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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

Neighbors: Grandparents proud of grandson’s award

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Our neighbors Shirley and Don Ward of Buckland were happy to announce this week that their grandson Jared “JD” Jurentkuff won an Emmy Award for an Apple commercial he worked on last year titled “Misunderstood.” JD … 0

GOP candidates Whipps Lee, Anderson face off in race’s only debate

Thursday, August 21, 2014

PETERSHAM — The two Republican hopefuls in the region’s only primary contest sat far apart at a long table on the Petersham Town Hall meeting room stage this week, but Susannah Whipps Lee of Athol and Karen Anderson of Orange appeared to be not that far apart on … 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