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Northfield 6th-graders get together for a group shot with state Senator Stanley Rosenberg and Rep. Paul Mark in the Statehouse Senate chamber in Boston Tuesday.
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Northfield’s flag flies at Statehouse

Sunday, April 20, 2014

NORTHFIELD — Local sixthgraders travelled to the Statehouse to see their town’s new flag unfurled. The annual field trip to Boston took on a special meaning, as the Northfield flag was inducted into the state’s Hall of Flags Tuesday. The flag has its roots in a similar trip. “In 2009, the sixth-grade class visited the Statehouse and they noticed there … 0

Pioneer cuts $225,000 from proposed budget

Friday, April 18, 2014

BERNARDSTON — The Pioneer Valley Regional School Committee has lowered its proposed budget by nearly a quarter of a million dollars. The district was able to reduce costs by cutting three teachers. The district will be able to avoid layoffs or firings, because the employees are either leaving the district or not returning from leaves of absence, according to Superintendent Dayle Doiron. Now … 0

Neighbors: Easter community meal open to all

Thursday, April 17, 2014

First, I’d just like to wish everyone a happy Easter, happy Passover or happy spring, whichever you prefer. Then, I’d like to get right to telling you about some upcoming events, because there are plenty. EVERYONE IS WELCOME to a free Easter ham dinner community meal at the Greenfield Alliance Church, 385 Chapman … 0

Neighbors: Who has the recipe for a friendship bread starter?

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Every now and then I get a request from one or more of you. This time, it’s our neighbor Helen Ellis of Greenfield, who is looking for a recipe for the “starter” of a 30-day or friendship cake. She said she believes a can of fruit … 0

‘No idea who they’re dealing with’

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

HATFIELD — The controversy over hydrofracking of shale gas came home to western Massachusetts Wednesday night, with a meeting hosted by Climate Action Now of Western Mass. to organize against the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline. “These people have no idea who they’re dealing with,” said meeting organizer Susan … 1

Officials seek answers

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Even as environmental groups begin weighing in on plans for a Tennessee Gas Pipeline planned through Franklin and Berkshire counties, regional planners and state legislators are seeking answers about the process for siting a 179-mile conduit between Wright, N.Y., and Dracut, just north of Lowell. Officials in nine … 0

Northfield selectman incumbent to face challenger

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

NORTHFIELD — Northfield voters will see a race for Selectboard at the May 6 annual town election. Incumbent Dan Gray will be challenged by former Administrative Assistant Tracy Rogers. Gray, a local farmer and owner of A-1 Enterprises … 0

Neighbors: Support local Relay for Life teams and possibly help a neighbor at the same time

Monday, March 3, 2014

Hello neighbor. It’s that time of year again, folks. Relay for Life teams are gearing up for the upcoming fundraising season for the American Cancer Society. Statistics show that most of us, if not all, are or will … 0

Northfield symposium to help recent, soon-to-be retirees plan for future

Sunday, March 2, 2014

NORTHFIELD — If you’re about to retire, or just have, you may be wondering what you’re going to do with yourself. The Second Stage Symposium at the Northfield Senior Center can help you plan for your future — from sports and social activities to estate planning and health … 0

Neighbors: St. Patrick’s Day performance promises to be action-packed and colorful

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Hello neighbor. St. Patrick’s Day is quickly approaching and I’m told Celtic Heels Irish Dance Co. is gearing up for its annual holiday production at Shea Theatre in Turners Falls. The action-packed performance will include more than 50 … 0

Northfield farmer honored for 25 years of service to town

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

NORTHFIELD — A local farmer has been honored for a quarter-century of service to the town. William Llewelyn was given the 2013 Northfield Citizen Stewardship Award Tuesday. Llewelyn is chairman of both the Conservation Commission and the Agricultural Commission, the latter of which he helped found in 2005. … 0

Pioneer: How do you categorize repair costs?

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

NORTHFIELD — What kind of repairs should tenants be responsible for, and what should be taken care of by landlords? That’s what the Pioneer Valley Regional School District and its four member towns are trying to determine. Bernardston, … 0

Letter: Get on the bus

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Many of us at a recent Transportation Justice meeting in Turners Falls shared the feeling that riding the bus has been stigmatized in Franklin County. Somehow, the fact we use the bus puts us in different class. In fact, there are many famous people, even royalty that ride … 0