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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 current year. Savings were found through a grant supporting the cost of special education and savings in electrical costs. The original budget … 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 them to lose their hair. On Friday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Madison and … 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 an approximately 28-year-old male, and matched the description of a Greenfield man missing under circumstances … 0

Second candidate still interested in regional ambulance boss job

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The second finalist for the South County Emergency Medical Service director position says he is still interested in the job after the first candidate turned down the job. “Yes, I’m absolutely still interested in the job,” said Zachary Smith of South Deerfield. “Even with this … 0

Neighbors: Ashfield woman headed to Puerto Rico to massage animals in need

Monday, March 17, 2014

Hello neighbor. You all probably know by now that I am an animal lover. Our neighbor Carole Groman of Ashfield, the hand behind Hand & Paw Animal Massage, will be visiting Second Chance Animal Rescue (SCAR) in Villalba, Puerto Rico, in April. During that time, Carole says she … 0

EMS boss pick accepts, then turns down job

Monday, March 17, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — It seemed things were steadily moving along for the launch of the South County Emergency Medical Service, then the Board of Oversight’s pick for director turned down the job. After agreeing to a $63,000 salary, William Travis of Leyden turned down the director position he … 0

Legislature OKs increase in local aid

Friday, March 14, 2014

For the first time in six years, the state House and Senate have passed a local aid resolution, committing to increase aid to cities and towns by $25 million, with another $100 million increase in school aid in the budget year that begins July 1. “That’s a done … 0

Selectmen’s workshop explains funding for roads, bridges

Sunday, March 16, 2014

The Franklin Regional Council of Governments invites town officials and the public to learn about federal funding for roads and bridges, and how to apply for the money, in a workshop called “The Roads and Bridges of Franklin County: A Transportation Funding Primer.” It takes place on Thursday … 0

Frontier seeks to raise spending almost 3%

Friday, March 14, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — A $9,747,730 school budget for next year is hitting the desks of the finance committees in southern Franklin County. This week, the Frontier Regional School Committee adopted a final budget, which proposes $282,037 more in spending for next academic year. The budget is a 2.98 … 0

Neighbors: Become a Greenfield student’s pen pal and read a great book at the same time

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Hello neighbor. Greenfield’s Math and Science Academy is bringing back the ever-popular community pen pal project this spring. Over the past several years, the project has been exclusive to sixth-graders throughout Greenfield schools, but all 92 students in grades four through seven will participate this year by writing … 0

May schools share space?

Monday, March 10, 2014

With dwindling enrollments, both Frontier and Mohawk Trail regional school districts are exploring possible town use of unused school space, as a way to offset operating costs. State law and education officials that govern how schools can be … 3

About Town: Students form Frontier's first Model UN Club

Sunday, March 9, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — For three days last month, a group of 12 Frontier Regional High School students worked for hours in the Boston Park Plaza Hotel trying to come up with solutions to poverty in South Africa, the … 0

Former BHA manager offered South County EMS director job

Sunday, March 9, 2014

DEERFIELD — The job of director of the South County Emergency Medical Services Department will be offered to William Travis. “Patient service is my passion. It’s what I love, it’s what I do,” Travis said in a public job interview Friday. Travis, a former general manager of Baystate … 0