Modular administrative buildings at Pioneer Valley Regional School. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

Mold forces move for Pioneer admin. offices

Thursday, November 26, 2015

NORTHFIELD — In January the employees in Pioneer Valley Regional School District’s central office will move to a downtown Northfield space under an 18-month lease due to a significant amount of mold found in the basement during an air-quality study. “My employees have been going to the doctors and have been sick,” Superintendent Ruth Miller said. “I thought we needed … 0

Actress Susan Sarandon supports work of local land conservation and energy organizations

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Earlier this week, activist and actress Susan Sarandon released a statement opposing the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s Co.’s Northeast Energy Direct project to transport gas through eight Franklin County towns on its way from Pennsylvania to Dracut, north of Lowell. Leigh Youngblood, executive director of Mount Grace Land Trust, said in … 0

Neighbors: Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving

Monday, November 23, 2015

Hello neighbor. As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, I’m hearing from friends and relatives who are stressed because so many of their guests have limited diets at this point — we all know someone who eats gluten-free, is a vegan or vegetarian, is lactose intolerant, or has some other dietary restriction. That’s OK! I think the best way to approach the holiday, which, by the … 0

Neighbors: Montague’s K-9 Artie needs a new ride

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Hello neighbor. K-9 Artie, whose real name is Arthur, and his partner, Montague police officer James Ruddock, need a new ride and they’re asking us to help. Montague Police Department will hold a tailgate party to raise money for a new cruiser that will accommodate a four-legged officer. … 0

Northfield church holds clothing sale Saturday

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Trinitarian Congregational Church is holding an extensive used clothing sale this Saturday as a fundraiser Everything sells for $5 or less. To donate, bring your quality clothing to the Trinitarian Congregational Church, 147 Main St. through today from 9 a.m. to noon. Evening drop-off is available … 0

Talk on health effects of natural gas compressor stations Oct. 25

Monday, October 12, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Northfield Pipeline Awareness will present a talk on the health effects of gas pipeline compressor stations on Oct. 25 with Dr. Curtis Nordgaard. The event will take place at the Northfield Trinitarian Congregational Church at 147 Main Street at 3 p.m. Dr. Curtis Nordgaard is a … 0

Neighbors: Neighbor receives award for military service

Monday, October 12, 2015

Hello neighbor. Congratulations to our neighbor Tom Williams of Shelburne, who recently received the National Guard Legion of Merit award for outstanding service. Tom served in the military for 42 years. It took more than a year for … 0

Northfield protesters add second weekly pipeline vigil

Sunday, October 11, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Everybody knows in 1492 Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue. When the European explorer discovered the New World, he found that indigenous people had already claimed some of the land as their home. His poor treatment … 1

Northfield library holds annual dog show Oct. 17

Friday, October 9, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Is your dog dainty, obedient or vocal? Consider taking a trip to the Dickinson Memorial Library on Oct. 17 at 1 p.m. with your furry four-pawed friend to show off those special K9 skills at the … 0

On the high wire: Major utility line project underway in the region

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Even as work crews begin wrapping up a 2.8-mile stretch of an Eversource transmission line in Greenfield, Montague and Deerfield, replacing lattice poles with double-circuit monopoles, the utility has begun other major line work around the region and … 0

E. Northfield Water Co. may have buyer

Thursday, October 8, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Valley Water Systems — a privately owned Plainville, Conn., water utility — has expressed interest in purchasing Northfield Mount Hermon School’s water company, located near its former Northfield campus. When the school closed its 217-acre Northfield campus in 2004 and consolidated all of its operations to … 1

Neighbors: Lots going on in the county, so enjoy!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Hello neighbor. There is way too much to tell you about today, so I’m just going to get right to it. Have a great weekend and enjoy the vibrant fall colors, because they’ll be gone sooner than you think. I will check in next week with Franklin County’s … 0

86 drug treatment beds coming to North Quabbin in Petersham

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

PETERSHAM — Athol Hospital’s parent company has bought land in Petersham and plans to open a 86-bed addiction and mental health treatment facility there as early as this summer. The number and type of treatment slots would be a significant addition to the treatment landscape near Franklin County, … 0