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Bernardston special meeting date moved

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

BERNARDSTON — Zoning changes, an energy-efficient building code, school funding and more will be decided at an Oct. 8 special town meeting. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in Bernardston Elementary School. It was moved to Oct. 8 after the Selectboard had tentatively scheduled the meeting for Sept. 22. The town treasurer could become an appointed position rather than an elected one if two articles are approved. As an … 0

Peru and back again

Monday, September 15, 2014

NORTHFIELD — With the start of the school year comes the swapping of summer vacation stories, and the tales of a dozen Pioneer Valley Regional School students likely top those of their classmates. In July, the students packed their bags, grabbed their passports, and left everything they knew behind as they headed to … 0

Shelter from the harm

Monday, September 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — By January 2015, victims of child abuse and sexual assault in Franklin County will have a safe and comfortable place to report the incidents to police and medical professionals. The Northwestern Children’s Advocacy Project, is renovating an old house on Wisdom Way to serve as a child-friendly center where a multidisciplinary … 0

Charity Lot plans await Bernardston residents’ input

Friday, July 11, 2014

BERNARDSTON — Plans for the 84 wooded acres of the Charity Lot are coming together ... and it’s time for residents to have a final say in shaping its future. Residents can view two conceptual plans for the … 0

Neighbors: Neighbors making a difference

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Hello neighbor. I thought you might like to hear about a few of our neighbors and their accomplishments today. First, Cindy Gonzalez and Amy Britt, both of Greenfield, along with Tammy-Lynn Chace of Orange and Kerri Bohonowicz, who works in Franklin County, are among this year’s Smith College … 0

Tied Northfield vote means override failed — for now

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

NORTHFIELD — A tied vote Tuesday means the Pioneer Valley Regional School District budget stands defeated — unless a recount yields a different result or another vote is held. The 524 ballots were split down the middle Tuesday, with 262 each for and against a Proposition 2½ override … 0

Northfield override vote ends in a tie

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

NORTHFIELD — A tie vote leaves the town headed for a recount and the Pioneer Valley Regional School District budget uncertain after a Proposition 2 1/ 2 override election Tuesday. The vote stands tied at 262, after 495 residents voted in person and 29 took out absentee ballots, … 0

Pioneer to begin $400,000 computer replacement

Monday, July 7, 2014

NORTHFIELD — Work will begin this summer on a $400,000 computer equipment upgrade plan at the Pioneer Valley Regional School District’s five schools. The district will borrow the money for a five-year term, with each of the district’s four towns’ shares based on their percentages of the school … 1

Neighbors: Fireworks fun, but lots more to summer ahead

Monday, July 7, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Greenfield’s Fourth of July celebration and fireworks display did not disappoint on Saturday. I went to Beacon Field with grandson Justin around 7 p.m. The first thing we did was take a “choo-choo” train ride around the grounds. Just before that, I ran into Greenfield Recreation … 0

46 layoffs on the line in Northfield override

Friday, July 4, 2014

NORTHFIELD — Tuesday’s Proposition 21/ 2 override vote could have serious implications for the Pioneer Valley Regional School District. If the override passes, it would result in a tax rate increase of 79 cents per $1,000 of property value, according to Selectboard Chairman John “Jack” Spanbauer. In May, … 0

Neighbors: Happy Fourth of July

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Hello neighbor. Happy Fourth of July! I am working today, but hope you are all having a great time. It may be that as you read this the rain is falling hard — that was the forecast of the National Weather Service in Taunton — but that’s fine, … 0

Bus fare

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The state budget passed this week by the Legislature will give the county’s sprawling regional school districts a huge savings for school bus expenses by reimbursing 90 percent of the cost — the highest in decades. “It would … 0

Neighbors: Introduce yourself to your neighbors

Monday, June 30, 2014

Hello neighbor. Here I go again, thinking about what it means to be a neighbor. I remember a time when people knew their neighbors. They spoke with them, sat next to them in church, ran into them in the grocery store, talked over the hedges about their days … 0