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SJC ruling on Erving retiree insurance sets state precedent

Friday, April 17, 2015

ERVING — A suit over town retiree health insurance benefits has set a statewide precedent. In 2012, Charlene Galenski retired after six years as principal of Erving Elementary School. The town told her she could keep her municipal health insurance, but would have to pay the $1,200 monthly premium herself, because she hadn’t worked in town for 10 years. Prior to coming to Erving, Galenski had a 30-plus-year career in … 0

Tech students capture honors in statewide competition

Thursday, April 16, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Nine Franklin County Technical School students finished first in competitions at the annual Business Professionals of America State Leadership Conference. Twenty-six students from FCTS competed against 350 students in about 20 events March 7 through 9 in Framingham and Upton. Emmett Boyd of Northfield, Kyle Coulombe of West Halifax, Vt., Andrew Renaud of Montague and Brad Sawyer of Greenfield placed … 0

Body found in Connecticut river tentatively identified, says DA

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

GILL — The Northwestern District Attorney’s office did not release an identity Tuesday, but described the body recovered Monday from the Connecticut River as that of a white male. District Attorney’s office spokeswoman Mary Carey said Tuesday the deceased has been tentatively identified, awaiting confirmation from the medical examiner. Monday’s river search began after a passing motorist called 911 to report seeing something … 0

Making the switch

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

BOSTON — Amid pressure from legislators and upset consumers, state utility regulators have eliminated a 15-year-old rule that required electricity suppliers to recalculate the bills of customers when they switch from their basic service to a competitor. The practice has cost customers, dozens of whom are from western … 0

Erving Paper assesses damage from fire

Monday, April 13, 2015

ERVING — Erving Paper Mills CEO Morris Housen said Sunday’s fire probably destroyed about a day’s worth of paper bales. Housen said the mill will try to separate good paper from bad to salvage some as it recycles the baled paper scraps into new paper. “Qualitatively, we were … 0

Neighbors: Paint and Sip awakens my inner artist

Monday, April 13, 2015

Hello neighbor. A group of friends and family gathering together to paint on canvas, while sipping their favorite beverages, has become a national trend. In this area, two of the companies that provide such entertainment — at least … 0

Video: Erving Paper mill fire contained

Sunday, April 12, 2015

ERVING — Bales of paper in the Erving Paper Mills storage yard caught fire Sunday afternoon, filling the air with smoke and scraps of paper ash and the yard with trucks and firefighters from at least 17 departments. … 0

Tech School seeks OK to borrow $2.45M

Thursday, April 9, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School District will ask the residents of its 19 member towns to go to the polls at a special districtwide election June 23 to approve what they expect to be $2.45 … 0

Neighbors: Time to be recognized

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’m glad to be back, though I couldn’t believe what I saw when I stepped out of my apartment Thursday morning. I thought the days of that white stuff were done — and what little is … 0

Erving warrant: budgets, cook, property

Thursday, April 9, 2015

ERVING — Beyond a gas station zoning proposal, the May annual town meeting will be asked to approve school and town budgets, consider hiring a cook for the Erving Senior/Community Center and flip the dates for the annual … 0

New life pumps into gas station debate in Erving

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

ERVING — Voters at the May 6 annual town meeting will have another shot at the perennially unresolved question of whether a gas station should be built on Ralph Semb’s property on Route 2. A proposed zoning change … 0

Erving election sees race for selectman, assessors seats

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

ERVING — Voters in May will choose between former Fire Chief Almon D. “Bud” Meattey and Finance Committee Chairman Jacob A. Smith for a seat on the Board of Selectmen. Margaret Sullivan is not running for a second term on the Board of Selectmen. Meattey, of 14 East … 0

Erving senior center systems half thawed

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

ERVING — The water is flowing again to the Erving Senior/Community Center, but an outflow problem remains. William Bembury, chairman of the Erving Board of Selectmen, said Monday that Highway Foreman Glenn McCory had been in touch that morning to say the water was back on. A frozen … 0