Warwick

Pioneer announces superintendent candidates

Friday, March 27, 2015

NORTHFIELD — After a closed-door search, three finalists for superintendent of Pioneer Valley Regional School District have emerged. All are New England educators with decades of experience. One will replace outgoing Superintendent Dayle Doiron. Francis Baran is the superintendent of the Woodstock, Conn., public schools. Baran has been an educator for 42 years, including 12 years as superintendent, 18 years as principal and 12 years as a teacher. His one-town … 0

Neighbors: Area wildlife needs our help

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Hello, neighbor. Medicine Mammals in Wendell needs our help. The local Native American nonprofit wildlife rehabilitation center is hoping to raise money to help care for the orphaned and injured wild animals that made their way to the center this winter. Loril Moondream, wildlife rehabilitator and owner of Medicine Mammals, said she is currently caring for raccoons, possums, a flying squirrel and her … 0

National Grid to cut electric rates

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Valley home and business owners can expect some relief from high electric bills this spring. On Monday, National Grid announced that, pending Department of Public Utilities approval, the cost of power is expected to drop from the current rate of more than 16 cents per kilowatt-hour to just above 9 cents per kilowatt-hour, a more than 40 percent decrease, starting May 1. With … 0

Neighbors: Learn about volunteer opportunity with local support team

Monday, March 23, 2015

Hello neighbor. I want to tell you about a great group that’s been serving our community for several years. Community Crisis Support Team, a program of Clinical & Support Options, will host its annual free 15-hour new volunteer training on May 7, 12 and 14 from 4 to … 0

Town meetings next week

Friday, March 20, 2015

Ashfield Board of Assessors: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Library Trustees: Monday 7 p.m. in Library. Bernardston Finance Committee: Monday 6:45 p.m. in Town Hall. Buckland Board of Selectmen: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Charlemont Board of Selectmen: Monday 7 p.m. in Town Hall. Board of … 0

Neighbors: Use all of your senses to greet spring

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Hello neighbor. Happy spring everyone! It’s time to get out into the sun and enjoy — those cold, grey days are almost behind us. Yes, it will be a little muddy, but who cares after being holdup all winter? Temps are working their way into the 30s and … 0

Pioneer towns: school costs unsustainable

Thursday, March 19, 2015

NORTHFIELD — Three of the four Pioneer Valley Regional School District’s towns said they can’t afford to keep paying rising school costs. The district has proposed a $14.46 million budget, though it could be lowered before going to vote at annual town meetings. Warwick Selectboard members told the … 0

Letter: Costly cable venture

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Taxes in Warwick are up 20 percent from what they were, not very long ago. I am not against fiber cable but care should be taken in what we are getting into. We should consider past history in our considerations There is talk now in some towns about … 0

Some in Warwick protest proposed police budget

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

WARWICK — Several residents hope to cut nearly 60 percent from the proposed police budget. Stephen Ruggiero has collected about 55 signatures on a petition to scale the police department’s proposed $54,740 budget back to $22,000. That would bring the budget back to $840 more than its 2012 … 0

Warwick to Pioneer: We can’t pay more

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

WARWICK — The Selectboard will tell the School Committee in no uncertain terms that Warwick can’t afford another increase to its school costs. The Pioneer Valley Regional School District School Committee’s Budget Subcommittee will meet with officials from … 0

Neighbors: Father and daughter recovering nicely after kidney transplant

Monday, March 16, 2015

Hello neighbor. Our neighbor Tim Ollari is doing well after receiving a kidney from his daughter Stephanie last Thursday. Stephanie says Tim looks like a new person — full of life again. She, on the other hand, had … 0

Warwick gets breakdown of $2.5M broadband project

Sunday, March 15, 2015

WARWICK — Although a $2.5-million fiber-optic broadband layout could pay for itself, residents should be prepared to pay the full price of the local portion of the WiredWest network. “Voters should assume they’ll have to pay for it, then they should vote for it and hope they don’t … 0

Franklin County Tech principal picked

Sunday, March 15, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — Shawn Rickan of Phillipston is to take over for Franklin County Technical School Principal and Assistant Superintendent Richard Martin when Martin moves into the superintendent’s office in July. Now a high school principal in Baldwinville, Rickan earlier worked in Orange for five years and is … 0