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10 Franklin County communities get state funds for storm damage repairs
01-22-2024 4:34 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

BOSTON — With the long-awaited announcement of storm damage relief funding at the Massachusetts Municipal Association’s annual conference this past weekend, Deerfield and Conway, as well as 35 other communities around the state, are finding themselves...

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NMH benefit concert to support Meals on Wheels
02-16-2024 2:43 PM

GILL — Those looking to support LifePath’s Meals on Wheels program while enjoying music are invited to a free benefit concert, to be held at Northfield Mount Hermon School’s Rhodes Arts Center on Sunday, Feb. 18, at 3 p.m.From the NMH instrumental...


Jim Bates: The EV party is over
02-15-2024 7:31 PM

The climate activists in our valley have been partying like it’s 1999, RIP Prince. Our illustrious new governor recently announced $50 million to built EV charging infrastructure across the state. What’s wrong with this picture?State revenues fell for...


Gill, Montague officials hear details of proposed FY25 school budget
02-09-2024 2:50 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

TURNERS FALLS — The Gill-Montague Regional School District’s superintendent and director of business and operations walked town officials through the proposed fiscal year 2025 budget this week and explained the finer details of how those figures came...


Montague, Erving and Gill Notebook: Feb. 9, 2024
02-08-2024 1:42 PM

Zoom talk to share details of Montague Shakespeare Festival MONTAGUE — The Montague Shakespeare Festival planned for March 18 to April 7 is hosting a Zoom talk on Saturday, Feb. 10, at 11 a.m. with Artistic Director Nia Lynn of the Royal Shakespeare...


Franklin County towns exploring changes to accountant positions
01-21-2024 2:22 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

Seven towns around Franklin County are re-examining their town accountant positions due to a change in policies with the current software system contracted through the Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG).For nearly 20 years, FRCOG has...


‘We’re just going to keep growing’: Peila family opens creamery at Sunrise Valley Farm in Gill
01-21-2024 1:42 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GILL — From the outside looking in, not much has changed at Sunrise Valley Farm recently. But, for the past month or so, owners Brian and Keri Peila have had one major addition to their to-do list.With help from their three children, the couple has...


PHOTOS: Fishing with friends
01-19-2024 4:38 PM


Jim Bates: Utopia meets reality
01-17-2024 3:53 PM

I’m so happy I could cry. Have you ever heard that song?Well, local activists are crying in Wendell over a proposed battery storage project. I seem to recall activists in Wendell holding a funeral ritual and praying over tree stumps after they were...


Montague and Gill Notebook: Jan. 10, 2024
01-09-2024 6:02 PM

Deadlines set for Town Meeting article submissions MONTAGUE — The article submission deadline for the March 14 Special Town Meeting is 4 p.m. on Feb. 7.The article submission deadline for the May 4 Annual Town Meeting has been set for 4 p.m. on March...


PHOTOS: Dazzling displays for the holidays
12-22-2023 1:37 PM


Montague and Gill Notebook: Dec. 13, 2023
12-12-2023 4:21 PM

Musica Franklin students to perform with Leala Cyr TURNERS FALLS — Join Musica Franklin at Sheffield Elementary School on Thursday, Dec. 14, from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. for a student performance and family-friendly concert with jazz vocalist and trumpet...


Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day ceremony draws parallels to today’s conflicts
12-07-2023 6:16 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

GILL — The 82nd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the catalyst for the United States’ involvement in World War II, was recognized on Thursday during the annual Remembrance Day ceremony that took place next to the French King Bridge. “Our...


Pro-life group’s request prompts adoption of flag policies across Franklin County
12-05-2023 6:50 PM

By DOMENIC POLI and CHRIS LARABEE

Towns across Franklin County are starting to adopt flag policies after being approached by an anti-abortion group wanting to fly its banner on public grounds.The Pro Life Legal Defense Fund Inc. emailed towns and cities across the state late last...


Jim Bates: Let me say this about that
11-28-2023 4:46 PM

The annual Franklin County Rivers Cleanup, formerly known as the Green River Cleanup, is a noble event that continues to be a self-fulfilling prophecy. People know they can dump items and trash along the river. Why? One, It’s free. Two, they will not...


Gill residents OK solar agreement, expanding Sewer Commission
11-28-2023 12:12 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

GILL — In a swift Special Town Meeting, residents approved a payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) agreement for a solar array, rescinded previously granted borrowing authority and voted to expand the Sewer Commission.Gathered at Town Hall, 13 residents...


Montague Notebook: Nov. 27, 2023
11-24-2023 12:03 PM

NMH invites community to Vespers concertGILL — Northfield Mount Hermon School will celebrate the winter holiday season with two Vespers performances — featuring choral and orchestral music, carols and readings — on Sunday, Dec. 3, at 3:30 p.m. and 7...


Patricia Crosby: Let’s put our money where our ‘buy local’ mouths are
11-21-2023 3:22 PM

The other day I stopped into World Eye Bookshop. There was the new Richard Russo novel. Bought it. And the Ann Patchett. Got that too. Found an adorable little plush dinosaur at an excellent price for one grandchild and a picture book for another....


Sue Kramer: Schools should empower students to become problem-solvers
11-20-2023 8:30 AM

I spent my life teaching toddlers and preschoolers, and I always taught conflict resolution techniques in my classroom. Even the youngest children proved capable of solving problems with their peers, once their feelings and needs were acknowledged....


‘Have a voice and use it well’: Departing Gill, Montague and Erving reporter reflects on job
11-17-2023 8:29 AM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

Dearest readers, it’s with mixed feelings, countless memories and boundless gratitude that I am leaving my full-time position at the Greenfield Recorder and moving back home to eastern Massachusetts.On the surface, this difficult decision was...


Six-town board shares costs of potential school district merger
11-15-2023 4:21 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

GILL — More than 40 officials, school representatives and other stakeholders from six towns convened Tuesday to consider what regionalization of the Gill-Montague and Pioneer Valley regional school districts might entail, particularly in terms of...

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