Neighbors: Remember the true meaning of the holiday season

Monday, December 15, 2014

Hello neighbor. Here we are — Hanukkah begins today at sundown, there’s only eight days until Christmas Eve and it’s 10 days until the beginning of Kwanzaa. Each holiday means something different to each person or family who celebrates it. We all have our own traditions, as it should be. I guess I’d just like to remind people that this time of year, at least as far as I’m concerned, … 0

Northfield Notebook

Monday, December 15, 2014

Tax bills mailed NORTHFIELD — Fiscal year 2015 tax bills have been mailed. Second installment payments must be received by the tax collector by April 1. Late payments are subject to 14 percent interest. Abatement applications are also due by April 1. If you did not receive a bill, or have questions, contact Tax Collector Barbara Brassor at 413 498-2901, ext. 13. Town … 0

Enjoying that special day in Northfield

Sunday, December 14, 2014

NORTHFIELD — Northfield’s Main Street was the center of attention Saturday afternoon with the town’s annual “A Special Day in Northfield” holiday festival in full swing. The event, which ran from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., gave visitors the opportunity to learn to make holiday-themed gifts and crafts, listen to Christmas stories read … 0

Selectmen address opioid problem

Thursday, November 13, 2014

GREENFIELD — Small town governments are another avenue through which the Opioid Task Force is looking to get traction on the heroin and painkiller problem. Thursday night Opioid Task Force member John Merrigan and coordinator Marisa Hebble presented data on the problem and information on efforts underway to … 0

Neighbors: TFHS to hold its fourth all-class reunion

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Hello neighbor. Hey, it’s that time of year again — my alma mater, Turners Falls High School (Class of 1976 and proud of it) is holding its Alumni Association’s fourth annual All-Class Reunion the day after Thanksgiving. It will be held on the nightclub side of Between the … 0

Northfield’s new paramedic service pays for itself

Monday, November 10, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The town’s move to a paramedic-level ambulance service seems to be paying off, according to Emergency Medical Service Chief Mark Fortier. “We’re breaking even, and that’s what we expected,” Fortier said. Northfield EMS upgraded to paramedic-level … 0

Northfield special town meeting taking shape

Monday, November 10, 2014

NORTHFIELD — Funding for a cruiser replacement, legal advice, Town Hall’s computer network and more will be decided at a Nov. 24 special town meeting. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in Pioneer Valley Regional School. Police Chief Robert Leighton seeks up to $37,000 to replace … 0

Neighbors: It doesn’t take much to help feed our hungry

Monday, November 10, 2014

Hello neighbor. I was visiting with 2-year-old twin grandsons Owen and Travis the other night while daughter Christina went running — she didn’t get her passion for strenuous exercise from me — and as I watched them eat their chicken, rice, squash, yogurt and applesauce with reckless abandon, … 0

Northfield Community Preservation Act forum set for Thursday at 7 p.m.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

NORTHFIELD — Residents will have a chance Thursday to learn about Community Preservation Act funds and suggest future projects. The Community Preservation Committee will hold its annual informational meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in Town Hall. Community preservation funds come from a 0.5 percent surcharge on town property … 0

Neighbors: Crafts of Colrain self-guided studio tour this weekend

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Hello, neighbor. If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, why not head to Colrain for its annual Crafts of Colrain self-guided studio tour? Colrain is one of the county’s gems. Tucked in the hills, the town … 0

Neighbors: Quabbin featured in new book and 2015 calendar

Monday, November 3, 2014

Hello neighbor. Our neighbor J.R. Greene of Athol has just released his 20th book about the Quabbin, “B.V. Brook’s Pre-Quabbin Art, Photos & Postcards,” complete with footnotes and illustrations. It is filled with former Greenwich resident Burt V. Brooks’ photographs, paintings and postcards of three of the Quabbin’s … 0

State outlines vision for Schell Bridge replacement

Sunday, November 2, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The long-closed Schell Bridge could be replaced with a bike and pedestrian river crossing by the end of the decade. It will likely be three or four years before the project is ready to put out … 1

Northfield gets grant to protect 145-acre farm and wildlife sanctuary

Sunday, November 2, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The town is well on its way to protecting 145 acres of open space and establishing a wheelchair accessible nature trail. The town was awarded a $135,270 Local Acquisitions for Natural Diversity grant last week , which will pay more than half the $220,000 price of … 0