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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

Gill-Montague School District weighs cop grant

Sunday, June 15, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School has set aside money to hire a school resource officer, prompting discussion of doing the same in the Gill-Montague Regional School District at last month’s Montague annual town meeting, a discussion that resumed last week at the district level. Montague … 0

Neighbors: Away this week

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Hello neighbor. I’m going to make this short and sweet today. I am away from June 11 through Tuesday, so I got in what you had sent by the end of the day this past Tuesday. I’m not … 0

Man’s body found in Conn. River

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

GILL — Firefighters pulled a dead body out of the Connecticut River shortly after noon Tuesday. The deceased’s identity has not yet been released, pending investigation by the state medical examiner, according to Mary Carey, spokeswoman for the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office. A boater saw the body, and … 0

State grant fuels first stage of Erving Public Library mission

Monday, June 9, 2014

ERVING — Plans for a new or improved public library took a step forward recently with the state library board awarding a $50,000 planning and design grant for the project. The grant is one of two offered through … 0

Neighbors: Don’t let a little rain stop you

Monday, June 9, 2014

Hello neighbor. Looks like we’re in for some showers this week, but don’t let that stop you. Temperatures are supposed to be in the 70s. Take advantage of any sunshine we see by getting out into the county. According to those who run the Fishway in Turners Falls, … 0

Franklin County Technical School students ready for workforce

Friday, June 6, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Franklin County Technical School alumna Lisa Godfrey told 115 graduates Friday that learning a trade at the school will give them a leg up in their future job searches. “It may not feel like it … 0

Neighbors: Lots to do as summer rolls in

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Hello neighbor. There’s lots going on as this first week of June comes to an end and summer rev s up. THERE WILL BE A GREENHOUSE PLANT SALE at Leverett Elementary School on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please support the school and its students by … 0

River search continues for French King Bridge jumper

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

The search for the man who witnesses said jumped from the French King Bridge on Monday continues. The river flow was too strong for divers the day of the incident. Northwestern District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Mary Carey said the search was unsuccessful Tuesday. “Yesterday they searched and they … 0

Hydrant flushing this week in Erving

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

ERVING — The Water Department will be flushing hydrants from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Residents should be alert to the possibility of sediment or discoloration in the water afterward for a brief time. … 0

Letter: Cloth diapers the answer

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

In response to the article in the paper about the “diaper drive.” Why don’t these mothers use the donations of money to buy cloth diapers — that they wash and dry — instead of filing the landfills with the disposable ones? (Yes, you can still purchase them.) — … 0