Modular administrative buildings at Pioneer Valley Regional School. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

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 Ruth Miller said. “I thought we needed … 0

Actress Susan Sarandon supports work of local land conservation and energy organizations

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Earlier this week, activist and actress Susan Sarandon released a statement opposing the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s Co.’s Northeast Energy Direct project to transport gas through eight Franklin County towns on its way from Pennsylvania to Dracut, north of Lowell. Leigh Youngblood, executive director of Mount Grace Land Trust, said in … 0

Neighbors: Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving

Monday, November 23, 2015

Hello neighbor. As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, I’m hearing from friends and relatives who are stressed because so many of their guests have limited diets at this point — we all know someone who eats gluten-free, is a vegan or vegetarian, is lactose intolerant, or has some other dietary restriction. That’s OK! I think the best way to approach the holiday, which, by the … 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

NMH opposes pipeline

Friday, October 30, 2015

GILL — Northfield Mount Hermon Head of School Peter Fayroian announced Friday that the school opposes the construction of a pipeline designed to carry natural gas from Pennsylvania through western Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. The Northeast Energy Direct pipeline, developed by the energy company Kinder Morgan, is … 1

Neighbors: Nana’s Attic might just have what you’ve been looking for

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Hello neighbor. Our neighbor Paula Betters was appointed director of the Erving Senior Community Center this past summer, and she said they’re having a lot of fun in Erving. Paula said as the center prepares for its Holiday Bazaar, she had the “crazy notion” (her playful words) to … 0