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This year, Mike's Maze, seen in this aerial photo, is based on the classic "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland." It features Alice herself, as well as other iconic images like the Cheshire Cat and the Mad Hatter's hat, all cut into the Sunderland cornfield.

Neighbors: Things getting curiouser and curiouser in Sunderland

Monday, August 31, 2015

Hello neighbor. Things are about to get curiouser and curiouser in Sunderland. Mike’s Maze at Warner Farm will open its 2015 corn maze, “Alice in Sunderland,” on Sept. 12. Inspired by the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s book, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” the maze will commemorate everyone’s favorite Wonderland explorer throughout its eight acres of corn. This year, David and Jess Wissemann, the family’s next generation, have stepped up to continue the tradition established by Will Sillin and Mike Wissemann. When David and Jess posted an aerial image of the maze on Facebook, it was the number-one trending post on Reddit for several hours, and … 0

‘Mainly Marathons’ hit Northfield running

Monday, August 31, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Marathoner Laura Lockett, 58, of Atlanta was born in Massachusetts while her parents were driving through and was whisked away and never returned — until she finished a marathon at Northfield Mountain Thursday. Lockett had dreamed of visiting Massachusetts, but as a wife and mother of two, it was hard to … 0

Letter: Protect our land, rights

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Rep. Garrett Bradley, D-Hingham, has filed House Bill 3690 to take and destroy conservation and recreation land in Sandisfield on behalf of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co., a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan. His legislation seeks an easement over protected conservation land to facilitate construction of the Connecticut Expansion Project. While citizens across Massachusetts organize to oppose Kinder Morgan’s environmentally destructive and unnecessary project, … 2

Pioneer may take N.H. town’s students

Friday, August 28, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Pioneer Valley Regional School’s high school program hasn’t gone unnoticed by its New Hampshire neighbors. Winchester, N.H., is considering sending its high school students to Pioneer, a prospect that local school officials find attractive. Winchester has … 0

Neighbors: New book tells story of 1896 Trolley No. 10

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Hello, neighbor. Over the past week, there’s been a lot of activity at the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum at 14 Depot St. Visitors have been busy signing a copy of the “Little Yellow Trolley,” a book that follows … 0

Letter: Need versus want

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

In its evaluation of the Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline, FERC should be considering NEED not WANT. Of course the industries constructing infrastructure and supplying the gas want to sell more. That’s their job. Of course businesses using readily available gas to keep their prices low want more gas … 0

Neighbors: Community says “goodbye” to longtime service agency head

Monday, August 24, 2015

Hello neighbor. On Wednesday, The United Arc will say “bon voyage” to its executive director of 39 years. Ed Porter has performed a variety of roles in the position since 1976, helping the agency expand and adapt to … 0

For Northfield’s Nick Fleck, poetry is all about emotion

Sunday, August 23, 2015

NORTHFIELD — With over 50 years of poetry studies under his belt, Northfield resident Nick Fleck never thought his writing — stemming from a lifelong passion — would land in the hands of a publisher. Within the 90-page … 0

Weekly Town Meetings

Friday, August 21, 2015

Ashfield Selectboard: Monday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Technology/Finance Committee/Selectboard: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Parks Commission: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Conservation Commission: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Planning Board: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Veterans Agent: Monday 9 a.m. in Town … 0

Neighbors: Remember the power your words have and use them wisely

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Hello neighbor. I have lots to tell you about today. Before I go into what’s happening in the county, I’d like to tell you about an unsigned note I received from one of you fine folks, and then … 0

‘Smart switches’ cut down on power outages

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

GREENFIELD — Eversource Energy has recently finished installing 40 “smart switches” in 17 western Massachusetts towns, including seven in Franklin County, which the company says will help increase reliability across its grid. Eversource spokeswoman Priscilla Ress said the … 0

River boat pirates set sail

Sunday, August 16, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Ahoy, mates! Pirates took over the Connecticut River Saturday morning. At 11 and 11:50 a.m., families boarded the 44-seat Quinnetukut II Riverboat for a 40-minute pirate-themed journey sponsored by the Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center. … 0

Northfield history revealed under site of old gas station

Sunday, August 16, 2015

NORTHFIELD — A historic hitching post and a piece of a wooden frame were revealed at the site of an old Northfield gas station on lower Main Street during a recent archaeological dig. Joe Graveline, Northfield Historical Commission … 0