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Pioneer cuts $225,000 from proposed budget

Friday, April 18, 2014

BERNARDSTON — The Pioneer Valley Regional School Committee has lowered its proposed budget by nearly a quarter of a million dollars. The district was able to reduce costs by cutting three teachers. The district will be able to avoid layoffs or firings, because the employees are either leaving the district or not returning from leaves of absence, according to Superintendent Dayle Doiron. Now that the schools have a better estimate … 0

Neighbors: Easter community meal open to all

Thursday, April 17, 2014

First, I’d just like to wish everyone a happy Easter, happy Passover or happy spring, whichever you prefer. Then, I’d like to get right to telling you about some upcoming events, because there are plenty. EVERYONE IS WELCOME to a free Easter ham dinner community meal at the Greenfield Alliance Church, 385 Chapman … 0

Neighbors: Local students help others

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Hello neighbor. Franklin County Technical School senior Madison Lively of Greenfield and some of her classmates will use their skills as hairdressers-in-training this week to help children, teens and young adults who suffer from medical conditions that cause them to lose their hair. On Friday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Madison and … 0

Neighbors: St. Patrick’s Day performance promises to be action-packed and colorful

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Hello neighbor. St. Patrick’s Day is quickly approaching and I’m told Celtic Heels Irish Dance Co. is gearing up for its annual holiday production at Shea Theatre in Turners Falls. The action-packed performance will include more than 50 … 0

Pioneer: How do you categorize repair costs?

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

NORTHFIELD — What kind of repairs should tenants be responsible for, and what should be taken care of by landlords? That’s what the Pioneer Valley Regional School District and its four member towns are trying to determine. Bernardston, … 0

Neighbors: So much happening in Franklin County

Monday, February 24, 2014

Hello neighbor. I have many upcoming events to tell you about today, so I’m just going to get to it. ARTSPACE IS PLANNING its third annual String Celebration for April 27 at 1 p.m. in Greenfield Middle School’s … 0

Happy 90th birthday Irmarie Jones

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Hello neighbor. We are now fewer than 30 days from the beginning of spring. Soon, the ground will begin to thaw — though it’s difficult to believe right now — and temperatures will warm as birds begin to … 0

Pioneer property plan to be presented Sunday

Thursday, February 20, 2014

BERNARDSTON — There are big plans for the Pioneer Valley Regional School property, and you can hear about them straight from the source Sunday. John Lepore, a Bernardston resident and former Pioneer science teacher, has authored an all-encompassing … 0

Letter: Just shocking

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Shocked! In the movie classic Casablanca, Captain Renault was “Shocked! Shocked!” to find that gambling was going on in Rick’s (Humphrey Bogart’s) casino. Mayor Martin of Greenfield seems to be equally “Shocked! Shocked!” to find that a citizen had the audacity to actually read a public document and … 0

Defying the odds

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

When Leyden artist Lola Baltzell was given 30 months to live in 2009, she knew what she had to do. She started a project that would take at least three years to complete. Baltzell decided to cover every … 0

Neighbors: Goodbye to someone special

Monday, February 17, 2014

Hello neighbor. It is a sad week for me and my family. We’ve lost someone very special. I met Gary Hawkins when I was just a child — that’s going back almost 50 years. He was my cousin … 0

Workshop: Financial skills for town officials

Sunday, February 16, 2014

GREENFIELD — The regional government is inviting town officials and volunteers to a workshop aimed at financial skills for town officials. “Show Me the Money: Financial Skills for Selectboards” will be held Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Olver Transit Center. “The workshop will provide invaluable … 0

Neighbors: Happy Valentine’s Day

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Hello neighbor. Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Hope you all have a wonderful day with that special person or those special people. I’ve got a lot to tell you about, so here goes: THERE WILL BE A VALENTINE’S DAY … 0