Bernardston

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 infection, but also for life-threatening illness like … 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. when she left her lane and struck a utility pole near the Depot Street intersection, … 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 presented a draft of their work at a Tuesday forum, where more than two dozen … 0

Letter: A lack respect

Friday, January 16, 2015

A lack of respect A 100-year-old U.S. Navy veteran, Dario Raschio, was to receive special honors from U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden in Portland, Ore. As Sen. Wyden began to speak, protesters in the back of the room erupted, shouting “hands up, don’t shoot.” More than 100 protesters pushed … 1

Franklin County Technical School teachers protest ‘hasty’ superintendent hiring

Thursday, January 15, 2015

MONTAGUE — Franklin County Technical School teachers stood up at this week’s School Committee meeting to protest the abrupt selection of a superintendent last month, focusing on the process rather than the pick. Five leaders of the Franklin County Technical Teachers Association union took their complaint to the … 0

Neighbors: Celebrate MLK Day by doing service

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Hello neighbor. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which we will celebrate on Monday, is not about having a day off, but instead about doing service for your neighbors and community. “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’” King said. The civil rights … 0

Letter: Cowardly press

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Charlie Hebdo, the now famous Paris newspaper, printed unflattering cartoons of the prophet Muhammad, and the prophet’s followers have slain Charlie Hebdo — at least for now. Tim Blagg, and other western Mass. ivory tower pontificators salute the old and ridiculous statement: The pen is mightier than the … 0

Neighbors: Mahar Class of 1964 helps its neighbors

Monday, January 12, 2015

Hello neighbor. Mahar’s Class of 1964 had a very busy year last year. The class held its first fundraiser in December 2013, using half of the proceeds to fund award scholarships to some of the graduates of the Class of 2014 and the other half was given as … 0

WiredWest towns ready for next step

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Selectmen from all 11 Franklin County hilltowns without high-speed Internet have approved WiredWest’s nonbinding resolution to go forward with a “last mile” $100 million to $120 million fire-optic network build-out. Now the financial planning begins. Ashfield, Charlemont, Colrain, Hawley, Heath, Leyden, New Salem, Rowe, Shutesbury, Warwick and Wendell … 0

Neighbors: Look ahead to a great year

Monday, January 5, 2015

Hello neighbor. Hope you all had a wonderful New Year. Now it’s time to look ahead. According to our precipitation prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy, we’re supposed to see 23 snowfalls this winter — remember, you only have to track a cat for one to be counted. Even so, that … 0

Injured student reaches settlement with Pioneer

Friday, January 2, 2015

NORTHFIELD — The family of a local teenager has won a $50,000 settlement from Pioneer Valley Regional School District nearly four years after their son was injured during a middle school baseball practice. John Orcutt, 17, was struck … 0

Town board meetings for week of Jan. 5

Friday, January 2, 2015

Ashfield Selectboard/Personnel Board: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Selectboard/Personnel Board: Wednesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of Assessors: Thursday 5:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Board of Assessors: Tuesday 2 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of Selectmen: Wednesday 3 p.m. in Town Hall. Planning Board: Wednesday … 0

Neighbors: Now’s the time to get your children involved in Shakespeare

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Hello, neighbor. Happy New Year! It’s finally here and the days are getting colder. But as I said the other day, it’s also a chance for a new beginning. Has your 7- to-18-year-old been thinking about some William Shakespeare? Well, now’s the time. Young Shakespeare Players East in … 0