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Neighbors: Take advantage of technology, but don’t let it rule you

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Hello neighbor. I just wanted to finish what I started on Tuesday, if you don’t mind. I seem to be on my soapbox this week, so please bear with me. I guess I’m just filled with the joy of the season and want to share it with you. I’d like to remind you of something else — I talked about volunteering, doing something unexpected for your neighbor and being kind … 0

Neighbors: Remember the true meaning of the holiday season

Monday, December 15, 2014

Hello neighbor. Here we are — Hanukkah begins today at sundown, there’s only eight days until Christmas Eve and it’s 10 days until the beginning of Kwanzaa. Each holiday means something different to each person or family who celebrates it. We all have our own traditions, as it should be. I guess I’d just like to remind people that this time of year, … 0

Northfield Notebook

Monday, December 15, 2014

Tax bills mailed NORTHFIELD — Fiscal year 2015 tax bills have been mailed. Second installment payments must be received by the tax collector by April 1. Late payments are subject to 14 percent interest. Abatement applications are also due by April 1. If you did not receive a bill, or have questions, contact Tax Collector Barbara Brassor at 413 498-2901, ext. 13. Town … 0

Enjoying that special day in Northfield

Sunday, December 14, 2014

NORTHFIELD — Northfield’s Main Street was the center of attention Saturday afternoon with the town’s annual “A Special Day in Northfield” holiday festival in full swing. The event, which ran from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., gave visitors … 0

WMECO plans outage to upgrade power in Northfield

Friday, December 12, 2014

NORTHFIELD — Residents on the north side of town have been waiting for the power to go out. It’s not because of the weather, though. In fact, the bad weather’s the only thing that’s been keeping the power on every day. Upgrades to Western Mass. Electric Co. equipment, … 0

‘March of Words’ pits pens against pipeline

Friday, December 12, 2014

NORTHFIELD — Pipeline protesters are getting together in libraries, churches and people’s homes in Northfield and beyond for a month-long letter writing campaign. “The Rolling March of Words” is a series of letter-writing events, aimed at telling Massachusetts’ legislators that residents are opposed to Kinder Morgan Co.’s Tennessee … 0

Neighbors: Kind acts don’t go unnoticed

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Hello, neighbor. I thought I’d share a story about another one of our neighbors putting a smile on someone’s face. Julie, who lives on Wildwood Avenue in Greenfield, said she woke up the other morning to a box … 0

Tech picks principal for supt.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

MONTAGUE — In something of a surprise to some on the committee, particularly those who were not present, the Franklin Technical School District Committee voted to promote the school’s principal and assistant superintendent to the top job come … 0

Northfield’s ‘Special Day’ Saturday

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The town will hold its annual holiday, “A Special Day in Northfield,” Saturday. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., businesses downtown and beyond will hold special sales, stores and organizations will hold gift-making workshops, and of … 0

Letter: Let the light shine

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

With all that is going on in Ferguson and now in New York City, we have had numerous talks about race issues and the gospel in our family. Over the years, with two biracial sons by adoption and three birth children, we have learned much about the ugliness … 0

Survey finds too little affordable housing in Franklin County, especially for poorest residents

Monday, December 8, 2014

Since her husband died a year and a half ago, “Marion,” as we’ll call her, has been struggling with how to afford to keep living in their seven-room home in northern Franklin County. Rather than use her savings … 0

Expert: Rural communities need extra help providing affordable homes

Monday, December 8, 2014

With what she called “fairly significant low- and moderate-income” populations and a steadily increasing over-65 population — along with an older stock of overwhelmingly single-family homes — rural communities like those in Franklin County need help in providing affordable housing, a consultant has told regional planners. The quasi-governmental … 0

Neighbors: Santa to call kids on Dec. 22

Monday, December 8, 2014

Hello neighbor. We are quickly approaching the holidays and that means children will once again this year have the opportunity to receive a call from Santa. The Scottish Rite Masons in the Valley of Greenfield will be making “Telephone Calls from Santa Claus” on Dec. 22. Last year … 0