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Neighbors: ’Tis the season of giving

Monday, November 30, 2015

Hello neighbor. Diggity Dogs Service Dogs, a nonprofit in Shelburne Falls, will tour the valley today to thank the community for another year of support. Diggity Dogs will also be raising awareness for #GivingTuesday, which is today. Following two of the biggest shopping days of the year — Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday is a global movement of generosity, which began in 2012. New York’s 92nd Street Y partnered … 0

Gas pipeline blasting could disturb waste dumps, say conservation groups

Sunday, November 29, 2015

ERVING — Local conservation groups worry construction of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct pipeline could compromise two waste dumps on the banks of the Millers River, polluting the Connecticut River tributary. The Erving Conservation Commission and the Millers River Watershed Council say blasting to make way for the proposed natural gas pipeline could tip a paper sludge dump in … 0

Neighbors: Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving

Monday, November 23, 2015

Hello neighbor. As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, I’m hearing from friends and relatives who are stressed because so many of their guests have limited diets at this point — we all know someone who eats gluten-free, is a vegan or vegetarian, is lactose intolerant, or has some other dietary restriction. That’s OK! I think the best way to approach the holiday, which, by the … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy autumn in New England

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Hello neighbor. Autumn is here. What a wonderful time , especially in New England. So, don’t start worrying and obsessing about winter. Instead, take time to enjoy the present — the beautiful colors, the crispness of the air, the comfy, warm clothes you get to pull from your … 0

County MCAS scores up overall

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Franklin County’s high schools generally had reason to be proud of their MCAS results at the critical 10th-grade level, where the test is a graduation requirement. The Department of Elementary an Secondary Education released Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System scores Thursday. The percentage of students scoring in the desirable … 0

Most county 10th-graders score at, or above, state average on MCAS

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

An early look at MCAS results from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education shows area 10th-graders performing at or above the state average on the 2015 spring tests.

Many districts opted this year to administer the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers or …


Franklin County Meals Program seeks leader

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The Franklin County Community Meals Program is looking for a new executive director to fill the role currently held by interim Executive Director Mary McClintock who will leave the position in late November. McClintock has served as interim executive director since May. In keeping with its mission to … 0

Family Adventures in Reading at Erving Elementary School Wednesdays throughout fall

Monday, September 21, 2015

ERVING — On six Wednesday evenings throughout the fall, the Erving Elementary School library is hosting storyteller Mary Jo Maichak as she brings books to life through discussion, music, art and theater. The FAIR program was created especially for students in grades 1 through 5 and their families, … 0

Neighbors: Riverside Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival just around the corner

Monday, September 21, 2015

Hello neighbor. The 5th annual Riverside Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival is just around the corner. On Oct. 10 and 11, Greenfield will once again host the popular festival. If you’d like to experience a one-of-a-kind festival with … 0

Climber struck by falling rock airlifted to hospital

Saturday, September 19, 2015

ERVING — A rock falling from the face of Farley Ledges struck a climber Saturday morning, sending the woman to the hospital by helicopter with a litany of injuries. Erving Fire Chief Philip Wonkka said the climber was struck during a climbing event around 10:30 a.m. and others … 0

Neighbors: Local photographer captures life at Heath Fair

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Hello neighbor. Some of you may know our supremely talented neighbor Matt Cavanaugh, a photojournalist and professional wedding and event photographer who lives in Greenfield with his wife Nicole and their two young sons. Matt spent three days … 0

School board off to rocky start on Gill-Montague teachers contract negotiations

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — With bargaining to begin soon on new three-year contracts for Gill-Montague Regional School District workers, school board members Tuesday got into a wrangle — not with their employees, but with each other. The nine members got into a heated debate about the process of appointing … 0

Neighbors: Garlic and Arts Festival returns Sept. 26 and 27

Monday, September 14, 2015

Hello neighbor. When a group of North Quabbin neighbors, artists and farmers first conceived an idea for an event years ago, the North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival was born. It was simply meant to ignite the cultural … 0