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Erving

DA: Breathalyzers OK’d for use again

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — After a month-long review, the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office will resume the use of Breathalyzer results in prosecuting drunken driving cases after finding no issue with any of the test results going back to 2011. The review was prompted by the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security finding that 150 breath tests of 39,000 going back several years were invalid because the Breathalyzer machines used did not … 0

On the road again: Recorder editor’s tour continues tonight in Colrain

Monday, June 1, 2015

Now I remember what I love about Franklin County: its people. Co-workers and friends keep asking me how my whirlwind summer tour of the county’s 26 towns is going. As the latest editor of the county’s two-century-old newspaper, I wanted to get out from behind my desk this summer to see what our … 0

Neighbors: 5th annual Bee Fest on Court Square in Greenfield on Saturday

Monday, June 1, 2015

Hello neighbor. Imagine a world without bees. You’d also have to imagine a world without carrots, onions, tomatoes and other vegetables and fruits, because they are dependent upon bees for pollination. And, of course, what about honey? How many of you would miss that drop in your tea or on your toast in … 0

Erving OKs land buy, moderator raise

Thursday, May 7, 2015

ERVING — The gas station proposal was divisive as ever at Wednesday night’s annual town meeting, but a modest raise for the town moderator wasn’t. Voters awarded Moderator Richard Peabody an extra $18 per year, raising his annual stipend for running three to five town meetings a year … 0

Neighbors: Neighbors will return May 19

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Hello neighbor. Neighbors will not be back until May 19. I am headed this morning with my friend Diane Poirier on a cruise to Bermuda. I hope you all have a wonderful week. I can’t imagine we’ll have anything but a great time. See you when I return. … 0

Erving gas station measure stalls ... again

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

ERVING — Concern for the town’s drinking water killed zoning proposed to pave the way for a local businessman who wishes to build a gas station on his Route 2 property, inside a groundwater protection zone. The proposal … 0

Smith wins Erving selectman’s seat

Monday, May 4, 2015

ERVING — Monday’s election featured a race for outgoing Selectman Margaret Sullivan’s seat, with voters choosing Finance Committee Chairman Jacob Smith over former Fire Chief Almon “Bud” Meattey by a vote of 166-88. The candidates are neighbors, Meattey … 0

Neighbors: Another chance to help a neighbor in need

Monday, May 4, 2015

Hello, neighbor. First, I would like to send out a “very happy birthday” to grandson Justin’s beautiful mommy Suzanne. There’s going be a benefit golf tournament with shotgun start for longtime local disc jockey Ryan Interlande, who needs a heart transplant, at Thomas Memorial Golf and Country Club … 0

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