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The state plans to replace Northfield's Schell Bridge with a bicycle and pedestrian bridge by 2020. The town hopes to build a park at one or both ends of the new bridge.
(Recorder/David Rainville)

Northfield wonders how to draw bicyclists, tourists to town once Schell Bridge is replaced

Friday, November 21, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The state hasn’t even drawn up plans to replace the Schell Bridge yet, and locals already want to stop people going over it. The Friends of Schell Bridge and Northfield Area Tourism and Business Association don’t doubt that the bike bridge the state plans to build across the Connecticut River as part of a tri-state bikeway will draw … 0

Adults enjoy storytelling time, too

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

NORTHFIELD — Story hour isn’t just for kids anymore. The Dickinson Memorial Library will host three storytellers Saturday as part of Tellabration!, a worldwide storytelling event focused on adults and older teens. It will go from 7 p.m. to 8:30 or 9, followed by a reception with the performers. Northfield Senior Center Director Heather Tower has been bringing Tellabration! to town for the … 0

Friends of Schell Bridge to discuss state’s plan at annual meeting on Thursday

Monday, November 17, 2014

NORTHFIELD — A group that set out to save a historic local bridge will now discuss the state’s promise to replace the aging structure with a bike- and pedestrian bridge. The Friends of Schell Bridge will hold its annual public meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Trinitarian Congregational Church, 147 Main St. … 0

Neighbors: Help a former neighbor by voting for her new business

Monday, November 17, 2014

Hello neighbor. I’m hoping you can help one of our former neighbors expand her business in Gloucester. Heather Ahearn, who is the daughter of David and Sally Ahearn and is co-owner of Atlantic Saltworks, is currently competing in the Entrepreneur and Sam Adams Brewing American Dream Wild Card … 0

Northfield ZBA hearing resumes Thursday for auto shop permit

Sunday, November 16, 2014

NORTHFIELD — A hearing to renew the special permit for a controversial auto shop will resume Thursday. On Nov. 6, the Zoning Board of Appeals heard from supporters and opponents of the 90 East St. repair shop operated by Bill Willey of Montague and owned by Tim and … 0

Selectmen address opioid problem

Thursday, November 13, 2014

GREENFIELD — Small town governments are another avenue through which the Opioid Task Force is looking to get traction on the heroin and painkiller problem. Thursday night Opioid Task Force member John Merrigan and coordinator Marisa Hebble presented data on the problem and information on efforts underway to … 0

Neighbors: TFHS to hold its fourth all-class reunion

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Hello neighbor. Hey, it’s that time of year again — my alma mater, Turners Falls High School (Class of 1976 and proud of it) is holding its Alumni Association’s fourth annual All-Class Reunion the day after Thanksgiving. It will be held on the nightclub side of Between the … 0

Northfield’s new paramedic service pays for itself

Monday, November 10, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The town’s move to a paramedic-level ambulance service seems to be paying off, according to Emergency Medical Service Chief Mark Fortier. “We’re breaking even, and that’s what we expected,” Fortier said. Northfield EMS upgraded to paramedic-level … 0

Northfield special town meeting taking shape

Monday, November 10, 2014

NORTHFIELD — Funding for a cruiser replacement, legal advice, Town Hall’s computer network and more will be decided at a Nov. 24 special town meeting. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in Pioneer Valley Regional School. Police Chief Robert Leighton seeks up to $37,000 to replace … 0

Neighbors: It doesn’t take much to help feed our hungry

Monday, November 10, 2014

Hello neighbor. I was visiting with 2-year-old twin grandsons Owen and Travis the other night while daughter Christina went running — she didn’t get her passion for strenuous exercise from me — and as I watched them eat their chicken, rice, squash, yogurt and applesauce with reckless abandon, … 0

Northfield Community Preservation Act forum set for Thursday at 7 p.m.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

NORTHFIELD — Residents will have a chance Thursday to learn about Community Preservation Act funds and suggest future projects. The Community Preservation Committee will hold its annual informational meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in Town Hall. Community preservation funds come from a 0.5 percent surcharge on town property … 0

Neighbors: Crafts of Colrain self-guided studio tour this weekend

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Hello, neighbor. If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, why not head to Colrain for its annual Crafts of Colrain self-guided studio tour? Colrain is one of the county’s gems. Tucked in the hills, the town … 0

Neighbors: Quabbin featured in new book and 2015 calendar

Monday, November 3, 2014

Hello neighbor. Our neighbor J.R. Greene of Athol has just released his 20th book about the Quabbin, “B.V. Brook’s Pre-Quabbin Art, Photos & Postcards,” complete with footnotes and illustrations. It is filled with former Greenwich resident Burt V. Brooks’ photographs, paintings and postcards of three of the Quabbin’s … 0