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. Begun after local machine shops in need … 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 speakers and music as well. Bernardston The town’s parade kicks off from the Four Leaf … 0

Teens practice teamwork, make connections at 24th annual Youth Conference

Sunday, May 10, 2015

MONTAGUE — Cait Ridenour’s focus was intense as she stared down the marshmallow perched atop three sticks of uncooked spaghetti. Her fingers were pinched around the bottoms of two of the sticks, while Seth Townsley of Ashfield secured … 0

Body found in Connecticut River in April identified

Friday, May 8, 2015

GILL — The identity of a dead man recovered from the Connecticut River has been released. The body of Thomas Bruno, 54, of Springfield, was recovered April 13. He was identified by the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office. His body was found after police were called about something falling … 0

Man rescued from Conn. River in Turners Falls

Thursday, May 7, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — At around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, police and fire officials rushed to the Canalside Rail Trail bridge off the bike path where they heard a middle-aged man screaming in the Connecticut River, police said. Within a … 0

Neighbors: Neighbors will return May 19

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Hello neighbor. Neighbors will not be back until May 19. I am headed this morning with my friend Diane Poirier on a cruise to Bermuda. I hope you all have a wonderful week. I can’t imagine we’ll have anything but a great time. See you when I return. … 0

Letter: Time to move on

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

It’s been over three years since the town entered into negotiations with Mark Zaccheo and his proposal to purchase the building for use as an apartment complex. Since that time, the purchase price has dropped from $50,000 to $1. Also since that time, the town (at taxpayers’ cost) … 0

Montague K9s get protective gear

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Montague police dogs Sunny and Artie have received bullet/stab-resistant vests from a nonprofit organization, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. The charity hosted a motorcycle ride that raised about $15,000 for 16 Massachusetts K9s. Each … 0

Soapbox Derby needs driver

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Montague Soapbox Derby didn’t happen last year, and it’s in danger of not happening again if the founder can’t find an organization to take over the reins of the gravity-powered race. “If nobody gets … 0

Turners Falls 11-year-old needs your online votes

Monday, May 4, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Like many 11-year-olds, Jacob Norwood of Turners Falls is a happy kid with a contagious laugh, bringing joy to his parents and teaching them to appreciate the small things in life. Jacob was born on … 1

Neighbors: Another chance to help a neighbor in need

Monday, May 4, 2015

Hello, neighbor. First, I would like to send out a “very happy birthday” to grandson Justin’s beautiful mommy Suzanne. There’s going be a benefit golf tournament with shotgun start for longtime local disc jockey Ryan Interlande, who needs a heart transplant, at Thomas Memorial Golf and Country Club … 0

Letter: Need to look long term

Sunday, May 3, 2015

I agree with Chris Farrell of the Berkshire Gas Co. that in the short term the lack of pipeline capacity could have a negative impact on economic development and could cause higher energy prices. Those of us opposed to the proposed TGP pipeline should not deny that. But … 0