Gill

Turners Falls earns battlefield grant

Thursday, July 24, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — It has been 338 years and since the Great Falls on the Connecticut River between present-day Gill and Montague took a place in the bloody geography of King Philip’s War, and two years since the most recent effort to study the battle began. Unsuccessful last year, the town of Montague’s application to the National Park Service’s American Battlefield Protection Program bore $60,000 this month. The $60,000 grant, … 0

Neighbors: Young neighbor to raise money for animals

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Hello neighbor. One of our younger neighbors, 11-year-old Miracle Leyro, is organizing a walk through the downtown Greenfield area this Saturday with a group of her friends. The youngsters plan to raise money for Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society. Miracle’s mother Diana Nunez told me that Miracle plans to walk along Main and Federal streets, as well as some of the side streets, … 0

Selectmen look for help to stem French King Bridge suicides

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

According to rough figures gleaned from The Recorder’s newspaper’s archives, a minimum of 30 people have killed themselves in jumping from the French King Bridge since its construction in 1932, two this year. Troubled by the continued loss of life and the danger to local police and firefighters rushing to recover the bodies … 2

Gill-Montague Regional School District notebook

Monday, May 26, 2014

Moberg new principal TURNERS FALLS — Sheffield Elementary School Assistant Principal Sharon Moberg has been promoted to principal of the school, effective in July. Superintendent Michael Sullivan announced the appointment . “I believe Sharon has the professional knowledge and interpersonal skills and the disposition and the passion, all … 0

No more Great Falls pre-k

Monday, May 26, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — There will no longer be a preschool classroom in the shared Turners Falls High School/Great Falls Middle School building, an end to a two-year experiment. Former interim Superintendent Nadine Ekstrom moved the preschool classroom from the elementary school into the middle school in 2012, saying … 0

Canadian company takes over Baystate Health Ambulance

Monday, May 26, 2014

GREENFIELD — A Canadian health company has officially purchased Baystate Health Ambulance and, beginning Sunday, is now the emergency first responder for seven Franklin County towns. MedCare Emergency Health, an offshoot of Nova Scotia company Medavie EMS, will provide 911 emergency services for Greenfield, Montague, Bernardston, Gill, Shelburne, … 0

River boat handlers return

Sunday, May 25, 2014

GILL — By 9:45 a.m., the cold haze over Barton Cove had burned off and the occupants of the three cabin cruisers at the end of the second dock, the only people visible at the Franklin County Boat … 0

NMH commencement: Class of ‘14 urged to be humble, creative

Sunday, May 25, 2014

GILL — Northfield Mount Hermon class orator Taylor R. Tonkinson of Keene, N.H., told her classmates she wasn’t qualified to advise them, but argued against exceptionalism and urged her classmates to conduct themselves as members of a team … 0

Neighbors: Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Hello neighbor. Well, here we are — Memorial Day weekend already. The federal holiday started as a way to remember and honor the men and women who died while serving their country. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the Civil War to commemorate Union and Confederate … 0

G-M on standardized tests: when to switch?

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Like others around the county, the Gill-Montague Regional School District is standing in the no-man’s-land between the old standardized tests and the new. The Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System tests may be giving way to the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers in … 0

G-M district looking at scaling back another test

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — As it prepares to integrate a new statewide standardized test to replace the MCAS, the Gill-Montague Regional School District is also looking at scaling back use of another, unpopular standardized test subscribed to by the district for several years. Superintendent Michael Sullivan said the Measures … 0

Ann Banash reflects on 21 years at helm of Gill government

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

GILL — After just over three decades wrapped up in town government, Ann Banash has left the cold for good and attended her last meeting as a member of the Selectboard. “I’m having a little more trouble than … 0

Setting sail

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

In this feature photo, Chris Kennick of Amherst, Victoria Belisle of Sturbridge and Justin Kennick of Northampton take a handcrafted wooden boat — built by Lowell Boat shop in 1979 — out for a spin at Barton Cove … 0