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Town Meetings, Sept. 7 to 12

Friday, September 4, 2015

Ashfield Board of Assessors: Tuesday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Finance Committee: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Selectboard: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Special town meeting: Tuesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Conservation Commission: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Special election: Thursday 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Website Content Committee: Tuesday 10 a.m. in Town Hall. Master Steering Planning Committee: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. … 0

Dickinson Memorial concludes summer reading program

Friday, September 4, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Hundreds of paper cutouts line the staircase wall of the Dickinson Memorial Library representing about 2,750 reading hours completed by the adolescent participants in the two-month summer library program. Cutout shapes include superhero characters that align with this year’s theme — every superhero has a story — as well as a … 0

Rooster’s Bistro under new ownership

Friday, September 4, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Northfield resident Corinne Burnham is no longer the owner of Rooster’s Bistro. For 13 years, Burnham has single-handedly raised her son, run the bistro’s entire operation and strengthened her community catering business — Grace Receptions. She put Rooster’s Bistro on the market Aug. 27, and accepted an offer from long-time patron … 0

Neighbors: Our neighbors are in our thoughts

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Hello neighbor. I told you a nice story the other day about a neighbor who was admitted to Baystate Franklin Medical Center with a respiratory infection, who ended up being diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. I’m sorry to … 0

Texas rupture stirs up local gas pipeline conversation

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

NORTHFIELD — It seems that residents against the pipeline have taken a leave of absence from Selectboard meetings. The past few public meetings haven’t had any public commenters, but Gulf Road resident Bill Kilpatrick has yet to lose hope. He expressed, once again, that the Selectboard should continue … 0

Certain wildlife species could benefit from pipeline, while others suffer

Monday, August 10, 2015

NORTHFIELD — The Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct project, in some cases, may benefit certain species but could cause significant harm to others. Scott Jackson, associate professor of wetlands and wildlife conservation at the University … 4

Neighbors: Franklin County Fair’s Got Talent competition begins

Monday, August 10, 2015

Hello neighbor. It’s that time again — the search is on for Franklin County’s most talented. If you’d like to make it to Franklin County Fair’s Got Talent stage, you’ve got just a few more days to submit a link to the video or audio showing everyone your … 0

PVRS starts school year with fresh administrative staff member

Sunday, August 9, 2015

NORTHFIELD — New School Year. New Superintendent. Ruth Miller will take over from Dayle Doiron as Pioneer Valley Regional School district’s superintendent. For the past three years, Miller worked as the superintendent and business manager for the Narragansett … 0

Northfield hops farmer shares story about family farm during festival

Sunday, August 9, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Hops, a main ingredient in beer, can grow up to 30 feet high. These tall crops tower over 16 acres of land at Four Star Farms, a 28-year-old family operation tucked away in the Northfield Farms … 0

Anti-pipeliners eyes turn to Otis: Taking of state-protected land could set precedent

Friday, August 7, 2015

A state House bill to carve 15 acres of state forest land in Berkshire County for a 13-mile Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. project is raising eyebrows — and voices — among opponents of the company’s larger Northeast Energy Direct pipeline that would cut across Franklin County. The proposed … 0

Neighbors: Manhattan Dolls coming to Athol

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Hello neighbor. If you’d like to hop aboard the “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” head to the Athol High School auditorium Aug. 16 from 2 to 4 p.m., when the New York City-based Manhattan Dolls, who perform in the style of the Andrews Sisters, will bring the memorable music of … 0

Northfield hop farm hosts beer and music festival Saturday

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Things should be hopping at Four Star Farms on Saturday. With two stages of live music, featuring funk, surf, country, bluegrass, classical and electronic groups, the music starts at noon and will go until 8 p.m. … 0

Moody, Schell left legacies in Northfield

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

NORTHFIELD — In an effort to keep a rich history alive, the Friends of Schell Bridge spent its annual meeting discussing the relationship between two famous residents — Dwight L. Moody and Francis Schell. Maine resident Kevin Belmonte, … 0