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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

Fair thee well

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

GREENFIELD — Franklin County Fair president Fred Steiner barely made it past the stables at the Franklin County Fairgrounds before Adam Martin, of Martin’s Farm in Greenfield, emerged from an old red barn and flagged him down. As … 0

Braving the Limelight: Franklin County Fair's Got Talent

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Jan Morris of Northfield says she has always considered her talent to be writing and singing parodies. She tried several times to get her one-woman act off the ground, but her dreams always fell through because she found … 0

Neighbors: Falling into Franklin County Fair season

Monday, September 1, 2014

Hello neighbor. This weekend was the unofficial start to fall and we all know what that means. Yes, the days are getting shorter and soon temperatures will begin to drop — I’m not even going to mention the white stuff, yet. But fall also means the Franklin County … 0

Neighbors: Local teens attend two-week craft program

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Hello, neighbors. Two of our younger neighbors participated in a two-week craft program in Williamsburg this year and, I’m told, had a lot of fun doing so. Fourteen-year-old James Simpson and 15-year-old Henry Walker-West, both of Shelburne Falls, spent two weeks at Snow Farm Summer, a program of … 0

Fall YMCA registration begins

Monday, August 25, 2014

GREENFIELD —Registration is now taking place for the September/October session of YMCA classes and programs. The Y has programs for children as young as six months (parent/child swim/gym classes) to adults in their nineties (chair fitness, balance & stretch, water fitness). Most of the classes run in eight … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy the beautiful weather

Monday, August 25, 2014

Hello neighbor. Looks like it’s going to be a beautiful week. Temperatures are supposed to be in the mid 70s and 80s, with maybe a little rain mid-week. Get out there and see Franklin County. Can you believe fall is just around the corner? I’m sorry this column … 0

De-tech-tive work pays off after robberies

Friday, August 22, 2014

DEERFIELD — A fast food bag, a change machine and the innovative use of GPS technology has helped the Deerfield Police Department catch a man they allege broke into a Pine Nook Road home on July 30 and stole several expensive items. Tyrone G. Ulmer, 43, of Belchertown, … 0

Brewfest set for Sept. 6 in New Salem

Friday, August 22, 2014

NEW SALEM — The New Salem General Store and sponsors once again present a tasting of 30-plus brands, offering a wide variety of styles of craft beers, wines, cider, and spirits. Many of these offerings are made by micro and craft brewers and winemakers in the Pioneer Valley … 0

Hooked: Reporter David Rainville reels in a good time on the Quabbin Reservoir

Friday, August 22, 2014

The first rule of fishing in a rented boat on the Quabbin Reservoir is simple: get there early. Gate 31 off Route 122 in New Salem opens at 6 a.m. and that could already be too late depending … 0

What you need to know if you want to go fishing on the Quabbin Reservoir

Friday, August 22, 2014

NEW SALEM — If you want to rent a boat at the Quabbin Reservoir and spend the day on the water, you’ll need two things: cash and an alarm clock. Rentals start at 6 a.m. and it’s best to show up before the gate opens. Even on a … 0