Northfield

All the region’s a stage

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Mid-life crises manifest themselves in all kinds of ways. Mine involves wearing elaborate hats, attempting to speak with Southern and Eastern European accents, and learning insiders’ jargon such as “ghost light,” “spike tape” and “merde.” I am late to the theater world, having only started in 2009. By last count, I’ve done 28 plays since then, not including mere readings. They’ve taken me to The Shea in Turners Falls, three … 0

Pioneer cuts 7 classroom paraprofessionals in preliminary budget

Sunday, February 7, 2016

NORTHFIELD — The Pioneer Valley Regional School District will cut several positions to keep next year’s budget down. Superintendent Ruth Miller saved the district from spending more than $150,000 by eliminating seven union-based classroom paraprofessionals in order to keep next year’s budget increase at under 2 percent. Miller reviewed statewide data and found that elementary classrooms with fewer than 20 students don’t need … 0

Northfield principal announces retirement

Friday, February 5, 2016

NORTHFIELD — Northfield Elementary School Principal Tom King plans to retire at the end of the school year. The principal of 13 years plans to work hard until his very last day on June 30, he said. He will use his free time traveling around the world with his wife and honing his … 0

Camp Northfield to host ‘Arctic Blast’ family winter activity day Saturday

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

NORTHFIELD — Camp Northfield Director Jeremy Losier plans to host the first of four Arctic Blast sessions this Saturday, no matter how little or how much snow falls on the hilltop. Arctic Blast was established years ago as a fundraiser to pay for the campground’s utility bills. The … 0

Northfield fire knocked down with neighborly help

Monday, January 25, 2016

NORTHFIELD — A community effort by Northfield residents, EMTs, Highway Department workers and firefighters helped keep a small barn fire on Caldwell Road in check and spare the structure from major damage. Northfield Fire Chief Floyd “Skip” Dunnell … 0

Area residents react to dodging big storm

Sunday, January 24, 2016

After Winter Storm Jonas paralyzed much of the East Coast, western Massachusetts residents were thankful for clear, sunny skies much of this weekend. “I thought it was strange how the storm missed us,” said Daniel Gobillot of Turners … 0

Family-friendly event tonight on skills of nocturnal animals

Friday, January 22, 2016

NORTHFIELD — Do you want to lurk around the forest and learn the skills a nocturnal animal like a porcupine, owl or red fox uses to do the same? Tonight from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Kim Noyes, environmental programming coordinator for Northfield Mountain Environmental and Recreation Center, … 0

Save the salamanders: Area expert warns of fungus that may threaten US animals

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Those bright, orange salamanders that hikers spot in summer or fall, especially after a rainstorm, might be in danger. A newly discovered fungus is killing salamanders in western Europe, and scientists are afraid the deadly disease may spread … 0

Shelter from the storm: Western Mass. may be spared impact of big coastal storm

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Most of western Massachusetts could be spared from the winter storm working its way toward the East Coast over the next few days, while eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island could be facing the year’s first big winter wallop. … 0

Neighbors: Spend time exploring our pre-dawn sky: five planets visible to naked eye

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Hello neighbor. I’m sure many of you have heard by now that Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn can all be seen in the pre-dawn sky until about Feb. 20. I’ve counted up to four of them, I believe anyway, and though I’m not sure which ones I’m … 0

West County, Montague designated as ‘medically underserved’ by feds

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Western Franklin County, along with Montague, have been designated as medically underserved. With less than one full-time physician for every 3,000 residents, western Franklin County together with Montague were recently designated a federal “Health Professional Shortage Area” by the US Department of Health and Human Services and by … 0

Wetmore’s work in ‘70s felt today by fishermen, activists

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Former state Sen. Robert D. Wetmore of Barre — the architect of Article 97 of the Massachusetts Constitution, which may protect public conservation along the path of the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline — is being remembers as a … 0

Neighbors: Call it what you will, the ‘Wolf Moon’ rises Sunday

Monday, January 18, 2016

Hello neighbor. Good morning everyone! I sent an email out to our precipitation prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy. I’ve lost count of how many dustings we’ve had since she made her prediction for this year’s snowfalls. I’ll let you know on Friday. So far, so good! January’s full moon will … 0