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Safety boaters at the Berkshire Highlands Pentathlon cheer for a participant as he makes his way down the Deerfield River. Some local outdoor enthusiasts and officials are hoping a Boston Olympics with "regional equity" could potentially feature Franklin County locations, such as the Deerfield River for whitewater events.

Local outdoors enthusiasts float Olympic idea

Friday, February 20, 2015

Will the whitewater slaloms of the 2024 Olympics take place on the Deerfield River? That’s the hope of local outdoor enthusiasts, and of Congressman Richard Neal, who is pushing for “regional equity” in Boston’s bid for the 2024 Olympics. Neal, whose district includes the western half of Franklin County, not only hopes that a Boston Olympics might extend to sites in western Massachusetts but might serve as an impetus to build east-west railway passenger transportation between Pittsfield, Springfield and Boston. Bruce Lessels, of Zoar Outdoor in Charlemont, and Ted Fay, a sports management professor at the State University of New York, invited representatives from the … 2

Neighbors: Stay safe in frigid temperatures

Monday, February 16, 2015

Hello neighbor. Spring is just 31 days away, but it may not seem that close because we continue to battle bitter cold temperatures and all of this white stuff. Earlier this month we saw the Full Snow Moon, named because February is typically the month where we see the heaviest snowfalls — I guess that’s the good news, if it holds true. On … 0

Pioneer board recommends capital improvements for district’s schools

Sunday, February 15, 2015

NORTHFIELD — The Pioneer Valley Regional School Committee has voted to approve several capital projects. At the high school, these include $11,668 for window tinting in high-visibility areas, $8,000 for air conditioning in a computer equipment room, $4,876 for sidewalk repairs, and $800 for a two-way radio the school can use to communicate with police and fire departments. Capital projects at the high … 0

Weekly meetings for Feb. 16-20

Friday, February 13, 2015

Ashfield Board of Assessors: Tuesday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of Assessors: Wednesday 8:30 a.m. in Town Hall. Technology Committee: Wednesday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Selectboard/Finance Committee: Wednesday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Planning Board: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Personnel Board: Thursday 7 p.m. … 0

Pioneer sets maximum budget

Friday, February 13, 2015

NORTHFIELD — The Pioneer Valley Regional School District has set a maximum budget of $14.46 million for the upcoming school year. The proposed budget is up 2.35 percent, or $332,564, from this year’s $14.13 million. This year’s budget was a 5.5 percent increase from last year’s. The budget … 0

Neighbors: Happy Valentine’s Day

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Hello neighbor. Happy Valentine’s Day! Every year at this time we exchange cards, candy, gifts and flowers with our special valentine s. We start early — my 3-year-old grandson Justin brought an entire bag of valentines to preschool this week just as I did many years ago. I … 0

Rep. Mark files ed. bill

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

GREENFIELD — State Rep. Paul Mark has filed a comprehensive higher education bill designed to tackle student debt, lower costs and increase funding to the state’s colleges and universities. With 34 sections addressing different aspects of higher education … 0

Pioneer to draft school budget on Thursday

Monday, February 9, 2015

NORTHFIELD — The four-town Pioneer Valley Regional School District will set its maximum budget for the coming school year in a public hearing Thursday. The hearing will be held at 8 p.m. in Pioneer Valley Regional School. Used as a “not to exceed” amount, the School Committee’s draft … 0

Neighbors: Learn about how state government works

Monday, February 9, 2015

Hello neighbor. Have you always wanted to learn more about our state government and how it works? State Sen. Stan Rosenberg will be holding the 74th Citizens’ Legislative Seminar on April 28 (my birthday) and April 29 from … 0

Heart disease, cancer top killers in county

Thursday, February 5, 2015

The state released its latest annual death report in January, with the 2012 Franklin County numbers showing a continued increase in drug deaths while heart disease continues to claim the greatest number of lives. The Department of Public Health compiles statistics from death certificates filed in the state … 0

Farmers weigh-in on Coke’s new beverage: Milk

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

On hearing that Coca-Cola is now going into the milk business, several local dairy farmers just laughed. But when assured “it’s the real thing” — that Coca Cola has started test-marketing Fairlife, its own “premium” milk brand — … 0

Neighbors: Try to see the beauty in a New England winter

Monday, February 2, 2015

Hello neighbor. The county got lucky last week as Winter Storm Juno buried towns and cities to the east, but barely grazed us. We weren’t so lucky this week. Most of us are still digging out from Winter Storm Linus this morning, if forecasts of about a foot … 0

Leyden fiber-optic forum set for today

Friday, January 30, 2015

LEYDEN — The proposal for a $1.77 million fiber-optic network in town will be discussed in detail at a forum today. Representatives from Wired West and the Franklin Regional Council of Governments will present plans and answer questions at 10 a.m. in Town Hall. An estimate of $900,000 … 0