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Planned power outage in Northfield Dec. 9.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

NORTHFIELD — Residents and businesses on the north side of town will find themselves without power for several hours Dec. 9. The Western Mass. Electric Co. will shut off power from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to make upgrades to the electrical system. In the event of adverse weather, work will be delayed to Dec. 10, 11 or 12. The shutoff will encompass the area north of Maple Street, from … 0

Letter: Don’t litter

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

I think people should not litter. It hurts animals and the world. Some animals are getting hurt because they eat the litter and die. It is easy just to pick it up and throw it away. It makes the world a bad place. It looks ugly. So help the world to make it a good place. When I drive by, I see a … 0

Northfield special town meeting OKs spending

Monday, November 24, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The town approved $163,340 in surplus spending without debate in Monday’s special town meeting. Residents applauded the approval of a $220,000 land conservation project, the Alderbrook Meadows Sanctuary, which won’t end up costing taxpayers. It will fund a conservation restriction on a 145-acre South Mountain Road lot owned by Bill and Nancy Ames. Mount Grace Land Trust intends to establish a … 0

Pioneer superintendent to step down at end of the year

Thursday, October 9, 2014

NORTHFIELD — After two decades of service, Pioneer Valley Regional School District’s superintendent will resign at the end of the school year. “I’m not retiring; I’m just going to make a change,” said Superintendent Dayle Doiron. “I’m not sure whether I’ll stay in education. I’ve had opportunities come … 0

Neighbors: Double Take Fringe Festival a week away

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Hello neighbor. The Double Take Fringe Festival will take over eight venues, all within walking distance, in downtown Greenfield again this year. On Oct. 17 and 18, eight shows will be presented and you can attend all of them throughout the weekend with a weekend pass that will … 0

FRCOG hopes to build online disaster map

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

BUCKLAND — When Tropical Storm Irene pounded Franklin County, emergency responders and isolated residents cut off by storm damage suddenly found a new use for Twitter and Facebook on their cellphones: asking others about, and reporting on local washouts, flooding and downed trees. Now, the Franklin Regional Council … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy autumn while you can

Monday, October 6, 2014

Hello neighbor. Can you believe it? The leaves are falling from the trees as the crisp days of fall nudge us toward the bitter chill of winter. There are only three full moons left this year: the Full … 0

6 friends power ‘girl effect’ in Malawi

Sunday, October 5, 2014

The six friends behind the Daughters of Toleza Scholarship believe in the ripple effect strongly enough that they are helping to put a handful of girls through private school 7,000 miles away in Africa. “You can do great … 0

Combating bullying, cliques on 2 school agendas

Sunday, October 5, 2014

GREENFIELD — Over the course of three weeks this year, seventh-graders at Pioneer Valley Regional School will learn how to stop bullying they may see as part of a new active bystander program. At Four Rivers Charter School, students are put into small groups with one teacher where … 0

Neighbors: Help for a little cemetery

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Hello neighbor. I recently learned of another example of people working together to help make our community a little nicer. Inmates at the jail went to a small cemetery on Bernardston Road this week to paint the old, faded fence that surrounds Log Plain Cemetery. Many of you … 0

Northfield Highway Dept. supt.’s land to be new salt/sand shed

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

NORTHFIELD — If the town buys a plot of land from its Highway Department superintendent, he’ll get to visit it often. The annual town meeting approved $200,000 to buy land and to build a salt and sand shed. Highway Superintendent Thomas Walker was the low bidder, offering his … 0

Proposed Northfield trail would bring hiking to the handicapped

Sunday, September 28, 2014

NORTHFIELD — A proposed hiking trail would make the great outdoors accessible to everyone — even those who can’t walk. “Hiking trails are a major element of the town’s new master plan, and there aren’t a lot of ways for people with disabilities to access the outdoors,” said … 0

Town Meetings, Sept. 29-Oct. 4

Friday, September 26, 2014

Ashfield Planning Board: Wednesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Board of Selectmen: Wednesday 3 p.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Board of Selectmen: Tuesday 7:30 a.m. in Town Hall. Energy Committee: Wednesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Charlemont Board of Selectmen: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Conservation … 0