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Tech students capture honors in statewide competition

Thursday, April 16, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Nine Franklin County Technical School students finished first in competitions at the annual Business Professionals of America State Leadership Conference. Twenty-six students from FCTS competed against 350 students in about 20 events March 7 through 9 in Framingham and Upton. Emmett Boyd of Northfield, Kyle Coulombe of West Halifax, Vt., Andrew Renaud of Montague and Brad Sawyer of Greenfield placed first in the computer animation team category. … 0

Body found in Connecticut river tentatively identified, says DA

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

GILL — The Northwestern District Attorney’s office did not release an identity Tuesday, but described the body recovered Monday from the Connecticut River as that of a white male. District Attorney’s office spokeswoman Mary Carey said Tuesday the deceased has been tentatively identified, awaiting confirmation from the medical examiner. Monday’s river search began after a passing motorist called 911 to report seeing something … 0

Making the switch

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

BOSTON — Amid pressure from legislators and upset consumers, state utility regulators have eliminated a 15-year-old rule that required electricity suppliers to recalculate the bills of customers when they switch from their basic service to a competitor. The practice has cost customers, dozens of whom are from western Massachusetts, hundreds of dollars in retroactive charges this winter. “I think that’s great,” said Richard … 0

Growing sprouts, growing a family

Sunday, March 15, 2015

GILL — Every Tuesday and Wednesday, Seay Minor drives 300 miles in what was once the family minivan, a red Chrysler with the passenger compartment gutted and retrofitted with insulation and a roof-mounted refrigeration unit to keep his … 0

‘Fiber Towns’ to residents: Prove you want broadband

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The WiredWest high-speed Internet collaborative has started signing up residents of 32 member towns for “Last-Mile” fiber-optic broadband. This is the first step for “fiber towns” to become part of the collaborative’s fiber-optic network. If 40 percent of a fiber town’s households sign up, it shows there is … 0

Trooper: police poser pinched with pilfered pot

Friday, March 13, 2015

GILL — A Holyoke man faces several charges after he allegedly used a fake police light to rob two other men of several pounds of pot. Nicholas J. Swindell, 21, of 105 Dartmouth St., pleaded innocent in Greenfield District Court Friday to charges of possession of marijuana with … 0

Neighbors: Recorder reporter to share his photography

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’d like to put a plug in for one of my colleagues. Shelburne Grange is hosting a photography presentation by Recorder reporter David Rainville on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Fellowship Hall, 17 Little Mohawk Road in Shelburne Center. The event is free and open to … 0

Tech School budget takes transportation hit

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School Committee has approved a $10,159,000 budget, unchanged from this year but with a 5 percent increase in the sum requested from the district’s 19 member towns. The final budget is down $52,000 from the $10,211,000 preliminary budget approved last month. … 0

G-M School Committee approves budget

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Gill-Montague Regional School District budget passed this week at $18,347,688, up 4.9 percent from this year, with 2.59 and 8.65 percent increases to the sums Montague and Gill will be asked to fund, respectively. The Gill Montague School Committee approved the budget by exactly … 0

Stock and trade: Rep. McGovern visits Gill students playing Capitol Hill stock market game

Monday, March 9, 2015

GILL — Congressman James McGovern was candid with his constituents but kept his stock tips secret from Gill Elementary School students. Sixth-graders at the school have been playing the Stock Market Game Capitol Hill Challenge. If their “investments” … 0

Neighbors: Time for spring activities

Monday, March 9, 2015

Hello neighbor. Well folks, we’re finally getting a glimpse of spring and I, for one, am loving it. Temperatures are supposed to be in the 40s all of this week — almost reaching 50 on Wednesday — and it looks like the sun is going to shine most … 0

Letter: Hypocrisy on display

Sunday, March 8, 2015

This is in response to the John Crisp column (March 3), “When weapons become tools.” I get so tired of the same story by these people on too many firearms in our country. Although it wasn’t recited in that particular column, it seems the new battle cry of … 0

Assessments a mixed bag for Gill-Montague school districts

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Gill and Montague now have working numbers for their shares of the Gill-Montague Regional School District budget. Montague’s assessment came as a pleasant surprise; Gill’s, less so. Montague Town Administrator Frank Abbondanzio said the district passed on an assessment less than $1,000 over what Montague considered an affordable … 0