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Heather Lonergan of Turnes Falls and her collection of toothbrushes from Franklin County Technical School for Lonergan's next dental aid trip to Ghana. Recorder/Paul Franz

Tech School toothbrushes to help spread smiles in Ghana. Turners woman returns for sixth dental aid trip

Friday, February 27, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Dental hygienist Heather Lonergan has made a habit of spending her vacations spreading dental health in Ghana, and this year she will go armed with toothbrushes collected by the students and staff of Franklin County Technical School. Lonergan said she usually brings 1,200 toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes and dental floss. A drive at the Tech School, where Lonergan’s … 0

Neighbors: Nominate the next Peacemaker Award recipients

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Hello neighbor. The Interfaith Council of Franklin County and Traprock Center for Peace and Justice are looking for nominations from throughout the county of teens who are contributing to peace and justice in the world. Having lived in the county almost all of my life, I know there are plenty of nominees out there, so if you know of a young person who … 0

Letter: Please immunize

Thursday, February 26, 2015

It is generally true that parents want what’s best for their children, and they want their children to be healthy and happy. How is it, then, that parents think they know more about achieving that than the doctors whom they entrust with their children’s care? To not immunize a child is to put her/him at risk for not only minor illness, like ear … 0

Bernardston crash kills 24-year-old

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

BERNARDSTON — A single-car crash took the life of a 24-year-old local woman Wednesday. Malerie Kidder was pronounced dead at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, according to Mary Carey, spokeswoman for the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office. Kidder was driving her Mazda sedan north on South Street around 7 a.m. … 0

Master plan halfway there

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

BERNARDSTON — The town is now halfway to a 20-year master plan. Bernardston hired the Conway School of Landscape Design to help craft its first master plan since 1975. A group of three graduate students finished the document’s first four chapters in less than two months. The students … 0

Letter: Let us be the judge

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

“Science on the defensive” by Tim Blagg in The Recorder, begs a hearty reply. “This whole phenomenon,” Mr. Blagg begins, “is particularly painful to me, since I’ve devoted most of my adult working life to parsing through the available information for facts that can be supported by solid … 3

Bernardston caucus set for March 9

Monday, February 23, 2015

BERNARDSTON — Election season is fast approaching, and there’s still time to run for town office. A nonpartisan town caucus will be held at 7 p.m. March 9 in Town Hall. Residents may also pick up nomination papers from the town clerk’s office, and return them by 5 … 0

Bernardston master plan forum Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

BERNARDSTON — The town’s new master plan is nearing the halfway point, and residents will have a chance to add their input Tuesday. A public forum will be held at 7 p.m. in Bernardston Elementary School. The master plan is being put together by graduate students from the … 0

Local outdoors enthusiasts float Olympic idea

Friday, February 20, 2015

Will the whitewater slaloms of the 2024 Olympics take place on the Deerfield River? That’s the hope of local outdoor enthusiasts, and of Congressman Richard Neal, who is pushing for “regional equity” in Boston’s bid for the 2024 … 2

Bernardston Elem. gym roof requires repair, replacement

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

BERNARDSTON — The town will spend up to $4,000 for emergency repairs to the elementary school gymnasium roof, only to tear it up and replace the entire surface in less than two years. The rounded rubber roof, originally … 0

Neighbors: Stay safe in frigid temperatures

Monday, February 16, 2015

Hello neighbor. Spring is just 31 days away, but it may not seem that close because we continue to battle bitter cold temperatures and all of this white stuff. Earlier this month we saw the Full Snow Moon, named because February is typically the month where we see … 0

Pioneer board recommends capital improvements for district’s schools

Sunday, February 15, 2015

NORTHFIELD — The Pioneer Valley Regional School Committee has voted to approve several capital projects. At the high school, these include $11,668 for window tinting in high-visibility areas, $8,000 for air conditioning in a computer equipment room, $4,876 for sidewalk repairs, and $800 for a two-way radio the … 0

Weekly meetings for Feb. 16-20

Friday, February 13, 2015

Ashfield Board of Assessors: Tuesday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of Assessors: Wednesday 8:30 a.m. in Town Hall. Technology Committee: Wednesday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Selectboard/Finance Committee: Wednesday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Planning Board: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Personnel Board: Thursday 7 p.m. … 0