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The Frontier Tennis Team practices on cracked courts on Thursday.  Recorder/Paul Franz

Frontier tennis repairs back in play

Friday, April 18, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Funding for repairs to the Frontier Regional School tennis courts will come before townspeople for approval this spring after all. The Deerfield Community Preservation Committee reconsidered Thursday night and voted unanimously to recommend the request to town meeting on April 28. The only town left to recommend the request to town meeting is Conway. The Whately and Sunderland committees already recommended the requests. Superintendent Martha Barrett said she is meeting with the Conway Community Preservation Committee on May 7. If the committee approves, the request could make the agenda in time for the annual town meeting on May 12. The money is … 0

Conway proposes $140,242 hike to annual budget

Thursday, April 17, 2014

CONWAY — Townspeople will be asked to spend $140,242 more next year for the town’s budget. The draft budget proposes $4,915,985 in spending for the year that begins July 1. The budget would increase by 2.85 percent over the current year. Townspeople will be asked to approve the budget at the annual town meeting on May 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Conway … 0

Neighbors: Easter community meal open to all

Thursday, April 17, 2014

First, I’d just like to wish everyone a happy Easter, happy Passover or happy spring, whichever you prefer. Then, I’d like to get right to telling you about some upcoming events, because there are plenty. EVERYONE IS WELCOME to a free Easter ham dinner community meal at the Greenfield Alliance Church, 385 Chapman … 0

South County Notebook

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Frontier to hold public hearing on proposed budget SOUTH DEERFIELD — The Frontier Regional School Committee is holding a public hearing on its draft $9,747,730 budget for next year. The public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the Frontier media center. The school committee has … 0

Fuel assistance money still available for new applicants

Thursday, March 6, 2014

GREENFIELD — Slightly more people in Franklin County have requested fuel assistance this winter compared to last, but an overall decrease across the Pioneer Valley means there’s money still available for new applicants. The Franklin County numbers (3,500 applications compared to 3,000 last year) go against the trend … 0

Neighbors: Who has the recipe for a friendship bread starter?

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Every now and then I get a request from one or more of you. This time, it’s our neighbor Helen Ellis of Greenfield, who is looking for a recipe for the “starter” of a 30-day or friendship cake. She said she believes a can of fruit … 0

‘No idea who they’re dealing with’

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

HATFIELD — The controversy over hydrofracking of shale gas came home to western Massachusetts Wednesday night, with a meeting hosted by Climate Action Now of Western Mass. to organize against the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline. “These people have no idea who they’re dealing with,” said meeting organizer Susan … 1

Officials seek answers

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Even as environmental groups begin weighing in on plans for a Tennessee Gas Pipeline planned through Franklin and Berkshire counties, regional planners and state legislators are seeking answers about the process for siting a 179-mile conduit between Wright, N.Y., and Dracut, just north of Lowell. Officials in nine … 0

Neighbors: Support local Relay for Life teams and possibly help a neighbor at the same time

Monday, March 3, 2014

Hello neighbor. It’s that time of year again, folks. Relay for Life teams are gearing up for the upcoming fundraising season for the American Cancer Society. Statistics show that most of us, if not all, are or will … 0

Frontier requests money to repair tennis courts

Monday, March 3, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Before cracks split and splinter the tennis courts at Frontier Regional School and render them unsafe and unusable, the Frontier Regional School Committee is requesting $32,999 in Community Preservation Act money from its four feeder towns to repair the community recreation spot. Superintendent Martha Barrett … 0

Frontier district prepping for enrollment drop

Friday, February 28, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — In the next decade, there is projected to be 300 fewer students enrolled in the Frontier Regional School and its four feeder schools — a finding that has spurred school leaders to take a serious look at school and municipal space needs in southern Franklin … 1

School Choice: Is it worth it for Frontier?

Thursday, February 27, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Since the early 1990s, Frontier Regional School and its feeder schools have allowed out-of-town students to enroll. But now, school leaders are questioning whether participating in the School Choice program is really cost effective. “We’re … 2

Neighbors: St. Patrick’s Day performance promises to be action-packed and colorful

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Hello neighbor. St. Patrick’s Day is quickly approaching and I’m told Celtic Heels Irish Dance Co. is gearing up for its annual holiday production at Shea Theatre in Turners Falls. The action-packed performance will include more than 50 … 0