Erving

Andrews opposes pipeline project

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

ORANGE — Rep. Denise Andrews, D-Orange, says she’s opposed to the gas pipeline that’s been planned to cross Franklin County and the North Quabbin region and would be willing to get arrested to stop it. Andrews, the first area legislator to publicly come out in opposition to the proposal, shared her concerns with a gathering of more than 100 pipeline opponents at a meeting last week in Athol, where the … 0

Businesses continue to equip Tech machine shop

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School Machine Technology program has another boost from the area’s industry in the form of $50,000 worth of precision measuring tools and equipment to complement the new computer controlled machining behemoths purchased through the business-led fundraising campaign begun last year. The latest donation comes from L.S. Starrett Co., the Athol-based manufacturer of precision tools, gauges and … 0

National Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Old prescription medicines can pose hazards for children, and flushing may pose problems for the environment. So, area residents are encouraged to look to their medicine cabinets for unused prescription drugs Saturday for the latest national prescription drug take-back day, with collection locations around the county. Prescription drugs are commonly abused by people they were not intended for. Prescription opioids are now considered … 0

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

Officials seek answers

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Even as environmental groups begin weighing in on plans for a Tennessee Gas Pipeline planned through Franklin and Berkshire counties, regional planners and state legislators are seeking answers about the process for siting a 179-mile conduit between Wright, N.Y., and Dracut, just north of Lowell. Officials in nine … 0

Neighbors: Support local Relay for Life teams and possibly help a neighbor at the same time

Monday, March 3, 2014

Hello neighbor. It’s that time of year again, folks. Relay for Life teams are gearing up for the upcoming fundraising season for the American Cancer Society. Statistics show that most of us, if not all, are or will … 0

Neighbors: St. Patrick’s Day performance promises to be action-packed and colorful

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Hello neighbor. St. Patrick’s Day is quickly approaching and I’m told Celtic Heels Irish Dance Co. is gearing up for its annual holiday production at Shea Theatre in Turners Falls. The action-packed performance will include more than 50 … 0

G-M school budget proposes cutting 13 posts

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — A Gill-Montague Regional School District budget tailored to be affordable for the towns could eliminate 13 positions. That was part of the scenario Superintendent Michael Sullivan presented to the Gill-Montague Regional School Committee Tuesday night, … 0