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Marc and Stephanie Parent of Orange prepare to launch from the public boat ramp in Gill on Labor Day while infant daughter Aubree unwittingly awaits her life vest. Stephanie said Aubree likes boat rides, but not life vests. Not pictured is Aubree's sister Natalie, age 3 and enjoying the shallows.       
Recorder Chris Curtis

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 the public boat ramp off Route 2, father and son Donny and Trey Fraser of South Deerfield were unperturbed by the prospect … 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 Fair, lots of fun festivals, crispy apples and hot cider with cinnamon and a welcomed … 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 The New England Craft Program. James, the son of nationally known glassblower Josh Simpson and … 0

Neighbors: Fireworks fun, but lots more to summer ahead

Monday, July 7, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Greenfield’s Fourth of July celebration and fireworks display did not disappoint on Saturday. I went to Beacon Field with grandson Justin around 7 p.m. The first thing we did was take a “choo-choo” train ride around the grounds. Just before that, I ran into Greenfield Recreation … 0

Neighbors: Happy Fourth of July

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Hello neighbor. Happy Fourth of July! I am working today, but hope you are all having a great time. It may be that as you read this the rain is falling hard — that was the forecast of the National Weather Service in Taunton — but that’s fine, … 0

Bus fare

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The state budget passed this week by the Legislature will give the county’s sprawling regional school districts a huge savings for school bus expenses by reimbursing 90 percent of the cost — the highest in decades. “It would … 0

Denise Andrews’ challengers hit on budget comments

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Both Republican challengers for the North Quabbin’s legislative seat took aim at incumbent Rep. Denise Andrews, D-Orange, for saying that she had not read the state budget but planned to vote for it anyway. The comment was made on the House floor during Monday’s debate, before last-minute passage … 0

Neighbors: Introduce yourself to your neighbors

Monday, June 30, 2014

Hello neighbor. Here I go again, thinking about what it means to be a neighbor. I remember a time when people knew their neighbors. They spoke with them, sat next to them in church, ran into them in the grocery store, talked over the hedges about their days … 0

Gill, Montague holiday trash collection schedule

Friday, June 27, 2014

Gill trash day shift GILL — Due to the Fourth of July holiday, Gill’s curbside collection of trash and recyclables is rescheduled to Saturday, July 5. Regular Friday collection will resume on July 11. As always, everything should be at the curb by 7 a.m. Montague trash day … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy, but stay safe on the Fourth of July

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Hello neighbor. We are just a week away from July 4 and I’m sure there will be plenty of celebrating going on next weekend. I hope you all have great fun and get to spend time with friends … 0

Gill special town meeting: mysterious excess sewage and school security

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

GILL — The mysterious difference between the amount of water Riverside customers use and the amount of wastewater they pump across river to be processed in Montague continues. That and an increase in the sewer rate have resulted in a deficit in Gill’s sewer budget. A July 8 … 0

Turners Falls High School looks into European vacation

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Turners Falls High School teachers are exploring the possibility of a European April vacation for interested students next year, or the year after. Special education teacher and ninth-grade team leader Nancy Weld brought the idea to the Gill-Montague Regional School Committee on Tuesday. “I think … 0

Gill voter registration on Friday

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

GILL — There will be special voter registration hours at the Town Hall on Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 8 p.m. for residents who are not registered to vote. This is the last chance to complete registration in time to vote at the special … 0