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Neighbors: Grandparents: Share your stories

Monday, May 25, 2015

Hello, neighbor Many times in my travels throughout the county, I am stopped by other grandparents who have read about my grandsons Justin, Owen and Travis. They thank me for sharing my stories every now and then, and then they share some of their own with me. Over and over, I hear about how much they are enjoying themselves and I have to admit, I think you all know at … 0

Neighbors: Go to a local parade and support our veterans Monday

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Hello neighbor. Memorial Day is a federal holiday for remembering people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. It originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in that war, but by the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans … 0

Erving eyes potential railroad crossing bill

Thursday, May 21, 2015

ERVING — A railroad crossing signal is giving drivers too much warning and Pan Am’s initial estimate to fix it, on the town dime, is $311,000. Pan Am Railways Chief Engineer of Communication and Signal Timothy Kunzler brought the estimate to the Board of Selectmen Thursday at a special meeting called by the board after the railway alerted Town Hall that the Federal … 1

Lock it, lug it or lose it

Monday, May 4, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Area police are warning residents to guard themselves against thieves this spring. Several unlocked cars in Northfield and Erving were entered over the weekend, and owners reported electronics and other valuables missing. Northfield Police Chief Robert Leighton said a similar rash of thefts occurred this time … 0

Neighbors: Time to help another young neighbor in need

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Hello neighbor. Another young neighbor and her family need our help. Five-year-old Langston Mackenzie Secore needs a non invasive treatment for her scoliosis, which she was diagnosed with at Shriners Hospital for Children in Springfield. The treatment is meant to prevent or delay more invasive surgery. She’s supposed … 0

Yankee Magazine names three local businesses ‘best’ of New England

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Blueberry doughnuts, Polish food and tubing down the Deerfield River have all been recognized this year by Yankee Magazine as being the “best” in New England. The magazine’s editors said “the moist, slightly crumbly blueberry doughnut represents the … 0

Gill-Montague audit: budget is ‘scary tight’

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Gill-Montague Regional School District’s financial auditor had better news than last year, with the budget “scary tight” but more realistic than under the former business office management. Patrice Squillante of the accounting firm Melanson Heath presented the results of the annual audit covering the … 0

House doesn’t act on helping SNAP recipients

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Legislature did not act on a proposed amendment to help food stamp recipients hurt by a recent bureaucratic change. However, anti-hunger and anti-poverty advocates say the Baker administration has indicated it is willing to look at the problem caused by the recent modernization changes in … 0

Repair or replace?

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

MONTAGUE — With a broken boiler and little notice, the Gill-Montague Regional School District has reached a compromise of sorts with the Montague Energy Committee, which has jurisdiction over the project. Superintendent Michael Sullivan told the Gill-Montague Regional School Committee on Tuesday that after three or four meetings … 0

Assessors race also on Erving’s ballot Monday

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

ERVING — The selectman’s seat isn’t the only contested post in the annual election Monday, with Daniel Hammock challenging incumbent Margaret Sullivan for a seat on the Board of Assessors. Sullivan, also the town treasurer, concludes a three-year term on the Board of Selectmen in April. Almon “Bud” … 0

Neighbors: Celebration of birthdays dates back thousands of years

Monday, April 27, 2015

Hello neighbor. Well, I am another year older today. Birthdays have been celebrated for thousands of years, and it seems people are still arguing about the origin of the tradition. I did a little research and found a few interesting facts. It seems scholars have found reference of … 0

Erving race pits Meattey vs. Smith for selectman

Sunday, April 26, 2015

ERVING — The May 5th election features a race for outgoing Selectman Margaret Sullivan’s seat, with voters to choose between Finance Committee Chairman Jacob Smith and former fire chief Almon “Bud” Meattey. Smith is a relative newcomer who … 0

Body found in Conn. River was man from Springfield

Thursday, April 23, 2015

GILL — Ten days later, investigators on Thursday were still trying to reach the relatives of the man whose body was pulled from the Connecticut River last week, now identified by the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office as a 55-year-old Springfield man. Searchers who did not know for certain … 1