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The Gill Montague Bridge is still under construction. Recorder/Paul Franz

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 this week in response to questions about the status of the bridge project, which some people think concluded when it reopened fully after about 18 months. At one point the state hoped to complete its rehabilitation of the Gill-Montague Bridge by the fall of 2013, after an original projection of May 2014. DOT spokesman Michael Verseckes said via email that an extra work order for redesigned bearings … 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 to attend ScoliSMART Scoliosis Boot Camp in Pennsylvania for two weeks beginning June 15 to … 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 perfect balance of cake and glaze,” when writing about Adams Donuts at 348 Federal St. … 0

Gill-Montague Notebook

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Three-town rabies clinic GILL — Gill residents are invited to bring cats and dogs to a three-town rabies clinic in Bernardston on Sunday. The clinic runs from 9 a.m. to noon in the Bernardston Police Station, 256 South St., for Bernardston, Gill and Northfield residents. Clerks from the … 0

Rabies clinic Sunday

Monday, March 16, 2015

BERNARDSTON — You and your pets can skip a trip to the V-E-T with a regional rabies clinic this weekend. From 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, area residents can have their dogs and cats vaccinated against the deadly disease at the Bernardston police station, 256 South St. Dog … 0

Neighbors: Father and daughter recovering nicely after kidney transplant

Monday, March 16, 2015

Hello neighbor. Our neighbor Tim Ollari is doing well after receiving a kidney from his daughter Stephanie last Thursday. Stephanie says Tim looks like a new person — full of life again. She, on the other hand, had … 0

Letter: Our evolving district

Sunday, March 15, 2015

As things stand at the moment, the Gill-Montague Regional School District anticipates making a net reduction of 15 staff positions for next school year. This will mean the loss of some talented and dedicated professionals who are admired by students and cherished by colleagues. In this important respect, … 0

Franklin County Tech principal picked

Sunday, March 15, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Shawn Rickan of Phillipston is to take over for Franklin County Technical School Principal and Assistant Superintendent Richard Martin when Martin moves into the superintendent’s office in July. Now a high school principal in Baldwinville, Rickan earlier worked in Orange for five years and is … 0

Growing sprouts, growing a family

Sunday, March 15, 2015

GILL — Every Tuesday and Wednesday, Seay Minor drives 300 miles in what was once the family minivan, a red Chrysler with the passenger compartment gutted and retrofitted with insulation and a roof-mounted refrigeration unit to keep his … 0

‘Fiber Towns’ to residents: Prove you want broadband

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The WiredWest high-speed Internet collaborative has started signing up residents of 32 member towns for “Last-Mile” fiber-optic broadband. This is the first step for “fiber towns” to become part of the collaborative’s fiber-optic network. If 40 percent of a fiber town’s households sign up, it shows there is … 0

Trooper: police poser pinched with pilfered pot

Friday, March 13, 2015

GILL — A Holyoke man faces several charges after he allegedly used a fake police light to rob two other men of several pounds of pot. Nicholas J. Swindell, 21, of 105 Dartmouth St., pleaded innocent in Greenfield District Court Friday to charges of possession of marijuana with … 0

Neighbors: Recorder reporter to share his photography

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’d like to put a plug in for one of my colleagues. Shelburne Grange is hosting a photography presentation by Recorder reporter David Rainville on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Fellowship Hall, 17 Little Mohawk Road in Shelburne Center. The event is free and open to … 0

Tech School budget takes transportation hit

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School Committee has approved a $10,159,000 budget, unchanged from this year but with a 5 percent increase in the sum requested from the district’s 19 member towns. The final budget is down $52,000 from the $10,211,000 preliminary budget approved last month. … 0