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

Neighbors: Local organization head raises money for hungry

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Hello neighbor. On Sept. 27, Andrew Morehouse, the executive editor of The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, pedalled 100 miles through Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire to help end hunger in western Massachusetts. The food bank’s 5th annual Will Bike 4 Food charity cycling event raised more than … 1

Sunderland native secures spot on ‘The Voice’

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

SUNDERLAND — Sunderland native and former Frontier Regional High School student Noah Jackson has secured a spot on Gwen Stefani’s team on the current season of the popular NBC television show The Voice. On the show, contestants sing … 0

Sunderland solar project snagged on connect plan

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

SUNDERLAND — Sunderland’s second pass at installing two solar arrays on town land near the Public Safety Complex and Sunderland Elementary School has been running into issues getting the approval it needs to interconnect with the grid from Eversource Energy, the town’s consultant for the project told the … 0

Neighbors: Great River Challenge to be held Sunday

Monday, September 28, 2015

Hello neighbor. The Great River Challenge Off-Road Triathlon will be held in Northfield on Sunday. Paddle, run trails and mountain bike. Doesn’t that sound like fun — and a lot of hard work? The triathlon was created to foster greater awareness of the upper Pioneer Valley and what … 0

Sunderland farm to hold first Potatofest Saturday

Monday, September 28, 2015

SUNDERLAND — With the fertile soil that being situated on the banks of the Connecticut River has gifted it with, the town of Sunderland has been a prime location for growing potatoes in the Pioneer Valley, and on Saturday the Smiarowski Farm Stand and Creamery plans to celebrate … 0

Police pursuit policies assess risks in chases

Thursday, September 24, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — While fleeing a State Police cruiser Sept. 18, a sedan carrying four adults and two children went airborne off a highway exit ramp and rolled over multiple times, leaving occupants with what police called minor injuries. … 0

Neighbors: Enjoy autumn in New England

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Hello neighbor. Autumn is here. What a wonderful time , especially in New England. So, don’t start worrying and obsessing about winter. Instead, take time to enjoy the present — the beautiful colors, the crispness of the air, the comfy, warm clothes you get to pull from your … 0

County MCAS scores up overall

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Franklin County’s high schools generally had reason to be proud of their MCAS results at the critical 10th-grade level, where the test is a graduation requirement. The Department of Elementary an Secondary Education released Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System scores Thursday. The percentage of students scoring in the desirable … 0

Most county 10th-graders score at, or above, state average on MCAS

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

An early look at MCAS results from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education shows area 10th-graders performing at or above the state average on the 2015 spring tests.

Many districts opted this year to administer the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers or …


Franklin County Meals Program seeks leader

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The Franklin County Community Meals Program is looking for a new executive director to fill the role currently held by interim Executive Director Mary McClintock who will leave the position in late November. McClintock has served as interim executive director since May. In keeping with its mission to … 0