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Neighbors: Celebration of birthdays dates back thousands of years

Monday, April 27, 2015

Hello neighbor. Well, I am another year older today. Birthdays have been celebrated for thousands of years, and it seems people are still arguing about the origin of the tradition. I did a little research and found a few interesting facts. It seems scholars have found reference of a pharaoh’s birthday in the Bible around 3,000 B.C.E., but some argue that it’s actually referencing the pharaoh’s coronation date, since that … 0

Sunderland town meeting backs lower Frontier budget

Friday, April 24, 2015

SUNDERLAND — Sunderland has become the first of the Frontier Regional School district towns to approve Superintendent Martha Barrett’s original, no-increase budget for next year. The townspeople’s vote was a stand against the regional School Committee’s decision in March to restore funding for six positions that would have been cut under the original budget. That would have increased the bottom line by 2.05 … 0

Towns united against Frontier budget hike

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

DEERFIELD — The Frontier Regional School Committee has a revolt on its hands over its 11th-hour decision to restore about $200,000 for six positions in next year’s school budget. Town officials in all four towns that make up the district have taken a stand against the decision and plan to recommend the administration’s original budget for the regional high school at their town … 0

Neighbors: Father and daughter recovering nicely after kidney transplant

Monday, March 16, 2015

Hello neighbor. Our neighbor Tim Ollari is doing well after receiving a kidney from his daughter Stephanie last Thursday. Stephanie says Tim looks like a new person — full of life again. She, on the other hand, had … 0

Franklin County Tech principal picked

Sunday, March 15, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Shawn Rickan of Phillipston is to take over for Franklin County Technical School Principal and Assistant Superintendent Richard Martin when Martin moves into the superintendent’s office in July. Now a high school principal in Baldwinville, Rickan earlier worked in Orange for five years and is … 0

‘Fiber Towns’ to residents: Prove you want broadband

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The WiredWest high-speed Internet collaborative has started signing up residents of 32 member towns for “Last-Mile” fiber-optic broadband. This is the first step for “fiber towns” to become part of the collaborative’s fiber-optic network. If 40 percent of a fiber town’s households sign up, it shows there is … 0

Neighbors: Recorder reporter to share his photography

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’d like to put a plug in for one of my colleagues. Shelburne Grange is hosting a photography presentation by Recorder reporter David Rainville on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Fellowship Hall, 17 Little Mohawk Road in Shelburne Center. The event is free and open to … 0

South County Notebook

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Frontier staffers win again in Faculty versus Varsity game DEERFIELD — Frontier Regional School’s staff reprised last year’s Faculty versus Varsity Basketball game, beating a team of the school’s varsity players by a single point Wednesday night. Stacey Chapley, one of the event’s organizers, said Ben Barshefsky, the … 0

Tech School budget takes transportation hit

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School Committee has approved a $10,159,000 budget, unchanged from this year but with a 5 percent increase in the sum requested from the district’s 19 member towns. The final budget is down $52,000 from the $10,211,000 preliminary budget approved last month. … 0

Frontier School Committee reverses staff cuts

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

DEERFIELD — Six staff members at the Frontier Regional School have less to worry about now that the regional School Committee has approved a $9.9 million budget — a 2.05 percent increase over the current year. Six jobs … 0

Will Frontier’s staff school its students on the court?

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

DEERFIELD — If a varsity basketball player at Frontier Regional School jumps over Principal Darius Modestow from the free throw line in the Goodnow Gymnasium, then travels through the air at 10 miles per hour for three seconds, how fast will the ball be moving when she slams … 0

Neighbors: Time for spring activities

Monday, March 9, 2015

Hello neighbor. Well folks, we’re finally getting a glimpse of spring and I, for one, am loving it. Temperatures are supposed to be in the 40s all of this week — almost reaching 50 on Wednesday — and it looks like the sun is going to shine most … 0

Letter: The circle of justice

Friday, March 6, 2015

Do you want to know how ludicrous our society has become, well David Rainville’s article sums it up. In 2011, the Greenfield Planning Board approved the big box development. (FYI — This development has no impact on me). Opponents appealed to the State Housing Court. And now the … 0