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Turners Falls earns battlefield grant

Thursday, July 24, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — It has been 338 years and since the Great Falls on the Connecticut River between present-day Gill and Montague took a place in the bloody geography of King Philip’s War, and two years since the most recent effort to study the battle began. Unsuccessful last year, the town of Montague’s application to the National Park Service’s American Battlefield Protection Program bore $60,000 this month. The $60,000 grant, … 0

Neighbors: Young neighbor to raise money for animals

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Hello neighbor. One of our younger neighbors, 11-year-old Miracle Leyro, is organizing a walk through the downtown Greenfield area this Saturday with a group of her friends. The youngsters plan to raise money for Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society. Miracle’s mother Diana Nunez told me that Miracle plans to walk along Main and Federal streets, as well as some of the side streets, … 0

Selectmen look for help to stem French King Bridge suicides

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

According to rough figures gleaned from The Recorder’s newspaper’s archives, a minimum of 30 people have killed themselves in jumping from the French King Bridge since its construction in 1932, two this year. Troubled by the continued loss of life and the danger to local police and firefighters rushing to recover the bodies … 2

Gill-Montague Notebook

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Mutton and Mead seeks volunteers for cleanup MONTAGUE — Nothing recalls medieval times like refuse, but organizers would rather spare the environment by recycling and are seeking volunteers to help. The Mutton and Mead Medieval Festival is this weekend, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, rain … 0

Neighbors: Franklin County natives featured on Playbill.com

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Have you heard that Frontier Regional High School graduates (2010) Dale Murphy, a Sunderland native, and Tyler Conroy, a Conway native, were recently featured on Playbill.com? Dale wrote a musical based on the music of Taylor Swift and Tyler starred in and directed it. “It’s a … 0

Franklin County school districts weigh PARCC vs. MCAS, results mixed

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — With the state offering a choice between getting an early start with the probable next big standardized test or continuing with the MCAS for the time being, area school districts have split more or less down the middle. Deciding factors included uncertainty over the future, … 0

Body found in Connecticut River in Gill identified as Northfield man

Monday, June 16, 2014

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has identified the dead man recovered from the Connecticut River last week as William Bartos, 48, of Northfield. No foul play is suspected, according to Northwestern District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Mary Carey. Carey confirmed that Bartos is suspected to have jumped … 0

Email prompts Open Meeting Law complaint for G-M school committee

Sunday, June 15, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Both sides may have broken the Open Meeting Law in an out-of-committee disagreement over the handling of the summer meeting schedule. At issue is an email exchange between Gill-Montague Regional School Committee member Sandra Brown and Chairwoman Joyce Phillips. Following a committee meeting last month, … 0

New Hillcrest principal has short commute

Sunday, June 15, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Hillcrest Elementary School students in the fall will meet Sarah Burstein, the new principal. Burstein leaves Sunderland Elementary School, where she has taught for three years after a year teaching in Greenfield and five in Newton, said Gill-Montague Regional School District Superintendent Michael Sullivan. Hillcrest … 0

Gill-Montague School District weighs cop grant

Sunday, June 15, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School has set aside money to hire a school resource officer, prompting discussion of doing the same in the Gill-Montague Regional School District at last month’s Montague annual town meeting, a discussion that resumed last week at the district level. Montague … 0

Neighbors: Away this week

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Hello neighbor. I’m going to make this short and sweet today. I am away from June 11 through Tuesday, so I got in what you had sent by the end of the day this past Tuesday. I’m not … 0

Gill arson lands two Franklin County men in jail

Thursday, June 12, 2014

GREENFIELD — Two local men will serve time in jail for setting fire to a Gill home in 2011. Demek Ryan, 26, of 34 River Road, Gill, pleaded guilty to arson of a dwelling and conspiracy on Thursday morning, according to court records. He was sentenced to serve … 0

Man’s body found in Conn. River

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

GILL — Firefighters pulled a dead body out of the Connecticut River shortly after noon Tuesday. The deceased’s identity has not yet been released, pending investigation by the state medical examiner, according to Mary Carey, spokeswoman for the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office. A boater saw the body, and … 0