Tom White works on a bowl in his studio on Monday in preparation for the 10th Annual Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail this weekend, held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at nine potters' studios across the Franklin and Hampshire counties.
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Pottery trail turns 10 this weekend

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

For the past decade, the Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail has brought folks to the area from far and wide, in search of the perfect pot. This year, the trail will host 20 potters from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at nine locations in Shelburne Falls, Greenfield, Northfield and Hampshire County. Area artisans will invite their customers into their studios, give demonstrations on their potters’ wheels and host musicians and guest potters. “It grows steadily every year,” said potter Tom White of Northfield. “We’re getting more and more visitors, and sales have grown, too.” White said last year’s pottery trail grossed about $58,000. … 0

Businesses continue to equip Tech machine shop

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School Machine Technology program has another boost from the area’s industry in the form of $50,000 worth of precision measuring tools and equipment to complement the new computer controlled machining behemoths purchased through the business-led fundraising campaign begun last year. The latest donation comes from L.S. Starrett Co., the Athol-based manufacturer of precision tools, gauges and … 0

Cell tower could benefit Pioneer district

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

NORTHFIELD — A deal in the works could bring the Pioneer Valley Regional School District $2 million over 25 years. The district has negotiated a deal for AT&T Wireless to build and use a 120-foot cellular phone tower on north side of the Pioneer Valley Regional School grounds. The proposal calls for a $27,600 annual lease, with an initial period of five years, … 0

Letter: Science and faith

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Tim Blagg offered an observation that people of science and people of faith are frequently at odds. My first response to Tim cited the contributions scientific knowledge makes to human health. How can we love our fellow human beings (which is a core belief of many religions) if … 0

Preschool screening for Pioneer district

Monday, April 21, 2014

BERNARDSTON — Preschool screening for 3- to 5-year-olds in the Pioneer Valley Regional School District will be held May 1. The screenings are open to children who will be at least 3 years old on or before May 1 and live in Bernardston, Leyden, Northfield or Warwick. It … 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 … 0

Northfield’s flag flies at Statehouse

Sunday, April 20, 2014

NORTHFIELD — Local sixthgraders travelled to the Statehouse to see their town’s new flag unfurled. The annual field trip to Boston took on a special meaning, as the Northfield flag was inducted into the state’s Hall of Flags … 0

Pioneer cuts $225,000 from proposed budget

Friday, April 18, 2014

BERNARDSTON — The Pioneer Valley Regional School Committee has lowered its proposed budget by nearly a quarter of a million dollars. The district was able to reduce costs by cutting three teachers. The district will be able to avoid layoffs or firings, because the employees are either leaving … 0

Neighbors: Easter community meal open to all

Thursday, April 17, 2014

First, I’d just like to wish everyone a happy Easter, happy Passover or happy spring, whichever you prefer. Then, I’d like to get right to telling you about some upcoming events, because there are plenty. EVERYONE IS WELCOME … 0

Northfield Notebook

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tax collector office closing NORTHFIELD — The office of the tax collector will be closed from April 21 through 29. The tax collector will re-open at 8 a.m. April 30. Northfield absentee ballots here NORTHFIELD — Absentee ballots for the May 6 annual town election are now available … 0

Northfield to interview hiring consultants

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The town will seek the help of professional consultants as it continues the search for a full-time administrator. The Selectboard decided to interview nonprofit consultants with the Collins Institute of the University of Massachusetts at Boston, and the Massachusetts Municipal Association, before deciding which firm to … 0

Neighbors: Local students help others

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Hello neighbor. Franklin County Technical School senior Madison Lively of Greenfield and some of her classmates will use their skills as hairdressers-in-training this week to help children, teens and young adults who suffer from medical conditions that cause … 0

Neighbors: Montague police chief named Elk’s “Citizen of the Year”

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Hello neighbor. Congratulations to our neighbor Chip Dodge, who happens to be Montague’s police chief, and who recently received the “Citizen of the Year” award from the Montague Elks. Chip told me that he was surprised, honored and … 0