Gill

Neighbors: Local teens attend two-week craft program

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Hello, neighbors. Two of our younger neighbors participated in a two-week craft program in Williamsburg this year and, I’m told, had a lot of fun doing so. Fourteen-year-old James Simpson and 15-year-old Henry Walker-West, both of Shelburne Falls, spent two weeks at Snow Farm Summer, a program of The New England Craft Program. James, the son of nationally known glassblower Josh Simpson and NASA astronaut Cady Coleman, is a student … 0

Manganese in Gill Elementary well water causes DEP concern

Thursday, August 28, 2014

GILL — Like most things, too much manganese can be bad for you, as can too little manganese. The naturally occurring mineral is found in vitamin supplements and, apparently, in the Gill Elementary School drinking water in what the Department of Environmental Protection deems elevated levels. The town is required to notify water users and draft a plan to address the problem. The … 0

Greenfield’s Math and Science Academy grows, Franklin County schools emphasize STEM

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Since the Greenfield Math and Science Academy opened its doors five years ago, the speciality public school has quickly expanded, with 120 middle schools students packing the program to capacity this year. The academy is the most visible example of a new focus on math and science in area schools as students throughout … 0

Fall YMCA registration begins

Monday, August 25, 2014

GREENFIELD —Registration is now taking place for the September/October session of YMCA classes and programs. The Y has programs for children as young as six months (parent/child swim/gym classes) to adults in their nineties (chair fitness, balance & stretch, water fitness). Most of the classes run in eight … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy the beautiful weather

Monday, August 25, 2014

Hello neighbor. Looks like it’s going to be a beautiful week. Temperatures are supposed to be in the mid 70s and 80s, with maybe a little rain mid-week. Get out there and see Franklin County. Can you believe fall is just around the corner? I’m sorry this column … 0

Gill tax bills mailed

Friday, August 22, 2014

GILL — Town of Gill preliminary 2015 real estate and personal property bills were mailed on Aug. 19 to all property owners. These bills are based on 2014 values/assessments. Property owners who have not received a bill or have questions regarding payments should contact the collector’s office at … 0

Neighbors: Grandparents proud of grandson’s award

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Our neighbors Shirley and Don Ward of Buckland were happy to announce this week that their grandson Jared “JD” Jurentkuff won an Emmy Award for an Apple commercial he worked on last year titled “Misunderstood.” JD … 0

GOP candidates Whipps Lee, Anderson face off in race’s only debate

Thursday, August 21, 2014

PETERSHAM — The two Republican hopefuls in the region’s only primary contest sat far apart at a long table on the Petersham Town Hall meeting room stage this week, but Susannah Whipps Lee of Athol and Karen Anderson of Orange appeared to be not that far apart on … 0

Letter: Offensive to Christians

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I write in response to “The Cross is Christian!” Los Angeles Times editorial of Aug. 11, challenging the statement that it’s “ridiculous” to “consider the cross a fitting symbol for all Americans honoring the war dead.” The thousands of crosses at Arlington National Cemetery enable the hallowed earth … 0

Neighbors: Team Greenfield wins first annual mayors golf tourney

Monday, August 18, 2014

Hello neighbor. You may have read the story I wrote last week about Greenfield Mayor William Martin traveling to Southampton with several teams from town to play in the first annual Western Massachusetts Mayors Cup Golf Tournament to raise money for the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. Well, … 0

Second Franklin District Notebook

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Andrews opens campaign office ORANGE — State Rep. Denise Andrews, D-Orange, has recently opened her campaign office as she seeks her third term as legislator for the 2nd Franklin District. The office is located at 209B New Athol Road. Andrews will be on the Nov. 4 general election … 0

Taste the summer in CISA’s Local Hero restaurant fare

Friday, August 15, 2014

If you can’t come out for a whole meal during CISA’s Local Hero Restaurant Days on Tuesday and Wednesday , at least come to the Wagon Wheel in Gill for homemade peach ice cream made with peaches from Clarkdale Farm. Or have a grass-fed beef tenderloin steak at … 0

Neighbors: Girls Club still needs help to save building

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Hello neighbor. A while back, I told you that the Girls Club of Greenfield was on a campaign to raise money to save Camp Stonehenge on Oak Hill Road in Leyden. Well, it has raised $2,000 so far. It began a coin can fundraiser earlier this year, hoping … 0