Gill

Regional Notebook

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Legislators, town officials to meet for breakfast in Conway on Friday CONWAY — Conway will host this year’s Massachusetts Municipal Association Legislative Breakfast for western Massachusetts on Friday, where local officials will have the chance to meet with state legislators and association staff and discuss important topics. The breakfast will be held in the Conway Town Hall from 8 to 10 a.m. According to Selectboard Chairman John O’Rourke, it will … 0

River cleanup results trickle in

Monday, September 29, 2014

Angela Mrozinski of the Greenfield-based Connecticut River Watershed Council, which organizes the annual four-state Source to Sea Cleanup said it will be some time before numbers are tallied, but was hopeful that Saturday’s sun boosted volunteer turnout. In Greenfield, David Boles of the Deerfield River Watershed Association estimated the number of volunteers in the region of 300, with teams from schools, the Franklin … 0

Gill-Montague Notebook

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Gill office closed GILL — The office of the town Collector/Treasurer will be closed this week, reopening Oct. 6. Improv coming to the Shea Friday TURNERS FALLS — There’s a new addition to the Shea Theater lineup, with a new resident improv comedy group staging its first show Friday . The Shea Comedy Players will improvise scenes based on audience suggestions, along the … 0

Fair thee well

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

GREENFIELD — Franklin County Fair president Fred Steiner barely made it past the stables at the Franklin County Fairgrounds before Adam Martin, of Martin’s Farm in Greenfield, emerged from an old red barn and flagged him down. As … 0

Braving the Limelight: Franklin County Fair's Got Talent

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Jan Morris of Northfield says she has always considered her talent to be writing and singing parodies. She tried several times to get her one-woman act off the ground, but her dreams always fell through because she found … 0

French King Bridge to get cameras

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

GILL — The state Department of Transportation will begin pursuing video monitoring and possible fencing of the French King Bridge, at the behest of local officials concerned for the safety of police and firefighters called to respond to reported suicides. Spanning the Connecticut River and the border between … 0

Holiday on the river

Monday, September 1, 2014

GILL — The unofficial end of summer passed Monday with sun and heat. Despite the impending cold, people on the bank of the Connecticut River were unaccountably cheerful Monday afternoon. Walking off the dock from noon fishing at … 0

Neighbors: Falling into Franklin County Fair season

Monday, September 1, 2014

Hello neighbor. This weekend was the unofficial start to fall and we all know what that means. Yes, the days are getting shorter and soon temperatures will begin to drop — I’m not even going to mention the white stuff, yet. But fall also means the Franklin County … 0

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 … 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 … 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 … 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