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Neighbors: ’Tis the season of giving

Monday, November 30, 2015

Hello neighbor. Diggity Dogs Service Dogs, a nonprofit in Shelburne Falls, will tour the valley today to thank the community for another year of support. Diggity Dogs will also be raising awareness for #GivingTuesday, which is today. Following two of the biggest shopping days of the year — Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday is a global movement of generosity, which began in 2012. New York’s 92nd Street Y partnered … 0

Gas pipeline blasting could disturb waste dumps, say conservation groups

Sunday, November 29, 2015

ERVING — Local conservation groups worry construction of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct pipeline could compromise two waste dumps on the banks of the Millers River, polluting the Connecticut River tributary. The Erving Conservation Commission and the Millers River Watershed Council say blasting to make way for the proposed natural gas pipeline could tip a paper sludge dump in … 0

Neighbors: Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving

Monday, November 23, 2015

Hello neighbor. As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, I’m hearing from friends and relatives who are stressed because so many of their guests have limited diets at this point — we all know someone who eats gluten-free, is a vegan or vegetarian, is lactose intolerant, or has some other dietary restriction. That’s OK! I think the best way to approach the holiday, which, by the … 0

G-M schools move toward negotiations

Monday, November 2, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Gill-Montague Regional School Committee unanimously approved the appointment of committee members to two subcommittees for negotiating new, three-year contracts for district employees — a point of contention that sparked heated debate during past meetings. Previously, School Committee Chairwoman Sandy Brown expressed concern over the … 0

Neighbors: West county neighbor wants to start book club on climate change

Monday, November 2, 2015

Hello neighbor. Our west county neighbor John Bos is looking for six to eight people in his area to start a book club with him. You have to be passionate about three things, he says — climate change, reading books on the subject and meeting with other like-minded … 0

More than 5,000 National Grid customers lose power Friday night

Friday, October 30, 2015

ERVING — More than 5,000 National Grid customers in eastern Franklin County lost power Friday night after high-tension wires reportedly caught fire in Erving, according to Fireground360. A power outage map on National Grid’s website showed the majority of the outage occurred in Orange, with more than 3,000 … 2

Neighbors: Nana’s Attic might just have what you’ve been looking for

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Hello neighbor. Our neighbor Paula Betters was appointed director of the Erving Senior Community Center this past summer, and she said they’re having a lot of fun in Erving. Paula said as the center prepares for its Holiday Bazaar, she had the “crazy notion” (her playful words) to … 0

Lens of the law: Grants afford Montague, Erving chance to buy body cameras for police

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — When police officers first began carrying Taser guns, Montague Police Chief Charles “Chip” Dodge III said the department saw a notable decline in the number of physical altercations between officers and individuals in the community. … 0

Food plan aims to grow economy, community

Thursday, October 22, 2015

A Massachusetts Local Food Action plan being released today calls for the state to take steps to beef up agriculture and food production as a way to not only enhance the local food supply, but also to improve … 0

Neighbors: Greenfield library’s got some bargains this weekend

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Hello neighbor. It has been a really busy week for me, so I’m going to get right to it. Have a great weekend! FRIENDS OF GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY will hold its October Book Sale on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There will be an abundance of … 0

Neighbors: Human Error’s Greenfield Word Fest no mistake

Monday, October 19, 2015

Hello neighbor. Human Error Publishing will present its sixth Greenfield Annual Word Festival starting today and running through Sunday — six days of WORDS in downtown Greenfield. Awesome! Along with authors and poets reading their works all week, there will be an ongoing book fair. The Arts Block … 0

‘Clean Sweep’ waste collection day Saturday

Monday, October 19, 2015

Been wanting to get rid that bulky trash not normally accepted at your trash transfer station? The Franklin County Solid Waste District is holding its fall “Clean Sweep” bulky waste collection on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 9 a.m. to noon. The three drop-off sites are: the Buckland Recreation … 0

Erving woman looks back on 100 golden years

Sunday, October 18, 2015

ERVING — Alice Wojtkowski, 100, who was awarded the Golden Cane award back in September, reminisces about events in her long life. The Golden Cane award, given to her last Labor Day, is awarded to the town’s oldest … 0