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Neighbors: ’Tis the season of giving

Monday, November 30, 2015

Hello neighbor. Diggity Dogs Service Dogs, a nonprofit in Shelburne Falls, will tour the valley today to thank the community for another year of support. Diggity Dogs will also be raising awareness for #GivingTuesday, which is today. Following two of the biggest shopping days of the year — Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday is a global movement of generosity, which began in 2012. New York’s 92nd Street Y partnered … 0

Gill trash schedule

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

GILL — Trash and recycling collection will be shifted from Friday to Saturday this week, because of the Thanksgiving holiday. Because Christmas and New Years both fall on Fridays this year, trash and recycling will be moved to Saturday, Dec. 26 and Saturday, Jan. 2, as well. All other aspects of collection will stay the same, and both trash and recycling should be … 0

Neighbors: Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving

Monday, November 23, 2015

Hello neighbor. As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, I’m hearing from friends and relatives who are stressed because so many of their guests have limited diets at this point — we all know someone who eats gluten-free, is a vegan or vegetarian, is lactose intolerant, or has some other dietary restriction. That’s OK! I think the best way to approach the holiday, which, by the … 0

School board off to rocky start on Gill-Montague teachers contract negotiations

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — With bargaining to begin soon on new three-year contracts for Gill-Montague Regional School District workers, school board members Tuesday got into a wrangle — not with their employees, but with each other. The nine members got into a heated debate about the process of appointing … 0

State nixes aggregate power plan

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — State regulators have denied plans by 35 area communities, including 11 in Franklin County, to buy cheaper electricity through a collective. The state Department of Public Utilities cited failures of cities and towns to properly inform residents of the plans, evidence of false and misleading statements … 1

Neighbors: Garlic and Arts Festival returns Sept. 26 and 27

Monday, September 14, 2015

Hello neighbor. When a group of North Quabbin neighbors, artists and farmers first conceived an idea for an event years ago, the North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival was born. It was simply meant to ignite the cultural … 0

Final Gill Cruise-in set for Thursday, Sept. 17

Friday, September 11, 2015

GILL — Looking for to see more classic cars before the leaves change colors? For the past 10 years, Gill resident Fred Rosner has sponsored cruise-ins on his lawn. Before he retires, he will host his final cruise-in on Thursday, Sept. 17 from 3 p.m. to dusk at … 0

Neighbors: All’s Fair in Franklin County this weekend

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Hello neighbor. THE FRANKLIN COUNTY FAIR HAS BEGUN and with it, lots of fun. There will be lots of fair food — Yum! — rides, games and entertainment. You’ll see plenty of apple pies this year because the fair will continue its long-standing tradition of holding an apple … 0

Student restaurant opens at Tech School for school year

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School’s Apprentice Restaurant opens to the public Sept. 22. The restaurant is open for lunch only, Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The menu is posted online daily at Students and staff in the culinary arts program … 0

Floating into fall: Local boaters spend a Labor Day in the sun

Monday, September 7, 2015

GILL — Pontoon party boats, small fisherman boats and everything in between sailed into the Connecticut River early Monday morning in one last effort to spend a relaxed day catching the sun’s rays before the turn of the … 0

Town Meetings, Sept. 7 to 12

Friday, September 4, 2015

Ashfield Board of Assessors: Tuesday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Finance Committee: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Selectboard: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Special town meeting: Tuesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Conservation Commission: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Special election: Thursday 7 a.m. to … 0

Neighbors: Be aware of childhood cancer and do something, if you can

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Hello neighbor. It’s every parent’s worst nightmare, and it became reality for our neighbors Jeffrey and Bobbi Hampton of Greenfield, who lost their beautiful daughter Ally to childhood cancer in 2014. Alexandria “Ally” Katlyn Hampton was 20 when … 0

Tech school adds college-prep, AP courses

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Classes started this week at Franklin County Technical School for the 38th time, but for the first time with advanced college placement classes. The Technical School this year added junior and senior AP English classes … 0