Neighbors: ’Tis the season of giving

Monday, November 30, 2015

Hello neighbor. Diggity Dogs Service Dogs, a nonprofit in Shelburne Falls, will tour the valley today to thank the community for another year of support. Diggity Dogs will also be raising awareness for #GivingTuesday, which is today. Following two of the biggest shopping days of the year — Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday is a global movement of generosity, which began in 2012. New York’s 92nd Street Y partnered … 0

Neighbors: Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving

Monday, November 23, 2015

Hello neighbor. As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, I’m hearing from friends and relatives who are stressed because so many of their guests have limited diets at this point — we all know someone who eats gluten-free, is a vegan or vegetarian, is lactose intolerant, or has some other dietary restriction. That’s OK! I think the best way to approach the holiday, which, by the … 0

Conway Agricultural Commission opposes pipeline

Friday, November 20, 2015

CONWAY — Conway’s Agricultural Commission has submitted its concerns to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission regarding the Northeast Energy Direct pipeline project, which submitted a formal application to the agency Friday afternoon. The letter, signed by co-chairs Jason Silverman and Will Cote, laid out the commission’s concerns about harm to air, water and land quality posed by the proposed 30-inch diameter, 400-plus mile … 0

Brief blackout hits nearly half of Deerfield, part of Conway

Sunday, October 18, 2015

DEERFIELD — An afternoon outage knocked out power to nearly half the town and a portion of Conway. The outage started at about 2:30 p.m. Saturday, affecting about 1,200 Eversource customers in the two towns. According to Eversource spokesman Jack Arsego, power had been restored to about half … 1

Neighbors: Montague’s K-9 Artie needs a new ride

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Hello neighbor. K-9 Artie, whose real name is Arthur, and his partner, Montague police officer James Ruddock, need a new ride and they’re asking us to help. Montague Police Department will hold a tailgate party to raise money for a new cruiser that will accommodate a four-legged officer. … 0

Sunderland man who threatened Frontier to change plea

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

GREENFIELD — Nicholas R. Schauer, the Sunderland man who threatened to carry out a mass shooting at Frontier Regional School last fall, will plead guilty to charges of threatening to commit a mass shooting, six counts of threatening to commit murder and disturbing a school assembly during a … 0

Neighbors: Neighbor receives award for military service

Monday, October 12, 2015

Hello neighbor. Congratulations to our neighbor Tom Williams of Shelburne, who recently received the National Guard Legion of Merit award for outstanding service. Tom served in the military for 42 years. It took more than a year for … 0

Anti-bullying assembly for Frontier girls set for Tuesday

Sunday, October 11, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — KindCampaign, an internationally recognized anti-bullying organization, will visit Frontier Regional High School Tuesday, to raise awareness of girl-against-girl aggression. The organization’s assembly will be held at 8:30 a.m. for girls in grades 7 through 12. Vice Principal Scott Dredge said the event will feature a … 0

On the high wire: Major utility line project underway in the region

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Even as work crews begin wrapping up a 2.8-mile stretch of an Eversource transmission line in Greenfield, Montague and Deerfield, replacing lattice poles with double-circuit monopoles, the utility has begun other major line work around the region and … 0

Neighbors: Lots going on in the county, so enjoy!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Hello neighbor. There is way too much to tell you about today, so I’m just going to get right to it. Have a great weekend and enjoy the vibrant fall colors, because they’ll be gone sooner than you think. I will check in next week with Franklin County’s … 0

86 drug treatment beds coming to North Quabbin in Petersham

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

PETERSHAM — Athol Hospital’s parent company has bought land in Petersham and plans to open a 86-bed addiction and mental health treatment facility there as early as this summer. The number and type of treatment slots would be a significant addition to the treatment landscape near Franklin County, … 0

Tech school’s MCAS scores climbing back toward state average

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Superintendent Richard Martin said he was happy with the Franklin County Technical School’s growth in the last round of Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System testing. English scores were the highest they have been back to 2006 … 0

Of pipelines and property values: Will proposed project affect price of homes in region?

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

DEERFIELD — With a natural gas pipeline and accompanying compressor station proposed to be built in Franklin County, many residents in the eight towns along the expected route have found themselves worrying about how it could affect the … 2