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Chuck Larson, of Hinsdale, Ma. checks out a model Priority Mail remote controlled planeat a previous year's Giant Western Massachusetts Remote Control Flea Market.
(Recorder file photo)

Neighbors: Easter community meal open to all

Thursday, April 17, 2014

First, I’d just like to wish everyone a happy Easter, happy Passover or happy spring, whichever you prefer. Then, I’d like to get right to telling you about some upcoming events, because there are plenty. EVERYONE IS WELCOME to a free Easter ham dinner community meal at the Greenfield Alliance Church, 385 Chapman St. in Greenfield on Saturday at 5 … 0

Northfield Notebook

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tax collector office closing NORTHFIELD — The office of the tax collector will be closed from April 21 through 29. The tax collector will re-open at 8 a.m. April 30. Northfield absentee ballots here NORTHFIELD — Absentee ballots for the May 6 annual town election are now available from the town clerk. The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot is noon, May … 0

Northfield to interview hiring consultants

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The town will seek the help of professional consultants as it continues the search for a full-time administrator. The Selectboard decided to interview nonprofit consultants with the Collins Institute of the University of Massachusetts at Boston, and the Massachusetts Municipal Association, before deciding which firm to hire. Both were recommended by interim Town Administrator Robert Markel, who has experience with both … 0

Pioneer towns see prospect of 10% hikes

Thursday, March 20, 2014

NORTHFIELD — As school costs continue to rise, state aid remains nearly stagnant, and the towns of the Pioneer Valley Regional School District are feeling the crunch. The School Committee has proposed a level services budget of $14.4 … 0

Neighbors: Spring is here and snowbirds are returning

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Hello neighbor. Welcome to spring! I’ve heard from many who have said that it doesn’t feel like spring yet. Well, I feel it. I can smell it. I’ve even seen some green! We all just have to be … 0

Northfield still without full-time admin.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The search for a new town administrator has been narrowed to a single candidate — for the moment. John Sanguinet and Carlotta Pini were the two finalists recommended to the Selectboard by the Town Administrator Search Committee, and Sanguinet is the last man standing after Pini … 0

Northfield Notebook

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Northfield voter registration NORTHFIELD — April 15 will be the last day to register to vote in the May 6 annual town election. Residents who will be 18 or older on or before election day may register during normal town clerk hours, or during extended registration hours from … 0

On the run

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

In this feature photo, a few chickens flew the coop in Northfield on Monday, taking a stroll through the center of town while their owners were away. ( Recorder/Micky Bedell) … 0

Neighbors: Ashfield woman headed to Puerto Rico to massage animals in need

Monday, March 17, 2014

Hello neighbor. You all probably know by now that I am an animal lover. Our neighbor Carole Groman of Ashfield, the hand behind Hand & Paw Animal Massage, will be visiting Second Chance Animal Rescue (SCAR) in Villalba, Puerto Rico, in April. During that time, Carole says she … 0

Letter: Ski jump memories

Monday, March 17, 2014

I remember as a 5-year-old (in 1950), my father, Stan Powers, taking my brother Michael (a 3-year-old) to the Ski Jump in Greenfield. He, my uncle, Myron Powers, and their friend Bill Bomley, were members of the Edelweiss Ski Club and may have been founding members with Chuck … 0

Letter: A key jumper

Monday, March 17, 2014

Jason Butynski’s good piece on ski jumping in Greenfield (March 11) omitted a key figure, Strand Mikkelsen, who, as a Norwegian immigrant to the Greenfield area, may actually have introduced the sport to the American public, along with Kenny Suhl. He was also jumping in Madison Square Garden, … 0

Legislature OKs increase in local aid

Friday, March 14, 2014

For the first time in six years, the state House and Senate have passed a local aid resolution, committing to increase aid to cities and towns by $25 million, with another $100 million increase in school aid in the budget year that begins July 1. “That’s a done … 0

Fred W. Wells scholarship applications available

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Applications for 2014-2015 Fred W. Wells Trust scholarships and grants are now available at high school guidance offices and town administrative offices in Ashfield, Bernardston, Buckland, Charlemont, Conway, Deerfield, Gill, Greenfield, Hawley, Heath, Leyden, Monroe, Montague, Northfield, Rowe and Shelburne. Scholarships are available to graduating seniors and full-time … 0