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Neighbors: Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving

Monday, November 23, 2015

Hello neighbor. As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, I’m hearing from friends and relatives who are stressed because so many of their guests have limited diets at this point — we all know someone who eats gluten-free, is a vegan or vegetarian, is lactose intolerant, or has some other dietary restriction. That’s OK! I think the best way to approach the holiday, which, by the way, has always been my favorite, is … 0

Erving Public Library adding hours

Monday, November 23, 2015

ERVING — The Erving Public Library has expanded its hours of operation for the remainder of November and December to include Tuesdays at the request of the public. According to a news release from Library Director Barbara Friedman, the library will be open Tuesdays from 3 to 6 p.m. in response to patron requests for more open days and hours. These hours will … 0

Neighbors: Local youngster learn about and teach composting

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Hello neighbor. Fourth-grade students at The Discovery School at Four Corners recently learned about taking notes, paragraphing, composing informational text, and formulating an opinion through a study of composting, according to their teacher Marguerite Rancourt. All students read a nonfiction text, article and editorial in The Recorder. In addition, they viewed and took … 0

Lights! Camera! Scones! The Freight House’s Rita Dubay and her mixed berry treat to be featured on ‘America’s Test Kitchen’

Friday, October 2, 2015

ERVING — It started with a magazine article. Early Friday morning, Christopher Kimball, the host of “America’s Test Kitchen,” and his production crew rolled through the doors of Freight House Antiques in search of Rita Dubay and her … 0

Neighbors: Local organization head raises money for hungry

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Hello neighbor. On Sept. 27, Andrew Morehouse, the executive editor of The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, pedalled 100 miles through Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire to help end hunger in western Massachusetts. The food bank’s 5th annual Will Bike 4 Food charity cycling event raised more than … 1

G-M schools to try ‘friendlier’ negotiations

Thursday, October 1, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Gill-Montague Regional School Committee unanimously decided to conduct interest-based bargaining (IBB) for negotiating new, three-year contracts for district workers during its meeting this week. The negotiations are expected to begin before Nov. 15. School Committee Chairwoman Sandy Brown said the decision was made to … 0

Lottery win brings Erving man $4.79M

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

ERVING — Local man Clinton Smith of Prospect Street won $4.79 million from a lucky lottery ticket. Smith purchased the winning Massachusetts Megabucks Doubler ticket at the Food City Supermarket in Turners Falls. The store will receive a … 0

Neighbors: Great River Challenge to be held Sunday

Monday, September 28, 2015

Hello neighbor. The Great River Challenge Off-Road Triathlon will be held in Northfield on Sunday. Paddle, run trails and mountain bike. Doesn’t that sound like fun — and a lot of hard work? The triathlon was created to foster greater awareness of the upper Pioneer Valley and what … 0

Letter: Boat ramp removal

Friday, September 25, 2015

Thursday, the 17th of September, my old friend and I, both senior citizens, decided to take my 15-foot runabout boat for a ride up the river. So we went to the Gill boat ramp and to our surprise the dock at the ramp had already been removed. This … 0

New Union 28 superintendent is old hand at teaching

Friday, September 25, 2015

ERVING — After almost three decades in education, Jennifer Haggerty has begun her first school year in a building devoid of children. “It was my first time in 28 years that I had not been in a building … 0

Police pursuit policies assess risks in chases

Thursday, September 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — While fleeing a State Police cruiser Sept. 18, a sedan carrying four adults and two children went airborne off a highway exit ramp and rolled over multiple times, leaving occupants with what police called minor injuries. … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy autumn in New England

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Hello neighbor. Autumn is here. What a wonderful time , especially in New England. So, don’t start worrying and obsessing about winter. Instead, take time to enjoy the present — the beautiful colors, the crispness of the air, the comfy, warm clothes you get to pull from your … 0

County MCAS scores up overall

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Franklin County’s high schools generally had reason to be proud of their MCAS results at the critical 10th-grade level, where the test is a graduation requirement. The Department of Elementary an Secondary Education released Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System scores Thursday. The percentage of students scoring in the desirable … 0