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Gill-Montague approaches preliminary budget, envisions cuts

Sunday, January 25, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The early prognosis for the Gill-Montague Regional School District budget calls for cuts. The district’s business director presented early numbers for the 2015-2016 school year budget at the Jan. 13 meeting of the Gill-Montague Regional School Committee. “The elephant in the room is that we’ve got to make a bunch of staff reductions, that’s what is recommended in the budget to make this work, and the number … 0

A walk through a derelict mill

Sunday, January 25, 2015

ERVING — Closed for years, the former International Paper Mill is a place of alternating cavernous rooms and confined spaces offering access to vast, empty vats and cold kilns and furnaces. An architectural walk-through this month offered a rare look at the inside of one of Franklin County’s many abandoned factories, although the … 0

Neighbors: Show warmth, sympathy and understanding

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Hello neighbor. I was supposed to be in Boston this morning, but instead I’m at work. I was supposed to be sitting beside my dad who was supposed to be recovering from the heart surgery he was supposed to have had on Wednesday. The surgery was cance led, though, because a man walked … 0

Neighbors: TFHS to hold its fourth all-class reunion

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Hello neighbor. Hey, it’s that time of year again — my alma mater, Turners Falls High School (Class of 1976 and proud of it) is holding its Alumni Association’s fourth annual All-Class Reunion the day after Thanksgiving. It will be held on the nightclub side of Between the … 0

Erving man faces drug charges

Thursday, November 13, 2014

GREENFIELD — An Erving man was arrested Thursday on charges of selling marijuana mixed with oregano, according to police. Douglas Belanger, 26, of 85 Mountain Road, pleaded innocent in Greenfield District Court Thursday to charges of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of Suboxone without a … 0

Neighbors: It doesn’t take much to help feed our hungry

Monday, November 10, 2014

Hello neighbor. I was visiting with 2-year-old twin grandsons Owen and Travis the other night while daughter Christina went running — she didn’t get her passion for strenuous exercise from me — and as I watched them eat their chicken, rice, squash, yogurt and applesauce with reckless abandon, … 0

Neighbors: Crafts of Colrain self-guided studio tour this weekend

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Hello, neighbor. If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, why not head to Colrain for its annual Crafts of Colrain self-guided studio tour? Colrain is one of the county’s gems. Tucked in the hills, the town … 0

Defeated Rep. Andrews vows to ease transition

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

ORANGE — State Rep. Denise Andrews, in conceding defeat in her re-election bid Tuesday, thanked her supporters and promised to work with state officials and her successor in the House of Representa-tives to help the North Quabbin area … 0

Lee wins 2nd Franklin District

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Even with results from four towns outstanding at press time, two-term incumbent Rep. Denise Andrews lost her 2nd Franklin House seat Tuesday to Athol Selectman Susannah Whipps Lee. Lee, a Republican and seventh-generation Athol resident who campaigned on … 0

Erving approves recall measure

Monday, November 3, 2014

ERVING — Once the state government has its say, Erving residents displeased with their elected officials will have a legal route to remove those officials. The recall measure passed by seven votes. Monday night’s single-question special town meeting asked residents to approve a recall process, a question put … 0

Neighbors: Quabbin featured in new book and 2015 calendar

Monday, November 3, 2014

Hello neighbor. Our neighbor J.R. Greene of Athol has just released his 20th book about the Quabbin, “B.V. Brook’s Pre-Quabbin Art, Photos & Postcards,” complete with footnotes and illustrations. It is filled with former Greenwich resident Burt V. Brooks’ photographs, paintings and postcards of three of the Quabbin’s … 0

Erving STM to consider recall law; gas station vote delayed

Friday, October 31, 2014

ERVING — Monday’s special town meeting will address a single question, the creation of a recall process for elected town officials. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Erving Elementary School. The recall measure was brought forward by citizens’ petition, garnering the 200 signatures necessary. Former … 0

Neighbors: Beloved former teacher still going strong at 88

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Hello neighbors. For those of you who graduated from Turners Falls High School and remember with great respect and admiration your former history teacher, George F. Bush — no, not one of our former presidents — try to get your hands on a copy of the Oct. 27 … 0