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MICKY BEDELL A utility company upgrades the wiring for electricity on a hub on Deerfield St. in Greenfield.

On the high wire: Major utility line project underway in the region

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Even as work crews begin wrapping up a 2.8-mile stretch of an Eversource transmission line in Greenfield, Montague and Deerfield, replacing lattice poles with double-circuit monopoles, the utility has begun other major line work around the region and is gearing up for still more projects to improve reliability of the electric grid. And the utility, formerly known as Northeast Utilities, … 0

E. Northfield Water Co. may have buyer

Thursday, October 8, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Valley Water Systems — a privately owned Plainville, Conn., water utility — has expressed interest in purchasing Northfield Mount Hermon School’s water company, located near its former Northfield campus. When the school closed its 217-acre Northfield campus in 2004 and consolidated all of its operations to Gill, the school no longer had use for the East Northfield Water Co., which was … 0

Neighbors: Lots going on in the county, so enjoy!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Hello neighbor. There is way too much to tell you about today, so I’m just going to get right to it. Have a great weekend and enjoy the vibrant fall colors, because they’ll be gone sooner than you think. I will check in next week with Franklin County’s precipitation prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy to see what her predictions are for winter. Here’s hoping ...! … 0

Pioneer students score high in all MCAS categories

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

NORTHFIELD — The MCAS results are in and Pioneer Valley Regional School’s 10th-grade students ranked well above the state average in English, science and math proficiency. Passing the state-administered Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System is a graduation requirement. The … 0

Driver sent to hospital after Northfield rollover

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

NORTHFIELD — A witness on Route 10 saw a sport utility vehicle cross into the highway’s oncoming lane Tuesday night, then the lights disappeared, said Northfield Fire Chief Floyd “Skip” Dunnell III. Dunnell said it was lucky the … 0

Northfield Tax Collector office offers long hours on Thursday

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Real estate taxes are due Thursday. The tax collector’s office will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tax collector and treasurer Barbara Brassor advises residents to submit payments as early as possible with a reminder that postmarks won’t be accepted. For a receipt, send … 0

Neighbors: Great River Challenge to be held Sunday

Monday, September 28, 2015

Hello neighbor. The Great River Challenge Off-Road Triathlon will be held in Northfield on Sunday. Paddle, run trails and mountain bike. Doesn’t that sound like fun — and a lot of hard work? The triathlon was created to foster greater awareness of the upper Pioneer Valley and what … 0

Pipeline survey raises questions

Friday, September 25, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Take note when answering your next phone call: You could become part of a natural gas pipeline survey. Richard N. Wheatley, a spokesman for Kinder Morgan, parent company of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co., said the … 1

Police pursuit policies assess risks in chases

Thursday, September 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — While fleeing a State Police cruiser Sept. 18, a sedan carrying four adults and two children went airborne off a highway exit ramp and rolled over multiple times, leaving occupants with what police called minor injuries. … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy autumn in New England

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Hello neighbor. Autumn is here. What a wonderful time , especially in New England. So, don’t start worrying and obsessing about winter. Instead, take time to enjoy the present — the beautiful colors, the crispness of the air, the comfy, warm clothes you get to pull from your … 0

County MCAS scores up overall

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Franklin County’s high schools generally had reason to be proud of their MCAS results at the critical 10th-grade level, where the test is a graduation requirement. The Department of Elementary an Secondary Education released Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System scores Thursday. The percentage of students scoring in the desirable … 0

Most county 10th-graders score at, or above, state average on MCAS

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

An early look at MCAS results from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education shows area 10th-graders performing at or above the state average on the 2015 spring tests.

Many districts opted this year to administer the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers or …


Power line improvements close some Northfield Mt. trails for up to a year

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Nearly 15 percent of Northfield Mountain Environmental and Recreation Center’s 25-mile hiking and cross-country ski trail system has been closed for up to one year due to power transition line improvements on the property. The work on the south side of the mountain, which is used … 0