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Pioneer cuts $225,000 from proposed budget

Friday, April 18, 2014

BERNARDSTON — The Pioneer Valley Regional School Committee has lowered its proposed budget by nearly a quarter of a million dollars. The district was able to reduce costs by cutting three teachers. The district will be able to avoid layoffs or firings, because the employees are either leaving the district or not returning from leaves of absence, according to Superintendent Dayle Doiron. Now that the schools have a better estimate … 0

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 … 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

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

Selectmen’s workshop explains funding for roads, bridges

Sunday, March 16, 2014

The Franklin Regional Council of Governments invites town officials and the public to learn about federal funding for roads and bridges, and how to apply for the money, in a workshop called “The Roads and Bridges of Franklin County: A Transportation Funding Primer.” It takes place on Thursday … 0

Northfield fire station gets second look

Sunday, March 16, 2014

NORTHFIELD — Will a multi-department public safety complex fit where the fire station now stands? The Emergency Services Facility Committee hopes to find out. Floyd “Skip” Dunnell, fire chief and committee member, said the committee is uncertain just how much of the 93 Main St. property is suitable … 0

An ice day for a swim

Sunday, March 16, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The Northfield Dive Rescue Team spent hours Saturday plucking several people from the icy waters of a small pond. Once they were safe, those they’d rescued couldn’t wait to go back in, and nobody stopped them. … 0

Land Trust to Gov: No pipeline on protected land

Friday, March 14, 2014

Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust is asking Gov. Deval Patrick to assure that the path of a planned natural gas pipeline is kept off all state-owned and state-protected conservation land. “Land protected for long-term public health and conservation purposes must not be sacrificed for short-term private financial gain,” … 2

Neighbors: Become a Greenfield student’s pen pal and read a great book at the same time

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Hello neighbor. Greenfield’s Math and Science Academy is bringing back the ever-popular community pen pal project this spring. Over the past several years, the project has been exclusive to sixth-graders throughout Greenfield schools, but all 92 students in grades four through seven will participate this year by writing … 0

Two vie for Northfield administrator job

Thursday, March 13, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The search for someone to assume the town’s new, more powerful administrator post has been narrowed to two candidates. If both candidates are available, the Selectboard will interview them at its next public meeting, at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Town Hall. Deliberation would follow. Carlotta Pini, … 0

Walk on

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

In this feature photo, Betsy Llewelyn of Northfield walks near her farm. (Recorder/Paul Franz) … 0

Fuel assistance money still available for new applicants

Thursday, March 6, 2014

GREENFIELD — Slightly more people in Franklin County have requested fuel assistance this winter compared to last, but an overall decrease across the Pioneer Valley means there’s money still available for new applicants. The Franklin County numbers (3,500 applications compared to 3,000 last year) go against the trend … 0

Neighbors: Who has the recipe for a friendship bread starter?

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Every now and then I get a request from one or more of you. This time, it’s our neighbor Helen Ellis of Greenfield, who is looking for a recipe for the “starter” of a 30-day or friendship cake. She said she believes a can of fruit … 0