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Franklin County Technical School Superintendent Richard Martin. Recorder/Paul Franz

Tech school adds college-prep, AP courses

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Classes started this week at Franklin County Technical School for the 38th time, but for the first time with advanced college placement classes. The Technical School this year added junior and senior AP English classes and an AP statistics class to its academic program, and an AP computer science class in the programming and Web design vocational shop. Superintendent Richard “Rick” Martin said the absence has been felt in the past. “A lot of our students over the years have inquired, and their parents have inquired, why don’t we have advanced placement courses, and we needed to build a foundation and to … 0

Wildcat O'Halloran: Mind, body and soul

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

He’s a “cool cat” who likes drinking with the Harp Girls, worships the ground she walks on all while she walks all over him and recently went on a midnight service call that didn’t exactly turn out as he’d hoped — or did it? He’s Wildcat O’Halloran, the charming, boisterous, contemporary blues singer-songwriter … 0

Letter: Enjoying ‘Faith Matters’

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

I have enjoyed the series, “Faith Matters.” What a better way for our local clergy to express their views than our local newspaper. In my own situation, Faith Matters was real when our minister, Julie, guided us through a very difficult time with love, kindness and faith. We, in Northfield, are fortunate to have a minister leading our congregation where faith does matter. … 0

Weekly Town Meetings

Friday, August 21, 2015

Ashfield Selectboard: Monday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Technology/Finance Committee/Selectboard: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Parks Commission: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Conservation Commission: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Planning Board: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Veterans Agent: Monday 9 a.m. in Town … 0

Neighbors: Remember the power your words have and use them wisely

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Hello neighbor. I have lots to tell you about today. Before I go into what’s happening in the county, I’d like to tell you about an unsigned note I received from one of you fine folks, and then … 0

‘Smart switches’ cut down on power outages

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

GREENFIELD — Eversource Energy has recently finished installing 40 “smart switches” in 17 western Massachusetts towns, including seven in Franklin County, which the company says will help increase reliability across its grid. Eversource spokeswoman Priscilla Ress said the … 0

River boat pirates set sail

Sunday, August 16, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Ahoy, mates! Pirates took over the Connecticut River Saturday morning. At 11 and 11:50 a.m., families boarded the 44-seat Quinnetukut II Riverboat for a 40-minute pirate-themed journey sponsored by the Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center. … 0

Northfield history revealed under site of old gas station

Sunday, August 16, 2015

NORTHFIELD — A historic hitching post and a piece of a wooden frame were revealed at the site of an old Northfield gas station on lower Main Street during a recent archaeological dig. Joe Graveline, Northfield Historical Commission … 0

Northfield health board issues cease and desist order for pipeline activities

Thursday, August 13, 2015

NORTHFIELD — The Board of Health passed a motion to adopt a cease-and-desist order, similar to Deerfield’s action, prohibiting all activities related to the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. from continuing in town. Board member Tom Walker abstained from voting, while Dan Gray and Flora Sadri voted in … 0

Neighbors: Our neighbors are in our thoughts

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Hello neighbor. I told you a nice story the other day about a neighbor who was admitted to Baystate Franklin Medical Center with a respiratory infection, who ended up being diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. I’m sorry to … 0

Texas rupture stirs up local gas pipeline conversation

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

NORTHFIELD — It seems that residents against the pipeline have taken a leave of absence from Selectboard meetings. The past few public meetings haven’t had any public commenters, but Gulf Road resident Bill Kilpatrick has yet to lose hope. He expressed, once again, that the Selectboard should continue … 0

Certain wildlife species could benefit from pipeline, while others suffer

Monday, August 10, 2015

NORTHFIELD — The Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct project, in some cases, may benefit certain species but could cause significant harm to others. Scott Jackson, associate professor of wetlands and wildlife conservation at the University … 4

Neighbors: Franklin County Fair’s Got Talent competition begins

Monday, August 10, 2015

Hello neighbor. It’s that time again — the search is on for Franklin County’s most talented. If you’d like to make it to Franklin County Fair’s Got Talent stage, you’ve got just a few more days to submit a link to the video or audio showing everyone your … 0