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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...

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Libraries still in the business of books, but embrace growing role as community ‘third space’
04-01-2024 5:01 PM

By MAX BOWEN

Tilton Library Director Candace Bradbury-Carlin said that in recent years, libraries have grown beyond a place to study or get books and into a “third space,” serving their patrons in new and diverse ways.At the South Deerfield library, this could...


Ware author gives talk on ‘The Lost Towns of the Swift River Valley’ at State House
12-07-2023 3:57 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

BOSTON — With hopes of providing important context for proposed legislation, a Ware author and historian was the featured speaker at the State Library Author Talks Series on Wednesday to discuss her book about three of the people who were forced to...


Orange sisters pen bilingual detective book
10-18-2023 5:00 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — It is not unheard of for a library to host an event so authors can read their work to the public and answer questions. But those writers typically don’t have homework and bedtimes.Emma Barrett, 11, and Belley Barrett, 8, recently published...


A big cup of co-op: After 30 years, Dean’s Beans in Orange to become worker-owned
05-14-2023 5:00 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — Change is brewing at Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee Co., which is set to become a worker-owned cooperative on July 1.Dean Cycon founded the business in 1993 and, having recently turned 70, is ready to hand the reins to his 16 employees.“Who...

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