‘One of Greenfield’s libraries’: Franklin County remembers public servant William B. Allen

Monday, October 5, 2015

GREENFIELD — Longtime public servant William B. Allen died Saturday, and town officials and leaders say his passing is a big loss to the town, because he was one of the most dedicated and knowledgeable public servants they’ve ever known. “I look at Bill’s passing like one of Greenfield’s libraries just burned down,” said Scott Conti, chairman of the Board of Licensing Commissioners, which Allen chaired for many years after he retired. “He had such deep knowledge of the infrastructure of the town. Any time you run water, or flush a toilet or drive on a road, Bill had a piece of that.” Town officials … 0

Neighbors: Have fun at Celebrate the harvest Festival in Orange

Monday, October 5, 2015

Hello neighbor. If you’d like to celebrate fall — this wonderful time of year — head over to Orange on Sunday, where at 9 a.m. the Celebrate the Harvest Festival begins at the airport. There will be a car show, craft fair (you can start that holiday shopping), food vendors and a parade down East River Street at 1 p.m. The parade’s theme … 0

Letter: Light up the sign

Monday, October 5, 2015

Re.: Recent Factory Hollow crashes. Maybe the large green overhead sign on Route 2 should be illuminated after dark and in bad weather (e.g., fog, rain, etc.). BILL KILPATRICK Northfield … 0

For Northfield’s Nick Fleck, poetry is all about emotion

Sunday, August 23, 2015

NORTHFIELD — With over 50 years of poetry studies under his belt, Northfield resident Nick Fleck never thought his writing — stemming from a lifelong passion — would land in the hands of a publisher. Within the 90-page … 0

Weekly Town Meetings

Friday, August 21, 2015

Ashfield Selectboard: Monday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Technology/Finance Committee/Selectboard: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Parks Commission: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Conservation Commission: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Planning Board: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Veterans Agent: Monday 9 a.m. in Town … 0

Neighbors: Remember the power your words have and use them wisely

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Hello neighbor. I have lots to tell you about today. Before I go into what’s happening in the county, I’d like to tell you about an unsigned note I received from one of you fine folks, and then … 0

‘Smart switches’ cut down on power outages

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

GREENFIELD — Eversource Energy has recently finished installing 40 “smart switches” in 17 western Massachusetts towns, including seven in Franklin County, which the company says will help increase reliability across its grid. Eversource spokeswoman Priscilla Ress said the … 0

River boat pirates set sail

Sunday, August 16, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Ahoy, mates! Pirates took over the Connecticut River Saturday morning. At 11 and 11:50 a.m., families boarded the 44-seat Quinnetukut II Riverboat for a 40-minute pirate-themed journey sponsored by the Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center. … 0

Northfield history revealed under site of old gas station

Sunday, August 16, 2015

NORTHFIELD — A historic hitching post and a piece of a wooden frame were revealed at the site of an old Northfield gas station on lower Main Street during a recent archaeological dig. Joe Graveline, Northfield Historical Commission … 0

Northfield health board issues cease and desist order for pipeline activities

Thursday, August 13, 2015

NORTHFIELD — The Board of Health passed a motion to adopt a cease-and-desist order, similar to Deerfield’s action, prohibiting all activities related to the proposed Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. from continuing in town. Board member Tom Walker abstained from voting, while Dan Gray and Flora Sadri voted in … 0

Neighbors: Our neighbors are in our thoughts

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Hello neighbor. I told you a nice story the other day about a neighbor who was admitted to Baystate Franklin Medical Center with a respiratory infection, who ended up being diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. I’m sorry to … 0

Texas rupture stirs up local gas pipeline conversation

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

NORTHFIELD — It seems that residents against the pipeline have taken a leave of absence from Selectboard meetings. The past few public meetings haven’t had any public commenters, but Gulf Road resident Bill Kilpatrick has yet to lose hope. He expressed, once again, that the Selectboard should continue … 0

Certain wildlife species could benefit from pipeline, while others suffer

Monday, August 10, 2015

NORTHFIELD — The Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct project, in some cases, may benefit certain species but could cause significant harm to others. Scott Jackson, associate professor of wetlands and wildlife conservation at the University … 4