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Neighbors: Visit your local farmers market

Monday, July 27, 2015

Hello neighbor. Farmers markets are going strong throughout the county this summer. I’m not going to mention any in particular, because most of you know where they are, especially if you’ve got one in your town. What I want to talk about today is why you should visit one or two or more. Visiting a farmers market is a way of enjoying the season. Most of them run from late … 0

Pocumtuck Homelands Festival returns

Sunday, July 26, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Unity Park Waterfront will be filled with the sound of music and drumming Saturday, Aug. 1, during the second annual Pocumtuck Homelands Festival. The free, all-day event is a celebration of Native American music, art and culture and will feature live music, drumming, dancing, storytelling, traditional children’s games and more. … 0

Fire marshal: Check carbon monoxide alarms

Friday, July 24, 2015

Pointing to the deaths of four young Massachusetts residents in a Maine cabin over the weekend, the state Fire Marshal’s Office told residents their carbon monoxide alarms may be running out of time. “A similar tragedy led to a law here in Massachusetts that requires CO alarms in nearly every home. It is a tool designed to help prevent more families from experiencing … 0

Micro gardens offer fresh food for all

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — After nearly 25 years of research, a local scientist has developed a sustainable system for growing food with an eye to ending world hunger. Dr. Ganisher Abbasov, of Northampton, will sell the system, which allows … 0

Letter: A changing Iraq

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

I always read with interest the letter to the editor from Lou Barber. Instead of giving all this lost military equipment to the Iraqis, give it to the Kurds. They are our only and true allies in the region. When ISIS is finally destroyed, carve out a homeland … 0

Is spanking your kids OK? Highest Mass. court says yes, but not everyone agrees

Monday, June 29, 2015

GREENFIELD — The state’s highest court has weighed in on whether spanking is appropriate, seeking to clearly define what the court said has been a common-law line between parenting and abuse. Overturning the assault and battery conviction of a man who spanked his child in front of the … 0

Neighbors: Be kind

Monday, June 29, 2015

Hello neighbor. About once a year I feel compelled to remind myself and others to be good neighbors. I don’t necessarily mean “neighbor” in the literal sense. What I mean is that we all should be kind to everyone. Those who aren’t can never truly be happy themselves. … 0

Neighbors: Adopt an adult cat for $5 this weekend

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Hello neighbor. It’s that time again, folks! Dakin Humane Society is offering its $5 cat adoption for select adult cats on Saturday and Sunday. This weekend only, you can adopt an adult cat for only $5 at both the Springfield and Leverett adoption centers from 12:30 to 5:30 … 0

Letter: Economic disparity

Thursday, June 25, 2015

We live in the groovy Pioneer Valley with local, organic produce around every corner and solar panels dominating the rooftops. My biggest worry is if my quaint little public library will be open on Labor Day. However, this isn’t everyone’s experience. More than one in 10 people in … 0

Landscape paintings wanted for benefit

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Apparently local artists are tugging at the leash to raise money for a regional dog shelter. Local business owners Erin MacLean and John McNamara are seeking donations of another 50 landscape paintings for an art auction to benefit the Franklin County Dog Shelter. Last Thursday, … 0

Tech school projects passed

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Tuesday was the decisive day for the Franklin County Technical School’s roof project, with dire weather predictions and polls open for a districtwide vote to repair the roof and replace aging windows, doors and pavement. Voters didn’t turn … 0

Montague voters approve Sheffield School window work

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

MONTAGUE — Voters approved a debt exclusion Tuesday night to allocate money to cover the town’s share of replacing windows in the Sheffield Elementary School auditorium and gymnasium. The vote passed 327 to 73, according to Town Administrator Frank Abbondanzio. The project, which was approved at the annual … 0

Turners school psychologist leaving post

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Turners Falls High School psychologist David N. Pino will not be returning to the district next year, the Gill-Montague School District superintendent confirmed this week, at the same time the School Committee has received an anonymous email complaining that the psychologist confronted sex crime allegations … 0