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The French King Bridge spaning the Connecticut River from Erving to Gill at the confluence of the Millers River is a often the last stop for despondent people. Recorder/Paul Franz

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 or rescue survivors, Gill Selectboard Chairman Randy … 2

Neighbors: Head to the North Quabbin for some summer fun

Monday, July 21, 2014

Hello neighbor. I was really excited to read last week that the North Quabbin will be getting some help from the state to boost tourism. It’s such a beautiful area — and you all know how much I love the Quabbin Reservoir. There are other attractions in that area: Starrett Museum in Athol, Swift River Historical Society Museum in New Salem and Tully … 0

Neighbors: Local writers publish book of short memoirs

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Hello neighbor. A wonderful group of local writers has published another book. “Days and Moments, Moments and Days,” by Well Done Writers, is now available at World Eye Bookshop in Greenfield and Boswell’s Books in Shelburne Falls. Our neighbor Janet Keyes, who happens to be one of the writers, said the name of the group comes from the place where they meet to … 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

Neighbors: Area residents’ accomplishments impressive

Monday, May 19, 2014

Hello neighbor. As I was saying last week, we have a lot of talented neighbors here in Franklin County. I have a few events I want to share with you today, but you will also read about several … 0

Snedeker wins Gill selectman vote

Monday, May 19, 2014

Gill and Montague elected their town and school district officials Monday, with one contest on the ballots. Gregory M. Snedeker will be the new addition to the Gill Selectboard, winning the seat 115-79 over Fred O. Chase II. The two competed for the seat left empty by longtime … 0