Northfield

Northfield Highway Dept. supt.’s land to be new salt/sand shed

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

NORTHFIELD — If the town buys a plot of land from its Highway Department superintendent, he’ll get to visit it often. The annual town meeting approved $200,000 to buy land and to build a salt and sand shed. Highway Superintendent Thomas Walker was the low bidder, offering his St. Mary’s Street lot for $50,000. The only other offer was from AR Sandri Co., which asked $199,000 for a Main Street … 0

Proposed Northfield trail would bring hiking to the handicapped

Sunday, September 28, 2014

NORTHFIELD — A proposed hiking trail would make the great outdoors accessible to everyone — even those who can’t walk. “Hiking trails are a major element of the town’s new master plan, and there aren’t a lot of ways for people with disabilities to access the outdoors,” said Jamie Pottern, land conservation specialist for the Mount Grace Land Trust. A breakfast brainstorming session … 0

Town Meetings, Sept. 29-Oct. 4

Friday, September 26, 2014

Ashfield Planning Board: Wednesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Board of Selectmen: Wednesday 3 p.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Board of Selectmen: Tuesday 7:30 a.m. in Town Hall. Energy Committee: Wednesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Charlemont Board of Selectmen: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Conservation Commission: Wednesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Planning Board: Thursday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. … 0

Man found safe after French King Bridge search

Friday, September 26, 2014

ERVING — All ended well in the search for a despondent man at the French King Bridge Thursday. Several police and fire departments converged on the bridge just before 5 p.m. for a report that a distraught man had headed to the bridge, possibly to jump. State police … 0

Northfield taxes due Wednesday

Thursday, September 25, 2014

NORTHFIELD — Real estate taxes are due Wednesday. Late payments will be subject to interest at 14 percent. The tax collector’s office is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday. … 0

Last-mile broadband collaboration takes next step in planning

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

BOSTON — Now that the state has $50 million to help build out rural broadband Internet access, western Massachusetts legislators met Tuesday with Internet community groups to plan what state Sen. Stan Rosenberg calls “the Last Mile Solution” — how to secure high-speed Internet in unserved and partially … 0

Kiwanis golf tourney Saturday

Monday, September 22, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The local Kiwanis Club will tee off their biggest annual fundraiser Saturday, hitting the local links to raise money for their charitable fund. There’s still a chance to put together a team before the 8 a.m. shotgun start of the annual Golf Classic Four Person Scramble … 0

Neighbors: Walk for suicide leaves from Energy Park Oct. 5

Monday, September 22, 2014

Hello neighbor. With the recent news of Robin Williams, one of the greatest actors and comedians of our time, taking his life still fresh in our minds, I’d like to tell you about a very important fundraiser walk coming up. It will begin in the Greenfield Energy Park. … 0

Two local dance teachers want spot on ‘Amazing Race’

Friday, September 19, 2014

Two local dance teachers are eagerly awaiting a call back from producers of the Amazing Race reality television game show to find out if they’ll have a chance at being chosen as one of the teams to compete … 0

Northfield inks contract with new admin.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

NORTHFIELD — It’s official — Brian Noble has signed a contract to become the town’s new town administrator. First, though, he’ll be the assistant interim town administrator. Noble, a Norwell resident, has been liquidating the family business and … 0

Neighbors: Lots of fun and festivals this fall

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Hello neighbor. What a great couple of months we have ahead of us here in the county. It’s no secret that fall is my favorite season, not only because of the brilliant color, cool temperatures and crisp apples from our local orchards, but because the county is alive … 1

Northfield library open during restoration

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

NORTHFIELD — Visitors to the local library were surprised to find the front doors boarded shut this week. Rest assured, the Dickinson Memorial Library hasn’t closed up shop — it’s just undergoing repairs. The 1898 library’s front entrance is being restored by local woodworker Michael Humphries, with $8,000 … 0

Peru and back again

Monday, September 15, 2014

NORTHFIELD — With the start of the school year comes the swapping of summer vacation stories, and the tales of a dozen Pioneer Valley Regional School students likely top those of their classmates. In July, the students packed … 0