Sunderland

Neighbors: Lots of fun and festivals this fall

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Hello neighbor. What a great couple of months we have ahead of us here in the county. It’s no secret that fall is my favorite season, not only because of the brilliant color, cool temperatures and crisp apples from our local orchards, but because the county is alive with activity. Who doesn’t enjoy a day at the North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival? This year it will be held Sept. … 0

Property eyed for senior housing on Sunderland meeting warrant

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

SUNDERLAND — More affordable senior housing could be coming to Sunderland if voters approve buying 2.8 acres on North Main Street. A “yes” vote at Friday night’s special town meeting, which will begin at 7 p.m. in Sunderland Elementary School, would authorize the selectmen to borrow $265,000 to buy the property. Town Administrator Margaret Nartowicz said the vote would also place a community … 0

Shelter from the harm

Monday, September 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — By January 2015, victims of child abuse and sexual assault in Franklin County will have a safe and comfortable place to report the incidents to police and medical professionals. The Northwestern Children’s Advocacy Project, is renovating an old house on Wisdom Way to serve as a child-friendly center where a multidisciplinary … 0

Neighbors: Supermoon dazzles in Franklin County’s summer sky

Monday, August 11, 2014

Hello neighbor. If you missed the “supermoon” this past weekend — it was the largest full moon of 2014 — you’ll have one last chance to see one in September. The term “supermoon” came from astrologer Richard Nolle … 0

Regional EMS makes third try at library building

Sunday, August 10, 2014

WHATELY — For the third time, South County’s new regional ambulance service is exploring the possibility of purchasing the Western Massachusetts Regional Library System’s building in Whately to use as its permanent base of operations. At its meeting … 0

Neighbors: Give blood

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Hello neighbor. I recently read about how a propane company in Dedham and the American Red Cross partnered to collect more than 750 blood donations throughout the state this summer. I didn’t realize that one blood donation could potentially help save the lives of up to three people. … 0

First ‘Samplepalooza’ to test Connecticut River health stem to stern

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

GREENFIELD — Just how pollutant-free is the Connecticut River, from the top of Vermont to the Long Island Sound? A group of agencies will be pooling their efforts today to collect data on nitrogen and phosphorous content, along with other algae-growing nutrients, during a one-day water-testing event they’re … 0

Good report from South County EMS

Friday, August 1, 2014

DEERFIELD — Southern Franklin County’s new regional ambulance service has been operational for one month and Chief Zachary Smith, the service’s director, says things are running smoothly so far. Smith appeared before the town’s Board of Selectmen this … 0

Letter: Blame the sparrows

Monday, August 4, 2014

Blame the sparrows The reason the boxes were taken down (along River Road in South Deerfield at the University of Massachusetts farms) was that house sparrows had taken over every single box. House sparrows are non-native and are EXTREMELY aggressive finches. They kill babies and adult birds and … 0

Neighbors: Young neighbor’s selfless act

Monday, August 4, 2014

Hello neighbor. I want to tell you about one of our younger neighbors today and the good deeds she is doing for our larger community. I hope her story inspires you as it has me. Catherine Bezio recently … 0

Saplings for Sunderland

Sunday, August 3, 2014

SUNDERLAND — For years, Sunderland resident Craig Felton has watched as the regal maple trees that line South Main Street have been battered by storms, succumbed to disease, or met their end, one by one, with a chainsaw’s … 0

Letter: Climate change?

Friday, August 1, 2014

Rather than respond point by point to the most recent columns on refuting climate change “deniers” allow me to focus on a single idea and leave it at that. The 2008 NCDC/NOAA “State of the Climate” report posed the question of whether or not the decade-long pause in … 0

Neighbors: Local woman up for Emmy Award

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Hello neighbor. Our neighbors Ann and Gary Thomas of Greenfield can’t wait for Aug. 16, because that is when they will learn whether their daughter Sherry Thomas wins an Emmy Award with two other women for casting the … 0