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Recorder/Paul Franz
Martha Barrett, Frontier Regional School and Union 38 superintendent

Frontier towns support long-range planning

Friday, March 27, 2015

SUNDERLAND — The four towns of the Frontier Regional and Union 38 school districts support spending money on a study that would look at how town offices and school space could be consolidated to save money. During a meeting of officials from Deerfield, Sunderland, Conway and Whately this week, the consensus was that moving forward with the study was a good idea, even though the district was not able to secure a state Community Innovation Challenge grant to pay for it. “If we continue with the programs in our schools and want to be able to fund them, we have to recognize revenues are continually … 0

Berkshire Gas extends freeze to Sunderland

Friday, March 27, 2015

SUNDERLAND — Berkshire Gas Co. has expanded the moratorium on new customers to include Sunderland, citing constraints on the capacity of natural gas pipelines to supply the region. The company’s first moratorium in December applied to Greenfield, Deerfield, Whately and Montague in Franklin County. The new moratorium will also affect nearby Hampshire County towns of Amherst, Hadley and Hatfield. The decision will prevent … 2

Towns question Frontier budget reversal

Thursday, March 26, 2015

SUNDERLAND — The Frontier Regional School Committee’s decision to reinstate funding for six positions and raise its budget by about 2 percent may not stand if the district’s four towns have their way. The budget will be presented at Deerfield, Sunderland, Whately and Conway’s town meetings next month, but representatives from at least … 0

Neighbors: Precipitation prognosticator: only two or three snowfalls left

Monday, March 2, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’ve got some good news! Winter is technically almost over and Franklin County’s precipitation prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy agrees. Farrah had counted 17 of the 23 snowfalls she predicted early this winter by Feb. 25 and, of course, we had another one this past weekend. That makes … 0

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 … 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 … 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 … 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