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Heather Lonergan of Turnes Falls and her collection of toothbrushes from Franklin County Technical School for Lonergan's next dental aid trip to Ghana. Recorder/Paul Franz

Tech School toothbrushes to help spread smiles in Ghana. Turners woman returns for sixth dental aid trip

Friday, February 27, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Dental hygienist Heather Lonergan has made a habit of spending her vacations spreading dental health in Ghana, and this year she will go armed with toothbrushes collected by the students and staff of Franklin County Technical School. Lonergan said she usually brings 1,200 toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes and dental floss. A drive at the Tech School, where Lonergan’s … 0

Neighbors: Nominate the next Peacemaker Award recipients

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Hello neighbor. The Interfaith Council of Franklin County and Traprock Center for Peace and Justice are looking for nominations from throughout the county of teens who are contributing to peace and justice in the world. Having lived in the county almost all of my life, I know there are plenty of nominees out there, so if you know of a young person who … 0

Three vie for police officer job in Sunderland

Sunday, February 22, 2015

SUNDERLAND — The three finalists for a full-time position with Sunderland’s Police Department each made their cases before the Board of Selectmen recently, and the final decision regarding who will become the town’s newest officer now rests with Chief Jeffrey Gilbert. For all three candidates, promoting trust between police officers and civilians was a common theme. Joel Kupeyan The first candidate, Joel Kupeyan … 0

Franklin County Technical School teachers protest ‘hasty’ superintendent hiring

Thursday, January 15, 2015

MONTAGUE — Franklin County Technical School teachers stood up at this week’s School Committee meeting to protest the abrupt selection of a superintendent last month, focusing on the process rather than the pick. Five leaders of the Franklin County Technical Teachers Association union took their complaint to the … 0

Residents moving back into Sunderland nursing home

Thursday, January 15, 2015

SUNDERLAND — Slowly but surely, residents of a local nursing home are moving back in, less than a week after a burst pipe caused them to evacuate. “We (have moved) 14 residents back in our facility, the max allowed by the state so far,” said Uri Turk, spokesman … 0

Neighbors: Celebrate MLK Day by doing service

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Hello neighbor. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which we will celebrate on Monday, is not about having a day off, but instead about doing service for your neighbors and community. “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’” King said. The civil rights … 0

Sunderland nursing home hopes to reopen this week

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

SUNDERLAND — New England Health Center nursing home’s owners say they hope to return the 42 residents displaced by flooding Saturday afternoon to the nursing home this week. “Staff and work crews are working around the clock to repair the water damage in an effort to return displaced … 0

Neighbors: Mahar Class of 1964 helps its neighbors

Monday, January 12, 2015

Hello neighbor. Mahar’s Class of 1964 had a very busy year last year. The class held its first fundraiser in December 2013, using half of the proceeds to fund award scholarships to some of the graduates of the Class of 2014 and the other half was given as … 0

Cleanup continues at flooded Sunderland nursing home

Monday, January 12, 2015

SUNDERLAND — More than 40 residents of a local nursing home remain displaced as the facility continues to clean up weekend water damage. A sprinkler pipe burst at New England Health Center Saturday afternoon, causing part of a … 0

Burst pipe empties Sunderland nursing home Saturday

Sunday, January 11, 2015

SUNDERLAND — A burst pipe sent the residents of New England Health Center nursing home ferrying through the cold to the First Congregational Church Saturday afternoon. Sunderland Fire Chief Robert Ahearn said a sprinkler pipe in the space between the ceiling and the roof froze and burst by … 0

Rollover

Thursday, January 8, 2015

SUNDERLAND — Local cyclists who lamented the recent closure of Sunderland’s Flye Cycles bicycle shop need not mourn any longer. Blue Steel Bicycle Company, a similar, full-service bike shop located in the same building is now up and … 0

WiredWest towns ready for next step

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Selectmen from all 11 Franklin County hilltowns without high-speed Internet have approved WiredWest’s nonbinding resolution to go forward with a “last mile” $100 million to $120 million fire-optic network build-out. Now the financial planning begins. Ashfield, Charlemont, Colrain, Hawley, Heath, Leyden, New Salem, Rowe, Shutesbury, Warwick and Wendell … 0

Sunny in Sunderland: Town will make second attempt at solar energy project

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

SUNDERLAND — After the solar developer that had been contracted to install two solar arrays in Sunderland went out of business in 2013, effectively derailing the project, the town plans to renew its efforts to attract a new local source of clean energy. The Board of Selectmen voted … 0