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Mosquito Control Team Back Again to Greater Gardner MA
The Central Massachusetts Mosquito Control Project is sending its team to the area on August 4, 11, 18, 25, and September 1. Dates are tentative and weather permitting. Requests for service may be recorded by calling the CMMCP office at (508) 393-3055 between 7am and 3:30pm weekdays. For more info visit the website. CLICK HERE.
Severe Thunderstorm with Tornado Warnings Hit parts of Worcester County including Greater Gardner MA on July 21, 2022
Orange Airport had a wind gust of 58 miles per hour. Athol MA had a storm producing up to 1 inch hail. Route 2 West near Warwick MA closed due to trees falling across highway. The storm passed over many of the towns in the Greater Gardner area including the City of Gardner. A tornado warning was in effect until 4:15pm, having been issued an hour earlier. Tornado Warning now expired. Severe Thunderstorm Warning Eastern Worcester County and Southern New Hampshire until 4:45pm
Strong storms are expected in other areas of Massachusetts including Middlesex County and Southern New Hampshire until early evening. It is unknown at the time of this report whether a tornado actually touched down. In Eastern Franklin County there were downed trees and some power outages.
- 988 Lifeline
Nation including Greater Gardner MA has new number for National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The new number, 988, is easy to remember and is designed to save lives. The number is accessible across the United States and will connect callers with a trained counselor at any time. You can even text the number and get a response.
Gardner Magazine found it difficult to find a high quality image, so we’re making it available here in a pdf you can print for the office or workplace. CLICK HERE. — Note: even if you have only a B/W laser printer, print and display this and you may just save a life.
Note: To avoid confusion, we are not publishing the old longer number which is still working for now.
- Orange MA Fire
Vacant Factory Fire in Orange MA June 4, 2022
A fire at 16 West River Street in Orange MA involved firefighters from more than 20 regional fire departments. A number of nearby vacant buildings also caught fire. None of the buildings were reportedly occupied. Origin of the fire is under investigation. Ash was reported landing in Athol. Here’s a video from WWLP Channel 22 News. CLICK HERE —- Map of Location
- Cupcake Wars
How Event Started
Back in the late 1990’s, a parent almost lost a child due to alcohol poisoning. This provided the thought that maybe running an event to prevent kids from getting hurt would be a good idea. And thus, the MAPP was born. The Mahar After Prom Party has now been around for about 20 years, far longer than this particular fundraiser.
Many businesses and individuals love to simply donate to the cause, and doing so is easy. Simply make out a check payable to MAPP and mail to: Helene Holmes, 350 Holtshire Road, Orange, MA 01364.
Have questions? You can reach Helene Holmes via email at HeleneHolmes@yahoo.com or via phone at (978) 544-6377
There is also a Facebook page, CLICK HERE.
Cupcake Wars Back in Orange MA
Cupcake Wars is slated to take place Sunday, May 22, 2022 at the Orange American Legion. The event benefits the Mahar After Prom Party. Directions, click here
This year will be the 5th annual event as the 4th annual event was held in 2019 and no event was held in either 2020 or 2021. In 2019 there were 17 entries total in 3 divisions: professional, amateur, and youth. Abby Holmes co-organizes the contest with her mother Helene Holmes. This year there will be up to 30 Bakers participating.
The goal of the event is to raise money for the Ralph C. Mahar Regional School’s after prom party which is run to keep students safe after the all night prom. Helene Holmes has been on the organizing committee for the after party since it started in the late 1990’s. This is just one fundraiser for a party that reportedly costs up to around $15,000 or so to put on. The after promo party is a drug and alcohol-free event intended to keep Mahar high school seniors and guests safe on prom night. All are locked in until 5am with fun games, food, entertainment, and activities such as swimming. This year’s proceeds will go towards the 2023 After Prom Party.
The 5th Annual Cupcake Wars has public voting for the best cupcakes from 1:30 to 3:30 at the Orange American Legion. Entrance levels are $5, $10, or $15 depending on how many full size cupcakes you want to take home in addition to trying all of the available samples.
The event will take up to 30 different bakers from 4 different categories: Professional, Amateur, Adult with child under 7, and Youth under 18. Entry fee is $20 per flavor, except Youth under 18 which is $10 per flavor. Contestant Participants are asked to bring a minimum of 3 dozen cupcakes plus samples. Theme this year is Celebrations. There are 3 judges per division who remain completely unknown to the contestants.
