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Neighbors: Local organization head raises money for hungry

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Hello neighbor. On Sept. 27, Andrew Morehouse, the executive editor of The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, pedalled 100 miles through Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire to help end hunger in western Massachusetts. The food bank’s 5th annual Will Bike 4 Food charity cycling event raised more than $100,000, with Andrew raising $6,160 of that amount. He said 280 riders of all ages participated — some biked 10 miles, some … 1

Pioneer students score high in all MCAS categories

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

NORTHFIELD — The MCAS results are in and Pioneer Valley Regional School’s 10th-grade students ranked well above the state average in English, science and math proficiency. Passing the state-administered Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System is a graduation requirement. The 2015 scores are listed below. Percentage of Pioneer sophomores who scored proficient or advanced: ∎ Math: … 0

Driver sent to hospital after Northfield rollover

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

NORTHFIELD — A witness on Route 10 saw a sport utility vehicle cross into the highway’s oncoming lane Tuesday night, then the lights disappeared, said Northfield Fire Chief Floyd “Skip” Dunnell III. Dunnell said it was lucky the witness turned back, because the Toyota RAV4 was far enough over the embankment it wouldn’t … 0

‘Mainly Marathons’ hit Northfield running

Monday, August 31, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Marathoner Laura Lockett, 58, of Atlanta was born in Massachusetts while her parents were driving through and was whisked away and never returned — until she finished a marathon at Northfield Mountain Thursday. Lockett had dreamed … 0

Letter: Protect our land, rights

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Rep. Garrett Bradley, D-Hingham, has filed House Bill 3690 to take and destroy conservation and recreation land in Sandisfield on behalf of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co., a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan. His legislation seeks an easement over protected conservation land to facilitate construction of the Connecticut Expansion … 2

Pioneer may take N.H. town’s students

Friday, August 28, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Pioneer Valley Regional School’s high school program hasn’t gone unnoticed by its New Hampshire neighbors. Winchester, N.H., is considering sending its high school students to Pioneer, a prospect that local school officials find attractive. Winchester has … 0

Neighbors: New book tells story of 1896 Trolley No. 10

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Hello, neighbor. Over the past week, there’s been a lot of activity at the Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum at 14 Depot St. Visitors have been busy signing a copy of the “Little Yellow Trolley,” a book that follows … 0

Letter: Need versus want

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

In its evaluation of the Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline, FERC should be considering NEED not WANT. Of course the industries constructing infrastructure and supplying the gas want to sell more. That’s their job. Of course businesses using readily available gas to keep their prices low want more gas … 0

Neighbors: Community says “goodbye” to longtime service agency head

Monday, August 24, 2015

Hello neighbor. On Wednesday, The United Arc will say “bon voyage” to its executive director of 39 years. Ed Porter has performed a variety of roles in the position since 1976, helping the agency expand and adapt to … 0

For Northfield’s Nick Fleck, poetry is all about emotion

Sunday, August 23, 2015

NORTHFIELD — With over 50 years of poetry studies under his belt, Northfield resident Nick Fleck never thought his writing — stemming from a lifelong passion — would land in the hands of a publisher. Within the 90-page … 0

Weekly Town Meetings

Friday, August 21, 2015

Ashfield Selectboard: Monday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Technology/Finance Committee/Selectboard: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Parks Commission: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Conservation Commission: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Planning Board: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Veterans Agent: Monday 9 a.m. in Town … 0

Neighbors: Remember the power your words have and use them wisely

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Hello neighbor. I have lots to tell you about today. Before I go into what’s happening in the county, I’d like to tell you about an unsigned note I received from one of you fine folks, and then … 0

‘Smart switches’ cut down on power outages

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

GREENFIELD — Eversource Energy has recently finished installing 40 “smart switches” in 17 western Massachusetts towns, including seven in Franklin County, which the company says will help increase reliability across its grid. Eversource spokeswoman Priscilla Ress said the … 0