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Three Northfield Mount Hermon graduates bring up the rear of the procession as the Class of 2015 filed into the pavilion Sunday afternoon. 
Recorder Chris Curtis

Harvard prof. to NMH grads: Do great things with your education’

Sunday, May 24, 2015

GILL — “You are needed, you are needed to pick up the broom and start sweeping,” Professor James Engell of the Class of 1969 told Northfield Mount Hermon 2015 graduating class Sunday. Engell, Harvard professor of English and comparative literature, spoke before his own graduating class as valedictorian 46 years ago and on Sunday recalled the promise of that year. … 0

Neighbors: Go to a local parade and support our veterans Monday

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Hello neighbor. Memorial Day is a federal holiday for remembering people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. It originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in that war, but by the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans … 0

Franklin County Memorial Day events

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Ashfield The Memorial Day parade on Monday begins at 10 a.m. in front of Town Hall, proceeds to Plain Cemetery and to the Veterans Memorial and Civil War Memorial, then back to Town Hall. There will be featured speakers and music as well. Bernardston The town’s parade kicks off from the Four Leaf … 0

Ward stays on Gill Selectboard

Monday, May 18, 2015

GILL — Incumbent John Ward returns for a third three-year term on the Selectboard, defeating write-in challenger Fred O. Chase III by a vote of 137-54. Write-in campaigns created four races in the town and Gill-Montague Regional School District elections, but didn’t bring Gill voters to the polls … 0

Neighbors: Back in Franklin County

Monday, May 18, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’m back! What a lovely week we had on the water and in Bermuda. The weather was perfect and we got to see a dolphin and a whale show on the way home. I learned early on in the trip that it really is a small … 0

Gill election runneth over with options

Thursday, May 14, 2015

GILL — A once-placid election has boiled over as write-in candidates create contests for seats on the Selectboard, the School Committee and the Cemetery Commission, and for the post of Tree Warden. On the town ballot for the annual election will be: John Ward for Selectboard; John Zwyna … 0

State OKs Eversource’s lower summer rates

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The state has approved Eversource electric rates for the summer months. On July 1, the Basic Service supply price for all residential Eversource customers in western Massachusetts will drop by about 31 percent, from 14.228 cents for the cold weather months to 9.767 cents per kilowatt-hour. Customers using … 0

Gill Historical Commission looks for national acknowledgement of local history

Friday, May 8, 2015

GILL — From dinosaurs to houses, Gill has history, and the Gill Historical Commission wants that acknowledged at the national level. “We want people to know that Gill is a place that’s worth stopping in and thinking about … 0

Bike power: How to add electric power to your bicycle

Friday, May 8, 2015

The Gill Energy Commission will be offering a free “How to Electrify Your Bicycle” workshop presented by Peter Talmage on May 16, 9 a.m. to noon, at the Gill Elementary School at 48 Boyle Road. This workshop will explain the different ways a bicycle can be converted to … 0

Body found in Connecticut River in April identified

Friday, May 8, 2015

GILL — The identity of a dead man recovered from the Connecticut River has been released. The body of Thomas Bruno, 54, of Springfield, was recovered April 13. He was identified by the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office. His body was found after police were called about something falling … 0

Neighbors: Neighbors will return May 19

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Hello neighbor. Neighbors will not be back until May 19. I am headed this morning with my friend Diane Poirier on a cruise to Bermuda. I hope you all have a wonderful week. I can’t imagine we’ll have anything but a great time. See you when I return. … 0

Gill absentee ballots available

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

GILL — Absentee ballots for the annual town election May 18 are available now and can be requested from the town clerk by calling the office at 413-863-8103. Polls will be open from noon to 8 p.m. in the fire station at 196 Main Road. There will be … 0

Gill OKs marijuana dispensary bylaw

Monday, May 4, 2015

GILL — Voters in Monday’s annual town meeting approved a medical marijuana dispensary bylaw over argument that the zoning was too restrictive. The regulations drafted by the Planning Board and Franklin Regional Council of Governments now move on … 0