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

Reducing property tax workshop Thursday

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

BERNARDSTON — The Franklin Land Trust and the Mass. Dept. of Conservation and Recreation will host a free workshop about Chapter 61, the current law that provides landowners with a property tax reduction when they agree to actively manage their woodland for 10 years. The workshop will be … 0

May schools share space?

Monday, March 10, 2014

With dwindling enrollments, both Frontier and Mohawk Trail regional school districts are exploring possible town use of unused school space, as a way to offset operating costs. State law and education officials that govern how schools can be … 3

Fuel assistance money still available for new applicants

Thursday, March 6, 2014

GREENFIELD — Slightly more people in Franklin County have requested fuel assistance this winter compared to last, but an overall decrease across the Pioneer Valley means there’s money still available for new applicants. The Franklin County numbers (3,500 applications compared to 3,000 last year) go against the trend … 0

Neighbors: Who has the recipe for a friendship bread starter?

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Every now and then I get a request from one or more of you. This time, it’s our neighbor Helen Ellis of Greenfield, who is looking for a recipe for the “starter” of a 30-day or friendship cake. She said she believes a can of fruit … 0

Four charged after stop nets 300 bags of heroin

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

BERNARDSTON — State police intercepted 300 bags of heroin allegedly bound for Brattleboro, Vt., Monday night and charged four people with drug offenses. Kevin Kelly, 35, of Brattleboro, was arrested on charges of possession of heroin with intent … 1

Neighbors: Support local Relay for Life teams and possibly help a neighbor at the same time

Monday, March 3, 2014

Hello neighbor. It’s that time of year again, folks. Relay for Life teams are gearing up for the upcoming fundraising season for the American Cancer Society. Statistics show that most of us, if not all, are or will … 0

Neighbors: St. Patrick’s Day performance promises to be action-packed and colorful

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Hello neighbor. St. Patrick’s Day is quickly approaching and I’m told Celtic Heels Irish Dance Co. is gearing up for its annual holiday production at Shea Theatre in Turners Falls. The action-packed performance will include more than 50 … 0

Greenfield-based tax counseling program for seniors moves to Bernardston

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

GREENFIELD — For years, hundreds of residents have visited the Greenfield Senior Center each year to receive free help filing their taxes. However, a disagreement between two organizations ended that service at that location last week. At least 90 Greenfield senior citizens, and possibly hundreds more from town … 0

Pioneer: How do you categorize repair costs?

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

NORTHFIELD — What kind of repairs should tenants be responsible for, and what should be taken care of by landlords? That’s what the Pioneer Valley Regional School District and its four member towns are trying to determine. Bernardston, … 0

Neighbors: So much happening in Franklin County

Monday, February 24, 2014

Hello neighbor. I have many upcoming events to tell you about today, so I’m just going to get to it. ARTSPACE IS PLANNING its third annual String Celebration for April 27 at 1 p.m. in Greenfield Middle School’s … 0