Gill

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 NASA astronaut Cady Coleman, is a student … 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 is required to notify water users and draft a plan to address the problem. The … 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 example of a new focus on math and science in area schools as students throughout … 0

Northfield Mount Hermon School music teachers compete for educator Grammy

Friday, June 20, 2014

GILL — One of two local teachers could be on the way to the 2015 Grammy Awards ceremony. Northfield Mount Hermon School music teachers Shelia Heffernon and Ron Smith are among 222 quarter-finalists for the annual Grammy Music … 0

Greenfield Community College graduates LPNs

Friday, June 20, 2014

Greenfield Community College Practical Nursing Program students graduated in a special ceremony Friday afternoon. This is the 22nd graduating class of the program that prepares students to become licensed practical nurses. Many in the class are nontraditional students who have balanced family and work responsibilities to successfully complete … 0

Rep. Denise Andrews, seat challengers Karen Anderson, Susannah Lee against gun reform bill

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Incumbent Second Franklin District Rep. Denise Andrews and her two Republican challengers in the fall election have all come out against the gun reform legislation now before the Legislature. Andrews did not co-sponsor the bill, filed by House Speaker Robert DeLeo, that is now before the House Ways … 0

Gill-Montague Notebook

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Mutton and Mead seeks volunteers for cleanup MONTAGUE — Nothing recalls medieval times like refuse, but organizers would rather spare the environment by recycling and are seeking volunteers to help. The Mutton and Mead Medieval Festival is this weekend, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, rain … 0

Neighbors: Franklin County natives featured on Playbill.com

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Have you heard that Frontier Regional High School graduates (2010) Dale Murphy, a Sunderland native, and Tyler Conroy, a Conway native, were recently featured on Playbill.com? Dale wrote a musical based on the music of Taylor Swift and Tyler starred in and directed it. “It’s a … 0

Franklin County school districts weigh PARCC vs. MCAS, results mixed

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — With the state offering a choice between getting an early start with the probable next big standardized test or continuing with the MCAS for the time being, area school districts have split more or less down the middle. Deciding factors included uncertainty over the future, … 0

Body found in Connecticut River in Gill identified as Northfield man

Monday, June 16, 2014

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has identified the dead man recovered from the Connecticut River last week as William Bartos, 48, of Northfield. No foul play is suspected, according to Northwestern District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Mary Carey. Carey confirmed that Bartos is suspected to have jumped … 0

Email prompts Open Meeting Law complaint for G-M school committee

Sunday, June 15, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Both sides may have broken the Open Meeting Law in an out-of-committee disagreement over the handling of the summer meeting schedule. At issue is an email exchange between Gill-Montague Regional School Committee member Sandra Brown and Chairwoman Joyce Phillips. Following a committee meeting last month, … 0

New Hillcrest principal has short commute

Sunday, June 15, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Hillcrest Elementary School students in the fall will meet Sarah Burstein, the new principal. Burstein leaves Sunderland Elementary School, where she has taught for three years after a year teaching in Greenfield and five in Newton, said Gill-Montague Regional School District Superintendent Michael Sullivan. Hillcrest … 0

Gill-Montague School District weighs cop grant

Sunday, June 15, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School has set aside money to hire a school resource officer, prompting discussion of doing the same in the Gill-Montague Regional School District at last month’s Montague annual town meeting, a discussion that resumed last week at the district level. Montague … 0