Erving

Erving OKs money for legal fund, mill

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

ERVING — The town looked to its defenses this week, moving surplus money to prepare for a legal fight with its largest taxpayer and, in separate articles, setting aside money to secure and dispose of the latest old mill to land in the town’s lap. The special town meeting filled the Town Hall basement meeting room Monday night. The legal spending article was an amendment to a request for $125,000 … 0

N. Quabbin Chamber of Commerce refuses pipeline co. membership

Monday, November 24, 2014

ORANGE — When is a business’s interests not necessarily in the interest of a business group? The North Quabbin Chamber of Commerce had pause over that question when it considered whether to accept Tennessee Gas Pipeline parent company Kinder Morgan for membership. The chamber’s 12-member board of directors rejected the Houston-based corporation’s request a couple of months ago, deciding in effect that its … 0

Neighbors: Looks like a harsh winter ahead; take care of each other

Monday, November 24, 2014

Hello neighbor. First, I’d like to wish you a happy, healthy and safe Thanksgiving. Enjoy your friends and family — that’s what great memories are made of. I’m waiting to hear from our local precipitation prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy to see what she believes the winter has in store for the county. Until then, … 0

Neighbors: Double Take Fringe Festival a week away

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Hello neighbor. The Double Take Fringe Festival will take over eight venues, all within walking distance, in downtown Greenfield again this year. On Oct. 17 and 18, eight shows will be presented and you can attend all of them throughout the weekend with a weekend pass that will … 0

Vote on Erving recall law set for Nov. 3

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

ERVING — As the town prepared to seat a new selectman this week, the Board of Selectmen also set the schedule for a process that could create a legal avenue to unseat selectmen and other elected officials. A special town meeting next month will ask voters whether they … 0

Erving gas station zoning, spending votes next month

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

ERVING — Residents will be asked next month to again consider rule changes to allow Ralph Semb to build a gas station on the Mohawk Trail. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 3 in the Erving Elementary School, a location the Board of Selectmen picked for … 0

FRCOG hopes to build online disaster map

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

BUCKLAND — When Tropical Storm Irene pounded Franklin County, emergency responders and isolated residents cut off by storm damage suddenly found a new use for Twitter and Facebook on their cellphones: asking others about, and reporting on local washouts, flooding and downed trees. Now, the Franklin Regional Council … 0

Johnson wins Erving election

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

ERVING — Arthur D. Johnson joins William Bembury and Margaret Sullivan on the Board of Selectmen, winning Tuesday’s special election with 59 percent of the vote. Johnson, 49, of 93 Mountain Road, ran on a conservative platform against … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy autumn while you can

Monday, October 6, 2014

Hello neighbor. Can you believe it? The leaves are falling from the trees as the crisp days of fall nudge us toward the bitter chill of winter. There are only three full moons left this year: the Full … 0

Erving to vote on selectman post Tuesday

Friday, October 3, 2014

ERVING — Two men are running for selectman in Tuesday’s special election: Arthur D. Johnson and Scott Fritz. Johnson and Fritz take different views of the town government and their tax dollars at work in Erving, but have similar goals: dealing with the town’s two major abandoned industrial … 0

Neighbors: Help for a little cemetery

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Hello neighbor. I recently learned of another example of people working together to help make our community a little nicer. Inmates at the jail went to a small cemetery on Bernardston Road this week to paint the old, faded fence that surrounds Log Plain Cemetery. Many of you … 0

Town Meetings, Sept. 29-Oct. 4

Friday, September 26, 2014

Ashfield Planning Board: Wednesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Board of Selectmen: Wednesday 3 p.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Board of Selectmen: Tuesday 7:30 a.m. in Town Hall. Energy Committee: Wednesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Charlemont Board of Selectmen: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Conservation … 0

Man found safe after French King Bridge search

Friday, September 26, 2014

ERVING — All ended well in the search for a despondent man at the French King Bridge Thursday. Several police and fire departments converged on the bridge just before 5 p.m. for a report that a distraught man had headed to the bridge, possibly to jump. State police … 0