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Modular administrative buildings at Pioneer Valley Regional School. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

Mold forces move for Pioneer admin. offices

Thursday, November 26, 2015

NORTHFIELD — In January the employees in Pioneer Valley Regional School District’s central office will move to a downtown Northfield space under an 18-month lease due to a significant amount of mold found in the basement during an air-quality study. “My employees have been going to the doctors and have been sick,” Superintendent Ruth Miller said. “I thought we needed … 0

Actress Susan Sarandon supports work of local land conservation and energy organizations

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Earlier this week, activist and actress Susan Sarandon released a statement opposing the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s Co.’s Northeast Energy Direct project to transport gas through eight Franklin County towns on its way from Pennsylvania to Dracut, north of Lowell. Leigh Youngblood, executive director of Mount Grace Land Trust, said in … 0

Neighbors: Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving

Monday, November 23, 2015

Hello neighbor. As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, I’m hearing from friends and relatives who are stressed because so many of their guests have limited diets at this point — we all know someone who eats gluten-free, is a vegan or vegetarian, is lactose intolerant, or has some other dietary restriction. That’s OK! I think the best way to approach the holiday, which, by the … 0

Letter: This Thanksgiving remember, Pilgrims were refugees, too

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Governor Baker, There seems to be a sad lack of original thought in our statehouse. We expect our governor to represent the people of the Commonwealth, not to fall into line with the rest of the bigots in national politics. You seem to forget in this time of … 0

Pioneer students knit hats for kids in need

Friday, November 20, 2015

NORTHFIELD — After school was dismissed on a recent afternoon, a group of students gathered in a classroom at the Pioneer Valley Regional School formed a circle with their desks and chatted over various knitting and crochet projects. … 0

Friends offer community music lessons from their home

Friday, November 20, 2015

A songbird whistling in a nearby tree, the faint hum purring through the lips of a nearby stranger and the heavy drum beat pulsating through the speakers of the car in your rearview mirror aren’t just everyday ambient … 0

Northfield church to hold Thanksgiving interfaith service Sunday

Friday, November 20, 2015

NORTHFIELD — The First Parish of Northfield Unitarian will host an inter-generational and interfaith Thanksgiving service at 7 p.m. on Sunday. The Rev. Cynthia Frado said inviting various faiths into one space reiterates the importance of coexisting with one another. In the past, Frado explained, various churches in … 0

Changes coming for Northfield library

Thursday, November 19, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Throughout the next six years, patrons of the Dickinson Memorial Library might notice some improvements to the building’s decor, digital catalog database and community outreach programs, among many others outlined in its strategic plan. Every six … 0

Neighbors: Local youngster learn about and teach composting

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Hello neighbor. Fourth-grade students at The Discovery School at Four Corners recently learned about taking notes, paragraphing, composing informational text, and formulating an opinion through a study of composting, according to their teacher Marguerite Rancourt. All students read … 0

Northfield students pack local food pantry

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Northfield Elementary School students donated 579 nonperishable food items to the town’s food pantry on Wednesday afternoon. Drivers honked their horns and waved as they passed 200 students — enrolled in pre-K through sixth grade — … 0

Grant propels Northfield Forest protection effort forward

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

NORTHFIELD — An effort to protect the 1,650-acre Northfield Forest got $250,000 closer to its goal thanks to a grant from Wal-Mart. The national nonprofit land conservation organization Trust for Public Land received the money through the National … 0

Plaintiffs respond to Feds on pipeline lawsuit

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The local people suing the federal government to halt the controversial Northeast Energy Direct gas pipeline have fired back at a motion to have their case thrown out. They’re arguing that each of the four reasons given by … 1

Local 4-H leader looks back on years of memories

Monday, November 16, 2015

NORTHFIELD — With the aroma of bread baking in the oven for a church dinner, Patricia Shearer sat at her kitchen table reminiscing on the evolution of the past 49 years hosting a local 4-H club, now called … 0