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New Salem eyes Internet, highway barn

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

NEW SALEM — About $1.5 million for Internet and $175,000 for a new Highway Department barn are the outstanding requests among the 36 to be put to voters at next week’s possibly two-day annual town meeting. The meeting begins Monday at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall, with a second date Tuesday at the same time and place. Town Coordinator Nancy Aldrich said the hope is the second day will … 0

New Salem Dems to caucus Saturday

Monday, May 25, 2015

NEW SALEM — Democrats in New Salem will be holding a caucus on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at the Stowell Building on South Main Street. They will be electing two delegates and one alternate to the 2015 Massachusetts Democratic Convention, where Democrats from across the state will gather to meet fellow activists and hear from elected officials. The convention will be held Sept. … 0

Neighbors: Grandparents: Share your stories

Monday, May 25, 2015

Hello, neighbor Many times in my travels throughout the county, I am stopped by other grandparents who have read about my grandsons Justin, Owen and Travis. They thank me for sharing my stories every now and then, and then they share some of their own with me. Over and over, I hear about how much they are enjoying themselves and I have to … 0

DeWitt running for New Salem Selectboard in Monday’s election

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

NEW SALEM — Lisa DeWitt is running for a three-year term on the Selectboard, a new name among a slate of mostly incumbents. DeWitt is unchallenged on the ballot, which holds no contests this year. Polls will be open May 4 from 11:45 a.m. to 8 p.m. in … 0

Neighbors: Celebration of birthdays dates back thousands of years

Monday, April 27, 2015

Hello neighbor. Well, I am another year older today. Birthdays have been celebrated for thousands of years, and it seems people are still arguing about the origin of the tradition. I did a little research and found a few interesting facts. It seems scholars have found reference of … 0

New Salem man arrested on child rape, related charges

Friday, April 24, 2015

NEW SALEM — A local man has turned himself in to face charges of child rape and other offenses. Andrew Ohlson, 46, of 52 Whitaker Road, was arrested Friday morning on one count of child rape and three counts of indecent assault and battery on a person under … 0

Neighbors: French musical at Arts Block

Monday, April 20, 2015

Hello neighbor. If you’re looking for something fun to do next weekend, or the following one, head to the Arts Block on Main Street in Greenfield for the French musical, “Irma la Douce,” which will be performed by Arena Civic Theatre on Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday … 0

Tech students capture honors in statewide competition

Thursday, April 16, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Nine Franklin County Technical School students finished first in competitions at the annual Business Professionals of America State Leadership Conference. Twenty-six students from FCTS competed against 350 students in about 20 events March 7 through 9 in Framingham and Upton. Emmett Boyd of Northfield, Kyle … 0

Making the switch

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

BOSTON — Amid pressure from legislators and upset consumers, state utility regulators have eliminated a 15-year-old rule that required electricity suppliers to recalculate the bills of customers when they switch from their basic service to a competitor. The practice has cost customers, dozens of whom are from western … 0

Neighbors: Paint and Sip awakens my inner artist

Monday, April 13, 2015

Hello neighbor. A group of friends and family gathering together to paint on canvas, while sipping their favorite beverages, has become a national trend. In this area, two of the companies that provide such entertainment — at least … 1

Tech School seeks OK to borrow $2.45M

Thursday, April 9, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School District will ask the residents of its 19 member towns to go to the polls at a special districtwide election June 23 to approve what they expect to be $2.45 … 0

Neighbors: Time to be recognized

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’m glad to be back, though I couldn’t believe what I saw when I stepped out of my apartment Thursday morning. I thought the days of that white stuff were done — and what little is … 0

Where the funding meets the road

Monday, April 6, 2015

With a six-year, $478 billion federal transportation bill released recently to help close an estimated $1 trillion gap in the nation’s highway and bridge infrastructure and improve rail and public transit, a Franklin County group is scheduling an informational meeting as part of a “Stand Up for Transportation … 2