‘One of Greenfield’s libraries’: Franklin County remembers public servant William B. Allen

Monday, October 5, 2015

GREENFIELD — Longtime public servant William B. Allen died Saturday, and town officials and leaders say his passing is a big loss to the town, because he was one of the most dedicated and knowledgeable public servants they’ve ever known. “I look at Bill’s passing like one of Greenfield’s libraries just burned down,” said Scott Conti, chairman of the Board of Licensing Commissioners, which Allen chaired for many years after he retired. “He had such deep knowledge of the infrastructure of the town. Any time you run water, or flush a toilet or drive on a road, Bill had a piece of that.” Town officials … 0

Neighbors: Have fun at Celebrate the harvest Festival in Orange

Monday, October 5, 2015

Hello neighbor. If you’d like to celebrate fall — this wonderful time of year — head over to Orange on Sunday, where at 9 a.m. the Celebrate the Harvest Festival begins at the airport. There will be a car show, craft fair (you can start that holiday shopping), food vendors and a parade down East River Street at 1 p.m. The parade’s theme … 0

Neighbors: Local organization head raises money for hungry

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Hello neighbor. On Sept. 27, Andrew Morehouse, the executive editor of The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, pedalled 100 miles through Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire to help end hunger in western Massachusetts. The food bank’s 5th annual Will Bike 4 Food charity cycling event raised more than $100,000, with Andrew raising $6,160 of that amount. He said 280 riders of all ages … 1

Faith Matters: The Dzogchen teachings

Friday, August 21, 2015

Each Saturday, a different faith leader in Franklin County offers a personal religious perspective in this space. If you are a faith leader in Franklin County and would like to submit a 500-700-word column for “Faith Matters,” email … 0

Neighbors: Remember the power your words have and use them wisely

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Hello neighbor. I have lots to tell you about today. Before I go into what’s happening in the county, I’d like to tell you about an unsigned note I received from one of you fine folks, and then … 0

Letter: Margaret Sanger

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Tim Grant’s letter (“Planned Parenthood is Despicable,” Aug. 12) is full of inaccuracies and misconceptions. Planned Parenthood has done nothing illegal in donating fetal tissue for scientific research. They obtain full consent from the patient and do not receive financial benefit, only reimbursement for costs. As a scholar … 0

‘Smart switches’ cut down on power outages

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

GREENFIELD — Eversource Energy has recently finished installing 40 “smart switches” in 17 western Massachusetts towns, including seven in Franklin County, which the company says will help increase reliability across its grid. Eversource spokeswoman Priscilla Ress said the … 0

Letter: Speak out on pipeline

Friday, August 14, 2015

I applaud Chris Collins’ accurate description of the unmovable position of Franklin County’s pipeline opponents in last Friday’s paper. However, I take exception to his opening sentence implying that the pipeline is becoming increasingly inevitable. I was inspired to see a good turnout at the FERC hearing, but … 1

Neighbors: Our neighbors are in our thoughts

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Hello neighbor. I told you a nice story the other day about a neighbor who was admitted to Baystate Franklin Medical Center with a respiratory infection, who ended up being diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. I’m sorry to … 0

New school year, new schedule at Frontier

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The first day of school is a little more than two weeks away for students at the Frontier Regional School District and Union 38, and this year they’ll notice some changes to their usual schedule. Students will be released an hour and a half early … 0

Neighbors: Franklin County Fair’s Got Talent competition begins

Monday, August 10, 2015

Hello neighbor. It’s that time again — the search is on for Franklin County’s most talented. If you’d like to make it to Franklin County Fair’s Got Talent stage, you’ve got just a few more days to submit a link to the video or audio showing everyone your … 0

Anti-pipeliners eyes turn to Otis: Taking of state-protected land could set precedent

Friday, August 7, 2015

A state House bill to carve 15 acres of state forest land in Berkshire County for a 13-mile Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. project is raising eyebrows — and voices — among opponents of the company’s larger Northeast Energy Direct pipeline that would cut across Franklin County. The proposed … 0

Neighbors: Manhattan Dolls coming to Athol

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Hello neighbor. If you’d like to hop aboard the “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” head to the Athol High School auditorium Aug. 16 from 2 to 4 p.m., when the New York City-based Manhattan Dolls, who perform in the style of the Andrews Sisters, will bring the memorable music of … 0