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SJC ruling on Erving retiree insurance sets state precedent

Friday, April 17, 2015

ERVING — A suit over town retiree health insurance benefits has set a statewide precedent. In 2012, Charlene Galenski retired after six years as principal of Erving Elementary School. The town told her she could keep her municipal health insurance, but would have to pay the $1,200 monthly premium herself, because she hadn’t worked in town for 10 years. Prior to coming to Erving, Galenski had a 30-plus-year career in … 0

Tech students capture honors in statewide competition

Thursday, April 16, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Nine Franklin County Technical School students finished first in competitions at the annual Business Professionals of America State Leadership Conference. Twenty-six students from FCTS competed against 350 students in about 20 events March 7 through 9 in Framingham and Upton. Emmett Boyd of Northfield, Kyle Coulombe of West Halifax, Vt., Andrew Renaud of Montague and Brad Sawyer of Greenfield placed … 0

Body found in Connecticut river tentatively identified, says DA

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

GILL — The Northwestern District Attorney’s office did not release an identity Tuesday, but described the body recovered Monday from the Connecticut River as that of a white male. District Attorney’s office spokeswoman Mary Carey said Tuesday the deceased has been tentatively identified, awaiting confirmation from the medical examiner. Monday’s river search began after a passing motorist called 911 to report seeing something … 0

Former Erving police sergeant says he wants $250K because he was unjustly forced to resign

Thursday, March 26, 2015

ERVING — A former police sergeant is seeking $250,000 from the town, claiming he was unjustly forced to resign. Corey Greene resigned from the Erving Police Department in April 2014, a month after he was suspended without pay from his post as sergeant pending investigation of a barroom … 0

Neighbors: Area wildlife needs our help

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Hello, neighbor. Medicine Mammals in Wendell needs our help. The local Native American nonprofit wildlife rehabilitation center is hoping to raise money to help care for the orphaned and injured wild animals that made their way to the center this winter. Loril Moondream, wildlife rehabilitator and owner of … 0

National Grid to cut electric rates

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Valley home and business owners can expect some relief from high electric bills this spring. On Monday, National Grid announced that, pending Department of Public Utilities approval, the cost of power is expected to drop from the current rate of more than 16 cents per kilowatt-hour to just … 0

Erving senior center water main freezes

Monday, March 23, 2015

ERVING — Ice pushed the Erving Senior Community Center back to its old home at 18 Pleasant St. Monday. The new, $2 million senior center opened in 2011 is temporarily out of commission, with the water main serving … 0

Neighbors: Learn about volunteer opportunity with local support team

Monday, March 23, 2015

Hello neighbor. I want to tell you about a great group that’s been serving our community for several years. Community Crisis Support Team, a program of Clinical & Support Options, will host its annual free 15-hour new volunteer training on May 7, 12 and 14 from 4 to … 0

Gill Elementary sends two Destination Imagination teams to the state finals

Sunday, March 22, 2015

GILL — Two teams of current and former Gill Elementary School students are headed for the state finals of a national imagination competition after winning at the regional level. On March 7, five teams from Gill Elementary and … 1

Erving paper looks to build heat and power plant

Friday, March 20, 2015

ERVING — High electric costs are pushing a larger local business to the edge of the grid. Paper mill owners Erving Industries are seeking permission from the Erving Zoning Board of Appeals to expand the plant structure 4,037 square feet with the addition of a combined heat and … 0

Town meetings next week

Friday, March 20, 2015

Ashfield Board of Assessors: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Library Trustees: Monday 7 p.m. in Library. Bernardston Finance Committee: Monday 6:45 p.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Board of Selectmen: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Charlemont Board of Selectmen: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of … 0

Neighbors: Use all of your senses to greet spring

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Hello neighbor. Happy spring everyone! It’s time to get out into the sun and enjoy — those cold, grey days are almost behind us. Yes, it will be a little muddy, but who cares after being holdup all winter? Temps are working their way into the 30s and … 0

Neighbors: Father and daughter recovering nicely after kidney transplant

Monday, March 16, 2015

Hello neighbor. Our neighbor Tim Ollari is doing well after receiving a kidney from his daughter Stephanie last Thursday. Stephanie says Tim looks like a new person — full of life again. She, on the other hand, had … 0