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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 $100,000, with Andrew raising $6,160 of that amount. He said 280 riders of all ages participated — some biked 10 miles, some … 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 it has to offer. Northfield, by the way, is the only town that straddles the … 0

Proposed bylaws target pipeline in Conway

Thursday, September 24, 2015

CONWAY — New noise and earth-removal bylaws that Conway voters may be asked to approve this fall will target the construction process and operation of the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. natural gas pipeline project, according to members of the town’s Planning Board. The bylaws, developed as a model by the Franklin Regional … 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

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 …


Conway seeks pipeline intervenor status

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

CONWAY — Conway plans to seek full intervenor status in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission process that will determine whether the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s controversial Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline project is approved. If the town … 0

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

Neighbors: Riverside Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival just around the corner

Monday, September 21, 2015

Hello neighbor. The 5th annual Riverside Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival is just around the corner. On Oct. 10 and 11, Greenfield will once again host the popular festival. If you’d like to experience a one-of-a-kind festival with … 0

Conway lawyer named to ‘Top Women of Law’ list

Sunday, September 20, 2015

CONWAY — A Conway lawyer has been named one of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly’s “Top Women of Law.” Susan G. Fentin, a Conway resident and labor and employment attorney with Springfield law firm Skoler, Abbott & Presser P.C., will … 0

Neighbors: Local photographer captures life at Heath Fair

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Hello neighbor. Some of you may know our supremely talented neighbor Matt Cavanaugh, a photojournalist and professional wedding and event photographer who lives in Greenfield with his wife Nicole and their two young sons. Matt spent three days … 0

Tibetan medicine school turns 10

Thursday, September 17, 2015

CONWAY — The nation’s only licensed school of Tibetan medicine, located in Conway, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this month, and it plans to celebrate all year long. The Shang Shung Institute School of Tibetan Medicine will kick off the year-long celebration on Monday at 18 Schoolhouse Road … 0

State nixes aggregate power plan

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — State regulators have denied plans by 35 area communities, including 11 in Franklin County, to buy cheaper electricity through a collective. The state Department of Public Utilities cited failures of cities and towns to properly inform residents of the plans, evidence of false and misleading statements … 1