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Brian Noble, Northfield's pick for its new town administrator.
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Northfield inks contract with new admin.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

NORTHFIELD — It’s official — Brian Noble has signed a contract to become the town’s new town administrator. First, though, he’ll be the assistant interim town administrator. Noble, a Norwell resident, has been liquidating the family business and is down to a single camera shop in Hingham. Until the liquidation is complete, Noble will serve Northfield in a part-time capacity. He will work alongside interim Town Administrator Kevin Paicos, learning the ropes before becoming full-time administrator Oct. 22. Paicos is the former town manager of Foxborough and former administrator of Ashburnham, Winchendon, Hingham and Easton, as well as Seabrook, N.H. Noble has served on the … 0

Neighbors: Lots of fun and festivals this fall

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Hello neighbor. What a great couple of months we have ahead of us here in the county. It’s no secret that fall is my favorite season, not only because of the brilliant color, cool temperatures and crisp apples from our local orchards, but because the county is alive with activity. Who doesn’t enjoy a day at the North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival? … 0

Northfield library open during restoration

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

NORTHFIELD — Visitors to the local library were surprised to find the front doors boarded shut this week. Rest assured, the Dickinson Memorial Library hasn’t closed up shop — it’s just undergoing repairs. The 1898 library’s front entrance is being restored by local woodworker Michael Humphries, with $8,000 of community preservation money approved by the May annual town meeting. The work is expected … 0

Fair fire muster results

Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Franklin County Fair ended Sunday and results will soon be published for all competitions, from best quilt to strongest draft horse team. Results from the Firefighters’s Muster Sunday, a preview of fair results to come: Midnight alarm Colrain Fire Department, first; Vernon, Vt. Fire Department, second; Warwick … 0

Letter: Unhappy with override

Friday, September 5, 2014

As a Northfield taxpayer, I continue to be troubled by how school officials were involved in promoting the July 8 override vote for additional school funding. Weeks prior to the vote, they sent multiple e-mails to parents encouraging them to vote and informing them of the implications on … 0

Neighbors: All’s fair this weekend, especially fried dough

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Hello neighbor. Has anyone else noticed this was a very long short week? I don’t know if it was the intense heat and humidity or what, but the weekend is here and it’s fair time. The Franklin County Fair opened last night with its parade along Main Street. … 0

Northfield man gets 6-8 years on child rape

Thursday, September 4, 2014

NORTHFIELD — A local man was sentenced to six to eight years in state prison after he pleaded guilty to child rape and other charges. William Kaczor, 31, of 91 Main St., apartment 2, pleaded guilty in Franklin Superior Court to two counts of rape and abuse of … 0

Fair thee well

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

GREENFIELD — Franklin County Fair president Fred Steiner barely made it past the stables at the Franklin County Fairgrounds before Adam Martin, of Martin’s Farm in Greenfield, emerged from an old red barn and flagged him down. As … 0

Not a blockbuster summer: Hollywood’s sagging box office means dip for Northfield Drive-In

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The Northfield Drive-In entered the digital age this year and although the picture was better, business was a mixed bag. “It wasn’t a great season,” said owner Mitchell Shakour. “The summer movie industry was down 22 … 0

Braving the Limelight: Franklin County Fair's Got Talent

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Jan Morris of Northfield says she has always considered her talent to be writing and singing parodies. She tried several times to get her one-woman act off the ground, but her dreams always fell through because she found … 0

Neighbors: Falling into Franklin County Fair season

Monday, September 1, 2014

Hello neighbor. This weekend was the unofficial start to fall and we all know what that means. Yes, the days are getting shorter and soon temperatures will begin to drop — I’m not even going to mention the white stuff, yet. But fall also means the Franklin County … 0

Kiwanis clambake closes out summer

Sunday, August 31, 2014

NORTHFIELD — Good old-fashioned clambakes are a New England summertime tradition and Northfield resident Ray Zukowski knows all the tricks to do it right. Zukowski, a former Montague Police chief who has taken part in hundreds of clambakes, … 0

Learning naturally: Nature programs take the classroom outside

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

As he crested a densely wooded, moss-covered hill in the middle of Conway’s pine forest, Edwin Anderson, 13, of Greenfield yelled, “Wow, come and look at this!” At his call, a half-dozen other kids scrambled up the hill. … 0