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Sunderland resident recounts Wednesday night house fire

Thursday, November 20, 2014

SUNDERLAND — Michael and Carol Ahearn were sitting on the couch and recliner in their living room just after 9 p.m. Wednesday when Mrs. Ahearn’s nose picked up an unusual smell. “She said, ‘I think something is burning,’ and we had some Yankee Candles lit, so I blew them out,” said Mr. Ahearn. “I said, ‘Maybe we just don’t have the right candles.’” About 30 minutes later, however, the house’s … 0

Sunderland fire damages home

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

SUNDERLAND — A house fire downtown drew firefighters from more than a half-dozen departments Wednesday night. The fire broke out at 127 North Main St. just after 9 p.m. Residents evacuated, and reported heavy smoke in the front of the home. The road was closed to traffic in both directions during the response, with fire trucks and ambulances lining the street. Firefighters tore … 0

Sunderland Elementary completes playground renovations

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

SUNDERLAND — Students at Sunderland Elementary School who donned their coats and hats and headed out to recess last week were met with a pleasant surprise: The school’s new playground is up and running after a remodeling project was completed earlier this month. According to Ben Barshefsky, the school’s interim principal, the $140,000 … 0

Neighbors: Help for a little cemetery

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Hello neighbor. I recently learned of another example of people working together to help make our community a little nicer. Inmates at the jail went to a small cemetery on Bernardston Road this week to paint the old, faded fence that surrounds Log Plain Cemetery. Many of you … 0

Sunderland to hold Fall Festival this weekend

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

SUNDERLAND — Looking for fiddlers, food and fun? You can have it all Saturday afternoon in Sunderland. The 16th annual Sunderland Fall Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the ballfields behind Town Hall. According to Janet Conley, local bands will perform throughout the … 0

Town Meetings, Sept. 29-Oct. 4

Friday, September 26, 2014

Ashfield Planning Board: Wednesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Bernardston Board of Selectmen: Wednesday 3 p.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Board of Selectmen: Tuesday 7:30 a.m. in Town Hall. Energy Committee: Wednesday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Charlemont Board of Selectmen: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Conservation … 0

Last-mile broadband collaboration takes next step in planning

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

BOSTON — Now that the state has $50 million to help build out rural broadband Internet access, western Massachusetts legislators met Tuesday with Internet community groups to plan what state Sen. Stan Rosenberg calls “the Last Mile Solution” — how to secure high-speed Internet in unserved and partially … 0

Neighbors: Walk for suicide leaves from Energy Park Oct. 5

Monday, September 22, 2014

Hello neighbor. With the recent news of Robin Williams, one of the greatest actors and comedians of our time, taking his life still fresh in our minds, I’d like to tell you about a very important fundraiser walk coming up. It will begin in the Greenfield Energy Park. … 0

Sunderland to buy lot with affordable housing in mind

Friday, September 19, 2014

SUNDERLAND — Sunderland will purchase a 2.82-acre lot on North Main Street for $265,000, which it plans to use to shore up the town’s proportion of affordable housing units for seniors. The purchase was approved by voters at a special town meeting Friday night and passed by the … 0

Two local dance teachers want spot on ‘Amazing Race’

Friday, September 19, 2014

Two local dance teachers are eagerly awaiting a call back from producers of the Amazing Race reality television game show to find out if they’ll have a chance at being chosen as one of the teams to compete … 0

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 … 1

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 … 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 … 0