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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 first in the computer animation team category. … 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

Making the switch

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

BOSTON — Amid pressure from legislators and upset consumers, state utility regulators have eliminated a 15-year-old rule that required electricity suppliers to recalculate the bills of customers when they switch from their basic service to a competitor. The practice has cost customers, dozens of whom are from western Massachusetts, hundreds of dollars in retroactive charges this winter. “I think that’s great,” said Richard … 0

Unidentified body found in Conn. River near French King Bridge

Monday, April 13, 2015

GILL — Searchers combing the Connecticut River downstream of the French King Bridge found a body Monday afternoon. Turners Falls Fire Department Deputy Chief John Zellmann said three boats from the Turners Falls, Gill and Greenfield fire departments … 1

Neighbors: Paint and Sip awakens my inner artist

Monday, April 13, 2015

Hello neighbor. A group of friends and family gathering together to paint on canvas, while sipping their favorite beverages, has become a national trend. In this area, two of the companies that provide such entertainment — at least … 0

3 acres burn in brush fire

Sunday, April 12, 2015

GILL — A resident’s yard work cleared more than they bargained for Sunday afternoon when a small leaf fire on a dry day blossomed to three acres on the hill behind Chappell Auto Sales, just off Route 2. Gill Fire Chief Gene Beaubien said a crew was standing … 0

Tech School seeks OK to borrow $2.45M

Thursday, April 9, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School District will ask the residents of its 19 member towns to go to the polls at a special districtwide election June 23 to approve what they expect to be $2.45 … 0

Neighbors: Time to be recognized

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’m glad to be back, though I couldn’t believe what I saw when I stepped out of my apartment Thursday morning. I thought the days of that white stuff were done — and what little is … 0

Principal candidates to visit in Montague

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

MONTAGUE — The search for a principal to lead the Turners Falls High School and Great Falls Middle School nears a conclusion, with three finalists visiting next week. Superintendent Michael Sullivan announced the finalists as Annie Leonard of Amherst, Christopher Lord of North Andover and David Perrigo of … 0

Where the funding meets the road

Monday, April 6, 2015

With a six-year, $478 billion federal transportation bill released recently to help close an estimated $1 trillion gap in the nation’s highway and bridge infrastructure and improve rail and public transit, a Franklin County group is scheduling an informational meeting as part of a “Stand Up for Transportation … 2

Wipers on, lights on

Monday, April 6, 2015

GREENFIELD — Today’s forecasted rain showers could put a new law to the test. Starting today, state law requires drivers to turn on their headlights whenever they need to use their windshield wipers, and whenever visibility is less than 500 feet. Previously, headlight use had been required from … 1

Neighbors: Turning pollution into art

Monday, April 6, 2015

Hello neighbor. Several months ago I told you the Connecticut River Watershed was looking for artists who would turn trash found in the watershed into art. Well, CRW found the artists and their art is on display now through May 27 at Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue … 0

Waldron to run as write-in for G-M School Committee

Thursday, April 2, 2015

GILL — Jennifer Waldron plans to run a write-in campaign to retain her seat of six years on the Gill-Montague Regional School Committee. Waldron withdrew nomination papers to put her name on the ballot for the May 18 election but did not return them in time for the … 0