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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 of community preservation money approved by the May annual town meeting. The work is expected to last three weeks. In the meantime, … 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 their bags, grabbed their passports, and left everything they knew behind as they headed to … 0

Shelter from the harm

Monday, September 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — By January 2015, victims of child abuse and sexual assault in Franklin County will have a safe and comfortable place to report the incidents to police and medical professionals. The Northwestern Children’s Advocacy Project, is renovating an old house on Wisdom Way to serve as a child-friendly center where a multidisciplinary … 0

Sustainable film fest seeks submissions

Monday, September 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — There’s still time to get your short film into the running for the third annual Pioneer Valley Transition Towns Film Festival. Films seven minutes or shorter on sustainable living will be accepted until Oct. 17. The top films will be screened and awards announced starting at … 0

Neighbors: Support a local gem

Monday, September 15, 2014

Hello neighbor. I wanted to take a couple of minutes today to remind you folks of how lucky we are to have a real gem here in the county. I was talking with my friend Judy on Monday … 0

Five scholarships awarded by Greenfield church

Friday, September 12, 2014

GREENFIELD — Several scholarships have been awarded to local students by Second Congregational Church. The Frances W. and Charles Saunders Scholarships, the Florence V. Leach Scholarship, and the Memorial Fund Scholarships are provided annually to members and others who are affiliated with Second Church. The Scholarship Committee has … 0

The twists & turns of history: the Mohawk Trail marks 100 years

Friday, September 12, 2014

What do Metacomet the warrior, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Benedict Arnold and Henry David Thoreau have in common? They all traveled the route that would become the Mohawk Trail — back in the days when the hairpin turn and other … 1

Neighbors: Volunteer to serve the low-income and homeless

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Hello neighbor. I’d like to give another perfect example of neighbors helping neighbors. Stone Soup Cafe will be holding a volunteer appreciation gathering on Sept. 19 at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church on Main and Hope streets from 7 to 9 p.m. where there’s going to be a … 0

Go, Great Pumpkin

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

GREENFIELD — While “Peanuts” character Linus Van Pelt looked for the Great Pumpkin every Halloween and never found it, he may have had better luck had he looked at the Franklin County Fair. The biggest pumpkin at the … 0

Northfield admin. post goes to Norwell man

Monday, September 8, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The town will soon have a new full-time town administrator, after a Norwell businessmen accepted the job. The Selectboard unanimously chose Brian Noble of Norwell after it interviewed three finalists. They’ve negotiated a contract, which Noble … 0

Neighbors: Shelburne man repairs cemetery signs

Monday, September 8, 2014

Hello neighbor. If you happen to be driving along Route 2 through Charlemont, take notice of the new signs at the entrances to its three cemeteries. Les Chadwick, our neighbor from Shelburne, recently replaced the posts that hold … 0

Fair fire muster results

Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Franklin County Fair ended Sunday and results will soon be published for all competitions, from best quilt to strongest draft horse team. Results from the Firefighters’s Muster Sunday, a preview of fair results to come: Midnight alarm Colrain Fire Department, first; Vernon, Vt. Fire Department, second; Warwick … 0

Letter: Unhappy with override

Friday, September 5, 2014

As a Northfield taxpayer, I continue to be troubled by how school officials were involved in promoting the July 8 override vote for additional school funding. Weeks prior to the vote, they sent multiple e-mails to parents encouraging them to vote and informing them of the implications on … 0