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Conway selectmen have approved money for the design of a new highway garage to replace the current garage, above, on Route 116.
(Recorder/Micky Bedell)

Design of new Conway highway garage in works

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

CONWAY — After a seven-year wait, the town is moving closer to making a new highway garage a reality. On Monday, the Board of Selectmen approved a contract for $24,000 with Reinhardt Associates of Agawam to complete Phase 1 design plans for the proposed garage. Townspeople will be asked to approve the designs at a special town meeting planned for … 0

Neighbors: Local students help others

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Hello neighbor. Franklin County Technical School senior Madison Lively of Greenfield and some of her classmates will use their skills as hairdressers-in-training this week to help children, teens and young adults who suffer from medical conditions that cause them to lose their hair. On Friday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Madison and … 0

Neighbors: Montague police chief named Elk’s “Citizen of the Year”

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Hello neighbor. Congratulations to our neighbor Chip Dodge, who happens to be Montague’s police chief, and who recently received the “Citizen of the Year” award from the Montague Elks. Chip told me that he was surprised, honored and proud to receive the phone call last week from Elks Exhalted Ruler Stephen Dacyczyn telling … 0

Regional nursing program offers tune-ups between doctor visits

Sunday, March 23, 2014

GREENFIELD — Judy Ruggles first visited public health nurse Lisa White about 15 months ago, because she couldn’t shake the feeling that something was off with her blood sugar. Her blood sugar was fine, but the 63-year-old Deerfield … 0

Neighbors: Spring is here and snowbirds are returning

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Hello neighbor. Welcome to spring! I’ve heard from many who have said that it doesn’t feel like spring yet. Well, I feel it. I can smell it. I’ve even seen some green! We all just have to be … 0

Deerfield man seeks First Franklin seat

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Deerfield native and political newcomer Dylan Korpita plans to seek the First Franklin District House seat in this year’s election, The 35-year-old Republican hopeful filed organization papers Tuesday with the Secretary of State’s office to challenge Worthington Democrat … 1

Neighbors: Ashfield woman headed to Puerto Rico to massage animals in need

Monday, March 17, 2014

Hello neighbor. You all probably know by now that I am an animal lover. Our neighbor Carole Groman of Ashfield, the hand behind Hand & Paw Animal Massage, will be visiting Second Chance Animal Rescue (SCAR) in Villalba, Puerto Rico, in April. During that time, Carole says she … 0

EMS boss pick accepts, then turns down job

Monday, March 17, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — It seemed things were steadily moving along for the launch of the South County Emergency Medical Service, then the Board of Oversight’s pick for director turned down the job. After agreeing to a $63,000 salary, William Travis of Leyden turned down the director position he … 0

Legislature OKs increase in local aid

Friday, March 14, 2014

For the first time in six years, the state House and Senate have passed a local aid resolution, committing to increase aid to cities and towns by $25 million, with another $100 million increase in school aid in the budget year that begins July 1. “That’s a done … 0

Fred W. Wells scholarship applications available

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Applications for 2014-2015 Fred W. Wells Trust scholarships and grants are now available at high school guidance offices and town administrative offices in Ashfield, Bernardston, Buckland, Charlemont, Conway, Deerfield, Gill, Greenfield, Hawley, Heath, Leyden, Monroe, Montague, Northfield, Rowe and Shelburne. Scholarships are available to graduating seniors and full-time … 0

Letter: Cold War revival

Sunday, March 16, 2014

How soon we choose to forget. The U.S. has been steadily threatening Russia’s interests by engaging in Ukrainian politics. During the 2005 Orange Revolution in that country, medical treatment was provided to Victor Yuchchenko, the ousted President Victor Yanukovich’s rival. Our government energetically tugs Ukraine toward the western … 0

Letter: Educational growth

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Bring the classroom into the garden! Environmental education allows students to engage in their world, experience the outdoors and most importantly excite students about learning. Specifically, school garden projects are a fun, easy way to enrich school curricula while also adhering to state standards for education. The projects … 0

Selectmen’s workshop explains funding for roads, bridges

Sunday, March 16, 2014

The Franklin Regional Council of Governments invites town officials and the public to learn about federal funding for roads and bridges, and how to apply for the money, in a workshop called “The Roads and Bridges of Franklin County: A Transportation Funding Primer.” It takes place on Thursday … 0