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Bernardston

Pioneer cuts $225,000 from proposed budget

Friday, April 18, 2014

BERNARDSTON — The Pioneer Valley Regional School Committee has lowered its proposed budget by nearly a quarter of a million dollars. The district was able to reduce costs by cutting three teachers. The district will be able to avoid layoffs or firings, because the employees are either leaving the district or not returning from leaves of absence, according to Superintendent Dayle Doiron. Now that the schools have a better estimate … 0

Neighbors: Easter community meal open to all

Thursday, April 17, 2014

First, I’d just like to wish everyone a happy Easter, happy Passover or happy spring, whichever you prefer. Then, I’d like to get right to telling you about some upcoming events, because there are plenty. EVERYONE IS WELCOME to a free Easter ham dinner community meal at the Greenfield Alliance Church, 385 Chapman … 0

Letter: Surprise visitor

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

I received a wonderful surprise here in Ruston, La., recently! Bud Foster (Foster’s Super Market) stopped for a visit and lunch. He has been a life-long friend and role model for me. In 1946, I was a student at Mount Hermon School. When I was not in class, I worked for Bud in the Student’s Store for 35 cents an hour. I still … 0

Neighbors: Local students help others

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Hello neighbor. Franklin County Technical School senior Madison Lively of Greenfield and some of her classmates will use their skills as hairdressers-in-training this week to help children, teens and young adults who suffer from medical conditions that cause … 0

Neighbors: Montague police chief named Elk’s “Citizen of the Year”

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Hello neighbor. Congratulations to our neighbor Chip Dodge, who happens to be Montague’s police chief, and who recently received the “Citizen of the Year” award from the Montague Elks. Chip told me that he was surprised, honored and … 0

Bernardston: Should we leave Pioneer school district?

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

BERNARDSTON — Sick of ever-inflating school costs, the town will look into the logistics of leaving the Pioneer Valley Regional School District. The town faces an increase of about $330,000, or 14 percent, in its share of the … 0

Attention-getter

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

In this feature photo, Maeve Byrnes, 7, her doll Pheobe and Alexandra Hyrne, 5½, listen to librarian Bonnie Delcamp during Bernardston’s Cushman Library story hour recently. (Recorder/Micky Bedell) … 0

Neighbors: Spring has sprung!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Hello neighbor. Spring has sprung! The trees and flowers are budding, birds are singing, and the woodpeckers — I’ve encountered quite a few lately — are drumming. So the next time you step outside, close your eyes, take … 0

Powers Institute museum opens Sunday for season

Friday, April 4, 2014

BERNARDSTON — The town’s Historical Society museum, the Powers Institute, will open for its six-month season Sunday, from 1 to 4 p.m. The museum, located on the second floor of the former town high school building at 20 Church St., served the town as a school from 1857 … 0

Neighbors: Upcoming event to benefit children with developmental delays

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Some of the valley’s best musicians will donate their time on May 10 at 8 p.m. in the Arts Block in Greenfield to raise money for three important causes: Mosaic Down Syndrome Association, REACH Early Intervention and The Academy of Early Learning. The musicians are being … 0

Neighbors: Local woman to study the connection between nature and poetry

Monday, March 31, 2014

Hello neighbor. Another one of our young neighbors has won an award. Carolyn “Carrie” Decker, a South Deerfield native who is currently a senior at Wheaton College — my oldest son Dan spent a couple of years there … 0

Neighbors: Lots of indoor fun this weekend

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Temperatures are rising — they’re supposed to get up into the 40s and 50s through Monday — but it doesn’t look like the weather is going to be great over the weekend, so you might want to plan some indoor fun. Greening Greenfield’s Film Festival on … 0

Colorful smiles

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

In this feature photo, Jackson Killeen, 6, and friend Mason Fiorey, 5, color in flowers during the Cushman Library story hour in Bernardston on Wednesday. Director Karen Stinchfield said story hour is a decades-long tradition at the library, … 0