The 2014 Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest winners at Stoneleigh-Brunham School in Greenfield. The annual poetry contest, conducted by the Friends of the Greenfield Public Library, is open to all Franklin County residents and students. The winner was James Heflin (seated) for his poem "Viva." Stella Corso (third from right) took second place for her poem "Slow March," while Alice Thomas (second from left) took third place for her poem "For Wood: Syria." The top two in the youth ages 12 to 14 category were A.J. WIlson (third from left) for his poem "Winter," and Jenna Hackett (first on left) for her poem "Be Free." The top two in the youth ages 15 to 18 were Grace Engelman (second from right) for her poem "The Perfectionist" and A.J. Urzedowski for his poem "Poetry That I Understand." Recorder file photo/Micky Bedell

Neighbors: 25th annual Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest seeks entries

Monday, February 8, 2016

Hello neighbor. Well folks, it’s that time again. The 25th annual Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest has begun, and Friends of the Greenfield Public Library are looking for poems from you. The event is open to all Franklin County residents and students. You can submit up to three poems. The deadline is March 7, so it’s time to get serious. The … 0

About Town: All the region's a stage

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Mid-life crises manifest themselves in all kinds of ways. Mine involves wearing elaborate hats, attempting to speak with Southern and Eastern European accents, and learning insiders’ jargon such as “ghost light,” “spike tape” and “merde.” I am late to the theater world, having only started in 2009. By last count, I’ve done 28 plays since then, not including mere readings. They’ve taken me … 0

Pioneer cuts 7 classroom paraprofessionals in preliminary budget

Sunday, February 7, 2016

NORTHFIELD — The Pioneer Valley Regional School District will cut several positions to keep next year’s budget down. Superintendent Ruth Miller saved the district from spending more than $150,000 by eliminating seven union-based classroom paraprofessionals in order to keep next year’s budget increase at under 2 percent. Miller reviewed statewide data and found that elementary classrooms with fewer than 20 students don’t need … 0

Neighbors: Call it what you will, the ‘Wolf Moon’ rises Sunday

Monday, January 18, 2016

Hello neighbor. Good morning everyone! I sent an email out to our precipitation prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy. I’ve lost count of how many dustings we’ve had since she made her prediction for this year’s snowfalls. I’ll let you know on Friday. So far, so good! January’s full moon will … 0

Early morning accident sends one to hospital

Friday, January 15, 2016

NORTHFIELD — A Northfield resident was transported to Baystate Franklin Medical Center around 8:30 a.m. Friday morning for nonlife-threatening injuries when she drove her vehicle into a tree near Warwick Road. Northfield Police Officer Igor Komerzan said the cause is still under investigation but speculates that the minor … 0

Conservation restriction trumps construction: Electric co. access road hits dead end due to property’s protection

Friday, January 15, 2016

NORTHFIELD — Construction of an electric transmission line off Warwick Road has been halted for the time being because of a conservation restriction violation on Northfield Mount Hermon School property. Construction of a utility access road by Eversource Energy across the 300-acre Dilger Parcel property has raised concern … 0

North County towns to host annual dinners Saturday

Friday, January 15, 2016

Looking for a hearty meal to share with your neighbors? Gather your friends or family and head out to the Northfield Trinitarian Church at 5:30 p.m. tonight if you’re in the mood for a chicken and biscuit supper or go to the Warwick Town Hall at 6 p.m. … 0

West Northfield hike heads to Masson Ridge

Thursday, January 14, 2016

NORTHFIELD — Veteran local tracker and naturalist David Brown will join the Northfield Third Sunday Hike Series this month for a tour of the “Forever Wild” conservation restriction land in West Northfield owned by Bill and Christine Copeland. Participants in this week’s walk should meet at 1 p.m. … 0

Northfield govt. needs volunteers

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

NORTHFIELD — Does your New Year’s resolution include volunteering in your hometown? Here’s your chance. Several Northfield town committees have vacancies to fill in 2016. Among the volunteer positions that are open: Northfield Agricultural Commission, Building Utilization and … 0

Letter: Why I like Foster’s

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

I was glad to see Foster’s standing up for itself and for local businesses. Mr. Foster shouldn’t have to do this himself. Foster’s is an affordable, family-owned, long-standing, quality grocery store. It has good prices on high quality foods like all-natural chicken, local yogurt, and fresh produce, as … 1

Cash flow chief woe for Pioneer schools

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

NORTHFIELD — Pioneer Valley Regional School District’s Superintendent Ruth Miller just completed her entry-level report and found that each district school is well-respected across the region from academic to extracurricular performance but — like many districts in the … 0

Neighbors: Local musician taken way too soon

Monday, January 11, 2016

Hello neighbor. The Pioneer Valley lost a wonderful musician this past week. Jeff Martell, a folk singer here in the valley for many years, who happened to be one of the major driving forces behind the Green River Festival for about two decades and also worked as Greenfield … 0

Neighbors: Pioneer Valley Youth Orchestra a great option for young musicians

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Hello neighbor. Can you believe Pioneer Valley Youth Orchestra is already in its third season. The orchestra will perform twice this spring in collaboration with Worcester Youth Symphony. The first performance will be on April 3 at Mechanics … 0