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Neighbors: Grandparents: Share your stories

Monday, May 25, 2015

Hello, neighbor Many times in my travels throughout the county, I am stopped by other grandparents who have read about my grandsons Justin, Owen and Travis. They thank me for sharing my stories every now and then, and then they share some of their own with me. Over and over, I hear about how much they are enjoying themselves and I have to admit, I think you all know at … 0

Local machining program graduates 13 more

Thursday, May 21, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School machine shop turned out its fourth batch of machinists Thursday through the Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board’s adult training program. The 13-week Middle Skills Manufacturing Initiative graduated 13 students Thursday for a total of 43 trained since the program began in 2013. Of those, over 80 percent are employed in the field according to organizers. … 0

Neighbors: Go to a local parade and support our veterans Monday

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Hello neighbor. Memorial Day is a federal holiday for remembering people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. It originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in that war, but by the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans … 0

Franklin County Memorial Day events

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Ashfield The Memorial Day parade on Monday begins at 10 a.m. in front of Town Hall, proceeds to Plain Cemetery and to the Veterans Memorial and Civil War Memorial, then back to Town Hall. There will be featured … 0

Montague advocate makes case for 45-day absentee ballot requirement

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Local disability access advocate Betty Tegel this week asked the Board of Selectmen to establish a 45-day requirement for mailing of absentee ballots, saying she did not get hers until the Thursday before Monday’s town election. Selectmen agreed Tuesday to investigate and to put Tegel’s … 0

Montague tree policy to see more discussion

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Disagreement over whether the trees recently felled on Montague Street were public and therefore protected was not resolved, but the Montague Board of Selectmen decided Tuesday night to develop a tree bylaw for the next town meeting and in the meantime asked the tree warden … 0

Recent raids net 229 bags of heroin in Turners Falls

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Northwestern District Anti-Crime Task Force knocked down doors and arrested five Thursday at a Fifth Street apartment building. One woman faces drug dealing charges. Of the remaining four, three were arrested on outstanding warrants and the third on a charge of being present where … 0

Letter: Pension divestiture

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The article about lawmakers pushing pension plans to divest from fossil fuel companies left out a few key points. There is a scientific and growing political consensus that as much as 8 percent of fossil fuel reserves must be left in the ground (“stranded assets”) if we are … 0

Kuklewicz wins in Montague selectman’s race

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

MONTAGUE — Voters backed Richard Kuklewicz for his first three-year term on the Board of Selectmen, denying incumbent Mark Fairbrother a third term. Kuklewicz, longtime chairman of the Franklin County Technical School Committee, took 681 votes to Fairbrother’s 214, while candidate Jacobo Roque trailed with 32. In the … 0

Neighbors: Back in Franklin County

Monday, May 18, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’m back! What a lovely week we had on the water and in Bermuda. The weather was perfect and we got to see a dolphin and a whale show on the way home. I learned early on in the trip that it really is a small … 0

Turners Falls Airport work resumes

Friday, May 15, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Earth movers have been at work at the Turners Falls Municipal Airport for some days now, completing work begun five years ago, and airport manager Michael Longo said it’s all with the sign-off of archeologists … 0

Turners Falls Fishway opens for its brief season

Friday, May 15, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Spring on the Connecticut River offers an unrivaled opportunity to witness the migration of shad, sea lamprey and other anadromous fish at the fish ladders here. These fish migrate from the ocean and head upriver to spawn in the rivers of their birth. A visit … 0

Gill election runneth over with options

Thursday, May 14, 2015

GILL — A once-placid election has boiled over as write-in candidates create contests for seats on the Selectboard, the School Committee and the Cemetery Commission, and for the post of Tree Warden. On the town ballot for the annual election will be: John Ward for Selectboard; John Zwyna … 0