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Franklin County vets: Little spike in pets consuming pot since legalization
07-08-2024 3:17 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

Area veterinarians say there has been no drastic increase in the number of pets brought in with cannabis in their systems since it was legalized in Massachusetts, though more of the animals’ owners are willing to admit their dog or cat got into their...

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Needham man pleads guilty in crash that killed Athol woman
06-24-2024 4:03 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

GREENFIELD — A Needham man was sentenced to nine months in jail on Monday after pleading guilty to a charge of vehicular homicide by negligent operation in connection with a crash that killed an Athol woman on Route 2 in Gill last year.Benoit Marande,...


Pro-life group’s request prompts adoption of flag policies across Franklin County
12-05-2023 5:00 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...


‘A new iteration’ for French King Bridge: Advocates, officials mark installation of safety barriers
10-13-2023 5:38 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

ERVING — In recognition of the long-awaited installation of safety barriers at the French King Bridge, town and state officials, first responders and affected families gathered for an emotional reception at the French King Restaurant on Thursday...


10 local schools classified as ‘requiring assistance or intervention’ following MCAS results
10-02-2023 5:00 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA, BELLA LEVAVI, MARY BYRNE and MAX BOWEN

Gill Elementary School and Petersham Center School have emerged as two of the state’s 66 strongest-performing schools relative to MCAS test taking, while 10 others in Franklin County and the North Quabbin region have been classified as “requiring...


Event looks to ‘recognize the impact’ of French King Bridge safety barriers
10-01-2023 5:00 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

To acknowledge the years of advocacy and heartache that led to the installation of safety barriers at the French King Bridge, the town is partnering with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) to host a reception at the French King...


Route 2 eastbound access in Gill to be restored by month’s end
08-17-2023 5:00 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

GILL — Full access to Route 2 near the Greenfield town line will likely be restored by the end of the month, following a July landslide that necessitated road repairs, according to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT).Selectboard...


State-owned boat ramps reopen on Conn. River after storm-related closures
08-08-2023 3:35 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

Connecticut River boat access points in Gill and Sunderland are among the six state-owned locations that have reopened following storm-necessitated closures in July, the state Department of Fish and Game announced Monday.Gill’s Barton Cove boat launch...


MassDOT: Route 2 repairs in Gill expected to take 4 or 5 weeks
08-02-2023 4:01 PM

GILL — Route 2 eastbound just west of the Turners Falls-Gill Bridge will be able to reopen to traffic after four or five weeks of work to install an earth support system, the state Department of Transportation announced Tuesday.Following substantial...


MassDOT closing Route 2 in Gill to address slope erosion
07-26-2023 4:12 PM

GILL — The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is closing Route 2 eastbound just west of the Turners Falls-Gill Bridge until further notice to allow crews to efficiently address slope erosion. Following substantial rainfall on Friday...


DA’s office IDs driver killed in Gill crash
07-03-2023 2:57 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

GILL — The Northwestern District Attorney’s Office has identified the driver who was killed in a head-on collision on Friday as 57-year-old Athol resident Tracy Matthews.The two-vehicle crash occurred on Route 2 near Barton Cove at around 4 p.m. when...


French King Bridge safety barrier construction at ‘halfway point’
04-11-2023 5:03 PM

By JULIAN MENDOZA

The French King Bridge between Gill and Erving is expected to be reduced to one lane of alternating traffic this week as the state Department of Transportation (MassDOT) continues its work to install safety barriers, a project that Gill Police Chief...

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