will join the re-elected Andrew Smith on the Orange Selectboard following Monday’s Town Election.Davis was the contest’s top vote-getter, with 384, and Smith accumulated 304. The two competed against Sandra Fawn Weinstein...

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