- Orange Water Tank Funding
The Town of Orange has secured MA Grant Funding for Water Tank Project
The $1 million in MassWorks grant funding for the Orange Industrial Park Water Tank Project is designed to help protect employees, preserve business, and prepare for growth. The award will be used to build a new water town for fire suppression serviced at the Orange Industrial Park. There’s more information in the press release. CLICK HERE.
- Covid 4-1-22
Massachusetts Covid Positivity under 2% as of 4-1-22
Trends bode well for the Greater Gardner area as shown by the map at left. The City of Gardner is identified by the red G.
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- Orange PD
Orange Police Department Announces Drug Bust
“After a lengthy investigation into the sales of illegal narcotics, stemming from complaints of concerned citizens and proactive police work, the Northwestern Anti-Crime Task Force, along with assistance from the Orange Police Department, executed a search warrant on February 9, 2022 at a residence in the town of Orange. Among other evidence, investigators located and seized the following illegal narcotics: • Approximately (181.5) grams of suspected cocaine;• Approximately (770) bags / DU of suspected fentanyl;• Approximately (84) tablets of suspected MDMA;• Various prescription pills; and• Approximately $1,558 US currency.As a result of the investigation, one male party was placed under arrest and charged with the following:◦ Trafficking a Class B Substance Greater than 100 grams (cocaine) ◦ Trafficking a Class A Substance Greater than 10 grams (Fentanyl)◦ Possession of a Class B Substance with Intent to Distribute (MDMA)◦ Possession of a Class E Substance with Intent to Distribute ◦ Possession of a Class B Substance ◦ Possession of a Class C Substance ◦ Possession of a Class E Substance. This investigation is still on-going, and more specific details are unavailable at this time.” Orange MA PD Facebook page. CLICK HERE
- White Cloud
More of the Diner Experience
Other diners in the area with decent Google reviews include Blue Moon Diner, Gardner MA Facebook Directions – Kellies, Athol MA Website Directions – Ruschioni’s Cruisin 12 Diner, Winchendon MA Website Directions – Hometown Cafe, Winchendon MA Directions – Hubb Town Diner, Hubbardston MA Website Directions – Heavy Evies Diner Rutland MA Website Directions – The Hen House East Templeton MA Directions -Westminster Cafe Westminster MA Facebook Directions
White Cloud Diner in Orange MA Knows How to Communicate
Occasionally we come across a business which can serve as a positive lesson to others. In this case, the White Cloud Diner located at 627 E. River Street Orange, MA 01364 Directions.
The diner posted its menu board on Facebook with the most graceful and clear penmanship we’ve seen in a long time. And that’s not the only communication art at which the diner excels. With a 4.6 Google Rating consisting of 315 Reviews, these courteous business owners recently responded to a 4 star rating with “Thank you, we hope you come back and we can earn that last star.” And here’s what one reviewer said, “Do not sleep on this little gem. This cozy spot will leave you floating on a little bliss cloud.” Check the reviews out yourself. CLICK HERE.
From White Cloud: ” Our family owned and run diner has been in operation since 1958, although the newest family has only started in December 2018. We are across from the Orange Airport, and offer a delicious selection of breakfasts and lunches. Come check us out!”
White Cloud Diner has a Facebook page: CLICK HERE
- School Closings
Around the Orange MA Community
Orange is a town in Franklin County Massachusetts with a population of just under 8 thousand people. Orange was the District of Orange until being incorporated as a town in 1810. The Peace Statue which was erected in Memorial Park in 1934 to recognize World War I veterans was designated in 2000 as the official peace statue of Massachusetts.
School Department: (978) 544-6763
Town Administrator: (978) 544-1100 ext. 106
Town Clerk: (978) 544-1100 ext. 101
Fire Department Station 1: (978) 544-3145, Station 2: (978) 575-0410
Police Department: (978) 544-2129
Orange Armory/ Orange Senior Center: (978) 544-3481
Orange Airport: (978) 544-8189
Wheeler Memorial Library: (978) 544-2495
Moore Leland Library: (978) 575-0444
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