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The Freight House’s mixed berry scones have earned the Erving shop a spot on an upcoming episode of “America’s Test Kitchen’ on PBS.

Lights! Camera! Scones! The Freight House’s Rita Dubay and her mixed berry treat to be featured on ‘America’s Test Kitchen’

Friday, October 2, 2015

ERVING — It started with a magazine article. Early Friday morning, Christopher Kimball, the host of “America’s Test Kitchen,” and his production crew rolled through the doors of Freight House Antiques in search of Rita Dubay and her mixed berry scones. Rita’s scones were discovered last November by Bryan Roof, the executive food editor of Cook’s Country magazine. He stopped … 0

Neighbors: Local organization head raises money for hungry

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Hello neighbor. On Sept. 27, Andrew Morehouse, the executive editor of The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, pedalled 100 miles through Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire to help end hunger in western Massachusetts. The food bank’s 5th annual Will Bike 4 Food charity cycling event raised more than $100,000, with Andrew raising $6,160 of that amount. He said 280 riders of all ages … 1

G-M schools to try ‘friendlier’ negotiations

Thursday, October 1, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Gill-Montague Regional School Committee unanimously decided to conduct interest-based bargaining (IBB) for negotiating new, three-year contracts for district workers during its meeting this week. The negotiations are expected to begin before Nov. 15. School Committee Chairwoman Sandy Brown said the decision was made to go with IBB over traditional bargaining because if it works, it’s the friendlier option. Brown … 0

Neighbors: Franklin County Fair’s Got Talent competition begins

Monday, August 10, 2015

Hello neighbor. It’s that time again — the search is on for Franklin County’s most talented. If you’d like to make it to Franklin County Fair’s Got Talent stage, you’ve got just a few more days to submit a link to the video or audio showing everyone your … 0

Anti-pipeliners eyes turn to Otis: Taking of state-protected land could set precedent

Friday, August 7, 2015

A state House bill to carve 15 acres of state forest land in Berkshire County for a 13-mile Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. project is raising eyebrows — and voices — among opponents of the company’s larger Northeast Energy Direct pipeline that would cut across Franklin County. The proposed … 0

Great Falls Middle School teacher hired as Gill Elementary principal

Friday, August 7, 2015

GILL — Great Falls Middle School teacher Conor Driscoll has been hired as the new principal of Gill Elementary School. “I’m very excited,” Driscoll said Wednesday. “The energy that the staff has and the excitement that everyone here is showing is great.” Driscoll served as a sixth-grade English … 0

Neighbors: Manhattan Dolls coming to Athol

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Hello neighbor. If you’d like to hop aboard the “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” head to the Athol High School auditorium Aug. 16 from 2 to 4 p.m., when the New York City-based Manhattan Dolls, who perform in the style of the Andrews Sisters, will bring the memorable music of … 0

Adams man charged in Erving crash

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

ERVING — Paulo Goncalves, 25, of Adams, who was driving a pickup that struck a minivan Tuesday afternoon on Route 2, has been summoned on charges of driving without a license, failure to keep to the right, and for a seat-belt violation for a child under the age … 0

Erving pickup, school van crash sends six to hospital

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

ERVING — A pickup lost control and crashed into a school transport minivan on Route 2, sending both vehicles off the road — the truck with its front wheels over a railroad embankment — and six people to … 0

Neighbors: Dick Henry receives highest Moose honor

Monday, August 3, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’d like to congratulate Richard “Dick” Henry of Greenfield, a member of Greenfield Lodge No. 997 Loyal Order of Moose, who has received the Pilgrim Degree of Merit, which is the highest honor bestowed a member. The degree, currently held by very few throughout the United … 0

Weekly Town Meetings

Friday, July 31, 2015

Ashfield Board of Assessors: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Master Plan Steering Committee: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of Selectmen: Wednesday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Conservation Commission: Monday 6:15 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of Assessors: Thursday 4:30 p.m. in Town Hall. … 0

4-H Dairy Show this weekend

Friday, July 31, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Franklin County Fairgrounds will be filled with children and cows from all over the state this weekend, Aug. 1 and 2, for the State 4-H Dairy Show. According to organizer Carrie Sears of the University … 0

Route 2 crash sends driver, woman and baby to hospital.

Friday, July 31, 2015

ERVING — A crash on Route 2 in front of Dunkin Donuts sent a woman and an infant to the hospital with minor injuries Friday morning, according to state police. The driver of the first vehicle, a 2002 … 0