Erving

Erving race pits Meattey vs. Smith for selectman

Sunday, April 26, 2015

ERVING — The May 5th election features a race for outgoing Selectman Margaret Sullivan’s seat, with voters to choose between Finance Committee Chairman Jacob Smith and former fire chief Almon “Bud” Meattey. Smith is a relative newcomer who has made his home in Erving and has experience in town government as a member and chairman of the Finance Committee. Meattey … 0

Body found in Conn. River was man from Springfield

Thursday, April 23, 2015

GILL — Ten days later, investigators on Thursday were still trying to reach the relatives of the man whose body was pulled from the Connecticut River last week, now identified by the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office as a 55-year-old Springfield man. Searchers who did not know for certain what they were looking for found a man’s body in the river between the Schuetzen … 0

Neighbors: French musical at Arts Block

Monday, April 20, 2015

Hello neighbor. If you’re looking for something fun to do next weekend, or the following one, head to the Arts Block on Main Street in Greenfield for the French musical, “Irma la Douce,” which will be performed by Arena Civic Theatre on Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. “Irma la Douce” is a 1956 lively comedy-musical written by Marguerite Monnor … 0

Letter: Special donation

Sunday, March 8, 2015

I would like to add one more twist to the ongoing story of Adams Donuts. A few weeks before Carrie Brown learned about her “hood problem,” I approached her for a donation to our Green Eggs & Ham brunch, a benefit for our sixth grade’s trip to New … 0

Assessments a mixed bag for Gill-Montague school districts

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Gill and Montague now have working numbers for their shares of the Gill-Montague Regional School District budget. Montague’s assessment came as a pleasant surprise; Gill’s, less so. Montague Town Administrator Frank Abbondanzio said the district passed on an assessment less than $1,000 over what Montague considered an affordable … 0

Gill Elementary frees up recess

Friday, March 6, 2015

GILL — Control of the playground is to loosen somewhat at Gill Elementary School. Several parents last September protested a new recess rule at the school requiring students to pick a play station and stick to it. The Gill-Montague Regional School Committee discussed the policy in February and … 0

Neighbors: Neighbors step up to help longtime disc jockey

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Hello neighbor. There are more fundraisers ahead for longtime disc jockey Ryan Interlande, who needs a heart transplant, so you still have time to help him with his medical expenses. The 39-year-old Montague native, who has been providing many of our parties and events music for more than … 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