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Letter: Diaper decisions

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

I swore I wouldn’t get on a pulpit about this issue but I believe that pressuring our local governments to support Diaper Need Awareness Week is carrying things a little too far. While I’m in agreement that diapers are a basic household necessity than cannot and should not be purchased with SNAP benefits, I also believe that the use of expensive disposable diapers is a personal choice. By all estimates … 0

Shelter from the harm

Monday, September 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — By January 2015, victims of child abuse and sexual assault in Franklin County will have a safe and comfortable place to report the incidents to police and medical professionals. The Northwestern Children’s Advocacy Project, is renovating an old house on Wisdom Way to serve as a child-friendly center where a multidisciplinary … 0

Sustainable film fest seeks submissions

Monday, September 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — There’s still time to get your short film into the running for the third annual Pioneer Valley Transition Towns Film Festival. Films seven minutes or shorter on sustainable living will be accepted until Oct. 17. The top films will be screened and awards announced starting at 7 p.m. Nov. 14 in Greenfield Community College. Each film must focus on a sustainable … 0

Neighbors: All’s fair this weekend, especially fried dough

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Hello neighbor. Has anyone else noticed this was a very long short week? I don’t know if it was the intense heat and humidity or what, but the weekend is here and it’s fair time. The Franklin County Fair opened last night with its parade along Main Street. … 0

Fair thee well

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

GREENFIELD — Franklin County Fair president Fred Steiner barely made it past the stables at the Franklin County Fairgrounds before Adam Martin, of Martin’s Farm in Greenfield, emerged from an old red barn and flagged him down. As … 0

School districts prepare for PARCC switch

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — For the first time in 17 years, a majority of Massachusetts students, including some in Franklin County, will not be taking the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System tests this spring. Instead, the students will be taking the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and … 0

Braving the Limelight: Franklin County Fair's Got Talent

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Jan Morris of Northfield says she has always considered her talent to be writing and singing parodies. She tried several times to get her one-woman act off the ground, but her dreams always fell through because she found … 0

French King Bridge to get cameras

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

GILL — The state Department of Transportation will begin pursuing video monitoring and possible fencing of the French King Bridge, at the behest of local officials concerned for the safety of police and firefighters called to respond to reported suicides. Spanning the Connecticut River and the border between … 0

Auditor lauds G-M business manager hire

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The Gill-Montague Regional School District’s auditor last month congratulated the School Committee on its choice of a new business manager, laying out a report critical of the business management of the past two years. Patrice Squillante of the accounting firm Melanson Heath presented the results … 0

Meet Sharon Moberg, new Sheffield principal

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

MONTAGUE — Friday was the second day of classes for Sheffield Elementary School students and Sharon Moberg’s second day in charge of a school full of children, but she begins the new job with the advantage of having … 0

Letter: Cleaning up Turners

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Volunteers for clean-up in the Village of Turners Falls. Motivation to serve will come from wanting a better environment to live in and enjoy. Service will rarely be glorious. Temptation to quit will sometimes be strong. Volunteers must be diligent with little or no visible results and possibly … 0

New Hillcrest principal at work in Turners Falls

Monday, September 1, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The school year began Thursday for Hillcrest Elementary School’s new batch of first graders, with younger students waiting until Monday. For Sarah Burstein, it was the start of her first school year as principal and … 0

Neighbors: Falling into Franklin County Fair season

Monday, September 1, 2014

Hello neighbor. This weekend was the unofficial start to fall and we all know what that means. Yes, the days are getting shorter and soon temperatures will begin to drop — I’m not even going to mention the white stuff, yet. But fall also means the Franklin County … 0