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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 18 snowfalls she has counted herself. But Farrah, who lives in Easthampton now, said she has been in contact with a couple … 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 professionalism and contributions as a physician. The award was established in 1998 by the Massachusetts … 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, though, and not the other way around; they are just too fascinating to watch and … 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

Students, inmates working on Northfield meeting room

Thursday, January 8, 2015

NORTHFIELD — What do inmates and trade school students have in common? They’re helping Northfield taxpayers save tens of thousands of dollars renovating a new meeting room for town boards and committees. A work-release crew from the Franklin … 0

Northfield loses flower shop as Fairview Gardens shuts down

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Locals looking for Valentine’s Day roses next month will have to go out of town. After more than 50 years of providing flowers for area events and vegetable starts for local growers, Fairview Gardens is closing … 2

Neighbors: Look ahead to a great year

Monday, January 5, 2015

Hello neighbor. Hope you all had a wonderful New Year. Now it’s time to look ahead. According to our precipitation prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy, we’re supposed to see 23 snowfalls this winter — remember, you only have to track a cat for one to be counted. Even so, that … 0

Injured student reaches settlement with Pioneer

Friday, January 2, 2015

NORTHFIELD — The family of a local teenager has won a $50,000 settlement from Pioneer Valley Regional School District nearly four years after their son was injured during a middle school baseball practice. John Orcutt, 17, was struck … 0

Northfield’s oldest resident presented Boston Post cane

Friday, January 2, 2015

NORTHFIELD — The town’s oldest resident, Robert Brassor, was presented with the ceremonial Boston Post cane Friday. Brassor, 99, was born and raised in Northfield. On Friday, his friends and family gathered in his Winchester Road home, where … 1

Letter: Decommissioning issues

Friday, January 2, 2015

My hat is off to the owners and employees of Vermont Yankee, who have succeeded in generating a truly immense quantity of electrical energy over the past four decades with no life-threatening accidents. I have always had reservations about nuclear power, though, since it is the only peacetime … 0