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Franklin County Technical school cosmetology students will cut hair for Locks of Love at the school's cosmetology shop on Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Recorder

Neighbors: Local students help others

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Hello neighbor. Franklin County Technical School senior Madison Lively of Greenfield and some of her classmates will use their skills as hairdressers-in-training this week to help children, teens and young adults who suffer from medical conditions that cause them to lose their hair. On Friday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Madison and nine of her cosmetology classmates will cut … 0

Neighbors: Montague police chief named Elk’s “Citizen of the Year”

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Hello neighbor. Congratulations to our neighbor Chip Dodge, who happens to be Montague’s police chief, and who recently received the “Citizen of the Year” award from the Montague Elks. Chip told me that he was surprised, honored and proud to receive the phone call last week from Elks Exhalted Ruler Stephen Dacyczyn telling … 0

Neighbors: Spring has sprung!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Hello neighbor. Spring has sprung! The trees and flowers are budding, birds are singing, and the woodpeckers — I’ve encountered quite a few lately — are drumming. So the next time you step outside, close your eyes, take a deep breath and inhale that earthy spring odor of wet soil and grass the … 0

Tech budget up 5.4%, cuts art program

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School Committee Wednesday night approved a preliminary budget up $518,917, with an uncharacteristic 5.4 percent increase to the sum requested from member towns, and went on to cut the art program to make room for two new classrooms. Business Manager Russ … 0

Stormwater has no place in rivers

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

There’s plenty to be learned from a visit to Orange’s Riverfront Park. Apart from a place for the community to come together along the Millers River, it’s also a showcase of rain barrels, porous pavement, rain gardens, bio-retention … 0

Gill-Montague early budget figure approved by committee

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The starting point for the Gill-Montague Regional School District budget is almost a million dollars higher than the budget for the current year. The Gill-Montague Regional School Committee on Tuesday night voted 7-2 to accept the preliminary budget presented by the administration in the amount … 0

Neighbors: Lots leading up to Valentine’s Day

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Hello neighbor. I have to say that I was happy to see the snow fall this week. Franklin County looks so fresh and clean and children of all ages are having so much fun. My daughter and son-in-law couldn’t wait to get on their snowmobiles Thursday night — … 0

Letter: A stranger’s kindness

Thursday, February 6, 2014

On Friday, Jan. 31, around 11 a.m., I was driving down Seventh Street toward the canal bridge in Turners Falls, when I experienced car problems. My car broke down just passed the curve near the old Railroad Salvage. A very kind gentleman came to my rescue. He pushed … 0

Snowmobilers, skiers rejoice

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

While many people lamented the wet, heavy snowstorm on Wednesday with shovels and salt in their hands, snowmobilers across Franklin County rejoiced, hoping to rev their engines across hundreds of miles of white-blanketed trails this weekend. With only … 0

Early G-M school budget up 5.6%

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — As initially presented, the preliminary budget for Gill-Montague schools in the next academic year is close to a million dollars higher than the current budget. The preliminary general budget presented last month called for $17,926,168. This is a $957,800, or 5.6 percent, increase over the … 0

Letter: Defining a bully

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Who is the bully? Maybe it’s the teachers who are the bullies, who say, “Do this or else.” The school is the kids. The teachers are there to guide them through. Kids will always do things that are incorrect. That’s why they’re kids. It seems the leaders, principal, … 0

Task force calls for wide distribution of Narcan

Friday, January 31, 2014

GREENFIELD — When police arrive at the scene of a heroin or prescription pill overdose they have one option: try to keep the patient breathing until the EMTs or paramedics arrive. Soon, Athol police hope to have a more proactive option in the form of a small syringe … 0

Neighbors: Girls Club of Greenfield needs help

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Hello neighbor. I’m sure many of you remember when Camp Stonehenge on Oak Hill Road in Leyden was filled with Girl Scouts attending summer camp — you may have been one of them. Sadly, the stone building has fallen into disrepair over the years, but the Girls Club … 1