Sunderland

National Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Old prescription medicines can pose hazards for children, and flushing may pose problems for the environment. So, area residents are encouraged to look to their medicine cabinets for unused prescription drugs Saturday for the latest national prescription drug take-back day, with collection locations around the county. Prescription drugs are commonly abused by people they were not intended for. Prescription opioids are now considered an addictive gateway to heroin use and … 0

E-cycling

Monday, April 21, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — In April 2015, a group of Frontier Regional High School students will stay in Ireland for nine days. But before they can do that, they each need to raise $2,800. To benefit the trip, the students are having an electronics recycling drop-off event on May 24 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the school. Technology teacher Kevin Murphy is … 0

Tech school’s business club aims at national competition in Indianapolis

Monday, April 21, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The students of Franklin County Technical School’s extra-curricular business club did well in the state level of the Business Professionals of America competition, well enough that 13 qualified for the next level of competition. The national competition is scheduled for April 30 through May 4, four states west in Indianapolis, … 0

Price, sites discussed in run-up to 3-town EMS launch

Friday, April 18, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — For the first full year of the South County Emergency Medical Service, townspeople in southern Franklin County will be asked to approve $749,594 for the regional paramedic service. The latest budget numbers are $235,947 for Sunderland, $125,647 for Whately and $387,999 for Deerfield. The budget … 0

Frontier tennis repairs back in play

Friday, April 18, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Funding for repairs to the Frontier Regional School tennis courts will come before townspeople for approval this spring after all. The Deerfield Community Preservation Committee reconsidered Thursday night and voted unanimously to recommend the request … 0

Body in river identified as Greenfield man

Friday, April 18, 2014

SUNDERLAND — The identity of the dead man pulled from the Connecticut River April 19 has been identified. The Northwestern District Attorney’s Office has identified the man as Stephen Bradley, 28, of Greenfield. Area police had been looking for Bradley since Jan. 26, when Erving Police found his … 0

Neighbors: Easter community meal open to all

Thursday, April 17, 2014

First, I’d just like to wish everyone a happy Easter, happy Passover or happy spring, whichever you prefer. Then, I’d like to get right to telling you about some upcoming events, because there are plenty. EVERYONE IS WELCOME … 0

Sunderland school board reduces budget by $52,980

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

SUNDERLAND — The Sunderland Elementary School Committee is reducing its budget request by $52,980 to help close the town’s budget gap. The committee voted Tuesday to adjust its budget down to $2,104,000. With the changes, the committee is asking to spend $18,268, or 0.88 percent, more than the … 0

Neighbors: Local students help others

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Hello neighbor. Franklin County Technical School senior Madison Lively of Greenfield and some of her classmates will use their skills as hairdressers-in-training this week to help children, teens and young adults who suffer from medical conditions that cause … 0

Body pulled from water

Sunday, April 13, 2014

SUNDERLAND — On Saturday, firefighters pulled a man’s body from the Connecticut River after two Shutesbury men in a canoe spotted the body and followed it down the swollen river for nearly two hours. According to the Greenfield Police Department Facebook page, the body found is that of … 0

Neighbors: Montague police chief named Elk’s “Citizen of the Year”

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Hello neighbor. Congratulations to our neighbor Chip Dodge, who happens to be Montague’s police chief, and who recently received the “Citizen of the Year” award from the Montague Elks. Chip told me that he was surprised, honored and … 0

Sunderland looking to fill $91,198 gap in budget

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

SUNDERLAND — With two weeks left to draft a final budget, the Board of Selectmen is working to fill a $91,198 hole. With increases across the budget from government expenses, public safety and schools, the operational budget is increasing by $227,351 over the current year. The proposed budget … 0

Frontier tennis courts to go without repairs

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Superintendent Martha Barrett has withdrawn the Frontier Regional School Committee’s request for Community Preservation Act money to fund repairs to the school tennis courts. With no money to repair the tennis courts, Barrett said, “at some point, the courts may have to be closed.” The … 0