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Price, sites discussed in run-up to 3-town EMS launch

Friday, April 18, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — For the first full year of the South County Emergency Medical Service, townspeople in southern Franklin County will be asked to approve $749,594 for the regional paramedic service. The latest budget numbers are $235,947 for Sunderland, $125,647 for Whately and $387,999 for Deerfield. The budget reflects the estimated full-year cost to run the regional round-the-clock paramedic service. In October, residents approved only the half-year cost. The administrators … 0

Frontier tennis repairs back in play

Friday, April 18, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Funding for repairs to the Frontier Regional School tennis courts will come before townspeople for approval this spring after all. The Deerfield Community Preservation Committee reconsidered Thursday night and voted unanimously to recommend the request to town meeting on April 28. The only town left to recommend the request to … 0

Body in river identified as Greenfield man

Friday, April 18, 2014

SUNDERLAND — The identity of the dead man pulled from the Connecticut River April 19 has been identified. The Northwestern District Attorney’s Office has identified the man as Stephen Bradley, 28, of Greenfield. Area police had been looking for Bradley since Jan. 26, when Erving Police found his car parked at the end of the French King Bridge, along with his keys and … 0

WMass library finds another buyer

Thursday, March 20, 2014

WHATELY — For a second time, it seems South County Emergency Medical Service has lost out on a chance to acquire the regional library building in the industrial park. Massachusetts Library System Executive Board has opted to sell … 0

No races in Sunderland election

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

SUNDERLAND — The town election this year will be undramatic with no contests for any of the 14 seats up for grabs. No one took out nomination papers this year, and the caucus nominees will be on the ballot for the May 3 election. Nominees are incumbents Thomas … 0

Deerfield man seeks First Franklin seat

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Deerfield native and political newcomer Dylan Korpita plans to seek the First Franklin District House seat in this year’s election, The 35-year-old Republican hopeful filed organization papers Tuesday with the Secretary of State’s office to challenge Worthington Democrat … 1

Barshefsky named principal of Sunderland Elementary School

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

SUNDERLAND — After leading the Sunderland Elementary School for the past six months, Benjamin Barshefsky is officially the new principal. Barshefsky has been serving as the interim principal since the former principal, Timothy Merritt, died unexpectedly last September. … 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