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Neighbors: Neighbors step up to help longtime disc jockey

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Hello neighbor. There are more fundraisers ahead for longtime disc jockey Ryan Interlande, who needs a heart transplant, so you still have time to help him with his medical expenses. The 39-year-old Montague native, who has been providing many of our parties and events music for more than 20 years, was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy and heart failure in 2010 and in early December started to decline into a “very … 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 resisting arrest, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, negligent operation of a motor … 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 made their feelings known, the board wants to get a better consensus of the town’s … 1

High-speed chase ends safely on Northfield’s Main St.

Friday, January 16, 2015

NORTHFIELD — A high-speed chase on Main Street ended in an arrest after police flattened a pickup’s tires with spike strips Friday afternoon. Michelle Christian, 44, of Winchester, N.H., was arrested on charges of drunken driving as a third offense, failing to stop for police, negligent driving, driving … 0

Northfield police: Drunken driving stop leads to pot arrest

Friday, January 16, 2015

NORTHFIELD — A local man faces drug dealing charges after police pulled him over on suspicion of drunken driving on Friday. Ollis Conley, 28, of 21 Old Bernardston Road, was arrested on charges of drunken driving as a … 0

Franklin County Technical School teachers protest ‘hasty’ superintendent hiring

Thursday, January 15, 2015

MONTAGUE — Franklin County Technical School teachers stood up at this week’s School Committee meeting to protest the abrupt selection of a superintendent last month, focusing on the process rather than the pick. Five leaders of the Franklin County Technical Teachers Association union took their complaint to the … 0

Neighbors: Celebrate MLK Day by doing service

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Hello neighbor. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which we will celebrate on Monday, is not about having a day off, but instead about doing service for your neighbors and community. “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’” King said. The civil rights … 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