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The Freight House’s mixed berry scones have earned the Erving shop a spot on an upcoming episode of “America’s Test Kitchen’ on PBS.

Lights! Camera! Scones! The Freight House’s Rita Dubay and her mixed berry treat to be featured on ‘America’s Test Kitchen’

Friday, October 2, 2015

ERVING — It started with a magazine article. Early Friday morning, Christopher Kimball, the host of “America’s Test Kitchen,” and his production crew rolled through the doors of Freight House Antiques in search of Rita Dubay and her mixed berry scones. Rita’s scones were discovered last November by Bryan Roof, the executive food editor of Cook’s Country magazine. He stopped … 0

Neighbors: Local organization head raises money for hungry

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Hello neighbor. On Sept. 27, Andrew Morehouse, the executive editor of The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, pedalled 100 miles through Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire to help end hunger in western Massachusetts. The food bank’s 5th annual Will Bike 4 Food charity cycling event raised more than $100,000, with Andrew raising $6,160 of that amount. He said 280 riders of all ages … 1

G-M schools to try ‘friendlier’ negotiations

Thursday, October 1, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Gill-Montague Regional School Committee unanimously decided to conduct interest-based bargaining (IBB) for negotiating new, three-year contracts for district workers during its meeting this week. The negotiations are expected to begin before Nov. 15. School Committee Chairwoman Sandy Brown said the decision was made to go with IBB over traditional bargaining because if it works, it’s the friendlier option. Brown … 0

Lottery win brings Erving man $4.79M

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

ERVING — Local man Clinton Smith of Prospect Street won $4.79 million from a lucky lottery ticket. Smith purchased the winning Massachusetts Megabucks Doubler ticket at the Food City Supermarket in Turners Falls. The store will receive a … 0

Neighbors: Great River Challenge to be held Sunday

Monday, September 28, 2015

Hello neighbor. The Great River Challenge Off-Road Triathlon will be held in Northfield on Sunday. Paddle, run trails and mountain bike. Doesn’t that sound like fun — and a lot of hard work? The triathlon was created to foster greater awareness of the upper Pioneer Valley and what … 0

Letter: Boat ramp removal

Friday, September 25, 2015

Thursday, the 17th of September, my old friend and I, both senior citizens, decided to take my 15-foot runabout boat for a ride up the river. So we went to the Gill boat ramp and to our surprise the dock at the ramp had already been removed. This … 0

New Union 28 superintendent is old hand at teaching

Friday, September 25, 2015

ERVING — After almost three decades in education, Jennifer Haggerty has begun her first school year in a building devoid of children. “It was my first time in 28 years that I had not been in a building … 0

Police pursuit policies assess risks in chases

Thursday, September 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — While fleeing a State Police cruiser Sept. 18, a sedan carrying four adults and two children went airborne off a highway exit ramp and rolled over multiple times, leaving occupants with what police called minor injuries. … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy autumn in New England

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Hello neighbor. Autumn is here. What a wonderful time , especially in New England. So, don’t start worrying and obsessing about winter. Instead, take time to enjoy the present — the beautiful colors, the crispness of the air, the comfy, warm clothes you get to pull from your … 0

County MCAS scores up overall

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Franklin County’s high schools generally had reason to be proud of their MCAS results at the critical 10th-grade level, where the test is a graduation requirement. The Department of Elementary an Secondary Education released Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System scores Thursday. The percentage of students scoring in the desirable … 0

Most county 10th-graders score at, or above, state average on MCAS

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

An early look at MCAS results from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education shows area 10th-graders performing at or above the state average on the 2015 spring tests.

Many districts opted this year to administer the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers or …


Franklin County Meals Program seeks leader

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The Franklin County Community Meals Program is looking for a new executive director to fill the role currently held by interim Executive Director Mary McClintock who will leave the position in late November. McClintock has served as interim executive director since May. In keeping with its mission to … 0

Family Adventures in Reading at Erving Elementary School Wednesdays throughout fall

Monday, September 21, 2015

ERVING — On six Wednesday evenings throughout the fall, the Erving Elementary School library is hosting storyteller Mary Jo Maichak as she brings books to life through discussion, music, art and theater. The FAIR program was created especially for students in grades 1 through 5 and their families, … 0