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‘One of Greenfield’s libraries’: Franklin County remembers public servant William B. Allen

Monday, October 5, 2015

GREENFIELD — Longtime public servant William B. Allen died Saturday, and town officials and leaders say his passing is a big loss to the town, because he was one of the most dedicated and knowledgeable public servants they’ve ever known. “I look at Bill’s passing like one of Greenfield’s libraries just burned down,” said Scott Conti, chairman of the Board of Licensing Commissioners, which Allen chaired for many years after he retired. “He had such deep knowledge of the infrastructure of the town. Any time you run water, or flush a toilet or drive on a road, Bill had a piece of that.” Town officials … 0

Neighbors: Have fun at Celebrate the harvest Festival in Orange

Monday, October 5, 2015

Hello neighbor. If you’d like to celebrate fall — this wonderful time of year — head over to Orange on Sunday, where at 9 a.m. the Celebrate the Harvest Festival begins at the airport. There will be a car show, craft fair (you can start that holiday shopping), food vendors and a parade down East River Street at 1 p.m. The parade’s theme … 0

Letter: The Mohawk team

Sunday, October 4, 2015

The Mohawk Trail School Regional School District recently elected me, Kirby (Lark) Thwing, as its new chair and Martha Thurber as vice chair. I replace Robert Aeschback, chair for the last 10 years, who has moved from the district. As I assume this post, I think it’s appropriate to explain some of the key differences between the roles of the School Committee and … 0

Mohawk pleased with MCAS results

Friday, October 2, 2015

BUCKLAND ­— Although the state isn’t releasing its statewide accountability data until late November, Superintendent of Schools Michael Buoniconti says the results of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System test scores show encouraging student progress has been made. According … 0

Neighbors: Local organization head raises money for hungry

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Hello neighbor. On Sept. 27, Andrew Morehouse, the executive editor of The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, pedalled 100 miles through Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire to help end hunger in western Massachusetts. The food bank’s 5th annual Will Bike 4 Food charity cycling event raised more than … 1

Neighbors: Great River Challenge to be held Sunday

Monday, September 28, 2015

Hello neighbor. The Great River Challenge Off-Road Triathlon will be held in Northfield on Sunday. Paddle, run trails and mountain bike. Doesn’t that sound like fun — and a lot of hard work? The triathlon was created to foster greater awareness of the upper Pioneer Valley and what … 0

Police pursuit policies assess risks in chases

Thursday, September 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — While fleeing a State Police cruiser Sept. 18, a sedan carrying four adults and two children went airborne off a highway exit ramp and rolled over multiple times, leaving occupants with what police called minor injuries. … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy autumn in New England

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Hello neighbor. Autumn is here. What a wonderful time , especially in New England. So, don’t start worrying and obsessing about winter. Instead, take time to enjoy the present — the beautiful colors, the crispness of the air, the comfy, warm clothes you get to pull from your … 0

West County Notebook

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Lamson & Goodnow property still for sale SHELBURNE FALLS — The remaining two buildings and two acres of land owned by Lamson & Goodnow at 45 Conway St. are still up for sale, after an auction last week failed to produce an acceptable bid. “Lamson continues to own … 0

County MCAS scores up overall

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Franklin County’s high schools generally had reason to be proud of their MCAS results at the critical 10th-grade level, where the test is a graduation requirement. The Department of Elementary an Secondary Education released Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System scores Thursday. The percentage of students scoring in the desirable … 0

Most county 10th-graders score at, or above, state average on MCAS

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

An early look at MCAS results from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education shows area 10th-graders performing at or above the state average on the 2015 spring tests.

Many districts opted this year to administer the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers or …


Franklin County Meals Program seeks leader

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The Franklin County Community Meals Program is looking for a new executive director to fill the role currently held by interim Executive Director Mary McClintock who will leave the position in late November. McClintock has served as interim executive director since May. In keeping with its mission to … 0

Letter: ‘The system works’

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Eight to zero was the Supreme Court decision against Richard Nixon, leading to the only presidential resignation in United States history. When it was all over, the chief justice was quoted as saying with obvious relief that “the system works.” Her 15 minutes of fame is just about … 0