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Athol-Orange Chuck Stone Little League baseball team wins District 3 championship for first time in 35 years
07-15-2024 4:48 PM

ATHOL – The Athol-Orange Chuck Stone Little League beat Leominster, 5-0, on Friday to capture the Massachusetts District 3 Little League championship.The win marked the first district title for a team from this area in 35 years.“These kids deserved...

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In wake of damage from 62 mph winds, hundreds still without power
07-16-2024 7:59 PM

By MAX BOWEN

Powerful storms hit western Massachusetts Tuesday evening, leaving hundreds of residents without electricity into Wednesday, according to a National Grid outage map.Torry Dooley, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Boston office, said...


Damage minimal in pair of Orange electrical fires
07-15-2024 9:47 PM

By ERIN-LEIGH HOFFMAN

ORANGE — No residents or firefighters were injured following a fire at 133 South Main St. on Monday evening that likely started due to a power line malfunction, according to Fire Chief James Young.Emergency personnel responded after dispatchers...


Pyrtel to lead Orange Economic Development and Industrial Corp.
07-13-2024 9:16 PM

By MAX BOWEN

ORANGE — Mikael Pyrtel, former economic development director for the town of Orange, has joined the Orange Economic Development and Industrial Corp. (OEDIC) as executive director.According to a July 8 announcement, Pyrtel has been in the executive...


Longtime Quabbin Mediation leaders honored upon retirement
07-12-2024 2:31 PM

By ADA DENENFELD KELLY

ORANGE — The North Quabbin community gave thanks to two longtime Quabbin Mediation leaders this week as they begin their retirements following decades of work in conflict resolution, mediation and active bystander training. Executive Director Sharon...


Faith Matters: ‘God’s Eye is on the Sparrow’: Unlike the fleeting nature of our troubles, God’s love is everlasting
07-12-2024 1:05 PM

By THE REV. DR. MEGAN E. LEARY

For my birthday last year my husband and sons gave me a bird feeder with a camera attached.The camera has a motion sensor that is activated when birds land to feed and then captures video of them eating. I have become enchanted with watching the...


Orange officials talk disbanding Armory Commission, seeking financial review
07-11-2024 6:28 PM

By ERIN-LEIGH HOFFMAN

ORANGE — Addressing a lengthy agenda on Wednesday, the Selectboard approved the creation of a new subcommittee to curb dock issues at Lake Mattawa, a plan to dissolve the Armory Commission and a motion to task Town Administrator Matthew Fortier with...


Comerford shares details of Quabbin water legislation at Orange forum
07-09-2024 5:48 PM

By ERIN-LEIGH HOFFMAN

ORANGE — State Sen. Jo Comerford met with area residents on Monday to answer questions and provide updates pertaining to bills that she and state Rep. Aaron Saunders have put forward to study the feasibility of giving western Massachusetts...


North Quabbin Notebook: July 10, 2024
07-09-2024 1:56 PM

West African, Caribbean drumming workshop coming to library WENDELL — A Gaia Roots interactive performance and drumming workshop will be held at the Wendell Free Library, 7 Wendell Depot Road, on Wednesday, July 10, from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.This...


23-year-old Orange resident named co-executive director of Quabbin Mediation
07-08-2024 5:43 PM

By ABNER ROJAS

ORANGE — Lilly Fellows’ first introduction to the Training Active Bystanders program came when she was a student at Ralph C. Mahar Regional School, volunteering as a trainer and peer mediator throughout her junior and senior years.While she admitted...


Warren Rice: Where have all the frogs gone?
07-04-2024 9:59 AM

In all my six plus decades of living here in New England, one of the memories I have of summer is how the frogs would be all over the roads during, or after a summer rainstorm.There were so many of them that it was impossible to avoid running over...


Owners of Leisure Woods Estates mobile home park in Orange propose 43% rent hike, riling residents
07-03-2024 5:59 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...


Millers River Band to perform for Orange’s annual Dinner by the River
07-02-2024 5:22 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — This year’s Dinner by the River is responsible for getting the band back together.The Millers River Band, formed in 1991 when two Ralph C. Mahar Regional School teachers approached Ann and Terry Reed about serving as rhythm section and backup...


PHOTO: Lakeside bonding
07-02-2024 3:28 PM


Former state rep. wants assessors unseated in Orange
07-01-2024 10:34 AM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — A resident has proposed unseating the appointed three-member Board of Assessors and appointing new assessors “because of the performance in that office.” Denise Andrews, who formerly served as state representative for the 2nd Franklin...


Genevieve Harris-Fraser: Biden needs more stamina in next debate
06-30-2024 10:30 AM

My husband, Douglas Harris and I both agree. President Biden’s grasp of what it takes to be a president, in terms of domestic policies and getting things done, was on display Thursday evening despite his frail appearance and overlong pauses. But Trump...


Historical events abound this summer in North Quabbin region
06-30-2024 8:25 AM

By CARLA CHARTER

Historical events abound this summer in the North Quabbin area. From learning about local mysteries, to Quabbin hikes, to a relaxing day on the porch, historical societies are offering something for everyone this summer.Orange Historical Society The...


Third Thursday Street Fairs under new management in Orange
06-30-2024 7:48 AM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — The seasonal Third Thursday Street Fairs are under new management and gearing up for the second 2024 event on July 18.The Orange Revitalization Partnership recently took over the downtown series from the Orange Merchants Group and held an...


North Quabbin Notebook: June 29, 2024
06-28-2024 4:22 PM

Wendell voters approve article following continuation WENDELL — Voters approved an additional Annual Town Meeting warrant article on Wednesday, 2½ weeks after tabling the issue and continuing the meeting.Residents who showed up to Wendell Town Hall...


North Quabbin Notebook: June 27, 2024
06-26-2024 3:54 PM

Orange Community Band will try again to open summer season ORANGE — The Orange Community Band will try again on June 28 to open its summer season, having canceled its June 21 concert due to inclement weather.The theme will be “rock ’n’ roll/American...


Organizers gearing up for 47th annual Yankee Engine-uity Show in Orange
06-23-2024 10:43 AM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — The Central Massachusetts Steam, Gas and Machinery Association is gearing up for its 47th annual Yankee Engine-uity Show, set for the Orange Municipal Airport the weekend of June 29.Exhibits are slated to open at 8 a.m. on that Saturday and...

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