Gill

Neighbors: Be kind

Monday, June 29, 2015

Hello neighbor. About once a year I feel compelled to remind myself and others to be good neighbors. I don’t necessarily mean “neighbor” in the literal sense. What I mean is that we all should be kind to everyone. Those who aren’t can never truly be happy themselves. Get out and talk with the people who live in your neighborhood and your community. Find out what you have in common … 0

Giving Tree School outdoor classrooms lauded

Thursday, June 25, 2015

GILL — Giving Tree School has earned a national certification from the Arbor Day Foundation and the Dimensions Educational Research Foundation for its outdoor classroom, a nature-based learning environment which encourages skill development through a play-based curriculum. It is the first school in western Massachusetts to receive the Nature Explore Classroom certification and joins just two other certified preschools in the state, according … 0

Neighbors: Adopt an adult cat for $5 this weekend

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Hello neighbor. It’s that time again, folks! Dakin Humane Society is offering its $5 cat adoption for select adult cats on Saturday and Sunday. This weekend only, you can adopt an adult cat for only $5 at both the Springfield and Leverett adoption centers from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. each day. The 40 cats up for adoption are those who, for a variety … 0

Gill board bans tobacco sales to teens

Thursday, May 28, 2015

GILL — Effective Sept. 1, the age to buy cigarettes in town will jump three years to 21, part of a statewide push to move tobacco beyond the threat range for nicotine addiction. This week, Gill’s Board of Health joined its neighbor across the river and a number … 0

Neighbors: Grandparents: Share your stories

Monday, May 25, 2015

Hello, neighbor Many times in my travels throughout the county, I am stopped by other grandparents who have read about my grandsons Justin, Owen and Travis. They thank me for sharing my stories every now and then, and then they share some of their own with me. Over … 1

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 … 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 … 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 … 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