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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

Hilltown officials puzzle over broadband costs

Thursday, April 23, 2015

ASHFIELD — According to the Massachusetts Broadband Institute, the towns without high-speed Internet have at least through June 2016 to apply for their share of a $40 million pool of state money to extend Internet service — and they don’t have to be part of the WiredWest collaborative if they have another grant-qualifying project for high-speed build-out. But how the $40 million is … 0

Neighbors: French musical at Arts Block

Monday, April 20, 2015

Hello neighbor. If you’re looking for something fun to do next weekend, or the following one, head to the Arts Block on Main Street in Greenfield for the French musical, “Irma la Douce,” which will be performed by Arena Civic Theatre on Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. “Irma la Douce” is a 1956 lively comedy-musical written by Marguerite Monnor … 0

Mohawk towns wrangle over free preschool proposal

Sunday, April 19, 2015

ASHFIELD — West County towns are debating whether to offer “free” preschool next year — paid for through tax dollars rather than by parents of individual preschoolers, whose children don’t qualify for free preschool services for special needs. Unlike other Mohawk Trail Regional School District elementary schools, Sanderson … 0

Tech students capture honors in statewide competition

Thursday, April 16, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Nine Franklin County Technical School students finished first in competitions at the annual Business Professionals of America State Leadership Conference. Twenty-six students from FCTS competed against 350 students in about 20 events March 7 through 9 in Framingham and Upton. Emmett Boyd of Northfield, Kyle … 0

Making the switch

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

BOSTON — Amid pressure from legislators and upset consumers, state utility regulators have eliminated a 15-year-old rule that required electricity suppliers to recalculate the bills of customers when they switch from their basic service to a competitor. The practice has cost customers, dozens of whom are from western … 0

Neighbors: Paint and Sip awakens my inner artist

Monday, April 13, 2015

Hello neighbor. A group of friends and family gathering together to paint on canvas, while sipping their favorite beverages, has become a national trend. In this area, two of the companies that provide such entertainment — at least … 1

Tech School seeks OK to borrow $2.45M

Thursday, April 9, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School District will ask the residents of its 19 member towns to go to the polls at a special districtwide election June 23 to approve what they expect to be $2.45 … 0

Neighbors: Time to be recognized

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’m glad to be back, though I couldn’t believe what I saw when I stepped out of my apartment Thursday morning. I thought the days of that white stuff were done — and what little is … 0

Mohawk warned to meet accreditation standards

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

BUCKLAND — The New England Association of Schools and Colleges Inc. (NEASC) has given Mohawk Trail Regional High School until Dec. 15 to write a “Special Progress Report” that puts into place four changes that would take Mohawk off of a “warning status” concerning criteria for student learning … 1

Mohawk school board meeting postponed

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

ASHFIELD — The Mohawk Trail Regional School District Committee meeting scheduled for Wednesday at Sanderson Academy was postponed to April 15, in anticipation of sleet and freezing rain. The April 15 meeting will be held at Sanderson, beginning at 7 p.m. … 0

Where the funding meets the road

Monday, April 6, 2015

With a six-year, $478 billion federal transportation bill released recently to help close an estimated $1 trillion gap in the nation’s highway and bridge infrastructure and improve rail and public transit, a Franklin County group is scheduling an informational meeting as part of a “Stand Up for Transportation … 2

Wipers on, lights on

Monday, April 6, 2015

GREENFIELD — Today’s forecasted rain showers could put a new law to the test. Starting today, state law requires drivers to turn on their headlights whenever they need to use their windshield wipers, and whenever visibility is less than 500 feet. Previously, headlight use had been required from … 1