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Neighbors: Remember the true meaning of the holiday season

Monday, December 15, 2014

Hello neighbor. Here we are — Hanukkah begins today at sundown, there’s only eight days until Christmas Eve and it’s 10 days until the beginning of Kwanzaa. Each holiday means something different to each person or family who celebrates it. We all have our own traditions, as it should be. I guess I’d just like to remind people that this time of year, at least as far as I’m concerned, … 0

Northfield Notebook

Monday, December 15, 2014

Tax bills mailed NORTHFIELD — Fiscal year 2015 tax bills have been mailed. Second installment payments must be received by the tax collector by April 1. Late payments are subject to 14 percent interest. Abatement applications are also due by April 1. If you did not receive a bill, or have questions, contact Tax Collector Barbara Brassor at 413 498-2901, ext. 13. Town … 0

Enjoying that special day in Northfield

Sunday, December 14, 2014

NORTHFIELD — Northfield’s Main Street was the center of attention Saturday afternoon with the town’s annual “A Special Day in Northfield” holiday festival in full swing. The event, which ran from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., gave visitors the opportunity to learn to make holiday-themed gifts and crafts, listen to Christmas stories read … 0

Northfield: Get pumped at Pioneer

Sunday, December 7, 2014

NORTHFIELD — If you’re worried about how to lose the weight you’ll pack on at holiday dinners, don’t fret. Northfield residents can keep themselves in shape without spending a dime. The weight room at Pioneer Valley Regional School … 0

New Northfield salt shed will help in future winters

Friday, December 5, 2014

NORTHFIELD — Town roads could be plowed and treated much more quickly after Northfield gets a new sand and salt shed next year. The Selectboard signed a purchase agreement Tuesday to buy a 2-acre lot on St. Mary’s Street from Highway Superintendent Thomas Walker, where it will place … 0

Northfield to work on emergency communications

Friday, December 5, 2014

NORTHFIELD — While last week’s snowstorm and power outages were an inconvenience for many, they could prove an opportunity for Northfield. “This storm highlighted the things that we do well, and the things that could have been done better,” Town Administrator Brian Noble told the Selectboard this week. … 0

Neighbors: Give to local nonprofits through Valley Gives on Wednesday

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Hello neighbor. It’s time again for Valley Gives. Through Valley Gives, nonprofits raise money for all sorts of programs and projects, and you can help. When you visit its website on Wednesday, you’ll be able to donate to some of your favorites. Let’s see how far its third … 0

North County Notebook

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Hunter’s supper tonight in Warwick WARWICK — The town will hold a hunter’s supper tonight in Town Hall. There will be two seatings, at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., and take-out orders will be served as well. The menu includes braised beef, homemade onion soup, mashed potatoes, squash, … 0

Letter: Help out the bats

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Brown bats are going extinct! And bats are very helpful. Here are some reasons why. Brown bats help by eating 600 bugs an hour! They like mosquitoes and I bet you don’t like mosquitoes. Also bats are a great plant resource! If you make a bat house over … 0

Neighbors: Prognosticator sees 23 snowfalls this season

Monday, December 1, 2014

Hello neighbor. Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I spent a lovely day with my three grandsons and sister’s family. I heard from our precipitation prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy. Her prediction is 23 snowfalls this winter. We’ve already had one, so only 22 to go, if she’s correct. … 0

Letter; Disturbing photo

Sunday, November 30, 2014

I am writing to ask you to not place graphic violent pictures in your newspaper. In the Nov. 19 Recorder, there was a bloody picture of a violent act that happened in Israel. Although I understand that the purpose of the paper is to inform readers about various … 0

Winter hours for household hazardous waste drop-off sites

Sunday, November 30, 2014

GREENFIELD — Franklin County Solid Waste Management District’s household hazardous waste drop-off sites, while open year-round, are about to shift to winter hours. These permanent “Supersites” are located in Bernardston, Colrain and Conway. The Bernardston facility, located at the town transfer station on Nelson Drive (off Merrifield Road), … 0

Think before you wrap and unwrap: Recycling tips for the holidays

Friday, November 28, 2014

During the holidays, the average American family throws away up to 10 additional bags of trash. In towns that require “Pay-As-You-Throw” town trash bags, those 10 additional trash bags would cost $15 to $30, depending on the town. A large portion of this trash is generated from wrapping … 0