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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: Paint and Sip awakens my inner artist

Monday, April 13, 2015

Hello neighbor. A group of friends and family gathering together to paint on canvas, while sipping their favorite beverages, has become a national trend. In this area, two of the companies that provide such entertainment — at least … 1

Frontier, elementary school committees approve early release schedule

Friday, April 10, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Students in the Frontier Regional and Union 38 School District will be going home a bit earlier on Fridays next year. The regional and elementary school committees approved an early release schedule at a joint meeting Thursday night that would provide more time for professional … 0

Tech School seeks OK to borrow $2.45M

Thursday, April 9, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School District will ask the residents of its 19 member towns to go to the polls at a special districtwide election June 23 to approve what they expect to be $2.45 … 0

Neighbors: Time to be recognized

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’m glad to be back, though I couldn’t believe what I saw when I stepped out of my apartment Thursday morning. I thought the days of that white stuff were done — and what little is … 0

Frontier early release weighed tonight

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

DEERFIELD — The Frontier Regional and Union 38 school committees will decide tonight whether students will be released early on Fridays next year under a new plan to provide teachers with more time for professional development. The joint meeting will start at 7 in the Frontier Regional School … 0

Where the funding meets the road

Monday, April 6, 2015

With a six-year, $478 billion federal transportation bill released recently to help close an estimated $1 trillion gap in the nation’s highway and bridge infrastructure and improve rail and public transit, a Franklin County group is scheduling an informational meeting as part of a “Stand Up for Transportation … 2

Wipers on, lights on

Monday, April 6, 2015

GREENFIELD — Today’s forecasted rain showers could put a new law to the test. Starting today, state law requires drivers to turn on their headlights whenever they need to use their windshield wipers, and whenever visibility is less than 500 feet. Previously, headlight use had been required from … 1

Neighbors: Turning pollution into art

Monday, April 6, 2015

Hello neighbor. Several months ago I told you the Connecticut River Watershed was looking for artists who would turn trash found in the watershed into art. Well, CRW found the artists and their art is on display now through May 27 at Great Falls Discovery Center, 2 Avenue … 0

Conway Town Meeting to consider lowering Community Preservation Act tax

Friday, April 3, 2015

CONWAY — Conway residents could soon find themselves paying quite a bit less in taxes to support the Community Preservation Act fund if a citizen’s petition passes at annual town meeting. The petition, signed by 51 residents as … 0

Conway’s use of CPA funds: 2006 - present

Friday, April 3, 2015

2006 Repair of cemetery headstones in private cemeteries — $4,000 Restoration of the Old Boyden schoolhouse interior — $10,562 2007 Tree and limb removal at cemetery — $7,500 2008 Purchase of two historical district marker signs — $2,500 2009 Preservation of the Assessor’s records — $1,200 2010 Completing … 0