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Robert Pollock, new owner of the Boxcar Restaurant in Erving Center, cheeses up some burgers.  Recorder/Paul Franz

An Erving classic

Thursday, October 23, 2014

By CHRIS CURTIS Recorder Staff ERVING — Robert Pollock flips two hamburgers on the griddle, stirs onions and keeps an eye on an omelet off to the side — just a typical day in the kitchen of the newly renamed A&R Boxcar Restaurant. The Boxcar is a familiar Erving landmark, but the “A&R” is new, derived from the initials of … 0

Neighbors: Local 2015 calendars offer variety

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Hello, neighbor. It’s that time of year — 2015 calendars are here and it’s time for you to decide what you’d like hanging on your wall for 12 months. If you are interested in local history, trains or both, then the Historic Railroad Scenes of Franklin County calendar is for you. Local historians … 0

Political Notebook

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Business group endorses Lee The National Federation of Independent Businesses has endorsed Republican Susannah Whipps Lee of Athol in her bid to unseat Democratic incumbent Rep. Denise Andrews of Orange in the Second Franklin District House race. NFIB cited Lee’s background and the record of her family’s manufacturing business, Whipps, Inc., for creating jobs. Lee said, “These are my peers in the business … 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

Johnson wins Erving election

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

ERVING — Arthur D. Johnson joins William Bembury and Margaret Sullivan on the Board of Selectmen, winning Tuesday’s special election with 59 percent of the vote. Johnson, 49, of 93 Mountain Road, ran on a conservative platform against … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy autumn while you can

Monday, October 6, 2014

Hello neighbor. Can you believe it? The leaves are falling from the trees as the crisp days of fall nudge us toward the bitter chill of winter. There are only three full moons left this year: the Full … 0

Erving to vote on selectman post Tuesday

Friday, October 3, 2014

ERVING — Two men are running for selectman in Tuesday’s special election: Arthur D. Johnson and Scott Fritz. Johnson and Fritz take different views of the town government and their tax dollars at work in Erving, but have similar goals: dealing with the town’s two major abandoned industrial … 0

Neighbors: Help for a little cemetery

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Hello neighbor. I recently learned of another example of people working together to help make our community a little nicer. Inmates at the jail went to a small cemetery on Bernardston Road this week to paint the old, faded fence that surrounds Log Plain Cemetery. Many of you … 0

Town Meetings, Sept. 29-Oct. 4

Friday, September 26, 2014

Ashfield Planning Board: Wednesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Board of Selectmen: Wednesday 3 p.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Board of Selectmen: Tuesday 7:30 a.m. in Town Hall. Energy Committee: Wednesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Charlemont Board of Selectmen: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Conservation … 0

Man found safe after French King Bridge search

Friday, September 26, 2014

ERVING — All ended well in the search for a despondent man at the French King Bridge Thursday. Several police and fire departments converged on the bridge just before 5 p.m. for a report that a distraught man had headed to the bridge, possibly to jump. State police … 0

Last-mile broadband collaboration takes next step in planning

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

BOSTON — Now that the state has $50 million to help build out rural broadband Internet access, western Massachusetts legislators met Tuesday with Internet community groups to plan what state Sen. Stan Rosenberg calls “the Last Mile Solution” — how to secure high-speed Internet in unserved and partially … 0