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Sunderland updating affordable housing plan

Monday, November 23, 2015

SUNDERLAND — Amid a years-long struggle to increase housing options in town, meet the state’s affordable housing quota and regain some control over big housing projects proposed in town, Sunderland is updating its Housing Production Plan. The plan, developed by the town Housing Committee with the Franklin Regional Council of Governments, seeks to help the town develop more affordable housing and meet a 10-percent affordable housing quota set forth in … 0

Neighbors: Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving

Monday, November 23, 2015

Hello neighbor. As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, I’m hearing from friends and relatives who are stressed because so many of their guests have limited diets at this point — we all know someone who eats gluten-free, is a vegan or vegetarian, is lactose intolerant, or has some other dietary restriction. That’s OK! I think the best way to approach the holiday, which, by the … 0

Letter: Climate change vs. global warming

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Recently, you had a reader claim that “people who bring up politics when debating climate change don’t understand science”. I would agree! Most people don’t disagree that the climate is changing, the climate is changing every day and has been for thousands of years! What many people disagree on is “man-made global warming”, see the difference? Its interesting how liberals changed their terminology … 3

On the high wire: Major utility line project underway in the region

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Even as work crews begin wrapping up a 2.8-mile stretch of an Eversource transmission line in Greenfield, Montague and Deerfield, replacing lattice poles with double-circuit monopoles, the utility has begun other major line work around the region and … 0

Deerfield, SCEMS discuss second housing option; Whately not pleased

Thursday, October 8, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — A second possible home for the three-town South County ambulance service has emerged — much to the surprise of Whately. Deerfield’s Board of Selectmen met Wednesday night with members of South County EMS Board of … 1

Neighbors: Lots going on in the county, so enjoy!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Hello neighbor. There is way too much to tell you about today, so I’m just going to get right to it. Have a great weekend and enjoy the vibrant fall colors, because they’ll be gone sooner than you think. I will check in next week with Franklin County’s … 0

86 drug treatment beds coming to North Quabbin in Petersham

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

PETERSHAM — Athol Hospital’s parent company has bought land in Petersham and plans to open a 86-bed addiction and mental health treatment facility there as early as this summer. The number and type of treatment slots would be a significant addition to the treatment landscape near Franklin County, … 0

Tech school’s MCAS scores climbing back toward state average

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Superintendent Richard Martin said he was happy with the Franklin County Technical School’s growth in the last round of Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System testing. English scores were the highest they have been back to 2006 … 0

Don’t care to share: South County cool to study on police regionalization

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — A study that looks at how the police departments of Deerfield, Sunderland and Whately could consolidate or regionalize their services was met with little enthusiasm during a recent meeting of the town’s police chiefs and … 0

Project Safe Childhood to visit Frontier

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

DEERFIELD — On Wednesday, October 7th, students in the Frontier Regional School District will be participating in an assembly titled: Project Safe Childhood, presented by the Department of Justice. The presentation will include a variety of Internet safety topics including: digital footprints; cyberbullying; sextortion; Internet predators; and being … 0

‘One of Greenfield’s libraries’: Franklin County remembers public servant William B. Allen

Monday, October 5, 2015

GREENFIELD — Longtime public servant William B. Allen died Saturday, and town officials and leaders say his passing is a big loss to the town, because he was one of the most dedicated and knowledgeable public servants they’ve … 0

Neighbors: Have fun at Celebrate the harvest Festival in Orange

Monday, October 5, 2015

Hello neighbor. If you’d like to celebrate fall — this wonderful time of year — head over to Orange on Sunday, where at 9 a.m. the Celebrate the Harvest Festival begins at the airport. There will be a car show, craft fair (you can start that holiday shopping), … 0

Sunderland farm stand hosts first ‘potatofest’

Saturday, October 3, 2015

SUNDERLAND — What can you do with a potato? Quite a bit, it turns out. On Saturday, during Smiarowski Farm Stand and Creamery’s first “potatofest,” the farm substituted the starchy staples for children’s game pieces. Games included a … 0