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 Franklin County Technical School student Nicholas Saladino holds one of the three medals he won in skiing at the Vermont winter Special Olympics. Submitted photo

He found gold on the slopes

Sunday, March 29, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The skiing season is almost over and Franklin County Technical School student Nicholas Saladino can look ahead to a summer of his brothers pushing him at the gym, then getting back to the slopes for a shot at the next tier of Alpine ski competition. Saladino entered three events this year in Vermont’s Special Olympics and carved through the slalom gates to three gold medals at the intermediate level. Next stop nationals, his mother hopes, then the global Special Olympics in Austria in 2017. Nick Saladino and his mother Nekki were both at the Technical School Wednesday, as they are most days, … 0

Two charged with possession after Deerfield traffic stop

Sunday, March 29, 2015

DEERFIELD — Two Amherst residents face heroin charges after a traffic stop Friday night on Route 116. Deerfield Police Sgt. Harry Ruddock said Dennis Lavigne, 35, and Emily Browne, 22, both of 12 Weaver Circle in Amherst, were arrested and charged with heroin possession. Browne was also charged with a marked lanes violation following the 11:50 p.m. stop. “Both parties were coming from … 0

Former Tech students shepherd video game app to market

Sunday, March 29, 2015

A small flock of sheep graze in their enclosure, placidly unaware of the lurking danger. The danger is wolves, an endless stream of small, animated wolves appearing at random from all points of the compass and loping rapidly toward the defenseless mutton. If they reach the sheepfold, the game is over; it is … 0

Town meetings next week

Friday, March 20, 2015

Ashfield Board of Assessors: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Library Trustees: Monday 7 p.m. in Library. Bernardston Finance Committee: Monday 6:45 p.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Board of Selectmen: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Charlemont Board of Selectmen: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of … 0

Neighbors: Use all of your senses to greet spring

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Hello neighbor. Happy spring everyone! It’s time to get out into the sun and enjoy — those cold, grey days are almost behind us. Yes, it will be a little muddy, but who cares after being holdup all winter? Temps are working their way into the 30s and … 0

Deerfield grain mill owner hit with fire safety fines

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

DEERFIELD — The owner of an old grain mill in the East Deerfield Rail Yard didn’t have the proper permits to be performing work that sparked an early morning fire in the building March 6. Phillip Nash of … 0

For whom the bell tolls sooner

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — When Martha Barrett, the superintendent of the Frontier Regional and Union 38 schools, began receiving reports on district-wide absences through a new substitute and absence management system this year, she noticed a trend that disturbed her. The district’s five schools were spending quite a bit … 0

South County Senior Center will hold Polish Heritage Event Thursday

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

DEERFIELD — Joe Kielec of Easthampton has always had a strong connection to his Polish heritage, so naturally he considers a trip he took to Poland a few years ago to be one of the high points of his life. “I’d never seen my ancestral country before,” he … 0

Deerfield vows legal action against state if survey permission granted

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

DEERFIELD — If the state Department of Public Utilities grants Tennessee Gas Co. the right to access private property to survey against the wishes of its owner, Deerfield has vowed to expand the federal negligence claims it has filed against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the federal … 0

Neighbors: Father and daughter recovering nicely after kidney transplant

Monday, March 16, 2015

Hello neighbor. Our neighbor Tim Ollari is doing well after receiving a kidney from his daughter Stephanie last Thursday. Stephanie says Tim looks like a new person — full of life again. She, on the other hand, had … 0

Letter: Caught my eye

Sunday, March 15, 2015

On a recent Friday, I contacted the paper about our Fire District taking delivery of a new truck. Plans were made to meet with a reporter at the fire station at 10 a.m. for photos, etc. At the last minute, Chief Yazwinski moved the truck to a fire … 0

Franklin County Tech principal picked

Sunday, March 15, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Shawn Rickan of Phillipston is to take over for Franklin County Technical School Principal and Assistant Superintendent Richard Martin when Martin moves into the superintendent’s office in July. Now a high school principal in Baldwinville, Rickan earlier worked in Orange for five years and is … 0

‘Fiber Towns’ to residents: Prove you want broadband

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The WiredWest high-speed Internet collaborative has started signing up residents of 32 member towns for “Last-Mile” fiber-optic broadband. This is the first step for “fiber towns” to become part of the collaborative’s fiber-optic network. If 40 percent of a fiber town’s households sign up, it shows there is … 0