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Planned power outage in Northfield Dec. 9.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

NORTHFIELD — Residents and businesses on the north side of town will find themselves without power for several hours Dec. 9. The Western Mass. Electric Co. will shut off power from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to make upgrades to the electrical system. In the event of adverse weather, work will be delayed to Dec. 10, 11 or 12. The shutoff will encompass the area north of Maple Street, from … 0

Letter: Don’t litter

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

I think people should not litter. It hurts animals and the world. Some animals are getting hurt because they eat the litter and die. It is easy just to pick it up and throw it away. It makes the world a bad place. It looks ugly. So help the world to make it a good place. When I drive by, I see a … 0

Northfield special town meeting OKs spending

Monday, November 24, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The town approved $163,340 in surplus spending without debate in Monday’s special town meeting. Residents applauded the approval of a $220,000 land conservation project, the Alderbrook Meadows Sanctuary, which won’t end up costing taxpayers. It will fund a conservation restriction on a 145-acre South Mountain Road lot owned by Bill and Nancy Ames. Mount Grace Land Trust intends to establish a … 0

Northfield special town meeting taking shape

Monday, November 10, 2014

NORTHFIELD — Funding for a cruiser replacement, legal advice, Town Hall’s computer network and more will be decided at a Nov. 24 special town meeting. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in Pioneer Valley Regional School. Police Chief Robert Leighton seeks up to $37,000 to replace … 0

Neighbors: It doesn’t take much to help feed our hungry

Monday, November 10, 2014

Hello neighbor. I was visiting with 2-year-old twin grandsons Owen and Travis the other night while daughter Christina went running — she didn’t get her passion for strenuous exercise from me — and as I watched them eat their chicken, rice, squash, yogurt and applesauce with reckless abandon, … 0

Northfield Community Preservation Act forum set for Thursday at 7 p.m.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

NORTHFIELD — Residents will have a chance Thursday to learn about Community Preservation Act funds and suggest future projects. The Community Preservation Committee will hold its annual informational meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in Town Hall. Community preservation funds come from a 0.5 percent surcharge on town property … 0

Neighbors: Crafts of Colrain self-guided studio tour this weekend

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Hello, neighbor. If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, why not head to Colrain for its annual Crafts of Colrain self-guided studio tour? Colrain is one of the county’s gems. Tucked in the hills, the town … 0

Neighbors: Quabbin featured in new book and 2015 calendar

Monday, November 3, 2014

Hello neighbor. Our neighbor J.R. Greene of Athol has just released his 20th book about the Quabbin, “B.V. Brook’s Pre-Quabbin Art, Photos & Postcards,” complete with footnotes and illustrations. It is filled with former Greenwich resident Burt V. Brooks’ photographs, paintings and postcards of three of the Quabbin’s … 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