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Sunderland balances budget

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

SUNDERLAND — Just days before annual town meeting, the Board of Selectmen has balanced the town budget proposal for next year. On Tuesday night, the Board of Selectmen made last-minute reductions and relied on surplus to cover a $91,198 budget hole. The town is using $26,249 of its surplus. The Sunderland Elementary School Committee also reduced its budget request by $52,980 to help close the gap between expected income and … 0

Businesses continue to equip Tech machine shop

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School Machine Technology program has another boost from the area’s industry in the form of $50,000 worth of precision measuring tools and equipment to complement the new computer controlled machining behemoths purchased through the business-led fundraising campaign begun last year. The latest donation comes from L.S. Starrett Co., the Athol-based manufacturer of precision tools, gauges and … 0

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 … 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SOUTH DEERFIELD — Superintendent Martha Barrett has withdrawn the Frontier Regional School Committee’s request for Community Preservation Act money to fund repairs to the school tennis courts.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

Neighbors: Spring has sprung!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Hello neighbor. Spring has sprung! The trees and flowers are budding, birds are singing, and the woodpeckers — I’ve encountered quite a few lately — are drumming. So the next time you step outside, close your eyes, take … 0

Neighbors: Upcoming event to benefit children with developmental delays

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Some of the valley’s best musicians will donate their time on May 10 at 8 p.m. in the Arts Block in Greenfield to raise money for three important causes: Mosaic Down Syndrome Association, REACH Early Intervention and The Academy of Early Learning. The musicians are being … 0

Sunderland autistic man to be honored today

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

SUNDERLAND — Whether he is working at Valley Bookcases in South Deerfield or in the garden center at Home Depot in Hadley, Jon Veal always works meticulously and thoroughly. The Sunderland native swims at the Greenfield YMCA in his downtime and volunteers in the Boy Scout Troop 11 … 0

Neighbors: Local woman to study the connection between nature and poetry

Monday, March 31, 2014

Hello neighbor. Another one of our young neighbors has won an award. Carolyn “Carrie” Decker, a South Deerfield native who is currently a senior at Wheaton College — my oldest son Dan spent a couple of years there … 0

Sunderland voter sign-up deadline on Saturday

Monday, March 31, 2014

SUNDERLAND —The last day to register to vote or change party enrollment for the annual town meeting and town election is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 7 South Main St. This applies to residents who have not registered to vote in Sunderland before. The annual … 0

Plumtree Road parcel to be apartments

Friday, March 28, 2014

SUNDERLAND — The owner of 67 acres on Plumtree Road said he hopes to start developing the land for apartments within a year and a half. Co-owner Gerard N. Aubrey of Holyoke said the land “will be developed at some point.” Aubrey, a certified public accountant, said he … 0

Sunderland playground to get upgrade if townspeople approve

Thursday, March 27, 2014

SUNDERLAND — For $95,578, Sunderland Elementary School students can have a safer and more modern playground. The Sunderland Elementary School Playground Committee has requested that amount in Community Preservation Act money to fund the resurfacing and upgrade of … 0

Neighbors: Lots of indoor fun this weekend

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Hello, neighbor. Temperatures are rising — they’re supposed to get up into the 40s and 50s through Monday — but it doesn’t look like the weather is going to be great over the weekend, so you might want to plan some indoor fun. Greening Greenfield’s Film Festival on … 0