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The French King Bridge spaning the Connecticut River from Erving to Gill at the confluence of the Millers River is a often the last stop for despondent people. Recorder/Paul Franz

Selectmen look for help to stem French King Bridge suicides

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

According to rough figures gleaned from The Recorder’s newspaper’s archives, a minimum of 30 people have killed themselves in jumping from the French King Bridge since its construction in 1932, two this year. Troubled by the continued loss of life and the danger to local police and firefighters rushing to recover the bodies or rescue survivors, Gill Selectboard Chairman Randy … 0

Erving admin. protests executive session as overreaction; board agrees to mediation

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

ERVING — The Board of Selectmen on Monday agreed to mediation with their 11-year town administrator after calling Thomas Sharp into an executive session — threatening his job — over a botched public meeting notice and nonspecific complaints from the chairman regarding his work schedule, conduct and expectations. Sharp waived his right to a closed session, keeping the meeting open to the public … 0

Neighbors: Head to the North Quabbin for some summer fun

Monday, July 21, 2014

Hello neighbor. I was really excited to read last week that the North Quabbin will be getting some help from the state to boost tourism. It’s such a beautiful area — and you all know how much I love the Quabbin Reservoir. There are other attractions in that area: Starrett Museum in Athol, Swift River Historical Society Museum in New Salem and Tully … 0

Bus fare

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The state budget passed this week by the Legislature will give the county’s sprawling regional school districts a huge savings for school bus expenses by reimbursing 90 percent of the cost — the highest in decades. “It would … 0

Denise Andrews’ challengers hit on budget comments

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Both Republican challengers for the North Quabbin’s legislative seat took aim at incumbent Rep. Denise Andrews, D-Orange, for saying that she had not read the state budget but planned to vote for it anyway. The comment was made on the House floor during Monday’s debate, before last-minute passage … 0

Neighbors: Introduce yourself to your neighbors

Monday, June 30, 2014

Hello neighbor. Here I go again, thinking about what it means to be a neighbor. I remember a time when people knew their neighbors. They spoke with them, sat next to them in church, ran into them in the grocery store, talked over the hedges about their days … 0

Police arrest man walking under French King Bridge

Sunday, June 29, 2014

ERVING — Police arrested a man around 2:30 p.m. Sunday after he was spotted walking under the French King Bridge, causing several area rescue teams to respond. Erving Police would not comment, stating the case is still under investigation. At about 2:25 p.m., Erving Police responded to the … 0

COG reschedules public meeting on pipeline

Friday, June 27, 2014

The Franklin Regional Council of Governments and its Franklin Regional Planning Board have rescheduled to July 24 their first-ever joint meeting to review the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. project proposed to cross nine county towns on its path to Dracut. The boards’ original May 15 meeting on what … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy, but stay safe on the Fourth of July

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Hello neighbor. We are just a week away from July 4 and I’m sure there will be plenty of celebrating going on next weekend. I hope you all have great fun and get to spend time with friends … 0

Erving DPW’s top job cut

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

ERVING — The town has again reorganized leadership of the public works departments, and a long-time town employee is out of a job. The Board of Selectmen in 2012 reconfigured several town departments to bring them under the control of a single person, cutting and creating positions in … 0

Turners Falls High School looks into European vacation

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Turners Falls High School teachers are exploring the possibility of a European April vacation for interested students next year, or the year after. Special education teacher and ninth-grade team leader Nancy Weld brought the idea to the Gill-Montague Regional School Committee on Tuesday. “I think … 0

Erving’s Box Car restaurant closed

Monday, June 23, 2014

ERVING — The Box Car restaurant is closed. Signs in the windows of the Erving Center building hold out some hope that this will be a temporary state of affairs. “We are temporarily closed — we hope to … 0

Money talk in Erving Monday

Monday, June 23, 2014

ERVING — A special town meeting on Monday will address a number of financial decisions, spending $320,000 from the sum raised but not used this fiscal year, but will not weigh in on the Kinder Morgan pipeline. Earlier planned for the June special town meeting, that discussion has … 0