Bernardston

Pioneer announces superintendent candidates

Friday, March 27, 2015

NORTHFIELD — After a closed-door search, three finalists for superintendent of Pioneer Valley Regional School District have emerged. All are New England educators with decades of experience. One will replace outgoing Superintendent Dayle Doiron. Francis Baran is the superintendent of the Woodstock, Conn., public schools. Baran has been an educator for 42 years, including 12 years as superintendent, 18 years as principal and 12 years as a teacher. His one-town … 0

Neighbors: Area wildlife needs our help

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Hello, neighbor. Medicine Mammals in Wendell needs our help. The local Native American nonprofit wildlife rehabilitation center is hoping to raise money to help care for the orphaned and injured wild animals that made their way to the center this winter. Loril Moondream, wildlife rehabilitator and owner of Medicine Mammals, said she is currently caring for raccoons, possums, a flying squirrel and her … 0

Neighbors: Learn about volunteer opportunity with local support team

Monday, March 23, 2015

Hello neighbor. I want to tell you about a great group that’s been serving our community for several years. Community Crisis Support Team, a program of Clinical & Support Options, will host its annual free 15-hour new volunteer training on May 7, 12 and 14 from 4 to 9 p.m. in Greenfield. CCRT mobilizes volunteers to support groups and communities in the aftermath … 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

Pioneer sets maximum budget

Friday, February 13, 2015

NORTHFIELD — The Pioneer Valley Regional School District has set a maximum budget of $14.46 million for the upcoming school year. The proposed budget is up 2.35 percent, or $332,564, from this year’s $14.13 million. This year’s budget was a 5.5 percent increase from last year’s. The budget … 0