Modular administrative buildings at Pioneer Valley Regional School. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

Mold forces move for Pioneer admin. offices

Thursday, November 26, 2015

NORTHFIELD — In January the employees in Pioneer Valley Regional School District’s central office will move to a downtown Northfield space under an 18-month lease due to a significant amount of mold found in the basement during an air-quality study. “My employees have been going to the doctors and have been sick,” Superintendent Ruth Miller said. “I thought we needed … 0

Actress Susan Sarandon supports work of local land conservation and energy organizations

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Earlier this week, activist and actress Susan Sarandon released a statement opposing the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s Co.’s Northeast Energy Direct project to transport gas through eight Franklin County towns on its way from Pennsylvania to Dracut, north of Lowell. Leigh Youngblood, executive director of Mount Grace Land Trust, said in … 0

Neighbors: Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving

Monday, November 23, 2015

Hello neighbor. As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, I’m hearing from friends and relatives who are stressed because so many of their guests have limited diets at this point — we all know someone who eats gluten-free, is a vegan or vegetarian, is lactose intolerant, or has some other dietary restriction. That’s OK! I think the best way to approach the holiday, which, by the … 0

Lawmakers grapple with details of solar law

Monday, November 16, 2015

Among the top priorities for legislators before leaving for their end-of-year break Wednesday is fixing the state’s program that allows solar-electricity-producing businesses and municipalities to sell power back to the grid at retail rates. The current caps on … 2

Local filmmaker hits the road to speak for community co-ops

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Filmmaker Steve Alves is on a roll again, raising money once more for his documentary, “Food for Change.” But this time, the campaign for the 2013 film that began as a short promo for Green Fields Market has … 0

FRCOG seeks town approvals for regional emergency shelters

Sunday, November 15, 2015

When the next tornado, flood or power-killing snowstorm paralyzes Franklin County towns, will there be accessible shelters out of harm’s way for evacuees? In the two years after the Franklin County Regional Shelter Plan was introduced, Patricia Smith, senior land use planner for the Franklin County Regional Council … 0

Northfield Board of Health abolishes cease-and-desist order

Thursday, November 12, 2015

NORTHFIELD — As advised by the town’s attorney, the Board of Health has rescinded its cease-and-desist order prohibiting all activities related to the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. from continuing in town. The order was adopted in August following a similar action in Deerfield. The decision was made … 2

Neighbors: More local calendars released

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Hello neighbor. The Franklin County Regional Dog Shelter and Adoption Center has just released its new 2016 calendar, which is filled with four-legged beauties. The calendar also includes more than 30 photos and bios of dogs that have been adopted. You can count off the days of 2016 … 0

Local tribes create team to document ceremonial sites near pipeline path

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Four New England tribes have joined together to identify and document cultural sites near the route of the proposed 400-miles gas pipeline. Last month, representatives from the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, Mohegan Tribe, Narragansett Indian Tribe and … 0

Library seeks applications for artwork

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

NORTHFIELD — The Dickinson Memorial Library is seeking artwork for its Doug and Marty Jones Art Space. Interested Franklin County artists of any age must submit a free online application, which can be found at: Library Director Deb Kern said all submissions must be two dimensional and … 0

NMH seeks applicants for Upward Bound Program

Sunday, November 8, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Northfield Mount Hermon is seeking applications for its Upward Bound Program. The deadline is Nov. 19. The program aims to provide low-income students with the motivational tools they need to graduate high school and succeed in college. Director Gisele Litalien said the free, federally funded, year-round … 0

WiredWest to reorganize as role changes

Friday, November 6, 2015

Now that so many towns without broadband access have voted to borrow millions for a “last mile” fiber optic network, WiredWest has drafted an operating agreement for those that want join a regional fiber-optic network that will be run by WiredWest. The 40-page draft was discussed Friday between … 0

Pipeline co. requests Northfield road specs, town weighs impact of heavy truck traffic

Friday, November 6, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Northfield has signed on with the Franklin Regional Council of Governments to assist in the town’s dealings with the proposed natural gas pipeline, and already has questions about the potential for damage to roads and utilities. The Selectboard approved a memorandum of understanding with the COG … 0