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Franklin County Technical school cosmetology students will cut hair for Locks of Love at the school's cosmetology shop on Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Recorder

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 nine of her cosmetology classmates will cut … 0

Neighbors: Montague police chief named Elk’s “Citizen of the Year”

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Hello neighbor. Congratulations to our neighbor Chip Dodge, who happens to be Montague’s police chief, and who recently received the “Citizen of the Year” award from the Montague Elks. Chip told me that he was surprised, honored and proud to receive the phone call last week from Elks Exhalted Ruler Stephen Dacyczyn telling … 0

Bernardston: Should we leave Pioneer school district?

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

BERNARDSTON — Sick of ever-inflating school costs, the town will look into the logistics of leaving the Pioneer Valley Regional School District. The town faces an increase of about $330,000, or 14 percent, in its share of the district budget for next year. A Proposition 2 1/ 2 override would be required if … 0

Snowmobilers, skiers rejoice

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

While many people lamented the wet, heavy snowstorm on Wednesday with shovels and salt in their hands, snowmobilers across Franklin County rejoiced, hoping to rev their engines across hundreds of miles of white-blanketed trails this weekend. With only … 0

Pioneer musicians set sights on Nashville, Graceland

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The high school band is taking its show on the road — all the way to the gates of Graceland. The Pioneer Valley Regional School’s marching and concert bands are raising money and putting in extra … 0

Clifford Spatcher named Leyden fire chief

Monday, February 3, 2014

LEYDEN — Clifford Spatcher joined the fire department at the young age of 16, never dreaming he’d be chief one day. Just a decade later, at 27, he was in fact appointed chief of the department. “I started … 0

Letter: Union busting

Monday, February 3, 2014

My wife is a proud member of the nurses’ union and I have spent my career in labor relations with employers throughout the Pioneer Valley. I have negotiated many union contracts as a management representative with a number of unions. There have been easy negotiations and there have … 0

Task force calls for wide distribution of Narcan

Friday, January 31, 2014

GREENFIELD — When police arrive at the scene of a heroin or prescription pill overdose they have one option: try to keep the patient breathing until the EMTs or paramedics arrive. Soon, Athol police hope to have a more proactive option in the form of a small syringe … 0

Neighbors: Girls Club of Greenfield needs help

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Hello neighbor. I’m sure many of you remember when Camp Stonehenge on Oak Hill Road in Leyden was filled with Girl Scouts attending summer camp — you may have been one of them. Sadly, the stone building has fallen into disrepair over the years, but the Girls Club … 1

Major corp. will run ambulance services

Monday, January 27, 2014

Anyone in Canada’s eastern-most provinces who calls for emergency medical help will have an ambulance owned by Medavie EMS arrive at their door. The future owners of Baystate Health Ambulance have a monopoly on all emergency services in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island — a … 0

Neighbors: Lots of fun facts today

Monday, January 27, 2014

Hello neighbor. I have a few interesting facts for you today. I talked with our precipitation prognosticator just before our last snowfall and she told me we had already seen 12 snowstorms this season. We had another shortly after that, so that means we’ve had 13 of the … 0

Public health district asking towns to pay more

Sunday, January 26, 2014

The regional public health district — which is trying to transition from a grant-funded enterprise to a town-sustained district — will ask its 10 member towns to increase their payments by a total of $15,600 this year. The Cooperative Public Health District’s oversight board, which contains representatives from … 0

Community Action offering free tax prep

Friday, January 24, 2014

GREENFIELD — Anti-poverty organization Community Action will again offer free tax preparation this year for low- and moderate-income residents in Franklin and Hampshire counties. The free service, which requires an appointment, will be available on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from Feb. 4 through April 15. Community Action has … 0