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Gill Elementary frees up recess

Friday, March 6, 2015

GILL — Control of the playground is to loosen somewhat at Gill Elementary School. Several parents last September protested a new recess rule at the school requiring students to pick a play station and stick to it. The Gill-Montague Regional School Committee discussed the policy in February and asked Superintendent Michael Sullivan to convey their consensus that preventing children from changing their minds during play runs contrary to the district’s … 0

Neighbors: Neighbors step up to help longtime disc jockey

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Hello neighbor. There are more fundraisers ahead for longtime disc jockey Ryan Interlande, who needs a heart transplant, so you still have time to help him with his medical expenses. The 39-year-old Montague native, who has been providing many of our parties and events music for more than 20 years, was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy and heart failure in 2010 and in early … 0

Pellet bag recycling program is heating up

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

According to program director Amy Donovan, the Franklin County Solid Waste Management District’s pellet bag recycling program is proving to be very popular at the thirteen municipal transfer stations offering the free program. Residents of Bernardston, Buckland, Charlemont, Conway, Deerfield, Leverett, Montague, Northfield, Orange, Rowe, Shelburne, Warwick and Wendell can bring their pellet bags to their town transfer stations and the Greenfield Transfer … 0

Neighbors: Precipitation prognosticator: only two or three snowfalls left

Monday, March 2, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’ve got some good news! Winter is technically almost over and Franklin County’s precipitation prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy agrees. Farrah had counted 17 of the 23 snowfalls she predicted early this winter by Feb. 25 and, of course, we had another one this past weekend. That makes … 0

Tech School toothbrushes to help spread smiles in Ghana. Turners woman returns for sixth dental aid trip

Friday, February 27, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Dental hygienist Heather Lonergan has made a habit of spending her vacations spreading dental health in Ghana, and this year she will go armed with toothbrushes collected by the students and staff of Franklin County … 0

Dr. Seuss birthday party set for Sunday in Erving

Friday, February 27, 2015

ERVING — People of all ages are welcome to a Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration, sponsored by the Erving School Library and PTO on Sunday at the Erving Community/Senior Center. From 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., a Green Eggs & Ham Brunch will be served to raise money for the … 0

Pain, fear of marrow donation worth it

Thursday, February 26, 2015

ERVING — Michaela Loynd believes it is possible to change the world, and the Erving 20-year-old took a first step by giving her bone marrow to save a stranger last winter. This Valentine’s Day, she learned the name … 0

Neighbors: Nominate the next Peacemaker Award recipients

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Hello neighbor. The Interfaith Council of Franklin County and Traprock Center for Peace and Justice are looking for nominations from throughout the county of teens who are contributing to peace and justice in the world. Having lived in the county almost all of my life, I know there … 0

Bernardston crash kills 24-year-old

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

BERNARDSTON — A single-car crash took the life of a 24-year-old local woman Wednesday. Malerie Kidder was pronounced dead at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, according to Mary Carey, spokeswoman for the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office. Kidder was driving her Mazda sedan north on South Street around 7 a.m. … 0

Erving voters nix treasurer change

Monday, February 23, 2015

ERVING — The town’s treasurer will remain an elected position after residents at a special town meeting Monday night rejected a proposal to transfer selection to the Board of Selectmen 25-12. Selectman William Bembury said the treasurer, currently a three-year elected post open to any resident, is partially … 0

Local outdoors enthusiasts float Olympic idea

Friday, February 20, 2015

Will the whitewater slaloms of the 2024 Olympics take place on the Deerfield River? That’s the hope of local outdoor enthusiasts, and of Congressman Richard Neal, who is pushing for “regional equity” in Boston’s bid for the 2024 … 2

Erving special town meeting set for Monday at 7 p.m.

Friday, February 20, 2015

ERVING — An appointed rather than an elected treasure, Highway Department spending, accessibility and play area maintenance are on the agenda for a special town meeting Monday at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall. First on the agenda is a request from the selectmen to change the position … 0

Driver OK after Route 2 rollover

Friday, February 20, 2015

ERVING — The driver of a Jeep Grand Cherokee that veered off the road on Route 2 and rolled into a ditch Friday afternoon is expected to be OK, according to the Erving Fire Department. The crash occurred … 0