Northfield

Pioneer board signs contract for new supt.

Friday, April 17, 2015

NORTHFIELD — The Pioneer Valley Regional School District has a new superintendent, as long as her background checks out. Ruth Miller, current superintendent of the Narragansett Regional School District, has accepted the position. As long as her state-required criminal history and fingerprint checks come back clean, she’ll replace outgoing Superintendent Dayle Doiron over the summer. The School Committee signed Miller’s contract Thursday, contingent on the background checks. For her first … 0

Tech students capture honors in statewide competition

Thursday, April 16, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Nine Franklin County Technical School students finished first in competitions at the annual Business Professionals of America State Leadership Conference. Twenty-six students from FCTS competed against 350 students in about 20 events March 7 through 9 in Framingham and Upton. Emmett Boyd of Northfield, Kyle Coulombe of West Halifax, Vt., Andrew Renaud of Montague and Brad Sawyer of Greenfield placed … 0

Letter: War profiteering

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Regarding the story of waste in defense spending as exemplified by the high-altitude enhanced radar platform that has to date cost the U.S. taxpayers more money than a couple of dozen cutting-edge regional technical high schools, I’d like to point out that it, and many other programs, the Osprey, F-35 fighter aircraft, and the high-altitude anti-missile laser, all of which cost tens of … 0

Northfield man sentenced in Interstate 91 car chase

Thursday, March 5, 2015

WHATELY — A Northfield man will spend a year in jail for crashing into a state trooper’s cruiser and leading police on a chase up and down Interstate 91. Stephen J. Hall, 54, of 361 Millers Falls Road, pleaded guilty in Franklin Superior Court Wednesday to charges of … 0

Northfield: Pipeline surveyors unwelcome on town land for now

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Town officials have barred the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. from surveying town-owned lands for the time being. The Selectboard voted to ask pipeline parent company Kinder Morgan to stop surveying on town-owned land until the May annual town meeting. Although many opposed to the pipeline have … 1

Pellet bag recycling program is heating up

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

According to program director Amy Donovan, the Franklin County Solid Waste Management District’s pellet bag recycling program is proving to be very popular at the thirteen municipal transfer stations offering the free program. Residents of Bernardston, Buckland, Charlemont, Conway, Deerfield, Leverett, Montague, Northfield, Orange, Rowe, Shelburne, Warwick and … 0

Neighbors: Precipitation prognosticator: only two or three snowfalls left

Monday, March 2, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’ve got some good news! Winter is technically almost over and Franklin County’s precipitation prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy agrees. Farrah had counted 17 of the 23 snowfalls she predicted early this winter by Feb. 25 and, of course, we had another one this past weekend. That makes … 0

Potee, a leader in fight against opioid addiction, named doctor of the year

Friday, February 27, 2015

Dr. Ruth Potee of Northfield, a leader in the fight against heroin addiction in Franklin County, has been honored by her peers as the Franklin District Medical Society’s 2015 Community Clinician of the Year. The honor recognizes her … 0

Letter: I’d welcome lampreys

Sunday, March 1, 2015

It would be wonderful if, as Dick Starkey suggests in his letter of Feb 19, by installing fish ladders at the Green River dams we could bring lampreys and other native species back to the Green River. I believe it would be the humans checking out the lampreys, … 0

Northfield Senior Center brings in experts on aging

Sunday, March 1, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Local seniors can learn safe driving from a former military driving instructor, find out how to adapt their home to keep out of assisted living facilities, and learn what their in-home-care options are in a Senior Center symposium series. The Northfield Senior Center offers different topics … 0

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 … 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 … 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 … 0