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Attendees of the Northfield annual town meeting fill the auditorium at Pioneer Valley Regional School Monday evening. Recorder/Matt Burkhartt

Northfield spends savings to keep taxes down

Monday, May 4, 2015

NORTHFIELD — While Monday’s annual town meeting approved more than $1 million in capital projects, most of them won’t affect the tax rate. While warrant articles sought more than $1.25 million, most of the funding will come from stabilization accounts, “free cash” prior year surplus and Community Preservation Act accounts, and a $50,000 loan for a study of the sewer … 0

Neighbors: Another chance to help a neighbor in need

Monday, May 4, 2015

Hello, neighbor. First, I would like to send out a “very happy birthday” to grandson Justin’s beautiful mommy Suzanne. There’s going be a benefit golf tournament with shotgun start for longtime local disc jockey Ryan Interlande, who needs a heart transplant, at Thomas Memorial Golf and Country Club in Montague City on May 23 at 9 a.m. The rain date is May 24 … 0

Lock it, lug it or lose it

Monday, May 4, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Area police are warning residents to guard themselves against thieves this spring. Several unlocked cars in Northfield and Erving were entered over the weekend, and owners reported electronics and other valuables missing. Northfield Police Chief Robert Leighton said a similar rash of thefts occurred this time last year and remains under investigation. Leighton suspects that at least two people are working … 0

Northfield gets new banquet hall

Friday, May 1, 2015

NORTHFIELD — A local restaurateur is wasting no time getting her new business going. Rooster’s Bistro owner Corrine Burnham’s new spot won’t focus on food, but festivities. Grace Receptions banquet facility, in the former Green Trees Gallery at … 0

Neighbors: Time to help another young neighbor in need

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Hello neighbor. Another young neighbor and her family need our help. Five-year-old Langston Mackenzie Secore needs a non invasive treatment for her scoliosis, which she was diagnosed with at Shriners Hospital for Children in Springfield. The treatment is meant to prevent or delay more invasive surgery. She’s supposed … 0

Yankee Magazine names three local businesses ‘best’ of New England

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Blueberry doughnuts, Polish food and tubing down the Deerfield River have all been recognized this year by Yankee Magazine as being the “best” in New England. The magazine’s editors said “the moist, slightly crumbly blueberry doughnut represents the … 0

Pipeline referendum, library trustees race on Northfield ballot

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Voters Tuesday will have a chance to get their stance on the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline on record. A ballot question will ask voters whether they’re for or against the project, which would include about eight miles of buried pipeline and an 80,000 horsepower compressor station. … 0

House doesn’t act on helping SNAP recipients

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Legislature did not act on a proposed amendment to help food stamp recipients hurt by a recent bureaucratic change. However, anti-hunger and anti-poverty advocates say the Baker administration has indicated it is willing to look at the problem caused by the recent modernization changes in … 0

Northfield’s bigger budget

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

NORTHFIELD — If everything at Monday’s annual town meeting passes, the town’s budget will be less than $1,000 below its levy limit. The proposed $9.4 million budget is a 9.2 percent increase over this year’s, and would result in a tax rate of $17.16 per $1,000 property value. … 0

Neighbors: Celebration of birthdays dates back thousands of years

Monday, April 27, 2015

Hello neighbor. Well, I am another year older today. Birthdays have been celebrated for thousands of years, and it seems people are still arguing about the origin of the tradition. I did a little research and found a few interesting facts. It seems scholars have found reference of … 0

Northfield Coffee and Books closing

Monday, April 27, 2015

NORTHFIELD — By the end of May, there will be one less place in town to relax and enjoy a cup of coffee. Northfield Coffee and Books will close at the end of Memorial Day weekend, ending its … 0

Could Comcast close the broadband gap? State to seek grants to reduce number of under-served towns

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The good news for Massachusetts Broadband Institute’s 11 under-served towns — seven of them in Franklin County — is that the state agency plans to solicit grant proposals from Comcast and other service providers to build out broadband fiber capacity by the end of June, and it’s been … 0

Ned Green scholarship hike in Warwick on May 9

Thursday, April 23, 2015

WARWICK — Though it’s been 14 years since an ice-climbing accident took Ned Green’s life, his memory lives on. Shortly after his death, his mother, Clare Green, set up a scholarship in his name, to be given to … 0