Northfield

Pioneer announces superintendent candidates

Friday, March 27, 2015

NORTHFIELD — After a closed-door search, three finalists for superintendent of Pioneer Valley Regional School District have emerged. All are New England educators with decades of experience. One will replace outgoing Superintendent Dayle Doiron. Francis Baran is the superintendent of the Woodstock, Conn., public schools. Baran has been an educator for 42 years, including 12 years as superintendent, 18 years as principal and 12 years as a teacher. His one-town … 0

Neighbors: Area wildlife needs our help

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Hello, neighbor. Medicine Mammals in Wendell needs our help. The local Native American nonprofit wildlife rehabilitation center is hoping to raise money to help care for the orphaned and injured wild animals that made their way to the center this winter. Loril Moondream, wildlife rehabilitator and owner of Medicine Mammals, said she is currently caring for raccoons, possums, a flying squirrel and her … 0

Northfield wary of “windfall” pitched by pipeline company

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Town officials have warned residents not to be lured by pipeline proponents’ promises of easy money. The Kinder Morgan Co. told the town it could receive millions in annual tax revenue if its planned pipeline and 80,000-horsepower compressor station are built in town. “Kinder Morgan has indicated in writing that the project could bring Northfield $3 million in taxes,” said Selectboard … 0

Local outdoors enthusiasts float Olympic idea

Friday, February 20, 2015

Will the whitewater slaloms of the 2024 Olympics take place on the Deerfield River? That’s the hope of local outdoor enthusiasts, and of Congressman Richard Neal, who is pushing for “regional equity” in Boston’s bid for the 2024 … 2

Neighbors: Stay safe in frigid temperatures

Monday, February 16, 2015

Hello neighbor. Spring is just 31 days away, but it may not seem that close because we continue to battle bitter cold temperatures and all of this white stuff. Earlier this month we saw the Full Snow Moon, named because February is typically the month where we see … 0

True crime and fiction

Sunday, February 15, 2015

NORTHFIELD — A U.S. District Court judge hopes his work of fiction can give people insight on a process that’s anything but novel. Judge Michael Ponsor of Amherst came to the Dickinson Memorial Library on Tuesday to talk … 0

Pioneer board recommends capital improvements for district’s schools

Sunday, February 15, 2015

NORTHFIELD — The Pioneer Valley Regional School Committee has voted to approve several capital projects. At the high school, these include $11,668 for window tinting in high-visibility areas, $8,000 for air conditioning in a computer equipment room, $4,876 for sidewalk repairs, and $800 for a two-way radio the … 0

Weekly meetings for Feb. 16-20

Friday, February 13, 2015

Ashfield Board of Assessors: Tuesday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of Assessors: Wednesday 8:30 a.m. in Town Hall. Technology Committee: Wednesday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Selectboard/Finance Committee: Wednesday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Planning Board: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Personnel Board: Thursday 7 p.m. … 0

Pioneer sets maximum budget

Friday, February 13, 2015

NORTHFIELD — The Pioneer Valley Regional School District has set a maximum budget of $14.46 million for the upcoming school year. The proposed budget is up 2.35 percent, or $332,564, from this year’s $14.13 million. This year’s budget was a 5.5 percent increase from last year’s. The budget … 0

Neighbors: Happy Valentine’s Day

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Hello neighbor. Happy Valentine’s Day! Every year at this time we exchange cards, candy, gifts and flowers with our special valentine s. We start early — my 3-year-old grandson Justin brought an entire bag of valentines to preschool this week just as I did many years ago. I … 0

Tech School aims for flat budget, cuts anticipated

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Franklin County Technical School officials envisage a nearly flat budget for the coming school year with cuts to six positions to balance rising costs against what may be flat state aid revenue. The Technical School Committee approved a preliminary budget of $10,211,000 brought forward by … 0

Rep. Mark files ed. bill

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

GREENFIELD — State Rep. Paul Mark has filed a comprehensive higher education bill designed to tackle student debt, lower costs and increase funding to the state’s colleges and universities. With 34 sections addressing different aspects of higher education … 0

Letter: Differing with rebuttal

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

I beg to differ with Carl Doerner’s rebuttal of Tim Blagg’s apt opinion piece (of Jan. 26). Shortly after 9/11, an Op-Ed appeared in the New York Times written by a person of Middle East descent titled, “Go Ahead, Profile Me!” As a person who in younger years … 0