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Three vie for Sunderland administrator job

Thursday, July 30, 2015

SUNDERLAND — Collaboration and communication topped the list of skills that the three candidates for Sunderland’s vacant Town Administrator position said were most important in carrying out the tasks and responsibilities of the town’s top managerial role. The three candidates, Michele Giarusso, a former selectman and current finance committee member in Leyden with experience in the healthcare industry, Andrew Golas, the executive assistant to Palmer’s Town Manager, and Sherry Patch, … 0

Neighbors: Don’t leave children or pets in vehicles

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Hello neighbor. Today I want to talk to you good folks about leaving children and pets in vehicles this summer. Please don’t! Leaving them in a hot vehicle could be deadly. If you are out and about with your child — brining him or her to day care, for instance — and it’s … 0

WiredWest awaits state approval of business plan

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) has not yet evaluated WiredWest’s business plan but is preparing to, according to MBI Director Eric Nakajima. The issue came up last week in Colrain, when selectmen and Crocker Communications sales director Bill Stathis discussed whether WiredWest’s minimum broadband service fee, $49 per month, would be enough to meet the costs of the municipal broadband cooperative’s last-mile fiber-optic … 1

South County Notebook

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Opportunities to submit comments on pipeline DEERFIELD — Deerfield residents who want to make their concerns about Kinder Morgan’s proposed Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline project will have until August 31 to submit them to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. FERC is currently going through a scoping … 0

Neighbors: Visit your local farmers market

Monday, July 27, 2015

Hello neighbor. Farmers markets are going strong throughout the county this summer. I’m not going to mention any in particular, because most of you know where they are, especially if you’ve got one in your town. What I want to talk about today is why you should visit … 0

Bridgeside Grill fire closes Rt. 116

Sunday, July 26, 2015

SUNDERLAND — A fire at the Bridgeside Grill briefly closed Route 116 Saturday night but did less damage than it could have. Fire Chief Robert Ahearn said an employee was closing up for the night when she noticed something wrong around 9:30 p.m. “As she was walking out … 0

Man faces charges after allegedly driving into Sunderland cornfield

Friday, July 24, 2015

SUNDERLAND — A Bolton man is facing charges after police say he drunkenly drove his SUV into a cornfield Thursday night, causing hundreds of dollars of damage. Officer John Brodeur said police received a call around 10:30 p.m. reporting a motor vehicle had driven off the road and … 0

Fire marshal: Check carbon monoxide alarms

Friday, July 24, 2015

Pointing to the deaths of four young Massachusetts residents in a Maine cabin over the weekend, the state Fire Marshal’s Office told residents their carbon monoxide alarms may be running out of time. “A similar tragedy led to a law here in Massachusetts that requires CO alarms in … 0

Town Meetings, Week of July 27

Friday, July 24, 2015

Ashfield Parks Commission: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Planning Board: Monday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Website Policy Committee: Tuesday 10 a.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Board of Selectmen: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Charlemont Board of Assessors: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Board … 0

Utilities: Electric rates to drop, but root cause of spikes remains

Thursday, July 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — After a winter that saw major increases in electric bills across the region, rates have dropped back to more normal warm-weather levels. While those big fluctuations showed up in monthly electric bills, retailers like Eversource Energy … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy Famous Bill’s lobster pie recipe

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Hello neighbor. Many of you — especially those who grew up in the area like I did — remember Famous Bill’s Restaurant on Federal Street — and you probably also remember its lobster pie. Well, one of our neighbors was going through her mother’s things (her mom was … 0

South County towns eye police service regionalization

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

DEERFIELD — With the help of a state-funded local technical assistance grant, Deerfield, Sunderland and Whately plan to explore ways to enhance cooperation between their police departments, improve services, and possibly save money. The towns will use $3,000 of a $200,000 grant awarded to the Franklin Regional Council … 0

FRTA proposes Montague-Greenfield line cut

Monday, July 20, 2015

MONTAGUE — Riders on the Route 22 bus line between Montague and Greenfield may see changes as early as this fall if a proposal by the Franklin Regional Transit Authority to discontinue the line and combine it with the Route 32 line between Orange and Greenfield is put … 0