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 Franklin County Technical School student Nicholas Saladino holds one of the three medals he won in skiing at the Vermont winter Special Olympics. Submitted photo

He found gold on the slopes

Sunday, March 29, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The skiing season is almost over and Franklin County Technical School student Nicholas Saladino can look ahead to a summer of his brothers pushing him at the gym, then getting back to the slopes for a shot at the next tier of Alpine ski competition. Saladino entered three events this year in Vermont’s Special Olympics and carved through the slalom gates to three gold medals at the intermediate level. Next stop nationals, his mother hopes, then the global Special Olympics in Austria in 2017. Nick Saladino and his mother Nekki were both at the Technical School Wednesday, as they are most days, … 0

Former Tech students shepherd video game app to market

Sunday, March 29, 2015

A small flock of sheep graze in their enclosure, placidly unaware of the lurking danger. The danger is wolves, an endless stream of small, animated wolves appearing at random from all points of the compass and loping rapidly toward the defenseless mutton. If they reach the sheepfold, the game is over; it is … 0

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 … 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

Neighbors: Happy Valentine’s Day

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Hello neighbor. Happy Valentine’s Day! Every year at this time we exchange cards, candy, gifts and flowers with our special valentine s. We start early — my 3-year-old grandson Justin brought an entire bag of valentines to preschool this week just as I did many years ago. I … 0

Snow job

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

GREENFIELD — While homeowners may be sick of snow by now, all that white stuff is big business for some. “This is the first year in a while that we’ve been working right through the winter,” said Luke … 0

Tech School aims for flat budget, cuts anticipated

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Franklin County Technical School officials envisage a nearly flat budget for the coming school year with cuts to six positions to balance rising costs against what may be flat state aid revenue. The Technical School Committee approved a preliminary budget of $10,211,000 brought forward by … 0

Rep. Mark files ed. bill

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

GREENFIELD — State Rep. Paul Mark has filed a comprehensive higher education bill designed to tackle student debt, lower costs and increase funding to the state’s colleges and universities. With 34 sections addressing different aspects of higher education … 0

Pioneer to draft school budget on Thursday

Monday, February 9, 2015

NORTHFIELD — The four-town Pioneer Valley Regional School District will set its maximum budget for the coming school year in a public hearing Thursday. The hearing will be held at 8 p.m. in Pioneer Valley Regional School. Used as a “not to exceed” amount, the School Committee’s draft … 0

Neighbors: Learn about how state government works

Monday, February 9, 2015

Hello neighbor. Have you always wanted to learn more about our state government and how it works? State Sen. Stan Rosenberg will be holding the 74th Citizens’ Legislative Seminar on April 28 (my birthday) and April 29 from … 0

Heart disease, cancer top killers in county

Thursday, February 5, 2015

The state released its latest annual death report in January, with the 2012 Franklin County numbers showing a continued increase in drug deaths while heart disease continues to claim the greatest number of lives. The Department of Public Health compiles statistics from death certificates filed in the state … 0

Farmers weigh-in on Coke’s new beverage: Milk

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

On hearing that Coca-Cola is now going into the milk business, several local dairy farmers just laughed. But when assured “it’s the real thing” — that Coca Cola has started test-marketing Fairlife, its own “premium” milk brand — … 0