M/clear
60°
M/clear
Hi 71° | Lo 38°

Warwick

Pioneer board signs contract for new supt.

Friday, April 17, 2015

NORTHFIELD — The Pioneer Valley Regional School District has a new superintendent, as long as her background checks out. Ruth Miller, current superintendent of the Narragansett Regional School District, has accepted the position. As long as her state-required criminal history and fingerprint checks come back clean, she’ll replace outgoing Superintendent Dayle Doiron over the summer. The School Committee signed Miller’s contract Thursday, contingent on the background checks. For her first … 0

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 … 0

Warwick will wait on vote for WiredWest

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

WARWICK — The town will hold off on a controversial vote to borrow up to $2.5 million to install a town-wide fiber-optic Internet network. Instead of bringing the proposal to the May 4 annual town meeting and including it on the May 18 town election, the Selectboard decided to put the votes off until a special town meeting, likely to be held in … 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

‘Fiber Towns’ to residents: Prove you want broadband

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The WiredWest high-speed Internet collaborative has started signing up residents of 32 member towns for “Last-Mile” fiber-optic broadband. This is the first step for “fiber towns” to become part of the collaborative’s fiber-optic network. If 40 percent of a fiber town’s households sign up, it shows there is … 0