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Erving

‘I am the Second Franklin District’

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Athol Selectman Susannah Whipps Lee says she challenging incumbent state Rep. Denise Andrews for the Second Franklin House District because she wants to put skills learned in helping run her family’s manufacturing business to work boosting the economic health of the 12-town district. A seventh-generation Athol resident, the Republican candidate lost a three-way race to the Orange Democrat back in 2012 by just 180 votes, with 1,906 votes going to a third candidate. The 46-year-old co-owner of Whipps Inc., the manufacturing business founded by her parents in 1977, Lee has been an Athol selectman for seven years, is a charter member of and past president … 0

‘I see progress, results. And I see we need to keep this going”

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Seeking her third term representing the Second Franklin District in the House, Denise Andrews says she has been working to bring jobs back to the district and improve the economy “We have modest job growth and a modest recovery in revenue, but there is much more work to be done,” said the Orange … 0

Neighbors: Safe Halloween fun planned for all on Friday

Monday, October 27, 2014

Hello neighbor. Here we are, just three days to Halloween — you know, when all those little ghosts, goblins and superheroes roam our streets with their parents in search of treats. A few of our towns will have their usual rag shag parades again this year. Greenfield will begin its festivities at 4 … 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

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