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Tom Williams, of Shelburne, recently received the National Guard Legion of Merit award for outstanding service. Williams served in the military for 42 years. Contributed photo

Neighbors: Neighbor receives award for military service

Monday, October 12, 2015

Hello neighbor. Congratulations to our neighbor Tom Williams of Shelburne, who recently received the National Guard Legion of Merit award for outstanding service. Tom served in the military for 42 years. It took more than a year for a two-star general at the National Guard Bureau in Washington, D.C., to approve the award, and from what I’ve heard and read, it is well-deserved. Tom retired in spring 2015 and received the award this past August. The citation Tom received was for “exceptionally meritorious conduct” and “outstanding service” in a succession of positions of increasing importance and responsibility over the years. Tom left the service as … 0

Anti-bullying assembly for Frontier girls set for Tuesday

Sunday, October 11, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — KindCampaign, an internationally recognized anti-bullying organization, will visit Frontier Regional High School Tuesday, to raise awareness of girl-against-girl aggression. The organization’s assembly will be held at 8:30 a.m. for girls in grades 7 through 12. Vice Principal Scott Dredge said the event will feature a screening of the documentary that the group produced followed by a face-to-face forum to talk … 0

Local man’s ‘go for broke’ moment pays off

Friday, October 9, 2015

When Sunderland native Noah Jackson stepped onto the stage in Los Angeles Sept. 22 for his so-called blind audition before the judges on NBC’s TV show “The Voice,” he says he knew it could be a defining moment — a chance of a lifetime. Why not, then, go for broke, Jackson thought — sing something that will grab the judges’ attention, make them … 0

Neighbors: Riverside Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival just around the corner

Monday, September 21, 2015

Hello neighbor. The 5th annual Riverside Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival is just around the corner. On Oct. 10 and 11, Greenfield will once again host the popular festival. If you’d like to experience a one-of-a-kind festival with … 0

Minor injuries for driver in three-car Sunderland crash

Friday, September 18, 2015

SUNDERLAND — Police responded to a three-vehicle crash in front of Squire Village Apartments on Route 116 Friday evening with one driver sustaining a minor injury. According to Sunderland Police officer Brenda Tozloski, a Hyundai SUV rear-ended a Ford Focus hatchback that was stopped at the traffic light, … 0

Neighbors: Local photographer captures life at Heath Fair

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Hello neighbor. Some of you may know our supremely talented neighbor Matt Cavanaugh, a photojournalist and professional wedding and event photographer who lives in Greenfield with his wife Nicole and their two young sons. Matt spent three days … 0

The hot stuff: Now you can get sriracha that’s made in Franklin County

Thursday, September 17, 2015

SUNDERLAND — It seems as though sriracha sauce is everywhere these days. The bright red chili sauce in the green-capped bottle, with its iconic rooster emblazoned on the front, has been popping up as a table condiment in … 0

Neighbors: Garlic and Arts Festival returns Sept. 26 and 27

Monday, September 14, 2015

Hello neighbor. When a group of North Quabbin neighbors, artists and farmers first conceived an idea for an event years ago, the North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival was born. It was simply meant to ignite the cultural … 0

Frontier Regional and Union 38 superintendent to retire

Thursday, September 10, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — This school year will be Frontier Regional and Union 38 Superintendent Martha Barrett’s last with the school district. Barrett announced this week that she plans retire at the end of June. Barrett announced her plans … 0

Neighbors: All’s Fair in Franklin County this weekend

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Hello neighbor. THE FRANKLIN COUNTY FAIR HAS BEGUN and with it, lots of fun. There will be lots of fair food — Yum! — rides, games and entertainment. You’ll see plenty of apple pies this year because the fair will continue its long-standing tradition of holding an apple … 0

Student restaurant opens at Tech School for school year

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School’s Apprentice Restaurant opens to the public Sept. 22. The restaurant is open for lunch only, Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The menu is posted online daily at Students and staff in the culinary arts program … 0

Sunderland likes it hot: Chilifest set for Saturday

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

SUNDERLAND — You may think it’s hot now, but just wait until this weekend in Sunderland, where the fourth annual Chilifest will be held at Mike’s Maze on South Main Street. The festival, organized by The Kitchen Garden Farm in Sunderland, will be held Saturday and Sunday from … 0

Town Meetings, Sept. 7 to 12

Friday, September 4, 2015

Ashfield Board of Assessors: Tuesday 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Finance Committee: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Selectboard: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Special town meeting: Tuesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Conservation Commission: Wednesday 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Special election: Thursday 7 a.m. to … 0