Sunderland updating affordable housing plan

Monday, November 23, 2015

SUNDERLAND — Amid a years-long struggle to increase housing options in town, meet the state’s affordable housing quota and regain some control over big housing projects proposed in town, Sunderland is updating its Housing Production Plan. The plan, developed by the town Housing Committee with the Franklin Regional Council of Governments, seeks to help the town develop more affordable housing and meet a 10-percent affordable housing quota set forth in … 0

Neighbors: Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving

Monday, November 23, 2015

Hello neighbor. As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, I’m hearing from friends and relatives who are stressed because so many of their guests have limited diets at this point — we all know someone who eats gluten-free, is a vegan or vegetarian, is lactose intolerant, or has some other dietary restriction. That’s OK! I think the best way to approach the holiday, which, by the … 0

Letter: Climate change vs. global warming

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Recently, you had a reader claim that “people who bring up politics when debating climate change don’t understand science”. I would agree! Most people don’t disagree that the climate is changing, the climate is changing every day and has been for thousands of years! What many people disagree on is “man-made global warming”, see the difference? Its interesting how liberals changed their terminology … 3

WiredWest to reorganize as role changes

Friday, November 6, 2015

Now that so many towns without broadband access have voted to borrow millions for a “last mile” fiber optic network, WiredWest has drafted an operating agreement for those that want join a regional fiber-optic network that will be run by WiredWest. The 40-page draft was discussed Friday between … 0

Man who threatened Frontier gets jail time

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Sunderland man who threatened to carry out a mass shooting at Frontier Regional High School in Deerfield last fall will spend the next year behind bars and three years after that on heavy probation. Nicholas … 0

Report of lost hiker in Sunderland unfounded

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

SUNDERLAND — Sunderland emergency responders and the Massachusetts State Police air wing were reported searching for a possible injured person near Clark Mountain Road Tuesday night. At least one helicopter and an all-terrain vehicle were reported involved in the search According to first responder website Fireground 360, the … 0

Neighbors: West county neighbor wants to start book club on climate change

Monday, November 2, 2015

Hello neighbor. Our west county neighbor John Bos is looking for six to eight people in his area to start a book club with him. You have to be passionate about three things, he says — climate change, reading books on the subject and meeting with other like-minded … 0

Fire destroys Sunderland barn: Explosions erupt as crews battle blaze

Friday, October 30, 2015

SUNDERLAND — Four employees at Manheim Farm had to stop their work and rush out of the barn when it caught on fire Friday afternoon. One employee at the farm, who wished to remain anonymous, was inside the … 0

Neighbors: Nana’s Attic might just have what you’ve been looking for

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Hello neighbor. Our neighbor Paula Betters was appointed director of the Erving Senior Community Center this past summer, and she said they’re having a lot of fun in Erving. Paula said as the center prepares for its Holiday Bazaar, she had the “crazy notion” (her playful words) to … 0

Bad communication stalls ambulance talks

Monday, October 26, 2015

SUNDERLAND — An apparent failure to communicate between South County EMS’s Board of Oversight and the three towns the ambulance service covers regarding the location of its future home base saw tempers flare during a recent meeting, and … 0

Food plan aims to grow economy, community

Thursday, October 22, 2015

A Massachusetts Local Food Action plan being released today calls for the state to take steps to beef up agriculture and food production as a way to not only enhance the local food supply, but also to improve … 0

Neighbors: Greenfield library’s got some bargains this weekend

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Hello neighbor. It has been a really busy week for me, so I’m going to get right to it. Have a great weekend! FRIENDS OF GREENFIELD PUBLIC LIBRARY will hold its October Book Sale on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There will be an abundance of … 0

North Star program celebrates 20 years of self-directed learning

Monday, October 19, 2015

SUNDERLAND — Grace Llewelyn’s “Teenage Liberation Handbook, subtitled “How to Quit School and Get a Real Life and Education,” came along as Ken Danford was questioning his own role as an eighth-grade history teacher at Amherst Middle School. … 0