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Tech students capture honors in statewide competition

Thursday, April 16, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Nine Franklin County Technical School students finished first in competitions at the annual Business Professionals of America State Leadership Conference. Twenty-six students from FCTS competed against 350 students in about 20 events March 7 through 9 in Framingham and Upton. Emmett Boyd of Northfield, Kyle Coulombe of West Halifax, Vt., Andrew Renaud of Montague and Brad Sawyer of Greenfield placed first in the computer animation team category. … 0

Making the switch

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

BOSTON — Amid pressure from legislators and upset consumers, state utility regulators have eliminated a 15-year-old rule that required electricity suppliers to recalculate the bills of customers when they switch from their basic service to a competitor. The practice has cost customers, dozens of whom are from western Massachusetts, hundreds of dollars in retroactive charges this winter. “I think that’s great,” said Richard … 0

Neighbors: Paint and Sip awakens my inner artist

Monday, April 13, 2015

Hello neighbor. A group of friends and family gathering together to paint on canvas, while sipping their favorite beverages, has become a national trend. In this area, two of the companies that provide such entertainment — at least the ones I’m most familiar with — are the mobile Wine and Canvas and Paint … 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

Sunderland to hold annual caucus Monday

Friday, March 6, 2015

SUNDERLAND — Sunderland will hold its annual town caucus Monday to decide who will run for each of the 12 town seats that are up for election this year. The caucus will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the town offices, with the following seats up for election: ∎ One … 0

Deerfield, Sunderland talk sewer regionalization

Thursday, March 5, 2015

DEERFIELD — Deerland? Sunderfield? While that may be a bit of a stretch, it isn’t entirely off the mark with Sunderland and Deerfield’s selectmen beginning to talk about yet another potential regional project: consolidating sewer services. Deerfield and Sunderland selectmen are discussing the possibility of decommissioning one of … 0

Neighbors: Neighbors step up to help longtime disc jockey

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Hello neighbor. There are more fundraisers ahead for longtime disc jockey Ryan Interlande, who needs a heart transplant, so you still have time to help him with his medical expenses. The 39-year-old Montague native, who has been providing many of our parties and events music for more than … 0

Pellet bag recycling program is heating up

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

According to program director Amy Donovan, the Franklin County Solid Waste Management District’s pellet bag recycling program is proving to be very popular at the thirteen municipal transfer stations offering the free program. Residents of Bernardston, Buckland, Charlemont, Conway, Deerfield, Leverett, Montague, Northfield, Orange, Rowe, Shelburne, Warwick and … 0

Neighbors: Precipitation prognosticator: only two or three snowfalls left

Monday, March 2, 2015

Hello neighbor. I’ve got some good news! Winter is technically almost over and Franklin County’s precipitation prognosticator Farrah Pomeroy agrees. Farrah had counted 17 of the 23 snowfalls she predicted early this winter by Feb. 25 and, of course, we had another one this past weekend. That makes … 0

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 … 0