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Used with permission/Historic Railroad Scenes 2015 Calendar Franklin County
This is train No. 55 at 10:41 a.m., and the woman is signalling the engineer that she wants the train to stop. The pickup truck is probably awaiting mail, or a few late edition Boston newspapers, that would be tossed off at speed if there were no passengers to board or disembark.

Neighbors: Local 2015 calendars offer variety

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Hello, neighbor. It’s that time of year — 2015 calendars are here and it’s time for you to decide what you’d like hanging on your wall for 12 months. If you are interested in local history, trains or both, then the Historic Railroad Scenes of Franklin County calendar is for you. Local historians Peter Miller and Alden Dreyer of Shelburne … 0

Political Notebook

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Business group endorses Lee The National Federation of Independent Businesses has endorsed Republican Susannah Whipps Lee of Athol in her bid to unseat Democratic incumbent Rep. Denise Andrews of Orange in the Second Franklin District House race. NFIB cited Lee’s background and the record of her family’s manufacturing business, Whipps, Inc., for creating jobs. Lee said, “These are my peers in the business … 0

Andrews, Whipps Lee talk jobs, pipeline, hunting in debate

Sunday, October 19, 2014

ERVING — Jobs and economic development in the North Quabbin region dominated a debate between Rep. Denise Andrews, the 2nd Franklin District’s incumbent Democrat, and her challenger, Republican Susannah Whipps Lee Saturday evening. The debate, which was moderated by former Wendell Town Moderator Kathy Ann Becker and broadcast on Athol-Orange Community Television from … 1

Last-mile broadband collaboration takes next step in planning

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

BOSTON — Now that the state has $50 million to help build out rural broadband Internet access, western Massachusetts legislators met Tuesday with Internet community groups to plan what state Sen. Stan Rosenberg calls “the Last Mile Solution” — how to secure high-speed Internet in unserved and partially … 0

Neighbors: Walk for suicide leaves from Energy Park Oct. 5

Monday, September 22, 2014

Hello neighbor. With the recent news of Robin Williams, one of the greatest actors and comedians of our time, taking his life still fresh in our minds, I’d like to tell you about a very important fundraiser walk coming up. It will begin in the Greenfield Energy Park. … 0

Mansfield man ‘critical’ after 3-car accident in New Salem

Monday, September 22, 2014

NEW SALEM — A 19-year-old Mansfield man was seriously injured in a Sunday crash on Route 202. The man, who was not named, suffered neck and head injuries and was taken to the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester by helicopter ambulance, according to Mary Carey, spokeswoman … 0

Route 202 crash Sunday; few details available

Sunday, September 21, 2014

A three-vehicle accident on Route 202 in the area of the New Salem/Shutesbury town line early Sunday afternoon sent multiple people to the hospital and closed the road for a time, according to reports from Athol and Belchertown State Police barracks. Little about the accident could be confirmed … 0

Two local dance teachers want spot on ‘Amazing Race’

Friday, September 19, 2014

Two local dance teachers are eagerly awaiting a call back from producers of the Amazing Race reality television game show to find out if they’ll have a chance at being chosen as one of the teams to compete … 0

Neighbors: Lots of fun and festivals this fall

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Hello neighbor. What a great couple of months we have ahead of us here in the county. It’s no secret that fall is my favorite season, not only because of the brilliant color, cool temperatures and crisp apples from our local orchards, but because the county is alive … 1

Andrews blasts mailing as ‘misleading attack’

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Rep. Denise Andrews, D-Orange, is lashing out against what she says is a “misleading attack mailing” by the conservative advocacy organization Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance “on behalf of the Republican party,” criticizing her voting record as her re-election campaign … 1

Shelter from the harm

Monday, September 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — By January 2015, victims of child abuse and sexual assault in Franklin County will have a safe and comfortable place to report the incidents to police and medical professionals. The Northwestern Children’s Advocacy Project, is renovating … 0

Sustainable film fest seeks submissions

Monday, September 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — There’s still time to get your short film into the running for the third annual Pioneer Valley Transition Towns Film Festival. Films seven minutes or shorter on sustainable living will be accepted until Oct. 17. The top films will be screened and awards announced starting at … 0

Neighbors: Support a local gem

Monday, September 15, 2014

Hello neighbor. I wanted to take a couple of minutes today to remind you folks of how lucky we are to have a real gem here in the county. I was talking with my friend Judy on Monday … 0