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Body in river identified as Greenfield man

Friday, April 18, 2014

SUNDERLAND — The identity of the dead man pulled from the Connecticut River April 19 has been identified. The Northwestern District Attorney’s Office has identified the man as Stephen Bradley, 28, of Greenfield. Area police had been looking for Bradley since Jan. 26, when Erving Police found his car parked at the end of the French King Bridge, along with his keys and wallet. Bradley’s body was found floating in … 0

Man on bridge railing rescued

Thursday, April 17, 2014

ERVING — Shelburne Falls State Police Trooper Joshua Hanssen kept a potentially suicidal man from jumping off the French King Bridge, just after midnight early Thursday. According to Shelburne Falls State Police logs, Hanssen assisted the man off the railing and secured him. The man was taken to the Baystate Franklin Medical Center for a mental health evaluation. Montague and Erving Police officers … 0

Neighbors: Easter community meal open to all

Thursday, April 17, 2014

First, I’d just like to wish everyone a happy Easter, happy Passover or happy spring, whichever you prefer. Then, I’d like to get right to telling you about some upcoming events, because there are plenty. EVERYONE IS WELCOME to a free Easter ham dinner community meal at the Greenfield Alliance Church, 385 Chapman … 0

Neighbors: Ashfield woman headed to Puerto Rico to massage animals in need

Monday, March 17, 2014

Hello neighbor. You all probably know by now that I am an animal lover. Our neighbor Carole Groman of Ashfield, the hand behind Hand & Paw Animal Massage, will be visiting Second Chance Animal Rescue (SCAR) in Villalba, Puerto Rico, in April. During that time, Carole says she … 0

Legislature OKs increase in local aid

Friday, March 14, 2014

For the first time in six years, the state House and Senate have passed a local aid resolution, committing to increase aid to cities and towns by $25 million, with another $100 million increase in school aid in the budget year that begins July 1. “That’s a done … 0

Selectmen’s workshop explains funding for roads, bridges

Sunday, March 16, 2014

The Franklin Regional Council of Governments invites town officials and the public to learn about federal funding for roads and bridges, and how to apply for the money, in a workshop called “The Roads and Bridges of Franklin County: A Transportation Funding Primer.” It takes place on Thursday … 0

Land Trust to Gov: No pipeline on protected land

Friday, March 14, 2014

Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust is asking Gov. Deval Patrick to assure that the path of a planned natural gas pipeline is kept off all state-owned and state-protected conservation land. “Land protected for long-term public health and conservation purposes must not be sacrificed for short-term private financial gain,” … 2

Neighbors: Become a Greenfield student’s pen pal and read a great book at the same time

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Hello neighbor. Greenfield’s Math and Science Academy is bringing back the ever-popular community pen pal project this spring. Over the past several years, the project has been exclusive to sixth-graders throughout Greenfield schools, but all 92 students in grades four through seven will participate this year by writing … 0

G-M budget passes, slashed to fit town estimates

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The budget that will go to the Gill and Montague town meetings this spring is tailored to the affordable assessment estimate from each, with multiple staff cuts. The budget, in the amount of $17,286,612, cuts the equivalent of 11 full-time positions — several of those … 0

Erving election papers available

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

ERVING — Many of the elected positions are or will be vacant for this year’s elections, according to the town clerk’s office. To put their names on the ballot for the May 5 election, candidates must collect 20 signatures of registered voters and return nomination papers to the … 0

Fuel assistance money still available for new applicants

Thursday, March 6, 2014

GREENFIELD — Slightly more people in Franklin County have requested fuel assistance this winter compared to last, but an overall decrease across the Pioneer Valley means there’s money still available for new applicants. The Franklin County numbers (3,500 applications compared to 3,000 last year) go against the trend … 0

Neighbors: Who has the recipe for a friendship bread starter?

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Every now and then I get a request from one or more of you. This time, it’s our neighbor Helen Ellis of Greenfield, who is looking for a recipe for the “starter” of a 30-day or friendship cake. She said she believes a can of fruit … 0

‘No idea who they’re dealing with’

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

HATFIELD — The controversy over hydrofracking of shale gas came home to western Massachusetts Wednesday night, with a meeting hosted by Climate Action Now of Western Mass. to organize against the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline. “These people have no idea who they’re dealing with,” said meeting organizer Susan … 1