New Salem

New Salem holds spring cleanup week

Monday, April 21, 2014

NEW SALEM — The New Salem Recreation Committee reminds everyone that Spring Cleanup Week is this week , which coincides with the public school spring vacation. The committee encourages everyone to take time and clean up litter on the road near where they live. If you have a New Salem Transfer Station sticker and bring the litter to the Transfer Station in a clear plastic bag, you won’t have to … 0

Tech school’s business club aims at national competition in Indianapolis

Monday, April 21, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The students of Franklin County Technical School’s extra-curricular business club did well in the state level of the Business Professionals of America competition, well enough that 13 qualified for the next level of competition. The national competition is scheduled for April 30 through May 4, four states west in Indianapolis, … 0

Garlic and Arts Festival awards $10,000 in grants

Sunday, April 20, 2014

ORANGE — The North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival has given out about $10,000 in grants to support local food and arts projects in 2013 and 2014. Part of the festival’s mission is to enhance the artistic and agricultural vibrancy of the region. Through its grants, the festival’s spirit of creativity and community building is spread year-round through support for innovative projects and … 0

Neighbors: So much happening in Franklin County

Monday, February 24, 2014

Hello neighbor. I have many upcoming events to tell you about today, so I’m just going to get to it. ARTSPACE IS PLANNING its third annual String Celebration for April 27 at 1 p.m. in Greenfield Middle School’s … 0

Franklin County Tech School to host community college panel Wednesday

Monday, February 24, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Franklin County Technical School will host its first ever community college panel discussion Wednesday night, and the public is invited to attend. Originally developed as an informational event for the school’s upperclassmen and parents, school officials decided to expand it for the entire community, said … 0

Happy 90th birthday Irmarie Jones

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Hello neighbor. We are now fewer than 30 days from the beginning of spring. Soon, the ground will begin to thaw — though it’s difficult to believe right now — and temperatures will warm as birds begin to … 0

Pioneer property plan to be presented Sunday

Thursday, February 20, 2014

BERNARDSTON — There are big plans for the Pioneer Valley Regional School property, and you can hear about them straight from the source Sunday. John Lepore, a Bernardston resident and former Pioneer science teacher, has authored an all-encompassing … 0

Several towns set Democratic caucus dates starting tonight

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

There are still several Franklin County towns that will see town Democratic Party caucuses in coming days. The caucuses are to elect delegates and alternates to the 2014 Massachusetts Democratic Convention. Delegates will be divided equally between men and women. Any town resident who is registered as a … 0

Neighbors: Goodbye to someone special

Monday, February 17, 2014

Hello neighbor. It is a sad week for me and my family. We’ve lost someone very special. I met Gary Hawkins when I was just a child — that’s going back almost 50 years. He was my cousin … 0

Workshop: Financial skills for town officials

Sunday, February 16, 2014

GREENFIELD — The regional government is inviting town officials and volunteers to a workshop aimed at financial skills for town officials. “Show Me the Money: Financial Skills for Selectboards” will be held Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Olver Transit Center. “The workshop will provide invaluable … 0

Neighbors: Happy Valentine’s Day

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Hello neighbor. Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Hope you all have a wonderful day with that special person or those special people. I’ve got a lot to tell you about, so here goes: THERE WILL BE A VALENTINE’S DAY … 0

Tech budget up 5.4%, cuts art program

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School Committee Wednesday night approved a preliminary budget up $518,917, with an uncharacteristic 5.4 percent increase to the sum requested from member towns, and went on to cut the art program to make room for two new classrooms. Business Manager Russ … 0

Stormwater has no place in rivers

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

There’s plenty to be learned from a visit to Orange’s Riverfront Park. Apart from a place for the community to come together along the Millers River, it’s also a showcase of rain barrels, porous pavement, rain gardens, bio-retention … 0