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Marc and Stephanie Parent of Orange prepare to launch from the public boat ramp in Gill on Labor Day while infant daughter Aubree unwittingly awaits her life vest. Stephanie said Aubree likes boat rides, but not life vests. Not pictured is Aubree's sister Natalie, age 3 and enjoying the shallows.       
Recorder Chris Curtis

Holiday on the river

Monday, September 1, 2014

GILL — The unofficial end of summer passed Monday with sun and heat. Despite the impending cold, people on the bank of the Connecticut River were unaccountably cheerful Monday afternoon. Walking off the dock from noon fishing at the public boat ramp off Route 2, father and son Donny and Trey Fraser of South Deerfield were unperturbed by the prospect … 0

Neighbors: Falling into Franklin County Fair season

Monday, September 1, 2014

Hello neighbor. This weekend was the unofficial start to fall and we all know what that means. Yes, the days are getting shorter and soon temperatures will begin to drop — I’m not even going to mention the white stuff, yet. But fall also means the Franklin County Fair, lots of fun festivals, crispy apples and hot cider with cinnamon and a welcomed … 0

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 … 0

Neighbors: Scholarships help students pursue dreams and agencies help others

Monday, June 23, 2014

Hello neighbor. The Wells Trust Scholarship recently announced this year’s recipients and I’d like to share their names, or at least where some of them are from, with you today. Fred W. and Ethel Dow Wells were longtime … 0

More than 1/3 of Franklin County ticks carry Lyme disease

Friday, June 20, 2014

More than a third of ticks collected in 10 Franklin County towns so far this season have tested positive for Lyme disease. “We are finding Lyme to be highly prevalent in Franklin County, but we also know it … 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