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‘I am the Second Franklin District’

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Athol Selectman Susannah Whipps Lee says she challenging incumbent state Rep. Denise Andrews for the Second Franklin House District because she wants to put skills learned in helping run her family’s manufacturing business to work boosting the economic health of the 12-town district. A seventh-generation Athol resident, the Republican candidate lost a three-way race to the Orange Democrat back in 2012 by just 180 votes, with 1,906 votes going to a third candidate. The 46-year-old co-owner of Whipps Inc., the manufacturing business founded by her parents in 1977, Lee has been an Athol selectman for seven years, is a charter member of and past president … 0

‘I see progress, results. And I see we need to keep this going”

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Seeking her third term representing the Second Franklin District in the House, Denise Andrews says she has been working to bring jobs back to the district and improve the economy “We have modest job growth and a modest recovery in revenue, but there is much more work to be done,” said the Orange … 0

Neighbors: Safe Halloween fun planned for all on Friday

Monday, October 27, 2014

Hello neighbor. Here we are, just three days to Halloween — you know, when all those little ghosts, goblins and superheroes roam our streets with their parents in search of treats. A few of our towns will have their usual rag shag parades again this year. Greenfield will begin its festivities at 4 … 0

Ballot initiative to repeal gas tax measure fuels debate

Friday, September 5, 2014

It won’t be on the ballot until November, but the campaign to repeal indexing gasoline tax increases to the inflation rate is already receiving plenty of attention, especially in the Republican primary race in the Second Franklin House District. Anyone driving through Orange, Gill, Erving, Warwick, New Salem … 0

Neighbors: All’s fair this weekend, especially fried dough

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Hello neighbor. Has anyone else noticed this was a very long short week? I don’t know if it was the intense heat and humidity or what, but the weekend is here and it’s fair time. The Franklin County Fair opened last night with its parade along Main Street. … 0

2nd district hopefuls vie for GOP rep nod

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The sole local primary race in Franklin County on Tuesday pits two North Quabbin Republican women against one another, with the winner going on to challenge two-term incumbent Democrat Rep. Denise Andrews of Orange in November. Both Karen … 0

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