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Rep. Denise Andrews (D-Orange) and Republican candidate Susannah Whipps Lee prepare to begin their debate Saturday at the French King Bowling Alley in Erving. The debate was moderated by Wendell resident Kathy Ann Becker (center). Recorder/Tom Relihan

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 the French King Bowling Alley, saw the … 1

Neighbors: Flash: Lobster pierogi make debut at Turners Falls Pumpkinfest

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Lots to tell you about today, so I’m going to get right to it. I’m heading to the Franklin County Pumpkinfest on Avenue A in Turners Falls with grandson Justin and his mommy (Suzanne) later on Saturday afternoon, so I’ll see you there! The fun starts at 2 p.m. and doesn’t … 0

Legislators push back on planned electric rate hikes

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Rep. Denise Andrews, D-Orange, is among more than a dozen legislators calling on the state Department of Public Utilities to examine the impact of its recent approval of a 37 percent rate hike for National Grid customers beginning next month. The letter, initiated by Rep. Anne Gobi, D-Spencer, includes Sen. Stephen Brewer, D-Barre, … 0

Belchertown man arrested in New Salem break-ins

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

NEW SALEM — After a month of investigation, the New Salem Police Department has filed charges against Belchertown resident Tyrone G. Ulmer Jr., 43, for allegedly breaking into two homes. On July 29, Lt. Marcy Helems and Detective John Bonafini responded to reports of break-ins at homes on … 0

Neighbors: Team Greenfield wins first annual mayors golf tourney

Monday, August 18, 2014

Hello neighbor. You may have read the story I wrote last week about Greenfield Mayor William Martin traveling to Southampton with several teams from town to play in the first annual Western Massachusetts Mayors Cup Golf Tournament to raise money for the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. Well, … 0

Second Franklin District Notebook

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Andrews opens campaign office ORANGE — State Rep. Denise Andrews, D-Orange, has recently opened her campaign office as she seeks her third term as legislator for the 2nd Franklin District. The office is located at 209B New Athol Road. Andrews will be on the Nov. 4 general election … 0

Swift River School signup set for Thursday

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Swift River School, the public elementary school serving the children of New Salem and Wendell in kindergarten through grade 6, will open on Aug. 27. Swift River, which also houses pre-school for 3- and 4-year-olds, will be registering new students on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. … 0

Taste the summer in CISA’s Local Hero restaurant fare

Friday, August 15, 2014

If you can’t come out for a whole meal during CISA’s Local Hero Restaurant Days on Tuesday and Wednesday , at least come to the Wagon Wheel in Gill for homemade peach ice cream made with peaches from Clarkdale Farm. Or have a grass-fed beef tenderloin steak at … 0

Neighbors: Girls Club still needs help to save building

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Hello neighbor. A while back, I told you that the Girls Club of Greenfield was on a campaign to raise money to save Camp Stonehenge on Oak Hill Road in Leyden. Well, it has raised $2,000 so far. It began a coin can fundraiser earlier this year, hoping … 0

Neighbors: Supermoon dazzles in Franklin County’s summer sky

Monday, August 11, 2014

Hello neighbor. If you missed the “supermoon” this past weekend — it was the largest full moon of 2014 — you’ll have one last chance to see one in September. The term “supermoon” came from astrologer Richard Nolle … 0

Six local public libraries win state grants

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Library users in at least five Franklin County towns will benefit from this year’s round of federal grants funneled through the state library board. The New Salem, Erving, Wendell, Shutesbury and Leverett public libraries all received grants, the latter four in a combined application. A Greenfield proposal also … 0

Neighbors: Give blood

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Hello neighbor. I recently read about how a propane company in Dedham and the American Red Cross partnered to collect more than 750 blood donations throughout the state this summer. I didn’t realize that one blood donation could potentially help save the lives of up to three people. … 0

Andrews a lone vote against tougher heroin sentences

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

ORANGE — North Quabbin legislator Denise Andrews has come under fire for being the only member of the House of Representatives to vote against toughening penalties for heroin trafficking. The Republican candidate for the Second Franklin District House seat now held by Andrews has criticized the incumbent for … 3