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Selectmen look for help to stem French King Bridge suicides

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

According to rough figures gleaned from The Recorder’s newspaper’s archives, a minimum of 30 people have killed themselves in jumping from the French King Bridge since its construction in 1932, two this year. Troubled by the continued loss of life and the danger to local police and firefighters rushing to recover the bodies or rescue survivors, Gill Selectboard Chairman Randy … 0

It’s showtime: Memorial Hall has new screen for films, opera

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — The new state-of-the art movie screen was installed by volunteers this week — just in time for this weekend’s showing of the … 0

Erving admin. protests executive session as overreaction; board agrees to mediation

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

ERVING — The Board of Selectmen on Monday agreed to mediation with their 11-year town administrator after calling Thomas Sharp into an executive session — … 0

Watershed moment

Monday, July 21, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The Connecticut River below the Turners Falls-Gill Dam was uncharacteristically high and fast this weekend, and filled with boaters. Relicensing project manager John Howard of FirstLight said the usual summertime flow over the dam into … 1

WMECO closes Greenfield building

Monday, July 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — Western Massachusetts Electric Co. has closed its service center in Greenfield, but six of its more than 20 employees who worked out of that center will stay in Franklin County. Four linemen, an electrician and a … 0

Deerfield looks to sell surplus property

Monday, July 21, 2014

DEERFIELD — In an effort to help bolster the town’s finances, Deerfield is planning to unload a number of town-owned properties for which it has no use. Richard Calisewski, the town’s Board of Health agent who has been tasked with identifying the properties by the Board of Selectmen, … 0

For Academy at Charlemont’s Bloomfield, school starts now

Monday, July 21, 2014

CHARLEMONT — School’s out for students at the Academy at Charlemont, but new Head of School Brian Bloomfield is already planning for the school year ahead. “I’m looking forward to meeting the students and their families,” said Bloomfield, … 0

Aging with grace

Monday, July 21, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — For 40 years, Franklin County Home Care Corp. has been on the frontline in helping elders, people with disabilities and caregivers throughout the region get access to services they need to live independent lives. The … 0

Multi-level partnership could include 1,600 acres in Northfield

Monday, July 21, 2014

NORTHFIELD — Local, state and national agencies are teaming up to protect 1,600 acres of local forestland. This spring, the nationwide nonprofit Trust for Public Land inked a purchase agreement with the Northfield Mount Hermon School, which owns the large, hilly forest in the northeast corner of the … 0

Land trust guards 750 acres in Hawley

Monday, July 21, 2014

HAWLEY — Alice Stuart Parker Pyle has plenty of memories gleaned from decades on Singing Brook Farm, from the cows, chickens, pigs and turkeys that remained from the time when her family bought the 500-acre spread in 1919, … 0

‘King Arthur,’ trapeze classes highlight Hilltown Youth Theater season

Monday, July 21, 2014

CHARLEMONT — Want to learn to fly like Mary Martin in “Peter Pan?” Flying trapeze lessons will be available to the public during this year’s Hilltown Youth Theatre Summer Workshop at the Academy at Charlemont. As part of … 0

Yoga, writing workshop for those diagnosed with cancer

Monday, July 21, 2014

SHELBURNE FALLS — Twenty years ago, Pam Roberts was diagnosed with breast cancer. Every week through treatment and rehabilitation, Roberts attended a writing workshop, where she found that no matter what prompt was given, she’d write about her … 0

Neighbors: Head to the North Quabbin for some summer fun

Monday, July 21, 2014

Hello neighbor. I was really excited to read last week that the North Quabbin will be getting some help from the state to boost tourism. It’s such a beautiful area — and you all know how much I love the Quabbin Reservoir. There are other attractions in that … 0