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Letter: Challenge those numbers

Friday, January 23, 2015

I was disappointed to read yet another article in the The Recorder stating that Entergy must wait until the $665 million in its decommissioning trust fund grows to $1.24 billion before commencing decommissioning — that is, the Jan. 14 article reprinted from the Rutland Herald. I had already questioned, in a previous letter to your newspaper, whether the real final number is likely to be 300 percent higher, just due … 0

Neighbors: Show warmth, sympathy and understanding

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Hello neighbor. I was supposed to be in Boston this morning, but instead I’m at work. I was supposed to be sitting beside my dad who was supposed to be recovering from the heart surgery he was supposed to have had on Wednesday. The surgery was cance led, though, because a man walked … 0

Neighbors: Relay For Life kicks off 20 years; one team kicks off 10

Monday, January 19, 2015

Hello neighbor. It’s never too early to talk about the 20-year-old Relay For Life of Franklin County, and I’m sure over the next few months you’ll be hearing a lot about different groups holding fundraisers for cancer research and cure. Team Parrotheads for a Cure is beginning its 10th year together. A team … 0

He’s game for becoming superintendent

Sunday, January 18, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — As principal of the Franklin County Technical School, Richard Martin was known for a nearer-than-the-bleachers involvement in the vocational high school’s sports teams, suiting up for practice and running drills with teenagers. Martin, 50, of … 0

Letter: Reasons to say ‘no’

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Approving this pipeline would be a mistake for quite a few reasons. Some fit the “not in our backyard category,” but most reasons benefit the larger community and of course humanity as a whole. Small towns in western Mass. have been orienting their economies toward eco-tourism. In Northfield, … 0

Northfield Junior Firefighters have fun as they train to serve

Sunday, January 18, 2015

NORTHFIELD — There aren’t a lot of after-school activities that involve strapping on an air tank and rushing into a smoke-filled building. The Northfield Junior Firefighters program isn’t your average extracurricular. With seven active members and a couple … 0

High-speed chase ends safely on Northfield’s Main St.

Friday, January 16, 2015

NORTHFIELD — A high-speed chase on Main Street ended in an arrest after police flattened a pickup’s tires with spike strips Friday afternoon. Michelle Christian, 44, of Winchester, N.H., was arrested on charges of drunken driving as a third offense, failing to stop for police, negligent driving, driving … 0

Northfield police: Drunken driving stop leads to pot arrest

Friday, January 16, 2015

NORTHFIELD — A local man faces drug dealing charges after police pulled him over on suspicion of drunken driving on Friday. Ollis Conley, 28, of 21 Old Bernardston Road, was arrested on charges of drunken driving as a … 0

Franklin County Technical School teachers protest ‘hasty’ superintendent hiring

Thursday, January 15, 2015

MONTAGUE — Franklin County Technical School teachers stood up at this week’s School Committee meeting to protest the abrupt selection of a superintendent last month, focusing on the process rather than the pick. Five leaders of the Franklin County Technical Teachers Association union took their complaint to the … 0

Neighbors: Celebrate MLK Day by doing service

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Hello neighbor. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which we will celebrate on Monday, is not about having a day off, but instead about doing service for your neighbors and community. “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’” King said. The civil rights … 0

Northfield shaves specs to afford new fire truck

Monday, January 12, 2015

NORTHFIELD — After some negotiation, the town will receive a new fire truck for less than budgeted. As long as the town puts up half the money before the truck is built, it will cost $449,859, $141 under the amount allocated for the engine. Pierce Manufacturing’s original bid … 0

Neighbors: Mahar Class of 1964 helps its neighbors

Monday, January 12, 2015

Hello neighbor. Mahar’s Class of 1964 had a very busy year last year. The class held its first fundraiser in December 2013, using half of the proceeds to fund award scholarships to some of the graduates of the Class of 2014 and the other half was given as … 0

Letter: I see nothing good

Sunday, January 11, 2015

I do not want to pay more for electricity. I do not use natural gas and the fracked gas is not for domestic use anyway. How did Gov. Patrick sign away so much of my now and future electricity bill to a man like Kinder, former high-ranking Enron … 0