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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

Bike power: How to add electric power to your bicycle

Friday, May 8, 2015

The Gill Energy Commission will be offering a free “How to Electrify Your Bicycle” workshop presented by Peter Talmage on May 16, 9 a.m. to noon, at the Gill Elementary School at 48 Boyle Road. This workshop will explain the different ways a bicycle can be converted to … 0

Body found in Connecticut River in April identified

Friday, May 8, 2015

GILL — The identity of a dead man recovered from the Connecticut River has been released. The body of Thomas Bruno, 54, of Springfield, was recovered April 13. He was identified by the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office. His body was found after police were called about something falling … 0

Neighbors: Neighbors will return May 19

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Hello neighbor. Neighbors will not be back until May 19. I am headed this morning with my friend Diane Poirier on a cruise to Bermuda. I hope you all have a wonderful week. I can’t imagine we’ll have anything but a great time. See you when I return. … 0

Gill absentee ballots available

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

GILL — Absentee ballots for the annual town election May 18 are available now and can be requested from the town clerk by calling the office at 413-863-8103. Polls will be open from noon to 8 p.m. in the fire station at 196 Main Road. There will be … 0

Gill OKs marijuana dispensary bylaw

Monday, May 4, 2015

GILL — Voters in Monday’s annual town meeting approved a medical marijuana dispensary bylaw over argument that the zoning was too restrictive. The regulations drafted by the Planning Board and Franklin Regional Council of Governments now move on … 0

Neighbors: Another chance to help a neighbor in need

Monday, May 4, 2015

Hello, neighbor. First, I would like to send out a “very happy birthday” to grandson Justin’s beautiful mommy Suzanne. There’s going be a benefit golf tournament with shotgun start for longtime local disc jockey Ryan Interlande, who needs a heart transplant, at Thomas Memorial Golf and Country Club … 0

Time-honored responsibilities

Sunday, May 3, 2015

GILL — Each year, the Gill residents gathered in the upstairs meeting room of the old Town Hall for the annual town meeting elect two or more field drivers, fence viewers and measurers of wood, bark and surveyors … 0

Bearings hold up Gill-Montague Bridge project

Thursday, April 30, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Meant to conclude a year ago, reconstruction of the Gill-Montague Bridge may finally be finished this season. The Department of Transportation still needs to replace bearings under the bridge this construction season, a spokesman said … 0

Neighbors: Time to help another young neighbor in need

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Hello neighbor. Another young neighbor and her family need our help. Five-year-old Langston Mackenzie Secore needs a non invasive treatment for her scoliosis, which she was diagnosed with at Shriners Hospital for Children in Springfield. The treatment is meant to prevent or delay more invasive surgery. She’s supposed … 0

Yankee Magazine names three local businesses ‘best’ of New England

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Blueberry doughnuts, Polish food and tubing down the Deerfield River have all been recognized this year by Yankee Magazine as being the “best” in New England. The magazine’s editors said “the moist, slightly crumbly blueberry doughnut represents the … 0