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Andrews opposes pipeline project

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

ORANGE — Rep. Denise Andrews, D-Orange, says she’s opposed to the gas pipeline that’s been planned to cross Franklin County and the North Quabbin region and would be willing to get arrested to stop it. Andrews, the first area legislator to publicly come out in opposition to the proposal, shared her concerns with a gathering of more than 100 pipeline opponents at a meeting last week in Athol, where the … 0

Businesses continue to equip Tech machine shop

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School Machine Technology program has another boost from the area’s industry in the form of $50,000 worth of precision measuring tools and equipment to complement the new computer controlled machining behemoths purchased through the business-led fundraising campaign begun last year. The latest donation comes from L.S. Starrett Co., the Athol-based manufacturer of precision tools, gauges and … 0

Tech school’s business club aims at national competition in Indianapolis

Monday, April 21, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The students of Franklin County Technical School’s extra-curricular business club did well in the state level of the Business Professionals of America competition, well enough that 13 qualified for the next level of competition. The national competition is scheduled for April 30 through May 4, four states west in Indianapolis, … 0

Workshop: Financial skills for town officials

Sunday, February 16, 2014

GREENFIELD — The regional government is inviting town officials and volunteers to a workshop aimed at financial skills for town officials. “Show Me the Money: Financial Skills for Selectboards” will be held Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Olver Transit Center. “The workshop will provide invaluable … 0

Neighbors: Happy Valentine’s Day

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Hello neighbor. Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Hope you all have a wonderful day with that special person or those special people. I’ve got a lot to tell you about, so here goes: THERE WILL BE A VALENTINE’S DAY … 0

Dropout rate down

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — District administrators announced this week that years of effort have paid off with a Turners Falls High School dropout rate below the state average. “We’ve recently learned that after many years of working ... we’ve reduced it to a rate that’s below the state average … 0

Tech budget up 5.4%, cuts art program

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School Committee Wednesday night approved a preliminary budget up $518,917, with an uncharacteristic 5.4 percent increase to the sum requested from member towns, and went on to cut the art program to make room for two new classrooms. Business Manager Russ … 0

Gill-Montague early budget figure approved by committee

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The starting point for the Gill-Montague Regional School District budget is almost a million dollars higher than the budget for the current year. The Gill-Montague Regional School Committee on Tuesday night voted 7-2 to accept the preliminary budget presented by the administration in the amount … 0

Montague Notebook

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Gill-Montague Regional School Committee openings TURNERS FALLS — Nomination papers for open seats on the Gill-Montague Regional School Committee are available at the Gill-Montague Regional School Superintendent’s Office, 35 Crocker Ave., Turners Falls. Up for election are one three-year Gill representative’s seat and two three-year Montague seats. Completed … 0

Neighbors: Lots leading up to Valentine’s Day

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Hello neighbor. I have to say that I was happy to see the snow fall this week. Franklin County looks so fresh and clean and children of all ages are having so much fun. My daughter and son-in-law couldn’t wait to get on their snowmobiles Thursday night — … 0

Snowmobilers, skiers rejoice

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

While many people lamented the wet, heavy snowstorm on Wednesday with shovels and salt in their hands, snowmobilers across Franklin County rejoiced, hoping to rev their engines across hundreds of miles of white-blanketed trails this weekend. With only … 0

Early G-M school budget up 5.6%

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — As initially presented, the preliminary budget for Gill-Montague schools in the next academic year is close to a million dollars higher than the current budget. The preliminary general budget presented last month called for $17,926,168. This is a $957,800, or 5.6 percent, increase over the … 0

Montague Notebook

Monday, February 3, 2014

Annual Montague census mailed MONTAGUE — The annual town census forms used to compile the town street list, to calculate state aid and for other purposes were mailed Jan. 23. The Board of Registrars is required by law to verify and update the name, address, age and occupation … 0