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Vehicle charging stations support Orange Innovation Center’s carbon-neutral goal
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The Orange Innovation Center, created to be a hub for advancing small businesses in town, has installed four electric vehicle charging stations in pursuit of its long-term goal to become carbon neutral.These charging stations are currently the only ones available in Orange.“The general goal is to be...
Racin’ With Jason: Brotherly love on track
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Chalk one up for Cole Littlewood in the sibling rivalry among Orange drivers.Cole edged his brother Justin, first for the pole position, and later the victory last Saturday in the Late Model Sportsman division at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, N.H.Cole won the first starting spot by only .003 of...
Friendly Town Socials and Sales offers eclectic mix in Orange
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ORANGE — The COVID-19 pandemic altered plans for virtually everyone, and Crystal Parent was no exception.She had wanted to start a youth drop-in center teaching life skills at 11 East Main St., but the spread of the novel coronavirus made that unfeasible. Two years later, Parent has tweaked her idea...
Construction of Fisher Hill addition in Orange on schedule, under budget
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ORANGE — Construction of the new Fisher Hill Elementary School is reportedly on schedule and under budget, with students set to move into the roughly 50,000-square-foot addition in January.Martin Goulet of Hill International Inc., the company managing the project on behalf of the town, noted the cur...
19th annual North Quabbin Food-A-Thon set for May 17
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Six food pantries serving the North Quabbin region have again joined forces with Athol-Orange Community Television (AOTV) Channel 1301 and radio station WVAO 105.9 FM to organize the North Quabbin Food-A-Thon, set for Tuesday, May 17.After two years as a successful all-virtual fundraiser, the 19th...
PHOTOS: Love, packaged
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2 Orange vets receive Quilts of Valor
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ORANGE — Joe Young thought he was only giving a talk about his hike on the Appalachian Trail. Edward Day had an inkling.Both military veterans visited the Community Church of North Orange and Tully for a North Orange Grange event on Tuesday night and left with a handmade quilt meant as thanks for th...
North Quabbin Notebook: May 10, 2022
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Orange Community Band’s summer season coming up ORANGE — The Orange Community Band is planning for the upcoming summer season, with several changes in effect due to the COVID-19 pandemic and a switch in rehearsal space.Starting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18, the band will rehearse for the summer in...
Play ball! Opening Day for Athol-Orange Chuck Stone Little League (PHOTOS)
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ATHOL – With sirens blaring, a large group of youth baseball and softball players made their way to James H. Salevan Field in Athol on Saturday for Opening Day of the Athol-Orange Chuck Stone Little League. The parade began at the Athol YMCA and made its way down Main Street before turning onto Exch...
Weekly Orange Farmers’ Market to start May 12
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ORANGE — The Orange Farmers’ Market is gearing up for the 2022 season, with fewer COVID-19 restrictions than the previous two years.The open-air market is slated to operate in the Orange Armory parking lot from 3 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays from May 12 to Oct. 20. Tony Leger, chair of the Orange Farmers’...
North Quabbin Notebook: May 5, 2022
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Senior Citizens Club having annual meetingORANGE — The Orange Senior Citizens Club plans to hold its annual installation meeting and luncheon at the Orange Senior Center, 62 Cheney St., at noon on Thursday.Lunch will be served only to those who have made a reservation. Payment will be taken at the...
Ralph C. Mahar Regional School Honor Roll, Third Quarter
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Editor’s Note: In a previous edition, eighth-grade honors students, as well as three seventh-grade honors students, were omitted from the Ralph C. Mahar Regional School Honor Roll.Seventh Grade High Honors: Olivia Brielle Cody, Audrey Mae Elwood, Coltin Elliott Fausett, Maxwell Joseph Kimball, Micha...
‘I wanted them to shine’: Sixth graders at Dexter Park write book about pandemic
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ORANGE — The COVID-19 pandemic has the potential to spawn a film genre, perhaps a cinematic way of detailing a worldwide catastrophe and trying to make sense of it all. But if you’re awaiting a book of the same ilk, Kathleen Koonz’s sixth-grade class at Dexter Park Innovation School has already deli...
Sounds Local by Columnist Sheryl Hunter: Making music in a lockdown one line at a time
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Have you ever played that parlor game where one person writes a line to a story and then the next person writes the next line and you pass it around the room?” asks musician Henning Ohlenbusch in a recent email. “In the spring of 2020, we came up with the idea to try to do that with music.” The resu...
PHOTO: Guitar pickin’ man
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$1M matching grant to support fire suppression services at Orange Industrial Park
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ORANGE — The town has received $1 million as part of a matching grant to provide fire suppression services at the Orange Industrial Park.Orange is using American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) money to supplement its award from the MassWorks Infrastructure Program of the state Executive Office of Housing an...
Voters meet Jeffrey Raymond, Republican candidate for 2nd Franklin District
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ORANGE — Prospective voters had the chance to meet Jeffrey Raymond, the former Athol firefighter and paramedic running to represent the 2nd Franklin District, at the Orange American Legion Saturday evening.Raymond, 61, is running for the Republican nomination to represent the 2nd Franklin District...
Granddaughters, spouses deliver artifacts to Orange Historical Society
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Although the seasonal reopening of the Orange Historical Society is not due until June, its first floor, on a recent gray morning, became unseasonably illuminated by vintage lamplight.Earlier this month, three Historical Society members welcomed four out-of-town visitors delivering recollections of...