Northfield to host townwide craft fair

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Are you looking for holiday gifts? On Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., you can bring your family and friends to downtown Northfield and check out the townwide craft fair held in various churches and other buildings along Main Street. If you’re searching for handmade jewelry, artisan treasures, baked goods, a Christmas tag sale and a visit … 0

Neighbors: ’Tis the season of giving

Monday, November 30, 2015

Hello neighbor. Diggity Dogs Service Dogs, a nonprofit in Shelburne Falls, will tour the valley today to thank the community for another year of support. Diggity Dogs will also be raising awareness for #GivingTuesday, which is today. Following two of the biggest shopping days of the year — Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday is a global movement of generosity, which began in … 0

Mold forces move for Pioneer admin. offices

Thursday, November 26, 2015

NORTHFIELD — In January the employees in Pioneer Valley Regional School District’s central office will move to a downtown Northfield space under an 18-month lease due to a significant amount of mold found in the basement during an air-quality study. “My employees have been going to the doctors and have been sick,” Superintendent … 0

WiredWest to reorganize as role changes

Friday, November 6, 2015

Now that so many towns without broadband access have voted to borrow millions for a “last mile” fiber optic network, WiredWest has drafted an operating agreement for those that want join a regional fiber-optic network that will be run by WiredWest. The 40-page draft was discussed Friday between … 0

Pipeline co. requests Northfield road specs, town weighs impact of heavy truck traffic

Friday, November 6, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Northfield has signed on with the Franklin Regional Council of Governments to assist in the town’s dealings with the proposed natural gas pipeline, and already has questions about the potential for damage to roads and utilities. The Selectboard approved a memorandum of understanding with the COG … 0

Test out your logging skills Saturday in Turners Falls

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Have you ever aspired to be Paul Bunyan, the fictional lumberjack of American folklore? Mark your calendars, lace up your hiking boots, throw on your favorite flannel shirt and come out to the Unity Park gravel parking lot in Turners Falls at 12:30 p.m. on … 0

NMH’s opposition to pipeline lauded online

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

NORTHFIELD — A lengthy comment thread was created on Facebook moments after Northfield Mount Hermon School released a statement publicly opposing Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s Northeast Energy Direct Project to transport natural gas though Franklin County. Head of NMH School Peter Fayroian released the statement at the conclusion … 0

COG objecting to expansion of Northfield Mountain reservoir storage capacity

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Two regional organizations are objecting to a proposal for the Northfield Mountain hydroelectric station to pump and release 25 percent more Connecticut River water over the next several months to generate more electricity for the region. … 0

Pioneer weighs options for central offices

Monday, November 2, 2015

NORTHFIELD — A plan is taking shape to either renovate or rebuild the Pioneer Valley Regional School District’s central office complex. The condition of the 20-year-old building — three separate single-story modulars — is causing safety concerns. The trailer home-like building has foundation cracks, rust, mold and roof … 0

Neighbors: West county neighbor wants to start book club on climate change

Monday, November 2, 2015

Hello neighbor. Our west county neighbor John Bos is looking for six to eight people in his area to start a book club with him. You have to be passionate about three things, he says — climate change, reading books on the subject and meeting with other like-minded … 0

Letter: Supportive community

Monday, November 2, 2015

Tears from profoundly grateful friends, Heather and Greg Norwood, during the recent HelpHOPELive golf tournament held in Turners Falls, reminded me of the enormous impact of community support. Many individuals and businesses donated their time, their talents, their money, and even their raffle winnings, to help the Norwoods … 0

NMH starts construction on new education center

Friday, October 30, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Northfield Mount Hermon broke ground Friday afternoon for an Early Childhood Education Center. The new 5,630-square-foot building is estimated to cost about $1.8 million and is expected to open next fall. NMH Digital Communications Director Emily Weir said the project is part of the $150 million … 0

Northfielders share differing opinions on pipeline forums

Friday, October 30, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Hundreds of concerned citizens attended dueling forums on the proposed pipeline — one held by its proponents and another by the opposition — but some still feel that representatives of pipeline company Kinder Morgan didn’t address … 2