Erving

Rep. Denise Andrews (D-Orange) and Republican candidate Susannah Whipps Lee prepare to begin their debate Saturday at the French King Bowling Alley in Erving. The debate was moderated by Wendell resident Kathy Ann Becker (center). Recorder/Tom Relihan

Andrews, Whipps Lee talk jobs, pipeline, hunting in debate

Sunday, October 19, 2014

ERVING — Jobs and economic development in the North Quabbin region dominated a debate between Rep. Denise Andrews, the 2nd Franklin District’s incumbent Democrat, and her challenger, Republican Susannah Whipps Lee Saturday evening. The debate, which was moderated by former Wendell Town Moderator Kathy Ann Becker and broadcast on Athol-Orange Community Television from the French King Bowling Alley, saw the … 1

FirstLight Power appeals Erving taxes

Thursday, October 16, 2014

ERVING — The town is preparing for a legal fight with its largest taxpayer, hiring a lawyer to fight a FirstLight Power Resources tax appeal before the state Appellate Tax Board. Assistant Assessor Jacquelyn Boyden said the utility filed for an abatement, which the Board of Assessors denied, and it appealed that decision to the state board. Boyden said the details of the … 0

Neighbors: Flash: Lobster pierogi make debut at Turners Falls Pumpkinfest

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Lots to tell you about today, so I’m going to get right to it. I’m heading to the Franklin County Pumpkinfest on Avenue A in Turners Falls with grandson Justin and his mommy (Suzanne) later on Saturday afternoon, so I’ll see you there! The fun starts at 2 p.m. and doesn’t … 0

Letter: History of ‘the flip’

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

First and foremost a thank you to Trish Crapo for her lovely article about our wonderful restaurants and how we find inspiration for the delicious cocktails we serve. I would like the opportunity to clarify my comments about the history on the “flip” cocktail. The flip first appeared … 0

Will power price spike tilt favor for pipeline?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

When National Grid announced recently that it will hike electricity prices this winter, that was enough to raise some eyebrows. Not only will its Massachusetts Electric customers be seeing their bills jump by more than a third beginning … 0

Legislators push back on planned electric rate hikes

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Rep. Denise Andrews, D-Orange, is among more than a dozen legislators calling on the state Department of Public Utilities to examine the impact of its recent approval of a 37 percent rate hike for National Grid customers beginning … 0

Political Notebook

Monday, October 13, 2014

Andrews forum set for Saturday in Erving Rep. Denise Andrews, the Democratic incumbent seeking re-election in the Second Franklin District, has scheduled the first in a series of “forums” to discuss issues at stake in the Nov. 4 election, in which the legislator from Orange faces a challenge … 0

Regional Notebook

Monday, October 13, 2014

Mind the puddles ERVING — The Water Department will be flushing hydrants between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. Farmers Market SNAP MONTAGUE — The Great Falls Farmers Market is now accepting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, benefits. SNAP is the successor to food stamps. … 0

Legislative candidate forums set for Tuesday, Saturday

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Voters in 16 Franklin County towns will get a chance in the coming week to hear legislative candidates in the Nov. 4 election. And just as those local races have been few and far between in this election, so will the upcoming forums be the single chance to … 0

Neighbors: Double Take Fringe Festival a week away

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Hello neighbor. The Double Take Fringe Festival will take over eight venues, all within walking distance, in downtown Greenfield again this year. On Oct. 17 and 18, eight shows will be presented and you can attend all of them throughout the weekend with a weekend pass that will … 0

Vote on Erving recall law set for Nov. 3

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

ERVING — As the town prepared to seat a new selectman this week, the Board of Selectmen also set the schedule for a process that could create a legal avenue to unseat selectmen and other elected officials. A special town meeting next month will ask voters whether they … 0

Erving gas station zoning, spending votes next month

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

ERVING — Residents will be asked next month to again consider rule changes to allow Ralph Semb to build a gas station on the Mohawk Trail. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 3 in the Erving Elementary School, a location the Board of Selectmen picked for … 0

FRCOG hopes to build online disaster map

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

BUCKLAND — When Tropical Storm Irene pounded Franklin County, emergency responders and isolated residents cut off by storm damage suddenly found a new use for Twitter and Facebook on their cellphones: asking others about, and reporting on local washouts, flooding and downed trees. Now, the Franklin Regional Council … 0