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Pioneer Valley Regional School Committee Chairwoman Patricia Shearer watches as Jeremy Gillis, town clerk of Easton, breaks the seal on the last 50-ballot envelope at a recount of the votes from a July 8 Proposition 2 1/2 override in Northfield Thursday.
Recorder/David Rainville

In recount, Northfield override passes

Thursday, July 24, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The Pioneer Valley School District budget is set after a Proposition 21/2 override passed by four votes after a recount Thursday afternoon. Those four votes mean the town’s property taxes will increase beyond the levy limit to come up with the difference between the $3.87 million share of the school budget and the $4.12 million share approved by … 0

Neighbors: Young neighbor to raise money for animals

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Hello neighbor. One of our younger neighbors, 11-year-old Miracle Leyro, is organizing a walk through the downtown Greenfield area this Saturday with a group of her friends. The youngsters plan to raise money for Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society. Miracle’s mother Diana Nunez told me that Miracle plans to walk along Main and Federal streets, as well as some of the side streets, … 0

Letter: Remember these lines

Thursday, July 24, 2014

I applaud our governor, Deval Patrick, for choosing to offer temporary shelter to undocumented children from central America. Those who disagree, and all those Washington politicians who have been avoiding a review of our nation’s immigration policies, might want to recall Emma Lazarus’ poem on our Statue Of Liberty: “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The … 0

Neighbors: Scholarships help students pursue dreams and agencies help others

Monday, June 23, 2014

Hello neighbor. The Wells Trust Scholarship recently announced this year’s recipients and I’d like to share their names, or at least where some of them are from, with you today. Fred W. and Ethel Dow Wells were longtime … 0

Letter: Uniform mandate

Monday, June 23, 2014

Baystate Medical Center is requiring that its direct-care employees wear prescribed color-specific uniforms, purchased through Cintas, an out-of-state supplier. (Nurses will wear royal blue.) Until now, professional dress standards have allowed most employees to wear multi-colored scrubs of their own choosing. This mandate is based, not on scientific … 0

Northfield absentee ballots available for July 7 override

Sunday, June 22, 2014

NORTHFIELD — Ballots for the July 8 Proposition 2 1/ 2 override vote are now available from the town clerk. Voters may pick up absentee ballots until noon on July 7. The override will decide whether the town will pay $4.167 million for its share of next year’s … 0

First event at new C.S. Lewis Study Center set for tonight at 7

Sunday, June 22, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The first event of the C.S. Lewis Study Center in Northfield is set for tonight at 7 p.m. “Plato’s Euthyphro: A discussion” will be led by Dr. Scott B. Kay. Having created and taught in an … 0

Northfield Mount Hermon School music teachers compete for educator Grammy

Friday, June 20, 2014

GILL — One of two local teachers could be on the way to the 2015 Grammy Awards ceremony. Northfield Mount Hermon School music teachers Shelia Heffernon and Ron Smith are among 222 quarter-finalists for the annual Grammy Music … 0

Greenfield Community College graduates LPNs

Friday, June 20, 2014

Greenfield Community College Practical Nursing Program students graduated in a special ceremony Friday afternoon. This is the 22nd graduating class of the program that prepares students to become licensed practical nurses. Many in the class are nontraditional students who have balanced family and work responsibilities to successfully complete … 0

Pipeline ban, community rights on Ashfield town meeting agenda

Friday, June 20, 2014

ASHFIELD — A “community rights” resolution regarding large-scale electricity-generating wind turbines and high-pressure natural gas pipelines is on Monday’s special town meeting agenda, along with a ban specifically aimed at the Kinder Morgan/Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. natural gas pipeline that is to go through Ashfield, among other Franklin … 2

Neighbors: Franklin County natives featured on Playbill.com

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Have you heard that Frontier Regional High School graduates (2010) Dale Murphy, a Sunderland native, and Tyler Conroy, a Conway native, were recently featured on Playbill.com? Dale wrote a musical based on the music of Taylor Swift and Tyler starred in and directed it. “It’s a … 0

Quick response averts hay truck fire in Northfield

Thursday, June 19, 2014

NORTHFIELD — Prompt reporting and quick response kept an overheated tire well on a parked hay truck from turning into an inferno. On Wednesday morning, a passerby noticed smoke forming around the tire wheel of a parked, dual-axle trailer truck loaded with hay. The tire on the driver’s … 0

Franklin County school districts weigh PARCC vs. MCAS, results mixed

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — With the state offering a choice between getting an early start with the probable next big standardized test or continuing with the MCAS for the time being, area school districts have split more or less down the middle. Deciding factors included uncertainty over the future, … 0