Northfield Notebook

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tax collector office closing NORTHFIELD — The office of the tax collector will be closed from April 21 through 29. The tax collector will re-open at 8 a.m. April 30. Northfield absentee ballots here NORTHFIELD — Absentee ballots for the May 6 annual town election are now available from the town clerk. The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot is noon, May 5. To qualify for an absentee ballot … 0

Northfield to interview hiring consultants

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The town will seek the help of professional consultants as it continues the search for a full-time administrator. The Selectboard decided to interview nonprofit consultants with the Collins Institute of the University of Massachusetts at Boston, and the Massachusetts Municipal Association, before deciding which firm to hire. Both were recommended by interim Town Administrator Robert Markel, who has experience with both … 0

Neighbors: Local students help others

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Hello neighbor. Franklin County Technical School senior Madison Lively of Greenfield and some of her classmates will use their skills as hairdressers-in-training this week to help children, teens and young adults who suffer from medical conditions that cause them to lose their hair. On Friday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Madison and … 0

Neighbors: Montague police chief named Elk’s “Citizen of the Year”

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Hello neighbor. Congratulations to our neighbor Chip Dodge, who happens to be Montague’s police chief, and who recently received the “Citizen of the Year” award from the Montague Elks. Chip told me that he was surprised, honored and … 0

Bernardston: Should we leave Pioneer school district?

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

BERNARDSTON — Sick of ever-inflating school costs, the town will look into the logistics of leaving the Pioneer Valley Regional School District. The town faces an increase of about $330,000, or 14 percent, in its share of the … 0

Neighbors: Spring has sprung!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Hello neighbor. Spring has sprung! The trees and flowers are budding, birds are singing, and the woodpeckers — I’ve encountered quite a few lately — are drumming. So the next time you step outside, close your eyes, take … 0

Boutique brewers

Friday, April 4, 2014

COLRAIN — Just call it “here-beer:” a new brew made with at least 90 percent local ingredients grown in Hampshire and Franklin counties. Stoneman Brewery’s Justin Korby and People’s Pint in Greenfield have teamed up with the River … 0

Northfield’s growth restriction may be eased

Sunday, April 6, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The town seeks to widen the margins on a growth restriction bylaw accepted last year. Voters at the May 6 annual town meeting will be asked to limit new construction to 12 dwellings per year, with no more than six dwellings to be built by any … 0

Community gives dive team buoyancy

Sunday, April 6, 2014

NORTHFIELD — Communication is key, especially when lives are on the line. For more than 25 years, a tug rope and a few simple signals were all the Northfield Dive Rescue Team had to relay orders and information … 0

Northfield F.D. gets grant for fire prevention

Thursday, April 3, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The town Fire Department has received a grant that will help with fire prevention and training programs. Insurance company FM Global presented Fire Chief Floyd “Skip” Dunnell with a check for $2,410 to be used for fire prevention purposes. “We will use it for a laptop … 0

Neighbors: Upcoming event to benefit children with developmental delays

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Some of the valley’s best musicians will donate their time on May 10 at 8 p.m. in the Arts Block in Greenfield to raise money for three important causes: Mosaic Down Syndrome Association, REACH Early Intervention and The Academy of Early Learning. The musicians are being … 0

Neighbors: Local woman to study the connection between nature and poetry

Monday, March 31, 2014

Hello neighbor. Another one of our young neighbors has won an award. Carolyn “Carrie” Decker, a South Deerfield native who is currently a senior at Wheaton College — my oldest son Dan spent a couple of years there … 0

Who is the Trust for Public Land?

Friday, March 28, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The protection of the Northfield Forest is the latest of many conservation projects organized by the Trust for Public Land. The trust announced Wednesday that it had reached an agreement with Northfield Mount Hermon School to … 0