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The fireworks display at Beacon Field in front of Poet's Seat Tower Sunday July 5. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt

Neighbors: Greenfield fireworks the best in years

Monday, July 6, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’m sure those of you who attended the fireworks in Greenfield on Sunday night woke up Monday morning still in awe. They were magnificent — the best I’ve seen in many years. I sat on Lunt field and watched — a little away from the more-crowded Beacon Field and the field behind the middle school, though there had to be at least 500 people at Lunt. From the time the first shell rose into the clear night sky above Poet’s Seat Tower to the last of what can only be described as a spectacular finale, there was no time for boredom. For a … 0

Neighbors: Green River Festival around the corner

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Hello neighbor. It’s that time again — the countdown is just seven days. The Green River Festival will be held July 10, 11 and 12 at Greenfield Community College, and there are a limited number of tickets left, so you’d better hurry. The 2015 lineup includes lots of return musicians and a few … 0

Erving votes to ban fracked gas pipelines at special town meeting Monday

Monday, June 29, 2015

ERVING — A crowd in the Erving Elementary School Gymnasium erupted in cheers and applause after voters approved a resolution to ban fracked gas pipelines from passing through town at a special town meeting Monday night. The resolution was submitted by citizen petition and calls for residents to stand in opposition to Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s high pressured gas pipeline and not allow … 0

Franklin County Memorial Day events

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Ashfield The Memorial Day parade on Monday begins at 10 a.m. in front of Town Hall, proceeds to Plain Cemetery and to the Veterans Memorial and Civil War Memorial, then back to Town Hall. There will be featured … 0

Erving may be on hook for railroad work

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

ERVING — Selectmen will hold a special meeting tonight in the wake of unwelcome news about a railroad crossing. William Bembury, chairman of the Erving Board of Selectmen, said the town received a letter last week from Pan Am Railways stating that the Federal Railroad Administration had cited … 0

Neighbors: Back in Franklin County

Monday, May 18, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’m back! What a lovely week we had on the water and in Bermuda. The weather was perfect and we got to see a dolphin and a whale show on the way home. I learned early on in the trip that it really is a small … 0

State OKs Eversource’s lower summer rates

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The state has approved Eversource electric rates for the summer months. On July 1, the Basic Service supply price for all residential Eversource customers in western Massachusetts will drop by about 31 percent, from 14.228 cents for the cold weather months to 9.767 cents per kilowatt-hour. Customers using … 0

Erving residents needed to help shape mill’s future

Friday, May 8, 2015

ERVING — The town is forming a committee to study the future of the former International Paper Mill, with four of five seats open for residents. The fifth member is to be a representative from the town Planning Board. The Long-Term Feasibility Study Committee will review and oversee … 0

Erving OKs land buy, moderator raise

Thursday, May 7, 2015

ERVING — The gas station proposal was divisive as ever at Wednesday night’s annual town meeting, but a modest raise for the town moderator wasn’t. Voters awarded Moderator Richard Peabody an extra $18 per year, raising his annual stipend for running three to five town meetings a year … 0

Neighbors: Neighbors will return May 19

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Hello neighbor. Neighbors will not be back until May 19. I am headed this morning with my friend Diane Poirier on a cruise to Bermuda. I hope you all have a wonderful week. I can’t imagine we’ll have anything but a great time. See you when I return. … 0

Erving gas station measure stalls ... again

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

ERVING — Concern for the town’s drinking water killed zoning proposed to pave the way for a local businessman who wishes to build a gas station on his Route 2 property, inside a groundwater protection zone. The proposal … 0

Smith wins Erving selectman’s seat

Monday, May 4, 2015

ERVING — Monday’s election featured a race for outgoing Selectman Margaret Sullivan’s seat, with voters choosing Finance Committee Chairman Jacob Smith over former Fire Chief Almon “Bud” Meattey by a vote of 166-88. The candidates are neighbors, Meattey … 0

Neighbors: Another chance to help a neighbor in need

Monday, May 4, 2015

Hello, neighbor. First, I would like to send out a “very happy birthday” to grandson Justin’s beautiful mommy Suzanne. There’s going be a benefit golf tournament with shotgun start for longtime local disc jockey Ryan Interlande, who needs a heart transplant, at Thomas Memorial Golf and Country Club … 0