Northfield

Heather Lonergan of Turnes Falls and her collection of toothbrushes from Franklin County Technical School for Lonergan's next dental aid trip to Ghana. Recorder/Paul Franz

Tech School toothbrushes to help spread smiles in Ghana. Turners woman returns for sixth dental aid trip

Friday, February 27, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Dental hygienist Heather Lonergan has made a habit of spending her vacations spreading dental health in Ghana, and this year she will go armed with toothbrushes collected by the students and staff of Franklin County Technical School. Lonergan said she usually brings 1,200 toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes and dental floss. A drive at the Tech School, where Lonergan’s … 0

Letter: Information changes

Friday, February 27, 2015

Schooled in the 1940s and ’50s (Bement, Deerfield Academy and Yale University), young people were not bombarded, day and night, by TV and the Internet. Papers like yours and radio were the source of news. Today, I hold the “blurring” between information and “entertainment” (designed solely to build viewers and ratings) responsible for the growing public ignorance of factual, science-based data on the … 0

Neighbors: Nominate the next Peacemaker Award recipients

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Hello neighbor. The Interfaith Council of Franklin County and Traprock Center for Peace and Justice are looking for nominations from throughout the county of teens who are contributing to peace and justice in the world. Having lived in the county almost all of my life, I know there are plenty of nominees out there, so if you know of a young person who … 0

Letter: Reasons to say ‘no’

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Approving this pipeline would be a mistake for quite a few reasons. Some fit the “not in our backyard category,” but most reasons benefit the larger community and of course humanity as a whole. Small towns in western Mass. have been orienting their economies toward eco-tourism. In Northfield, … 0

Northfield Junior Firefighters have fun as they train to serve

Sunday, January 18, 2015

NORTHFIELD — There aren’t a lot of after-school activities that involve strapping on an air tank and rushing into a smoke-filled building. The Northfield Junior Firefighters program isn’t your average extracurricular. With seven active members and a couple … 0

High-speed chase ends safely on Northfield’s Main St.

Friday, January 16, 2015

NORTHFIELD — A high-speed chase on Main Street ended in an arrest after police flattened a pickup’s tires with spike strips Friday afternoon. Michelle Christian, 44, of Winchester, N.H., was arrested on charges of drunken driving as a third offense, failing to stop for police, negligent driving, driving … 0

Northfield police: Drunken driving stop leads to pot arrest

Friday, January 16, 2015

NORTHFIELD — A local man faces drug dealing charges after police pulled him over on suspicion of drunken driving on Friday. Ollis Conley, 28, of 21 Old Bernardston Road, was arrested on charges of drunken driving as a … 0

Franklin County Technical School teachers protest ‘hasty’ superintendent hiring

Thursday, January 15, 2015

MONTAGUE — Franklin County Technical School teachers stood up at this week’s School Committee meeting to protest the abrupt selection of a superintendent last month, focusing on the process rather than the pick. Five leaders of the Franklin County Technical Teachers Association union took their complaint to the … 0

Neighbors: Celebrate MLK Day by doing service

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Hello neighbor. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which we will celebrate on Monday, is not about having a day off, but instead about doing service for your neighbors and community. “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’” King said. The civil rights … 0

Northfield shaves specs to afford new fire truck

Monday, January 12, 2015

NORTHFIELD — After some negotiation, the town will receive a new fire truck for less than budgeted. As long as the town puts up half the money before the truck is built, it will cost $449,859, $141 under the amount allocated for the engine. Pierce Manufacturing’s original bid … 0

Neighbors: Mahar Class of 1964 helps its neighbors

Monday, January 12, 2015

Hello neighbor. Mahar’s Class of 1964 had a very busy year last year. The class held its first fundraiser in December 2013, using half of the proceeds to fund award scholarships to some of the graduates of the Class of 2014 and the other half was given as … 0

Letter: I see nothing good

Sunday, January 11, 2015

I do not want to pay more for electricity. I do not use natural gas and the fracked gas is not for domestic use anyway. How did Gov. Patrick sign away so much of my now and future electricity bill to a man like Kinder, former high-ranking Enron … 0

WiredWest towns ready for next step

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Selectmen from all 11 Franklin County hilltowns without high-speed Internet have approved WiredWest’s nonbinding resolution to go forward with a “last mile” $100 million to $120 million fire-optic network build-out. Now the financial planning begins. Ashfield, Charlemont, Colrain, Hawley, Heath, Leyden, New Salem, Rowe, Shutesbury, Warwick and Wendell … 0