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Gill-Montague School District plans cuts

Thursday, January 29, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Gill-Montague Regional School Committee on Thursday night approved an $18.3 million preliminary budget, including a number of layoffs at all district levels, but not including three cuts evidently feared. Addressing a full room with an audience of more than 30, School Committee Chairwoman Joyce Phillips said cuts circulated on Facebook didn’t make it into the final recommendation. Superintendent Michael Sullivan said he had earlier planned to … 1

Neighbors: We dodged the blizzard bullet and now back to daily life

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Hello neighbor. Well, we dodged another bullet this week — gotta love the storm that wasn’t. Hope you all had a nice snow day and got to do some of the things you typically can’t because of work and other responsibilities. Have a great weekend! GIRL SCOUT TROOP 12926 will be back out selling cookies, so be on the lookout. Scouts will be … 0

Gill-Montague superintendent announces plan for one principal between middle, high schools

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Superintendent Michael Sullivan has announced plans to cut costs by combining the Gill-Montague Regional School District’s middle and high school administrative offices under a single principal again. This and an undefined number of other cuts, most in the high school, is on the agenda at a Gill-Montague Regional School Committee meeting scheduled for today. The committee is slated to meet … 0

Neighbors: Kind acts don’t go unnoticed

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Hello, neighbor. I thought I’d share a story about another one of our neighbors putting a smile on someone’s face. Julie, who lives on Wildwood Avenue in Greenfield, said she woke up the other morning to a box … 0

Tech picks principal for supt.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

MONTAGUE — In something of a surprise to some on the committee, particularly those who were not present, the Franklin Technical School District Committee voted to promote the school’s principal and assistant superintendent to the top job come … 0

Survey finds too little affordable housing in Franklin County, especially for poorest residents

Monday, December 8, 2014

Since her husband died a year and a half ago, “Marion,” as we’ll call her, has been struggling with how to afford to keep living in their seven-room home in northern Franklin County. Rather than use her savings … 0

Expert: Rural communities need extra help providing affordable homes

Monday, December 8, 2014

With what she called “fairly significant low- and moderate-income” populations and a steadily increasing over-65 population — along with an older stock of overwhelmingly single-family homes — rural communities like those in Franklin County need help in providing affordable housing, a consultant has told regional planners. The quasi-governmental … 0

Neighbors: Santa to call kids on Dec. 22

Monday, December 8, 2014

Hello neighbor. We are quickly approaching the holidays and that means children will once again this year have the opportunity to receive a call from Santa. The Scottish Rite Masons in the Valley of Greenfield will be making “Telephone Calls from Santa Claus” on Dec. 22. Last year … 0

French King Bridge suicide prevention, response plans progress

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The French King Bridge between Gill and Erving joins Boston’s Tobin Bridge in a Department of Transportation suicide prevention study as local and state officials continue to weigh options and pursue video surveillance of the span. “There is … 0

Neighbors: Give to local nonprofits through Valley Gives on Wednesday

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Hello neighbor. It’s time again for Valley Gives. Through Valley Gives, nonprofits raise money for all sorts of programs and projects, and you can help. When you visit its website on Wednesday, you’ll be able to donate to some of your favorites. Let’s see how far its third … 0

Neighbors: Prognosticator sees 23 snowfalls this season

Monday, December 1, 2014

Hello neighbor. Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I spent a lovely day with my three grandsons and sister’s family. I heard from our precipitation prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy. Her prediction is 23 snowfalls this winter. We’ve already had one, so only 22 to go, if she’s correct. … 0

Winter hours for household hazardous waste drop-off sites

Sunday, November 30, 2014

GREENFIELD — Franklin County Solid Waste Management District’s household hazardous waste drop-off sites, while open year-round, are about to shift to winter hours. These permanent “Supersites” are located in Bernardston, Colrain and Conway. The Bernardston facility, located at the town transfer station on Nelson Drive (off Merrifield Road), … 0

Think before you wrap and unwrap: Recycling tips for the holidays

Friday, November 28, 2014

During the holidays, the average American family throws away up to 10 additional bags of trash. In towns that require “Pay-As-You-Throw” town trash bags, those 10 additional trash bags would cost $15 to $30, depending on the town. A large portion of this trash is generated from wrapping … 0