The state plans to replace Northfield's Schell Bridge with a bicycle and pedestrian bridge by 2020. The town hopes to build a park at one or both ends of the new bridge.
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Northfield wonders how to draw bicyclists, tourists to town once Schell Bridge is replaced

Friday, November 21, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The state hasn’t even drawn up plans to replace the Schell Bridge yet, and locals already want to stop people going over it. The Friends of Schell Bridge and Northfield Area Tourism and Business Association don’t doubt that the bike bridge the state plans to build across the Connecticut River as part of a tri-state bikeway will draw … 0

Adults enjoy storytelling time, too

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

NORTHFIELD — Story hour isn’t just for kids anymore. The Dickinson Memorial Library will host three storytellers Saturday as part of Tellabration!, a worldwide storytelling event focused on adults and older teens. It will go from 7 p.m. to 8:30 or 9, followed by a reception with the performers. Northfield Senior Center Director Heather Tower has been bringing Tellabration! to town for the … 0

Friends of Schell Bridge to discuss state’s plan at annual meeting on Thursday

Monday, November 17, 2014

NORTHFIELD — A group that set out to save a historic local bridge will now discuss the state’s promise to replace the aging structure with a bike- and pedestrian bridge. The Friends of Schell Bridge will hold its annual public meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Trinitarian Congregational Church, 147 Main St. … 0

State outlines vision for Schell Bridge replacement

Sunday, November 2, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The long-closed Schell Bridge could be replaced with a bike and pedestrian river crossing by the end of the decade. It will likely be three or four years before the project is ready to put out … 1

Northfield gets grant to protect 145-acre farm and wildlife sanctuary

Sunday, November 2, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The town is well on its way to protecting 145 acres of open space and establishing a wheelchair accessible nature trail. The town was awarded a $135,270 Local Acquisitions for Natural Diversity grant last week , which will pay more than half the $220,000 price of … 0

Neighbors: Beloved former teacher still going strong at 88

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Hello neighbors. For those of you who graduated from Turners Falls High School and remember with great respect and admiration your former history teacher, George F. Bush — no, not one of our former presidents — try to get your hands on a copy of the Oct. 27 … 0

Grant comes through for Unity Skate Park, Greenfield dog park, Northfield recreation

Monday, October 27, 2014

The suspense is over for local skaters and their supporters, with two decades of effort toward a permanent skate park gratified Monday as officials announced a $272,000 skate park grant, as well as money for a dog park … 1

Neighbors: Safe Halloween fun planned for all on Friday

Monday, October 27, 2014

Hello neighbor. Here we are, just three days to Halloween — you know, when all those little ghosts, goblins and superheroes roam our streets with their parents in search of treats. A few of our towns will have … 0

Northfield to defend against utility tax bill challenge

Sunday, October 26, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The town is the latest to enlist legal help as its largest taxpayer contests its bill. FirstLight Power Resources, operator of the Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage Project, requested an abatement of its fiscal year 2014 Northfield tax bill. The Board of Assessors denied the request, and … 0

Schell Bridge ‘summit’ set for Thursday

Sunday, October 26, 2014

NORTHFIELD — New developments will soon be announced for a 111-year-old bridge. Area legislators and state officials will gather Thursday to give updates on the future of the Schell Memorial Bridge. The public is encouraged to attend the … 1

Neighbors: Local 2015 calendars offer variety

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Hello, neighbor. It’s that time of year — 2015 calendars are here and it’s time for you to decide what you’d like hanging on your wall for 12 months. If you are interested in local history, trains or … 0

Northfield absentee ballots available

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

NORTHFIELD — Absentee ballots for the Nov. 4 state election are available from the town clerk’s office. Ballots must be returned by noon Nov. 3 to be counted for the election. To qualify to vote absentee, you must have a disability or religious reason that prevents you from … 0

Warm the Children helps Northfield family

Friday, October 17, 2014

NORTHFIELD — New clothes are not a luxury that Northfield resident Lucinda Jordan is used to receiving. As an unemployed single mother of two young girls, Jordan, 27, is more accustomed to making what she does have last, … 0