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The French King Bridge spaning the Connecticut River from Erving to Gill at the confluence of the Millers River is a often the last stop for despondent people. Recorder/Paul Franz

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 or rescue survivors, Gill Selectboard Chairman Randy … 0

Neighbors: Head to the North Quabbin for some summer fun

Monday, July 21, 2014

Hello neighbor. I was really excited to read last week that the North Quabbin will be getting some help from the state to boost tourism. It’s such a beautiful area — and you all know how much I love the Quabbin Reservoir. There are other attractions in that area: Starrett Museum in Athol, Swift River Historical Society Museum in New Salem and Tully … 0

Neighbors: Local writers publish book of short memoirs

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Hello neighbor. A wonderful group of local writers has published another book. “Days and Moments, Moments and Days,” by Well Done Writers, is now available at World Eye Bookshop in Greenfield and Boswell’s Books in Shelburne Falls. Our neighbor Janet Keyes, who happens to be one of the writers, said the name of the group comes from the place where they meet to … 0

Neighbors: Lots to do as summer rolls in

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Hello neighbor. There’s lots going on as this first week of June comes to an end and summer rev s up. THERE WILL BE A GREENHOUSE PLANT SALE at Leverett Elementary School on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please support the school and its students by … 0

River search continues for French King Bridge jumper

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

The search for the man who witnesses said jumped from the French King Bridge on Monday continues. The river flow was too strong for divers the day of the incident. Northwestern District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Mary Carey said the search was unsuccessful Tuesday. “Yesterday they searched and they … 0

Divers search after report of person jumping from French King Bridge

Monday, June 2, 2014

ERVING — Area fire departments searched the river below the French King Bridge Monday afternoon after another apparent jump from the bridge. Two rescue boats could be seen on the water by the bridge at 1:30 p.m. Trooper … 0

Boat bursts into flames on Barton Cove

Monday, June 2, 2014

GILL — A boat burned down on Barton Cove Monday afternoon, not a usual occurrence. No one was seriously hurt. The boat was beached in shallow water just downstream from the Franklin County Boat Club at 4:30 p.m., … 0

Greenfield to celebrate bees

Monday, June 2, 2014

In this feature photo, Debbie Oeky, Sandra Boston and Victoria Floor touch up the crosswalk mural in Greenfield as part of the Paint the Town Green Mural Project. (Recorder/Micky Bedell) … 0

Neighbors: Students share ideas to spruce up downtown

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Hello neighbor. The Recorder received letters from a couple of our younger neighbors this week, and I’d like to share a little from each of them with you. Dylan McCullough Clemente of Greenfield, who attends Pearl Rhodes Elementary School in Leyden, wrote that he believes there should be … 0

No place like Gill

Thursday, May 29, 2014

In this feature photo, 4th, 5th and 6th grade students in the Gill Afterschool Program put on The Wizard of Oz at the Gill Town Hall for the younger students in the school. (Recorder/Paul Franz) … 0

Neighbors: Deerfield Elementary School second-graders helping the hungry

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Hello neighbor. Our neighbor Dawn Kempf of Greenfield, who teaches second grade at Deerfield Elementary School, has been working with her class and the other two second-grade classes — about 60 students — for the past three years to create jewelry, which is sold to other students, as … 0

Gill-Montague Regional School District notebook

Monday, May 26, 2014

Moberg new principal TURNERS FALLS — Sheffield Elementary School Assistant Principal Sharon Moberg has been promoted to principal of the school, effective in July. Superintendent Michael Sullivan announced the appointment . “I believe Sharon has the professional knowledge and interpersonal skills and the disposition and the passion, all … 0

No more Great Falls pre-k

Monday, May 26, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — There will no longer be a preschool classroom in the shared Turners Falls High School/Great Falls Middle School building, an end to a two-year experiment. Former interim Superintendent Nadine Ekstrom moved the preschool classroom from the elementary school into the middle school in 2012, saying … 0