Northfield

Neighbors: Celebration of birthdays dates back thousands of years

Monday, April 27, 2015

Hello neighbor. Well, I am another year older today. Birthdays have been celebrated for thousands of years, and it seems people are still arguing about the origin of the tradition. I did a little research and found a few interesting facts. It seems scholars have found reference of a pharaoh’s birthday in the Bible around 3,000 B.C.E., but some argue that it’s actually referencing the pharaoh’s coronation date, since that … 0

Northfield Coffee and Books closing

Monday, April 27, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Come Friday, there will be one less place in town to relax and enjoy a cup of coffee. Northfield Coffee and Books is set to close Thursday, ending its five-year chapter. Owner David Pontius said business just isn’t good enough to keep his doors open. “I gave it my best,” he … 0

Could Comcast close the broadband gap? State to seek grants to reduce number of under-served towns

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The good news for Massachusetts Broadband Institute’s 11 under-served towns — seven of them in Franklin County — is that the state agency plans to solicit grant proposals from Comcast and other service providers to build out broadband fiber capacity by the end of June, and it’s been told that Comcast “is prepared to move very rapidly” on building out cable capacity in … 0

Rabies clinic Sunday

Monday, March 16, 2015

BERNARDSTON — You and your pets can skip a trip to the V-E-T with a regional rabies clinic this weekend. From 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, area residents can have their dogs and cats vaccinated against the deadly disease at the Bernardston police station, 256 South St. Dog … 0

Neighbors: Father and daughter recovering nicely after kidney transplant

Monday, March 16, 2015

Hello neighbor. Our neighbor Tim Ollari is doing well after receiving a kidney from his daughter Stephanie last Thursday. Stephanie says Tim looks like a new person — full of life again. She, on the other hand, had … 0

Franklin County Tech principal picked

Sunday, March 15, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Shawn Rickan of Phillipston is to take over for Franklin County Technical School Principal and Assistant Superintendent Richard Martin when Martin moves into the superintendent’s office in July. Now a high school principal in Baldwinville, Rickan earlier worked in Orange for five years and is … 0

‘Fiber Towns’ to residents: Prove you want broadband

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The WiredWest high-speed Internet collaborative has started signing up residents of 32 member towns for “Last-Mile” fiber-optic broadband. This is the first step for “fiber towns” to become part of the collaborative’s fiber-optic network. If 40 percent of a fiber town’s households sign up, it shows there is … 0

Letter: Combined sources?

Friday, March 13, 2015

I noticed that every single article in your Friday, March 6 issue had either an author’s name or a news agency’s name attached to it — except the one on page C1 titled “Utilities join pipeline effort.” This article, attributed to “Combined Sources,” glowingly informed us that Kinder … 2

Old farm, new family

Friday, March 13, 2015

NORTHFIELD — A Northfield family is breathing new life into an old farm. Benjamin and Laura Wells-Tolley spent the last year getting the old A.C. Parker dairy farm ready to resume its life as South Wind Dairy. “We’ve … 0

Neighbors: Recorder reporter to share his photography

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’d like to put a plug in for one of my colleagues. Shelburne Grange is hosting a photography presentation by Recorder reporter David Rainville on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Fellowship Hall, 17 Little Mohawk Road in Shelburne Center. The event is free and open to … 0

Tech School budget takes transportation hit

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School Committee has approved a $10,159,000 budget, unchanged from this year but with a 5 percent increase in the sum requested from the district’s 19 member towns. The final budget is down $52,000 from the $10,211,000 preliminary budget approved last month. … 0

Northfield trims capital request list

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Town officials figure Northfield will have enough money for half of the 26 capital requests for the May annual town meeting. The board received the $1.17 million in requests last week, and members met Monday to go over their priorities and reach a consensus. Town Adminis-trator … 0

Neighbors: Time for spring activities

Monday, March 9, 2015

Hello neighbor. Well folks, we’re finally getting a glimpse of spring and I, for one, am loving it. Temperatures are supposed to be in the 40s all of this week — almost reaching 50 on Wednesday — and it looks like the sun is going to shine most … 0