Northfield

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 told that Comcast “is prepared to move very rapidly” on building out cable capacity in those towns to about 96 percent of … 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 a Pioneer Valley Regional School senior pursuing an education in the environmental sciences or outdoor … 0

Northfield town departments weigh in on gas pipeline

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

NORTHFIELD — The gas pipeline and compressor station proposed for the town has raised a slew of concerns among town department heads. Several departments and committees have compiled their concerns, and the town will submit them to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which will decide whether to allow the interstate natural gas pipeline proposed by Kinder Morgan. In Northfield, the project would include … 0

Making the switch

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

BOSTON — Amid pressure from legislators and upset consumers, state utility regulators have eliminated a 15-year-old rule that required electricity suppliers to recalculate the bills of customers when they switch from their basic service to a competitor. The practice has cost customers, dozens of whom are from western … 0

Neighbors: Paint and Sip awakens my inner artist

Monday, April 13, 2015

Hello neighbor. A group of friends and family gathering together to paint on canvas, while sipping their favorite beverages, has become a national trend. In this area, two of the companies that provide such entertainment — at least … 0

Northfield anti-pipeline info forum tonight

Monday, April 13, 2015

NORTHFIELD — A local anti-pipeline group will present its research tonight. The Northfield Pipeline Awareness Group will present information about the proposed project at 7:30 p.m. in the dining hall of Redemption Christian Academy, 154 South Mountain Road. There will be a question-and-answer period after the presentation. The … 0

Dredging set to start at Northfield Mountain reservoir

Sunday, April 12, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage Project’s owners plan a pilot dredging operation at its 300-acre mountaintop reservoir this month, to prevent problems that took place five years ago with silt clogging plant equipment and then being dumped … 0

Barnes Automotive burns to the ground

Friday, April 10, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Early Friday morning, two brothers stood by a heap of smoking rubble, watching firefighters from three states douse the remnants of their business and childhood home. The Barnes family has owned Barnes Automotive on Mount Hermon … 0

Tech School seeks OK to borrow $2.45M

Thursday, April 9, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School District will ask the residents of its 19 member towns to go to the polls at a special districtwide election June 23 to approve what they expect to be $2.45 … 0

Neighbors: Time to be recognized

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’m glad to be back, though I couldn’t believe what I saw when I stepped out of my apartment Thursday morning. I thought the days of that white stuff were done — and what little is … 0

Pioneer picks Miller as new superintendent

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

NORTHFIELD — The Pioneer Valley Regional School District has picked a new superintendent. The School Committee will soon begin to work out a contract with Ruth Miller, the current superintendent of the Narragansett Regional School District. Miller has 21 years in education. She’s been superintendent of Narragansett for … 0

Northfield treasurer’s office closing

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

NORTHFIELD — The tax collector and treasurer’s office will be closed for two weeks, beginning April 20. The office will reopen May 4 at 9 a.m. … 0

Where the funding meets the road

Monday, April 6, 2015

With a six-year, $478 billion federal transportation bill released recently to help close an estimated $1 trillion gap in the nation’s highway and bridge infrastructure and improve rail and public transit, a Franklin County group is scheduling an informational meeting as part of a “Stand Up for Transportation … 2