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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

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

Neighbors: Little too cold, but good week anyway

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Hello neighbor. Except for the bitter cold temperatures this week — just a little too cold for my liking — it has been a pretty good one. My dad is feeling better, 2½-year-old grandson Justin is growing bigger every day and coming out with some of those great … 0

National forest meetings planned in area

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The 11 Franklin County towns that could become host to a new type of national forest will have meetings beginning as early as next week to discuss the proposal following two introductory informational sessions in November. The Franklin Regional Council of Governments is planning a session Tuesday in … 0

Neighbors: Several recognized for work

Monday, January 20, 2014

Hello neighbor. Lots of exciting news coming out of Turners Falls today. First, the town’s very own Sonya Lamonakis has been named one of What’s The 411 TV’s “25 Most Interesting People of 2013.” Sonya, 39, who was born on a small Greek island and adopted by Stephen … 0

Baystate: Some ambulance layoffs possible

Friday, January 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — Canadian health company Medavie EMS may not automatically keep all of the Greenfield-based employees of Baystate Health Ambulance when it buys the service in April, Baystate Health spokesman Benjamin Craft said Friday. John Ferguson, a spokesman from the Nova Scotia company, had said Wednesday that the … 0

New BHA owner runs EMS in Prince Edward Island

Thursday, January 16, 2014

After two decades of building its emergency medical services in Canada, the company that plans to purchase Baystate Health Ambulance in April ventured south into Massachusetts just over a year ago. Medavie EMS — which has contracts in five provinces and calls itself “the largest provider of EMS … 0

Neighbors: Don’t be too quick to judge

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Hello neighbor. I’m going to be brief today because I’ve talked about this before, but something happened recently and it reminded me that we should all be reminded every so often that we are all, for the most part, doing the best we can. Some people volunteer more … 0

Canadian company buying Baystate Health Ambulance

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — Baystate Health announced Wednesday it intends to sell its ambulance service, which serves as the emergency first responders for seven Franklin County towns, to Canadian health company Medavie EMS. When the sale is complete this April, ambulance sites in Greenfield and Springfield will become part of … 0

‘Landscape Partnership’ protects nearly 1,000 Leyden acres

Thursday, January 9, 2014

LEYDEN — About 960 acres of this tiny, bucolic town nestled between Greenfield and Vermont are being protected from development as a result of a conservation program that brings together two state agencies, three land preservation groups, a … 0