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Nuptul Tenpei Nyima poses for a portrait at the Dzogchen Community in Conway, Monday May 19. Tenpei Nyima was rescued May 1 by a U.S rescue team, from the Serang Gompa monastery in the Nubri Valley at Manaslu Montain in the Gorkha District of Nepal where he had been trekking with four American friends after the first of two earthquakes shook Nepal on April 25. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt

Monk living in Conway recounts experiencing deadly Nepalese earthquake

Friday, May 22, 2015

CONWAY — After spending three years as a visiting scholar at Hampshire College and then beginning his study of Tibetan medicine here, Buddhist monk Nuptul Tenpei Nyima returned to Nepal’s Sangchen Rabten Norbuling Monastery, where he is an abbot, in Nepal’s Himalayas. He arrived at the monastery after 5 or 6 days of trekking in the Katmandu Valley on April 24, one day before the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that has cost thousands of lives. “It was really a scary and frightening experience,” says Nuptul, a bespectacled 30-year-old monk who wears the veneration title “Rinpoche,” or “precious one” as modestly as the crimson robe, covered with a … 0

Neighbors: Go to a local parade and support our veterans Monday

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Hello neighbor. Memorial Day is a federal holiday for remembering people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. It originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in that war, but by the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans … 0

Retiree health care costs cast shadow, but most towns aren’t worried

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

DEERFIELD — Although the state government is on the hook for a potential $15 billion in the health insurance costs for its retirees over the next three decades, most of the towns in Franklin County aren’t particularly concerned about their similar unfunded liabilities for future retiree health care. Nonetheless, the fiscal projections that … 0

Neighbors: Neighbors will return May 19

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Hello neighbor. Neighbors will not be back until May 19. I am headed this morning with my friend Diane Poirier on a cruise to Bermuda. I hope you all have a wonderful week. I can’t imagine we’ll have anything but a great time. See you when I return. … 0

McClintock chosen as interim director of Franklin County anti-hunger program

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

GREENFIELD — Local food columnist, advocate and community organizer Mary McClintock of Conway will serve as interim Executive Director of the Franklin County Community Meals Program as the anti-hunger nonprofit makes a number of changes. McClintock is replacing Sharon Pleasant, who is leaving for a new position. Pleasant … 0

Neighbors: Another chance to help a neighbor in need

Monday, May 4, 2015

Hello, neighbor. First, I would like to send out a “very happy birthday” to grandson Justin’s beautiful mommy Suzanne. There’s going be a benefit golf tournament with shotgun start for longtime local disc jockey Ryan Interlande, who needs a heart transplant, at Thomas Memorial Golf and Country Club … 0

Sen. Benjamin Downing collects four honors

Thursday, April 30, 2015

It’s been a good couple of weeks for Sen. Benjamin Downing, D-Pittsfield, who’s achieved a noteworthy degree of recognition. On Wednesday, he was named the Massachusetts Association of School Committees’ legislator of the year for a second time, recognizing his “support and aggressive advocacy for our annual budget … 0

Neighbors: Time to help another young neighbor in need

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Hello neighbor. Another young neighbor and her family need our help. Five-year-old Langston Mackenzie Secore needs a non invasive treatment for her scoliosis, which she was diagnosed with at Shriners Hospital for Children in Springfield. The treatment is meant to prevent or delay more invasive surgery. She’s supposed … 0

Yankee Magazine names three local businesses ‘best’ of New England

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Blueberry doughnuts, Polish food and tubing down the Deerfield River have all been recognized this year by Yankee Magazine as being the “best” in New England. The magazine’s editors said “the moist, slightly crumbly blueberry doughnut represents the … 0

Right to farm: Conway farmers eye bylaw

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

CONWAY — With efforts to build a community sewer system and increase Conway’s attractiveness to new businesses, farmers in town who are worried that any new neighbors may complain about their operations will be able to sleep a … 0

House doesn’t act on helping SNAP recipients

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Legislature did not act on a proposed amendment to help food stamp recipients hurt by a recent bureaucratic change. However, anti-hunger and anti-poverty advocates say the Baker administration has indicated it is willing to look at the problem caused by the recent modernization changes in … 0

Whately locks in Frontier budget, OK’s money for library building

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

WHATELY — The Frontier Regional School’s budget will see no increase next year after Whately voters joined Deerfield and Sunderland in backing the administration’s original, level-funded budget. The vote, taken at Whately’s annual town meeting, rejected the regional … 0

Neighbors: Celebration of birthdays dates back thousands of years

Monday, April 27, 2015

Hello neighbor. Well, I am another year older today. Birthdays have been celebrated for thousands of years, and it seems people are still arguing about the origin of the tradition. I did a little research and found a few interesting facts. It seems scholars have found reference of … 0