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SJC ruling on Erving retiree insurance sets state precedent

Friday, April 17, 2015

ERVING — A suit over town retiree health insurance benefits has set a statewide precedent. In 2012, Charlene Galenski retired after six years as principal of Erving Elementary School. The town told her she could keep her municipal health insurance, but would have to pay the $1,200 monthly premium herself, because she hadn’t worked in town for 10 years. Prior to coming to Erving, Galenski had a 30-plus-year career in … 0

Tech students capture honors in statewide competition

Thursday, April 16, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Nine Franklin County Technical School students finished first in competitions at the annual Business Professionals of America State Leadership Conference. Twenty-six students from FCTS competed against 350 students in about 20 events March 7 through 9 in Framingham and Upton. Emmett Boyd of Northfield, Kyle Coulombe of West Halifax, Vt., Andrew Renaud of Montague and Brad Sawyer of Greenfield placed … 0

Body found in Connecticut river tentatively identified, says DA

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

GILL — The Northwestern District Attorney’s office did not release an identity Tuesday, but described the body recovered Monday from the Connecticut River as that of a white male. District Attorney’s office spokeswoman Mary Carey said Tuesday the deceased has been tentatively identified, awaiting confirmation from the medical examiner. Monday’s river search began after a passing motorist called 911 to report seeing something … 0

Pellet bag recycling program is heating up

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

According to program director Amy Donovan, the Franklin County Solid Waste Management District’s pellet bag recycling program is proving to be very popular at the thirteen municipal transfer stations offering the free program. Residents of Bernardston, Buckland, Charlemont, Conway, Deerfield, Leverett, Montague, Northfield, Orange, Rowe, Shelburne, Warwick and … 0

Neighbors: Precipitation prognosticator: only two or three snowfalls left

Monday, March 2, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’ve got some good news! Winter is technically almost over and Franklin County’s precipitation prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy agrees. Farrah had counted 17 of the 23 snowfalls she predicted early this winter by Feb. 25 and, of course, we had another one this past weekend. That makes … 0

Tech School toothbrushes to help spread smiles in Ghana. Turners woman returns for sixth dental aid trip

Friday, February 27, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Dental hygienist Heather Lonergan has made a habit of spending her vacations spreading dental health in Ghana, and this year she will go armed with toothbrushes collected by the students and staff of Franklin County … 0

Dr. Seuss birthday party set for Sunday in Erving

Friday, February 27, 2015

ERVING — People of all ages are welcome to a Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration, sponsored by the Erving School Library and PTO on Sunday at the Erving Community/Senior Center. From 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., a Green Eggs & Ham Brunch will be served to raise money for the … 0

Pain, fear of marrow donation worth it

Thursday, February 26, 2015

ERVING — Michaela Loynd believes it is possible to change the world, and the Erving 20-year-old took a first step by giving her bone marrow to save a stranger last winter. This Valentine’s Day, she learned the name … 0

Neighbors: Nominate the next Peacemaker Award recipients

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Hello neighbor. The Interfaith Council of Franklin County and Traprock Center for Peace and Justice are looking for nominations from throughout the county of teens who are contributing to peace and justice in the world. Having lived in the county almost all of my life, I know there … 0

Bernardston crash kills 24-year-old

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

BERNARDSTON — A single-car crash took the life of a 24-year-old local woman Wednesday. Malerie Kidder was pronounced dead at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, according to Mary Carey, spokeswoman for the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office. Kidder was driving her Mazda sedan north on South Street around 7 a.m. … 0

Erving voters nix treasurer change

Monday, February 23, 2015

ERVING — The town’s treasurer will remain an elected position after residents at a special town meeting Monday night rejected a proposal to transfer selection to the Board of Selectmen 25-12. Selectman William Bembury said the treasurer, currently a three-year elected post open to any resident, is partially … 0

Local outdoors enthusiasts float Olympic idea

Friday, February 20, 2015

Will the whitewater slaloms of the 2024 Olympics take place on the Deerfield River? That’s the hope of local outdoor enthusiasts, and of Congressman Richard Neal, who is pushing for “regional equity” in Boston’s bid for the 2024 … 2

Erving special town meeting set for Monday at 7 p.m.

Friday, February 20, 2015

ERVING — An appointed rather than an elected treasure, Highway Department spending, accessibility and play area maintenance are on the agenda for a special town meeting Monday at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall. First on the agenda is a request from the selectmen to change the position … 0