Sunderland

Recorder/Paul Franz
Martha Barrett, Frontier Regional School and Union 38 superintendent

Frontier towns support long-range planning

Friday, March 27, 2015

SUNDERLAND — The four towns of the Frontier Regional and Union 38 school districts support spending money on a study that would look at how town offices and school space could be consolidated to save money. During a meeting of officials from Deerfield, Sunderland, Conway and Whately this week, the consensus was that moving forward with the study was a good idea, even though the district was not able to secure a state Community Innovation Challenge grant to pay for it. “If we continue with the programs in our schools and want to be able to fund them, we have to recognize revenues are continually … 0

Berkshire Gas extends freeze to Sunderland

Friday, March 27, 2015

SUNDERLAND — Berkshire Gas Co. has expanded the moratorium on new customers to include Sunderland, citing constraints on the capacity of natural gas pipelines to supply the region. The company’s first moratorium in December applied to Greenfield, Deerfield, Whately and Montague in Franklin County. The new moratorium will also affect nearby Hampshire County towns of Amherst, Hadley and Hatfield. The decision will prevent … 2

Towns question Frontier budget reversal

Thursday, March 26, 2015

SUNDERLAND — The Frontier Regional School Committee’s decision to reinstate funding for six positions and raise its budget by about 2 percent may not stand if the district’s four towns have their way. The budget will be presented at Deerfield, Sunderland, Whately and Conway’s town meetings next month, but representatives from at least … 0

Neighbors: Try to see the beauty in a New England winter

Monday, February 2, 2015

Hello neighbor. The county got lucky last week as Winter Storm Juno buried towns and cities to the east, but barely grazed us. We weren’t so lucky this week. Most of us are still digging out from Winter Storm Linus this morning, if forecasts of about a foot … 0

McGovern named to nutrition subcommittee

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Local congressman Jim McGovern has been named the Democratic ranking member on the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture’s Subcommittee on Nutrition. The subcommittee’s jurisdiction includes policies and statutes relating to nutrition, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food … 0

A global gathering at Sunderland Elementary

Friday, January 30, 2015

SUNDERLAND — As Jaime Reloj of Sunderland helped his son John press a small, green, arrow-shaped sticker into the South China Sea on a giant world map Thursday night, marking the spot where the Philippines are located, a … 0

Neighbors: We dodged the blizzard bullet and now back to daily life

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Hello neighbor. Well, we dodged another bullet this week — gotta love the storm that wasn’t. Hope you all had a nice snow day and got to do some of the things you typically can’t because of work and other responsibilities. Have a great weekend! GIRL SCOUT TROOP … 0

Sunderland man sentenced to 3 years for rape

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Sunderland man was sentenced to three years in state prison after he admitted Wednesday to raping a South Hadley woman at her home in 2013. Jesse Davis, 42, pleaded guilty in Hampshire Superior Court to the rape charge. The victim read a statement before his … 0

Police: Drunk driver tried to eat snow to beat breath test

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

SUNDERLAND — A 76-year-old man faces a fourth offense charge of drunken driving after he wedged his truck in a snowbank. Constantine Kamansky Jr. of 6 Bull Hill Road, Leverett, pleaded innocent in Greenfield District Court Wednesday to a single charge of operating under the influence of liquor … 0

Recorder columnists spend day doing what they love

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

On Tuesday, as snow fell on Franklin County at nowhere near the rate expected when everything was canceled and a statewide snow day declared, most of The Recorder’s local columnists were doing what they love most. One used the storm as an excuse to spend his time on … 0

County braces for nor’easter

Monday, January 26, 2015

Katie Boudreau of South Deerfield wasn’t taking any chances on Monday. She said if the nor’easter forecast to envelop the county today hit as hard as predicted, she wasn’t going to be without water, milk, bread and enough … 0

WMECO calls in crews to help respond to potential power outages

Monday, January 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — Western Mass. Electric Co. has called in extra crews from out of state to assist in case of outages caused by the ongoing blizzard. Those will include workers from WMECO parent company Northeast Utilities, as well as crews from other utility companies and independent contractors. Spokeswoman … 0

Neighbors: Stay safe as you ride out the storm

Monday, January 26, 2015

Hello neighbor. If forecasts were correct, we’re finding ourselves right in the middle of the biggest storm of the year — possibly of the past 40 years or more. The National Weather Service is using terms like “historic” and “life-threatening” to describe the nor’easter, and we are its … 0