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Berkshire Gas warns about phone scam

Monday, July 28, 2014

Several Berkshire Gas business customers have recently reported receiving fraudulent telephone calls seeking immediate payment of their Berkshire Gas accounts, by credit card, over the telephone, the utility has reported. The caller claims that the account is overdue and requires immediate payment. Several of the fraudulent calls have showed up as originating from 617-419-5406 in the recipient’s caller ID. Berkshire Gas has reported this information to the Massachusetts State Police, … 0

Letter: Consumer relief

Friday, July 25, 2014

Reference the article of July 15, 2014, Page C5 regarding “Citigroup to pay $7B in subprime mortgages probe” and the associated sidebar “Mass. gets $47M share of settlement.” How wonderful that Massachusetts was one of five states that entered into the agreement and will receive a direct cash payment of $45.7 million. It seems fair and appropriate that more than $15 million will … 1

Still time to join Bernardston summer rec program

Friday, July 25, 2014

BERNARDSTON — While summer vacation may be drawing to a close, there’s still a chance for elementary school children to join the town’s summer recreation program. Children from Bernardston and Leyden going into grades K-6, as well as School Choice students attending Bernardston Elementary School, can get in on the last two weeks of summer programming, which ends Aug. 8. The program runs … 0

Gold in Franklin County?

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

LEYDEN — A local man has scoured the county’s creeks for gold for decades ... and hopes to teach the craft to others. Kenneth Elliot, 78, says he picked up his first prospecter’s pan after watching a program … 0

Northfield override vote ends in a tie

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

NORTHFIELD — A tie vote leaves the town headed for a recount and the Pioneer Valley Regional School District budget uncertain after a Proposition 2 1/ 2 override election Tuesday. The vote stands tied at 262, after 495 residents voted in person and 29 took out absentee ballots, … 0

Leyden rollover sends woman, child to hospital

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

LEYDEN — A single-car rollover accident sent a woman and small child to the hospital Tuesday afternoon. Jonathan Ayala came upon the crashed Chevrolet shortly after the accident. “The mother had a small cut, but it wasn’t bad. … 2

Pioneer to begin $400,000 computer replacement

Monday, July 7, 2014

NORTHFIELD — Work will begin this summer on a $400,000 computer equipment upgrade plan at the Pioneer Valley Regional School District’s five schools. The district will borrow the money for a five-year term, with each of the district’s four towns’ shares based on their percentages of the school … 1

Neighbors: Fireworks fun, but lots more to summer ahead

Monday, July 7, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Greenfield’s Fourth of July celebration and fireworks display did not disappoint on Saturday. I went to Beacon Field with grandson Justin around 7 p.m. The first thing we did was take a “choo-choo” train ride around the grounds. Just before that, I ran into Greenfield Recreation … 0

National forest panel plans first meeting

Sunday, July 6, 2014

The next step toward creating a new kind of national forest in northern Franklin and Berkshire counties is in the works, with regional planners creating an advisory panel. The Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership Advisory Committee, composed of one selectmen’s representative from each of the region’s 20 towns, along … 0

46 layoffs on the line in Northfield override

Friday, July 4, 2014

NORTHFIELD — Tuesday’s Proposition 21/ 2 override vote could have serious implications for the Pioneer Valley Regional School District. If the override passes, it would result in a tax rate increase of 79 cents per $1,000 of property value, according to Selectboard Chairman John “Jack” Spanbauer. In May, … 0

Neighbors: Happy Fourth of July

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Hello neighbor. Happy Fourth of July! I am working today, but hope you are all having a great time. It may be that as you read this the rain is falling hard — that was the forecast of the National Weather Service in Taunton — but that’s fine, … 0

Bus fare

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The state budget passed this week by the Legislature will give the county’s sprawling regional school districts a huge savings for school bus expenses by reimbursing 90 percent of the cost — the highest in decades. “It would … 0

Neighbors: Introduce yourself to your neighbors

Monday, June 30, 2014

Hello neighbor. Here I go again, thinking about what it means to be a neighbor. I remember a time when people knew their neighbors. They spoke with them, sat next to them in church, ran into them in the grocery store, talked over the hedges about their days … 0