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Bernardston seeks volunteers for new master plan

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

BERNARDSTON — The town will soon put together a new master plan, but it’s got to fill a steering committee first. The May annual town meeting approved $10,000 toward the master plan, and work will start in the new year. Bernardston is more than halfway to a full nine-member Master Plan Steering Committee, with five of a nine slots filled. The town has hired the Conway School of Landscape Design … 0

Neighbors: Remember the true meaning of the holiday season

Monday, December 15, 2014

Hello neighbor. Here we are — Hanukkah begins today at sundown, there’s only eight days until Christmas Eve and it’s 10 days until the beginning of Kwanzaa. Each holiday means something different to each person or family who celebrates it. We all have our own traditions, as it should be. I guess I’d just like to remind people that this time of year, … 0

Neighbors: Kind acts don’t go unnoticed

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Hello, neighbor. I thought I’d share a story about another one of our neighbors putting a smile on someone’s face. Julie, who lives on Wildwood Avenue in Greenfield, said she woke up the other morning to a box sitting outside her door. “An older gentleman stopped the day before and knocked on our … 0

Tech picks principal for supt.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

MONTAGUE — In something of a surprise to some on the committee, particularly those who were not present, the Franklin Technical School District Committee voted to promote the school’s principal and assistant superintendent to the top job come … 0

Bernardston enacts winter parking ban

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

BERNARDSTON — Parking on the side of town streets could get your car towed this winter. Bernardston selectmen enacted a winter-long parking ban Wednesday, effective until March 31. While many towns have had similar bans for decades, Bernardston’s was adopted at a 2013 special town meeting. The ban … 0

Survey finds too little affordable housing in Franklin County, especially for poorest residents

Monday, December 8, 2014

Since her husband died a year and a half ago, “Marion,” as we’ll call her, has been struggling with how to afford to keep living in their seven-room home in northern Franklin County. Rather than use her savings … 0

Expert: Rural communities need extra help providing affordable homes

Monday, December 8, 2014

With what she called “fairly significant low- and moderate-income” populations and a steadily increasing over-65 population — along with an older stock of overwhelmingly single-family homes — rural communities like those in Franklin County need help in providing affordable housing, a consultant has told regional planners. The quasi-governmental … 0

Bernardston volunteerism produces public safety garage

Monday, December 8, 2014

BERNARDSTON — The town’s new public safety garage had been built, without costing taxpayers a dime. The 36-foot-square garage was funded by a $30,000 grant from Vermont Yankee parent company Entergy. Volunteers from the nuclear power plant and the Bernardston community rolled up their sleeves and built the … 0

Neighbors: Santa to call kids on Dec. 22

Monday, December 8, 2014

Hello neighbor. We are quickly approaching the holidays and that means children will once again this year have the opportunity to receive a call from Santa. The Scottish Rite Masons in the Valley of Greenfield will be making “Telephone Calls from Santa Claus” on Dec. 22. Last year … 0

Letter: Crime and outcry

Sunday, December 7, 2014

The evidence: After robbing a convenience store, the robber was confronted by a police officer. The robber became arrogant, resisting arrest and a scuffle began. Resistance became a threat to the officer’s life causing said officer to shoot. The afterclap: This kind of lawlessness happens every day in … 0

Neighbors: Give to local nonprofits through Valley Gives on Wednesday

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Hello neighbor. It’s time again for Valley Gives. Through Valley Gives, nonprofits raise money for all sorts of programs and projects, and you can help. When you visit its website on Wednesday, you’ll be able to donate to some of your favorites. Let’s see how far its third … 0

North County Notebook

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Hunter’s supper tonight in Warwick WARWICK — The town will hold a hunter’s supper tonight in Town Hall. There will be two seatings, at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., and take-out orders will be served as well. The menu includes braised beef, homemade onion soup, mashed potatoes, squash, … 0

I-91 suicide victim was firefighter charged with rape

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

BERNARDSTON — The man found dead in an apparent suicide in an Interstate 91 rest stop was a Springfield firefighter recently charged with sexual assault. Luis Rodriguez, 38, of Springfield, was found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head Tuesday morning, according to state police. … 0