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Neighbors: Falling into Franklin County Fair season

Monday, September 1, 2014

Hello neighbor. This weekend was the unofficial start to fall and we all know what that means. Yes, the days are getting shorter and soon temperatures will begin to drop — I’m not even going to mention the white stuff, yet. But fall also means the Franklin County Fair, lots of fun festivals, crispy apples and hot cider with cinnamon and a welcomed change in the color palette of our … 0

Kiwanis clambake closes out summer

Sunday, August 31, 2014

NORTHFIELD — Good old-fashioned clambakes are a New England summertime tradition and Northfield resident Ray Zukowski knows all the tricks to do it right. Zukowski, a former Montague Police chief who has taken part in hundreds of clambakes, put his seafood-steaming skills to good use Saturday as the Northfield Kiwanis Club’s master clam-baker … 0

Learning naturally: Nature programs take the classroom outside

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

As he crested a densely wooded, moss-covered hill in the middle of Conway’s pine forest, Edwin Anderson, 13, of Greenfield yelled, “Wow, come and look at this!” At his call, a half-dozen other kids scrambled up the hill. Some dropped to their knees as they examined a huge brown mushroom protruding from the … 0

Multi-level partnership could include 1,600 acres in Northfield

Monday, July 21, 2014

NORTHFIELD — Local, state and national agencies are teaming up to protect 1,600 acres of local forestland. This spring, the nationwide nonprofit Trust for Public Land inked a purchase agreement with the Northfield Mount Hermon School, which owns the large, hilly forest in the northeast corner of the … 0

Neighbors: Head to the North Quabbin for some summer fun

Monday, July 21, 2014

Hello neighbor. I was really excited to read last week that the North Quabbin will be getting some help from the state to boost tourism. It’s such a beautiful area — and you all know how much I love the Quabbin Reservoir. There are other attractions in that … 0

Northfield Road race breezes through library

Friday, July 18, 2014

NORTHFIELD — Nearly four dozen people ran full-tilt up the steps and into Dickinson Memorial Library right around closing time. They weren’t trying to beat late fees on overdue books — in fact, they didn’t even stop at … 1

Neighbors: Local writers publish book of short memoirs

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Hello neighbor. A wonderful group of local writers has published another book. “Days and Moments, Moments and Days,” by Well Done Writers, is now available at World Eye Bookshop in Greenfield and Boswell’s Books in Shelburne Falls. Our neighbor Janet Keyes, who happens to be one of the … 0

Northfield appoints members to administrator screening committee

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The town is slowly working its way toward hiring a new town administrator. The Selectboard appointed five members to a Town Administrator Screening Committee Tuesday, contingent on appointees’ acceptance of the task. Tentative appointees are Finance Committee chairwoman Lois Stearns, former interim Town Administrator Robert Markel, … 0

Letter: Suboxone’s use

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Addicts don’t use suboxone to get high, but to lessen the symptoms of withdrawal and to reduce cravings by binding with the opiate receptor sites on cell walls. Whereas a schizophrenic is controlled by voices, an addict is controlled by craving. Suboxone increases the likelihood of remaining clean … 0

Northfield master plan ready for action

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The town is looking for a wide range of residents to help make the newly minted master plan a reality. “We’re putting out the plea for people who want to serve on the Master Plan Implementation Committee,” said Selectboard Chairman John “Jack” Spanbauer. Zoning bylaws will … 0

Northfield, Paicos perturbed at pipeline proponents’ procrastination

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The town is losing its patience with the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. after numerous attempts to schedule a community forum with the company have gone unanswered. “I’ve made three calls to Kinder Morgan’s community outreach person, and not a single one has been returned,” said interim … 0

PVRS revenue up; budget still unresolved

Monday, July 14, 2014

NORTHFIELD — Pioneer Valley Regional School District towns will get a slight reduction in their requested shares of the school budget due to a bump in district revenue. The state budget signed by the governor includes an increase of $87,683 to the $418,142 expected in transportation reimbursement to … 0

Neighbors: Where’s your favorite spot in Franklin County?

Monday, July 14, 2014

Hello neighbor. If you haven’t been to Shelburne Falls in a while, why not make plans now to be there on Saturday for the Shelburne Falls Art Walk from 4 to 8 p.m.? Just follow the decorated shoes throughout the village to find a variety of art, including … 0