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Neighbors: Celebration of birthdays dates back thousands of years

Monday, April 27, 2015

Hello neighbor. Well, I am another year older today. Birthdays have been celebrated for thousands of years, and it seems people are still arguing about the origin of the tradition. I did a little research and found a few interesting facts. It seems scholars have found reference of a pharaoh’s birthday in the Bible around 3,000 B.C.E., but some argue that it’s actually referencing the pharaoh’s coronation date, since that … 0

Northfield Coffee and Books closing

Monday, April 27, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Come Friday, there will be one less place in town to relax and enjoy a cup of coffee. Northfield Coffee and Books is set to close Thursday, ending its five-year chapter. Owner David Pontius said business just isn’t good enough to keep his doors open. “I gave it my best,” he … 0

Could Comcast close the broadband gap? State to seek grants to reduce number of under-served towns

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The good news for Massachusetts Broadband Institute’s 11 under-served towns — seven of them in Franklin County — is that the state agency plans to solicit grant proposals from Comcast and other service providers to build out broadband fiber capacity by the end of June, and it’s been told that Comcast “is prepared to move very rapidly” on building out cable capacity in … 0

Tech students capture honors in statewide competition

Thursday, April 16, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Nine Franklin County Technical School students finished first in competitions at the annual Business Professionals of America State Leadership Conference. Twenty-six students from FCTS competed against 350 students in about 20 events March 7 through 9 in Framingham and Upton. Emmett Boyd of Northfield, Kyle … 0

Letter: War profiteering

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Regarding the story of waste in defense spending as exemplified by the high-altitude enhanced radar platform that has to date cost the U.S. taxpayers more money than a couple of dozen cutting-edge regional technical high schools, I’d like to point out that it, and many other programs, the … 0

Making the switch

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

BOSTON — Amid pressure from legislators and upset consumers, state utility regulators have eliminated a 15-year-old rule that required electricity suppliers to recalculate the bills of customers when they switch from their basic service to a competitor. The practice has cost customers, dozens of whom are from western … 0

Neighbors: Paint and Sip awakens my inner artist

Monday, April 13, 2015

Hello neighbor. A group of friends and family gathering together to paint on canvas, while sipping their favorite beverages, has become a national trend. In this area, two of the companies that provide such entertainment — at least … 1

Northfield anti-pipeline info forum tonight

Monday, April 13, 2015

NORTHFIELD — A local anti-pipeline group will present its research tonight. The Northfield Pipeline Awareness Group will present information about the proposed project at 7:30 p.m. in the dining hall of Redemption Christian Academy, 154 South Mountain Road. There will be a question-and-answer period after the presentation. The … 0

Dredging set to start at Northfield Mountain reservoir

Sunday, April 12, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage Project’s owners plan a pilot dredging operation at its 300-acre mountaintop reservoir this month, to prevent problems that took place five years ago with silt clogging plant equipment and then being dumped … 0

Barnes Automotive burns to the ground

Friday, April 10, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Early Friday morning, two brothers stood by a heap of smoking rubble, watching firefighters from three states douse the remnants of their business and childhood home. The Barnes family has owned Barnes Automotive on Mount Hermon … 0

Tech School seeks OK to borrow $2.45M

Thursday, April 9, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School District will ask the residents of its 19 member towns to go to the polls at a special districtwide election June 23 to approve what they expect to be $2.45 … 0

Neighbors: Time to be recognized

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’m glad to be back, though I couldn’t believe what I saw when I stepped out of my apartment Thursday morning. I thought the days of that white stuff were done — and what little is … 0

Pioneer picks Miller as new superintendent

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

NORTHFIELD — The Pioneer Valley Regional School District has picked a new superintendent. The School Committee will soon begin to work out a contract with Ruth Miller, the current superintendent of the Narragansett Regional School District. Miller has 21 years in education. She’s been superintendent of Narragansett for … 0