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The state plans to replace Northfield's Schell Bridge with a bicycle and pedestrian bridge by 2020. The town hopes to build a park at one or both ends of the new bridge.
(Recorder/David Rainville)

Northfield wonders how to draw bicyclists, tourists to town once Schell Bridge is replaced

Friday, November 21, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The state hasn’t even drawn up plans to replace the Schell Bridge yet, and locals already want to stop people going over it. The Friends of Schell Bridge and Northfield Area Tourism and Business Association don’t doubt that the bike bridge the state plans to build across the Connecticut River as part of a tri-state bikeway will draw … 0

Adults enjoy storytelling time, too

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

NORTHFIELD — Story hour isn’t just for kids anymore. The Dickinson Memorial Library will host three storytellers Saturday as part of Tellabration!, a worldwide storytelling event focused on adults and older teens. It will go from 7 p.m. to 8:30 or 9, followed by a reception with the performers. Northfield Senior Center Director Heather Tower has been bringing Tellabration! to town for the … 0

Friends of Schell Bridge to discuss state’s plan at annual meeting on Thursday

Monday, November 17, 2014

NORTHFIELD — A group that set out to save a historic local bridge will now discuss the state’s promise to replace the aging structure with a bike- and pedestrian bridge. The Friends of Schell Bridge will hold its annual public meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Trinitarian Congregational Church, 147 Main St. … 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

Man found safe after French King Bridge search

Friday, September 26, 2014

ERVING — All ended well in the search for a despondent man at the French King Bridge Thursday. Several police and fire departments converged on the bridge just before 5 p.m. for a report that a distraught man had headed to the bridge, possibly to jump. State police … 0

Northfield taxes due Wednesday

Thursday, September 25, 2014

NORTHFIELD — Real estate taxes are due Wednesday. Late payments will be subject to interest at 14 percent. The tax collector’s office is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday. … 0

Last-mile broadband collaboration takes next step in planning

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

BOSTON — Now that the state has $50 million to help build out rural broadband Internet access, western Massachusetts legislators met Tuesday with Internet community groups to plan what state Sen. Stan Rosenberg calls “the Last Mile Solution” — how to secure high-speed Internet in unserved and partially … 0

Kiwanis golf tourney Saturday

Monday, September 22, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The local Kiwanis Club will tee off their biggest annual fundraiser Saturday, hitting the local links to raise money for their charitable fund. There’s still a chance to put together a team before the 8 a.m. shotgun start of the annual Golf Classic Four Person Scramble … 0

Neighbors: Walk for suicide leaves from Energy Park Oct. 5

Monday, September 22, 2014

Hello neighbor. With the recent news of Robin Williams, one of the greatest actors and comedians of our time, taking his life still fresh in our minds, I’d like to tell you about a very important fundraiser walk coming up. It will begin in the Greenfield Energy Park. … 0