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My Turn: Unneeded, twice-rejected raise back for another vote in Erving
05-01-2024 5:31 PM

By BOB STEELE I am writing about the validity of a recent residents’ vote in Erving. At a Town Meeting in October 2023 and again in January 2024, town residents voted to defeat an article for a pay increase for the elected positions of treasurer,...

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Erving Town Meeting voters back Care Drive housing project
05-09-2024 3:53 PM


ERVING — The town is one step closer to affordable housing on Care Drive after residents voted Wednesday to authorize the Selectboard to lease, convey or otherwise dispose of the property eyed for the development.Voters at Annual Town Meeting also...

Bulky waste recycling event set for Saturday
05-08-2024 10:41 AM

The Franklin County Solid Waste Management District is holding a “Clean Sweep” Bulky Waste Recycling Day on Saturday, May 11, from 9 a.m. to noon at three locations, including one new spot this year.Instead of the Northfield Highway Garage, the Erving...

Erving voters say ‘no’ to $3.7M debt exclusion
05-07-2024 6:18 PM

ERVING — Monday’s election saw incumbents reelected to their roles, including Highway Superintendent Glenn McCrory, who fended off Anthony Cunha for a one-year tree warden position, as well as the rejection of a debt exclusion to pay to demolish the...

Employee pay, real estate top Erving Town Meeting warrant
05-06-2024 5:30 PM


ERVING — Employee compensation and real estate transactions are expected to be the most discussed topics at Annual Town Meeting on Wednesday, according to Town Administrator Bryan Smith.Articles regarding private property are clumped at the end of the...

Franklin Tech student welds artistic bench for French King Bridge
04-29-2024 4:55 PM


ERVING — Drawing inspiration from the French King Bridge, Franklin County Technical School senior Laynie Coates, 17, put her welding skills to the test.The result, a green bench with lettering that says “Gateway to the Mohawk Trail” and a bridge-like...

Erving rejects trade school’s incomplete proposal for mill reuse
04-24-2024 5:48 PM


ERVING — While the Selectboard was forced to reject the lone procurement submission for the former International Paper Mill because it was incomplete, members hope the applicant’s idea could be a window to future opportunities.Hancock Academy is...

Parents question handling of threat at Erving Elementary School
04-24-2024 4:51 PM


ERVING — Following a report of a threat that involved an Erving Elementary School student, parents questioned the School Committee on Tuesday about what can be done in light of concerns over the administration’s response.According to a joint statement...

$10K grant to build on Erving Public Library’s work with neurodivergent patrons
04-22-2024 2:54 PM

ERVING — The Erving Public Library is one of 310 libraries chosen to participate in the second round of “Libraries Transforming Communities: Accessible Small and Rural Communities,” an American Library Association initiative that provides community...

MassDOT shares plans for Church Street bridge replacement in Erving
04-19-2024 12:58 PM


ERVING — The state Department of Transportation held a public hearing on Thursday to outline its plan to replace the Church Street bridge over Keyup Brook starting in the spring of 2025.The bridge connects Church Street to North Street, and the...

County cleanups on tap for Earth Day
04-17-2024 5:12 PM


Residents across Franklin County plan to get their hands dirty in celebration of Earth Day, with various cleanup events on the horizon.In Colrain, residents can roll up their sleeves and pick up roadside litter as part of “Spruce Up Colrain.” There is...

Montague, Gill and Erving Notebook: April 18, 2024
04-17-2024 10:22 AM

Concert planned at Unnameable Books TURNERS FALLS — Unnameable Books at 66 Avenue A will host a double-bill of local and touring singer-songwriters, Ramon & Jessica and Mare Berger, on Saturday, May 4, from 7 to 9 p.m.Opening the show will be...

Montague and Erving Notebook: April 15, 2024
04-14-2024 10:00 AM

Plant Sale, Raffle and Book Sale coming upERVING — The Friends of the Erving Public Library will host a Plant Sale, Raffle and Book Sale at the library. The sale will begin Saturday, April 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and will continue through May 12...

PHOTO: Learning leather
04-10-2024 5:27 PM

Montague and Erving Notebook: April 10, 2024
04-09-2024 4:27 PM

Pollinator gardens, cannabis subject of workshopERVING — The Erving Public Library will host a workshop that will include discussion about backyard pollinator gardens and organic cannabis on Thursday, April 11, at 5:30 p.m.Puzzle swap set for...

Montague and Erving Notebook: April 6, 2024
04-05-2024 2:31 PM

DPW superintendent to retire MONTAGUE — Department of Public Works Superintendent Tom Bergeron announced his retirement, effective June 27, during Monday’s Selectboard meeting.“I wish to express my gratitude for the opportunity to work with so many...

Erving man wins $4M in state lottery
04-02-2024 4:08 PM


GREENFIELD — An Erving man says he plans to purchase a house and a car after winning $4 million in the Massachusetts State Lottery last month.Jeremy Bouchard played the “$4,000,000 Jumbo Cash” game with an instant ticket he purchased from the Sandri...

DCR sees booking surge at state campgrounds
03-27-2024 5:23 PM


It seems people from all over are anxious for spring to arrive as bookings at the three state camping locations in Franklin and Hampshire counties are filling up fast.The state Department of Conservation and Recreation reports that at least 756 total...

Hearing to consider Erving Elementary’s budget; $4.06M proposal favored by committee
03-26-2024 4:56 PM


ERVING — The Erving School Committee will hold a public hearing on Wednesday to pick one of three potential fiscal year 2025 budgets — two to the tune of nearly $4.06 million and another that totals approximately $4.13 million.The committee voted in...

Info sessions to share scope of $15.6M housing proposal in Erving
03-24-2024 2:01 PM


ERVING — Ahead of this year’s Annual Town Meeting, two information sessions will be held to share details on an estimated $15.6 million housing proposal from Rural Development Inc. (RDI). The presentations will be held at the Senior & Community Center...

Judge speaks on prevalent crimes, rehabilitative programs for former inmates
03-20-2024 6:17 PM


ERVING — With 15 years of experience on the bench at Orange District Court, Judge Laurie MacLeod shared some of the significant problems facing Franklin County and the promising programs that aim to remedy them.MacLeod met with Franklin County...

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