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Used with permission/Historic Railroad Scenes 2015 Calendar Franklin County
This is train No. 55 at 10:41 a.m., and the woman is signalling the engineer that she wants the train to stop. The pickup truck is probably awaiting mail, or a few late edition Boston newspapers, that would be tossed off at speed if there were no passengers to board or disembark.

Neighbors: Local 2015 calendars offer variety

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Hello, neighbor. It’s that time of year — 2015 calendars are here and it’s time for you to decide what you’d like hanging on your wall for 12 months. If you are interested in local history, trains or both, then the Historic Railroad Scenes of Franklin County calendar is for you. Local historians Peter Miller and Alden Dreyer of Shelburne … 0

Northfield absentee ballots available

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

NORTHFIELD — Absentee ballots for the Nov. 4 state election are available from the town clerk’s office. Ballots must be returned by noon Nov. 3 to be counted for the election. To qualify to vote absentee, you must have a disability or religious reason that prevents you from getting to the polls, or be out of town during polling hours. Polls will be … 0

Warm the Children helps Northfield family

Friday, October 17, 2014

NORTHFIELD — New clothes are not a luxury that Northfield resident Lucinda Jordan is used to receiving. As an unemployed single mother of two young girls, Jordan, 27, is more accustomed to making what she does have last, instead directing her limited funds toward paying her bills and feeding her daughters, Jazilyn, 7, … 0

Braving the Limelight: Franklin County Fair's Got Talent

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Jan Morris of Northfield says she has always considered her talent to be writing and singing parodies. She tried several times to get her one-woman act off the ground, but her dreams always fell through because she found … 0

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 … 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, … 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. … 0

Northfield officials oppose gas pipeline

Thursday, August 28, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The town has joined the growing list of communities that officially oppose the proposed natural gas pipeline through Franklin County. The Selectboard approved a resolution against the Tennessee Gas Pipeline expansion at its Tuesday meeting. The pipeline is proposed to cross nine Franklin County towns on … 0

Neighbors: Local teens attend two-week craft program

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Hello, neighbors. Two of our younger neighbors participated in a two-week craft program in Williamsburg this year and, I’m told, had a lot of fun doing so. Fourteen-year-old James Simpson and 15-year-old Henry Walker-West, both of Shelburne Falls, spent two weeks at Snow Farm Summer, a program of … 0

Schell Bridge replacement gets one step closer

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

NORTHFIELD — After the Schell Memorial Bridge is torn down and replaced, the town won’t have any obligation to maintain it. The state Department of Conservation and Recreation has announced that it plans to take ownership of the … 1

Fall YMCA registration begins

Monday, August 25, 2014

GREENFIELD —Registration is now taking place for the September/October session of YMCA classes and programs. The Y has programs for children as young as six months (parent/child swim/gym classes) to adults in their nineties (chair fitness, balance & stretch, water fitness). Most of the classes run in eight … 0

Northfield Kiwanis clambake Saturday

Monday, August 25, 2014

NORTHFIELD — The local Kiwanis Club will celebrate the end of summer with an old-fashioned New England clambake Saturday. The festivities start at 1 p.m. at Kiwanis Park on School Street, with piping hot lobsters, clams, and a slew of sides served at 3 p.m. Those who don’t … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy the beautiful weather

Monday, August 25, 2014

Hello neighbor. Looks like it’s going to be a beautiful week. Temperatures are supposed to be in the mid 70s and 80s, with maybe a little rain mid-week. Get out there and see Franklin County. Can you believe fall is just around the corner? I’m sorry this column … 0