Erving

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

Neighbors: Scholarships help students pursue dreams and agencies help others

Monday, June 23, 2014

Hello neighbor. The Wells Trust Scholarship recently announced this year’s recipients and I’d like to share their names, or at least where some of them are from, with you today. Fred W. and Ethel Dow Wells were longtime … 0

Greenfield Community College graduates LPNs

Friday, June 20, 2014

Greenfield Community College Practical Nursing Program students graduated in a special ceremony Friday afternoon. This is the 22nd graduating class of the program that prepares students to become licensed practical nurses. Many in the class are nontraditional students who have balanced family and work responsibilities to successfully complete … 0

Pipeline ban, community rights on Ashfield town meeting agenda

Friday, June 20, 2014

ASHFIELD — A “community rights” resolution regarding large-scale electricity-generating wind turbines and high-pressure natural gas pipelines is on Monday’s special town meeting agenda, along with a ban specifically aimed at the Kinder Morgan/Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. natural gas pipeline that is to go through Ashfield, among other Franklin … 2

Rep. Denise Andrews, seat challengers Karen Anderson, Susannah Lee against gun reform bill

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Incumbent Second Franklin District Rep. Denise Andrews and her two Republican challengers in the fall election have all come out against the gun reform legislation now before the Legislature. Andrews did not co-sponsor the bill, filed by House Speaker Robert DeLeo, that is now before the House Ways … 0

Erving summer reading program begins Sunday

Thursday, June 19, 2014

ERVING — Sunday marks the second day of summer and the first day to sign up as a summer reader in the Erving Public Library summer reading program. The program is a series of events designed to encourage people of all ages to read. In addition to events, … 0

Neighbors: Franklin County natives featured on Playbill.com

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Have you heard that Frontier Regional High School graduates (2010) Dale Murphy, a Sunderland native, and Tyler Conroy, a Conway native, were recently featured on Playbill.com? Dale wrote a musical based on the music of Taylor Swift and Tyler starred in and directed it. “It’s a … 0

Franklin County school districts weigh PARCC vs. MCAS, results mixed

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — With the state offering a choice between getting an early start with the probable next big standardized test or continuing with the MCAS for the time being, area school districts have split more or less down the middle. Deciding factors included uncertainty over the future, … 0

Body found in Connecticut River in Gill identified as Northfield man

Monday, June 16, 2014

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has identified the dead man recovered from the Connecticut River last week as William Bartos, 48, of Northfield. No foul play is suspected, according to Northwestern District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Mary Carey. Carey confirmed that Bartos is suspected to have jumped … 0

Email prompts Open Meeting Law complaint for G-M school committee

Sunday, June 15, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Both sides may have broken the Open Meeting Law in an out-of-committee disagreement over the handling of the summer meeting schedule. At issue is an email exchange between Gill-Montague Regional School Committee member Sandra Brown and Chairwoman Joyce Phillips. Following a committee meeting last month, … 0

New Hillcrest principal has short commute

Sunday, June 15, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Hillcrest Elementary School students in the fall will meet Sarah Burstein, the new principal. Burstein leaves Sunderland Elementary School, where she has taught for three years after a year teaching in Greenfield and five in Newton, said Gill-Montague Regional School District Superintendent Michael Sullivan. Hillcrest … 0