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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

Montague town meeting: graffiti yes, pipeline no, boiler no

Sunday, May 3, 2015

MONTAGUE — Town meeting members showed themselves if not universally in favor of graffiti, by a majority against the police department’s proposal for dealing with it. A bylaw would have required property owners to cover up or remove any graffiti or face a fine of $20 a day, … 0

Montague sees sharp drop in discarded needles

Thursday, April 30, 2015

MONTAGUE — Earlier this month, Police Chief Charles “Chip” Dodge asked for the community’s help dealing with discarded needles. He got it, from private citizens, local businesses, other town departments and the Franklin County Solid Waste District. On … 0

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 … 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 … 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 … 0

Gill-Montague audit: budget is ‘scary tight’

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Gill-Montague Regional School District’s financial auditor had better news than last year, with the budget “scary tight” but more realistic than under the former business office management. Patrice Squillante of the accounting firm Melanson Heath presented the results of the annual audit covering the … 0

House doesn’t act on helping SNAP recipients

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Legislature did not act on a proposed amendment to help food stamp recipients hurt by a recent bureaucratic change. However, anti-hunger and anti-poverty advocates say the Baker administration has indicated it is willing to look at the problem caused by the recent modernization changes in … 0

Repair or replace?

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

MONTAGUE — With a broken boiler and little notice, the Gill-Montague Regional School District has reached a compromise of sorts with the Montague Energy Committee, which has jurisdiction over the project. Superintendent Michael Sullivan told the Gill-Montague Regional School Committee on Tuesday that after three or four meetings … 0

Group forms against pipeline

Monday, April 27, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Although Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed project would cut across 41/2 miles of Montague, and there have been plenty of “No Pipeline” signs throughout the town, Montague hasn’t had its own group working against the Northeast Energy Direct proposal — until now. A Montague Against … 1

Neighbors: Celebration of birthdays dates back thousands of years

Monday, April 27, 2015

Hello neighbor. Well, I am another year older today. Birthdays have been celebrated for thousands of years, and it seems people are still arguing about the origin of the tradition. I did a little research and found a few interesting facts. It seems scholars have found reference of … 0