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Neighbors: Falling into Franklin County Fair season

Monday, September 1, 2014

Hello neighbor. This weekend was the unofficial start to fall and we all know what that means. Yes, the days are getting shorter and soon temperatures will begin to drop — I’m not even going to mention the white stuff, yet. But fall also means the Franklin County Fair, lots of fun festivals, crispy apples and hot cider with cinnamon and a welcomed change in the color palette of our … 0

Neighbors: Local teens attend two-week craft program

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Hello, neighbors. Two of our younger neighbors participated in a two-week craft program in Williamsburg this year and, I’m told, had a lot of fun doing so. Fourteen-year-old James Simpson and 15-year-old Henry Walker-West, both of Shelburne Falls, spent two weeks at Snow Farm Summer, a program of The New England Craft Program. James, the son of nationally known glassblower Josh Simpson and … 0

Greenfield’s Math and Science Academy grows, Franklin County schools emphasize STEM

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Since the Greenfield Math and Science Academy opened its doors five years ago, the speciality public school has quickly expanded, with 120 middle schools students packing the program to capacity this year. The academy is the most visible example of a new focus on math and science in area schools as students throughout … 0

Neighbors: Happy Fourth of July

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Hello neighbor. Happy Fourth of July! I am working today, but hope you are all having a great time. It may be that as you read this the rain is falling hard — that was the forecast of the National Weather Service in Taunton — but that’s fine, … 0

Bus fare

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The state budget passed this week by the Legislature will give the county’s sprawling regional school districts a huge savings for school bus expenses by reimbursing 90 percent of the cost — the highest in decades. “It would … 0

Greenfield woman ID’d as body found in Connecticut River

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

SUNDERLAND — The body pulled from the Connecticut River last week has been identified as a missing Greenfield woman. The state medical examiner confirmed that the body recovered June 25 was that of Rebecca Streeter, 35, of Camp Avenue, according to Mary Carey, spokeswoman for the Northwestern District … 0

Neighbors: Introduce yourself to your neighbors

Monday, June 30, 2014

Hello neighbor. Here I go again, thinking about what it means to be a neighbor. I remember a time when people knew their neighbors. They spoke with them, sat next to them in church, ran into them in the grocery store, talked over the hedges about their days … 0

Teacher from Sunderland wins national kudos

Sunday, June 29, 2014

SUNDERLAND — When Anne Marie Osheyack was growing up in New Bedford, school was her “safe haven.” At home, recalls the ninth-grade English teacher at Northampton High School, her father was emotionally abusive and became violent when he lost his temper. “My father was frequently doing two things … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy, but stay safe on the Fourth of July

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Hello neighbor. We are just a week away from July 4 and I’m sure there will be plenty of celebrating going on next weekend. I hope you all have great fun and get to spend time with friends … 0

Missing woman’s family fears she was the body found in Connecticut River Wednesday

Thursday, June 26, 2014

SUNDERLAND — Officials have not yet released the identification of the body pulled from the Connecticut River Wednesday, but a missing Greenfield woman’s family is fairly certain it was her. The body, that of a white female, was … 0

Female body found in Connecticut River

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

SUNDERLAND — For the second time this month, a body has been pulled from the Connecticut River. The body, that of a white female, was spotted in the water near Whately’s Herlihy Park around 5 p.m. Wednesday, according … 0

Neighbors: Scholarships help students pursue dreams and agencies help others

Monday, June 23, 2014

Hello neighbor. The Wells Trust Scholarship recently announced this year’s recipients and I’d like to share their names, or at least where some of them are from, with you today. Fred W. and Ethel Dow Wells were longtime … 0

Stoneleigh-Burnham alumna’s work on Mars rover Curiosity is out of this world

Friday, June 20, 2014

GREENFIELD — Before working on the Mars Rover Curiosity that successfully touched down on the red planet in 2012, Carissa Tudryn Weber studied math and science at Stoneleigh-Burnham School and called Franklin County her home. Eighteen years later, … 0