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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

Sunderland town meeting backs lower Frontier budget

Friday, April 24, 2015

SUNDERLAND — Sunderland has become the first of the Frontier Regional School district towns to approve Superintendent Martha Barrett’s original, no-increase budget for next year. The townspeople’s vote was a stand against the regional School Committee’s decision in March to restore funding for six positions that would have been cut under the original budget. That would have increased the bottom line by 2.05 … 0

Towns united against Frontier budget hike

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

DEERFIELD — The Frontier Regional School Committee has a revolt on its hands over its 11th-hour decision to restore about $200,000 for six positions in next year’s school budget. Town officials in all four towns that make up the district have taken a stand against the decision and plan to recommend the administration’s original budget for the regional high school at their town … 0

Sunderland town admin. accepts Rutland job

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

SUNDERLAND — Sunderland will soon be in the market for a new town administrator. Margaret Z. Nartowicz, the town’s current administrator, has accepted a new job as Rutland’s first town administrator. Nartowicz submitted her letter of resignation to the Board of Selectmen during its meeting Tuesday night, which … 0

Sunderland Town Meeting to weigh pipeline resolution Friday

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

SUNDERLAND — As dozens of other towns have done since last spring, Sunderland voters will be asked to adopt a resolution opposing the proposed Tennessee Gas Co. natural gas pipeline. Though Sunderland is not among the towns on the project’s expected route from Wright, N.Y., to Dracut, many … 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 … 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

Sunderland Public Library to host end-of-life discussions

Monday, April 13, 2015

SUNDERLAND — When you lose a loved one, you not only have to deal with the grief and loss but you have to navigate the complex issues of end-of-life care, including what type of funeral to hold and how to assume ownership of a spouse’s belongings. On Saturday … 0

Frontier, elementary school committees approve early release schedule

Friday, April 10, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Students in the Frontier Regional and Union 38 School District will be going home a bit earlier on Fridays next year. The regional and elementary school committees approved an early release schedule at a joint meeting Thursday night that would provide more time for professional … 0

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

Sunderland ZBA continues Sugarbush hearing again

Thursday, April 9, 2015

SUNDERLAND — Sunderland’s Zoning Board has again continued a site plan review hearing for modifications to a proposed 150-apartment Sugarbush Meadows complex to give its lawyer more time to review objections from the developers lawyer to the conditions … 0