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Heather Lonergan of Turnes Falls and her collection of toothbrushes from Franklin County Technical School for Lonergan's next dental aid trip to Ghana. Recorder/Paul Franz

Tech School toothbrushes to help spread smiles in Ghana. Turners woman returns for sixth dental aid trip

Friday, February 27, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Dental hygienist Heather Lonergan has made a habit of spending her vacations spreading dental health in Ghana, and this year she will go armed with toothbrushes collected by the students and staff of Franklin County Technical School. Lonergan said she usually brings 1,200 toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes and dental floss. A drive at the Tech School, where Lonergan’s … 0

Neighbors: Nominate the next Peacemaker Award recipients

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Hello neighbor. The Interfaith Council of Franklin County and Traprock Center for Peace and Justice are looking for nominations from throughout the county of teens who are contributing to peace and justice in the world. Having lived in the county almost all of my life, I know there are plenty of nominees out there, so if you know of a young person who … 0

Three vie for police officer job in Sunderland

Sunday, February 22, 2015

SUNDERLAND — The three finalists for a full-time position with Sunderland’s Police Department each made their cases before the Board of Selectmen recently, and the final decision regarding who will become the town’s newest officer now rests with Chief Jeffrey Gilbert. For all three candidates, promoting trust between police officers and civilians was a common theme. Joel Kupeyan The first candidate, Joel Kupeyan … 0

Canada goose finds Sunderland accommodations to its liking

Sunday, February 22, 2015

SUNDERLAND — A goose showed up on Sharon Wysk’s doorstep Sunday afternoon and stayed, apparently comfortable, healthy, and interested in going indoors. At 4 p.m., a Canada goose stood on one foot inside Wysk’s garage, waiting patiently on … 0

Local outdoors enthusiasts float Olympic idea

Friday, February 20, 2015

Will the whitewater slaloms of the 2024 Olympics take place on the Deerfield River? That’s the hope of local outdoor enthusiasts, and of Congressman Richard Neal, who is pushing for “regional equity” in Boston’s bid for the 2024 … 2

South County Notebook

Friday, February 20, 2015

Bean won’t run again in Conway CONWAY — Selectboard member Rick Bean announced at the board’s meeting Tuesday night that he will not seek re-election this year. He cited a need to balance his public service with his other commitments, but said he continues to hold his other … 0

Sunderland public hearing set for proposed apt. complex

Thursday, February 19, 2015

SUNDERLAND — With the Zoning Board of Appeals ruling earlier this month that the reconfigured site plan for a proposed 150-unit housing complex on Plumtree Road has been “substantially changed,” Sunderland will hold a public hearing March 4 to evaluate the alterations. The hearing will be held at … 0

Letter: White guilt

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Regarding Ann Keough’s letter about all the “pain she is in” about so many unarmed black men being massacred by our police officers; I’d like to know what she would’ve suggested officer Darren Wilson, in Ferguson Mo., do when he was being physically attacked by a 300-pound “unarmed” … 1

Frontier district looks to towns to supplant lost grant money

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

DEERFIELD — With loss of a grant for Frontier Regional and Union 38 schools to study possible consolidation of town services into unused school space, the district is now looking to its four member towns to help pay for the project. According to Superintendent Martha Barrett, Deerfield, Sunderland, … 0

Neighbors: Stay safe in frigid temperatures

Monday, February 16, 2015

Hello neighbor. Spring is just 31 days away, but it may not seem that close because we continue to battle bitter cold temperatures and all of this white stuff. Earlier this month we saw the Full Snow Moon, named because February is typically the month where we see … 0

Weekly meetings for Feb. 16-20

Friday, February 13, 2015

Ashfield Board of Assessors: Tuesday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of Assessors: Wednesday 8:30 a.m. in Town Hall. Technology Committee: Wednesday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Selectboard/Finance Committee: Wednesday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Planning Board: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Personnel Board: Thursday 7 p.m. … 0

Neighbors: Happy Valentine’s Day

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Hello neighbor. Happy Valentine’s Day! Every year at this time we exchange cards, candy, gifts and flowers with our special valentine s. We start early — my 3-year-old grandson Justin brought an entire bag of valentines to preschool this week just as I did many years ago. I … 0

North Star finds space in Sunderland after losing Hadley home

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

SUNDERLAND — North Star, a self-directed learning center for teens, will move to Sunderland after it was forced to leave the Russell Street School in Hadley. The learning center signed a five-year lease for the building at 45 … 0